Castle Farms, Charlevoix

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Castle Farms is a special events facility located in Charlevoix, Michigan. It was constructed in 1918 by Albert Loeb, who was the Vice President of Sears, Roebuck and Company, and it was designed by Arthur Heun.
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  • We where in town for business and decided to drop in for a self guided tour, wonderful even in the winter! Staff was happy and helpful... we had a grand time walking around reading about everything...  more »
  • Our family (4 of us) did the guided castle tour since that was recommended over the self tour. While the history of the castle was interesting at times, this was the most boring tour I've ever taken.....  more »
  • I attended a wedding at Castle farms. It is an amazing venue that I could not have imagined myself. The look of the castle and the gardens is breathtaking. If you get a chance to go to a wedding here....  more »
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  • Great place to visit again and again. We took the guided tour (I recommend it) and Gail, the tour leader was fantastic. Total time was about 90 minutes. It was so nice to see the beautiful restoration of Castle Farms by Ms. Linda Mueller. Her heart and soul is in the project. I would like to thank her in this review. Thank you for saving history.
  • Very cool place, lots to see and do, even the kids had a great time. The staff is really friendly and the gift shop prices are pretty fair. This place is definitely worth a visit.
  • Although the place is scenic, I was totally deterred from holding an event here, given the experience I had with the staff. My friends and I came here to wine taste and tour since we were scouting out reception venues for my wedding. The woman at the front desk was extremely rude and the the person at the winery charged us for every person and got none of the tastings correct... I tried the same one three times... and she didn’t even give everyone the number we paid for. We tried to correct her many times but she wouldn’t have it... She also asked to see my fiance's I.D. after failing to I.D. anyone else in our party, half way through our time at the cellars. That was kind of weird and embarrassing, seeing as there were other customers there and she made a scene. We left and felt like we wasted time and money driving out. I have never had such a barbaric experience, at a business based in customer service. The manager at Castle Farms has reached out to correct the situation with her staff so no one else has this experience, in the future. She was very accommodating and has given me a full refund.
  • We had such a phenomenal wedding at Castle Farms! Everything was perfect from the venue. The setup was exactly correct, the coordinator was 100% on top of organization the day of, they accommodated our small extra requests for outdoor lights, patio heaters, lounge furniture setup (which we rented from Taylor Rental). The location is just so beautiful, especially if the weather cooperates. In the event of rain, there is a great pavilion which I'm sure would provide for great photos as well! The biggest plus to Castle Farms however, is their flexibility to allow you to bring your own liquor, beer and caterer. Once you price out your wedding, realize how much expense you save by shopping around on catering and buying your own liquor. Save that huge markup and spend it on what actually gets you something (photographer, DJ, etc)! All-in-all great place to get married. The only critique I would have is that you aren't assigned a "specific" coordinator to work with until 1 month before. In reality, they should assign you someone to work closely with 3-6 months before to start really hashing out specific details. It was a bit hard to get a hold of someone via phone at times and there were a couple details that were muddled up 1 month before in terms of delivery times for the rental items. HOWEVER, Castle Farms came through and made it right and got everything worked out PERFECTLY. I would suggest to them though, that to prevent this in the future, they assign a coordinator earlier to work out the explicit details sooner. This is a great place to have your wedding with the flexibility to do exactly what you want on your day! Everyone will have a blast and the photo locations are top notch!
  • Very cool place to have a wedding (attended not participated) Very interesting history of the farms. There is a lot of things to keep a little one occupied. The train collection is huge! Highlight of the farm other than the wedding, the flowers and giant chess boards

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