Churchill Manor Bed and Breakfast
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Welcome to Churchill Manor, a magnificent three-story mansion built in 1889. Inside you will discover grand parlors, a cheerful sunroom overlooking the gardens, and ten guestrooms featuring fireplaces, fine European antiques, and luxurious bathrooms. This setting in Napa, California is perfect for romantic getaways, family gatherings, and business meetings. The Manor is known nationwide for fabulous weddings and receptions.
Located on an acre of perfectly-landscaped gardens in the City of Napa, Churchill Manor is well located for your Wine Country getaway. Built in 1889, this landmark inn is located in the founding neighborhood for Napa's elite and the flanking mansions provide the added sense of a forgotten era. It is an easy walk to the shops and restaurants in downtown Napa, across the Napa River pedestrian bridge. Within minutes, you can be touring the wineries on Highway 29, Silverado Trail, and COPIA's Wine, Food & the Arts Center.
Grand mansion of the wine country ~ Best Places to Stay Guidebook
Churchill Manor's extensive front lawn areas are surrounded by tall privet hedges creating a welcome privacy to the whole yard. Along the hedge are flowering crabapple trees that transition nicely to the 100-year-old incense cedars and redwood trees. The yard itself is home to more than 55 varieties of tree roses and hundreds of Mediland roses, which are framed by boxwood hedges providing almost year-long color over much of the property.
Overflowing pots of geraniums and annuals grace the front staircase and a formal fountain along the front walkway arises from a circle of miniature roses and seasonal annuals. The side gardens produce a varied texture of perennials and annuals, from coreopsis and daisies to petunias and begonias, dotting the landscape to create a canvas of color from April though October. Off season plantings of iris, daffodils, and cyclamen fill in the year's floral component.
Churchill Manor has been lovingly restored and modernized for comfort and safety, but the mansion's impressive museum-quality woodwork and leaded glass remain completely intact. Feel free to relax in the grand parlors with wine and cheese served each evening.
In the Library, one can settle into a good book or enjoy a movie on the large screen television discreetly placed in the corner. The adjacent dining room can accommodate intimate group dinners and meetings. By closing the giant solid redwood pocket doors, the inn's common areas can be divided into four separate break-out meeting rooms, with additional space available in the sunroom and on the expansive veranda.
Guests enjoy a delicious full breakfast each morning in the original mosaic marble-tiled sunroom or alfresco on the veranda.
In 1889, Edward Churchill built this magnificent mansion on what is considered to be the original street of the Napa founders. Just north of Churchill Manor (toward Downtown Napa) was George Goodman's lovely mansion, built in 1872. To the south was the Manasse mansion, built in 1886 by an executive of the original Sawyer Tannery. In 1891, Edward built another mansion, Cedar Gables, directly behind Churchill Manor facing Coombs Street, for his son as a wedding gift. These four residences together reflect the aristocratic lifestyle that existed in Napa during the late 1890's and early 1900's. Churchill Manor was the first residence in the Napa Valley to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. All except Cedar Gables have qualified for listing on the National Register, and all four are Napa City Landmarks. In addition, they are included within the boundaries of the Napa Abajo National Register Historic District, formed in May, 1997. This District is the second largest in California, and comprises approximately 300 historic properties located on 29 streets extending from Jefferson Street east to the Napa River, and from Third Street south to Imola Avenue.
With nearly 10,000 square feet of interior space, Churchill Manor is reputed to have been the largest residence built in the Napa Valley during the 1800's. All of the interior woodwork of the mansion has remained essentially untouched. The first floor contains its original leaded and beveled glass doors which open into four grand parlors, each with a fireplace framed with ornately-carved ribbon-grained redwood mantels and paneling. The rooms are separated by three large doorways with massive solid redwood pocket doors concealed in the walls. The most exquisite of these pocket doors is created from museum-quality heritage burl redwood. The twelve-foot ceilings contain seventeen layers of detailed redwood moldings. Six solid redwood-fluted Corinthian columns grace the grand staircase and the music room. Miraculously, none of this outstanding woodwork has ever been painted!
Edward Churchill and George Goodman built their outstanding residences as tributes and legacies for the City of Napa. The Napa River had become an active steamship route from San Francisco, with many San Franciscans sailing up the river to attend grand parties held at Churchill Manor. In addition to banking, Edward also owned the Golden Ribbon Beer Brewery of Napa as well as the Tokalon Vineyard near Rutherford. The Tokalon Vineyard now comprises approximately 700 acres of the Robert Mondavi Winery, the namesake of Mondaviâ€™s Tokalon Tasting Room, and is reputed to be the oldest grape-producing property in the Napa Valley. In a grouping of three pictures across from the Registration desk, you can see Edward in his top hat standing along with the brew master and his assistants amid their beer kegs.
Following Edward's death in 1903, his wife and daughter continued to live at Churchill Manor. Around 1906, a major remodeling of the building was undertaken. The original home was designed in the Second Empire architectural style, a two-story symmetrical building with a mansard roof and a square central tower. Changes consisted of removing this tower and adding an expansive colonial revival veranda surrounding three sides of the mansion. The original cornice and brackets were duplicated in the second-floor porch addition supported by two-story ionic columns. A total of 22 ionic and Doric columns flank the veranda and kitchen porch. The original mosaic marble-floored patio was also enclosed to create a bright and cheerful solarium overlooking what was then the tennis court. The exterior wood siding was shingled and third-floor dormer windows were inserted into the mansard roof. Inside the mansion, gas was replaced with electricity and the third floor attic was finished off to accommodate overnight occupancy. Around 1940, the second-story front porch of the mansion was enclosed to create a private apartment for the elderly Mary Louise Churchill. An additional kitchen was added and large windows installed for her to behold her lovely front yard from above.
