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Perfect Wine Country Retreat
No matter if you live in Portland or are from somewhere outside of the immediate region, Abbey Road Farm B & B is a perfect location to experience wine country. My partner and I decided to celebrate my birthday with a day of wine tasting, a great dinner (of course with wine) and an overnight without the stresses and danger of driving home at night. Abbey Road is an 82 acre farm that also happens to host AgriVino, an Italian farm-style restaurant. Taken together, Abbey Road and AgriVino very much resemble Agriturismos in Italy, which are some of the best places to stay in the Italian countryside. We stayed in the Pinot Noir Suite on the second floor of the "Silo" building. Our arrival happened to coincide with the host not being present. A little odd, perhaps, but not to worry: Printed information was available in the Silo reception area, the key to our suite was in the door, and we quickly made ourselves comfortable. The rate for our suite was $279/night with breakfast. WHAT WE LIKED: --The Silo building is, overall, unique, and the Pinot Noir Suite (one of five) was spacious with simple contemporary furnishings and a super comfortable king-sized bed. Everything appeared well maintained and clean. --Complimentary wifi is fast and consistent. --An awesome breakfast served in the kitchen in the lower level of the Ranch House is included with the room rate. (The Ranch House, itself, is self-catering, has three bedrooms and is rented as a complete unit). --The lounge comes equipped with a Keurig coffee machine and Portland Roasting and Seattle Best coffee pods. Chilled white wines (mostly Willamette Valley chardonnays from various wineries) were available in a mini-fridge and, as far as I could tell, were complimentary. --The chef, who was part of the culinary team at Higgins in downtown Portland, and the host were delightful when we finally met them at breakfast. --AgriVino is located on the farm but is otherwise a separate business and is a mere 50-75 yards from the suites. --Abbey Road Farm is just a few miles outside of Carlton, one of the epicenters of Oregon wine country. Goats, donkeys, sheep, chickens, ducks, and others are all around the property. The view of the surrounding hills and countryside is wonderful! WHAT COULD BE DIFFERENT: Not much in our opinion. The rate is on the high side; but, we felt that the owners deliver value. The combination of dinner, bed, and breakfast in a sublime setting is unbeatable! We will return!
Great breakfast and beautiful grounds
The positives are the really wonderful innkeepers and lovely farm setting. Breakfast was great, coffee available anytime in the lounge with real 1/2 & 1/2. The new event space just outside was great; happily there were no events so we did not have issues using the space. The Agrivino restaurant on site is super and a short walk from bed. But, I would be really annoyed to pay $275 a night to have an event happening right outside my window that limits my access to the grounds so take that into consideration. Also the rooms need some work. The beds are fine but the seating was limited and uncomfortable. The bathrooms are dated with lower quality of towels etc than expected.
New Owners- Amazing Chef/Innkeepers but new owners emphasis is Events not the B&B
New owners and amazing new Chef/Innkeepers. However, new owners emphasis is events not the B&B. Normally, when someone is having an event at a B&B, the owners have a policy that you rent the whole place. However, the new owners at Abbey Road place were using a group of volunteers who they allowed to use the place for free, and unsupervised by their event coordinator, to get marketing shots while we were the guests that were relegated to our room during the photo shoot that took over the whole of the grounds and the other common areas, for the entire afternoon until sunset. Given how the general manager and event coordinated treated us, it was really clear the priority is not the B&B. They are building a new winery and planting a vineyard so that they can do events, which is their priority not their guests. The new owners have put very little into the B&B, with the exception of hiring a really good chef, Eric, who with his wife, Sara, are also experienced innkeepers who really know their stuff, but do not seem to be given the authority to make the B&B into a first class B&B. We have been coming to Abbey Road B&B for over ten years, and knew the previous owners well, but the B&B really needed upgrading. The new owners did very little to the B&B silos. Everything needs upgrading. The baths, the beds, the amenities, WIFI, TV, fridges in room, etc. The new owners put thousands into a new Tool Shed/Lounge that is great, but it's meant to be used for events (or marketing shoots for the owners) while guests are at B&B. We came back from dinner to a full on party by the group of volunteer models and photographers doing the marketing photo shoot, and the "event coordinator" Kristen, was nowhere to be found. It was Sunday afternoon and the Innkeepers day off, otherwise this clash between a marketing photo shoot and B&B guests would never have happened. The common area in the Silo, was trashed by another guest who invited all her nonpaing friends and family over to use the area for free during the day, and then volunteers doing the photo shoot had taken over a room in the silos that they weren't even paying for because the owners were getting free marketing photos for events. The event coordinator showed up when she got the heads up about the conflict between the guest and the photo shoot and informed us that this was a group of people who were trading their services for use of the venue while we were paying guests. We suggested that if events are going on the guests should be forewarned that they will not be able to use any of the amenities. We came to breakfast the next day and the innkeepers were lovely and gracious and food was fantastic, but never said a word, when I asked if they knew what had happened, they said the general manager had informed them that events were to be allowed while paying guest were there...so be forewarned. New owners/General Manager don't care about the B&B guests, and don't listen to the experienced innkeepers they have hired to give them good advice. We left with a bad taste in our mouths about the new owners and general manager, but would come back again as long as the chef/innkeepers are still there and cooking up wonderful breakfasts and hopefully the new owners/general manager will read the reviews and listen to the sage advice of the experienced innkeepers about how to get and keep good customers ...Unfortunately the absolute silence from the general manager and events coordinator gave us the clear message that they don't care about their B&B guests, its all about the events and the new winery. We hope they learn that customers do matter, and if they want customers for the events, then they are going to have to upgrade the B&B and treat their paying customers with far more respect.
First Class Experience in Oregon Wine Country
First, I am not a Habitual Reviewer but I felt this experience was unique enough to take the time to do it.... If you are looking to enjoy wine country or just take a weekend off and relax, this is the place to do it. It's beautiful and relaxing. The staff was upgrading the place literally every day we were there, whether it was new rocking chairs or fresh flowers. Abbey road is centrally located to provide easy access to all wineries as well as the near by towns. We had dinner at Agrivino, a five course meal which included wine that you can walk to the first night and it was a great way to kick off the trip. The innkeepers/chefs provide a FIVE star breakfast every morning included in your room price. This was the best food we ate anywhere in Oregon, including trendy spots in Portland. They even made us a world class spread "to go" when we were heading out early one morning. The manager Emily was very accommodating. She provided us with chocolate from her personal stash one night we were in desperate need of something sweet. The following serves as a warning, not as a complaint. There are no Tv's or an ice machine but there is WiFi which works fine assuming your're doing anything that requires substantial speed. Trust me, you do not need a TV while there; enjoy the food, wine, and views of the area and unplug and relax. SD note, visit beaux freres winery while there, it is close and top class.
Hospitality, a Great Room, and a View
Oregon's wine country is loaded with quaint B&Bs, but I doubt any compare to the Abbey Road Farm. The rooms are terrific: Well furnished, lots of space - jacuzzi tub! All built into an old silo, which is an experience in itself. More importantly, the innkeepers were fantastic. Sara and Eric provided one of the best breakfasts we had on our trip, and they warmly greeted us in the morning. Sara had fun stories to tell about the surrounding areas, and she offered up some recommendations on good wineries nearby. All of this was benefited by a wonderful view of nearby vineyards and other farms on the rolling hills of the Willamette Valley. Couldn't have asked for a better experience.