Barretta Gardens Inn

700 South Barretta Street , Sonora, CA 95370 USA (Show map)


The Inn is an elegantly restored Victorian home, furnished with antiques, built at the turn of the 19th Century in the city of Sonora with only a ten minute walk to the center of town. Each room has individually controlled air conditioning and heating. Enjoy strolling through our gardens, relaxing on the porches or in one of our guest parlors. Each morning early morning coffee/tea to your door and a full gourmet breakfast in the dining room or outside porch. The most luxurious ADA compliant room in the area. The Inn is recommended in Best Places of Northern California, Karen Brown's Charming Inns of California and has 3 diamonds from Triple A. The "Inn" was voted "Best Breakfast in the Southwest 2005".



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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.3
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Perfect Weekend Getaway

5 on February 08, 2016

For a weekend getaway from the Bay area, my boyfriend and I stayed in the Tempranillo suite and found it to be very romantic, with the decorations and the whirlpool tub en suite bathroom. The thermostat in the room was stable and kept everything very comfortable, the bed was warm and there was everything from the typical toiletries to soft robes to lounge around in. It was a pleasant surprise to have it so clean compared to other B&Bs I have been to, as both my boyfriend and I are sensitive to dust and animal dander. Checking in was seamless, and we were greeted with some tasty oatmeal raisins cookies and tea. Coffee, cups, cream, and sugar were set on the table outside our room early in the morning, which we took back into the room discretely after we woke up before getting dressed for 9am breakfast in the dining room. Breakfast was balanced and delicious, not your typical continental or rough American style fare. Astrid is a lovely person to speak with, and has a lot of stories to share on really anything you can think of. She is attentive, kind, and accommodating with excellent recommendations on where to eat in the area. She has the living room stocked with brochures and pamphlets on activities in the area as well, should you ever need suggestions on those. I would definitely make an effort to stay here again!

Two Night Stay in Sonora

5 on August 15, 2015

My wife and I enjoyed a two night stay in Sonora at the Barretta Gardens Inn. Astrid and Danny are wonderful hosts, although Danny was gone most of the time we were there as he does have a day job. Nonetheless, Astrid was a valuable and willing source of information and recommendations on activities, dining, etc. Our room was spacious, spotlessly clean, well appointed, and comfortable. The location is quiet and peaceful. The gardens are spectacular, a labor of love that Danny has accomplished over a period of years. Lush vegetation, a koi pond, fountain, etc., etc, afford a wonderful place to relax. The front porch or side screened porch both offer peaceful locations to sit and enjoy the surroundings. The breakfast served each morning by Astrid was perfect, and coffee was available to enjoy beforehand. We visited Yosemite on the day following our arrival, and the drive to the entrance is about an hour. There are a number of dining options available, and Astrid is familiar with all of them, and can make recommendations based upon your budget, preferences, etc. I recommend Barretta Gardens Inn without reservation. It offers a good base from which to explore Yosemite and other area attractions.

Lovely B&B

5 on June 01, 2014

We can't wait to go back! The Inn is very charming and a great place to getaway and relax. We were served a gourmet breakfast, which was delicious. And, the Innkeepers were extremely nice and welcoming.

Wonderful Weekend

5 on May 20, 2014

We loved the garden setting. The breakfast was outstanding and the bed was very comfortable. We didn't want to leave!

Lovely spot... wonderful hostess.

4.0 on May 10, 2014

Super cute place... very sleepy town. Perfect for a day trip to Yosemite Valley.

Great anniversary stay

4.4 on April 15, 2014

We will go back. We stayed in the Merlot room. The room overlooks the gardens that are well maintained by Danny. Nice king size bed. Quiet after the traffic nearby died down. This was the only negative part of our stay. The inn is within walking distance to old town shops and over a dozen restaurants. Coffee at eight delivered to our room. Breakfast at nine also in our room. Great anniversary. We'll be back.

We Loved our Room

5 on February 28, 2014

My wife and I stayed in the Cabernet Sauvignon room and we loved it! We had breafast served to us out on the front porch which was a blast! The grounds are beautiful and our room was very comfortable and relaxing!

Can't wait to go back!

5 on February 20, 2014

What a great get-away! We found a new favorite in the Barretta Gardens Inn. Everything was outstanding - the service - loved Astrid and Danny, the owners - the room was perfect and it is a great value for the quality, privacy and special feeling you get there.

Fantastic time

4.8 on January 15, 2014

My Sister and I came here to have a belated Christmas together. We had a great time, the Inn is very charming as are the Inn Keepers. We will be back in the Spring to enjoy the outdoor area

New Years getaway

4.8 on January 04, 2014

My husband and I had a wedding to attend in Sonora on new years eve, and we stayed at Barretta Gardens Inn.

