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Yelton Manor Bed & Breakfast

140 N Shore Drive , South Haven, MI 49090 USA (Show map)

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Step away to luxurious YMBB, two fabulous mansions, closest lodging in town to the sandy, sunset beach of Lake Michigan, walkable to everything but blissfully out of earshot of the harbor and nightlife. #1 for 10 years on TripAdvisor, named by Amoco Motor Club "Top of the Crop in Luxury B&Bs", YMBB is an exclusively adult, romantic vacation getaway. Surrounded by award-winning gardens and relaxing decks. All 17 rooms have private bath, cable TV/DVD, upscale personal amenities, absolute cleanliness and luxurious decor. Many rooms have fireplaces, jacuzzis and balconies. 28 year veteran owner/innkeepers are always on hand. Both mansions have lovely porches, elegant parlors, 1000s of books, music, day and night homemade treats and DVD library. Enjoy a full, healthy, farm to table breakfast each morning at the time you choose and wonderful artisan snacks each afternoon. Onsite parking, free WiFi. Not a hotel, not a forgotten cottage, not quaint, but a new-fashioned step up for the rest of us.



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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.5

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Perfect Getaway Place!

5 on January 21, 2015

We have stayed at the Manor many times, each visit has been just a great as the previous one if not better. Elaine, Robert and staff go the extra mile to make your stay memorable. Once you stay you WILL return. You have Good, Better and The Best B&B's and then you have Yelton Manor at the top of the list. You definitely need to book a stay at the Manor, you won't regret it, guaranteed.

Wonderful weekend in South Haven

5 on October 28, 2014

Our children gave us a two night stay at the Yelton Guest House as an anniversary present. From the minute we walked in to register we knew we were going to have a great experience. Elaine and Rob were both extremely gracious hosts and extremely helpful. The room was absolutely beautiful and the amenities were wonderful. Having the continental breakfast of coffee, orange juice, muffins, and breakfast bread waiting outside the door each morning let us plan our day the way we wanted to. We have stayed at a number of B&B's but this one was by far the nicest experience we have had.

Relaxing and Wonderful

4.4 on September 20, 2014

This was our second time staying at the inn and it doesn't disappoint. Every detail is well thought out and executed. It's warm and inviting. The breasfast is healthy fare and very delicious. I love the fact that they share their recipes on line. We are making staying at the inn an annual tradition.

Extra special

5 on August 18, 2012

Our stay at Yelton Manor Bed and Breakfast in the Ivy room was a real treat! Lots of them in fact, spread all over the house. The candies and books were everywhere! We greatly appreciated the hospitality of the innkeepers and their suggestions for dinner and activities were spot on. It was so nice to be just across the street from the beach and a short walk to the park, harbor, farmers' market and shops. Afternoon snacks were very welcoming and the breakfast was healthy and hearty. Thanks so much to everyone for making our stay so special that we would very much like to return.


2.2 on September 12, 2011

We have stayed at Yelton Manor over the Labor Day weekend. The house is lovely, very neat, with lots of nooks and crannies and many personal touches. We have travelled allover the world and have stayed in different hotels and BBs. For the price of $300.00/night, our expectations were rather high. To our surprise, our room was very small and dark. Breakfast was average, but the snacks were delicious (Thank you Robert). Very annoying part of the stay was too many restrictions posted by the innkeeper who made us feel very uncomfortable and not very welcome (it’s difficult to relax when someone is always watching over your shoulder). However, I have to give a credit to the innkeeper for solving an unruly neighbors issue very quickly. Advise to the innkeeper: “All successful bed and breakfasts have one thing in common: owners who like people! Anyone seriously thinking about opening a bed and breakfast must like people and be able to deal with all types of people. This is a people business! You must also be willing to sacrifice a big part of your personal life since guests will be living with you”

Innkeeper Response
We did, indeed, hover over this group of four boorish guests. We did so to protect our other guests and our facility from damage during their stay. We sincerely hope they never return.

Great getaway!

5 on June 15, 2011

My wife and I just spent another great weekend at the Yelton Manor in South Haven, MI. We had a lovely, relaxing time and enjoyed everything about our stay. Highlights are the serene, quiet environment, great breakfasts, supply of DVDs, and my favorite...the candy and popcorn available around the clock! My wife and I also enjoyed our walks on the nearby beach and exploring the cute South Haven downtown. This is a luxury experience and highly recommended.

Birthday Weekend Celebration

5 on April 08, 2011

Turning 60 can be a traumatic time in any woman's life. Turning 60 at the Yelton Manor, however, makes for a cherished memory. What a magnificent weekend my husband and I just spent at the Yelton Manor for my 60th birthday! The weekend at the Yelton was so wonderful and relaxing that I think it took a good 10 years off my age! I have been enjoying the Yelton Manor for over 20 years and each and every time I stay there, I can't wait to go back! The location of the Yelton Manor on the shores of Lake Michigan make it an idyllic place any time of the year. The charm of South Haven with its beaches, marina, shops, and restaurants is reason enough to travel to southwest Michigan. The Yelton Manor, named International 2011 Inn of the Year by Lanier's Travel Guides, is the siren that keeps calling me back year after year. The moment you step into this beautiful Victorian manor, you are greeted by the gracious innkeepers, Elaine and Robert. They always make me feel welcome. I have been coming to the Yelton Manor so often, I feel like family! The inn itself is exquisite and pristine. Each and every room is quaint and uniquely decorated. Every floor has cozy nooks and crannies filled with comfortable chairs and wonderful books. I love finding a cozy corner to just sit, read, and relax. There are delicous snacks, cookies, and candy to munch on as you walk through the manor. The breakfast is delicious, healthy, and plentiful! I love going to the Yelton Manor website for the recipes. I have made many of the dishes for my family and friends. (They are starting to think I can cook!) I look forward to a summer trip to the Yelton Manor just so I can see the gardens in full bloom. If you are looking for that perfect get-away, you need look no further than the Yelton Manor!

