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Farmhouse Inn in Forestville, Sonoma County

By Published On: February 16th, 2024

The Perfect Blend of Luxury, History and Serenity

Farmhouse Inn, nestled in the picturesque Russian River Valley, offers guests an inspired wine country escape thoughtfully crafted by the dedicated siblings, Joe and Catherine Bartolomei, in partnership with the Foley Family – through the Foley Entertainment Group.

Sunny yellow-colored buildings, flowering gardens, charming pathways, and shaded lawns welcome guests. Conveniently located near Sonoma’s wineries and the town of Healdsburg, Farmhouse Inn offers a spa, pool, fine dining restaurant, casual eatery, and a host of delightful amenities.

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The property includes cottages, suites, and lovely farmhouse rooms, several featuring furnished outdoor spaces. Opened in 2001 by sister and brother, Catherine and Joe Bartolomei, Farmhouse Inn seamlessly combines century-old historic buildings and modern conveniences. “Somehow we’ve blurred the lines between old and new, with buildings that are 150 years old and others that are almost brand new,” according to Joe. “We chose to do everything a bit more classical in style and resisted the temptation to go with trendy design.” 

Guests being shown to their cottage. Photo Courtesy: Farmhouse Inn.

Accommodations at Farmhouse Inn

Guests at Farmhouse Inn will find style, comfort, and thoughtful amenities that enhance their stay. Whether they choose one of the Barn Suites, a cottage, or Farmhouse room, they’ll enjoy a unique home away from home with plush down comforters, Sonoma-made organic bath products, Nespresso machines, complimentary in-room snacks, and a curated selection of wines from favorite local wineries. 

“When Catherine and I designed the rooms, we wanted every room to create the feeling of being in someone’s home, not a hotel room,” according to Joe Bartolomei. “Catherine chose natural cottons and linens, slipcovered furniture that could be pulled and washed, so it’s always fresh. We also thought about getting details right, like light switches where you would expect them to be, easy to use thermostats, and straightforward design that is intuitive and uncomplicated.”

Living room area. Photo Courtesy: Farmhouse Inn.

Barn Rooms include the popular Barn Junior Suite with an open floor plan, 650 square feet of space, expansive windows, an indoor/outdoor fireplace, and spa-like bathroom with steam showers, sunken tubs, and heated marble floors. Located at the secluded rear of the property, the suites overlook wooded hillsides.

Barn Junior Suite. Photo Courtesy: Farmhouse Inn.

The Barn One-Bedroom Suite, at 850 square feet, is the Inn’s largest accommodation. The suite features a private sitting room separated from the bedroom by a sliding barn door, an expansive furnished patio with dual fireplace, luxurious bathroom with dual vanity, heated marble floors, and two-person soaking tub, tucked away in a wooded area at the furthest back of the property.

The Barn One-Bedroom Suite. Cottage bedroom. Photo Courtesy: Farmhouse Inn.

The Cottages, with private entrances, are located along a picturesque path at the front of the property, steps from the Inn’s acclaimed restaurant. The newly renovated cottages feature country chic decor, gas fireplaces, and plush bathrooms with steam showers, heated marble floors, and soaking tubs.

Soaking tub. Photo Courtesy: Farmhouse Inn.

The 550 square foot Cottage Petite Suites includes a king size bed as well as a full-size bed in an alcove separated by a beautiful barn door. The smaller 350 square foot Cottage rooms feature similar amenities along with cozy outdoor seated areas. 

Cottage Petite Suite. Photo Courtesy: Farmhouse Inn.

The historic Farmhouse Rooms are located above the restaurant in the Inn’s original 1873 Farmhouse. The small 200 square foot rooms offer a relaxed experience with open floor plans, expansive windows, gas fireplaces, and large bathrooms with soaking tubs and walk-in steam showers. Guests enjoy the rustic style and location in the front of the property overlooking the chef’s gardens. 

Chef’s garden. Photo Courtesy: Farmhouse Inn.

Dining at Farmhouse Restaurant

Farmhouse Restaurant is the Inn’s acclaimed fine dining establishment where Chef Craig Wilmer and his talented team present fresh seasonal cuisine along with the finest wines of Sonoma and Napa to create memorable dining experiences.

Farmhouse Restaurant. Photo Courtesy: Farmhouse Inn.

The chef’s tasting menu, based on local ingredients including many grown on the Bartolomei family farm, is served Thursday through Monday in a lovely farmhouse dining room, “eloquent and timeless,” according to Bartolomei, “an appropriate canvas for the culinary journey we provide.”

The experience includes flawless service, with a team that can provide a guided journey uniquely tailored for each guest. “Some people want to know every detail, others only want to hear a few words about each dish. Some guests want to have playful banter, and other guests just want to be left alone. Great fine dining means reading the table and pivoting to meet their expectations,” Bartolomei says. 

