Romance and a touch of Tuscany in…Placerville! By SHARON PENNY
If you are looking for a romantic getaway or a mid-week respite but just don’t have the time to travel to the beach or the mountains, look no further than the fabulous Eden Vale Inn in the foothills near Placerville. Tucked away off the main roads but easily accessible, this B & B will surprise you from the minute you drive in. Originally a hay barn built in 1919, the structure then became a home and continued it’s evolution in 2006 when Mark & Gayle Hamlin purchased it, thus beginning its quest to become the unique inn it is today. Mark and Gayle are the ultimate experts on the history of the Inn and the surrounding area. They are quick to suggest places to hike, bike, swim, dine, shop and wine taste. But the property itself offers so much that you might find it difficult to venture out! The mix of rustic and ultra modern is everywhere – from the original building with it’s gorgeous stone fireplace and rough sawn beams of the main house (you have to see it, I can’t do it justice in print!) – to the chic and romantic guest rooms. Each of the seven rooms is unique. All are modern, supremely comfortable and luxuries abound. Each room has a computerized lighting system – some with a button marked “romance”. Push that and lights dim to be replaced by the flickering fire. Nice touch. We stayed in one of the ‘Penthouse’ rooms called the Madrone Room. With a view of the beautiful swimming pond, surrounding foothills, and the gorgeous firepit where you can chat with other guests, this room is the largest at the Inn. We had a table and chairs outside our door and a bottle of local red wine waiting for us complements of Mark & Gayle. There’s a kitchenette between the two penthouse rooms for use by both. Afterall, we did need a refrigerator to keep our bubbly cold! What’s a romantic getaway without champagne? Enjoy your Champagne while relaxing in your outdoor (and oh so private) soaking tub. Don’t forget to pour in the lemon verbena bath salts made locally. Ahhh.
The beautiful gardens surrounding the Inn are extensive and have been meticulously nurtured over the years by Gayle. There are benches and fountains tucked away throughout the property. A great time to take a stroll through the gardens is after enjoying the sumptuous breakfast personally planned by Gayle. You can dine indoors or out on one of the many decks. Much of the food came from Gayle’s garden or locally sourced. There is even a warm and inviting on-site spa studio where you can be pampered with single or couples massages and facials. Just book ahead for spa services. After experiencing this jewel in Placerville, I guarantee two things: first, you will have had one of the most pleasurable experiences a B & B can offer, and second, you’ll be back!
For all of you Yelp users, and there are many, you will be interested to know that Edenvale Inn received a five star rating! The comments from our previous guests reveal why we received such a high rating. These are just a few that I grabbed off the most recent comments: “we can’t think of anything we would have liked different” or “The most amazing and romantic place I have ever stayed. I dream of going back soon” or “The soaking tubs are by far the best part…what a nice treat!”
Gayle and I are extremely proud to know that we have made so many couples happy and have provided such a romantic and peaceful getaway. Come experience it yourself and see what everyone is raving about! http://www.yelp.com/biz/eden-vale-inn-placerville
Eden Vale was featured in Sunset magazine as one of the best places to stay on a Gold Country road trip! The inn was chosen because of our rustic atmosphere blended with modern luxuries such as our “stylish guest rooms with high-def TVs. Breakfast are lavish” in contrast to most Gold Country inns that seem stuck in the days of the gold rush itself with doilies and Victorian era furniture. The article also points out that our gardens will be in full bloom and in their prime, as spring is here. This is the perfect time to make your romantic getaway on our 4 acres of beautiful land. And if you’re looking for things to do while you relax at Eden Vale, the article also highlights interesting activities for you and your loved one, such as visiting the historic Marshall Gold Discovery State Park or decadent places to dine, and of course, the best places to sip our famous northern Califirnia wine. Come visit us!
I am pleased to announce that Edenvale was featured in the “escape” section of Sacmag. It was rated as one of the top 10 most romantic inns in the area. The excerpt highlighted Edenvale’s beautiful property, including our footpaths through the gardens as well as our outdoor couple’s tubs, our amazingly comfortable mattresses, and our delectable breakfast options. We are so proud to have been featured in Sacmag. All the work we’ve done on the property has truly paid off and we can honestly say that we have a beautiful romantic getaway that will rekindle any couple’s romantic side. So come on down and enjoy our spectacular grounds over the American River, take a hot cup of coffee or tea by our man-made lake, take a stroll amid our superb gardens and enjoy our freshly made breakfasts. You won’t be disappointed!
