About this listing
An attractive, ultra-romantic Bed&Breakfast semi-cottage is waiting for you in our restored 1930s-era vacation home in celebrated Healdsburg We consider our B&B not as an “alternative to pricy downtown lodgings” but as a destination in itself for those who want to take full advantage of the delights of the Healdsburg-area Wine Country while at the same time luxuriating in the peacefulness of a secluded corner of northern Sonoma County and enjoying its recreational opportunities. Not least, it is the IDEAL place to celebrate that special occasion or birthday!
At Heaven in the Oaks, you can relax in your own private, quiet patio. You can take a walk or jog through the oaks and redwoods; the path starts right outside your front door. You can swim/kayak in the Russian River (5 minutes below your patio)… yet you are just a quick 3.1-mile, 8-minute (honest!) drive to Healdsburg’s historic, colorful Plaza, shops, restaurants, & tasting rooms.
We have only one guest room--and it really is almost a separate, private cottage (200 sq.ft room + bathroom & 200 sq.ft. patio). Our objective is to give you an ultra-enjoyable stay, right from the moment you check in. And we’re “on-site hosts”--ready to give you whatever you need. When you arrive, you will be greeted with a glass of wine (do you like red or white?) and an array of tasty snacks--or, in cooler months, a mug of hot soup, if you like.
You will enjoy:
A cozy, light-filled sitting room-bedroom with
• gorgeous, spacious armoire • beautiful furniture & carpet • writing table and comfortable chairs • queen-size bed • private patio • two windows overlooking a wooded creek & canyon (where you may see our deer “family” placidly grazing just a few feet below your window) • electric fireplace • ceiling fan & air-conditioner • other amenities, including mini-fridge, microwave oven, coffee-maker, DVD player + DVDs, total picnic needs, iron & board, robes & slippers, & free, secure Wi-fi internet. (Please note that it is a room not a suite!)
Totally private, connecting bathroom with tub & shower
Reserved parking spot right in front & private front entrance
French doors opening onto a walled, flower-filled private patio, with privacy gate, for dining and relaxing, as well as a radiant gas heater for al fresco breakfasts on chilly mornings. And oh, the starry sky above (moon permitting)!
A truly gourmet breakfast brought to you.
We are actually the ONLY TRUE B&B in the Healdsburg area, since we are the only B&B that serves you a bounteous, home-made breakfast, with a lengthy menu of delicious choices, delivered to your door at the time you request (crack of dawn or sleep in). Enjoy morning-fresh eggs from Samantha, Charlotte, Miranda, and Carrie. Our guests love our unique offerings! As one guest wrote: "I didn’t have to get dressed to go out or to a common dining room. I stayed in my room, no make-up, hair in a mess and in my pj's! They brought me what I wanted, when I wanted it, hot and fresh to my door.” Another said that she felt she was a princess being pampered. Even if you’re not a princess, we want you to feel special.
What we offer makes Heaven on the Oaks a true destination in itself!
And we love guests who are looking for just such a place!
• Single or couple only
• PLEASE: no children, pets, or smoking (either inside or on the patio)
• Two-night minimum stay applies to the following 2015 dates:
May 22-25; July 3-5; Sept.4-7; Nov.6-8.
• Electric vehicles: We LOVE seeing electric cars, but if you’re going to charge them here, we reluctantly have to ask for an extra $25 per day (cash or check), the cost we are billed.
“… A true find in Healdsburg… “
“… I felt like I was staying in a boutique hotel… “
“… We thoroughly enjoyed sleeping in their guest suite which was the epitome of relaxation. Their beautiful mountain retreat was peaceful and incredibly quiet. Dave & Kathryn were spectacular hosts and I would not hesitate to stay here again….”
“… The accommodations were thoughtfully and artistically designed, with every amenity… “
“… We also wanted to go for wine tasting and guess what? They had everything to plan your wine tasting places in the valley. Maps, lists and a lot of complimentary wine tasting passes…”
“… The home cooked breakfast was delicious and large enough to keep us well fed during hours of wine tasting. We'll definitely recommend this little gem to our friends and family!... “
Ours is a quiet rural road nestled in beautiful oaks, redwoods, California bay, and buckeye trees near the bottom of Fitch Mountain. It was a popular riverside vacation area in the 1920s and 1930s for families from the San Francisco area; many of the houses are (like ours, 2,000 sq.ft.) converted and enlarged summer homes. Fitch Mountain is known for its interesting local history, eclectic building styles, beautiful views, secluded neighborhoods, and friendly spirit.
Step out your door, and a five-minute walk below our B&B is the Russian River, where you can launch your canoe/kayak, or just picnic (we’ll give you a “picnic pack” with everything you’ll need) and watch everyone float by. We can email you complete information on kayaking/canoeing opportunities and rental services.
Or head up our road: it quickly becomes a popular walking and biking path right in the midst of the forest, while a path in the opposite direction takes you on an easy ascent to the top of Fitch Mountain (all 981 feet of it!), currently being developed as a nature preserve. This is paradise for walkers, hikers, joggers, and cyclists. Nearby, and stretching to the coast, are a host of city, county, and state parks of every size and description. We can email you complete information on popular walking trails--including a fascinating one to the Healdsburg Ridge Park, which you can access from your room. And we can send you full information.
