Bed & Breakfast Inn
The strikingly restored Eastlake Style Victorian Hope-Merrill House is a charming reminders of Geyserville's early days was purchased in 1980 by Bob and Rosalie Hope, and lovingly brought back to their former elegance to be shared with visitors as delightful Bed and Breakfast Inn. Even the wallpapers and trim have been duplicated as exquisite examples of the period.
The Hope-Merrill, which Rosalie's research shows to have been the early Stage Coach Stop for the area is no musty museum piece. Comfort and cordiality come unstintingly before gilded wallpaper and fragile glassware.
The home is inviting, and the little extra touches of hospitality are unmatched. A glass of wine on the porch or in the parlor, brings the day to a quiet end. In the morning, the sounds and scents of a home-cooked country breakfast, make awakening a special pleasure.
The Inn is located in Geyserville, a small town in the fertile Alexander Valley, where the traveler will enjoy some of the most spectacular views of the wine country in California. Nothing is more beautiful than the vineyard scene, and the vineyards of the north coast of Sonoma County are some of the most magnificent in the world. The Inn offer a grand view of Geyser Peak, the worlds largest geothermal field, and the steam clouds rising from the Geysers are prominent above the surrounding hill area.
Guests enjoy the rural atmosphere and wine buffs can take advantage of the wine tasting at small wineries located along the back roads of the Russian River Wine Trail. Other diversions await the guests -- the river, the redwoods, Lake Sonoma and Warm Springs Dam are just a few miles away.
At 9:00 AM, a Country Breakfast is served in the formal dining room and includes juice, fresh fruit, egg dishes, homemade breads and pastries, jams, and jellies, coffee, or tea.
The Hope-Merrill House, a vintage Victorian turn-of-the century inn welcomes travelers in grand style to the California wine country. The Hope-Merrill House is a striking example of the 19th Century Eastlake Stick Style Victorian architecture popular between 1870 and 1885. The home is noted for its major architectural, cultural and historical significance and is now listed in Sonoma County Landmarks Register. J. P. Merrill and his wife, Martha, settled in Geyserville over a hundred years ago and J. P. became active as a land developer. The North end of town, where the home is situated, is identified on old land maps as "the Merrill addition to Geyserville."
County Homes magazine featured the Hope-Merrill House in August, 1985 and states the restoration of the Hope's "has yielded a grand Victorian lady poised amid Northern California vineyards." A highlight of the interior is the original Lincrusta-Walton wainscoting found in the downstairs entrance and upstairs hallway. ("Lincrusta," originally composed of wood fibers and various chemicals, became the rage in the 1880's when a decorator got a novel idea of embossing floor linoleum and putting it on walls). The house, built entirely of redwood, has the original quarter-sawn oak graining on all doors and woodwork, the work of master craftsmen of the period.
The stunning silk-screened wallpapers of designer Bruce Bradbury lighten the house and a variety of bold, striking motifs accent each room.
The dining room is where guests gather for a 5 course country breakfast featuring juice, homemade bread and pastries, fresh local fruits, egg dishes, jams and jellies.
(Click here for a 360 view of the Parlor and Dining room.)
|Take time for a little romance in our Witch's gazebo, situated at the east end of our vineyard... Ask her to marry you, just say "I do", or just enjoy a romantic memory as you sip a taste of wine.|