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8 Castles That Blend the Medieval with the Modern

Darlington Mansion

Henderson Castle has been a Michigan landmark since 1895. The ivy-clad brick Queen Anne, a quintessential Victorian mansion, takes pride of place atop West Main Hill, overlooking downtown Kalamazoo. It was built by architect C. A. Gombert for Kalamazoo businessman Frank Henderson at a cost of $72,000, a fortune in its day. The exterior was constructed of Lake Superior sandstone and brick. Inside, beautiful wood finishes of mahogany, bird’s eye maple, quartered oak, birch, and American sycamore grace the castle’s 25 grandly appointed rooms. Among them, seven bathrooms (one with a 13-head shower) and a grand, third-floor ballroom. Today, Henderson Castle Boutique Inn is owned by French chef Francois Moyet and is ranked as the top historical inn in Michigan by AAA. It’s been completely renovated throughout, retaining its splendid antique details, including the ballroom, with its marble floors, crystal chandeliers, and leaded and stained glass windows. Modern updates include fiber optic accents, a sauna, steam room, and a rooftop hot tub. The property is secluded within three acres of private grounds with a vineyard and wine tasting room.

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