Investors buy Gaige House, plan upgrades

Gaige House, a 23-room luxury inn in Glen Ellen, has new owners and a new management team after falling into foreclosure last year.

The inn is now managed by Four Sisters Inns, a boutique hotel company that owns or operates 15 inns, including six in Sonoma and Napa counties.

The new owners, a group of private investors, were not identified, and the purchase price wasn't disclosed.

Gaige House was put on the market for $8 million last year after it was seized by lenders. The historic property on Arnold Drive remained open while they sought a buyer.

The new owners plan to upgrade the property, said spokeswoman Sharon Rooney.

"Over time, they will be investing significant money in the property to improve its appearance, guest satisfaction and reputation," she said.

"The first step was bringing in a management company with great relationships and reputation in the area that will help the Gaige House become an integral part of Glen Ellen."

Four Sisters is marketing the inn with special packages that combine a Wine Country stay with fine dining, said company president Shelley Post.

"Gaige House is a perfect base from which to explore the area," she said.

The two-acre retreat on Calabazas Creek features 13 spa suites, including eight Zen-style cottages with granite soaking tubs and private Japanese gardens. There are 10 rooms in the main house, a vintage 1890 Queen Anne home.

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