About us & history

About Us

     Your host, Vic & Anna Van Deventer, invite you to experience a piece of history by joining them and enjoying a by gone era of comfort and grace. Located only 17 miles from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and 3 miles from Holland, Michigan. "The Baert Baron Mansion" is a significant Victorian Landmark of the 19th century nestled in the Historical Village of Zeeland, Michigan, where history of bygone days still runs deep in everyday life. A place where you can step back into time and relish the peace and tranquility of the village's forefathers as you snuggle in the serenity of yesterday with a dash of southern charm.

As the fourth owners of the Mansion, since July 2001, Vic & Anna Karen understand historical integrity and have painfully and meticulously brought back wholeness and grandeur to this piece of history for Western Michigan. Your eyes will be captivated by overwhelming stencil work lavished across the ceilings throughout the Mansion.


    The Baert Baron Mansion, with its beautiful red "Veneklasen" brick, was built by Dr. Daniel Baert in 1872. Truly this is a classic example of the rare French Italianate design of the Nineteenth century in Western Michigan. Nineteen beautiful, made-to-order, Romanesque styled, arched beveled lead glass windows imported from Paris, France, were added in 1880 gracefully improved the mansion's allure. A magnificent wrap-around porch gives the mansion a feeling of warmth and grace as guests look at the marvelous bird bath fountain placed on the north side of the grounds over 139 years ago. The mansion has over 4000 sq. ft. of living space volumes of stories hidden within its walls.

    Exquisite original antique leaded stained glass windows and hard wood floors welcome you upon entry through two massive oak doors that have stood the test of time. Guests may use the peaceful wraparound porch to take pleasure in the incredible flower gardens each morning where they can sip rich coffee or tea or as a shady retreat on the warm summer afternoons while enjoying a fresh glass of lavender lemonade.

    Make your business trip more of a pleasure or celebrate a birthday. The Baert Baron Mansion is a great place to stay while discovering Western Michigan's shoreline or visiting family and friends who live here.