Shady Oaks Country Inn

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


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"




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  • Guest room3.9
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.1
  • Cleanliness4.5
  • Onsite Dining4.5

Best bed & breakfast in ST Helena

4.4 on December 29, 2015

Best bed & breakfast in ST Helena If you are looking for the experience of a small, cozy, comfortable B&B, Shady Oaks Country Inn is just right. My husband and I were touring wine country and Shady Oaks is located right in the middle of the Nappa Valley. Staying at the B&B is just like being invited into someone's home and treated like a guest.

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4.8 on October 30, 2014

Stayed for 2 nights. John was a great host especially helpful with dining and wine tasting ideas.

Fantastic breakfasts with knowledgeable and friendly owners

5 on October 16, 2014

Great location in St Helena set amongst the vines. Short trip this time - would love to stay again soon!

Our First Napa Visit!

4.4 on October 04, 2014

As this was our first visit to Napa we were unsure of how the wineries were laid out We took what we thought was a risk staying in St Helena and what a great choice it was! All the key wineries were so close and the small downtown was terrific as well as great restaurants!

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4.6 on September 22, 2014

Wonderfull place to stay and the Runnells were wonderful hosts! The room was clean, quiet and most comfortable. Breakfast was amazing. Strongly recommend

Cozy hideaway close the best St. Helena has to offer.

4.0 on September 12, 2014

B & B was very quiet with great couples to share stories over breakfast. The breakfasts were delicious server with a mimosa to start our days. I would definitely go back.

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.

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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

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

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Location Type

Countryside, Small town, Wine country


San Francisco, CA (SFO) 60 miles miles

Directions to property:

From San Francisco airport take Hwy. 101 north to the Bay Bridge towards Oakland(east). Take Hwy 80 east towards Sacramento. In Valejo take the Hwy. 37 exit to Napa. Turn right on Hwy. 29/128 (north). Continue north through Napa towards St. Helena. About 2 miles south of St. Helena turn right on Zinfandel Ln. We are 1/2 mile on the right.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Nature area, 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

Cottage, Historic Inn, Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

Bike rental, Board games, Computer, Fax Machine, Fridge, Library, Parking

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi, iPhone docking station

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, BocceWine tasting, Picnicing, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 4:00 P.M.
  • Check Out:: 11:00 A.M.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes small children not encouraged
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: ASK! Usually a 2 Day minimum on weekends and holidays
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • 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

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

Innkeepers 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 Room, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

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

Wine Lovers Getaways

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 $95/person

Ongoing Discount

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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