The Inn on Knowles Hill Bed and Breakfast

253 Knowles Hill Drive , Sonora, 95370 USA (Show map)


Knowles Hill is THE mansion on a hilltop. Built in 1927 by Charles Segerstrom, Knowles Hill has been lovingly preserved. Come relax in a luxurious room or suite, stroll into Sonora, catch a showing at Stage 3 theatre, dine in historic downtown. just two blocks away, or travel to Yosemite for a day of hiking and breathtaking scenery! This is the bed and breakfast you have been waiting for. Integrity, quality and craftsmanship. Genuine people. Gourmet food. Elegant surroundings. The tradition continues...



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  • Guest room5
  • Service5
  • Value4.9
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining5

Absolutely Devine!

5 on August 03, 2017

Rhonda and Megan were just lovely! The hospitality was top notch and the atmosphere is abundant with intricate detail. My husband and I will definitely revisit this establishment. Angelina Vasquez, St. Helena, CA

Delightful Winter Excursion

5 on February 04, 2016

Our trip was scheduled to Sonora to visit with family after a recent tragedy. Mr. and Mrs. Buess, the owners of Knowles Hill, treated us to hospitality that was unparalleled in our previous stays at other B&Bs. The breakfasts were truly scrumptious. The 1920s era home is masterfully decorated and lovingly detailed. We stayed in the Charles H. Segerstrom Room with the adjoining "Boys Room" for our daughter. The inn is located conveniently within walking distance, up and down the hill, from old Sonora. It was also an easy and gorgeous drive to Columbia State Park, which we visited twice; Yosemite; Big Trees State Park; even Stockton is only about a 45-minute drive down the hill. We were treated as family. The next time we are in northern California, we will not stay anywhere else.

Beautiful B&B

5 on October 08, 2014

If only every bed & breakfast could be as fantastic as The Inn on Knowles Hill. The room was delightful and very comfortable. The breakfast prepared by Rhonda each morning was a gourmet delight. My daughter and I stayed as part of a group that took over the Inn. It was such fun and was like staying with friends at their home. Thank you Rhonda and Fred.

Beyond Amazing!

5 on April 18, 2014

My husband surprised me for our anniversary by reserving us a room here. We live about a mile away, but getting away has always been difficult for us-so he made a great choice in staying local! Everything about the Inn was perfect! The room was large and extremely clean, the bed was so comfortable (and the special detergent smelled so good-you'll want to know what she uses)! Rhonda is one of the nicest people you will ever meet-and the BEST cook! Our breakfast was out of this world-my husband and I couldn't stop talking about it! We will be back, but in the meantime, we'll spread the word about how amazing The Inn on Knowles Hill is!

We Love This Inn

5 on November 21, 2013

The innkeepers at Knowles Hill really know how to spoil their guests. We would come back just for the scrumptuous gourmet breakfasts made with fresh ingredients. We particularly enjoyed the stuffed poached pear, and loved having eggs straight from the property's chicken coop. There's much to appreciate about this Inn. We stayed two nights in the exquisitely decorated Earl Warren Room, and were impressed with the amazing attention to detail, comfortable mattress on a beautiful antique carved bed, and spectacular hilltop views overlooking the town of Sonora. Not to mention the gracious owners! The location is perfect for exploring, shopping and winetasting throughout the southern end of the Gold Country. The charming town of Murphys is a short drive, and the Calveros Big Trees State Park is not much farther. We've stayed in many B&Bs over the years, and the Knowles Inn has quickly become one of our favorites.

Beyond Expectations!

5 on May 20, 2013

After a long flight from the East Coast and then a long drive to Sonora, my wife, family, and I were absolutely amazed from the moment we passed through the gates of the Inn. The grandeur of the estate, the view from the summit, the delightful garden scents and sounds of the animals were enchanting. And then we were embraced by Rhonda's loving attention, caring, and charm. The Inn and our room were extremely comfortable. We enjoyed every inch of this historic inn, complete with generations of family antiques and history. The morning breakfasts were truly gourmet and we laughed because none of us had ever taken pictures of our morning meals! As a professional photographer with a Studio that has won national and international awards in wedding photography, I was very impressed with The Buess's plans to expand the grounds of the Inn to include an area for outdoor wedding ceremonies and receptions. Their artistic vision, attention to details, and ability to "take care of us" will certainly make the Inn a destination point for many celebrations. So, we would highly recommend that you take advantage of this Gem in Sonora, but we also hope that there will always be a room available for us! John and Marge Gardner and Family


5 on May 16, 2013

A wonderfully run bed and breakfast located in the hills of Sonora, CA. The palce is beautifully furnished and well staffed.


5 on May 16, 2013

Everything about this place is fabulous! The beds, food, flowers, and view. Don't stay anywhere else. It is totally worth it.

Enjoyed it!

5 on May 02, 2013

My wife and I stayed two nights at the Inn and truly enjoyed it. We stayed in the room with a king size bed which was very comfortable. Rhonda was a very gracious host and we enjoyed talking to her. The view from the top of the hill was wonderful and the Inn itself is truly a landmark. The first mornings breakfast was delicious. Rhonda served a poached pear, unbelievable. The main course was a vegetarian omelet. To be honest, I wasn't thrilled about a vegetarian omelet. I am more of a meat and potatoes guy, but for a vegetarian omelet it was good. We were really hoping for the eggs Benedict, we read some good things about it. The second days breakfast was amazing. We had some yogurt, fresh fruit and granola, but the main course was the Danish pancakes. One of the best breakfasts I had ever had and this was our 18th bed and breakfast stay. Highly recommend The Inn at Knowles Hill.

A Place for the Whole Family

4.8 on April 29, 2013

This was a wonderful place to bring the whole family, icluding my six month old. The Inn keeper was very accomadating and made our stay magical. The kids claim they'd rather come here then recieve presents for their birthday or Christmas.

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Location Type

Countryside, Downtown, Mountains, Small town


Sacramento, CA (SMF-Metropolitan) 90 miles

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Blackhawk Casino, Performing Theater, Picnic area, River, Rodeo, Ski area, Tours, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Boutique Hotel, Mansion

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, Copier, Electric vehicle charging, Fax Machine, Library, Microwave, Outdoor grilling, Parking, Piano, Satellite/Cable TV, VCR, Videos, Walk to mass transit, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, DVD Player, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, TV, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Downhill Skiing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Water sports, Whitewater Rafting

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  • Check In:: 3:00pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only On Front Porch outside only.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes Some rooms have adjoining rooms that make suites for kids
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard
  • Deposit Amount Required: Your reservation is secured at Knowles Hill when payment in full is received. With this burden out of the way in advance, we can focus on more important things, like getting you comfortably settled.
  • Cancellations: If a reservation is cancelled 8 or more days in advance, your full payment will be refunded. If canceled 7 days or less, we cannot make a refund unless we can re-rent the room. We are not responsible for inclement weather and any results of that. Multiple room reservations require a 15 day notification for refund.



Rhonda Buess

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About the innkeepers

Antique Rolls-Royce Restoration, Gourmet Cooking, Sewing, Gardening, Hebrew Scriptures

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  • Time Served: 9:00am
  • Serving Location: If weather permits, outside decks, Breakfast Room, Dining Room, Guest room