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Shady Oaks Country Inn

399 Zinfandel Lane , Saint Helena, CA 94574 USA (Show map)
57 Reviews
$239 - $319
per night

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We invite you to experience the warmth and romance of our Country Inn. Secluded on two acres of Oak and Walnut trees among the finest wineries and restaurants in the Napa Valley on Zinfandel Lane. Relax and enjoy the elegant ambiance, the country tranquility and each other in our little piece of heaven. The location doesn't get any more central than this! Each of our five immaculate guest rooms has its own private bath One was an actual winery from 1883-1887! No matter which room you choose, each has all of your comforts in mind for YOUR special getaway. "The perfect place to fall in love" We serve premiuum wines & cheeses each evening; you may possibly even sample the innkeepers own wines which get raves for "more", by the many repeat guests! Breakfast has always been an event at Shady Oaks; and has been famous for so long we figure it must be considered "legendary" by now! A full gourmet champagne breakfast....known as "the best in the valley". "You are a stranger here but once"

Rooms & Rates

The Winery Retreat

The Winery Retreat..has its own private entrance..Inside and out the fabulous stone walls breathe history, as this room was an actual winery from 1883 - 1887! Many have said that staying here is like "being tucked away in the south of France". This elegant and secluded retreat offers a breathtaking king size brass and ivory bed, and beautiful 1800's love seat. The mirrored triple doored armoire is stunning. Your enchanting fireplace that can be enjoyed anywhere in the room, invites you to linger. The finishing touch is your luxurious private bathroom complete with a tub and shower combination.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $249/$199

Sunny Hideaway

The Sunny Hideaway ... Stroll upstairs to your private deck entrance ... your suite full of sunshine, windows and plants. A stunning white iron and brass antique queen bed abundant with pillows and a white rattan love seat and chairs enhance your comfort. Your beautiful fireplace keeps you warm and makes for extra cuddle-ability. Indulge yourself in a bubble bath in your antique claw foot tub (with shower) tucked snugly in the corner of your private bathroom. (we provide the bubbles, of course!) Outside, your balcony offers a breathtaking view of vineyards forever. $269.00

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $269/$229

Brookes Room

Brooke's Room ... named after our daughter. Tucked privately in the corner of the main house you enjoy serene tranquility. The windows covered with white crisp Priscilla curtains do not block your view of the rope swing that hangs from the old oak tree. This room blends today's freshness with yesteryear's memories ... with a white washed dressing table, chest of drawers, and love seat. Mirrored sliding closet doors illuminate your little piece of heaven and the magnificent four poster ivory and brass bed. Your private bath has a shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $199/$159

Rose Room

The Rose Room ... A beautiful hand carved antique oak queen bed invites you in ... the plush scarlet carpeting and the many windows dressed in lace are just the beginning of the old fashioned elegance. A fabulous fireplace and a tapestry and oak rocker love seat invites you to stay ... The large luxurious bathroom is spectacular ... the oversize tub and shower, a freestanding sink and a window in the bath make this picture perfect.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $229/$183

Country Blue Room

The Country Blue ... the country view as you peer out of double windows through white lace ... the antique oak armoire and my grandmother's dressing table make this room especially cozy. The beautiful white iron antique queen bed graced with luscious linens (lots of pillows!) ... invite you to cuddle. Your private bath has a shower, and a freestanding sink. Check in time is 4:00 P.M. and Check out time is 11:00 A.M.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $189/$159

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  • Guest room3.9
  • Services4.6
  • Value4.1
  • Cleanliness4.4
  • Dining4.5

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57 Reviews

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Great location

3.2 on March 25, 2014

John was a great Inn keeper. He came out to share wine with us in the afternoon and was very friendly and helpful. The breakfast was average at best and the cook was a bit snarky. We stayed in the blue room which was tiny, tiny, tiny with no bathroom amenities. Location was great, close to wineries, resturants and town. Property was quiet, we'll kept and peaceful.

Innkeeper Response
I am sorry you felt the breakfast was not so special. Most of our guests love our full champagne breakfast. I have never had anyone complain about our Innkeepers. "Snarky" Hope is a wonderful sweet woman is what ALL of our guests say. We do supply Soap, Shampoo and lotion in the rooms. Maybe somehow you missed them or we forgot to put them in that day. I am glad you enjoyed me and our location and the condition of our Inn. We do our best to keep everything clean and up to date.

Lovely Place to Stay

3.8 on February 24, 2014

I loved the fireplace in our room and the service was wonderful. Easy check-in and very helpful when trying to find dinner spots. Also, hooked us up with an inexpensive car service.

