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Carriage House at the Harbor

118 Woodman Ave. , South Haven, MI 49090 USA (Show map)
4.8
115 Reviews
$140 - $295
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About

This beautiful harbor side mansion was chosen as one of the "Top Ten Most Romantic" inns in the country, voted "Best of the Great Lakes", and is #1 in popularity on .tripadvisor. It boasts 12 uniquely inviting guest rooms. Each elegantly appointed with a private bath, comfy robes, and first class amenities. Many have cozy fireplaces, whirlpools, and private porches overlooking the harbor. With your ultimate comfort in mind, the innkeepers are always on hand - that's why 85% of our guests keep coming back time and again. Imagine breath taking sunsets over the lake, and strolling downtown to the quaint shops and restaurants. Located near the orchards and wine country, and close to Allegan State Park, the Sand Dunes, and Saugatuck. Breakfast is a not to be forgotten experience at the Carriage House and can be enjoyed while gazing at the harbor. Popcorn and homemade cookies are available every afternoon.

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Overall
4.8

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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Dining4.8

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Our second visit in winter

4.8 on February 10, 2014

My wife and I visited again after enjoying our visit the year before. Both times were in February since we were interested in taking advantage of the lake effect snow presented in this area. It is a slower pace than in the summer. We like cross country skiing and snow shoeing and did so on the Kal-Haven trail, which has the trailhead in South Haven. The breakfasts were fabulous before going out for the day and the warm fireplace in our room was inviting when we returned. The house is beautiful with many rooms from which to choose. We stayed in a different room the second trip, but both were great with a view of the harbor. It is very pretty in the winter. There are plenty of cozy corners to sit and read or relax with a glass of wine. On our most recent visit we met the owner, Suzanne, who was very personable and gave us the history of the house. Amy is the Inn Keeper. She is pleasant, provides useful information, and has a good sense of humor. Her fresh baked cookies are delicious. We had a thoroughly good time each visit..


Another awesome stay!

5 on March 04, 2013

We have just returned from our annual "Winter Rendezvous" at the Carriage House. 2013 was the fourth get-together for our safe boating group; and this year we booked the entire house (all 12 rooms)! David, Suzanne, and Amy are the consummate hosts; so accomodating, friendly and fun. Everyone enjoyed their stay; the food was fabulous and the inn is lovely; great rooms and amenities. If you are planning a group get-away; it doesn't get better than here in South Haven at the Carriage House at the Harbor! We loved it!


Beautiful Getaway!

5 on October 02, 2012

We stayed here recently for a couple days to celebrate our anniversary. The house was beautiful and the rooms were great. We had excellent service and the staff were more than welcoming, friendly, and helpful. The location to town, as well as the lake, cannot be beat. They were also accommodating to allow me a vegetarian breakfast which was amazing! We had such a wonderful experience and would recommend this to anybody.


The location, hospitality,food and room were all outstanding

4.8 on August 22, 2012

Outstanding


Easy decision to come back and stay

5 on July 26, 2012

While fairly new to the B&B experience, this is a benchmark others should be judged against in comparison. The rooms were comfortable and quiet with a great view of the marina from our private deck. The location put it in easy walking distance of the historic part of town along with a few easy minutes to the beech. The staff could not have been more helpful and helped us extend our stay an extra day even though it was peak season. Don't miss the breakfast. We were in town for a wedding and will have an easy decision on where to stay for our next visit.


Harbor gem

4.8 on June 30, 2012

The Carriage House is a great place to get away, relax and enjoy the quiet. Our room was comfortable, offered a great view of the harbor and the balcony offered a perfect place to enjoy the scenery. The breakfasts were delicious and offered a nice variety. The afternoon goodies were an added treat.


Great Innkeepers

5 on June 21, 2012

Suzanne and David are wonderful hosts! This is our second stay at the Inn and we can't wait to plan our third. The house itself is beautiful, quite, and well kept. The breakfast is delicious-We love this place!


Excellent Food - Friendly Hosts

4.2 on September 17, 2011

My wife and I stayed here for two nights. The breakfasts were wonderful - among the best of any B&B we have experienced. The hosts, David and Suzanne, are friendly and helpful. They gave us good input for places to dine, things to see and do and directions to where we wanted to go. Our room was smaller than expected, but there are much larger and nicer (and more expensive) rooms available as well. The common areas were cozy and there is a large selection of DVD’s that can be borrowed to view in our room. The location was convenient and the view of the harbor was an added benefit. The room was very clean and well maintained. There is a large Jacuzzi tub in the bathroom and even if you do not use it for that, it makes for a larger than normal shower area.


