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Serendipity House: Just Steps from Lake Michigan Beach

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,150 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

Suite with 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed, full kitchen and bath. Sleeps 8.

Located in Frankfort a block from Lake Michigan, Serendipity House offers five charming suites just steps from Lake Michigan beach.

Pack your beach gear and turn right to enjoy Lake Michigan's beaches and spectacular sunsets. Cross the street to start biking on the 22-mile Betsie Valley Trail. Or turn left to enjoy downtown Frankfort's unique shops and restaurants. Then come back for fall colors, winter skiing, and spring awakenings.

The Sandune is adjacent to our other suites, making us especially well-suited for family reunions, wedding parties, or sharing vacations with friends; and we're pet-friendly! Special prices when you book off-season after Labor Day through late June.

Serendipity House offers relaxation on our big front porch and a chance to enjoy the passing parade. Moving upstairs, the Sandune Suite offers a front bedroom with a queen bed and a bath just across the hallway.

Down the hallway is the living room and adjacent kitchen and dining area with the larger bedroom that sleeps four guests at the rear of the suite. A full sofa bed in the living room provides accommodation for two more guests. Off the kitchen is a private entrance and deck with stairs leading to the beach.

This listing is for the Sandune, but if the dates are not available on our calendar, check out our other suites: Betsie (#195186); Manitou (#180215); Nannybird (#186194); or Lakeview (#188035). Come stay with us soon!

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Tim Bannister
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 26, 2017

About Tim Bannister

The Bannisters got into innkeeping accidentally, when Tim's stepfather surprised his mother with the purchase of a resort in nearby Arcadia, complete 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 house 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 had always served as an inn, going back to its hosting of the workers who built the nearby Frankfort Pier.

What makes this house unique

Today, Serendipity House is a one-of-a-kind inn configured for vacationers who see their accommodations as part of their vacation experience. Situated on Main Street a block from Lake Michigan and adjacent to Frankfort's downtown district, the inn recalls earlier times when residents would exchange gossip from their front porches. Serendipity has that porch, as well as updated living space, with the amenities for vacationers who enjoy something special.


Frankfort House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1150 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • 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 Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Provides a walk-in shower, pedestal-style vanity and standard toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 double
  • 1 queen size bed in Bedroom 1; 2 queen size beds in Bedroom 2, full sleep sofa in Living Room; full rollaway bed and PortaCrib also on site, as needed.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Walkway to Water
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
  • 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
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • 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
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Location, location, location. We're a block from Lake Michigan, a block from the 22-mile Betsie Valley Bike Trail, a block from the restored Garden Theatre, a block from Storm Cloud Brewery, and a block from the edge of the downtown district, with its specialty restaurants and stores.


4/5 -
(3 traveler reviews)

Serendipity House: Just Steps from Lake Michigan Beach
average rating of 4.0 based on 3 reviews

Sand dune property

  • 3 of 5

We spent 3 days in this property. Owner was very easy to work with. Property is in an ideal location. 1 block from the beach area and easily within walking distance to the rest of the downtown. Parking could be a problem as this is on the Main Street and during peak rental season there are lots of people in the downtown area. There is an option of parking outback as well but again there is limited space. This is an upstairs rental so for those who can't go up and down easily that would pose a problem. The check in process was very easy. There is a safe on the porch with the keys and the owner gives you the code so you may come any time after check in time to retrieve your keys to the property. The house size was accommodating to my family if 5. 2 nice size bedrooms. The only bathroom is small as well as the shower stall. The downfall to this place is a smell we encountered the minute we entered. Pretty offensive. Somewhat of an old barn smell. It has fairly outdated furniture and furnishings that may contribute to the smell. Also it is not up to par on cleanliness either. Needs a deep cleaning and update in the furnishings and I would give this place a much better review!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Portland, Michigan

Great Location to stay!!

  • 5 of 5

My exchange student and I spent the weekend in the Nannybird Suite here and had a great time! The suite was very spacious and well kept and clean.. The only problem we had was finding parking on the second night. Both the front of the house and rear of the house were full of cars and we ended up having to park down the road. We will DEFINITELY return next year for another color tour and highly recommend this place!

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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White Lake

Great location, right in town!

  • 4 of 5

This was a great location in town which was good with our kids. To the beach or resturants or shops, easy. Small kitchenette, bring your food and spices. Clean rooms in a quaint,older home.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2011
  • Stayed: May 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Cherry Capital Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Storm Cloud Brewery
Nearest Ferry
60 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Arcadia Bluffs
Nearest Train
40 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Fusion Restaurant
Nearest Ski
8 Miles
Crystal Mountain Resort
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Lake Michigan Public Beach
Car: not necessary

We are across the street from the start of the 22-mile Betsie Valley Bike Trail; 2 minutes from the restored Garden Theatre and adjacent Storm Cloud Brewery; and a block from the City's extensive public beach on Lake Michigan. We are 10 minutes from some of the area's 100 miles of hiking trails; 15 minutes from the Betsie River access for canoes and kayaks; 20 minutes from Interlochen Arts Academy; and 40 minutes from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park, voted the most beautiful national park in the country.


Rates & Availability

Frankfort House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 15 2017 - Sep 4 2017
2 night minimum stay
Sep 5 2017 - Oct 31 2017
1 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2017 - Dec 31 2017
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $45
Tax Rate 6.0%

Reservations made with less than 30 days to arrival are paid in full. Holidays and adjacent days are charged at the weekend rate. Guests will receive 50% of their paid rental costs, if they cancel four or more weeks before the start of their reservation. Guests will receive 25% refund of their paid rental costs, if they cancel less than four weeks before the start of their reservation.

Rates for holiday weeks and weekends are set at the weekend rate. Rates are subject to change.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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