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.
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!
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 Innkeeper Bob's famous breakfasts. His French Toast Bananas Foster will make you feel like royalty. Specials of the house include fritattas made from local vegetables, omelets and homemade blackberry sour cream coffee cake. Ingredients are always fresh, local and organic if possible. We often season with mint, tarragon or thyme grown in our garden. We feature homemade granola, fresh baked goods from our own kitchen, and Bob's homemade sausage.
Your innkeepers are also master bakers and enjoys preparing homemade desserts for her guests.
|A GLANCE BACKWARDS
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.