Awesome

5 on August 26, 2011

We stayed at the Carriage House for 2 nights this week, and can't wait to return. This was our first B&B experience and we loved it. The accommodations were immaculate and beautifully furnished. The views from our private balcony and the dining areas were spectacular, all looking out over the harbor and the beautiful gardens. Our hosts, Dave and Suzanne, were marvelous and so helpful and attentive. The location is perfect and within walking distance to the beach and the main business section of South Haven, with great restaurants and shops. We can't forget about Khaki, their beautiful, gentle dog. What a delight! We give the Carriage House 5 stars PLUS!


A Lovely INN

4.0 on August 20, 2011

My Husband and I celebrated our 20 year Anniversary here and will definetly return. The location is excellent especially for walking to the beach to watch the evening sunset. The inn is very clean and well cared for and the innkeepers are very welcoming. The breakfast is supurb. No guest will be dissappointed.


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Rooms & Rates

The Stanhope

Imagine... stepping into a garden in bloom with hues of cheerful pinks and calming greens. What ever the season, you'll never want to leave the room. A wonderful view is just a step away on your private sun porch, prefect for viewing the ever-changing harbor. Pull up the wingbacks and watch the flickering fireplace while you enjoy a glass of wine. The relaxing Jacuzzi is a romantic end to a glorious day. Now snuggle into bed with soft layers of freshly ironed sheets. But, don't miss breakfast. "We enjoyed every minute of our stay, thanks to your gracious hospitality". Craig and Kathy.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $210 - $270

The Victoria

Imagine...a reclusive two-room suite, located on the first floor, away from the inn's common living areas. A Victorian king bed is layered with fresh linens, and so comfy you'll feel your cares float away. Watch the morning sunrise or evening stars on the privacy of the secluded porch off the bedroom. After a Jacuzzi, brew a cup of tea in the kitchenette, unwind in the massage chair in the sitting room, and watch TV or read a book. You might be so relaxed you fall asleep on the daybed. "The setting is gorgeous-relaxing and romantic." Dick and Jane.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $200 - $285

The Brewster

Imagine...a sunny day, breakfast while watching the sailboats come and go,and a walk on the beach. Then head to your warm and welcoming first floor room to relax in the Jacuzzi, sit by the fire, play a game, or watch a movie, or...shhh...take a nap in the ever so comfortable queen bed. A trip to South haven isn't complete without watching one of our fabulous sunsets. So before you settle in, walk across the street and be amazed. "Charming B and B. We loved the food, the owners, the view..." Jim and Carol

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $160 - $190

The White Chapel

Imagine...a truly regal and spacious second floor room, decorated in soothing Williamsburg blue and rose tones. You might need the embroidered footstool to climb into the comfortable king pencil post bed. Lace curtained french doors lead to a two person Jacuzzi, with separate shower. Enjoy the fireplace from the cozy settee, or venture out and relax in white rockers on the private covered porch. Toss out your watch and give into Harbor Time. This room is frequently used for honeymoons and other special occasions.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $225 - $295

The Gladstone

Imagine...a day riding the sand dunes, and a picnic by the lake. Them come home, cuddle in freshly ironed sheets on the king bed, surrounded by delicate mini flowers, lush roses, and rich burgundy tones. Talk all night, sipping champagne in cozy wingbacks, warmed by the fire. Or, laugh and giggle in the two person Jacuzzi. "Gorgeous and very romantic...a wonderful spot and so close to everything! We loved the new canine addition. Khaki. Suzanne and David are wonderful hosts!" Karen and Curt from Chicago

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $175 - $220

The Concord

Imagine...a romantic hideaway tucked in a cozy corner on the second floor. Soak in the oversized, in-room Jacuzzi. Or share a romantic moment in restful wingbacks flanking the fireplace. A queen bed with freshly ironed sheets wrap you in your own romantic dreams. Wake up with a refreshing shower and after a delicious breakfast start your day with a walk on the beach, or make snow angels. "We couldn't have picked a better place to spend our 23rd anniversary. Our stay was perfect! We loved the inn's charm. Suzanne and David are very fun and friendly innkeepers!..." Don from Chicago

