House - Entire home/apt · Lake County Highway, Calistoga, CA 94515, United States

Unwind at Hot Spring resorts, take a massage … wine tasting and dining less than 3 miles. We've upgraded your vacation experience to offer great accommodations in a unique rustic home setting. Saturday reservations require 2-overnights after May 1.

The Space

AMENITIES: Enjoy Napa Valley's premier Hilltop guest cottage is located on our historic 36-acre ranch in Calistoga! We provide kitchen & dining facilities, 2 bedrooms with queen beds, tile floors, full bath and - million dollar views above Napa valley. A home in a completely private rustic setting. We offer BnB amenities and we'd love to host you at the cottage, so bring a friend.
Our priority remains to accommodate the comfort of our guests; and, we've even upgraded our electrical systems and added small fireplaces. Expect fresh towels, clean utensils and full kitchen facilities are perfect for extended stays. Included you'll find hot-spot wireless access, gardens with a large 9' foot deep swimming pool recently renovated, sunbathing, a warm jacuzzi tub are at the Main Lodge.

CHECKING IN: Your key is placed inside the cottage door lock on your arrival. Self check-in after 3pm; and check-out (at noon), or feel free to stop at our Main Lodge door and visit our beautiful living room to linger when arriving early or leaving late!
The Cottage driveway, just to the RIGHT opposite our main front door is uphill on a private driveway to your house. Wireless connection is provided without password at the main lodge only.
Full kitchen facilities are included at your cottage. Enjoy a great view from your private deck perched above Napa Valley vineyards with expansive views and great sunsets located at the foot of Mount St. Helena!

Guest Access

DIRECTIONS: Hilltop Cottage just about 2 miles from downtown at Calistoga's east end, off the Lake County Highway. Just continue one-mile past the Silverado Trail's junction at the STOP sign north coming out of downtown Calistoga, continuing north on Lake County Hwy. About one-mile up a steep grade pass with two uphill switchbacks, turn LEFT directly between two very old stone columns - 3225 Lake County Highway. Go about 1/4 mile up our winding driveway to the MAIN LODGE, and your private driveway to Hilltop Cottage is on the RIGHT from the Main House. The cottage key is placed in the lock of the front door before your arrival.

Interaction with Guests

HISTORY: Once upon a time, our historic B&B was a part of an original 1880s vineyard and now has wine tasting just a short walk. Jade Lake trails may be accessed from our ranch and Calistoga Balloons ascend during the early mornings just below our steep hillside. Indian Springs Spa, and other resort hot springs are downtown within 3 miles.
Roam 36 acres of trails and small lakes. Guest may enjoy at the Main Lodge, our full-size swimming pool, sunbathing; or, walking your pet. Visit our lake, or try our early 1900s Steinway Grand piano; we offer our ornate living room and view decorated with authentic Old World Antiques. Breakfast is available on request only each weekend. We are pet-friendly; and, available for pet sitting to add to your vacation convenience.
The door is open at the Main Lodge on arrival of guests, and we can accommodate extra (email hidden)'B or bring an air mattress. Opportunities abound for hiking, bird watching, flower and wildlife or star gazing, ballooning, mountain biking and walking are always seasonal. Fall vineyard colors and holidays are especially busy, so book early! Your host at Hilltop, Debbie is a life long resident and the innkeeper, and will answer any questions about your getaway. 

The Neighborhood

REVIEWS OF GUESTS: Over the last 30 years, we have often hosted guests coming from other states and countries. Most are residents from California!

“Repeat for life”
Reviewed October 31, 2011
So, back again for the tenth time. My sister and Dog love this place!!!! It's our perfect escape from the city (SF) quiet and relaxing views. We always see new people and new dogs every time. Debo and Arthur are Debbie the owners dogs, very friendly and cute. We have the same routine. Rest then drive down to the strip for crispy tacos next to the only supermarket. We visit Carlos at the bar at Brannins and get our Bloody Marys. We get our coffee at Yo El Rey awesome!! Breakfast at Sarafornia. A mud bath . Then back to Debbie's at the pool. Her views are fantastic. Her rooms quaint. She always has raisin bread toast and fruit. Her house is full of charm. Thank you Debbie and Matt we will be back :-)
San Francisco

“A quirky gem in the hills”
Reviewed December 29, 2011
If you have realistic expectations this B&B is a gem. Debbie gave a good rate, a lovely king bed cottage with a lovely private balcony. After a lovely meal in Calistoga, a bottle of wine on our deck late into night we had a very peaceful sleep. Breakfast is a communal affair - very homely and delicious. We loved it and recommend it to laid back, worldly travellers looking for an authentic experience. if you're stuck up and fussy head to a downtown hotel box.Go Debbie - love your work!!!
Palmerston North

