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Pet-friendly suites just steps from the beach

Bedrooms 2
Space 610 sq. ft.
Property type lodge


About the property

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).

More Details

Property Manager
Tim Bannister
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 12, 2017

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 Northern Michigan

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.


Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Cherry Capital Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Villa Marine
Nearest Ferry
80 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Champion Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Storm Cloud Brewery
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Crystal Mountain Resort
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Lake Michigan Public Beach
Car: not necessary

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.


Frankfort Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 610 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Manitou - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Serendipity/Manitou has a full bathroom with tub and shower combination and lots of light.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Manitou - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , sleeps 2
    Manitou - 1 sleep sofa /futon , sleeps 2
  • Serendipity/Manitou has a private bedroom with a queen bed and a living room with a queen sofa bed. One or two more guests may be accommodated for an extra charge. The Manitou inter-connects with two suites and is perfect for wedding parties or family reunions.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Pet-friendly suites just steps from the beach
average rating of 4.5 based on 6 reviews

Love Frankfort and perfect location!

  • 3 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: 1aug17/10:26 am 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
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Property is in a prime location!

  • 4 of 5

Location was perfect! Space was adequate. Could use updating, but yet had everything we needed. Kitchen was lightly furnished.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Adorable and right downtown

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home a short walk to the water or downtown. Comfortable and clean.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: "Adorable." That's a new adjective describing us. Much appreciated! -Tim Bannister
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Clean, comfortable and beautiful view

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Getting feedback from a guest is always valuable--especially when it's positive! -Tim Bannister
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Ann Arbor, MI USA

Fall Festival 2010

  • 5 of 5

My family and I visited the Frankfort area last October for the Annual Fall Festival complete with lots of fun activities for kids and families. The Serendipity House is in the heart of all the action and is within walking distance to Lake Michigan's sandy beach, the festival, the Farmer's Market/Craft Show and the Garden Theater (where we watched the Spartans clobber the Wolverines). There are dozens of restaurants and shops nearby and many activities; the Serendipity House is a comfortable and friendly place to stay- I highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2011
  • Stayed: Oct 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Big Rapids, MI

Serendipity House...a cozy place away from home

  • 5 of 5

I have been coming to the 'Frankfort Harvest Festival', which occurs the first weekend in October, with my two granddaughter's, for the past three years. We've always had a great time enjoying many of the fall festival events that the city of Frankfort works so hard to present.

The Serendipity House, with it's perfect location and cozy atmosphere, is just the right place to stay for this or any other of Frankfort's events or activities, year round.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2010
  • Stayed: Oct 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $45
Tax Rate 6.0%

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.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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