We can also send you a list of local bicycle rental shops and what they each offer. Just ask.
Healdsburg is a destination--rated #2 in the Smithsonian Magazine's "Top 20 Towns to Visit in 2014" & #1 in CitiesJournal’s April 2014 “Top 15 Small Cities in California,” with its famous Plaza--voted among the 10 best in the U.S.-and world-class shopping, restaurants, and winery tasting rooms.
Wine-tasting is just minutes away. You might start with a few of Healdsburg’s 30 tasting-rooms right downtown, or just head for the wineries themselves. Among the winery-filled areas, in 8 to 30 minutes you will be at famous wineries in Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley, Chalk Hill, and Sonoma Valley. We are truly in the heart of the Sonoma County Wine Country! In your room you’ll find full information, plus maps and free tasting passes to over 30 wineries. Kathryn owned her own winery, and Dave worked 30 years in the Napa-Sonoma wine industry (he now works in the Italian wine industry), and we will be happy to share our knowledge with you. We can email you our own winery visit recommendations, organized into 10 “admittedly-subjective” categories!
And more. You might want to head into downtown Healdsburg for a great meal in one of our many prized restaurants (the list we sent you!). Healdsburg and nearby towns boast rich programs of year-round wine events (every month!); jazz and musical events; art galleries and shows; famous running and cycling competitions (e.g., Amgen race and Grand Fondo, and the Fitch Mountain foot race); river races and festivals; craft beer shows (Sonoma County has 22 craft brewers), Farmers Market (Saturday mornings, 9-12; Wednesdays, 4-6pm, May-Nov); and a multitude of farms that supply the best restaurants in Northern California. Healdsburg’s public golf course is 5 minutes down the road. We will provide you with lots of maps & tourism materials.
We are an hour and a half from San Francisco airport (bus service to Healdsburg) and 15 minutes from the Santa Rosa airport.
We look forward to hosting you!
Kathryn and Dave Henderson
No more than 2 people; the room cannot accommodate anymore than that.
No children. No smoking. Absolutely no pets.
Check-in between 2-5 pm. Please DO call us if you wish to check in LATER.
Breakfast served between 7:00 and 8:30 am. For those wishing an earlier breakfast, the room has a coffee-maker and Kathryn will provide muffins.
Check-out by 11:00 a.m. Please respect our check-out time!
No RVs, sorry: no parking room.
We have furnished the room as elegantly as we can, with fine carpet, upholstered chairs, etc. in the hope that they will make your stay more enjoyable. If they are stained, we have to totally replace them. Therefore, we require a security deposit of $200 per stay. If everything is fine when you leave, that deposit is automatically refunded to your credit card. We hope you understand.
Read our useful "Your Guide to the Amenities" when you arrive.
I loved staying at Dave & Kathryn's guest cottage! The place is immaculate and decorated so nicely. Kathryn greeted me with a very helpful list of things to do around town and also provided wine, snacks, and breakfast during my stay. I would definitely recommend staying here!
Bed and Breakfast is an understatement - Kathryn went above and beyond to make this feel like a true retreat. First of all, she welcomed me with a warm hug and delicious wine and snacks to settle in. The breakfast the next morning was delivered right to the serene patio, and her muffins and breakfast burrito were delicious! And I haven't experienced such a comfortable mattress before - it truly feels like heaven! The entire place is really thoughtfully decorated and was a real highlight of my time in wine country. Thanks so much, Kathryn - I can't wait to come back!
We drove up to Heaven in the Oaks and were welcomed with wine, cheese and snacks. The little patio was so nice to sit and sip wine and to enjoy breakfast in the morning. It reminded me of being in Italy.
We loved our short but sweet stay at Heaven in the Oaks! Dave and Kathryn made us feel very welcome and even baked is a little cake for our anniversary. Great location, yummy breakfast, and amazing patio. Will definitely recommend to friends and family!
Dave and Kathryn are amazing hosts, and they do their best to make all their guests feel welcoming. It's mostly the little details that made this stay stand out: the glass of wine upon arriving, the super-soft towels and sheets, breakfast eggs from their own chickens, and the most detailed recommendations on eateries and wineries around town (along with some wine-tasting comp cards). Their cozy little place makes a great base for exploring the Russian River valley.
Thank you, Dave and Kathryn, for everything you did to make our stay so magically, wonderfully perfect. We loved every detail of the room, bathroom and lovely patio ~ the charm, the luxurious touches (towel warmer! sumptuous bedding! delicious breakfasts!), the comfort and the thoughtful amenities. Your location is perfect for two of our favorite Healdsburg activities, hiking to the top of Fitch Mountain and sitting in the warm, shallow Russian River at sunset to watch the hawks riding the thermals above the river. We'll definitely be back!
About the Host, Dave And Kathryn
Kathryn is a working artist/teacher and works in various mediums including painting, drawing, mosaics and sculpture. She also loves to entertain and cook as you will find out when you partake in her home-cooked breakfasts.
Dave has a long history in the California and Italian wine industries, and teaches Italian at a local college. He loves Kathryn's food.
Both she and Dave love the mountain and the wonderful hiking & river activities, along with the town of Healdsburg and all that it offers.