Built around 1894 by Joseph Walker, the Case Ranch was purchased by James L. Case in 1910 when it consisted of a Victorian farmhouse on 50 acres in the rolling hills of the Russian River Valley — in beautiful Sonoma County where apples were the reigning crop. Mr. Case, the Methodist Church minister, was an active voice in the farm labor movement, and the Case Ranch was the center of much protest activity during the Great Depression.
Years later, the Russian River Valley now boasts the finest of wines rather than apples, and the Case Ranch now sits on two acres on a quiet, country road with many remaining fruit trees. It is now a registered Sonoma County Historical Landmark.
The Case House was purchased by Diana Van Ry and her husband Allan Tipton in 1992 with the dream of converting it to a Bed & Breakfast. This resulted in more work than they had anticipated – turning a farm house into an elegant inn for travelers. They officially opened the House & Room Rentals in 2001 and served over 2000 guests by the time they retired in May of 2013.
Case Ranch Inn is now owned by Barbara Wolf. Barbara became interested in historic inns after traveling extensively with her daughters in Europe … staying at a wide variety of charming historic lodgings from the British Isles to Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria, and Italy.
Barbara was specifically attracted to Case Ranch Inn because of its beautiful grounds, many fruit trees, the design of the interior of the inn, plus the history of the home. She initially offered a “Bed & Breakfast” type stay at the inn. Later, she decided to rent the various buildings by the month, with a three-month minimum. This decision has brought happiness to Barbara and her tenants!
Prior to purchasing Case Ranch Inn, Barbara was an estate planning lawyer for over 30 years in south Florida specializing in estate planning and elder law. She has 2 daughters (one who is a writer/English teacher, and one who is an environmental scientist working on climate change and endangered species) and 4 grandchildren in the San Francisco area.