Spectacular inn!

5 on November 05, 2010

My wife and I have never stayed at a better B&B than Yelton Manor! We stay exclusively at B&Bs and have stayed at every inn in South Haven, no comparison to this gem. We loved the fresh delicious food, the deep luxuries of books, music and movies, great beds too. The innkeepers were kind, funny, helpful. My wife became instant friends with Elaine and surprised me by giving her a huge hug and even a tear of regret at having to depart to go home. We felt like The Yelton was our own home away from home, the inn has a loving spirit and joyful feel. We'll be back again and again!!!

Yelton Manor Bed and Breakfast is outstanding!!

5 on October 18, 2010

Just returned from a weekend at Yelton Manor. Not only is the Manor beautiful, spotlessly clean and a wonderfully relaxing place to stay, the staff is just as wonderful. Professional, extremely helpful and knowledgable about the area, things to do and where are the good places to eat dinner and lunch. Breakfast at the Manor is homemade every morning and is a delicious way to start your day. They even share the recipes!! Yum!!

10th Anniversary

4.4 on August 28, 2010

Great stay! I would recommend Yelton Manor B & B to anyone who would like a break from the hassles of everyday. We saw the tall ships, walked the beach to perfect sunsets! Everything is within walking distance-no need for a car which I loved. We've stayed in several B & B's and Yelton was one of the best - we can't wait to go back!

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Rooms & Rates

Jasmine Room

A lovely first floor room in the Manor. Looks out to the "secret garden". Double jacuzzi and fireplace in the bedroom area.

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

Nightly Rate: $155 - $210

Magnolia Room

Victorian elegance on the second floor of the Manor. A luxurious burgundy and rich wood traditional decor provides a warm setting for a stay.

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

Nightly Rate: $120 - $180

Forget-Me-Not Room

A warm and cheery second floor room in the Manor. Beautiful stained glass above the oversized jacuzzi in the bedroom area.

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

Nightly Rate: $140 - $200

Camelia Room

An elegant second floor room in the Manor with sitting area overlooking the "secret garden" and fountain.

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

Nightly Rate: $145 - $205

Iris Room Suite

The "Anniversary Suite" on the third floor of the Manor with a view out lakeside from under the cozy eaves of the reading area. This room is featured in the Country Inns magazine.

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

Nightly Rate: $160 - $225

Rose Room Suite

A very special "Honeymoon Suite" on the third floor of the Manor with a view out lakeside. Antique, cut-glass door leads to luxurious bath.

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

Nightly Rate: $165 - $230

Manor Guest House Suite

A sunny, resort atmosphere in this second floor suite of the Manor Guest House with view of the rose garden, summer perennial border and lakeside. Fireplace, jacuzzi, flat screen TV/DVD, CD Stereo, continental breakfast delivered to the door in the morning.

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

Nightly Rate: $155 - $230

Nightly Rate: $155 - $230

Dewey Hotel Suite

The ultimate in private luxury. This third floor suite in the Manor GuestHouse has a private balcony and view out lakeside.

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

Nightly Rate: $155 - $230

Avery Beach House Suite

A sunny, resort atmosphere in this second floor suite of the Manor GuestHouse with view of the rose garden, summer perennial border and lakeside.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath

Manor Guest House Room

Lovely first floor room with queen bed, fireplace, jacuzzi, TV/DVD, CD Stereo and continental breakfast delivered to the door in the morning.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath

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Location Type

City, Lakefront, Oceanfront, Small town


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

Directions to property:

Interstate 196, Exit 22, North Shore Drive, 2 miles south

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Beach, Historical interests, Museum, Nature area, Full summer resort, Decks on site, Gardens on site, Religious Services, River, Ski area

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Board games, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Movie library, Parking, TV Video games, Telephone, Videos, Wedding Facilities , Premium coffee, fresh healthy food, privacy in exclusively adult ambiance, !000s of books and DVDs, porches, gardens, owner/innkeepers on site, fireplaces, jacuzzis, balconies, lake views, steps to beach and walkable to everything but on quiet corner out of earshotof harbor and nightlife

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Ceiling fans, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Billiards, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Horseback riding, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 3:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nite on weekends & 3 nite on holidays
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 50% of total stay
  • Cancellations: Deposits are required for all reservations. Deposits are returned if cancellation is made 10 days prior to arrival. A $25 per room processing fee is applied to all cancellations.



Elaine Herbert & Rob Kripaitis

Languages spoken


About the innkeepers

Self-styled corporate-escapees who believe that 15 years of innkeeping have been the best years of their life.

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  • Time Served: 7AM - 10 am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast is served 7AM until 10AM at every guest's convenience. Take to dining rooms, porches, gardens, beach or personal guest room., Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , "Beach Break" snacks served daily 3PM-6PM, delicious, healthy artisan snacks, BYOB

Signature Dish

Triple chocolate brownies
We are famous for our Triple Chocolate Brownies, but we also serve other snacks all day, including always hot popcorn and seasonal fresh fruit


Special Package

Cool Summer Savings

Bargain rates Monday through Wednesday, $50.00 off any room, no minimum stay required

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140 N Shore Drive , South Haven, MI 49090 USA (Show map)

Property highlights

Free gift card up to $150!