Friday, May 8, 2009

Hotel Series: CordeValle

Just about 5 minutes from where I live, there is a beautiful luxury hotel, home to exclusive guests, such as Barbara Streisand, who slip in and out of town unnoticed.  It’s easy to get to.  The rich and famous fly into our little airport in San Martin and after a 5-10 minute ride they pull into a secluded mountainside retreat that is unlike any other in the nearby area.

The resort, just 15 miles south of San Jose offers the very best amenities, including bungalows and villas.  CordeValle offers a luxury spa and award winning golf course, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr.


Overhead view of CordeValle.  Pristine mountain setting offers a relaxing and reclusive get-away.



Clubhouse at Night.    The electrified candle chandelier provides a rustic aesthetic, along with an exposed beam portico.



The lobby is warm and welcoming, again with another electric candle chandelier and wood columns and beams open to the ceiling.



The lobby fireplace is perfect for those chilly Northern California evenings.



One Iron Bar offers one of three restaurant/bar options at the resort.



The bar patio with outdoor firepit is a beautiful place to relax out under the stars.



One of the bungalows, complete with view of the mountainside setting and personal fireplace.



Each bungalow bathroom offers a spa soaking tub.



The villa living rooms are cozy and french doors open up to the beautiful property.



The villa courtyards offer a private jacuzzi tub.



The villa patios views are extraordinary, overlooking the award-winning golf course.



Another view of a fairway villa. 



An outdoor heated swimming pool, along with tennis courts offer guests activities onsite.



CordeValle Golf Course

[From the website] Featuring a 260-acre, 18-hole championship golf course designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the California golf resort has garnered some of America's most prestigious golf recognition in 2007 and 2008 including:

Condé Nast Traveler: Top 100 Golf Resorts Worldwide, No. 13
Golf Digest: Best State Golf Course
Gary Gaylean's The Golf Letter: Best Golf Resorts in the World
Golfweek: America's Best Resort Golf Courses
Golf Digest Index: America's 50 Best Golf Course, No. 14
Golf Magazine: Top 100 Courses You Can Play



Spa Relaxation Room.  The resort’s spa, Sense, offers a bevy of services, including massages, mud wraps, body scrubs, facials and manis and pedis.



Women’s Lounge.



Il Vigneto Restaurant featuring  Executive Chef Luca offers  Italian cuisine.

Spectacular menu offerings such as Persimmon Braised Prosciutto Wrapped Short Ribs and Hand Made Butternut Squash & Truffle Tortelloni.

Right next to CordeValle is Clos La Chance Winery, locally owned operated by Bill and Brenda Murphy.  A beautiful winery with excellent wines (I’ve had the pleasure to try them there and elsewhere in the area many times!).


Clos La Chance Winery is home to many special events, dinners, wine parties and wonderful for a relaxing lunch on the back patio overlooking the beautiful CordeValle Golf Course.


Clos LaChance Winery

The back patio is used for outdoor dinners, auctions and other events throughout the year.


The Grand Salon is a beautiful room with high ceilings, which provides perfect space for indoor weddings.


Tasting Room

The Clos La Chance tasting library is homey and always staffed by the nicest sommeliers.


Grand Lawn

Tapestry Lawn


Mulberry Grove

The Mulberry Grove


Clos LaChance Winery

Another look out onto the vineyards.  The beautiful mountainside provides a perfect setting for the local artists.

Although not cheap, a stay at CordeValle is well worth a splurge weekend for a special occasion.  Let me know if you come to town and I’ll give you my list of must-sees!


vicki archer said...

Book us in Becky! xv

MyLittleHappyPlace said...


Fifi Flowers said...

Looks FAB... would love to golf and lay by the pool there... and of course sample some wine!

alice said...

Beautiful setting... wish I was on one of those chaise lounges by the pool!

Cote de Texas said...

Beautiful!!!!!!! wow.

Anonymous said...

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