About the property
- Lodge610 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum StayNone
1 bedroom; living room with sofa bed; kitchen/dining room; full bath; sleeps 4
Serendipity House offers year-'round lodging in five suites just steps from the beach. Each suite has its own entrance, kitchen and bath with views of the resort town and a large front porch for relaxing and enjoying the passing parade.
Pack your beach gear and head west a block to enjoy Lake Michigan's beaches and spectacular sunsets. Cross the street to start biking the 22-mile Betsie Valley Trail. Or turn east to enjoy wander through downtown Frankfort's unique shops and restaurants; enjoy a first-run film in the recently restored Garden Theatre; or celebrate the season with an award-winning crafted beer at the Storm Cloud Brewery. Then come back for fall colors, winter skiing, and spring awakenings.
With five suites--some of which are inter-connecting--we're especially well-suited for wedding parties, family reunions or for sharing vacations with friends; and we're pet-friendly!
Along with the large, front porch, we provide a picnic table at the rear of the property, comfortable chairs, Weber grilles, and a rack for your bike.
This listing presents the Manitou, a 4-room suite that sleeps 4 guests, with a private bedroom, plus living room, large dining room and full kitchen, and a full bath.
If the Manitou is booked on your chosen dates, please check the calendars for the Betsie (HomeAway #195186); Nannybird (HomeAway #186194); Lakeview (HomeAway #188035); or Sandune (HomeAway #185719).
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- Response time:
- within a few hours
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 23, 2018
About Tim Bannister
The Bannister got into innkeeping accidentally, when Tim's stepfather surprised his mother with the purchase of a resort in nearby Arcadia with a motel and 12 cottages. It was a long, colorful and rocky road until the resort was sold off in 2007, but Tim learned a great deal as an innkeeper and decided to build off that experience.
Tim Bannister purchased this Lodge in 2007
Why Tim Bannister chose Frankfort
Pierside Lodging had been a bed-and-breakfast that had closed some 4 years before Tim purchased the property and renamed it 'Serendipity House.' Built in 1890, the house has always served as an inn, going back to hosting the workers who built the nearby Frankfort Light and Pier.
What makes this Lodge unique
Today, Serendipity House is a one-of-a-kind inn configured for vacationers who value a unique experience that includes their accommodations. Situated on Main Street a block from Lake Michigan and adjacent to Frankfort's charming downtown district, the inn recalls earlier times when residents would exchange greetings from their front porches. Serendipity has the front porch, as well as updated living space with all the amenities for those vacationers who enjoy something unique.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
manitou was marvelous!
A fast and favorable review. Thanks and hurry back! -Tim Bannister, Host
Frankfort Pet Friendly!
Traveling with 2 dogs can be difficult and Serendipity House made it a pleasure! Easy walk to the Lake and also local amenities. Even traveling without our dogs, would definitely stay here again!~House is loaded with vintage charm! Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and highly recommend!
Love Frankfort and perfect location!
This property is in the perfect location as it is walking distance to all of downtown and to the beach. You can go back and forth and it is perfect for watching the sunset. The owner was great to deal with and they provide all amentities you could want. The biggest downfall with the house had an extreme odor problem that was almost unbearable. We even had all windows opened and burned our candle when we were there just to tolerate it. We believe because it is a pet friendly place and all the rugs are worn and old as if pets have messed on them and they have never been cleaned. We didn't stay inside much because we were out and about most of the time. We will definitely be returning to Frankfort and looking forward to visiting during all the other seasons as well. If the smell would be dealt with properly this rating would definitely be 5 stars!
A very nice review. As regards the odor, it turns out the bay across the street and down a few blocks was being dredged across the street from us, and the prevailing wind pushed a sort of burnt smell-electrical odor through the neighborhood. Nonetheless, we'll upgrade our procedure for refreshing carpet and couches following pet guests. Thanks for the compliments! -Tim Bannister
Property is in a prime location!
Location was perfect! Space was adequate. Could use updating, but yet had everything we needed. Kitchen was lightly furnished.
Adorable and right downtown
Beautiful home a short walk to the water or downtown. Comfortable and clean.
"Adorable." That's a new adjective describing us. Much appreciated! -Tim Bannister
Clean, comfortable and beautiful view
Our suite had a bedroom, sitting area with kitchenette and large bathroom. We had a front room with a beautiful view of the lake. Everything was clean and in excellent working order upon arrival. My husband, our dog and I enjoyed our stay very much. While I never met Tim face to face, he called and e-mailed all the details we needed. We did have his cell number if we had any problems. It was a great value and a lovely stay.
Getting feedback from a guest is always valuable--especially when it's positive! -Tim Bannister
Located in Benzie County on Michigan's Northwest Coast, historic Frankfort was noteworthy in the 1800s as a lumber, shipping and railroad town, as well as a summer getaway for families. Today, it continues to be a popular destination for vacationers and has acquired a reputation for great fishing and as an outdoor person's dream with hiking and bike trails, as well as swimming, sightseeing, fall color touring, and winter sports. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park; 100 miles of Michigan's extensive trail systems; and the Interlochen Academy, home to music and cultural festivals, add to a rich palate of activities.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Reservations made with less than 30 days to arrival will be paid in full. Holidays and adjacent days are charged at the weekend rate. Guests will receive 100% of their paid rental costs, if they cancel up to 30 days before the start of their reservation. Guests will receive 50% refund of their paid rental costs, if they cancel less than 14 days before the start of their reservation.