THE RICH HISTORY OF MACARTHUR PLACE
The property and buildings which comprise 29 E. MacArthur Street have a long and distinguished place in local history. Located in the middle of Sonoma, the former Burris-Good estate is comprised of beautiful gardens, majestic old trees, and historic architecture. The two-story Victorian house which dominates the property, was built in the 1850s and is reported to be one of the oldest Victorian homes in Sonoma.
It was owned by David Burris, a prominent Missouri farmer and landowner. The house was constructed using wooden pegs and square nails (still fronted by the original white picket fence) and was home for his family of nine children. Burris also founded Sonoma Valley Bank, conducting business out of the home’s corner library on the first floor.
The property originally embraced more than 300 acres and was a working ranch with vineyards, fruit orchards, a hay crop, cattle and many prized and well-trained trotters used for tranportation in this horse and buggy era.
Five generations of the Burris family occupied the property, which was known for gracious hospitality and gala events. The estate remained in the Burris family until 1971 when Howard and Jane Good purchased it from Anna Burris Welch. The Good family enhanced the gardens and maintained the estate for 26 years when in 1997, Suzanne Brangham contracted with the Goods to create a luxurious country inn. A change in the General Plan and the addition of new cottages matching the original architecture was unanimously approved by the Sonoma Planning commission.
The property has been reborn as a 64-room hotel with a state-of-the-art conference facility, restaurant and full-service spa.
Along with maintaining the original architecture on the buildings, and replicating its charm with new cottages, the beautifully planned landscaping offers lush plantings, mature trees, rose gardens, a pool and spa sanctuary, a fish pond, water fountains and more than 30 original sculptures. Nathanson Creek winds along the western side of the property creating a beautiful backdrop for visiting guests.