We stayed one night while attending a wedding at Castle Farms. (The B&B was conveniently located just a few minutes' drive from Castle Farms, by the way.) The draw at MacDougall is without a doubt the hospitality you receive from Steve, with his warm personality and his outstanding breakfast. The food is delicious and abundant. The morning we were there we were offered homemade granola (best I've ever had), yogurt, bacon, french toast, fresh berries, coffee, and juice. One of the other guests kept eating and eating and eating (it was kind of funny!), and we still were able to stuff ourselves without running out of anything. The breakfast is worth the stay, really. We really enjoyed talking with Steve, too.
This may not be the place for some people, though. If you have difficulty with mobility or coordination, you should be aware of the funky steps that go up to the guest rooms which may pose a hazard to you. If you require a large, luxurious bathroom, perhaps you will want to stay elsewhere. (We stayed in the bedroom at the front of the house, and the bathroom was very small, with a sloping floor and a teeny-tiny shower. It is an old house and these things are to be expected. They didn't impact our stay at all, but it is only fair to make you aware, in case these are deal-breakers for you.) The house is not a gorgeous retreat that would jump out of the pages of a magazine, but has a old-time homey feel -- like you're visiting your great aunt.
That said, the bed was comfortable, the place was very clean, Steve was a great host, and the breakfast was wonderful. We enjoyed our stay, and would stay again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are three houses from Lake Michigan and just a few blocks from lake Charlevoix, three blocks from the downtown business district. Our home was built in 1896, and has all the charm of a restored house that old. We have 5 rooms all with private in room baths and we serve a full breakfast family style. Additionally we have a two-room suite with a full bath, All rooms have cable TV, wifi, and air. ... more less