When searching for a unique, relaxing, and memorable Michigan bed and breakfast, The Allegan Country Inn offers an exceptional experience you won't forget. This Southwest Michigan bed and breakfast is ideal for a romantic anniversary or honeymoon celebration, business travelers, a scenic retreat for friends, or for a memorable event or wedding reception.
Nestled on 14 acres in a beautiful country setting just minutes from Allegan's charming downtown riverfront area, The Allegan Country Inn is an immaculately preserved example of the city of Allegan's post Civil War housing boom. Built by Mr. Chas. P. Schuler of Schuler Coal, Wood, Grains and Feed Company, it was originally not designed as a lodging house, but as a stately, private residence. Schuler owned 252 wooded acres and built the house up on the hill in a proud location. At one time there was a windmill on the north side of the home and the porch ran the full length of the home.
A local historian recently remarked about an old friend of his, the late Bill Patchin, who was raised by his grandmother in this home, "Bill was born in 1933 and lived there until joining the Army about the time of the Korean Conflict. The Grandmother, Mrs. Jennie Patchin, boarded people for the County when the County Poor Farm was over capacity. Bill claimed as a boy, he always wanted a BB Gun but his Grand Mother would not allow it as she did not want him shooting the birds and squirrels. One of Bill's duties was to go out on the front porch with the elderly that liked to smoke. Mrs. Patchin would not allow this in the home for fear of fire. Bill claimed that at about ten years of age he recalled sitting on the front porch with an elderly gentleman and smoking cigars with him!"
In the 1970's and early 1980's Dick and Betty Gurn owned the residence and added the music room. Dick was a lover of music, and taught music lessons and practiced with the Allegan Community Players during this time. In 2006 the home and property were purchased by current owner and Innkeeper, Sheila Dever, where the home's transformation into a bed and breakfast began.
Throughout the years, this home has been owned, lovingly maintained, visited by many guests and travelers. Innkeeper, Sheila Dever and many inn guests believe that some of those former residents or guests still visit or reside in the building to this very day. Sheila and others report ongoing unexplained occurrences at the inn, and the inn is currently the subject of a paranormal investigation.
In its past, and present, it seems this house has always been filled with warmth and care. Over the years, in one form or another the house has always had the "mission" to host and give shelter to those that need it. Today, Sheila Dever and her Allegan Country Inn continue to carry on that mission of hosting and caring for guests under this building's roof.
The Allegan Country Inn is a country retreat, historic home, unique destination, and an exciting getaway. Overall, it's a place you won't soon forget. Enjoy your stay!
"Snowmobiling, cross country skiing, eating and drinking, and the Jaccuzzi... I would recommend Sheila's place to anyone. We liked the Michigan people and the relaxing wilderness. Sheila is the host with the most!"
-Jeff & Mary A., Chicago, IL
"We slept a lot, watched TV, jazuzzied, and went for a nice, long walk - relaxed! It is beautiful here, and all great. I would recommend Sheila's chocolates, cookies, and breakfast!"
-Andrea & Nicholas V., Plainwell, MI