Tuna salad, artichoke heart and kaulga caviar. Photo Courtesy: Farmhouse Inn.
Early girl tomato, curry leaf and royal osetra. Photo Courtesy: Farmhouse Inn.
30 day dry aged Masami ranch striploin, sauce of young ginger, pickle. Photo Courtesy: Farmhouse Inn.

Farmstand is the Inn’s all-day dining option with a variety of local farm-driven seasonal dishes. Guests can enjoy Farmstand’s lunch and dinner on the patio, poolside, in-room, or in the Farmstand dining space. The rotating menu features woodfire cooking, and dishes including salads, pizza, crudo, and chicken parmesan. Many items from the lunch menu can be packed for picnics with advance orders.

Farmstand Restaurant. Photo Courtesy: Farmhouse Inn.

Winery Partnerships at Farmhouse Inn

The Farmhouse Inn concierge will plan your wine tasting itinerary with some of the 25 winery partners selected by Joe Bartolomei, representing some of Sonoma’s premier winery experiences. “Hospitality doesn’t just stop at Farmhouse,” Joe says. “When our guests are out in the destination visiting our partner wineries, they’re treated like VIP’s everywhere they go. No property in wine country does a better job of connecting their guests with these unique and authentic players” 

“Here in Sonoma, we have hundreds of wineries that are still family owned, so many of the original players are still part of the landscape,” according to Joe. “As fifth generation grape growers and farmers, we understand the fabric of this community. Our earliest winery partners were people we already had long-standing relations with, people we have grown up with or who were friends of our parents or grandparents.”

The Wellness Barn – The Spa at Farmhouse Inn

Local ingredients and a menu of massages, facials, and holistic treatments combine to provide guests with an opportunity to relax, heal, and restore their place of balance in a warm, cozy atmosphere. 

Spa. Photo Courtesy: Farmhouse Inn.

Signature treatments include The Antidote, a personalized massage that incorporates integrative techniques, warm compresses, customized pressure, and soothing remedies. Mother Earth is a nurturing session for the mother-to-be that includes nourishing belly balm, a foot treatment, and a tailored full body massage. 

Bathing Rituals include the CBD Gemstone Bath, Moon Milk Bath, Herbal Bath for luxurious soaking, relaxation, stress relief, and rejuvenation. 

Spa treatment room. Photo Courtesy: Farmhouse Inn.

CBD products are available to enhance the experience. A Couples’ Suite is available for side-by-side sessions. Skincare treatments include the customized antioxidant Ultimate Farmhouse Glow, the Luminous Facial, Citrus Essence, and Skin Comfort, a soothing facial for sensitive skin. 

Spa Couples Treatment Room. Photo Courtesy: Farmhouse Inn.

Private yoga classes blend meditation, breathwork, and Vinyasa-style yoga for alignment, flow, and flexibility. Sound Bath Meditation uses sound vibrations to help relieve stress, deepen relaxation, and bring insight and clarity. 

Forest Bathing, led by a certified nature therapy guide, uses mindfulness and meditation techniques to open the senses and connect with nature for healing. Forest bathing, referred to as “Shinrin-Yoku” in Japan, has been shown to relieve stress and anxiety, decrease depression, reduce blood pressure, improve sleep quality, and strengthen the immune response. 

Amenities

A complimentary organic artisan bath bar in the Guest Services Lobby offers seasonal soap bars, brown sugar scrub, bath salts, and bubble bath. 

There’s a complimentary on-property wine tasting every evening from 4 – 5 pm hosted by the Inn’s winery partners who provide a full educational tasting experience for guests.

Complimentary nightly s’mores complete with roasting forks, marshmallows, homemade vanilla marshmallows, Valrhona chocolate, and graham crackers are available in the Guest Services Lobby. 

Complimentary nightly s’mores. Photo Courtesy: Farmhouse Inn.

Nightly turndown includes house-made gluten-free triple chocolate chip cookies on the bedside table and cold milk in the fridge.

During summer, the Inn hosts movie nights on Wednesdays in the outdoor courtyard. There’s a pool for a relaxing swim or poolside meal.

The Concierge team can help with plans for a hike on the property, a walk at Riverfront Regional Park, a guided or self-guided bicycle tour, or a kayak, paddleboard, or canoe experience on the Russian River.

A visit to the Farmhouse Inn is a memorable experience, whether you focus on wellness treatments, dine at the outstanding Farmhouse Restaurant, or take advantage of the Bartolomei family partnerships with local wineries. It’s a way to become truly acquainted with all Sonoma County has to offer, from seasonal ingredients, stunning surroundings, and fine wines that showcase the varied terroirs of the region.

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