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Worthenbury Country House - in Michigan's Famous Wine Country

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,700 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Restored Country House, 3 Bedrooms, Convertible beds, 2 Baths, Sleeps 6-10

Worthenbury Country House is a nostalgic gem, the first of its kind located directly in Southwestern Michigan’s famous wine country, and just a few miles from the rolling dunes and beaches of Lake Michigan. We are committed to give our guests a unique wine country experience.

The Salisbury's invite you to leave behind busy city noises to unwind with quiet country sounds of crickets and birds. Enjoy a quiet evening with your family or friends soaking in the hot tub or lounging on the back porch while gazing at acres of lush vineyards. Take a leisurely stroll next door to Round Barn Winery, or visit any one of a number of other wineries in the area.

Worthenbury boasts three beautifully appointed bedrooms, a complete modern kitchen, and two living rooms. While staying at Worthenbury, your hosts want you to be comfortable, relaxed and content and will do everything possible to make your stay a special one. It is a perfect destination for girl’s weekends, family gatherings, reunions, or wedding parties – not to mention the perfect home base for visits to area wineries.

Worthenbury is in the heart of the Lake Michigan Shore Appellation, an area designated for its ability to produce fine wines. These wines rival those of California, since the area supports the growth of high quality wine grapes such as Cabernet and Chardonnay.

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Keywords: Country House Wine Country Michigan

More Details

Property Manager
Andy Dow
Member since: 2017
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 27, 2017

About Andy Dow

Steve Salisbury: I was born and spent most of my childhood in Chicago and it's suburbs. The remainder of my years "at home" were at this house. Living here during my teenage years, I attended a local high school. After graduation it was college, then a career at a local company until a few years ago when I decided to go into consulting, and moved back to Chicago. Now I live in Hyde Park, and go to Worthenbury from time to time to enjoy the peace and beauty of the country.

Andy Dow purchased this house in 1966

Why Andy Dow chose Southwest

In 1966 my parents sought property in Michigan. Living in the suburbs of Chicago, they wanted to live in the country. In October we purchased a nearby 30 acre farm. Over time we purchased the farm on which this house stands, taking our total acreage near 60 acres.

In 1968, we met Len Olsen and Carl Banholzer as we traversed the property they had just purchased to establish Tabor Hill winery. My father was one of the first to plant French Hybrid grapes on the soils of this hilly country.

From the 1950's through the 1980's, this farm hosted dozens of families who would come out for a day of picking fresh fruit. In our prime, we had 15 acres of grapes, 4 acres of cherries and 3 acres of peaches. We also had 60 honeybee hives and sold all of the honey to these same good people. Finally, we had a wine maker's shop, where we sold barrels, jugs and other materials for people to make their own wine.

Through the years, my parents sold the original 30 acres and eventually this became the home of the now famous Round Barn winery. Later, my parents sold another 10 acres at the north end of the property, leaving about 18 acres on which this house now stands.

When I decided to open this house as a guest house, I wanted to call it a name that would be meaningful that would set it apart. I wanted a name that would recognize its great rural wine growing heritage, and something to honor the "Salisbury" name. After an exhaustive search and much deliberation, I settled on the name Worthenbury. Worthenbury is the name of a small, rural village in the northeastern area of Wales. It is one of the only places in Wales where grapes are grown. It is also in the proximity of the area from which the Salisbury's originally came to the New World in 1632, among the first settlers of New England.

What makes this house unique

Worthenbury sits atop a knoll giving us a gentle breeze on even the stillest of days. The back porch is a great place to relax and look out over the vineyards. Strolling through the vineyards is also a pleasant experience, with views stretching for miles to the west.

The big red barn dates back to 1922. Today it is used for storage. When the fruit was in full production, the barn housed the wine supply store and the 'nectary', where the sweet nectar was processed and bottled.


Baroda House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • (2) Pull Out Couches In Living Room, Futon In Upstairs Study
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

Worthenbury Country House - in Michigan's Famous Wine Country
average rating of 4.75 based on 8 reviews

Such a beautiful home. Well kept, clean and had all the necessities and amenities for a great trip!

  • 5 of 5

Such a beautiful home. Well kept, clean and had all the necessities and amenities for a great vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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Tecumseh, Ontario

Beautiful setting

  • 4 of 5

The house is just as advertised.

Everything was clean and comfortable, and the house was well stocked.

The setting was even more beautiful than the pictures show. The proximity to wineries, including one the next property over, was a huge plus. The rolling peaceful countryside was beautiful. The only drawback was that some restoration was being done on the barn and so there was a bit of construction equipment in view.

The hot tub worked great. The internet was down for 2 of our 3 days there. Andy was great trying to get it working but to no avail.

We definitely recommend for a peaceful get-away.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Home in Wine Country!

  • 5 of 5

Andy was above and beyond with our stay. He was very informative on everything we needed to know about the house and the surrounding area. The house was very clean and enjoyable! He even called me within thirty minutes of leaving to let me know I had forgotten my computer at Worthenbury Country House. I was able to swing back and grab the computer. I would recommend this house to anyone with their family, friends, wedding in town, etc.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great home with lots of space

  • 5 of 5

Worthenbury Country House had everything we needed for our trip combining two families with kids ranging from newborn through age 10. The kitchen has everything you need (with the exception of a pizza cutter and ziploc bags). Loved having access to the washer and dryer. They are located in the basement. The stairs are that of a 100 year old farm house. Totally doable, if you are able-bodied. There are two indoor tables. One with seating for four and one with seating for 6-8. There is also a picnic table outside, as well as a small table for two on the back porch. The land is amazing. It's great to run, play bags (provided), or draw with chalk. The rooms on the main floor work, but there isn't much extra space within the bedroom itself. It's just enough for a queen bed and small dresser. Upstairs is spacious, almost like a second living area. TV was great with DISH options. There are two bathrooms, both with a shower. The water was hot and plentiful. We enjoyed the hot tub and the fire pit too. Internet worked great!

The area is just like the photos. The Round Barn is a local winery. You can hear the music from there, but the place closes early, so it isn't a problem. We loved Weko Beach ($10 to park), especially with the bath house and parking so close to the actual beach! Warren Dunes is also close.

We would definitely stay again! Thanks for allowing us to rent for just a few nights, as we didn't have an entire week to take off of work!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice stay

  • 4 of 5

Very old house kept up nicely. What a beautiful view of the vines of round barn. Conveniently located within walking distance to round barn. Would stay again.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect home in scenic setting. Perfect for family time and relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

House was perfect for our family. The vineyard was a great background for relaxing. A short trip from the city life, and you are in the surroundings of the county. Rooms were comfortable, all amenities were nice.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
South Bend Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Round Barn Public House
Nearest Train
14 Miles
Amtrak St. Joseph
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
I-94 Bridgman Exit 16
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Tabor Hill Winery and Restaurant
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
Bridgman Weko Beach
Car: necessary

Walking distance to Round Barn Winery, one mile to Tabor Hill Winery and Restaurant, two miles to Baroda, and less than seven miles to Bridgman and Lake Michigan, there are many fruit farms in the area that sell fresh fruit and vegetables in season,.


Rates & Availability

Baroda House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer & Harvest
Jun 7 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Tax Rate 6.0%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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