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Shady Oaks Country Inn

399 Zinfandel Lane , Saint Helena, CA 94574 USA (Show map)
62 Reviews
$144 - $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 love seat. The large mirrored armoire is stunning. Your enchanting fireplace that can be enjoyed anywhere in the room invites you to linger. The finishing touch is your private bathroom complete with a tub and shower.

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

Nightly Rate: $192-$319

Sunny Hideaway

The Sunny Hideaway ... Stroll upstairs to your private deck/balcony entrance ... your suite full of windows and sunshine! A stunning 4~poster cherry bed awaits your slumber. The 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, the balcony offers a breathtaking view of vineyards.

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

Nightly Rate: $192-$319

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. Your private bath has a shower.

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

Nightly Rate: $149-$249

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 bathroom has an extra deep tub and shower and make this picture perfect.

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

Nightly Rate: $167-$279

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 queen bed graced with luscious linens (lots of pillows!) ... invite you to cuddle. Your private bath has a shower, and a freestanding sink.

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

Nightly Rate: $144-$239

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

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Couples getaway!

4.2 on July 17, 2014

We had a lovely time. The b&b was so cute and romantic. The breakfast was amazing. We were impressed with the accommodations.

Great find!

4.6 on July 01, 2014

Here's the same review I posted to yelp: Absolutely loved our stay here. Such a great b&b. No, there isn't a person on staff here at night but I mean, really people, it's a b&b, so it's not uncommon. Besides, if anyone ever needed anything, the owners were a phone call away. We felt totally safe anyway. John, the owner, was so hospitable and informative. In the main house, the Rose room and Blue room have views of the vineyard. We stayed in the Brooke Room of the main house. It was quiet and had views of their backyard and partial of the detached winery retreat rooms. Every room has a hair dryer and iron which is not so common at b&bs, so that was a bonus. We are so glad we were able to make it to their sit-down breakfasts at 9ish. Truly delicious and kept us satiated until lunchtime. If you are expecting diner-sized portions, you'll be disappointed. Portions were more than enough for us though with fruit and their delicious cream sauce to start, followed by their daily breakfast special. One day we had croissants and eggs Benedict, another day we had walnut waffles with a maple syrup and a warm peach topping. Loved chatting with all the other guests. It was like a morning social. We were there for the wineries, but felt so at home at Shady Oaks and could not have been happier with our choice. Thank you, John! Hope to see you again soon! P.S. This place is at such a central location. Can't beat it!

Pleasant Place to Stay in NV

3.4 on June 08, 2014

Shady Oaks was perfect for our two nights in NV. The location is excellent and easy to find. The common area was really nice and we enjoyed sitting outside in the sunshine. Our room was just what we needed. It was clean and comfortable. The photos are very accurate. The shower in the small room isn't great. The water sprays out in all directions as if the shower head is missing, but the pressure is fine and there was always plenty of hot water. The breakfasts were excellent! This was definitely our favorite part of the stay. We had sausage and waffles the first morning and sausage and french toast the second. Delicious! Considering the prices at most places in NV, Shady Oaks is fairly reasonable and a great option for something a little different.

Innkeeper Response
Please let me know what room you were in so I can fix the shower. I am glad you liked your stay. Warmly john

Idyllic B & B

3.8 on May 22, 2014

I stayed at Shady Oaks for the first time while in Napa Valley for a business meeting and wine tastings. The room was quaint and quiet with plenty of room and pretty furnishings. Breakfasts were outstanding, and the hosts and staff provided excellent service. My meeting was in St. Helena, so the location was perfect: off the beaten path but close to town. The only complaint I had was that there were no drawers for storing clothes. Notwithstanding that, if I have a another meeting in St. Helena in the future, I'd stay at Shady Oaks.

Very Good Stay

4.2 on April 29, 2014

Great Stay. Enjoyed the wine and cheese afternoons. Owner made the stay wry pleasant. Cook lady was fantastic. Overall a very good stay

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, Mud baths/spas, Specialty shopping, Premium Outlet shopping, Fine wineries , Great restaurants, Balloon flights, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Winery

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, Wine tasting, Picnicing, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool, Table Tennis, Tennis courts, Video Arcade

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  • 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: small children not encouraged
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: ASK! Usually a 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!



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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