The Baert Baron Mansion
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We are the ideal location to be your home base to visit Saugatuck, Grand Haven, and Grand Rapids Michigan. There are so many things to do in Western Michigan. You may want to take long walks on the many beaches that surround the area, take a picnic and snuggle up to the one you love or enjoy the beautiful sunset. Or maybe you’d like to take the back roads and enjoy the various wineries that are close by. When it comes to the Arts, Museums, and Entertainment, the area has it all. Guests love the many exceptional, distinctive restaurants, unique boutiques and specialty shops that line the downtown streets of Holland.
We are the perfect place for couples to relax and enjoy each other for a few moments in time. From the moment you arrive at the “Baert Baron Mansion” until you leave you will be treated like our special guests. Rich Chocolates and sweets will be waiting for you in your suite and no one can turn down the nightly desserts. The Suites are exquisite and the gourmet breakfast is an event not to be missed at the Mansion where you’ll find guests lingering. Most guests find themselves sitting on the large wraparound porch enjoy a glass of lavender lemonade and enjoying the peace and quiet of just being together.
The Baert Baron Mansion with its beautiful red VeneKlasen brick was built by Dr. Daniel Baert in 1872. Truly this is a classical example of the rare French Italianate design of the Nineteenth century in Western Michigan. Nineteen beautiful made to order Romanesque styled arched beveled lead glass windows imported from Paris, France added in 1880 gracefully add to the mansion’s allure. A magnificent wrap-around porch gives the Mansion a feeling of warmth and grace as guests look at the marvelous bird bath fountain placed on the north side of the grounds over 139 years ago. The Mansion has over 4000 sq. ft. of living space that has volumes of buried stories that are hidden within its walls.
Exquisite original antique leaded stained glass windows and hard wood floors welcome you upon entry through the two massive oak doors that have stood the test of time.
Guests may use the peaceful wraparound porch to take pleasure in the incredible flower gardens each morning where they can sip rich coffee or tea or as a shady retreat on the warm summer afternoons enjoying a fresh glass of lavender lemonade.
Beginning with renowned southern hospitality, The Baert Baron Mansion's elegant Victorian turn of the century ambience has been preserved and yet guests enjoy modern conveniences such as inn-wide wireless Internet. The Mansion has a reputation as a romantic, peaceful, and passionate Bed and Breakfast. Its elegance and sophistication have made it popular for special events, wedding nights, private dinners and anniversary celebrations.
Our four Victorian appointed guestrooms were designed with total guest comfort in mind. Our goal is to make your time away distinctly pleasurable. Regardless of which room you choose, we will do our best to surpass your expectations. The grand staircase invites you up to your private quarters, where blended beauty, comfort, and cleanliness are the perfect formula for rest and relaxation.
Make your business trip more of a pleasure or celebrate a birthday. The Baert Baron Mansion is a great place to stay while discovering Western Michigan's shoreline or visiting family and friends who live here.
Your hosts, Vic and Anna Karen VanDeventer, invite you to experience a piece of history by joining them and enjoying a by gone era of comfort and grace. Located only 17 miles from Grand Rapids, Michigan and 3 miles from Holland, Michigan, “The Baert Baron Mansion” which is registered as a Historical Building with the State of Michigan is a significant Victorian Landmark of the 19th century nestled in the Historical Village of Zeeland, Michigan where the history of by gone days still runs deep in everyday life. A place where you can step back into time and relish the peace and tranquility of the village’s Fore Fathers as you snuggle in the serenity of yesterday with a dash of southern charm.
As the fourth owners of the Mansion, since July 2001, Vic & Anna Karen understand historical integrity and have painfully and meticulously brought back wholeness and grander to this piece of history for Western Michigan. Your eyes will be captivated by the overwhelming stencil work lavished across the ceilings throughout the Mansion.
Features like the Baert Baron Mansion's extraordinarily comfortable beds and wireless Internet access make this historic Mansion feel like a luxury home of today. Its gilded mirrors, rich linens and vintage chandeliers remind you of its significant and elegant past. Enjoy some southern tradition of style, beauty and comfort at the Mansion. Select rooms offer separate sitting areas, and views of the beautifully landscaped garden courtyard.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Anna and Vic Van Deventer for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
They want to step back into another time period when things were slower paced. Even though the Mansion is filled with vintage pieces it is very modern. We are located 8 minutes from downtown Holland, 7 minutes from Lake Michigan and 30 minutes from the heart of Grand Rapids Michigan.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
Guests find goodies in their room when they first arrive and love the desserts waiting for them each night. They sit down to a gourmet breakfast each morning on china, silver, crystal and linens. We are known for serving guests as though they were celebrity. We are the only B&B in the Holland Michigan area that has been restored to it's original grander. Vic & Anna love to serve their guests, whatever their needs.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
Lake Michigan, the Arts, fine restaurants, music shows, wineries.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
Guests feel like they are a part of a great big family and each one feels spoiled rotten while they are here.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
There is so much to do that 2 or 3 days is not enough.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Travelers can see the amazing museums, walk on the beaches of lake Michigan, enjoy a laid back picnic at sunset, make a day trip of visiting all the many wineries in the area, enjoy the many music events on the Lake, and stroll through the art galleries.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Downtown has some sweet shops and restaurants.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
These restaurants can't be beat anywhere: Salt & Pepper, Boatwerks, 8th Street Grill, Butches Dry Dock, Alpine Rose.