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Rooms & Rates

Cabernet Sauvignon Suite

Ten foot high ceiling, original crystal chandelier and ornate floor to ceiling mirror, the Odette is furnished with a turn of the century mahogany bedroom set and decorated in a symphony of whites and blues. There is a large private bath with a two person whirlpool bath overlooking the rose gardens and the foothills, decorated in white and blue with lace curtains. Dim the lights turn on the cd player and enjoy the bath and the view through a wall of windows. It includes an adjoining sitting room/solarium with private entrance.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $0 - $225

The Barbera

Center room on the second floor, with an antique oak bedroom set featuring a king size bed with a brass headboard. The floral bedspread and pastel colors used thorughout the room complement the oak furnishings which include a six foot armoire. The Liliane has a view of the acre of landscaped gardens as well as a view of the surrounding foothills.

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $155

The Syrah

An attractive second floor corner room off of the central parlor, decorated in shades of rose with an antique mahogany bedroom set with marble top dresser and tables and a 10 foot high armoire. Queen size bed. The Syrah overlooks the landscaped lawns and gardens and is our quietest room

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $155

The Zinfandel

For sunshine lovers, a corner room decorated in rose and white, furnished in white wicker with a Queen bed and twin bed. The private bath with shower is located just across the hall. Bathrobes are provided. The Zinfandel overlooks our rose gardens.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $0 - $140

The Tempranillo

Pamper yourself in our first floor romantic hideaway with private entrance. This lovely room, tastefully decorated in burgundy, green and white, comes with a private bath that includes a whirlpool spa for two. The mahogony bedroom set includes a queen size bed and an 8 foot armoire (with cable TV & VCR subtly hidden within). The Tempranillo has a wall of windows overlooking our acre of landscaped lawns and gardens as well as the Sonora hills where you can watch the sun set. We can serve a private breakfast on your porch.

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $170

The Sangiovese Suite

A romantic 3 room suite with lush maroon carpeting and granite tile details. Enter from the garden with the calming sound of the fountain right outside your door; includes a large living room with cozy fireplace, a bedroom featuring antique furniture including a queen size bed, and a second smaller bedroom with a double bed. The spacious bathroom is appointed with hardwood floor, white marble tile walls, crystal chandelier, crown moldings and a soaking tub for two. In addition, there is a walk in shower with a large rain fall shower head. Can be combined with the Merlot (King)

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $0 - $250

The Merlot

Our latest addition with its separate entrance and balcony overlooking the gardens. A large elegant room with exquisite ceiling moldings, a massive four poster king size bed resting on the Persian carpet covering the hardwood floor. A soaking tub for two in the far corner and a white marble tiled bathroom with a large walk in shower with a “rain fall” shower head engulfing you in a soft flow of water. WIFI is included and a 37" flat screen TV. A special retreat to rejuvenate mind and soul(also fully ADA compliant). This room can also be adjoined to the Sangiovese Suite on the same leve

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $225

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Location Type

near Calaveras Big Trees, near Columbia State Park, near Yosemite National Park, near wine country Murphys, near Jamestown and Railtown, near skiing Dodge Ridge, City, Downtown, Mountains, Small town, Wine country


San Francisco, CA (SFO)

Directions to property:

From San Francisco Airport, drive south Route 101 to the San Mateo Bridge East (highway 92). Cross the bridge and go North 880 to East 238 which will connect with Route 580 East. 580 becomes 205 East. Watch for signs for 120 direction Oakdale. 120/108 goes directly to Sonora. Take downtown Sonora exit which ends at Washington St (RT.49), take a right on Washington and the first left after at Church St. Go to end of Church St. which is Baretta St, right on Barretta, go five blocks, inn on right, parking just after the inn.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, State Park, National Park, Performing Theater, Picnic area, River, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Desk, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Library, Piano, Telephone, Videos, Wedding Facilities, Wi-Fi, Wired internet , One Elegant ADA compliant Room, Bathrobes, 3 Guest Parlors, Porches and Garden Patios, Coffee, tea served in room, Private Bathrooms and A/C, Free Local Phone Calls

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Mountain Bike trails, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Water sports, Whitewater Rafting

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  • Check In:: 4- 6 PM
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Smoking is allowed on our front and back porches only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Outside only
  • Suitable For Children: Yes We can accomodate children, but most rooms have only one bed
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Certain rooms with private entrance can accomodate pet
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: A minimum of two days is required on Holiday Weekends and the Sangiovese Suite
  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Cancellations: 14 days notice is required to cancel reservations without charge. Reservations which are cancelled with less than 14 days notice will be charged the full amount but given a "rain check". However, if we are able to re-rent the room, there will be no charge. This policy also applies to gift certificates. Check-in is between 4 & 6 pm daily,unless otherwise arranged. Check-out is 11 am. Special arrangements can be made outside of these hours.
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Astrid Wasserman

Languages spoken

Swedish, English, French, German, Italian

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Full Gourmet

  • Time Served: 9 am
  • Serving Location: Screened Breakfast Porch, Formal Dining Room, Breakfast/dining area, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

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