Everything about the Yelton Manor is for the comfort and happiness of the guests. So many great things; The food is yummy and healthy, with 2 main choices and variety of tasty sides. Real maple syrup, artisan jams and jellies all presented by a friendly staff. There is an afternoon snack with pita, hummus, almonds, home grown sprouts, cheeses and more. Little chocolate snacks are everywhere.
The Yelton rests a few short steps to the beach with the lake visible spread out right in front.The houses (there are two) are spacious, with very attractive antique furniture, placed to create a natural, comfortable flow inside. There is a large porch, dining room, den and a breezeway all set up with tables so everyone can find a place to feel comfortable.The garden is fantastic! Flowers, herbs, ornamental grasses, flowering shrubs, large pots with plants all over and all accessible by a neatly kept short grassy path. More tables and a swing are situated in the garden for relaxing out in the fresh air.
Books! Books are everywhere by the hundreds. Coffee table books, travel books, humor, love, pets, history...little piles of books, books on shelves, books in the hallways and all of it neatly stacked. I know there are more than just "hundreds" but just how many I couldn't say but there is literally a library. In the office are a formidable collection of DVD movies. Every recent title I could think of was there. Classics too. Suffice it to say that if it rains at some point, you will have something to keep you happily occupied. Let me put it this way, you don't need to bring any books with you.
Our host Elaine is a real hoot. She loves to joke and is genuinely warm and real. She and her staff are more than happy to answer questions, suggest restaurants, give directions or help with anything that can make your vacation a success. To me it seemed they genuinely cared about making you feel welcome and at home.
Finally, our room was just great. The whole house is immaculate and there is a freshness everywhere but our room had something even more special about it. The pretty stained glass, perfectly comfortable bed, neat antiques, I just loved it! I slept great and woke up completely refreshed from day one. Sometimes travelling can lead to an adjustment but I just was so pleased and happy with everything.
I can't say enough about the Yelton Manor. I've never done this before but I gave Elaine a hug when we said goodbye. I felt like we had a new friend. I would recommend this wonderful place to everyone. There is no doubt we'll stay again.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Yelton Manor Hotel South Haven
- Yelton Manor b&b