"A solid "5" "420 positive" "pet friendly"
I want to emphasize that I have only stayed here midweek, when the place was empty with a private residence. There is NO PLACE IN NAPA VALLEY or within any sort of decent drive with that sort of rate. My facilities have always been clean and comfortable. The last two times, Debbie invited me/us to partake of anything in the fridge we wanted. Now, I cannot speak to the weekend breakfast, but I am unsure whether I would stay here if I were paying the weekend rates; I just plan my trip to take advantage of the weekday rate. I would rate Hilltop a solid "5," a great getaway in Napa Valley. Because I'm so into the views, that said, I WILL BE BACK without ANY hesitation.
Bret Beall
Chicago, IL

“A Rustic Weekend with a Glorious View”
Reviewed July 12, 2013
We traveled from Dallas, Texas to St. Helena California to visit family. Hilltop Bed and Breakfast and Cottage was a refreshing, relaxing surprise. A lovely home nestled on the top of a mountain, our airy room offered a breathtaking view of vineyards and valleys. It was a step back into a more peaceful and tranquil space in time. My son and I enjoyed every moment. We left after a delicious breakfast wishing we could stay a little longer.
Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
Sherry B
Dallas, Texas

Getting around

GREAT ESCAPES ARE NOT FAR FROM HILLTOP COTTAGE: Million-dollar views may be enjoyed from your private residence… and Napa Valley's colorful vineyards with its balmy weather offers unlimited recreational possibilities. The CIA or Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, is in Calistoga. Take a drive south from Silverado Trail to find favorite nearby wineries like Stag's Leap, Mumm, Paraduxx, Duckhorn, Dutch Henry, Glass Mountain! Near downtown Calistoga take the tram ride at the Sterling Castle, see old faithful Calistoga Geyser, the world's largest Petrified Forest or Sarfari West nearby. Sonoma's vineyards are just over the hill via a paved country road! Visit colorful nearby towns including Rutherford, Oakville, Yountville, St. Helena via Hwy 29, and find world-class Napa Valley tasting rooms. Discover California's great restaurants, or visit popular hot spring resorts.
AT HILLTOP if you are planning a Saturday stay, in most cases you must book two overnights during high season to accommodate wine tourism, special events and festivals.

From Hilltop property the Bay Area is 90 minutes, Santa Rosa 30 minutes, and St. Helena 20 minutes away. Visitors are just 2 miles north of Main Street downtown Calistoga, in Napa Valley Wine country. Short Drives may be planned just 5 miles north on CA-HWY29 to Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, where a 5-mile trail brings you to the top of Mount St. Helena to see San Francisco and on clear days Mount Shasta. Or, you can drive to the Pacific Coast Highway near Jenner by taking Petrified Forest Road from CA-HWY128, just north of Calistoga. Calistoga is a seasonal resort town. On Saturdays during high-seasons, please plan ahead a minimum of two overnights combined with two overnights in most cases.
A "best kept" secret of hot spring lovers is "day or night use" at Calistoga Hot Springs Spa at reduced rates. Day use begins at 10 am and night after 7pm. Feel free to call to arrange staying at Hilltop during fall colors, barrel tastings, Halloween at the V Sattui Castle, order body massages, soak in hot water and volcanic mud baths at a resort!

Other Things to Note

Calistoga is a seasonal resort town. On Saturdays during high-season, please plan ahead a minimum of two overnights after May 1st on weekends in most cases.

A "best kept" secret of hot spring lovers is "day or night" use at Calistoga Hot Springs Spa at reduced rates. Day use begins at 10 am and night after 7pm. Feel free to call to arrange staying for fall colors, barrel tastings, Halloween at the Castle, or order body massages, hot water and volcanic mud baths at a nearby resort!

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Weekly Price: $1595 /week
Monthly Price: $4000 /month
Cleaning Fee: $25
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Great view! Beds were clean and nice. But the rest of the shack made it feel like you were in storage which was rushed into being an air bnb. Opened the curtain and the rod fell off the wall. Corners of the room were very dirty as just easy to reach areas are cleaned. Strange excessive amount of hooks. Location was great though and I don't think would take much to make this much much better.

    March 2014
    Response from Bob:

    Geez Jordan, kick back a little. Hoping we might further help others enjoying Napa Valley.

  • Calistoga is a delightful region to explore, with comfortable welcoming vibes. We were so thrilled to hold our "Annual lady cousin reunion" up in this beautiful historic location. Gorgeous wineries and lovely people throughout! Chateau Montelena is located right down the street, which was incredibly convenient. Plenty other wonderful wineries such as Sterling Vineyards and Dutch Henry are also within 15 min drive.

    The view from the cottage is spectacular! Perched on the hilltop, you get a very private feel. The scenery includes a pond, beautiful rolling hills, vineyards, live oaks, and then some! The hosts have the cutest dogs, one of which came up to hang out with us. We loved his company, as he was a friendly little lover!

    The cottage itself is adorable and super simple. Just what we needed! The full kitchen/ living room area was a wonderful, equipped with a lengthy dinning table, where we enjoyed quite the feast after an ALL DAY wine tasting excursion :) The beds were comfortable, and we were all cozy and warm through the night.

