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Tim Bannister

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english

A large studio just steps from the beach

5 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Studio with 1 bedroom, kitchenette, 1 bathroom. Sleeps 4 guests

Located in Frankfort, Michigan, Serendipity/Nannybird 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 bike the 22-mile Betsie Trail. Or turn left to enjoy downtown Frankfort's unique shops and restaurants and craft brewery, or the restored Garden Theatre. Then come back for fall colors, winter skiing, and spring awakenings.

We're especially well-suited for wedding parties, family reunions or for sharing vacations with friends; and we're pet-friendly! Special prices when you stay with us after Labor Day or before late June.

We've listed the Nannybird studio suite, but if the dates you'd like are not available, please check out the other 4 suites: Betsie (HomeAway #195186); Manitou (#180215); Lakeview (#188035); or Sandune (#15719) for availability.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Tim Bannister (Property Manager)
Member since: 2008
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About Tim Bannister

Tim Bannister got into innkeeping accidentally, when his 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 was closed and mothballed for 4 years when Tim purchased it and changed the name to Serendipity House. Built in 1890, the house had always served as an inn, going back to hosting the workers who built the nearby Frankfort Pier.

What makes this lodge unique

Today, Serendipity House is a one-of-a-kind inn designed for vacationers who want a unique experience that includes their accommodations. Situated on Main Street a block from Lake Michigan and at the edge of Frankfort's charming downtown district, the inn recalls an earlier time when residents would call out greetings from their front porch to passersby.

Serendipity has the big front porch and updated living space with all the amenities for vacationers who enjoy something unique.


based on 5 traveler reviews

A large studio just steps from the beach
average rating of 4.8 based on 5 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for 2 evenings last weekend and had a wonderful time. The Nannybird is a lovely suite and more spacious than I thought it would be. Beds were very comfortable and the quality of the towels was excellent not to mention the nice cute little kitchen area which had lots of dishes and glasses to choose from. Owner also provided coffee and a package of microwave popcorn to enjoy while watching movies. Lovely place and we would definitely recommend it in a heartbeat and will be back next fall for another wonderful color tour.. Thanks Tim!

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We aim to please, and appreciate the compliments. Tim Bannister, Innkeeper
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Grand Rapids, MI, USA

A Spectacular Place to Get Away from It All

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were looking for a place to get away from it all to celebrate his new job and promotion and give him a long weekend before he started his new career. We found Serendipity House awhile back and bookmarked it as it looked like a great place to go and they allow dogs (we have three). So we booked our April weekend and made our journey to Frankfort. Serendipity House is everything it says it is and more! And the owner is a terrific person to work with. We booked the Nannybird and it was perfect for two adults and three dogs. We didn't have the greatest weather on our weekend (sleet, hail, freezing rain, snow - but did get some sunshine here and there), so it was great to have a wonderful place to chill in when we didn't want to be outside. We were very cozy and the atmosphere of Serendipity House truly gave us a lovely place to relax and have some special quality time together. We were right in downtown Frankfort and even though a lot of places weren't open yet for the season, we truly enjoyed what was open and walks on the beach. It is a beautiful town! We would definitely recommend Serendipity House in Frankfort! We look forward to going back later this year with extended family and in years to come.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Most Pleasant Weekend Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The Serendipity House was such a wonderful experience. We were given a living area that went above and beyond our expectations, actually having more beds than people. The owner, Tim, is gracious and attentive to little details such as leaving a card on the coffee table and providing tapes to watch for a quiet night. The house is within 1 block of quality restaurants and within 4 blocks of a beautiful beach. The towels are high quality. The quality of the mattresses and bedding was better than any chain hotel/motel I have encountered. If ever going back to Frankfurt, we will definitely stay at the house again.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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four season lodger

  • 5 of 5

Arrived late in evening to Frankfort with thought in mind that Serendipity was the place we wanted to stay, with dog in tow, AND it advertises as "Four Season Lodging"/pet friendly. Guess truly is! We arrived in a sleepy town on a cold March day with only one restaurant open and a 1-800 number to the House. The owner returned the call within minutes and promptly got us into our suite for the night. He was most attentive to every detail, calling us back to ensure we were inside and warm. He was just as concerned with our dog's need as he was with our personal needs! As there were no other guests he permitted us to look at the other rooms for visits in the future. Warm, cheery and well appointed rooms downtown and just a short walk to the beach. Will be back in the future! Thank you for all your personal attention.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fort Wayne, IN

The Nannybird

  • 4 of 5

The Nannybird is a great little place to stay. It was very comfortable and very clean. It was a block and a half from the Lake Michigan beach and a block from downtown Frankfort. Even though on the main drag through town, it was a very quiet location. The owners had everything very well supplied, right down to 4 chairs for the beach. I would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2009
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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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
Fusion Restaurant
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 famed West 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; Michigan's extensive trail systems; and the Interlochen Academy, home to music and cultural festivals, add to a rich palate of activities.

Other Activities: Gliding and hang gliding


Rates & Availability

Frankfort Lodge Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 1 2016 - Jun 14 2016
2 night minimum stay
Jun 15 2016 - Sep 6 2016
2 night minimum stay
Sep 7 2016 - Oct 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2016 - Dec 31 2016
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee for a week $45
Tax Rate 6.0%

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

For reservation dates 30 days or more from arrival, we request a 50% deposit with the balance due 30 days before arrival. For reservations within 30 days before arrival, we request payment in full at the time of reserving the suite.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Northern Michigan Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 465 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 queen , 1 baby crib
  • The Serendipity/Nannybird Suite can accommodate a child's crib with advance notice.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • 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
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • 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
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Location, location, location! We are a half-block from the start of the 22-mile Betsie Valley Bike Trail; one block from the start of miles of Lake Michigan beach; one block from the restored Garden Theatre and our very own Storm Cloud Brewery; and two blocks from the start of Frankforts' unique shops and restaurants.

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