Farmhouse Inn Updates and CaptivatesAuthor:Candace Abbott
Some things are worth the wait. The sibling owners, Catherine and Joe Bartolomei and their newly renovated Sonoma Farmhouse Inn have proved just that.
After 13 years as one of wine country’s premiere destinations, the Inn underwent a massive $8 million renovation, which drew upon the genius from the renowned SB Architects, Healdsburg’s own Myra Hoefer Design and Valley Crest Landscape. The changes transformed the Farmhouse Inn into the Russian River Valley’s own slice of paradise.
As a freshly minted ‘luxury boutique hotel,’ Farmhouse Inn has added nine aptly outfitted Barn Rooms for a total of 25 rooms. Each new room channels a stable-chic aesthetic, effortlessly marry luxe with cozy thanks to oversized windows and private decks that open up to decadent vistas of the neighboring woods, radiant-heated floors, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, cushy bedding and classic farm-style furnishings hand-selected by the owners. Darling details are evident through the rooms including barn-style doors, crisp white couches and even stable-style pendant lights to boot.
Whoever said the ‘farm movement’ was limited to your eats, has yet to experience the spa at the Farmhouse Inn. The hotel will continue their successful partnership with Francis & Alexander as they’ve infused unmatched glamor into the Sonoma farmhouse experience. The spa is laden with authentic touches. Think a horse stable transformed into an architectural wonder, hand-woven fabrics and rustic furnishings.
And if the style doesn’t send you into immediate zen, the treatments will. The farm-to-spa program is one to marvel over with treatments that employee forest honey, heirloom cider apples and herbs picked from the Farmhouse kitchen garden. Not to mention, the spa features an on-property aromatherapist who happily customizes guests’ treatments with herb-infused soaps, oils and fresh-fruit jam scrubs. Perfection? The Back Porch Exfoliation.
The renovation expands on the relaxation element of the locale with an updated pool area. Consider this ‘lapped in luxury’ as the pool is framed by rich, natural wooden decks and decadent chaise lounge chairs–ideal for soaking up wine country sun and sipping a Russian River Chardonnay.
A stone’s throw from the pool is the lush garden that begs to be lounged in. Here, marshmallow roasting in andorank chairs is par for the course. For a place that shares natural real-estate with some of the world’s finest hotels, spas and restaurants, the renovated Farmhouse Inn showcases it’s staying power in more ways than one.