October 1, 2023

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Marshall family shares historic villa as bed-and-breakfast, event venue

MARSHALL — A pitter-patter of footsteps could be heard approaching the bridal suite of Villa on Verona before Logan Novess charged through the doorway with a book in each hand.

The 1-year-old then plopped on a couch and snuggled onto her mother’s lap, where she listened to her favorite lines from a Dr. Seuss book. Despite a few visitors on the weekday afternoon — a contractor remodeling the kitchen and a landscaping crew outside — the toddler appeared more than comfortable being in the presence of strangers at the bed-and-breakfast she’s called home since she was an infant.

“We wanted her to grow up here and learn hospitality and meet people,” said Mason Novess, Logan’s father. 

One-year-old Logan Novess picks out books to read at Villa on Verona in Marshall, Michigan on Thursday, April 14, 2022.

Virginia and Mason Novess stayed at the Villa on Verona as guests along with their wedding party when they were married in 2019, the first year the home at 1110 Verona Road had been converted into a bed-and-breakfast. In March of 2021, the couple purchased the 8-acre property and business, diversifying it by promoting the site as an event venue while sharing their residence as innkeepers and Airbnb hosts.