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Brooklyn, New York
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2013

Reading the previous reviews of Highland Ranch, it sounds like the property has still retained it's magic and the new owners/staff are truly lovely, talented people. My husband and I were fortunate to be some of the first guests to Blackbird Farm under new ownership. Blackbird Farm is in Philo, just off Highway 128 and minutes away from Navarro, Husch... More 

10 Thank lucyolive
Menlo Park, California
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15 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2012

Been going here forever! I absolutely would highly recommend it to anyone needing an oasis to relax have fun and best of all ride! Open all through the year I love it like my home. Everyone is friendly and happy. Caroline and George run this place like everyone is just an extension of their family which is the best way... More 

5 Thank Margo M
Berkeley, California
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29 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 May 2012

Do you want to feel like a very welcome guest in a beautiful setting? I could not have felt more special than I did for the three days and nights I spent at Highland Ranch. The food was great, the climate perfect, at about one thousand feet above sea level it is spared the Pacific fogs of northern California but... More 

2 Thank Michael O
Beaver, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2011

My husband and I spent our anniversary being pampered. All we had to do was show up at the main house three times a day and we were fed incredible meals...we drank delicious wines and we participated in engaging conversations....Riding the horses along a mountain path was a new experience for us but our guide, Jen, was incredibly patient....We hiked... More 

4 Thank MaryAnne P
Cedar Rdige,Ca USA
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25 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2011

This place is stunningly beautiful, the setting is perfect. The owners make you feel right at home. The food was excellent, the cabins were rustic but very comfortable. The horses were not your typical "rental horse" and the guide Jen that we had was incredible as a guide and as a horse trainer- can't say enough good about her! Our... More 

2 Thank bajasand
Burlingame, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 July 2011

We came here as one of our occasional college roommate family retreats and we really loved it. If you have enough people you can take over the whole ranch (advance reservations required, of course) The location is gorgeous, and the staff's attentiveness makes your vacation truly relaxing. A great place! We came with 2.5 year old twin toddlers who had... More 

1 Thank Jonathan K
Ukiah, California
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27 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2011

Mendocino County is an incredible location and Highland Ranch provides a visitor a unique way to experience it. My wife and I spent our 30th wedding anniversary at “the ranch.” The staff went out of their way to meet our every request including a romantic dinner on the wisteria covered dock. Don’t expect five star accommodations with linen and bedding... More 

1 Thank Mendocino_fan
Grass Valley, California
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2011

For several years now a group of women friends, A.K.A. "The Dusty Cowbelles", have indulged our love of horses with an adventurous get together. Each adventure has been unique, but the Highland Ranch stands out as superb on on every level. The location and grounds are awesome, with seemingly endless miles of trails, well cared for horses and very capable... More 

2 Thank mulegemama
San Francisco, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2011

If you like to feel special and taken care of in the great and beautiful outdoors, you need to look no further than the Highland Ranch in Philo,CA. The guests are number one and the hospitality is beyond belief. There is no end to activities that are at your fingertips and there is no end to the non-activity. It is... More 

4 Thank pattimchughrames
San Francisco
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12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2010

Spent a June weekend here with my hubby, toddler (almost 3), and my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (well behaved dogs allowed). I first visited in the late 90's (I had purchased 4 nights as part of a silent auction donation for charity) and stayed one other time about five years ago. Wish it hadn't been so long. Why? Well, if... More 

3 Thank kalexia123

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  • Free Parking
  • Pool
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  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Hot Tub
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Tennis Court
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Situated on a 250 acre estate in the Anderson Valley Wine region. Blackbird Farm is a peaceful guest ranch and farm. Located an easy 2 hours north of San Francisco. With eight clean and comfortable guest cabins surrounding the charming 100 year old Main House where delicious, fresh and wholesome meals are served. Open for vacations, weddings, reunions, retreats and dogs welcome. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Blackbird Farm

Address: 18601 Van Zandt Resort Rd, PO Box 198, Philo, CA 95466 (Formerly Highland Ranch)
Region: United States > California > Mendocino County > Philo
Price Range: €282 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
Also Known As:
Highland Ranch Hotel Philo
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“Cabin 4 and the main house are the best cabins!”
 of 5 bubbles MargoM359, 28 Aug 2012 | Read review
“There are cabins as well as guest rooms on the property. We stayed in a cabin which has two bedrooms. One room has a kingsizs bed and the other two sets of bunk beds, which would be great for a family traveling with children.”
 of 5 bubbles Ohh, 13 May 2012 | Read review
 of 5 bubbles pattimchughrames, 23 May 2011 | Read review
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