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THE MADRONA, HEALDSBURG I nterior designer Jay Jeffers' new hotel in the charming town of Healdsburg is a debonair addition to Sonoma Valley — the California wine country's more chill version of Napa and home to the best terroir on earth for Pinot Noir grapes. Built in 1881 as a private residence, The Madrona hotel offers 24 accommodations spread across six buildings, most original to the estate, including private bungalows. Guest rooms in the main mansion are above the restaurant helmed by Michelin- starred chef Jesse Mallgren and feature soaring ceilings, bay windows, original fireplaces, and balconies overlooking the hills. The hotel encompasses eight acres of grounds, including a citrus grove and half- acre garden used by the culinary team, created in partnership with regenerative farmer Aris Curtis. The Madrona is owned by a group of investors led by Jeffers and his brother Kyle Jeffers, in partnership with hospitality developer Cory Schisler; it's the designer's first foray into hotels. Jeffers has reimagined the historic estate's interiors with elements from the mansion's original Aesthetic Movement era that include fabrics and art with animal motifs and ebonized mahogany furniture heavily carved with fantastical designs. More than 750 pieces of furniture came with the property, some dating back to the original owner, John Alexander Paxton. Jeffers has edited the collection to about 200 antiques and other relics of world travel but has at least one of Paxton's antiques in each room. Spaces are layered with moody gray-blues, sartorial-inspired fabrics, wallpapers, stenciled ceilings, patterned carpets, and contemporary furnishings including irreverent Louis XVI- style chairs sprouting rabbit ears. The kitchen and bar are being remodeled, along with recreating the original wraparound porch based on an old 1800s photo of the house. Guest rooms from $750, bungalows from $1,050. The Madrona Hotel, 1001 Westside Road, Healdsburg, California, Moody hues and a dramatic mix of materials in the Grand Hall of The Madrona Carriage House detail Designer and co-owner of The Madrona, Jay Jeffers PHOTOGRAPHY MATTHEW MILLMAN

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