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Castle Farms
4.6

Address
5052 M-66 North,
Charlevoix, MI 49720
Phone
231-237-0884 (Main)

Castle Farms was built in 1918 as a model working dairy farm by the acting president of Sears, Roebuck & Co. Today, it offers guests the chance to stroll through 100 years of history. Year round self-guided tours give visitors the opportunity to visit the buildings and gardens at their own pace, while summer guided tours offer a more in-depth tour full of stories and fascinating historical facts from a professional tour guide.

Families will find much to enjoy, including ponds for feeding fish and ducks, the Enchanted Forest full of gnomes, the Alphabet Garden with whimsical art, the towering Hedge Maze with overhead trains, and Norm the resident dragon. Castle Farms is home to Michigan's largest outdoor model railroad, a favorite for young and old alike. G, HO, and N-scale trains are represented in both whimsical and traditional displays. Open May-October, weather permitting, the railroad currently boasts over 70 trains and over 2500 feet of track.

Those looking for a leisurely day will enjoy the extensive museum-quality collections featuring royal family memorabilia from around the world as well as the 1918 Museum. The museum is dedicated to the WWI era and showcases many items found in the Sears Roebuck catalog from that time. The acres of formal and informal gardens are a joy from late spring through fall and offer many photo opportunities.

Plan at least 2 hours for your visit, but many families spend the entire day on the grounds and bring a picnic lunch. An on-site Gift Shop will surprise you with unique items for the home, jewelry, scarves, kids castle-themed fun, books by local authors, and fairy garden accessories.

Completely restored to its original splendor Castle Farms hosts tours, weddings, and charity and corporate events.

Accessibility: A tram and wheelchairs are available at this property. 

Hours and admission may be found at http://castlefarms.com/hours-of-operation/

 

King's Great Hall: Gift Shop: King's East Garden Room: Queen's Tavern (Winery):

King's West Garden Room: Museum: Knight's Castle: Round Office:

Hours
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: Closed
Store Type
Gift Shops Home

Google Reviews

4.6

Patti Walker

2 weeks ago
Amazing place! So much thought went into the restoration of the place, the collection and placement of all the old decor, and the addition of a kids area! Walking through the whole place inside and then outside in the gardens took about two hours. Lots of walking but it was fun! Loved Norm the dragon, the old castle feel, being up on the castle wall, the pond areas, the walk through the Enchanted Forest, and the model train track. And the gal who checked us in was so knowledgeable! We loved all the info she shared with us as we asked her questions. Definitely a great place to go, wirh or without kids! And the price is good too!

Brigit Kowalczyk

a month ago
Absolutely gorgeous venue! We were here for our business, BBK Leather Designs, in off season for an art show,, but it was still gorgeous with no leaves on the trees! The building is beautiful inside and out with a restaurant inside but we didn't get the chance to go! I walked around the entire castle inside and out and it has a magical feel! The stone work is utterly amazing with a mythical feel. They have dragons and serpents on the ground that are so well done. A beautiful pond as well! I did not get many pictures as I was working, but my view from my booth was this photo.

im dawn

6 months ago
Stunning venue and grounds-I mean it’s a castle! We had an elopement type wedding for 32 people on a weekday afternoon. We were going to get married in the Queens Courtyard, but due to rain we ended up inside in Kings Galley (it was still very beautiful) Taylor was amazing to work with. She was VERY QUICK to respond to all questions and offered several suggestions-I have no doubt she would make any wedding memorable, stress free and FUN! Thank you for making sure we had a wonderful wedding day, I’m forever grateful. For anyone reading this, don’t hesitate to book them immediately!

Mary B

11 months ago
Castle Farms - what a delight! The architecture is intriguing, especially with the history behind it all. The tour is well worth the small fee. The history of the transformation from Albert Loeb's working farm to what now is Linda Mueller's Castle Farms was absolutely intriguing! I do not remember the exact details but I do recollect Linda Mueller bought the farm for $300,000 invested over 1.5 million! 😳 Upon giving only $25 for over-an-hour Tram guided tour (the ride was a short portion of the tour) I was fascinated by the history of the place; not only the history, also the stonework is architectural beauty! 🤩 The buildings/ surroundings visited with the tour include: the King's East Garden Room, East Garden, Butterfly Garden, Reflection Pond and Sid the Sea Monster, Octagonal Gazebo, Serenity Garden, The Dragon's Lair, Queen's Castle Tower, and Queen's Courtyard. 😍 This delightful venue is a huge place for weddings and other social events. There's just too much information to share here, so I highly suggest visiting the majestic Castle Farms. ❤

Mark Hawley

10 months ago
A beautiful historic place to visit. The tour guides provide history and insight to the owners and uses of the property over the years and to the extensive restoration efforts required to make it the beautiful venue it is today for weddings and receptions.
 

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