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Yelton Manor Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #2 of 16 South Haven B&B and Inns
Reviewed 26 May 2014

South Haven is a little slice of heaven and the Yelton Manor is the perfect base camp to explore the best of what the West Michigan coastline has to offer. When getting away for a weekend or even a full blown vacation, we really enjoy a combination of “things to do” along with the ability to comfortably do nothing at all. And although South Haven and the Yelton Manor are perfect when looking for “things to do”, ie beach, shopping, festivals, eating, spa-days, bike rentals, charter boats (all available nearby with insider recommendations from the innkeepers), the Yelton Manor delivers exceptionally where other B&Bs fall short by lacking memorable character. On a lazy day or perhaps during a rainy afternoon, the Yelton Manor offers so much to explore. It’s like the West Michigan annex of the Smithsonian, the National Botanical Gardens and the Sundance Film Festival all rolled into one. Oh, and don’t forget the Library of Congress. The rooms and the common areas all have hints of culture and lifestyle from early 1900’s West Michigan. The grounds are adorned with lush gardens and landscaping that are impeccably manicured. The books found throughout the Manor and the Guest House will offer hours of interesting reading to wait out a little drizzle or even pass the time after lunch while waiting the required 1-hour before going back in the water (by the way, Lake Michigan’s silky soft beaches are only 150 ft from the Yelton’s front door with beach towels in the front hall closet). And the Innkeeper’s office has a DVD lending library that would make Steven Spielberg jealous. Seriously, they must have over 2,000 titles including new releases. We got American Hustle and Philomena – both Oscar nominated flicks from this year’s awards. Here are a few other highlights… garden-fresh sprouts & grains with a deliciously wholesome breakfast, homemade hummus, jalapeño jam and cucumber-infused water served during the afternoon reception and of course spotlessly clean accommodations. Rain or shine, the Yelton Manor is an ideal way to relax, recharge and rejuvenate.

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6  Thank Mike L
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

You will preview, read, research, view photos, and expect you've made the right choice.
Then you will arrive; Robert will greet you, and an extraordinary experience unfolds that you could never have imagined. The magic begins in the gardens of cultivated native species infused with the zest of their tender. Eileen creates an ambience indoors and out that feels like returning to a home where every detail has intuitively anticipated any unarticulated need. Superior cleanliness, comfortable bed, QUIET room (Lily, 2nd floor corner with view of lake), welcoming and beautiful common spaces, gourmet and healthy breakfast, concierge service,
a library of books and DVDs, round the clock snacks/sweets, gardens and outdoor spaces for reading/relaxing, and LOCATION. SoHa is walkable: the beaches, the harbor, the river, the lighthouse pier, restaurants/bars, shopping, MariTime Museum, parks, marina, the arts--all just a stroll away.
We are grateful for the spirit of Yelton Manor--Eileen and Robert--and the healing respite of their hospitality. And like us...you will plan to return before you depart!

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2  Thank heartland07
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

This was our first time visit to both this small friendly town of South Haven and the Yelton Manor.
We have stayed at many B & B's and this was by far on so many levels the best! Elaine and Robert have worked very hard to make sure your visit is the best that it can be! The food is amazing! We walked into the Manor with the smell of popcorn and brownies..How great is that!! Robert helped with restaurant choices and made reservations for us. The Inn is sparkling clean
The weather was too rainy and chilly for walks along the beach so we will look forward to visiting the Yelton Manor again.. Hopefully soon

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Reviewed 19 May 2014

The service, room and food was excellent. This B&B is a fantastic place and the service outstanding. Even with a brief power outage, the staff didn't miss a step and served a wonderful, hot breakfast. The rooms are very comfortable and quiet. All common rooms are very nicely decorated and you should spend a bit of time relaxing in them. All this plus Lake Michigan sunsets make this the place to stay in South Haven.

Room Tip: Third floor rooms are very quiet. Stairs are a bit narrow.
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1  Thank Dave S
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Reviewed 16 May 2014

Weekend with friends could not have been better. We occupied several rooms, each with outstanding character and incredible attention to detail. The Manor feels like a gorgeous step back in time with modern comforts of home. Artisan afternoon "house" snack looked like a magazine photograph, tasted even better and was just enough to take the edge off while other guests arrived. Late evening chats turned to crisp, inviting four poster bed, early morning beach walk and then the ultimate group breakfast at 9 sharp. This deserves note: delectable coffee made specifically for Yelton Manor, house made pastry, fresh egg strata with vegetables du jour, "french toast" soft and delicious, house made jams and pico de gallo, granola, yogurt, fruit...UNBELIEVABLE feast. A day of shopping and beach activity followed by another amazing afternoon snack at YM, dinner in Douglas and repeat chat, bed and phenomenal AM brunch. Did NOT want to leave this fantasy worthy weekend. Robert and Elaine were such graceful hosts and oh, how can I finish without raving about the best brownies I have ever eaten? YM will be a landing spot for my next unforgettable vaction.

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1  Thank Cathy S
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

We loved it so much, we had to go back and our second visit was just as nice as the first. We've been to many lovely B & Bs, but the attention to detail; the beautifully decorated rooms; and delicious, nutritious food puts it in a category all its own. And then there are the books--they are everywhere! It's so relaxing to pick a common room and spend time browsing through some of them. All this plus those Lake Michigan sunsets make the Yelton Manor a fabulous place to stay.

Room Tip: We chose the Lily room again because of its size and location. They are all nice, pick the decor you...
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

Wanted to surprise the honey with a bday getaway. We live in soha so I looked towards Chicago Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.....then I thought why not surprise with a getaway closer. Had heard all the raves and reviews about the manor....so glad we stayed...from the fresh baked brownies when we walked in, the homemade hummus to the amazing breakfast....Robert Elaine and Cindy have missed nothing. Highly recommend.

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1  Thank Gggifufh
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Additional Information about Yelton Manor Bed and Breakfast

Address: 140 N Shore Dr, South Haven, MI 49090-1135
Region: United States > Michigan > Van Buren County > South Haven
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in South Haven
Price Range: £136 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Two gorgeous Victorian mansions, named "Top of the Crop in Luxury B&Bs" by The Chicago Tribune and consistently ranked #1 lodging in Michigan by TripAdvisor! Expansive gardens, lovely decor, porches and parlors, fireplaces and jacuzzis, lake view balconies, great food, 1000's of books and video, dedicated innkeepers. All rooms have private bath, CTV/VCR/DVD, CVD stereos. Closest B&B in South Haven to sandy beaches of Lake Michigan and walkable to everything. ... more   less 
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