The English Inn known as premiere locale to celebrate special occasions
Whether it is a romantic getaway, a gourmet celebratory dinner, an intimate or elaborate wedding, or a business gathering, The English Inn owners and staff are known for their hospitality and attention to detail, so guests leave with an experience to treasure.
In 2017, The English Inn will celebrate 90 years as a Michigan landmark listed in the State Register of Historic Sites. Construction began in 1927 on the Tudor Revival manor designed for Oldsmobile executive Irving Jacob Reuter and his wife, Janet. The 10,000 square-foot country estate sits on 15 acres just outside Eaton Rapids. The Reuters named their home, Medovue, which remains as the name of the Inn’s banquet facility, with patio and dance hall.
The original pergola, gazebo, artesian well, annual and perennial gardens, and nature trails add to the Inn’s capture of an era marked by fine antiques, massive fireplaces and handcrafted woods.
Gary and Donna Nelson purchased the Inn in 1996, and is now under the daily supervision of their son, Erik. All staff are trained to be attentive to each guest’s needs to ensure that special memories are being made.
One instance Erik recalls where the Inn’s staff rallied to not allow a tornado in April 2011 to ruin a post-wedding celebration – “A tornado had just come through Eaton Rapids, and it took out two of our oldest trees. We lost power, but thankfully the wedding dinner was just ready to be served. We ushered the wedding party and guests into the lower level ballroom. We executed the event with candlelight, and all the guests enjoyed an amazing evening. Some took photos outside by the downed trees. Fortunately, it was a spring wedding and we were well-prepared. Since then, we purchased two natural gas generators so we can operate, even without power.”
The English Inn is a member of Distinguished Restaurants of North America – one of fewer than 800 restaurants able to pass the organization’s strict certification standards for fine dining. The Inn has earned the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for the past 20 years, and is a member of BedAndBreakfast.com’s Diamond Collection. The Inn has also been named as one of the 100 romantic restaurants by Open Table in 2016.
Reservations are required for lodging, weddings and group meetings, and highly recommended for dining. The Inn caters to all tastes, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free requests. Choose from six era-appointed rooms, or the Ivy Cottage, and guest suites in the Honeysuckle and Croquet cottages. Gift certificates for lodging and dining are always available.
The English Inn
677 S. Michigan Rd.
Eaton Rapids, MI 48827
(517) 663-2500 or 1-800-858-0598