Castle in the Country Bed and Breakfast Inn

Castle in the Country Bed and Breakfast Inn


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Our journey leading us to our Michigan Inn began in November, 1990 when we moved from Holland, MI to purchase the sadly neglected Victorian mansion nicknamed "the Castle." The property was built as a summer home by John H. and Caroline Wurtz in 1906 and was designed by an architect. Even with serious neglect, the beauty of natural hardwoods and quality materials still shone through. We were thrilled to be the sixth owners of this diamond in the rough and determined from the beginning to open it as a country bed and breakfast.

With a very young family and home improvement skills learned while renovating our first Victorian home in Holland, Michigan, we moved in and launched into a year and a half restoration project. Replacing 15 broken windows, tearing out vines growing through windows and removing a section of the house insulated by resident squirrels with walnut shells, were just a few of the early projects we undertook. Looking back on it, we had a great time with much family support, and the house paid us back by turning into an incredible beauty.

We named the business Castle in the Country and in July 1992 opened with four rooms, offering comfortable Victorian B&B Lodging. Herb continued his career in the corporate world and supported all four of us, plus the "money pit" for the first twelve years. Ruth had dissolved her consulting business to market and run the bed and breakfast business. After about 5 years, we decided that we needed all private baths, including some whirlpool tubs as well as more space for our family. At that time the back section of the house was added on to accommodate both the business and the family requirements. Castle in the Country became a five-room bed and breakfast with 3 whirlpool/fireplace rooms and two classic private bathrooms all on 5 acres of lawns & gardens.

Herb was always a very active participant in the business even while holding management positions outside, but in July of 2002 he left his corporate position and joined Ruth as full-time Innkeeper. His focus and passion is cooking & baking for our guests. He is entirely self-taught. With his background in biology and chemistry, he loves the science behind good food, and with his background in inventory control and materials management, he enjoys the challenge of making consistently great meals for our guests using only the best produce, meats and fresh herbs.

In November of 2004, we were blessed with the opportunity to expand our business yet again through the acquisition of the adjacent property, which was called The Inn at Froggy's pond. This property was the original acreage that John and Caroline Wurtz had owned and used as their summer home estate.

Now, Castle in the Country Bed and Breakfast Inn is a collection of two magnificent buildings consisting of a commercial kitchen, several dining rooms, common sitting areas & parlors, large banquet rooms, a spa area, used book nook and gift shop, as well as 10 incredible Guest rooms/Suites. All of our accommodations have private baths and most have whirlpool tubs and fireplaces. Both buildings are surrounded by 65 beautiful acres of both manicured lawns & gardens and more natural woodland settings. There is a gazebo in the woods bordered by a five-acre water lily pond and a screened porch and dock by a private 80 acre lake.

 


 

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