Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Wine Country: Yountville, Lavender

Lavender  2020 Webber Ave., (800) 522-4140, (707) 944-1388.  8 rooms.  All gas fireplaces.  Afternoon snack, full breakfast buffet; room service.  Pets ok.  Set a block back from this tiny town’s main street, in a quiet leafy residential area, this French country-style inn operates within the updated bones of a late 1800s farmhouse.  Its wraparound porch is furnished with wicker chairs and a romantic green-painted swinging wood couch.  Guests drive into the off-street parking area through a reformatted barn that now also holds the inn’s various maintenance rooms, then walk down a brick garden lane to the reception desk just inside the converted house’s side door.  Housemade cookies are always available along with the makings for a hot drink, and a communal seating area with comfy stuffed couches and chairs and an oriental carpet is provided in a tiny parlor with gas fireplace.  The music of Edith Piaf sometimes sets the tone.  An included full buffet breakfast with eggs is served off the lobby and, weather permitting, in the garden, and a complimentary late afternoon tea time with breads, cheeses, and pastries is also scheduled (sometimes local wineries also come to pour).  Complimentary newspapers are available in the lobby, and evening turndown service includes a delectable Le Belge chocolate.  A boules court (French bocce ball) is located on the front lawn, and old-fashioned bicycles can be borrowed to explore the surrounding countryside.  Three rooms have a jetted tub on their patio, and in summer guests can use the pool at Maison Fleurie--a sister inn located just two blocks away.  Books and games are available to borrow from the front desk.  Six rooms are in three duplex one-level units, and two rooms are within the vintage house.  All rooms have similar rustic decor, with buttery walls and colorful striped bed covers, and the duplex units each have a private patio.  

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