“Just What the Doctor Ordered” “…We will definitely be back! …We needed a getaway so badly. Eden Vale Inn was just what the doctor ordered!” Posted on TripAdvisor March 10,2011 “The rooms feature state of the art lighting, European style showers and HD/blue ray TV’s. We really loved the modern decor, not the typical antique, country style you often see at B&B’s. The outdoor soaking tubs were a unique and lovely way to end the day.” Copied by Innkeeper ” We spent loads of time enjoying the garden most of all. We had a lot of fun exploring the well placed found objects of the landscape. Bowling balls, tea kettles, a ladder, birdhouses, Buddhas and fountains … and an evening around the fire pit as the sun set. Mark helped us plan to see the area’s wineries, which offer ample complimentary tastings. Gayle’s breakfasts were personal and delicious. All in all this was a special stay for my husband and I. .We will definitely be back!” Reno Couple
“We loved our stay!” Posted on Trip Advisor January 30th, 2011 “From the easy reservation process to the dog-friendly atmosphere, to the romantic setting of the room complete with remote-controlled fireplace and lighting, to the 2-person soaking tub on the private patio, to the yummy breakfast with the best scones ever…we loved our stay” Copied by Innkeeper Feb 24, 2011 “Gayle and Mark have a wonderful place. If you want a comfortable stay in the El Dorado foothills area, this is the place.” Accommodations include “contemporary room decorations, complimentary water and sodas, and the most comfy bed ever. You’ll enjoy your stay!” Written by CP Travel
“Paradise in Placerville” Another All Five Star Review on Trip Advisor February, 18 2001. “Amazing place! Generally my husband and I just kind of blow through Placerville California on our way to Lake Tahoe, but we decided to stay at a bed and breakfast in Placerville…I took a chance with Eden Vale after checking out their website … a choice that I am so thankful to have taken.” Copied by Innkeeper 2-18-2011
“The inn is absolutely wonderful. It is modern, charming and, has kept that rustic feel to it…Every intention of visiting downtown Placerville went out the window as soon as I stepped foot through the front door. The two days I was there, I didn’t leave the grounds, except to walk down the road to their neighbour’s house to check out the miniature horses. The gardens are spectacular, meandering paths, various areas to sit (I love the way the chairs are grouped together for you and a friend), lovely, lovely statues, fountains and garden art. It was total Zen and I felt so peaceful and relaxed there… Gayle and Mark have created an upscale but homey atmosphere. Walking around in my pajamas, going up the stairs for coffee or hot chocolate, grabbing a movie (from their very well selected collection) was as comfortable as being in my own home…
Being a very energetic person, it is not always easy for me to relax — I had no problem at Eden Vale. The fire pit out by the pond is fantastic at night. My husband and I had a fire both nights we were there, and we watched the stars come in and just begin to fill up the sky. It is very clear there and the sky was really lit up with stars — it reminded me of being at summer camp! I cannot say enough about the rooms — classy and comfortable, great bedding, the rain shower head in the shower was an added delight, and the soaking tubs were amazing. They are deep enough (and large enough) for two people to sit in and you sink right up to your neck! We loved the bathroom amenities that were provided.
The breakfasts were to die for — fruit bowls, scones, quiche, potatoes — my husband was in seventh heaven because he doesn’t eat that well at home! My husband and I travel quite often and have stayed in many bed and breakfast inns and this is defiantly ranked up there high amongst our favorites. I highly recommend this bed and breakfast. I definitely will be visiting Eden Vale again.”
“Can’t say enough good things about the the Inn and folks at Eden Vale.” We live just up the road in “Sutter Creek, but it was the great break that we needed for two days: to celebrate a birthday and an anniversary. This B&B located near Coloma and Placerville is near a number of wineries and historical attractions. Mark and Gayle have done an amazing job transforming their barn and grounds into relaxing get away. The breakfasts are varied, plentiful and good and, served in a sunny dining area. We can’t say enough good things about the the Inn and folks at Eden Vale.” Copied by Innkeeper. Posted on Facebook Jan. 18, 2011
“Like staying with friends only better” Posted on Trip Advisor Jan. 10, 2011. “My Husband found and booked Eden Vale for our Mini-Moon weekend. It was wonderful. The service is amazing. The food even better.” Copied by Innkeeper. “They made spot on recommendations for dinner and we loved having tea available all day. The property is beautiful and the outdoor private soaking tubs are so much fun…” Five Stars All Categories!
Thank you for all your help in making such comfortable arrangements for my brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Amy. They had a lovely stay at Eden Vale Inn B&B and will return next time they are up here. Jack told me that you will be adding more rooms to your establishment, and that was good news because you are in such a convenient location for travelers who are looking for fine accommodations.
Will all best wishes for the New Year!