What We Love
- The Craftsman-style architecture that blends stylishly into the bucolic landscape
- Three distinctively different dining venues
- The diversions aren’t all golf-oriented: there’s also a spa, fitness center, outdoor pool and tennis courts
- The resort’s blue chip art collection
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- Pets are allowed, with a fee of $100 per stay
- Check in isn’t until 4 pm
- Advance reservations are recommended for the spa
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Reminiscent of a grand country estate, this sophisticated 45-room retreat is located south of San Jose in one of the country’s oldest wine growing regions. Golf is the main focus, true–the 260-acre Robert Trent Jones, Jr., championship golf course surrounding the resort is hard to miss–but non-golfers will relish wandering around the resort’s winery or indulging in a grape seed and cherry bark body scrub at the Sense spa. Dine on organic farm-to-table Tuscany-meets-Cali cuisine at Il Vigneto, savor a martini and oysters on the half shell fireside at One Iron Bar, or enjoy club sandwiches and burgers at the Lion’s Peak Grill, overlooking the golf course.
In the Area
With comely Carmel just an hour’s drive away, you’ll be tempted to wander the famous town’s tranquil streets and stock up on everything from Asian antiques to fine cashmere. Similarly, Cannery Row in nearby Monterey offers novel reasons to flex your credit card. Back at the ranch, be sure to check out the Clos Lachance 85-acre vineyard and winery, where you can taste wines, picnic or play a lazy game of bocce.
How to Get There
Booked lodging and meeting space for a meeting 5+ years ago. LOVED IT. Best for couples or solo or business travelers. Not so much for families unless you renting out the whole property lol. I highly recommend it.
We been here a few times during Valentine and always enjoyed it.
They have a new chef (the restaurant Il Vigneto is private to the guest and golf club members and thus I can't find it in Trip Advisor) and we enjoyed his creations.
The Caesar salad was surprisingly good. The wait staff makes the salads right in front of you. To top it off, the wait staff use a giant pepper shaker at the end. We thought the giant pepper shaker was for decoration only (it's like 4 feet something tall) and to our surprised, they used it and some laughter from us and the wait staff.
We ordered the lamb and it was great. Oh, we also did the Valentine dinner the night before and it was great also.
Wait staff were friendly and knowledgeable.
There is no reason to book here unless you like to golf in which case it's probably near nirvana. Some may enjoy looking out over a golf course but it's not my cuppa tea.
Ours was the high-end suite with hot tub on a secluded terrace. That terrace was scruffy and in need of attention. Suite furniture was tired and clunky except the bed which was great. Excellent, spacious bathroom with jacuzzi bath tub and walk-in shower. Electrical outlets near bed were inconvenient.
Room service was very good, swift and tasty but eschew the lobster mac 'n cheese. Recommend the salmon, grilled steak and eggs benedict.
The lobby is agreeable. Checkin and checkout OK. There is a library with fireplace and limited comfy seating adjacent to the lobby -- a wonderful room. Bar/eatery has too many tables, difficult to navigate. We spent a lot of time there as we arrived two hours ahead of checkin and suite was not ready.
All service and staff competent and delightful. Nevertheless we checked out a day early. Not a copacetic place for us.
Visited for a weekend night and it is impressive. A little off hwy 101 that adds to the charm. The drive from the security gate to the front desk was beautiful. Staff was friendly and check-in efficient. Lobby area has wonderful Holiday decorations. A bellman was immediately available for transport to our room. The room overlooked the golf course. Very spacious with fireplace. Nice large king bed. A huge walk in closet and a spacious bathroom. Jacuzzi tub has outside window view (with shade). Very quiet. Television remote did not work and maintenance arrived quickly after call to replace batteries. A large variety of stations available. Walk in shower had temperature guide on hardware which was very nice. Robes were available but were not impressive. Bathroom vanity rug was stained. Lots of lights and switches but no notation of what they control. Check out was very efficient.
For our 20th anniversary I wanted to take my wife away for a special trip, but given the timing (the middle of a busy holiday season) we could only do one night, and the destination needed to be within driving distance (we live around 45 minutes north of Cordevalle). While I had golfed here before, I had never spent the night at the resort. What a pleasant and wonderful surprise our stay was.
Overall, the quality of the service at the resort is top notch - from the welcome we received from the valet, to the front desk, to our short golf cart drive to our bungalow everyone we dealt with was super helpful and pleasant. The rooms themselves are magnificent - while the prices aren't cheap, the king bungalow is outfitted with a private deck, a fireplace, a sitting area, and a HUGE bathroom with a separate tub, shower, and walk-in closet.
The pinnacle of our stay at Cordevalle was the special private dinner that Lars, the food and beverage manager, arranged for us. Since the higher-end restaurant on the premises was closed for the night, I called ahead and asked if there was anything special that they could arrange for us. Lars quickly got back to me and suggested a private dinner, complete with a 5 course menu and wine pairing, in the library. I have to say that the experience was one of the best dining experiences that I've had. Lars was perfectly attentive - when he learned of a trip we have planned next summer to South Africa he changed several of the wine pairings to expose us to some South African wines. He also had the property's manger, Marcel (who hails from South Africa) stop by for a visit. Denise, our server, was always present but never overbearing. The food - oysters, salmon salad, vegetable root risotto, lamp chop, and egg nog creme brûlée - was just amazing. Paired with the wine it was sublime.
A few other notes:
- There is a great 2.5 mile hike that goes up in the hills and around the golf course. The hike delivers some great views, but is not for the faint of heart.
- We also visited the spa for massages (which, while fine, were probably the low-light of the visit, if you can call a massage a low-light). The spa facilities and fitness center are what you would expect from a 5 star resort.
- While I didn't golf on this visit, I can say from previous experience that the golf course is fantastic. If you have a chance to play it, do - it's the quintessential Northern California golf experience.
Thank you Cordevalle, and especially Lars and Denise, for making our 20th anniversary so special!