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $175 - $220

The Phaeton

Imagine...sipping champagne and savoring decadent chocolate covered strawberries, while enjoying the breathtaking views from the spacious corner covered porch. After a busy day of shopping or playing golf, come home to a romantic soak in the two-person Jacuzzi. Then, sit by the fire, and talk of life and love. This sun drenched second floor room is a perennial favorite among Carriage House guests. "A walk on the beach, a magnificent sunset, a book, a fireplace, and a bottle of wine...no wonder I slept in! Almost missed the most amazing breakfast..." Isabelle and Harris from Kalamazoo.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $215 - $280

Coleche

Imagine...luxuriating in crisp linens, as sunlight streams through the lace-draped windows. Linger in the refreshing shower. Enjoy a cup of steaming coffee while sinking into a high back rocker on your spacious, private porch. After a full day of activity, come back and savor hors d'oeuvres. Then sip a glass of your favorite wine, fireside, in the privacy of your room. Come morning, you'll wake up smiling in your cozy queen bed, as you realize you get to start all over again. "This was our first stay at the Carriage House, but certainly won't be our last...."

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $165 - $235

The Barouche

Imagine...falling in love again in this romantic, elegant, spacious room. The king four poster canopy bed is anointed with European lace. Luxuriate in the double, in-room Jacuzzi, or rock the day away on the large covered porch, watching the sailboats glide. The glowing fire will warm your hearts, and toes, as you settle into the pillowy-soft bed, and drift off to a restful peace. Perfect room for special occasions. "Without a doubt the best B & B we have ever stayed in. The food was excellent, the room immaculate and the view beyond words. We'll be back." Alice and Kent from Detroit.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $225 - $295

The Dorsey

Imagine...nesting in this adorable, dormer style room with sloped ceilings, and soothing blue tones and rose accents. Unwind in bathrobes, and the oh so comfy wing back facing the fire or the harbor. Wake up with an invigorating shower in your cheery, sunlit bathroom. A cozy room with all the amenities, at our most reasonable price.

"We have been coming here for 8 years with another couple. We love South Haven and the inn so much, we drive 8 hours from St. Louis to enjoy the fall colors and onion rings from Clementines."

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $140 - $175

The Brett

imagine...a day touring and tasting at a nearby winery. Then luxuriating in the largest Jacuzzi in the inn, listening to soft music, and sipping one of the many Michigan wines. Numerous mornings have been spent in the lace trimmed bed watching the harbor. Or on the intimate porch devouring the view, or penning a postcard by the fire. This room fills quickly. One reason might be that you can see the harbor from bed. It's well worth the climb to the third floor.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $210 - $270

The Troika

Imagine...relaxing shades of pink and blue, brightened by a floral wallpaper. This third floor room gives each guest the feeling of spring, no matter the weather. Linger on the intimate porch stargazing and chatting. Then snuggle into bed, layered with fresh linens...warmed by the fire. "Greeted with champagne and strawberries was the perfect start to the Mother/Daughter weekend! This was my first, but not my last. Loved the massage, manicure, facial and fun activities. My daughter and I laughed and giggled all weekend." Rachel and Sarah from South Bend

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $165 - $235

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Location

Airport

Kalamazoo, MI (AZO-Kalamazoo Battle Creek Intl.)

Directions to property:

1/4 mile south of Dyckman Road, turn left on North Shore Drive, and left to 118 Woodman.

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Internet Service, Library, TV, Telephone, Videos, Wedding Facilities , next door to the park where all festivals are, short walk to quaint downtown, stroll to beach just across the street, dining room/screen porch have harbor view, tiered decks overlook the harbor, in house massages

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, DVD Player, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, VCR, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Local wineries, Sand Dunes, Cross Country Skiing, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Water sports

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3:00 PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No adult get-a-way
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No innkeepers have a dog
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night minimum weekends and 3 nights on some holidays and special weekends
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Deposit amount of 50% of total stay required, or 100% for one-night stays.
  • Cancellations: 15 day cancellation policy; 60 day cancellation for Holidays, specialty weekends, and reservations of 2 or more rooms.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Suzanne and David

Languages spoken

English

Resident Pets

Dogs

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Meals

Breakfast

Gourmet Breakfast

  • Time Served: 9:00
  • Serving Location: tiered porches, dining room, and screened prorch., Dining Room

Signature Dish

Scones with Devonshire Cream
Each morning breakfast includes our raved about homemade Scones, served with Devonshire Cream. They are so popular many guests have asked us to sell them, which is a possibility in the near future.


Details

118 Woodman Ave. , South Haven, MI 49090 USA (Show map)

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