How many rooms does your inn have?
We have 3 large suites and one bedroom. All are set to the late 1800 period.
Do you accept pets?
Bakery and Cafe
From a private candlelight dinner to a relaxing romantic fire in the flower gardens late at night, The Baert Baron Mansion is all about creating an atmosphere of elegance, serenity, luxury and romance. Mingle with fellow guests in the Parlor where the company will cheer you and the refreshments are faultless.
Your hosts, Vic & Anna Karen, are happy to help you plan a special surprise with fresh flowers, a romantic dinner for two in the vast dining room by candlelight, a scrumptious picnic in the local park a few feet away or take a bike ride and drift throughout the small village of Zeeland and taste the historical Norman Rockwell setting for yourself. Simply let us know what you need and we will take care of the arrangements. We will do our best to accommodate and fulfill your wishes.
After a restful night's sleep you'll awake to tantalizing aromas drifting under your door. A stroll down the staircase brings you into the formal dining room where a beautifully set table with china, crystal, and linens is prepared for an enjoyable, relaxing breakfast. We serve a delicious Southern Breakfast guaranteed to tantalize your taste buds.
Step back into time as you unwind with a few of your most treasured friends. Think how it would be if you could sip on marvelous teas served in delicate cups and delectable dainty tea sandwiches that were enjoyed by generations before you. Enjoy the delicious dishes that were served back when women stood before a hot stove for hours to bring the goodness of food to the people that meant the most to them. Relax as you breathe in the sweet fragrance of yesterday and if you’ll listen ever so closely, you can hear the graceful walls of the very foundation utter stories of love, death and happiness.
The Baert Baron Mansion has been proud to be a part of many family reunions, birthdays, anniversary parties, business retreats, conferences, and small intimate weddings. You will find the scent of homemade goodies drifting through every room and soft music soothing away the rush of everyday life at these events.
Private Dinner Parties at the Mansion are breathtaking and cannot be matched anywhere in the area. Guests are served by candlelight on fine China as they dine over a three hour period. The elegant dining room can sit 24 people comfortably.
Mansion guests can also enjoy the art of yesterday’s High Teas, heavy hors d'oeuvres and desserts parties as they float throughout the rooms and find a private place to chat while enjoying all they want from the beautiful displayed dining room table that is brimming over with mouth watering goodness. Up to 50 guests can enjoy this remarkable sitting at one time.
Brunches, Luncheons, and Dessert parties are just a small part of what the Mansion offers their guests.
January 2011 – Jim & Cheryl T
Thank you for opening you home and that is just what it felt like, a home with family. The hospitality was beyond words! The attic is truly a retreat in itself, we have never rested so good at a Bed and Breakfast. The Breakfast was – awesome and the stories…..let just say, every time I think of them I laugh.
Anytime you find yourself in Wisconsin, you have a place to stay. You made s feel like a King and Queen.
February 2011 – Elisa S
We enjoyed visit at your beautiful Bed and Breakfast, we truly felt at home. Both of you were so gracious. Breakfast was amazing, relaxed and delicious. Thank you for everything you did for us. We hope to be back again in the near future and bring some friends.
June 2012 – Amanda B
Thank you for our very first Bed and Breakfast experience. This week-end has reminder me how
very important it is to serve others like you did with us.
You two are a gift to anyone who walks through your doors.
March 2011 – Adam C
Your B&B is truly remarkable; I’ve never stayed in a place away from home that felt more like home. Your warm welcome, great food, sweet spirit blessed us, you really made an impression on our lives. We will never forget you. This was an amazing and sweet week-end for us. You were a delight.
4-2011 – Matt & Nancy J
Thank you so much for your amazing hearts. You lovely home is so inviting, fills so nicely secluded, while at the same time close to everything. It was just what we were looking for. The food was wonderful. Thank you for sharing your family’s stories with us, we will carry them with us always.
