Remodel of Napa Valley's historic The Francis House as luxury inn complete

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The remodel of The Francis House in Calistoga into a five-room inn is complete and scheduled to open Sept. 7, according to the owners.

Dina and Richard Dwyer, who purchased the property in 2016 for $650,000, have renovated and transformed the historic building into a luxury inn. Rates will range from $495 to $695 per night, they said in an announcement Tuesday.

The building was seismically retrofitted, and design elements are in compliance with historical preservation stipulations, the couple told the Business Journal in January. The property’s historic interior stone walls and oak plank flooring have been preserved. The inn is landscaped with olive trees, espaliered fruit trees and gravel pathways, and two French limestone fountains.

Guest rooms on the second and third floors have California king-sized beds, organic bed linens, period writing desks, custom brass luggage racks and flat-screen TVs. The bathrooms have been accented with Carrara marble, heated toilets and floors and custom brass bathroom fixtures.

The ground level has a reception area, kitchen and dining room that opens to the pool and the pool house beyond, which has an infrared sauna and salt room.

Richard Dwyer is a San Francisco-based developer who has built and remodeled luxury homes in Hillsborough and Palo Alto over the course of 30-plus years. He is also a licensed real estate broker and general contractor. Dina Dwyer is an interior designer who does both residential and commercial projects in San Francisco and New York.

The Francis House, constructed in 1886 as the family home for local merchant James H. Francis, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in the 1970s, having been listed for its architectural and engineering significance from 1875–1899. The property was originally built by John Sexton.

The house was later converted to Calistoga Hospital, where it served local residents from 1919–1946. Changes in ownership, natural disasters and the passing of time contributed to the fading of the property. It was closed down by the state of California in 1965 and remained vacant for the next 50 years.

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