The Farmhouse Inn in Forestville, Ca

The Inn is now run by fifth-generation Sonoma County natives who offer their authentic hospitality with thoughtful touches throughout. Take a stroll along the grounds and feast your eyes on the beautiful gardens, not to mention the surrounding sun-kissed vineyards

Location

Situated in the Russian River Valley, the area may be dominated by wineries but don’t let that fool you. There are other attractions here to make your stay a memorable one. It’s just 12 miles away from Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve and 11 miles away from downtown Healdsburg. It’s also approximately 30 minutes drive away from the Sonoma County Coast. The only downside is a lack of public transport, so a car is necessary to get around.

Something old, something new

The building effectively combines old and modern looks, with its new construction and old buildings. The 1873 built-cum-restored farmhouse includes a Michelin Star restaurant, along with a small number of rooms. A chicken coop, green space, and foundations surround new buildings. The property also has regular visitors in the form of three friendly cats.

Great service, wonderful facilities

Each guest receives a welcome glass of wine by the friendly staff. The Spa at Farmhouse is situated alongside the seasonly heated pool, fire pits, and hot tub. The guest services’ free spa bar offers a number of bath products provided by local business Sumbody. There’s also the S’mores bar with artisan graham crackers, vanilla bean marshmallows, and Valrhona dark chocolate.

Rooms

Each one of the 25 guest rooms come in a particular size: everything from King and Queen Standard to The King Luxury Suite. The King and Queen Standard is located in the historic/original Farmhouse section. Most of the rooms, however, are regarded as being King Deluxe. There are too many amenities to mention, although highlights include vaulted ceilings and a double shower. Each room comes with a jetted tub and seasonal, fresh flowers.

The restaurant

The Farmhouse Inn restaurant is open Thursday-Monday for dinner. The eatery is a venue in itself. The Steve Litke-run restaurant offers a menu influenced by what’s available and local. The signature dish is Rabbit, which is prepared in one of three ways: Applewood bacon wrapped loin, roasted rack, and confit of leg. It’s best to make a reservation two weeks in advance at minimum. The wine menu includes local wines, as well as a number of international offerings.

The Farmhouse Breakfast Experience is two courses, which might feature maitake mushrooms and breadcrumbs, cauliflower hash and poached eggs, bacon vinaigrette and potatoes, and parmesan frittata and spinach. The £28 ($35) breakfast includes as many beverages and pasties as you want (mimosas included). The a la carte offerings include seasonal fruit, maple-pecan sausage, and any-style eggs.

Guests can choose to order breakfast to their room with home-made pastries, granola, yoghurt, fresh fruit, and fresh orange juice for £20 ($25). The Inn has 12 local winery partners, where visitors can enjoy a free tasting. There’s also free Wi-Fi available.