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Biddy's Hilltop Lodge, Manistee County, Michigan

39 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, sleeps up to 8

Biddy’s Hilltop Lodge is a rustic log lodge with many unique and special features. It is set on top of an exclusive 5 acre hill in Manistee County, Michigan with expansive panoramic views, including Crystal Mountain Resort, fields, meadows, a pond and 1000’s of acres of forest. Every season at the lodge is beautiful and the fall colors are spectacular. Abundant wildlife provides an opportunity to view a large variety of song birds and woodpeckers at established feeders right outside the windows. Watch bald eagles, ospreys and hawks soar at eye level over the meadows below where whitetail deer, wild turkeys and sand hill cranes forage.

Biddy's is family built, owned, and operated: The lodge features:

• True log construction, giant full logs up to 24” in diameter and 50’ long with 2000 square feet of living space.

• Hand crafted custom furniture throughout

• 3.5” think pine log kitchen counters and bar tops with a beautiful recessed rock collection featuring many Petosky and other native Michigan stones.

• Accommodations for up to 10 guests

• Over 500 sq. feet of decks and balconies

• 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, including a large lofted master suite with attached full bath, walk in closet, log bed and covered balcony

• Winding log staircase

• Massive stone fireplace

• Large great room with piano

• Dining room featuring a giant log table with seating or 12 guests.

• Furnished kitchen

• 1st floor bath with vintage sink and an antique claw-foot soaking tub.

• Large 1st floor bedroom

The property also features: • Complete privacy and seclusion in a beautiful wooded setting of maple, ash, beech, quaking aspen and red pine.

• Large outdoor area including fire pit and seating.

• 42' large plasma television, with DVD player

• Board games, card games, puzzles and books.

• Gas grill on the deck

• Deck furniture

• Washing machine and dryer

• AM/FM Stereo with CD

**We do recommend a 4 wheel drive vehicle during the winter months due to the steep driveway.

'It is the desire of our hearts that friends, family and couples who are guests at Biddy's Lodge truly get away from it all, enjoy the beauty of Gods creation, draw closer together and return home feeling rested and refreshed. So open the windows and listen to the leaves rustle in the wind, enjoy the sounds of song birds, woodpeckers, chipmunks, wild turkeys, nesting cranes and more. Listen to the fire crackle in the fireplace while big snowflakes fall and blanket the country side.'

May God Richly Bless you,

The Thachenkary Family and The Vanderzon family

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Ted (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english


based on 39 traveler reviews

Biddy's Hilltop Lodge, Manistee County, Michigan
average rating of 4.74359 based on 39 reviews

Beautiful cabin

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful place and easy to get around. Owner is very easy to communicate with. Overall a great experience!

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing to stay with us Edward. We are glad that you and your party enjoyed your stay! We hope you will choose to stay with us again in the future!
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Dream house :)

  • 5 of 5

Great house! I was there with my friends last weekend. There were eight of us and we have enough space for everything. The house is clean ,comfortable and cozy. Also the location was important to us because we wanted to ski. It took 15-20 minutes to go to Crystal Mountain Resort.

We had great time in this house. Thank you !!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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  • 5 of 5

I highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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Cast and Blast

  • 5 of 5

Everything was very nice. Our group of six was very comfortable. We cooked all our meals including using the grill . Am plan on staying again next year.

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Daniel, thank you for your kind words and we are very happy that you and your party had an enjoyable stay! We look forward to having you stay with us again in the future!
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Gteat cabin

  • 5 of 5

Always a good times at this place.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Adnan, always a pleasure having you stay at our cabin. We are thankful for you and your party that you chose our cozy cabin in the woods again!
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Had a great time!

  • 3 of 5

Spent the week-end with my 5 sisters. We enjoyed hanging out. Beautiful lodge however the view was limited by the overgrowth of trees/brush. The driveway had washouts 12 inches + deep which could have become a problem if a tire fell into it. Wildlife was very scarce (feeders were empty, probably for a while). My sisters and I love to cook together however the kitchen was very sparse with limited pans w/ covers, dishes etc. Don't plan on cooking much and bring paper plates and a can opener. Some items listed on the description were not available (iron/iron board, clocks etc.) so if you need something please ask owner before leaving or just bring everything you need. The location was great and the roads to the driveway good. Google directions, we couldn't use our car navigation systems to locate property.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We thank you again for choosing to stay at our cozy cabin in the woods! I do apologize about the washout in the driveway however the day before you arrived we a had torrential downpour which I have no control over. I an assure you that the driveway has been re-graded since then. I also do not have control over how much wildlife you would see while staying a the cabin. The cabin has enough plates and dishes for a group of 6-8 people with plenty of pots and pans for cooking. You are correct as I have never had an iron or ironing board as I really do not expect my guests to be doing this while they are at the cabin.
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Car: necessary

Biddy’s Hilltop Lodge is perfectly located in the heart of Northwest Michigan’s recreation area where you can ski, golf, hunt, fish, hike, canoe, snowmobile, go horseback riding and so much more. The lodge is centrally located to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park and Lakeshore, Manistee National Forest, Arcadia Bluffs, Crystal Mountain Resort, Caberfae Peaks Resort, Lake Michigan, many scenic rivers, Little River Casino and the Victorian port city of Manistee. View a list of links to all of these area attractions and more.

Other Activities: Canoeing, boating, hiking, wildlife viewing, minutes from Lake Michigan and miles of rivers to explore.

Golf: Crystal Mountain is a four season resort offering down hill and cross country skiing, golf, hiking, swimming a water park and restaurants. Other nearby golf courses and contact numbers inlcude:

-- Manistee Golf Resort 231-398-0123

-- Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course 1-800-494-8666 (This course was rated one of a hundred greatest golf courses in the United States by Golf Digest magazine!!

--Crystal Mountain Golf Courses 1-800-968-7686 -- All of these great courses are within a 15-20 minute drive from the lodge!!


Rates & Availability

Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville Lodge Rental Rates

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Base Rate
2 night minimum stay
Discounts: 5 nights or more: $225 Nightly
Spring/Summer Seasons
Mar 18 - Sep 7
2 night minimum stay
Discounts: 5 nights or more: $225 Nightly
Fishing/Fall season
Sep 10 - Nov 10
2 night minimum stay
Discounts: 5 nights or more: $225 Nightly
Holiday Season
Nov 11 - Dec 31
2 night minimum stay
Discounts: 5 nights or more: $250 Nightly
Ski Season
Jan 2 - Mar 16
2 night minimum stay
Discounts: 5 nights or more: $225 Nightly

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $75
Processing fee $36
Pet Fee $50
Property Damage Protection $59

Refund Policy:

Cancellation more than 45 days prior to reservation 100%
Cancellation 45-30 days prior to reservation 50%
No refund with less than 30 days of notice, this is non-negotiable!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Northern Michigan Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Rustic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Bathrooms also include towels and wash cloths. Guests should bring other toiletries such as soap, shampoo/conditioner and toothpaste!
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 double
  • Bedrooms also include linens, pillows and alarm clocks. Lofted bedroom has a large queen custom built from natural logs First floor bedroom has two full size bunk beds custom built from natural logs
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The property also features. •Complete privacy and seclusion in a beautiful wooded setting of maple, ash, birch, quaking aspen and red pine. •Large outdoor area including fire pit and seating.

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