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Gaige House & Ryokan

Glen Ellen, California, United States

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The Premises 

Leave your worries at the door – Gaige House & Ryokan combines chilled-out Californian vibes with artful Japanese design to create a restful retreat in vineyard-laden Sonoma Valley. Choose to bed down in the main house, where the rooms toe a line between contemporary Californian and Asian design, or plump for a zen-inspired Ryokan Suite, inspired by traditional Japanese inns and featuring cast-iron tea sets, granite soaking tubs with hinoki-wood ladles, and yukata robes to slip into afterwards. Outside, the Calabazas Creek trickles past karesansui rock gardens; by the pool and yoga-ready meditation room, a canopy of bamboo, oak and maple trees rustles above.

Gaige House & Ryokan

13540 Arrnold Drive Glen Ellen, California 95442United States



Compliments of the House 

One $25 spa credit, a VIP wine tasting experience and 3pm late checkout (subject to availability)

At the Hotel 

CHECK-OUT: 11am, check-in from 3pm, but both are flexible, subject to availability.
Rates include a daily wine-and-cheese hour and a buffet breakfast loaded with banana pancakes, artichoke quiche and freshly baked blueberry muffins alongside a spread of cereals, fruit and juices.


Free WiFi. In rooms: TV, sound system, air-conditioning, minibar, tea- and coffee-making kit.


Yoga kit – not only do Californians largely exist in leggings, but the creekside Meditation Room is open for guests to use at leisure.


The spa loft is tucked away at the top of the Edwardian house – choose from a selection of massages and facials, enjoyed in sweet solitude or as a couple.


The secluded pool is in landscaped gardens, flanked by lanterns, sunloungers and swinging chairs. There’s a hot tub and firepit, too, for cooler evenings, and a Japanese-style meditation barn to one side.


The Creekside rooms are wheelchair accessible.
Spa treatments can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own ryokan-inspired room.


EARLY ARRIVALS: If you plan to arrive before 3:00 pm, you may park in our parking lot. We will be more than happy to store your luggage, and tell you about our favorite places to have lunch or to visit LATE ARRIVALS: If you plan to arrive after 8:00 pm, please call us at 707-935-0237 so that we may coordinate your check-in with our overnight manager


Book a ryokan suite with a deep granite soaking tub – they come with Japanese accessories such as yukata robes, zori slippers and cast-iron tea-ceremony sets. Rooms in the main house have a more American lean – we like the Gaige Suite, which benefits from its lofty position on the top floor, with sweeping hillside views from the private terrace.

Food & Drink 

Unforgettable Features 

The guests-only Dining Room is the setting for American breakfast each morning – expect fresh-squeezed orange juice and warm continental pastries alongside daily specials such as goat’s cheese omelette, artichoke quiche and apple-spice cake.

Liquid Bliss 

There isn’t a bar as such, but there’s no harm in pretending – each evening after dinner, guests are invited to the Gathering Room for sake, port and sherry.
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Experience the Extraordinary 

Slide into slippers and patter around the house, perhaps finding a nook by the fireplace to settle into with a book, or sampling the matcha cookies and sake in the lounge. Stroll the grounds at your own leisurely pace, pausing to admire the red maples, bristling bamboo and mighty oak trees. Unwind with yoga in the Meditation Room, near the Calabazas Creek – or book a spa treatment and while away the afternoon by the pool. And don’t forget Californian aperitivo – the wine and cheese hour every evening at 5pm. Go up, up and away with an early morning hot-air-balloon ride with Napa Valley Aloft (6525 Washington Street, Yountville) – and you won’t be too sad when you come back to earth, because there’ll be a champagne breakfast waiting for you. Take cooking and wine classes at Ramekins (450 West Spain Street, Sonoma) – you can hardly fail to make something tasty with fresh Golden State bounty at your disposal. Jack London Village (14301 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen) is a quirky historical mill converted into a collection of independent shops and restaurants; it’s named after the author who lived in Glen Ellen for 11 years before his death in 1916. One look across the miles of verdant vineyards in Sonoma Valley, and you’ll realise why wine tasting is top of the tourist to-do list. Winery-hop in your own car, or avoid the dreaded designated-driver duty by booking a private or group trip; call Smith24 for options.


Gaige House & Ryokan is nestled by Calabazas Creek in the quaint town of Glen Ellen, California. It’s in Sonoma County, which means you’re spoilt for wine-tasting spots (and Napa Valley is just down the road too).


The closest airport is in Santa Rosa, 20 miles away (35 minutes by taxi); flights arrive from several US cities including Los Angeles, Phoenix and Seattle. International flyers should use San Francisco International or Oakland International, which are two hours’ drive to the south; major airlines including British Airways and Norwegian fly from London.


If you’re planning on touring the region’s vineyards, a car is essential… arrange for a driver, too, if you’re extra enthusiastic on the wine-tasting front. You can hire from the airport in San Francisco and drive north to Sonoma around the east side of the bay, or via the Golden Gate Bridge and Route 101 for that classic-roadtrip vibe. There’s free parking at the hotel.


13540 Arrnold Drive Glen Ellen, California 95442United States

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