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mike and debbie brooks, santa nella house ownersAbout Santa Nella House
Santa Nella House owners, Mike and Debbie, discovered the Russian River ten years ago and fell in love with the forest and river, thus becoming frequent visitors to the area. On one such visit to the river they stayed at the Santa Nella House and immediately felt at home in this popular Victorian farmhouse. Being born and raised in the desert of Las Vegas they decided to pull up roots and settle in beautiful Sonoma County. Both Mike and Debbie love their new home near the river and hope to give other visitors the perfect B&B experience.

We are dedicated to ensuring that your visit to the Sonoma Wine Country / Russian River recreation area is rich in experience and relaxing in nature. Your room rate includes ...

• Luxurious robes and a cozy fireplace in every room.
• Hair dryer, shampoo, conditioner, lotion & gel, shower cap and vanity set in each room.
• Our water comes fresh from our spring and bottled water is available for your convenience.
• Our wrap-around veranda with porch swing provides peaceful areas to sit for reading, eating and conversation.
• A spa area is located in the midst of a redwood grove and seats six.mike and debbie brooks, santa nella house owners
• Dessert served in the evenings.
• Wine is poured early evening and Port is available later.
• Fresh breakfast is served daily with organic coffee. Our homegrown garden herbs season our breakfasts.
• Free Wi-Fi is available for your modern communication needs.
• We offer personalized concierge service.

Pictured at right: On Wednesday, August 10, Santa Nella House had Ferrari-Carano Winery come out to do a private wine tasting for their guests. This is the first in a series of private wine tastings by local Sonoma County wineries.


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Ascend the grand staircase of Santa Nella House. Enter a home where history speaks and the hospitality is gracious. Antique tiffany lamps and a redwood wall from wood milled on this very property - all provide a cozy welcome.

Living Room
Enter the living room, appointed with fresh flowers and objects of beauty, lace and filtered sunlight. A place of enchantment where treats and fancy cheeses are served when you arrive. A glass of wine? A cup of tea for refreshment?

Relax in this quiet book-filled room. Enjoy the company of a loved one, strum the guitar, or indulge in a good read!

Peaceful Spaces
Our wrap-around veranda with porch swing provides intimate areas to sit for reading, eating and conversation. A spa area is located in the midst of a redwood grove and seats six in the hot tub and four in the sauna.

You will be delighted with our freshly prepared morning meal! Specials of the house include stuffed French Toast, homemade cinnamon rolls, and egg dishes made with local vegetables. Ingredients are always fresh, local and organic if possible. We often season with mint, basil, and tarragon grown in our garden. We feature homemade granola, and freshly baked goods from our own kitchen.

Your innkeepers enjoy preparing homemade desserts for the evening.


Deeply rooted in history, this classic Victorian farmhouse was built in 1870 from redwood trees felled and milled on site. A prosperous San Francisco physician, Dr. Joseph Prosek, was an immigrant from Bohemia and a good friend of the Korbel brothers from the same area of Europe. Dr. Prosek and his wife Emma, purchased 200 acres along the Russian River, across from the Korbel Vineyards, and built the family home known today as Santa Nella House.

They also built a sawmill and an olive oil press. They planted olive trees, which did not flourish and later planted vineyards, which fared much better. For many years the Santa Nella Winery produced quality wines and vinegars.

As the story goes, Dr. Prosek and Emma occasionally visit the inn as friendly ghosts, dressed in their Victorian finery. The Inn is listed in the book, The Haunted Inns of Northern California.

The name Santa Nella comes from St. Petronella, a first-century martyr and daughter of St. Peter, founder of the Christian Church in Rome. Legend tells us that St. Petranella was miraculously cured of a fever by St. Peter and today devout Catholics pray to Saint Petronella for relief of a fever. If you're afflicted, we highly recommend one teaspoon of our Santa Nella House vinegar. It may not cure you, but it can't hurt.

Santa Nella House has been a bed and breakfast inn since 1984. Restored to its original elegance, today it continues a time honored tradition of warm, welcoming hospitality.

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