Retreat. Relax. Renew.

The story of The Morris Estate began with Ernest Melvin Morris, a local entrepreneur known for his visionary business skills and generous charitable contributions. He purchased parcels of land in Southwest Michigan along the St. Joseph River with a passion for reforestation. In the 1930s, Morris Farms was born. E.M. Morris and his family continued to expand the farm and had many unique and historic structures built and placed on the 1,000 acre property. Over the years, the Morris Family and local residents enjoyed countless gatherings at Morris Farms.

In 2010 the current owners purchased The Chapel, The River House, Schoolhouse and surrounding land and homes. Although the name has changed to The Morris Estate, the property's quaint atmosphere and rich heritage continue to be maintained through careful restorations. Recent renovations to The River House have created a luxurious retreat for guests. As a full house rental, the space is perfect for bridal parties, family reunions, anniversaries, and Notre Dame game weekends. Individual suites can also be rented for visitors traveling through Michigan or South Bend. Enjoy a romantic anniversary getaway in one of our beautiful rooms. 


Suites at The River House




Red Horse Inn

Nestled in the woods adjacent to the main home, a small cabin is also available for overnight stays. Combining rustic charm and stunning views of the grounds, the Red Horse Inn is a guest favorite! Guests in the Red Horse will arrive to a kitchenette stocked with breakfast items and snacks. The Red Horse Inn is considered a private rental and access to The River House is not guaranteed. However please enjoy the surrounding walking trails and private deck.


River House Gathering Spaces

Aside from the spacious private suites, The River House has many open spaces to share and explore. Indoor common areas offer rooms for relaxing alone or gathering with friends. Curl up by the fire with a good book. Huddle up for a lively game night. Enjoy a meal on the riverfront patio. Enhance your getaway with our River House Signature Spa Package including a soothing river rock massage and refreshing facial.


List of Activities 

  • Riverside Patio

  • Outdoor Hot Tub

  • Baby Grand Piano

  • Conference Room

  • Onsite Massage Services

  • Poker Table + Board Games

  • Arcade Games + Ping Pong Table

  • Wall Scrabble


Grounds & Outdoor Activities

Take the party outdoors with traditional lawn games or a crackling campfire by the picnic pavilion. Discover wildlife with a nature walk along the trails. Snap a few family photos on the covered bridge. Whether seeking outdoor adventures or lazy days, each season offers travelers a new experience. Visit us throughout the year to discover the natural highlights of the property.

  • Bike Riding

  • Lawn Games

  • Wildlife & Bird Watching

  • Screened Pavilion + Campfire Ring

  • Historic Covered Bridge

  • Walking Trails



I just wanted to thank you for such a warm and wonderful experience at your inn. You went above and beyond to make us feel welcome and comfortable. It is exceedingly hard to find such genuine and effortless service, so it was such a joy to stay with you. You have certainly set the bar high for all future vacations we will take.

We hope to stay with you again, but in the meantime, best wishes and keep up the good work.
— Marie and Michael Ciu