Subsequently, Edwards granddaughter, Dorothy Churchill, resided at Churchill Manor as well. During Dorothys tenure, many weddings and social events took place. Rumor had it that between the Depression and Prohibition, much of the Churchill family wealth disappeared. Consequently, Dorothy eventually admitted boarders into Churchill Manor to share in its beauty, as well as its expensive upkeep. Based on stories shared by former boarders, they were primarily school teachers experiencing the Bohemian lifestyle in their grand mansion. Following the sale of Churchill Manor in 1956, several families continued to reside on the second floor of the mansion, while renting the third floor to college students and using the first floor and grounds to host wedding receptions and other special events.
Joanna and Brian purchased the property in 1987 and have continued the tradition of hosting travelers and weddings in the grand scale of the 1800's.
AmenitiesRetaining the ambiance of the 1890s yet providing comfort for the 1990s ~ American Historic Inns Napa Valley
All rooms feature
- Fireplace, wood or gas
- Private Bathroom
- Air Conditioning
- No Smoking
The Inn offers
- Evening Wine Reception
- Full, Gourmet Breakfast
- Tea and Coffee Service
- Afternoon Sweets
- Cable Television and VCR
- Wireless Internet
Our morning chef uses only the freshest ingredients, buying organic and locally whenever possible. Enjoy muffins and croissants baked fresh each morning, gourmet coffee and orange juice, granola, and a beautiful display of freshly cut fruits. In addition, the chef prepares a changing selection of two daily breakfast entrees, such as wonderful omelets with sausage, French toast, or eggs Benedict.If you prefer a little more privacy, the veranda offers plenty of intimate eating areas where you can enjoy your gourmet breakfast in the morning, freshly baked cookies each afternoon, or a leisurely glass of wine in the evening.You may enjoy breakfast in our sunroom with its beautiful Mosaic marble-floor or the attached veranda with views of the gardens. Breakfast is served anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Coffee and Tea are available anytime. The morning papers are at your disposal to help you ease into the day and if you feel sociable, there is always plenty of conversation on hand. Make sure to check back in the sunroom throughout the day for cookies, lemonade and other treats.Churchill Manor's wine and cheese hour starts around 5:30 p.m. and continues until at least 7:30 p.m. or later depending on how much fun we are having. Enjoy specialty cheeses such as creamy Cambozola, smoked Gouda, sharp Cheddar, and Havarti dill, to name a few. We may serve a little Henry Marcel pate along with candied nuts or dried fruit. We leave it up to the inspiration of the evening! Napa Valley varietals are generously poured.This is a great way to relax after checking-in or after the day's exploration of the Napa Valley. It is also an excellent opportunity to talk with the innkeepers about restaurants as well as tomorrow's activities. We are delighted to share our favorite dining spots and can make reservations for you. In addition, guests often share their experiences with each other during the evening reception.
Napa ValleyNapa offers something for everyone. While the 45,000 acres of award-winning vineyards are world-renown, there are also many outdoor activities, spas, and fabulous restaurants to experience. There are almost as many ways to explore the Napa Wine Country as there are wines to choose from. Here are just some of the things to do.The Wine Experience ~ of the famous Napa ValleySpas ~ Simply to indulge yourselvesRestaurants ~ World Class eateries in and around NapaActivities ~ So much to do, so little time!
Weddings & Special Events
Whether a local event or a destination wedding, Churchill Manor provides the ultimate location. We have the distinct opportunity to stage simple to grand events in a manner that creates lasting memories. Producing a rewarding experience is our mission ... and our pleasure.
Looking for classic elegance and timeless beauty? Just a short stroll to downtown Napa, Churchill Manor is a meticulously restored 10,000 square-foot mansion offering spacious parlors, intimate spaces, and the exclusivity of only ten luxuriously appointed guestrooms. Ornately carved old-growth-redwood moldings, columns, and mantels complement the exquisite period antiques and grand piano. A sweeping veranda surrounds the three-story mansion, resting amid an acre of manicured grounds and mature trees.
We offer elopements for the just the Wedding Couple or for up to 25 guests, sit-down dinner weddings for up to 60 guests, and buffet dinners with dancing for up to 150 guests. Owners Brian Jensen and Joanna Guidotti have hosted over 1,000 weddings during their tenure, with detailed coordination provided by Joanna and gourmet food prepared on-site by Brian. Experience counts, especially on one of the most important days of your lives. We'd love to host your wedding!
Family & Friends
Whether your planning a family reunion, anniversary, girls' getaway, or a milestone birthday celebration, Churchill Manor provides the perfect backdrop for your special event. We are easily accessible from the Bay Area as well as Sacramento and the Central Valley. Our innkeepers can coordinate activities to please everyone's taste. For groups of 20 or more, we also offer catered dinners in the mansion's original dining room. During the warm weather months of April through October, alfresco dining is also available on the covered veranda. Churchill Manor has tandem bicycles for guests to explore Downtown Napa while others enjoy a game of croquet on the south lawn.
Business Meetings & Retreats
Churchill Manor provides an excellent location for business meetings, family and friend reunions, and group events. There are multiple meeting areas and break-out spaces available, both inside and out. On-site meals, snacks, and beverages can be customized as needed. When it's time for a break, Churchill Manor can arrange for Napa Valley wineries to come on-site and offer private wine pourings for your group in our comfortable parlors or outside on our veranda.