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Historical Traveler Reviews Kingsley House Bed and Breakfast Inn Fennville
We stayed at one of the luxury suites with the Jacuzzi, we enjoyed a couple's massage and it was great- very quiet and private. Our room was beautiful and so was the house and the area. Great breakfast, very attentive service. Thumbs up!
Wonderful place for our anniversary!
We selected the Kingsley Inn after reviewing several area B&B's for a place to celebrate our 2nd Wedding Anniversary. We enjoyed our stay immensely. Great food and hospitality abound here. The empire room was very comfortable, roomy and private.
Dave is very accomodating and definitely one of the best innkeepers we've had the pleasure to meet. Thank you for a wonderful getway anniversary weekend!
Ruth and Andre de Saint Leger
A wonderful Inn
The Kindsley House is a wonderful place for a weekend retreat. The attention to detail is wonderful. The breakfasts are absolutely delicious. Our room was cozy and comfortable.
Beautiful home and Great host!!
I had read all about this bed n breakfast from their website and previous guest reviews and thought I would get what I expected. Actually, I got so much more than I expected. The house is a beautiful home that is decorated to perserve the history of the house. After reading the negative review from one of the past visitors, I think that person was looking more for a Marriott than a bed n breakfast. The home is 120years old, so yes the bathrooms are small. The bathrooms were added so that guests could have their own private bath. And as for the food, it was all wonderful. I think the past visitor missed the part about the food being "gourmet". Dave was a great host and offered us with alot of suggestions of things to do. He also made sure to provide all his guest with complimentary soda and night time snacks. We stayed for 3nights and would have loved to stay longer. We always felt like we were at home. We will definitely revisit this bed n breakfast soon.
A home away from home
This was the best Bed and Breakfast I had ever been to. From the minute we walked through the door until the minute we left, we felt so welcome, comfortable and content. It was as if the Innkeeper was our very own relative inviting us to share his home for a few days. The food was excellent and there were always snacks/refreshments available. Several brochures were provided on what to do and where to go in the area. Even in November there was much to see and do, such as wine tasting and antique shopping. If we wanted to stay in and relax, there were many DVD's and books to choose from that we could take back to our cozy room. There aren't enough good things I can say about this place. I definitely recommend it to anyone!
Wonderful, relaxing B&B!
I stayed in the Kingsley House at the same time as the negative reviewer. I stayed in the turret room and had no problems with the house, the room, or Dave. The house has so many things to accomodate you on your stay. There are wine glasses, champagne flutes, and unlimited beverages (hot or cold) available 24/7. Not to mention the tray of "extras" of things you may have forgotten, i.e. toothbrushes, aspirin, antacids, etc. There are towels for each room and beach towels in case you go to the beach. There is also a "bottomless" cookie jar available around the clock.
I went for my honeymoon and my wife and I had the most relaxing and enjoyable time. If we didn't want to spend time in the tub, we would have gotten a smaller room. We don't go on vacation to spend time in the bathroom (except when there is a jacuzzi ;) ).
I have to highly recommend the romance package. The massages alone were worth the price. The massager is a local woman who is very nice and put us at ease. Also, the paddleboat ride was really fun and we loved looking at the local buildings, expensive homes and boats, and hearing some local history. We took our picnic lunch (also a good option) out to the back swing and had a great time finishing off a bottle of wine with our habanero cheese.
I loved the french toast so much I had two pieces. I didn't try the sausage, but there was plenty there when I came down late for breakfast. The second day there was a breakfast pizza-like food and some hash brown potatoes. I ate my fill and thought they were both excellent. Also, there was fruit and pastries there both days. The fruit was fresh and there was plenty there. There is also "goodies" available during the day on the same table, I had an amazing lemon bar the second day. I love food and thought that the B&B served some of the best food I've had.
The area is also very nice, there's a great orchard called Cranes that has all homemade desserts, a great evening place to check out. There weren't many people around at any time while we were in the town. The entire area is secluded and the house is no exception. The "main road" doesn't see much traffic and the porch is obscured by the landscaping. We ate our entire picnic lunch without seeing another person.
If you are looking for a relaxing, romantic, pampered getaway - look no further! We had such a great time we bought gift certificates for our parents. If that isn't a sign we had a fantastic time, I don't know what is!
Please avoid- there are many better options!
Please, please avoid this place! The property is represented as secluded- the house sits "immediately" on a main street/artery- the house is merely 10-20 feet from the curb. If you don't get a jacuzzi room, all you will have is a small shower stall and toilet built into an old closet- I check out the other rooms and all the nonjacuzzi rooms had this set up.
We had the granny smith room- as I mentioned above- the "private" bathroom was just a shower stall and toilet installed in a small closet. You actually have to open the bathroom door to get in and out of the shower. So you have to be pretty intimate with your travel mate since your naked bum will be sticking out of the bathroom every time you get in and out of the shower.