Not for yuppies or established professionals, over priced! Worth $89

1.8 on January 22, 2014

Oh God. We are extremely disappointed with this BB. My Fiance took me to our second trip to Sonoma, Napa, St. Helena. I was in charged of a romantic BB selection. He wanted a special place. I did spend a few hours reading reviews, searching maps and based on the reviews, I choose the Sandy Oaks. I even spoke with the owner. Really? She never showed up to to great us as she told me. Most of the comments mentioned the owners hospitality, we never saw them in premises. The comments talks about how special this place is, maybe was 70 years ago. The rooms are OLD, but OLD fashioned, the carpet needs URGENT replacement. Everything is 'military' scheduled. If you are not at the breakfast table at 9:00am, you will miss it. I think we missed understood the menu, but my fiance was expecting eggs benedict, his favorite breakfast. Instead we got sausage and french toast. (I am vegetarian, didn't have a choice!!!) The worse, the pictures in their website are misleading. Not from their premises. We are frequent travelers, a semi retired couple in our early 40's, not a place for us. This place is worth $89.00, we paid almost $250.00! - unbelievable! Again, if you are a yuppy or an established professional, this is not a place for you. Keila

Amazing place

5 on October 17, 2013

Everything was great about this place. The staff was friendly and helpful and you cant beat the breakfast spread each morning. Its a perfect location!

Tranquil, Peaceful Oasis

5 on June 04, 2013

Lovely, peaceful, serene setting for a get-away. Our Winery Room, located in the small, adjacent building was charming and atmospheric, with a rock wall and lovely antiques. Breakfast, served outside on the wisteria-covered patio, was fabulous and filling. Hosts Lisa and John made us feel like we were visiting the home of long-time dear friends. Shady Oaks will definitely be our destination on future visits.

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Location Type

Countryside, Small town, Wine country


San Francisco, CA (SFO) 60 miles miles

Directions to property:

San Francisco,Sacramento,Oakland

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Premium Outlet shopping, Mud baths/spas, Specialty shopping, Great restaurants, Balloon flights, Fine wineries , Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Winery, Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Billiards, Bird watching, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Mountain Bike trails, Croquet, Picnicing, Wine tasting, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool, Table Tennis, Tennis courts, Video Arcade

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Country Inn, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Computer, In-room internet, Fax Machine, Internet Service, Telephone, Washer/dryer

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Board games, Ceiling fans, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Billiards, Bird watching, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Mountain Bike trails, Croquet, Picnicing, Wine tasting, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool, Table Tennis, Tennis courts, Video Arcade

Check Dates


  • Check In:: 4:00 P.M.
  • Check Out:: 11:00 A.M.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Limited
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Suitable For Children: not recommended
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 Day minimum on weekends and holidays
  • Deposit Amount Required: Full amount
  • Cancellations: If you cancel more than 21 says prior to the date of your reservation date, a full refund will be made less a $25.00 charge. If you cancel less than 21 days prior to the reservation date; a refund will be made ONLY if the room night(s) can be re rented.



John & Lisa Runnells

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About the innkeepers

Lisa & John are corporate runaways from the restaurant world. As happy Innkeepers of 21 years they pride themselves on their warm hospitality. "You are a stranger but once." Rich and Angi Cirigliano. John has been making wine for 12 years which he occasionally pours for the guests. Let them help you with reccomendations for small boutique wineries and their favorite restaurants,fine dining and great wine are their greatest passions.

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  • Time Served: 9:00 A.M.
  • Serving Location: Roman pillared patio built in 1883, Breakfast/dining area

Signature Dish

Eggs Benedict
We also serve Belgian Waffles, Stuffed French Toast,home baked croissants,fresh fruit,our own blend of coffee, teas, juice and champagne!



Hot Deal

20% off all rooms Sunday through Thursday

Regular Rate: $239 now $191 (20% Savings:)

Receive a 20% discount on all rooms through April, 2014. Monday through Thursday. Of course this includes our full champagne breakfast and premium wines and cheeses in the evening. Holiday periods excluded. Not valid with any other discount or offer. Discounts not retroactive

expires Wednesday

Special Package

Spa/Massage Specials

SPA PACKAGE - Indulge your senses with Lavender Hill Spa, the ultimate couples spa in Calistoga. Bath treatments, massage, salt glows, couples and seasonal packages make this "Garden Spa for Couples" a favorite. Try their most popular combination - (2hrs) includes the couples bath treatment of choice followed by one hour(individual)therapeutic massages. Packages from

Winery Tour Package

TOUR COMPANY PACKAGE - Let Playtpus tours do the driving for you! Playtpus specializes in "...smaller, charming back roads vineyards, historic wineries and family owned operations are our specialty. We love to bring our guests to hidden gem wineries - many of which they have never even heard of..." These will soon be your favorites! Tour includes pick up and drop off, with a picnic lunch included. Tasting fees are NOT included. Tours from $75/person

Romance Packages

Enter your room to a bouquet of a dozen beautiful long stem roses, a box of 6 delectable mouthwatering “Woodhouse” chocolates…locally made also “Oprah endorsed”! AND a fabulous bottle of Roederer Champagne! To toast the beginning of your most romantic stay! All for just $98

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399 Zinfandel Lane , Saint Helena, CA 94574 USA (Show map)

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