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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 to run a ranch! Hope it will stay open in 2013! With all my heart I say I love you Ricky(horse) the cabins the trails and HR.

Room Tip: Cabin 4 and the main house are the best cabins!
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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5  Thank Margo M
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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 benefits from the cooling breezes off the ocean. The trails on and around the ranch are well maintained and the wranglers are well trained, friendly and knowledgeable.

If you are looking for a quiet low key place to escape Highland Ranch is worth a visit. I hope to return again soon.

Our German Shepherd Dog loved swimming in the many ponds on and around the ranch. To our surprise she interacted well with all the horses she encountered.

Room Tip: There are cabins as well as guest rooms on the property. We stayed in a cabin which has two bedroom...
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank Michael O
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Reviewed 7 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 and fished as well. It was a most excellent vacation. We hope to go back again soon.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank MaryAnne P
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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 group of 5 all agreed it was the best horse trip we have taken yet. We go somewhere different every year- but will most likely return to Highland- it was that good!! Do yourself a favor and check it out!

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with friends
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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 never slept in big beds before, so we had to make arrangements ahead of time, but after a night or two the boys adjusted and it was fun. And they loved being on the horses! We walked right alongside each horse with a Highland ranch wrangler leading the horse around the paddock. We also hiked with the boys, which they enjoyed.

All in all, this is a place to which we will return with pleasure!

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Jonathan K
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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
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Philo
Price Range: $377 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
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 
Also Known As:
Highland Ranch Hotel Philo

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