"Cozy Bed & Breakfast"
Hollyhock Country House is a simple & cozy place to spend a night. Our room had a double bed with a coat rack and seated bench with an adjacent bathroom. It is an old house, so the floors do creak as you walk. Located a few miles east of Sonama Plaza, where there are no street lights. GPS makes it easier to find, esp when driving at night. We drove […] down the driveway, which leads to the back entrance of the house. Continental breakfast was served. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Comfortable and quiet"
This was our first trip to Sonoma and our first Bed and Breakfast. Overall we had a great experience and got the rest we deserved. Lucy is the hostess and she was very social and kind to us. She has a very social cat that was very friendly. If you are not a cat person don't worry because she will keep it away and out of the room. She also has very good […] tips on things to do in town. Just remember if you choose to go here you are going into their home so don't over expect. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Hollyhock Country House-Amazing!"
This is an amazing jewel in Sonoma! The Hostess is a very delightful and talented artist. The House is filled with lovely antiques, collectibles and artwork by the Hostess, Lucille. My room was very compfy, clean and cute. The country property is beautiful with deer meandering around the front yard. In the sunroom, where breakfast is served, the squirrels, […] outside, chase each other through the trees. The Continental Breakfast was delicious with raisin bread, apple turnovers, wonderful coffee and juice. Lucille is extremely affable and interesting to talk with. The House is located about 5 minutes from the Sonoma Square-it's wonderful to be able to retreat to The Hollyhock after the bustle of downtown Sonoma. I look forward to returning to The Hollyhock for a longer visit. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"A COMPLETE DISAPPOINTMENT"
This place was a shock. First, It's an old farmhouse which shows it's age. Entering the house which was located far from town, we smelled cat urine. The B and B advertised that we would have a room with a bath, the opposite was true. . Once we entered the house the woman who owns the farmhouse showed us a small room. The double bed and a bookshelf filled […] the space. She then told us that another couple who needed a place to stay would be sharing the bath we were supposed to have to ourselves. Also the bathroom was located in the hallway not privately accessible from the room. The room was small and stuffy. She claimed that Expedia had gotten things confused and so only this room was available, and the other couple who had elected to stay had no problem sharing the bathroom with us. The bathroom had a toilet and a claw bathtub which did not have a shower. Instead there was a hose attached to the bath's faucet and while other types of hand showers have a shower head attached to the other end of the hose this was just a hose. There was no shower curtain. We have stayed in small bed and breakfast before but this was a place we wanted no part of. This woman advertises her home as a hotel but it is far from being anything but a place where you are sharing a room in her private home. There should have been a full disclosure as to what one would expect by paying to stay here. We left without having another place to stay in Sonoma . Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Nice little B&B off a side road in Sonoma. A little tough to find at night. Note that there is no shower, just a tub with a hose. Good rates for the location.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Looking for a quiet romantic getaway, Hollyhock is a perfect addition for lodging. Very welcoming, very friendly, will return soon.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"We Love Sonoma"
On our second day we asked the inn keeper to join us for breakfast and tell us about the interesting items located throughout the house. She has been all over the world and her stories made our stay just that much more enjoyable.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Good rest for the adventuresome traveler"
It's a funky little place, a small farmhouse with some pretty Victorian style bedrooms. The room I stayed in (the bigger one, apparently), was small, but just fine for me. The bed is a double and my feet could easily reach to the footboard, so I had to push myself up a little to fit in the bed. I wish there was an extra blanket in the bedroom, but I'm […] sure the owner would have given me one if I asked. Good for a single person, a little small for two, I'd think. Bathroom was next door. No shower in it, just a tub. Everything was clean.VERY quiet at night! The owner sleeps upstairs and is a very friendly and interesting person - I enjoyed our conversation! Fresh apple turnovers, bread and a muffin for breakfast with fresh OJ and coffee - yum! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
The place is in ruins! Don't book!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Nice B&B in the Valley of the Moon"
Not the fanciest place, but the room was clean and comfortable and the hostess was great.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Charming and quirky"
This was my first time staying at a B&B. Lucille greeted us warmly into her country home and made us feel very welcomed. LOVED the baked goods she offered each morning, baked from scratch. We found the artisic decor unique and entertaining. Best value for the $ in Sonoma. Would stay again. Thank you Lucille!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"lovely garden setting"
a lovely location, and interesting inn keeper/artistGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Stay anywhere but here"
The problem I am facing when starting this review is WHERE do I begin?? The entrance to this ramshackle dump should have alerted me immediately, an old faded sign stuck on a chain link fence announces your unfortunate arrival, overgrown with weeds and extremely unkempt with a pothole filled "driveway" which isn't a driveway at all merely a dirt track. […] I was instructed to park the car anywhere I liked as we were the only guests. (Surprise surprise) There are NO parking facilities at all, you abandon your car in the side of a field, ok for 4wd vehicles but I was concerned for my rental. Broken steps lead up to a FILTHY tired looking bungalow with peeling paint, uneven porch boards and just a general feeling of neglect. Inside the house it's DARK, floor boards screech at ever footstep, no private bath, dirty kitchen with rubbish all over the place. Our room was tiny, filled with junk, poky and the whole house stinks of rancid cats urine. This all washes over the head of the owner who informed me at almost 3pm the "room" wasn't ready, gladly we took off and spent the next few hours searching for alternative accommodation but to no avail. We killed time before we went back to the dump at 9pm, took sleeping tablets and got up and left at 5am while it was still dark, no way would we be having ANY breakfast in this place. I was angry beyond belief that anyone would DARE to charge people for staying in this dirty, untidy hovel, quite honestly the kennels I put the dogs in are better. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Uncompromised service. We made a last minute booking in the Napa area and everything was full in the main town areas. Hollyhock Country House was available approx 2 miles from Soloma Centre. It is very easy to get into town which we did for a nice dinner. The accommodation is very European so may not suit everyone, unlike a hotel this is more a B&B […] with a very welcoming and well travelled hostess who looked after us very well. She went well out of her way to welcome us, provide us with lots of information and gave us a lovely continential breakfast. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Sonoma's Surprising Find"
