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