June 17 2013 12:00 AM

English Inn breaks ground on new addition

The English Inn broke ground this week on its new cottages. From left: design team Larry Schaefer, Joan Schaefer and Bert Koenigsknecht; owners Gary and Donna Nelson; managing partner Erik Nelson and his fiancee, Kristin Bloomquist. Photo by Allan Ro

Friday, June 14 — The owners of the English Inn broke ground on four cottages Thursday that will nearly double the Eaton Rapids establishment's capacity. The four Croquet Cottages, as they’ll be called (they overlook the estate’s tournament-sized croquet court) are expected to be complete by October.

“We have 100 percent occupancy every weekend, so this will allow us to accommodate more people,” said Erik Nelson, managing partner of the Inn. “I hate having to turn people away.”

The cottages will match the Tudor Revival style of the 86-year-old Inn. They will be about 900 square feet and be divided into two guest rooms each, which will have king-sized beds, a Jacuzzi and a fireplace.

This is the second expansion the Inn has seen since owners Gary and Donna Nelson bought the estate in 1996. In 2002, the Meadovue Ballroom was built to the northeast of the main building. The property was renovated and converted to an inn, restaurant and conference center in 1989, and was added to the Michigan State Register of Historic Sites in 1991.

Full story about the cottages in the June 19 issue of City Pulse.

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