The Yelton Manor Bed and Breakfast is two fabulous Victorian mansions, walkable to all of South Haven, Michigan and the closest lodging in town to the white sand beaches and sunsets of Lake Michigan. Named by Amoco Motor Club in the top 10 B&Bs in the USA, the Yelton Manor is the ultimate romantic vacation getaway. Surrounded by award-winning perennial gardens, relaxing decks and swings. All 17 rooms have private bath, cable TV/DVD, and luxurious decor. Many rooms have fireplaces, Jacuzzis and balconies. With the comfort of guests constantly in mind, 20 year veteran innkeepers are always on hand. Both mansions have lovely porches, elegant parlors, 1000s of books, music, homemade treats and video library. At the Yelton Manor, the larger, more social inn, hors d'oeuvres are served every evening and full breakfast each morning. At the Manor Guest House, designed for the guest preferring a less social, more private getaway, continental breakfast is delivered to the room for private dining.
A lovely first floor room in the Manor. Looks out to the "secret garden". Double jacuzzi and fireplace in the bedroom area.
Victorian elegance on the second floor of the Manor. A luxurious burgundy and rich wood traditional decor provides a warm setting for a stay.
A warm and cheery second floor room in the Manor. Beautiful stained glass above the oversized jacuzzi in the bedroom area.
An elegant second floor room in the Manor with sitting area overlooking the "secret garden" and fountain.
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.
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.
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.
The ultimate in private luxury. This third floor suite in the Manor GuestHouse has a private balcony and view out lakeside.
A sunny, resort atmosphere in this second floor suite of the Manor GuestHouse with view of the rose garden, summer perennial border and lakeside.
Lovely first floor room with queen bed, fireplace, jacuzzi, TV/DVD, CD Stereo and continental breakfast delivered to the door in the morning.
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”
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.
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.
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!
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!!!
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!!
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!
4.4 on August 22, 2010
We were first timers to the Yelton B & B mid August , 2010, and just loved it! The accomodations, location, breakfast and late afternoon hor deurves were top notch. We stayed in the manor, top floor, and that room was beautifully decorated, cozy, and stayed cool on a hot and humid weekend! We enjoyed exploring every nook and cranny in the manor....it almost makes you wish for a rainy day in order to enjoy any one of the hundreds of books tucked away in the manor. Our highest admiration goes to hosts Rob and Elaine for their hospitality and hard work; we always felt like we were 'home' whenever we stepped through the front door...
5 on August 21, 2010
We unplugged - no computers, no ipods, and limited cell phones. We needed to breathe, to relax, and to find again the quiet within. After two days and two nights at the Yelton, we returned to the city relaxed and refreshed. Our days started with Elaine's warm smile and a scrumptious breakfast (recipes available on their website, too!), and ended with breathtaking sunsets on the small beach across the street. The flower and herb gardens at the inn were in full bloom, and a seat on the sun porch for breakfast was a prized commodity. This was our third stay at the Yelton, and will definitely not be our last -- though we've vowed to try out a room with a jacuzzi tub next time around! A huge thanks to Elaine and Robert for our new home-away-from home!
3.8 on August 10, 2010
Mary greeted us at the door when we arrived, showed us around, and made recommendations for dinner in town! We opted for Clementines for dinner which was worth the wait! The rooms at the Inn are beautiful, appetizers at 5:30 PM were delicious (bring your own wine if you'd like) and breakfast was great! Filling but healthy! The beach is a stone's throw just across the street. Thank you so much for a relaxing respite!
Beachside, Lakeside, Small town
Kalamazoo, MI (AZO-Kalamazoo Battle Creek Intl.)
Kalamazoo, MI or South Bend, IN
Antique Shopping, Beach, Historical interests, Museum, Nature area, Full summer resort, Decks on site, Gardens on site, Religious Services, River, Ski area
Bed and Breakfast
Board games, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, TV Video games, Telephone, Videos, Wedding Facilities , Prize winning perennial and rose gardens, gazebos with swings
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Fireplace, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR
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
Elaine Herbert & Rob Kripaitis
Self-styled corporate-escapees who believe that 15 years of innkeeping have been the best years of their life.
Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian
chocolate chip cookies
An amazing and, alas, secret recipe