The History of Healdsburg & the Camellia Inn

We are proud to announce that this Wine Country Landmark Property and Business is now SOLD. Congratulations to the sellers of this incredible listing. Now let’s immerse ourself in every aspect of this piece of the Healdsburg History.



Real Estate Features

Retaining its architecture details and craftsmanship features of its era plus upgrades and newer additions. Established almost 40 years ago by the present family/owners it is a turnkey, well established business with high customer retention. Offering 9 guest rooms with private baths plus owner’s quarters.

Large pool area, ample parking on 1/3 an acre with over 50 varieties of camellias that give the inn its name. One unique option; a 4 bedroom/4bath family home plus 6 suites each with private entrance offered as Airbnb suites.

Located an easy walk to the 19th century plaza offering a gathering place for tourist and locals with weekly Farmer Market, summer music venue, etc. Surrounded by tasting rooms; chic boutique shops, art galleries, Zagat and Michelin rated restaurants.



Healdsburg is a lifestyle!

Healdsburg, California is a small tourist oriented town in northern Sonoma County. Due to its most important wine producing regions, this Place has been awarded continuously as one of the top 10 small towns in America.

The town is is centered on a 19th-century plaza that provides an important focal point for tourists and locals. There is so much for you to do and see when you are lodging in Healdsburg.

The Camellia Inn is located in the heart of downtown Healdsburg, is the place you want to call home when you are deciding on where to hang your hats during your next vacations, Spa Days or getaways. It became one of the most desired lodgings in the Wine Country.



The History of Healdsburg & the Camellia Inn

The Camellia Inn is part of the history of Healdsburg, California. Lucy Lewand is proud to be part of the longest family-owned and operated Inn in the Healdsburg, striving along with her innkeepers, to combine modern business innovations with the charm and hospitality that made her parents so popular as innkeepers years before.


Built in 1871

The building that is now the Camellia Inn played a role in the history of Healdsburg. Contractor, William H. Middleton built the Inn as a home for pioneer Ransome Powell in 1871. Powell, the son of a Tennessee farmer, was a tailor before fighting in the Mexican War. He came to California in 1849 with the Gold Rush. Failing to find gold, he began to earn a living by hauling freight. Settling in Healdsburg in 1856, he began several ventures, but it was in real estate that he made his fortune.


History of Healdsburg: the 1st Healdsburg Hospital

In 1892, Powell built a new home and sold the North Street residence to Dr. J. W. Seawell in 1908. Dr. Seawell established the first Healdsburg hospital in the east wing of his home. It was a five-room sanitarium, called Healdsburg General; a doctor’s visit cost $2.00. Dr. Seawell and his partner, Dr. Frank E. Sohler, were hard-working physicians who insisted on the best equipment and the latest medical technology for their north county hospital.


The Seawell Family

The hospital eventually expanded and moved to a new location. The Seawell family retained ownership of the home until 1969. Mrs. Hooper, the new owner, and her twin daughters, kept the gold lettering “Dr. J. Walter Seawell,” on the transom window until 1975.


Ray & Delmas Lewand

Ray and Delmas (Del) Lewand purchased the home in 1981. Looking for a small town atmosphere, the Lewands moved from Southern California and opened the Camellia Inn as one of the first licensed bed and breakfast Inn in the area. Daughter Lucy joined them in running the Inn after completing her Masters in Business Administration from University of California at Los Angeles.


History of Healdsburg : A Happy History

Although, the Inn has a long and colorful history and has rooted itself in the history of Healdsburg, it must have been a very happy history as since the removal of the water-tower it is poltergeist-free.


If you’ve been considering selling,

now is a GREAT TIME to put your high-demand property on the market. Now there are numerous qualified buyers looking to purchase residential and commercial properties in the Area. We can help you take advantage of this buyer demand by selling your listing quickly and for top dollar.


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328 Healdsburg Ave. Ste. B Healdsburg, CA, 95448
(707) 331-4327
Kim Hutcheon • DRE #01207046
Niccolo Pigni • DRE #02103177

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