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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 - 4 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:
March 19, 2018

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 Baroda

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


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Worthenbury Country House - in Michigan's Famous Wine Country
average rating of 4.785714 based on 14 reviews

Peaceful , beautiful place set aside a vineyards

  • 5 of 5

Always very clean and beautiful piece of property, set among a vineyard, stocked with linens and kitchen cookware and gadgets. Newly remodeled and very cozy getaway, surrounding area full of wineries, and activities, 7 years renting and will always come back

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place and very relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful sunsets

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Relaxing, fun weekend

  • 5 of 5

We had a great weekend celebrating a bachelorette party there. The house had everything we needed and was really beautiful inside. A walk to Round Barn Winery and a drive to other restaurants and the beach. Great trip!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Really nice place!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great Time! It was very clean and had all the amenities we needed! We would definitely come back :)

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Overall great place

  • 4 of 5

This property is clean and feels welcoming. It had everything we needed. Plenty of towels, blankets, pillows and etc...I would suggest a tv on 2nd floor and a railing for back porch. Can be dangerous for the little ones on the porch. Other then that, this was a great home to vacation with the family.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Place to chill out!

  • 5 of 5

Our daughter got married near Worthenbury and we needed to rent a house for the family to stay. It was incredibly clean with great instructions around the house. Everything you need is right at your fingertips. We had a wonderful stay, beds are comfortable, plenty of seating inside and out. Great bonfire area complete with wood and chairs to use as well as marshmallow sticks in the basement! Nice and quiet and you can enjoy a beautiful view of the stars! Round Barn winery is right next door-don't miss it! Great people to work with, we were very happy!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $400

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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