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“NotImpressed”
Review of Castle Farms

Castle Farms
Ranked #2 of 27 things to do in Charlevoix
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Open year round, Castle Farms is one of Northern Michigan's top historic attractions, as well as one of the Midwest's premier wedding venues. Visitors can stroll throughout the magnificent stone buildings dating back to 1918, and enjoy gorgeous gardens. A variety of museum quality collections featuring castles, antique toys, and royalty memorabilia from around the world are displayed throughout the buildings. The Castle's 1918 Museum showcases items from that time era, plus World War I memorabilia. Children delight in feeding the huge rainbow trout swimming in the Reflection Pond, playing a game of giant chess, or hide-and-seek with the fairies and gnomes dwelling in the Enchanted Forest. Our Self-Guided Tours offer Scavenger Hunt tours for children, too! Everyone loves The Castle's Garden Railroad; with more than 1/2 mile of track and 68 G-scale trains, it's one of the largest in the State. Listed on both the National and State Historic Registries, Castle Farms is a world-class historic property where old world charm and modern-day elegance enchant visitors of all ages.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
Zeeland, Michigan
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“NotImpressed”
Reviewed September 22, 2013

The ceremony was too short; the way they moved us from the service was horrible. We were directed to go downstairs and then come back up the stairs on the other end of the room -- when we could've just been directed through a curtain to the reception area. Bad planning on their part! I was not impressed.

Visited September 2013
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Thank HookedOnTreasures
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castlefarms, Guest Relations Manager at Castle Farms, responded to this review, September 25, 2013
Romantic, exquisite, and elegant, Castle Farms is one of the premiere wedding venues in the State of Michigan. We were sorry to hear of your discomfort during the wedding you recently attended. While we understand your concerns, please know that all decisions made regarding weddings (including length of ceremony, liturgical music, plus entry and exit routes, etc.) ultimately remain the choice of the bridal couple themselves. We’ve very sorry that the decision to enter the reception rooms from a separate hallway caused any inconvenience on your part. Meanwhile, we do hope that you enjoyed the reception!
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English first
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34 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“An amazing castle....”
Reviewed September 22, 2013

This place is amazing. If you want a great place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature this is the place. The castle setting makes it even better it allows you to take a step back in time.

Visited September 2013
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castlefarms, Guest Relations Manager at Castle Farms, responded to this review, September 25, 2013
We love hearing from our guests. We’re delighted to hear you had such a wonderful time during your recent tour. We hope you will come back and visit us again!
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FREEBURG
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“What a unique place!”
Reviewed September 15, 2013

I took a bus tour to northern Michigan and one of our stops was Castle Farms. We enjoyed a wonderful 2 hour tour followed by a delightful catered lunch in an outdoor pavilion. All the bus participants loved both the tour and lunch and said it was one of the highlights of our bus tour.

Visited September 2013
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castlefarms, Guest Relations Manager at Castle Farms, responded to this review, September 25, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to share about your recent visit to Castle Farms. While the Castle is open for self-guided tours, our historic guided tours (for groups of 10 or more) are also extremely popular. Our guests love being escorted through the beautiful stone buildings by fully trained tour guides who share stories and facts about the Castle’s history and four owners, plus detailed information about the restoration, the gardens, and our museum quality collections. We’re able to offer catered luncheons and/or dinners to tour groups of 20 or more. Our elegant outdoor Rose Pavilion is a recent addition; we’re so pleased you enjoyed your guided tour and dining al fresco a la Castle!
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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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42 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Loeb Farm Sears History Fun for Everyone!”
Reviewed September 11, 2013

The model farm was built in 1918 in Charlevoix by Albert Loeb, acting President of Sears, Roebuck and Company. He displayed many of the farm items sold in Sears catalog. Today Linda Mueller lovingly owns and takes pride in restoring the castle. She can be seen walking the extraordinarily beautiful grounds! Make this a must on your tour of Charlevoix! Great for families1 The "train" park will entice your children! You won't be disappointed!!!!!!

Visited August 2013
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castlefarms, Guest Relations Manager at Castle Farms, responded to this review, September 25, 2013
We always love hearing from visitors who’ve toured the Castle, and we’re delighted you found the Castle’s history to be as interesting as we do. Each of the Castle’s four owners has had a unique vision for the property. Our current owner, Linda Mueller, is very ‘hands-on’ and loves visiting with people touring the buildings, trains, and gardens. Her passion for the Castle manifests itself in her peaceful personality and open camaraderie with visitors and staff alike. A woman who values family and friends, she truly makes the Castle a magical place!
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Louisville, Kentucky
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67 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“wedding”
Reviewed September 9, 2013

Lovely outdoor wedding and the reception was very nice. The food, service, decorations were perfect.

Visited August 2013
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castlefarms, Guest Relations Manager at Castle Farms, responded to this review, September 25, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to let us know how much you enjoyed your Castle visit during the nuptial celebrations. We love our Castle brides and grooms, and feel honored to provide them with the perfect spot for their special day. Please give them our best!
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