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A rural Marion bed and breakfast brings guests back again and again to fish as close as a 19-acre lake behind the house.

Country Dreams Bed and Breakfast, three miles north of K-150 on Clover Rd., is operated by Alice Richmond with her daughter, Brenda Be, and Brenda’s grandchildren, Devin and Mickelly Be.

Customers come from as far away as New Mexico and Maryland.

“Some of the best fishing is done in the spring and early summer,” Devin Be said. “We have a nine-pound bass.”

Country Dreams has two boats that guests can use on the lake.

Devin Be took a boat out on the lake Thursday and caught a fish within the first five minutes.

Alice Richmond started Country Dreams with her husband, Kent, after he retired. Their inspiration came from a trip to Australia.

“They call them farm stays,” she said. “They were so much fun. It was better than hotels. We talked for a long time about living in the countryside, so when we retired, we built a house and shared it with other people.

Alice said the house was her “retirement project” and would be passed on to her family.

The house has five guest bedrooms, each with a private bathroom.

It remains busy all year round, with January and February being slower months.

A pair of display boards on the lower level are covered with photos of guests proudly holding fish.

A mural on a retaining wall along a patio depicts a fisherman by a lake.

Country Dreams also offers a place to stay for hunters, boating, hiking, bird watching and quiet sunsets.

Its quiet location is another thing guests appreciate, Alice said.

“We’ve had a lot of class reunions this year,” Brenda said. “People are finally getting back together.”

Two bison lived at the bed and breakfast, Alice said.