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“Unexpected Pleasure”
Review of Castle Farms

Castle Farms
Ranked #2 of 28 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: Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed November 28, 2013

I had the pleasure of taking a tour of this attraction with some friends of mine this weekend. Our tour guide, Kathy, was wonderful and I very much enjoyed our tour through the Farm and learning about it's history. My husband and I are definitely planning returning this summer so we can see the gardens in all their glory.

Thank Chris A
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castlefarms, Guest Relations Manager at Castle Farms, responded to this reviewResponded December 2, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to share about your recent tour of Castle Farms. We think Kathy and all our tour guides are amazing, and we’re so glad to hear that you enjoyed yourselves. We look forward to seeing you next summer when our magnificent gardens are in full bloom!

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Reviewed November 26, 2013 via mobile

Had daughters. wedding at the Castle. We loved it. People. From all over the USA loved. It.
Great time by all

Thank Molto
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castlefarms, Guest Relations Manager at Castle Farms, responded to this reviewResponded November 27, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to share about your daughter’s recent wedding at Castle Farms. We love our Castle brides and grooms, and we’re always delighted when we hear it was a successful event for family and friends alike. Please give the newlyweds our best!

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Reviewed November 25, 2013

The staff is outstanding.. The Castle is often used by local fund raising events and has several festivals throughout the year, as well as being a gorgeous setting for weddings. Charlevoix is a charming destination in itself with art galleries and sweet shopping in a beautiful setting.

Thank dietfarm
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castlefarms, Guest Relations Manager at Castle Farms, responded to this reviewResponded November 27, 2013

We always appreciate hearing feedback from guests who’ve visited the Castle. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. The Castle does host numerous events and festivals throughout the year, with their success due in part to our terrific staff. We agree wholeheartedly about our little gem of a town – there’s a reason it’s called ‘Charlevoix the Beautiful’. We look forward to seeing you again at Castle Farms!

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Reviewed October 24, 2013

People come from all over the world to get married at this destination legendary castle. The staff is an incredible energetic team always staying on top of new styles and trends. It is an honor to cater weddings there.

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castlefarms, Guest Relations Manager at Castle Farms, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2013

We love hearing from our Castle couples, and we love hearing from our caterers, too! Since couples have the unique opportunity to choose their own vendors for their wedding at the Castle, our staff works with a variety of different providers: florists, photographers, videographers, DJs, cake decorators, chauffeurs, and caterers; each of them professional, dedicated, and devoted to their craft. Thanks so much for the Castle compliment ~ the feeling is mutual!

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Reviewed October 23, 2013

We stopped by to go to Castle Farms on October 22, one of the attractions on the list for our short get-a-way. There was a sign at the front gate that said Tour begins at 9:30. It was 9:45 and we were hoping to still catch up to the tour. Once we drove in to park, we noticed that there were just a couple cars so we parked near the front entrance, only to discover poles with a chain across blocking the front entrance. Looked cool from the outside. Disappointed it was closed.

Thank Nancy S
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castlefarms, Guest Relations Manager at Castle Farms, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to share about your recent experience at Castle Farms. We were happy to hear that visiting the Castle was on your short ‘To-Do’ list, but sad to learn that you assumed we were closed. Just as you originally thought, Castle Farms is open year round. In fact, the day you drove into our parking lot, our Welcome Center had been open since 8 am, as our staff was doing inventory. Other people were already out on self-guided tours. The chain you noticed is merely to direct guests to enter through the Welcome Center rather than the Main Gallery. We’re sorry you missed out on the opportunity to visit historic Castle Farms, and we do hope you’ll consider returning in future.

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