A very old restored Victorian with lots of history, not for the faint of heart. When you step into the foyer, you notice this very long staircase leading up to the second floor, the kind of staircase where the mistress of the house would make her grand entrance.
Once in your room, there are 14 foot ceiling and Jacuzzis tubs. This was the most perfect place to be at during Napa’s raging storm, which lasted for 3 days, and Napa getting 11 inches of rain. The huge bay windows, with see-through lace curtains, set the tone for the deluge of showers to come. I stayed their 2 nights and both nights the rains pounded the windows, but some how I managed to stay safe and warm. The power of the building was very comforting.
There are spectacular marble fireplaces in almost every room, including the guest rooms. Very ornate Victorian ceilings where rosette moldings are a feast for your eyes.
What I love about my job is that you get to experience a great structure that has weathered the hands of time, and are able to feel like you are right back in that opulent era. Most people just get to drive by these grand Victorians, but I get to stay in them for a few days and dream about the people who lived in them.
The furnishings are kept very authentic on purpose. Celeste Carducci knows a lot about the history of her elegant Bed and Breakfast. She bought it in the late 80’s and little by little decorated her fantastic rooms and brought this by gone era back to life.
When you speak to Celeste you get the feeling that her heart and soul are fully invested into all of her businesses. Everything she discusses with you is researched and interjected with her knowledge and expertise, she is quite the conversationalist.
She is a modern day angel disguised as a businesswoman. Oh did I mention she is also a trainer and physical fitness guru, she looks amazing, not like her biological age.
Celeste and her husband Bruce Ahnfeldt have been married since 2005; they have their fingers in a lot of pots. They own and operate Mc Clelland Priest bed and Breakfast as well as Carducci wines, Ahnfeldt Wines, and Uncorked at Oxbow. A great combination of hospitality and wine, you must be a guest at their BNB and drink their fantastic wines during and after your amazing stay!
Bruce had a successful legal practice and started growing grapes in Napa in the 80’s, while Celeste had a lot of experience in both wine and hospitality. In 2000 Bruce launched Ahnfeldt Wines, and as a couple in 2005 they began exploring the potential of downtown Napa and the exciting ways they could blend wine and hospitality.
By purchasing another historic building in the up and coming Oxbow area, they created Uncorked, a lively tasting room where guests could enjoy wine, music, food, and education. Uncorked has the only bonded barrel tasting room downtown where they offer other wine tasting activities like; blending seminars, food and wine pairings, and bi-monthly open mic sessions.
Uncorked features an exciting portfolio of Ahnfeldt Wines, Provocative Wines, and a new Napa/Italian collection, the Carducci Wines—all crafted by Winemaker Paul Hobbs and his expert team. Celeste and Bruce have the Midas touch; everything they touch turns to gold. With lots of accolades; Ahnfeldt routinely score 90 or more points with Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast magazines and McClelland-Priest Bed & Breakfast Inn has a Diamond Collection rating. So it’s your turn to revel in their glory and try all of the lovely bounty that they have to offer.
McClelland – Priest
569 Randolph Street
Napa, CA 94559
Voice: 1.800.290.6881 or 707.224.6875