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Special Deal: Farmhouse Inn

Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant of Forestville is making big headlines lately, as one of the best hotel destinations in Sonoma County. So by popular demand, the Wine Country destination is expanding, adding nine more rooms to its boutique property this summer.

It adds up to a great deal for visitors, too, since a “construction special” through the month of June means guests can save hundreds of dollars off their stay.

The estate is hardly a real farmhouse, of course. This rural property is a ravishing mix of gorgeous guest rooms, an elegant “barn” of suites, a restaurant fed by farm-fresh food, and a seasonally inspired spa. But the owners, siblings Catherine and Joe Bartolomei, actually do come from fifth-generation farmers, and weave earthy rural charm in among the high-end luxury.

Through the expansion, which adds nine rooms and upgrades all the outdoor space including the pool, the property will still retain is boutique appeal, says Catherine Bartolomei. When complete, the intimate space will boast 27 cottages and rooms, sporting the signature stone fireplaces, hand-woven fabrics, four-poster beds, private decks, and Jacuzzi tubs.

While construction will kick up a little soil Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. this summer, and the pool will be closed through the month of June, the Bartolomei are sweetening the pot for stays during that time.

Guests can reserve a king standard room for as little as $299 a weekday night ($499 weekend); a king suite for $499/$599; or a king luxury for $599/$699. The offer is good June 1-30, 2014, and reflects a remarkable value, since rooms at this time of year start at $495 on weekdays.

The property was listed with a 500 World’s Best Hotels for 2014 and honored with a World’s Best Award 2013 from Travel & Leisure, for the redesign of the circa-1870 hideaway, where, amid the towering redwoods of the Russian River Valley, guests enjoy personal touches like full breakfast and fresh flowers in their room, wine tasting classes with a Master Sommelier, and homemade cookies and milk in the evenings.

It’s received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014 Award, is noted as a TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Award for Top 25 Small Hotels in United States, and was listed by the Wall St. Journal among its 10 Coziest Hotels in America.

Then, the restaurant got its Michelin Star renewed this winter –it’s gotten one every year since 2007. That’s because chef Steve Litke cooks Cal-Mediterranean with exquisite finesse, served in a sophisticated setting of antiques and modern farm touches. One of his signatures is rabbit, offered as a trio of a roasted rack, loin, cut into thick coins then wrapped in applewood smoked bacon, and leg confit, draped in velvety whole grain mustard sauce alongside Yukon potato.

Recently, the restaurant was included among the Top 100 eateries in all of America, courtesy of Open Table. That’s a big deal, too. To get its best-of-the-best rankings, the online restaurant reservations site compiled more than 5 million user reviews for about 19,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The awards list is simply huge; check out the honors.

Details: Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant, 7871 River Road, Forestville. (Note that because of the specialness of the June savings, weekends require a 2 night minimum stay, and guests must book by phone and speak with a Concierge before a reservation may be considered confirmed.) 

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