Located in the Valley of the Moon and surrounded by vineyards, oak trees and fruit trees, guests would be forgiven for thinking they’d gone to sleep in America and woken up in the Tuscan foothills, such is the Italian villa feel to Kenwood, and the Apennine Mountain-like scenery from the bedroom windows.

Image of Alexandra Heriot Maitland
Image of Will Boocock

Will, Kate B and Alexandra are here to help give you the inside track.

The rooms themselves are all different, but the theme is one of antique wooden armoires, fireplaces, sumptuous fabrics, and heavy wooden shutters on the big French windows. The good news is that the stylish feel is all pervasive, and not just confined to the bedrooms. The lobby and outside spaces are elegant in the extreme, with three leafy central courtyards dotted around the property, off which the 29 rooms and suites are discreetly located. There are benches, fountains and nooks and crannies everywhere, so romantics can enjoy the seclusion, and two saline swimming pools lined with deckchairs for a spot of sunworshipping as well.

While Farmhouse Inn, another Original Travel favourite in the area, has perfected the B&B feel, Kenwood ploughs a different furrow, going instead for full-on hotel elegance, topped off splendidly by the staff in their immaculate uniforms. This place has made a habit of picking up gongs from leading American travel publications, including for the fabulous spa treatments based on the healing properties of grapes. Conde Nast Traveller readers went as far as to proclaim Kenwood 'one of the top three resort spas in the United States.' Some accolade and the treatments include a sauvignon massage or a wine barrel bath.

Finally, the Italian theme re-emerges in the restaurant, under the expert eye of British chef Steven Snook who has been trained in the kitchens of Gordon Ramsay and specialises in Mediterranean cuisine. Meanwhile the wine bar, only open for Kenwood guests, is yet another place to sample the finest Californian wines available.

Why we love it

Image of Will Boocock

Kenwood Inn has been proclaimed one of the top three resort spas in the United States.

Will, Original Traveller


Key Info

Number of rooms


Eco Rating


Other places to stay in Napa & Sonoma Valleys

Pool at Yountville Hotel

Hotel Yountville

Yountville is the gastronomic capital of Napa Valley, and Hotel Yountville arguably the best place to stay therein.

Auberge du Soleil

Auberge du Soleil

Auberge du Soleil began life as a highly acclaimed restaurant. Today the fantastic restaurant remains, and rooms have been added.


Solage Calistoga

Napa and Sonoma Valleys are sonomanous (sorry) with elegant country properties that verge on the cutesy, but Solage Calistoga breaks the mould in style.

Calistoga Ranch

Calistoga Ranch

The ranch is tucked away in a private canyon in the Upper Napa Valley, just outside the historic town of Calistoga.

Pool at the Farmhouse Inn

Farmhouse Inn

Located in Sonoma County, this intimate family-run property started out as a humble B&B, and retains that personal feel. Though there's nothing humble about the accommodation, which in true Ralph Lauren fashion has taken an English look and done it better than the original.

The Carneros Inn

The Carneros Inn

Sitting pretty in 27 acres of grapevines, orchards and rolling farmland in the heart of the Napa Valley, the Carneros Inn is a luxurious retreat from which to indulge in some of California’s finest wine and dining experiences.


Milliken Creek Inn and Spa

Tucked in the heart of California’s renowned wine country, set beside the scenic Silverado Trail on the grassy banks of the Napa river sits this hidden beauty, perfect for those seeking a combination of wine tasting and relaxation.

Start creating your tailored trip today

Will, Kate B and Alexandra are our Napa & Sonoma Valleys experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

Call us on +44 (0) 20 7978 7333

Or enquire online