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Cabernet House, An Old World Inn

1301 Jefferson Street, Napa, California 94559
Innkeeper(s): Russ Herschelmann
  • Introduction

    Cabernet House, An Old World Inn front

    Old World Inn A Napa Valley Bed and Breakfast

    "Imagine entering into a page of history: life is simple, people are gentle and kind, there is unhurried time to spend with loved ones, food is plentiful and one's surroundings are, all at once, properly elegant and brilliantly casual. And most of all, there is a sense of genuine rightness about the world. We found this storybook experience - and much more - at Old World Inn!"

    Tony & Brigitte Townsend, London-England

    The historic Old World Inn was built in 1906 by local contractor E. W. Doughty for his private town residence. This home is an eclectic combination of architectural styles detailed with wood shingles, wide shady porches, clinker brick, and leaded and beveled glass. The Inn is furnished throughout with painted antique furniture. The ten guestrooms are individually decorated and have private bathrooms, the majority complete with Victorian claw-foot tubs and showers, most have fireplaces, and one has a private spa tub.

    Scandinavian colors dominate the parlor, along with its fireplace and soft classical music, and the perfect escape from the rushing world is created.

    "The fine woodwork in Old World Inn is beautiful to behold. The delicious and abundant food is extraordinary. A genuine warmth touched our hearts as we relaxed in the comfortable parlor. In fact, each of our senses came alive - and were gratified at this historic inn in Napa Valley!" Steven & Mary Beth Ellis, Toronto, Canada

    The Old World Inn is air-conditioned to make your stay more enjoyable in the summer months. Outside, there is a large custom Jacuzzi to soothe, refresh and revitalize you.

    "When visiting us, you will quickly discern that taking care of your needs and desires is a top priority. I learned the 'art of hospitality' during my early years in Holland, where I was born and raised. Later educated in France, I had the opportunity to work at the finest restaurants in Paris. Owning a Bed & Breakfast Inn was a dream I held for many years. My purchase of Old World Inn, six years ago, was a perfect fit for my vision of innkeeping at its best!" Sam van Hoeve, Innkeeper/Proprietor

    "Our company scheduled our annual retreat here in the Napa Valley at Old World Inn. Not only did we achieve our business goals, we had an excellent time having fun as well!" Steven Browne - Los Angeles, CA

  • Summary

    Timeless Elegance in Old World Hospitality

    The Old World Inn on 1301 Jefferson Street in Napa Valley, California, boasts some of the best hospitality you can find in the wine country. The innkeepers have invested in supplying you with world-class luxury and service and are ready to help plan your trip through Napa’s wineries, fine dining, tours, spas, and its many other extraordinary attractions.

    The Old World Inn combines contemporary amenities with old-fashioned warmth and friendliness. Life seems to slow down as you unwind with your loved ones, becoming immersed in the enchantment of this very special bed and breakfast.

    Enjoy the added benefit of expert concierge services, complimentary wine tasting passes and exquisitely restored historic architecture. Breakfast features a variety of different items served each day and may include entrees like Hakuna Frittata, preceded by a small fruit course like Melon Merlot or lightly roasted pineapple with a chardonnay reduction. An afternoon wine reception takes place in the 100 year old wine cellar, and is often hosted by a Napa Valley winery. Chocolates are very special to us. We prepare two different hand-made chocolate nibbles each evening for your enjoyment.

    The friendly staff at the Old World Inn is also available to help coordinate a memorable trip for you. With the beauty of California wine country, and the award-winning comfort of our prestigious inn, there is no better way to experience the magic of Napa Valley.

  • Breakfast and Dessert

    Cabernet House, An Old World Inn breakfast


    Your stay with us includes a full gourmet breakfast (served at 9 a.m. in our dining room). Tea, coffee and fresh-baked cookies are available upon check in. Each evening we host a wine and hors d'oeuvres social. Before retiring, enjoy our signature chocolate lovers desserts.

    Wine, Hors d'oeuvres & Chocolate Desserts

    In the early evening, enjoy a glass of wine and savor an assortment of specialty cheeses and homemade spreads. These delicious hors d'oeuvres are yours to enjoy with warm sourdough bread and garlic toast. When you return to your room to retire, you will find a chocolate-lover's dessert buffet of homemade truffles, chocolate walnut fudge, and chocolate Amaretto torte, to name just a few.