29 October, 2021

Stonehouse Capital Acquires Napa Valley Gem, Rancho Caymus Inn

In a return to wine country for its founder, Stonehouse Capital, together with its partners, acquire the historic boutique Rancho Caymus Inn, partnering with Life House for Management

Stonehouse Capital, an esteemed investor, owner, and developer of distinctive hospitality assets has acquired the historic Rancho Caymus Inn located in the very heart of Napa Valley. The boutique hotel is one of few select properties that rests within Rutherford proper, immediately surrounded by some of the most distinguished vineyards and winemakers in the world. The property’s exceptional location is not only central to the valley but also uniquely walkable to a plethora of prominent neighbours. A charming atmosphere within an idyllic hamlet, at just 26 boutique rooms, guests of Rancho Caymus Inn feel like they are “in-on-the-secret”.

The property was originally built by the late vintner, designer, pilot, and renaissance woman, Mary Tilden Morton (of the Morton Salt Family). It was thoughtfully and skillfully restored by the Sellers who preserved many of Rancho Caymus’ original details – including stained-glass windows, masterful mosaics, heavy 19th-century barn-wood beams, and other details throughout. The Inn’s name and aesthetic both pay homage to the historic 1836 Rancho Caymus land grant.

The acquisition of the Inn marks a return to the valley for Jeff Broaden, Founder & CEO of Stonehouse Capital. In partnership with Auberge, as a partner at his prior firm, he helped lead the successful acquisition and ownership of Calistoga Ranch. It was also in Napa Valley that he married his wife, almost a decade ago. With a deep appreciation for the fundamentals of the valley, Jeff had been seeking another worthy investment that meets the requirements of being both emotionally stirring and financially compelling.

“We are thrilled to add this incredibly unique boutique hotel to our portfolio.” said Jeff Broaden, Founder and CEO of Stonehouse Capital. “Napa Valley is a wonderful community filled with passionate creators and artists; one of the more inspiring destinations anywhere. We are excited to become the new stewards of this property and thrilled to be surrounded by such wonderful neighbours in Rutherford and the broader wine country.” He added, “We are happy to announce our partnership with Life House for management – we chose them for their innovative platform, creative edge, shared enthusiasm for Napa and this asset, and commitment to elevating the experience of our guests in this special destination.”

“We are ecstatic to be part of the treasured Rancho Caymus Inn in the heart of Napa Valley,” added Rami Zeidan, Life House's founder & CEO. “We are grateful to work with Stonehouse Capital and very much appreciate their forward-thinking approach that will bring a wonderfully enhanced and authentic guest experience and optimal profitability through our management platform".

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