by Eve Carr
March 7, 2001
As you enter this stately 1877 example of High Victorian Gothic Revival Architecture, you’ll enjoy its soaring 12-foot ceilings. As you admire the three Italian marble fireplaces and rich mahogany spiral staircase, you’ll come to the same conclusion that we did: they certainly knew how to build homes in those days.
Named for the 15 gables that adorn the home, the Gables Bed & Breakfast Inn has been artfully decorated by Judy and Michael Ogne. Actually, if they didn’t enjoy operating the Gables so much, Judy could easily be a decorator. She has very tastefully recreated a formal Victorian elegance, yet has given it a soft, gentle homey comfort.
For a truly romantic stay, try to reserve their quaint William and Mary’s Cottage. This is a completely separate, self-contained romantic hide-away next to Taylor Creek. It has a wood stove, living room, hospitality bar, a whirlpool tub for two, fluffy bathrobes, TV, VCR, a video library, private phone line, quality toiletries, and, best of all, in the upstairs loft, a queen-size bed, layered with elegant linens and a plethora of pillows.
We toured all of the rooms and, while we thoroughly enjoyed William and Mary’s Cottage, we feel that staying in the main home would be a lovely experience as well. All of the accommodations are so luxurious that you won’t want to leave them.
Judy and her husband, retired policeman Michael Ogne will give you plenty of recommendations for things to do in the area—as well as guide you to some of their favorite gourmet restaurants. But, do save room for Judy’s spectacular gourmet breakfast, tastefully served by Michael with warmth, as well as style and flair to match the elegant ambiance. With food like this, they could open a restaurant as well, but they are having too much fun making guests enjoy their luxurious hospitality.
From journal Discover Sonoma County