Russ & Beth
WOW! Thank you so much for the glorious week-end. We loved your personalities and conversations. All the guests were amazing and we had so much fun while we were there. We have never been treated so good at a B & B. Thanks for the memories
4-2012 – Tom & Cathy M
Thank you for a special and memorable week-end. Our spirits needed this nurturing and your hospitality and beautiful home was the perfect place for us. You are amazing people and we could tell that you obvious enjoy what you do and that is touching the lives of others.
5- 2012 – Juan H
Thank you for your warm hospitality, it was beyond expectations. Thank you for all the extras, we could feel the love you have for others. Our bedroom was gorgeous and the home smelled so good. Your Mansion is incredible and we will be back.
7 - 2012 – Susan J
Thanks for a wonderful adventure, I have never stayed at a Bed and Breakfast and was a little worried, but you made me feel like family. Your home is beautiful, the food was like my granny’s and your kindness was heartfelt. I would recommend you to anyone, anytime.
8 - 2012 – Elaine P
You two have a wonderful gift of hospitality. I personally couldn’t have been made to feel more welcomed and loved. I truly enjoyed every moment of my time at your lovely home. I will be back and bring some girlfriends.
6 - 2012 – Julie D
Thank you so much for creating such a wonderful place for couples to rest. Our stay last week end was a breath of fresh air to us. We enjoyed every moment of our stay. Thanks for the conversations, amazing food, and hospitality. You are the best. We will see you again next year.
6 - 2012 – Matt & Nancy J
Thank you again for the lovely stay. Your home is such a peaceful retreat from the hectic travels of life. We own you a deep debt of gratitude for a wonderful week-end of rest and care.
10 - 2012 – Andy & Wendy J
What a wonderful time we had spending with you guys. Your home is beautiful, from the beautiful appointed rooms to the delicious breakfast, we couldn’t have been more pleases with our stay. Your home is a treasure made all the more meaningful with both of your sweet spirits. See you next fall.
10 - 2012 – Bart & Carol V
We loved spending time at your Bed and Breakfast, You truly are very special people who have good hearts, and you made us feel like family. Although your home is beautiful with touches of love everywhere, it was you two that made us want to stay for a few days more. Thanks for all the beautiful memories.
12 - 2012 Sarah R
As I sit here nibbling on some fudge you sent home with us I’m reflecting on the 2 nights we stayed at the Baert Baron Mansion. I sought out a B & B that I could find a bit of rest but what I found in your home was peace. Although the food was amazing and the home out of this world, the thing that touched me most was your love for me as a person. I really needed that. You ministered to by soul and for that I am forever grateful.
12 - 2012 – Susie E
We were completely surprised and taken back by how nice this B&B was. It exceeded our expectation. Every detail of your home is beautiful; I ate way too much because it was sooooooooooooo good. Your stories were too funny and your encouragement meant the world to us. See you in October.
10 - 2012 – Bob & Sue W
Thank you Anna and Vic for a wonderful weekend! Your home is lovely, your food fantastic, and your hospitality is amazing! It was a joy to spend time with you. Thank you for opening your home to us, and other lucky travelers
10 - 2012 – Kate Z
Want to post our many thanks for a truly blessed visit last weekend. It is the best weekend we've had in years. The hospitality was unparalleled and we fell in love with Zeeland.
9 - 2012 – Mary T
Our time at the Mansion was lovely. Anna and Vic are impeccable hosts....so friendly, fun and they have thought of every kindness. The setting is lovely and Zeeland is as well. If you have a chance, visit and you'll want to come back. We do!
8 - 2012 – Bernadetta S
I so enjoy staying at the Baert Baron Mansion. It is truly a resting place. You will experience such peace, comfort. The Baert Mansion has wonderful tasting food there as well.
August 2012 – Liz A
This place is AMAZING!!!! And the host and hostess make this place so awesome!!!! We loved our stay here this weekend and hope to come back sometime soon! Thank You Vic and Anna!!!! Praying God's blessings on you both!!!
March 2013 – Cathy C
We were completely surprised by how beautiful the Mansion is. We knew it was going to be nice, but it far exceeded our expectations. We will definitely be coming back. The beauty and service is incredible.
3 - 2012 Nick & Laura Y
Thank you for making our Wedding Night such comfortable and lovely stay. The rooms are amazing, the food a delight, and you are such a blessing. We will never forget your love and hospitality.
4 -12 – Betsy A
Thank you ever so much for the fabulous stay, Anna & Vic are truly great people and I’m glad that I met them.
4 - 2012 – Becky P
The Baert Baron Mansion was a delight, the company was marvelous, food unbelievable, and the home is as though you have stepped back in time. Talk about Southern Charm, it was all there in Holland, MI