We stayed here in 2000 for the first time and thought it was wonderful - lovely room, beautiful patio with wisteria-covered pergola for wine & cheese in the afternoon, and fabulous home-made gourmet breakfast. We returned a few years later, and once again had the same experience, staying in the main house. In 2005, we returned with my brother-in-law and his wife. With their budget tight, they wanted to book an inexpensive hotel, but we wanted them to enjoy the same experience we had at this B&B. Fortunately, the inn had a suite with 2 bedrooms (the Sunny Hideaway) above the winery retreat that we could share. Once again, the same fabulous experience.
Since it had been 6 years since our last visit, and knowing that B&B owners change due to burn-out, I consulted the reviews on TripAdvisor. They were still consistently high, so this time, I booked the winery retreat for 3 nights. The room is large yet cozy, comfortable and pretty, and when we return, I'd choose to stay in this room again. The only thing that is problematic in this room is the free WiFi because the structure is solid stone; we'd sit at the bistro set outside our door under the canopy of ivy - not too much of an inconvenience.
Breakfast rotates for 3 nights - eggs Benedict, French toast, and waffles - all fabulous and home-made. Each morning, you begin with either orange juice or a Mimosa. We lived in Brussels for 3 years, have been to Paris 25+ times, and Lisa's croissants (served with the eggs Benedict) are exceptional even by French standards. I'm not a big fan of French toast, but this was wonderful and served with a berry coulis that I couldn't get enough of. We missed out on the waffles this time, but I'm sure they were equally as good.
The first late afternoon wine & cheese offering was outside on the patio; the owner, John, came and visited with everyone. The weather turned a bit iffy the next 2 afternoons, so we enjoyed the camaraderie of the guests and the wine in the salon - both times with Lisa. In the past, we had not met either of them, as they have someone who works for them and they own the Ambrose Bierce House as well. It seemed they made an effort to be at both properties during the afternoon to visit with guests and facilitate conversation. I was surprised to learn that John and Lisa have owned Shady Oaks from the beginning - a feat quite uncommon in the B&B industry. One B&B owner told us that the industry standard is about 7 years because it's exhausting and all-consuming. John and Lisa have turned their passion into an art. One afternoon, John opened his "garage/winery" to show us his wine press, barrels, and let us sample the wine - while explaining the process to everyone.
Location is great for touring Napa, the inn is a wonderful place to stay, and the breakfasts are wonderful - what more could you ask for.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We invite you to experience the warmth and romance of Shady Oaks Country Inn secluded on two acres nestled among some of the finest Wineries and restaurants in Napa Valley. Relax and enjoy the elegant ambiance, the wine country tranquility and our cozy amenities during your stay. Shady oaks Country Inn offers the hospitality of a bed and breakfast along with first class amenities like romantic fireplaces, flat screen satellite television free Wifi and a full champagne breakfast. Our goal at Shady oaks Country Inn is to offer you the finest combination of luxury, hospitality and history. To enhance your stay, we serve full champagne breakfasts and premium Napa wines and cheeses each evening on the Roman pillared patio. Awaken to the Inn's own blend of coffee and our breakfast complete with Eggs Benedict, Belgian waffles, fresh fruit, our home baked breads, fresh baked croissants, fresh juice and champagne. After spending your day exploring the beautiful Napa Valley vineyards, we invite you to browse through our collection of restaurant menus that include fine dining and casual restaurants. We are more than happy to make recommendations and reservations for you! Book a stay with us at Shady Oaks Country Inn, and experience the perfect blend of luxury and comfort in Napa Valley! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shady Oaks Country Hotel St. Helena
- Country Inn St. Helena
- St. Helena Country Inn