Experience Eden Vale...
a Sierra Foothills Luxury Inn near Placerville, CA
Discover a romantic retreat unlike any other Bed and Breakfast Inn. Eden Vale Inn, one of America's Top 10 Most Romantic Inns, is nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills near the gold rush town of Placerville, California. Stylishly tranquil yet, central to many sights and activities in El Dorado County's Gold Country. Acres of gardens, a swimming pond, sophisticated service and comforts are all available at Eden Vale Inn in the heart of the Sierra Nevada Gold Country. Romantic intimate settings include your Couples Deep Soaking Spa Tubs on your deck or patio and, reading chairs by your in-room fireplace. The Sacramento Bee says "the inn feels more like a resort than a bed and breakfast, except for the immediate casual, congenial air..." Some guests come and just hang here for days to relax and recharge. Others mix some of the many Sierra Foothills romantic getaway activities into their stay.
Eden Vale Inn B&B Is Surrounded by the History of the American West
Nestled in a timeless rustic landscape, one where the American Indians came to camp, hunt and collect California acorns, you can relax at this destination resort or within a short drive enjoy many different activities. Nearby one can find the California Gold Discovery site, the Pony Express trail, some of the earliest California Vineyards and Wineries, the first Japanese Colony in America at the Wakumatsu Silk Farm, and the Transcontinental Railroad that still operates from Sacramento over Donner Summit and down to Reno. Nearby, the South Fork of the American River is one of the most popular white water rivers in the country. Excellent hiking and bicycling, in parks and on country roads, are available year round. Red Hawk Casino is only seven miles away. In the fall, our Indian Summer basks the Apple Hill harvest for thousands of visitors, who enjoy the fruits of family farms and vineyards. For the wine tasters, there are over 80 award-winning wineries within an hour's drive in El Dorado County and the Shenandoah Valley of Amador County.
The History of the Eden Vale Inn Bed and Breakfast in Placerville
Eden Vale Inn Bed and Breakfast, near Placerville and Coloma, began as a classic California hay barn built in 1919. The hay barn was central to the Williamson dairy farm. The Williamsons were pioneer settlers in the valley beginning in the 1880's. Hector Williamson, of the second generation, built the barn in 1919. The dairy closed operations in the 1950's and the barn and land sat vacant until Mark and Gayle, the current owners, purchased the property in 1985. First they converted the barn into a warm and inviting home; that home is now the main building of this upscale bed and breakfast inn. And, to anticipate the question, no they did not plan it that way from the beginning; rather, the building and grounds have been a quarter century in evolution from a hay barn to a luxury B&B. By late 2006 the owners began to think of transforming their home into a B&B. In the process they consulted with experts including architects, a B&B consultant, engineers, a biologist, a lighting designer and many more. They took a class in January 2007 for aspiring innkeepers from the California Association of Bed and Breakfast Inns (CABBI) and never looked back. Extensive renovations were undertaken, especially to all the guest rooms. Floor space was opened, walls were gutted and removed and all new guest rooms were built.
Now this Sierra Foothills Bed and Breakfast Inn is like no other. The Inn's mixture of rustic and ultra-modern features and technology, the extensive gardens and outdoor living areas, the pond that stays full and supports a healthy population of trout, and the ubiquitous artistic renderings, inside and out, make this property one of a kind. The bones of the old barn provide the inn with unmatched character. The old barn's frame, now carefully preserved and featured, are rough sawn beams and timbers cut from old growth Sierra Nevada forests. The renovations are both modern and authentic. For example, the large rock fireplace weighs about 40 tons; and the slate rock skin was hand- picked from the nearby Chili Bar Quarry on the American River. The fireplace dominates the main living area and enhances the view of the soaring Sierra pine and cedar timbered ceilings.
What our guests have to say...
"The inn was originally a barn, and the transformation … by Mark and Gayle is beyond words."
-TripAdvisor, Petal & Oscar, Oakland, CA, 10/30/2010
"This one is the best"
"We have been fans of B&Bs for 25 years or more. We have all the books like "Fifty most romantic B&Bs…" We have tried as many as possible. This one is the best."
-TripAdvisor, Louie, Dana Point, CA, 1/24/2010
"One word describes Eden Vale inn, FANTASTIC! Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy a stay there."
-TripAdvisor, Nevada, 10/30/2011
"Over the top"
"Every once in a while, one has the opportunity to experience an over the top accommodation that exceeds expectations.. highly recommended!... Although it is a B & B, it feels more like a healing sanctuary!"
-TripAdvisor, Occidental, CA, 10/19/2011
"Garden of Eden in CA"
"If you are looking for that special place to pamper yourself on your trip you need look no further than the Eden Vale Inn. It promotes itself as a B&B but it is far far more. The owners, Mark and Gayle are an amazing couple who make you feel right at home."
-TripAdvisor, London, UK, 9/28/11
"More comforts than home"
"Our hosts took the time to show us how everything works, filled up the outside soaking tub for us, put firewood on the fire, brought us a couple of wine glasses and cork screw. All I can say is what a great night's sleep."
-TripAdvisor, Manton, CA, 11/4/2009