What We Love
- Prime location in the heart of the Russian River Valley
- Setting in an 1872 farmhouse
- Cottages offer great privacy
- Chef Steve Litke’s Michelin-starred restaurant
- New Spa at Farmhouse
What To Know
- Children 12 and under are not permitted
- Outdoor pool is closed until April
- Small, private property means personal service but not resort-style polish and amenities
- Expect some road noise; although Barn Rooms are in the back of the property and much more quiet
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Located in Forestville, Farmhouse Inn is in a rural location and convenient to Hartford Family Winery and Russian River Vineyard. This 4-star inn is within close proximity of Kistler Vineyards and Iron Horse Vineyards.
Treat yourself to a stay in one of the 25 individually decorated guestrooms, featuring fireplaces and flat-screen televisions. Your bed comes with down comforters and Egyptian cotton sheets. Satellite programming and iPod docking stations are provided for your entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms have jetted bathtubs and rainfall showerheads.
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and wedding services.
Enjoy a meal at a restaurant, or stay in and take advantage of the inn’s room service (during limited hours).
Featured amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services, luggage storage, and laundry facilities. Free self parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
I so much wanted to write a 5 star review as we drove up. Not to be. The good is easy. This is as wonderful a staff as I have ever experienced anywhere in my world travels. No "buts"...simply five star. However, they can't overcome the issues with the physical space. The other good is an utterly amazing restaurant for dinner.
The bad: We were placed in a barn room. Upon climbing a few stairs to reach the barn breezeway, we were confronted with a big green laundry cart. We stayed 3 nights/4 days and so did it. It was an eyesore I would not have expected at this "way too expensive" place. The other issue was that attached to our room was an office and we could hear every loud word being spoken and one morning especially it started quite early. The walls are paper thin as is the ceiling so we had constant march march march over our heads; there was no sleeping in. The furniture attempts to be farmhouse chic but the couch is not comfortable and there are no couch pillows. Just one long duffel bad of sort of a body pillow that was useless (found on the bed). Ah...the bed. The mattress was shot. 2 huge divots with a hill in the middle and I could feel every spring. They changed it out for the second night and while I was told these are special mattresses, even the "new" one was not as comfortable as a bed in any newer moderate priced hotel. I expected at least a Ritz Carleton or Taj quality for the astounding price this Inn charges per night.
The bathroom was appointed fairly well. Heated floors were a nice touch as well as a bathtub jacuzzi. However, again I would have expected 5 star amenities. Nope. One small box with 3 stacking parts. Inside was one shower cap, one disposable razor, one impossible to open packet with 3 cotton balls, 3 Q-tips, and 1 piece of emery board. That was the extent of amenities in the bathroom...not even enough for 2 people. No sewing kit. Further, you must use their soap and lotion pump bottles that have clearly been used by every guest before you and I find that very unhygienic. I used some small bottles of my own that I happened to toss in my bag. The soap and lotion had a distinctive fragrance that not everyone would like and which was too sweet for a man.
The HVAC system is LOUD. There are no screens on the french doors so one can't cool the room that way and the tiny square screened window high up does nothing.
The furniture on the grounds that seem to beckon one to sit are unusable. Even my husband who is tall couldn't sit there...they are high and very deep (like a bed against a wall) so while nice to look at, not useful for relaxing. The grounds themselves are lovely as is the pool area.
Now to the cat. Charlotte. She is charming and amazing. She adopted us and stayed in our room even sleeping on the bed....we invited her to do so. She picked us out at the very beginning and then followed us everywhere. When we would return from the day, she'd find us and stay with us. We loved her.
The restaurant is overpriced and "ok" for breakfast (they did not honor our included breakfast at first but I insisted).
The restaurant for dinner is a world class experience (see my review) and not to be missed.
The accommodations, however, will not be on our list of preferred locations sad to say.
Amazing place. Totally worth the expense. We stayed for 3 nights in a king deluxe room. The rooms are HUGE with amazing beds and wonderful bathroom. We had a patio near the chicken coop which was very private and nice. The best part is the COOKIES every evening. Maybe the best cookie I have ever eaten.
Also, if you stay make sure to take advantage of the nightly wine tasting hour. It’s a great way to taste wineries for free and meet other guests. Everyone we met from the owners to the staff to other guests were super friendly. Most of the other guests had been before and Farmhouse is the ONLY place they stay when coming to Sonoma.
My wife liked the look and feel of the room so much we are going to design our new bathroom remodel in the same way. Thanks for the inspiration, Farmhouse!
My husband and I visited the property a couple of years ago and had very fond memories of it. We decided to visit it again for our wedding anniversary this year. While the overall property and the room was still as magnificent as ever, the overall service and uniqueness of the service went down. We would have preferred to pay more per night, but believe more complimentary special services on top of wine hour, s'mores should be offered throughout the day to make guests feel extra special. These could include breakfast service, lunch snacks and drinks by the pool, and going away gift, plus any other special services that would make this luxury property continue to stand out. That way there's a reason to go back and anticipate something new and special each time as part of unexpected delight and surprise. Luxury travelers have many choices these days so it takes continued dedication to ensure we continue to come back to places we have visited in the past. To compare, one of such places is Hotel Bellevue Syrene in Sorrento.
I don’t usually take the time to write feedback emails, but you guys absolutely deserve to know that you were the highlight of our week long trip that started us there at the Farmhouse Inn then took us 1,000 miles south, stopping elsewhere along the way. We knew that the inn would be the highest caliber of the places we stayed, but now that we’ve experienced it I can comment not only on the lovely accommodations, but the incredible, beautifully presented meals, the wine pairing that went with our dinner, the overall tone of the place (laid back but professional and friendly) and the wonderful setting.
We had heard of Randall Kimps in advance of our trip, but your concierge made the arrangements for us. Our outing with him exceeded our expectations. We absolutely loved the small, boutique winery experiences he shared with us, the picnic lunch he provided us and his midwestern affability - not to mention his knowledge of wines, wineries and the people he is introducing us to. EXCELLENT!
We couldn’t have asked for anything more other than a longer stay.
Gigi & David Priebe
I spent 2 nights at this stunning property. From the moment I arrived I felt completely taken care of. Every detail is looked after here, I was able to relax, let go and enjoy! The room was the finest I have ever stayed in with the indoor/outdoor fireplace, deep Jacuzzi tub, steam shower and the most comfortable bed ever! And of course many find local wines and delicious fresh food available. The spa was fantastic I had a honey ginger 90 minute massage which was complete bliss. I cannot wait to return to this property!