Our room was under the suite up in the turret- and there was an air conditioning unit over our room that dripped water down onto our window sill all night- imagine trying to sleep and all night hearing "drip, drip, drip"- like chinese water torture. At first Dave (the owner) did was shrug- that's his response to any problems you encounter. The 2nd nite he put a towel on our windowsill to absorb the dripping so we wouldn't hear it- but the towel got soaked and then slipped off the window so again all we heard all nite was drip, drip, drip.
And the so called "yummy" breakfasts- ugh!! The first morning was soggy french bread french toast. The second morning was this nasty version of "huevos rancheros" which consisted of nacho chips with salsa and cheese and a soft boiled egg on it. The third morning was soggy banana bread french toast which was so awful I actually had to spit it into my napkin. Not that I wanted to eat more of it- but Dave put outs very skimpy portions- one item per person. We were the last ones down for breakfast the 3rd morning, and there were 2 plates, 2 pieces of banana bread french toast, 2 servings of sausage links. So in the rare event you like the food, you won't eat too much of it.
The website and brochure advertise seasonal drinks and treats on the porch- lemonade in the summer, cocoa in the winter, etc. The lemonade was only out 1 of the 3 days we were there- and it was so overly sweetened it was undrinkable. Parking is also tight, and parking and breakfast seating is first come, first served.
It took 15-20 minutes to get to saugatuck. there are so many other, better places to stay in the area- don't be "charmed" by this place- it does not deserve it!!
The following are truthful statements from the management of the property:
The Inn's front door is over 100 feet from the curb of a two-lane county roadway (not a major artery) in a small countryside town. All rooms have their own private baths, most of which were existing bathrooms, not closets, when the Inn was built. The accommodations of the room the guest talks of is 16 feet by 18 feet and contains a California King size bed and a very large window seat, much more ample in size than many common hotel/motel rooms.
Breakfasts are homemade and gourmet, of which these particular guests finished every bite each morning. It is an extensive buffet in the summertime and the entrée on the dates these guests stayed were Honey-Glazed Pecan French Toast, Quevos Rancheros and Banana Streusel French Toast with Amaretto Sauce. I have never in my years of Innkeeping ever had any other guests complain about lack of food as it is always very ample. Most guests tell me they do not eat lunch after the extensive breakfast at the Inn.
The Inn is located 5 miles from Lake Michigan and 8 miles from Saugatuck. It does not take more than 10 minutes to drive to either of these locations. The parking lot of the Inn has 9 well-marked parking spots off the street and behind the Inn. There is not an issue with "tight" parking.
As is evident from the other reviews posted here, we do everything possible at the Kingsley House to make our guests stay welcome, pleasant and memorable.
A Romantic Step Back in Time
First impressions are lasting, and our first step onto the amazing wrap-around porch of the Kingsley House immediately set the tone for the rest of our stay. The parlor was absolutely gorgeous and our room was quiet, cozy and adorable. We chose to stay in the cider nook suite...mainly because of the private entrance and whirlpool tub. Although the suite is tucked away on the lower level, without the views of the upstairs, the clever lighting and charming decor impress you evenstill. A romantic, beautiful, peaceful setting.
Breakfast was wonderful and even Dave's dinner recommendations were right on! We were in the mood for a romantic sunset dinner and Dave knew just the place! He has a knack for attention to detail, and is a very gracious host. What a lovely place!
This B&B has set the bar!
This was my first B&B experience and I have to admit if this is how all B&B are, then Dave Drees has set the bar way high! I was given the task of planning our 1 year anniversary so with 2 weeks and 2 days to go I decide to surf for places to stay in Saugatuck, MI (art coast of Michigan). Of course most of the decent places to stay were booked until I stumbled on The Kingsley. They had one room left, The Golden Delicious. The inn was in Fennville, about 8 miles from downtown Saugatuck, but it was close to the Fenn Valley winery, however, I was running out of options so I booked the room ($125/night) and the Romance Package ($189). It consisted of 2 1-hour, in-house, massages, a bottle of wine from Fenn Valley, 2 tickets to the Star of Saugatuck (paddle-boat ride along the Kalamazoo and Lake Michigan), and fresh flowers in the room upon arrival.
What makes this B&B distinct are the great lengths Dave goes to pamper his guests. For starters there is a coffee service available 24 hours/day and complimentary bottled water and sodas. The all you can eat buffet breakfasts are homemade which range from peacan topped french toast and spinach quiche. There is a cookie jar filled every day and in the afternoon he offered brownies with passion tea.
In the evenings he has an outdoor movie screen and we watched the Bourne Identity with fellow guests. The only downside was the missing Center Channel for the dialogue, but it was remedied with subtitles.
This was my first B&B so I did not have a frame of reference, but my wife had been to one before and said this was much better than her other experience.
Two Thumbs up..way up!
My husband and I stayed there last winter, to celebrate my 40th birthday. The host was very kind and helpful. Our room was large and beautiful (stayed in the room on the top - turret room -. We have two small children so it was a much needed getaway. WE stayed two nights and RELAXED (I even took a nap - in the MOST comfortable bed I had been in, in a LONG time). He has a large selection of NEW DVD's to rent. Breakfast was yummy. It's a short drive to Saugatuck and Holland. Well worth the cost of the room and the ambiance.