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“Our second stay and we'll keep coming!”
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Sonoma Chalet
Ranked #5 of 11 Sonoma B&B and Inns
Barrie, Canada
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32 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Our second stay and we'll keep coming!”
Reviewed 21 July 2011

This was our second stay at the Sonoma Chalet and it just keeps getting better. The setting was beautiful and our room was clean and nicely appointed if somewhat unique. The owners have done excellent work toward making thing comfortable and the Inn is exactly what they advertise online (unlike many places). For the price, you can't beat it. Ruth and Samantha were gracious hosts and we enjoyed every breakfast out on the beautiful deck.

If you are looking for a good value and a lovely stay that will leave you relaxed and refreshed after a day of traveling the wineries, then this is the place for you!

Room Tip: The Indian room for us was the best value. It has a private balcony for two and its own bath.
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Columbia, SC
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Reviewed 28 June 2011

We visited Sonoma with another couple in the late summer/early fall. The setting for the b&b was beautiful, convenient to downtown and all the wineries, but far enough away that it was a very peaceful, relaxing setting. We stayed in the Mural Room while the other couple took Sophie's Room. We shared a bathroom. The rooms were quaint, though obviously older. Everything has a patina. There were some odd knick-knacks and the broken doll sitting at the top of our closet was a little creepy. Fortunately, that's right up my husbands alley. The bathroom was nice, but the tub/shower was short for me, and I'm only 5'3". My 6' husband had a particularly hard time showering. The floor boards of the room upstairs were quite creaky, you could hear the music the people above us were playing and the beds weren't the most comfortable ever, but after a day full of touring vineyards and wineries or a day trip to the Winchester House, it wasn't too difficult to drift off to sleep. Breakfast was delicious. Fruit, yogurt, hard boiled eggs and a selection of pastries (served warmed). Tea or coffee and orange juice was available. There was no tv and no internet, but the disconnect was a nice thing. The service was wonderful. We'll definitely stay again should we make it out to the west coast again.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with friends
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Sunnyvale, California
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Reviewed 5 April 2011

we have stayed here since 2008. This trip we were in Leslie's cottage. There is no wifi, tv,, newspaper or phone. Thank goodness! It is quiet and peaceful. Joe is the perfect host. We have stayed in most of the rooms or cottages and we love them all. Leslie's and Sara's are the best but Sara's cottage is hard to book because everyone wants it. Staying here is like staying at "the lake cabin:" or grandma's house. The place is always clean but the furniture is old and often antique. The beds are super comfortable in every room we've been in. It just has that comfortable, kick your shoes off and relax vibe. They get the morning pastries from the bakery on the square, in town, the rest is fruit, granola and hard boiled eggs. If you are in one of the cottages Joe brings you breakfast if the weather is funky or you request it. You can walk or bike into town. We both work in very high stress, demanding jobs. After two or three days of rest and relaxation we are ready to go back and do our thing. We have stayed in B&B's from Monterey to Mendocino and this is our go to place for peace and tranquility.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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California
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Reviewed 28 March 2011

We stayed in Sara's Cottage for 3 nights. The building is attractive and spacious, but the kitchen and bathtub need updating. We did not want to cook, but there was no counter space to even make coffee and the sink needed work. The first night with rain an animal was under the floor. Joe "reassured" us that it was only a skunk. The last day we found a mouse inside. It is a little like going to your Aunt Millie's cabin at the lake. A little rundown, but all right if you like rustic.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 23 March 2011

We stayed at Sara's cottage and it was charming with a lot of character. The chalet is kinda hidden in a residential neighborhood, by the hillside. The place was really peaceful, quite, ans secluded. Breakfast was served every morning with fruit, pastries, orange juice, and coffee. The cottage has its own bathroom, a wood burning stove, a small sleeping loft (for kids), mini-fridge, a coffee and tea maker, and it has no wi-fi. Our friendly host, Joe, gave us a free wine tasting pass for most of the wineries in Sonoma, and it saved us a lot of money. We enjoyed our stay and we will be back again.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Glasgow
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed 6 November 2010

We came to Sara's Cottage as part of my birthday holiday - it was my favourite place that we stayed on the whole trip. I loved everything about the cottage, especially all the ornaments and crockery and fabrics - there's been lots of thought put into the decor and it's perfect. The bed was really comfortable and it was great fun to eat dinner and drink wine out on the porch every night. Breakfast was nice and Joe was very welcoming. I would love to come back one day.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 27 October 2010

Sadly we only stayed for a single night but would have loved to stay longer. We had the "Indian Room". We arrived early and were greeted by Joe, our friendly host, who advised that our room wasn't ready but gave us a great card for numerous free tastings at local wineries and lots of other local information.

When we returned later we found that our room had a lovely sunny balcony with a great view over the valley. Lots of antiquey details in the room were a nice touch, the total opposite of todays identi-kit sparsely decorated hotels. Bed was comfortable, lovely roll-top bath with shower and nice cosmetics, aircon in room, and plenty of storage space.

Breakfast was served on the sunny deck just off the kitchen. It consisted of melon, granola & fruit, pastries, (huge) muffins, hard-boiled eggs, freshly squeezed orange juice and coffee. Just what we needed to set us up for a day of wine tasting.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Sonoma Chalet
Address: 18935 5th St W, Sonoma, CA 95476-5610
Region: United States > California > Sonoma County > Sonoma
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Sonoma
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Swiss-style farmhouse and country cottages in Sonoma Valley's Wine Country. Three cottages and four rooms with fireplace or wood stove, decorated with antiques, quilts and collectibles. Situated on three acres just blocks from Sonoma's Historic Square. Continental breakfast served on the deck overlooking a 200 acre ranch or in the privacy of your own cottage. ... more   less 
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Sonoma Chalet Hotel Sonoma

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