Our stay at Healdsburg Country Gardens was absolutely delightful. We enjoyed the cozy Wine Country Cottage, set in an extensive, well-tended garden, overlooking a working vineyard. Charming, scenic, and convenient! I’d love to return someday.
Our hosts, Walt and Barbara, were unobtrusive, yet very pleasant and attentive. Barbara told me that they notice services and amenities that appeal to them when they’re traveling, and they adopt those to enhance their own guests’ visits. Two incidents demonstrated to me that they’re committed to keeping their guests happy. First, when we arrived, two water bottles awaited us by the front door of our cottage. We learned that because a pipeline had broken, we had no water. Our hosts had taken prompt action to notify authorities so that the repair would be done as quickly as possible, and kept us informed until the project was completed, just hours later. Also, when we noticed that the cottage’s hot water was erratic, they immediately contacted a plumber who fixed the problem in no time. In addition, upgrades to the barn (for parties) and the Farmhouse were underway; this establishment doesn’t rest on its laurels.
It is a short drive to the attractions of downtown Healdsburg, great for dining out. Not ideal for a commute on foot, but ambitious walkers could make the hike.
Larger folks, or those who need lots of space for toiletries/make-up etc., beware: you might find the Cottage bathroom hard to maneuver in. It’s tiny. But the living area is quaint and comfortable. We didn’t miss a stove/oven, as we used the gas grill and microwave to cook. The cottage also was equipped with little extras, like an umbrella.
Our hosts let us took a look at the other two houses on a day they weren’t booked, for future reference. If you need more elbow room, these accommodations might be for you. The deck on the Wine Country Home was huge and inviting—great view from the hot tub! The Wine Country Farmhouse was even more spacious and, nestled right next to the vineyard, gives you great sunrise and sunset views.
You may primarily see images of HCG in summer. But, don’t hesitate to book a visit at another time of year. We were there in early spring for the regional “barrel tasting” event, which was really fun, with dozens of wineries participating. Chilly mornings were offset by the ready warmth of the gas fire. The extensive gardens on the property were coming into bloom—daffodils next to oranges, doves cooing. And the vineyard views were even better with no leaves on the trees. In short: highly recommended, whatever the season.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our Country Cottages are perfect for guests who want to stay on beautiful 15 acre vineyard in a prime location near wineries & restaurants. The Cottages are just 1.5 miles from Healdsburg Plaza...3 minutes in the car or walk it in 20 minutes. Incredible location, great value and gated privacy in a newly remodeled fresh farmhouse overlooking estate vineyards and a storybook studio cottage with views that quite literally go on for miles. The Cottages have organic Coyochi bedding, kitchen & gas grill so you can dine in. Enjoy meals on the deck and watch the sunset on the vineyards or linger under a blanket of stars. Everything is close by so you won't spend a lot of time in the car. Healdsburg is a friendly small town without traffic jams. There are many local wineries just .5 miles away, as is the Russian River and canoe rentals to add to your adventures. Truly the wine country experience. This is a place where you can make wonderful memories with family and friends. Treat yourself! ... more less