Saravilla Bed and Breakfast

Alma, Michigan

Guest rooms at Saravilla Bed and Breakfast are very spacious, with king or queen beds, free Wifi, TVs and AC. All guest rooms have private bathrooms, two with a whirlpool tub. Three have wood-burning fireplaces.

Portrait of Sarah Hale Wright-Lancashire, for whom the house was built.
Portrait of Sarah Hale Wright-Lancashire, for whom the house was built.

This 11,000-square-foot mansion, built in 1894, is listed on Michigan's Historic Register. It’s close to Alma College and only two blocks from the historic downtown area, where you can take a stroll past the Ammi Wright House and the Wright Opera House. Choose from several unique restaurants for dining, a local brewery, and antique shopping. Take a stroll in Wright Park, located adjacent to the back side of the property.

A homemade full breakfast is served in three courses. Spacious common areas include a 1,200-square-foot ballroom, which can accommodate corporate functions, family groups and other events. A billiards room, ladies parlor, library and fully-equipped guest kitchen are available for use. The Saravilla is open all year.

Unique experiences at Saravilla Bed & Breakfast


Saravilla loves to host smaller weddings in the elegant 19th Century ballroom, which can accommodate up to 65 people. The ballroom features a large fireplace with built-in seating, original lighting, and its beautiful, original Lincrusta wallcovering. Families often rent the entire inn so the festivities can spread out on the spacious first floor, with its 4,000 feet of public space. The bride and groom and close members of the wedding party enjoy seven to eight beautiful guest rooms, all with private baths, some with working fireplaces and spa bathrooms.

In season, outdoor weddings on the south lawn can accommodate more than 100 people.

Beautiful dessert spread in the foreground as guests enjoy a tea party at Saravilla.
A table of tempting desserts at a Saravilla tea party.


Family reunions, bridal showers, birthday parties, anniversary parties, tea parties and group meetings all find Saravilla a beautiful vintage setting. The 1,200-square-foot ballroom, library, downstairs parlor and elegant entry accommodate groups up to 65 persons. Three working fireplaces add ambiance in colder months. Summers offer expansion of activities onto the huge wraparound front porch and back deck. Eight beautiful guest rooms offer lodging for those needing overnight accommodations.

Historic Charm

Built by a lumber baron named Ammi Wright in 1894, Saravilla is a Dutch Colonial mansion of 11,000 square feet. Upon arrival, guests are offered an optional tour of the facility, including a history of the Wright family, whose patriarch, Ammi, built the house for his daughter upon the occasion of her marriage. (Did she love it? Find out.) Original French and English wallpapers and light fixtures are complemented by modern conveniences in this historic house.


The Fred Meijer Heartland Trail from Alma to Greenville (45.8 miles) is three blocks from Saravilla Bed & Breakfast. Bicyclists will find a warm welcome upon arrival here, including endless hot water, locked garage storage for bikes, and free off-street parking. Plans are underway to extend the bike trail even further to afford new adventures for those who have traveled it already.


Saravilla’s Ammi Wright Suite offers couples an unmatched romantic environment. An intimate living room is set off with a working, wood-burning fireplace. (We supply the wood.) Adjacent is a very large bedroom furnished with a canopy bed, traditional sofa and brightened by windows on three sides. The bathroom features an original wash basin (1905) and a Jacuzzi tub large enough for two.

Family Fun

Family gatherings and reunions find a gracious home at Saravilla. The seven guest rooms can accommodate upwards of 21 overnight guests, depending on sleeping arrangements. The ground floor offers a variety of gathering spaces, including a ballroom for larger groups and dinners, an intimate library for small gatherings, a dining room that seats 14, a billiards room to shoot a game of pool, a ladies parlor, and, in the summer, a large wraparound porch.


Guest Rooms: 7

 Who We Are:

Kelly and Rochelle O'Shay, Innkeepers



633 North State Street, Alma, MI, USA 48801