"Italian-style villa" is what your first impression might be driving into the stone and tiled outer courtyard of The Madrones, a luxury property in the Anderson Valley area of California. If you are staying the night you are in for a treat.
Owner builder/ designer Jim Roberts has put his heart and considerable talent into creating a real-time retreat, ready when you are. The proprietor wants you to have a unique experience and to start it off they do not consider this place a hotel, B & B or an inn, but "guest quarters" prompting the image of an extension of a gracious private home.
It does feel like that, but very private. Our room was once the kitchen of a home on property; although nothing but the charming window seat remains to remind you of the former use, I can still feel the warmth of the room.
The en-suite bath is huge, modern and beautifully tiled. Everything sparkles including the understated design. Mini fridge is stocked with enough goodies and fresh coffee to get you through your morning and there are several tasting rooms in the courtyard part of the property. There is also a terrific restaurant "Stone and Embers" so you don't even need to leave. But you may want to. There are wineries nearby and day trips to take to explore the beautiful area. Romanic stays recommended here!
Image: Kurt Winner, photographer