First, we were enthralled with Lucille, the Inn Keeper. Our room was ready earlier than the 2pm check-in. Lucille was welcoming and friendly, but we didn't have much time to talk because we had to get ready for an afternoon event. We booked the Hollyhock since it was the only place that did not require a 2-night minimum AND didn't cost well-over $200/night. We read a few reviews, so we knew this wasn't an overpriced wine-country inn. We expected not to be dazzled by the property, so our expectations were low. While the house is dated and a few things could be fixed, it works. The room was comfortable with a queen bed and clean. The bathroom doesn't have a shower, but during our travels to Europe and Asia, we've encountered many places that did not have showers. One of us is highly allergic to cats, but the first floor of the house is cat-free and we were not affected at all, nor did we smell the odors "tillylamp" complained about. If you're looking for a 5-star/5-diamond property, this is not for you. If you're looking for comfortable, charming, European-style accommodations with a lovely inn keeper, then consider Hollyhock and use the money you save on wine tours and great restaurants in the area. By the way, Gundlach Bundschu winery is right across the street. We slept like babies. The night was so quiet. No sounds of compressors, barking dogs or traffic. When Lucille asked if we wanted a continental breakfast prior to our early departure, we were a bit hesitant because of negative reviews, BUT those reviews are unsubstantiated. We enjoyed our freshly brewed coffee, oj and fresh pastries in the sun room. More importantly, we loved our conversation with Lucille about our lives in the Bay Area and travels through Asia and Europe. Lucille is a delight.
"Stay anywhere but here"
07/20/14 tillylamp Newry
The problem I am facing when starting this review is WHERE do I begin?? The entrance to this ramshackle dump should have alerted me immediately, an old faded sign stuck on a chain link fence announces your unfortunate arrival, overgrown with weeds and extremely unkempt with a pothole filled "driveway" which isn't a driveway at all merely a dirt track. I was instructed to park the car anywhere I liked as we were the only guests. (Surprise surprise) There are NO parking facilities at all, you abandon your car in the side of a field, ok for 4wd vehicles but I was concerned for my rental. Broken steps lead up to a FILTHY tired looking bungalow with peeling paint, uneven porch boards and just a general feeling of neglect. Inside the house it's DARK, floor boards screech at ever footstep, no private bath, dirty kitchen with crap all over the place. Our room was tiny, filled with junk, poky and the whole house stinks of rancid cats piss. This all washes over the head of the owner who informed me at almost 3pm the "room" wasn't ready, gladly we took off and spent the next few hours searching for alternative accommodation but to no avail. We killed time before we went back to the dump at 9pm, took sleeping tablets and got up and left at 5am while it was still dark, no way would we be having ANY breakfast in this place. I was angry beyond belief that anyone would DARE to charge people for staying in this dirty, untidy hovel, quite honestly the kennels I put the dogs in are better. If there is no other accommodation available to you only this place then sleep in your car.
08/28/13 Christopher H London, United Kingdom
Lucielle was very welcoming and went well out of her way to help us. She is an artist and well travelled so lots to talk about internationally which is welcomed. The room was clean and bed comfortable with a continential breakfast in the morning. Short distance into Soloma (2 miles). We were there for one night and would recommend it as a European style B&B (so you are staying in their house), unlike being in a hotel.
07/23/12 GrlGoing Walnut Creek, California
Lucille and Tom were friendly and welcoming. Pleasant farm house setting. No a/c but the house was cool because of all the shade trees. The room was small, but clean and decorated wtih Lucille's artwork. The bed was comfortable. Bathroom was clean and right next to the bedroom. Breakfast was coffee, oj and fresh pastries. Overall comfortable, basic accommodations, not far from Sonoma Plaza and many wineries. We were happy to find a place that doesn't require a two night minimum stay.
"Cannot Recommend Hollyhock Country House"
04/11/11 KayD60 The Woodlands, Texas
Distinct odor of cat urine upon arrival. Tolerable during the day, but intensified at night when the heat comes on. Owner could not be reached on second night by telephone to remedy, and very unaccommodating when we decided to leave when could no longer tolerate. She could not be reached until following morning, and refused to refund remaining 3 nights which had been prepaid, As a result, our lodging costs were doubled for the trip. In addition to the pet odor, the room was very small (a small study off the stairs with a bed put in it), and no closet or dresser for clothes. Also, no shower, but tupperware bowl provided to rinse hair. Almost derailed our trip, but we decided to move on and enjoy it. We loved Sonoma, but cannot recommend the Hollyhock Country House.
12/13/08 sjinut Maryland
Please Note: We DID NOT actually stay there. We saw their listing under B&Bs and it sounded very lovely and reasonably priced. We were in Sonoma and went by to check it out in case we might want to stay there in the future. The house is rather dark inside. This is a room rental (two available) in a lady's house. You would have just the room. There is a shared bathroom. You would share her living room and kitchen, where she prominently lives, so this would be more like a hostel than a B&B. It smelled of fried food, even though the windows were open. We won't stay there because we would mind the lack of a private space in which to relax outside of just a bedroom.
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