    We had such a great experience. I will definitely consider coming back to Bob's cottage for another visit in the future.

    March 2014
  • We were looking for a place with a nice view, a kitchen, and a good location. This place met all those criteria and more. The view, to start with, is fabulous. You have the hilltop to yourself, and the house is perched among live oaks so that it almost feels like a treehouse. There are walking trails all around with more access to great scenery, including more hilltop views and a pond. It was too early in the year to use the swimming pool, but we enjoyed the hot tub. They even have robes in the closets for you to use for the walk back and forth.

    We brought our dog with us, and he was delighted to be able to run around with us without a leash, and to play with the hosts' two friendly dogs. One of their dogs came up to greet us the first night. Otherwise, we were on our own, which was just fine with us.

    The house itself is pleasingly simple - just the right size for 4 people, with a full kitchen and a generous dining table. Nothing fancy, but we are not into such things anyway. A big box full of old VCR movies provided us with all the entertainment we needed.

    The house is about two miles outside of Calistoga, just far enough to feel like you're out in the country but not so far that you feel isolated. All in all, it was a great experience. We would definitely go back.

    March 2014
  • My friends and I had a blast at this cozy cottage in Calistoga. We enjoyed the hot tub and savored our privacy. We also took advantage of the access to the hillside behind the cottage for a late night hike.

    Above all, we enjoyed our privacy and felt like we really had whole place to ourselves. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a secluded getaway to the countryside!

    February 2014
  • The reservation was canceled 2 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

    February 2014
  • Enjoyed a relaxing weekend in Calistoga with this cottage as our base. Awesome views--the stars were incredible-- cozy fireplace, and the cutest, friendliest dogs for my dog to play with. Dog friendly is of paramount importance to me- so this is the perfect spot if you're a dog person. Debbie was really sweet and her Inn down the hill is full of history- very good views from the big windows at her place. You can also see the geyser from her windows.

    February 2014
  • My friends and I rented the upper cottage for the weekend to celebrate a birthday. The place was immaculate when we arrived. Checking in and out was incredibly easy. Everyone we interacted with was very friendly and hospitable. The place itself was fantastic. It was fully stocked, exactly as advertised, and had a great view.

    January 2014
  • The cottage has a great view and was the perfect size for a spa and wine weekend with my girls. The linens were fresh and clean and the kitchen appliances that we used all worked well. For anyone looking for a modern or super chic place to sleep this isn't it, but if you enjoy a rustic and laid back environment than you will find this spot very charming!

    January 2014
  • I do not recommend this place. there are hotels all over napa more comfortable, with better amenities and lower price. I left a book and PJs there, which is totally my fault. I contacted the owner and offered to pay for shipping them back but despite multiple e-mail exchanges, and empty promises to follow up and return my belongings, I still do not have them back. there are far better choices of places to stay in Calistoga. zero stars

    January 2014
  • This is a perfect retreat in wine country. The place is simple, but very private, and is a great place to stay in Wine country if prefer comfort and access to sun and the outdoors over luxury. My partner and I went up there with my mom and sister and two pups, and we were very comfortable. We cooked a great dinner, went on a morning hike right on the grounds, and enjoyed morning coffee and sun on the deck. I'd definitely go back.

    December 2013
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Often in the role of Papa Bob, I recently moved from up north to my daughter's area in Vista, CA, North County San Diego, to be near my twin grandsons. I live off-property and travel throughout the Golden State. It has led to a career as a journalist, photographer and publisher while staying at many great accommodations. Sitting atop Napa Valley, Hilltop Cottage is a perfect getaway choice located in Calistoga. I've personally toured the area's recreational possibilities, hot springs and accommodations as far back as 1973, and I've always enjoyed the rustic home setting on 36 acres where the cottage is located. The cute cottage has a private driveway up the hilltop above the historic summerhouse lodge that was built in the 1960s. It is the family home left after a terrible fire consumed the Tubbs historic home, and leaving below only Chateau Montelena and Jade Lake still original to the 1880s. Come and enjoy our main lodge property and garden views with many amenities available to compliment our guests at the cottage. My personal journey moving to southern California has made Hilltop Cottage available to share with those interested in a great location on Napa Valley's edge. It's a 3-minute drive from downtown Calistoga on Lake County Highway, and itself at a crossroads on the way to Sonoma Valley and Alexander Valley. Ask me questions about traveling here if you decide you're are ready to visit. I've spent over 20 years as a media photographer attending many California events including the Monterey Jazz Festival, wine festivals and recreational venues. I've authored recent print editions released by Arcadia Publishing, and they can be found on Amazon. It's a 5-volume series of photography books featuring the history of California's Spanish Missions and story of El Camino Real. Check my photographic journal projects "California Tour & Travel," "Calistoga's Camelot," and "Hillcrest Country Inn" on the web. Thanks for stopping by! Bob
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