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Kari Barker

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

The Mollineaux Cottage...come enjoy an Autumn retreat!

33 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay nights

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Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Other (See Description), 1 Bath (Sleeps 4-6)

Our family-owned cottage sits under a huge willow tree that we played under as kids. We welcome you to enjoy the quiet, savor the night sky, explore all that surrounds this beautiful area, and then cook up your latest catch at our fully furnished cottage that sleeps up to six persons. Kid and pet friendly. Ample parking for boats, ATVs, jet skis, etc. Here you have the best of both worlds, the quiet small town country feel that allows you to kick back and relax, and yet are able to get to the action of the city in 30 minutes. A BBQ grill and charcoal is provided along with outside furniture and a fire pit...a great way to end a wonderful day.

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Kari Barker (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Kari Barker

My name is Kari, as a girl I spent my summers here with my grandparents, enjoying the beauty of Northern Michigan while I worked with my grandpa around the homestead. Almost 30 years ago my grandparents were unable to keep the property due to health reasons and sold it to another family member, although I was glad it was still in the family I had always thought of it as mine. Then in 2006 my dream came true and I came home again! During the last year I have completely renovated the cottage and am excited about sharing the love I have for this place with others.

Kari Barker purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Kari Barker chose Northern Michigan

My grandparents purchased this property in 1975, at that time is was in rough shape, yet they had a vision of what could be and turned their homestead into a Benzie County landmark. Before the new boat launch went in and the road was reconfigured, all anyone would have to say is 'the V property' and it was immediately recognized.

What makes this cottage unique

The cottage is newly remodeled and is cozy, comfortable, quiet and beautiful. Although it is located just of of M-115 it is very quiet and almost remote feeling, except that you are centrally located in Benzie county and close to so many activities(boat launch, beaches, trails, fishing, skiing, and snowmobiling). As I furnished the cottage I put a lot of thought into what families or friends would want and need in a vacation home, and I wanted it to truly be a home away from home. With that in mind, all linens and towels are provided, there is a full kitchen with all dishware, pots and pans and utensils available. Paper products such as toilet paper, paper towels, napkins and food storage have been provided as well as charcoal for the grill. Pets are welcome! I believe this would be a comfortable place to stay for couples, families, skiers, fisherman and those who love the fall colors...all are welcome.


based on 33 traveler reviews

The Mollineaux Cottage...come enjoy an Autumn retreat!
average rating of 4.939394 based on 33 reviews

Highly recommend

  • 5 of 5

We highly recommend this as a weekend away. Very clean, updated and quiet. Gorgeous area and very close to the lake with really nice biking trails. Kari was there if we needed her but we didn't see her. She even added a personal touch for my husbands birthday. We would definitely go back.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mollineaux Cottage

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I loved the Mollineaux Cottage!!! I have lived in Michigan all my life and never had heard of Frankfort until my wife and I took a scenic drive along the Northwest Coast of Michigan. The Cottage itself is not in Frankfort, but it is only about 5 minutes West of Frankfort, 45 minutes South of Traverse City, and 30 minutes North of Manistee. My wife and I went on a self guided Vineyard Tour around Grand Traverse Bay which included going on the Pierce Stocking Trail around Sleeping Bear Dunes, and we went to 8 Vineyards. We left at 9 AM, stopped for lunch in Traverse City, and got back to the Cottage at 7 PM all without rushing, 10 hours well spent! You could also not ask for a better Host than Kari was, she is very hospitable, helpful, and kind. We are definitely going to be staying at her Cottage again! The Cottage is also lovely, it is just the right size and Kari keeps it very clean.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Great Get-away

  • 5 of 5

We had such a lovely stay at the Mollineaux Cottage. Very compact with everything you need. We spend most of our time outdoors, so space was not a problem. It was the perfect location for the bike trail, which we used a lot. Kari was the perfect hostess, very helpful and enthusiastic. We would stay here again in a second, as we love Benzie County and the surrounding areas. There are many mosquitoes, but that's Michigan for you. Thanks for the wonderful weekend.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cottage in Frankort

  • 4 of 5

My boyfriend and I took a Memorial Day weekend trip up to the Mollineaux Cottage and had a great time. Pulling up, we were a little confused as we pulled into the back and did not recognize that part of the house. After Kari reassured we were at the right place, it was all good from there. We brought our black lab with, and he was free to room about the open property. The cottage came with everything we needed to cook, grill out, play board games and card games, watch movies and Chicago Blackhawks on cable, and roast marshmellows over a bon fire.

Aside from being right off of 115, it was a nice location with a lot to chose from. There are 2 trails and a boat launch for Crystal Lake within walking distance. Downtown Frankfurt and the Lake Michigan shore is a short 10 minute drive away. We also had some very nice runs at Arcadia Dunes and Sleeping Bear Dunes.

Overall it was a good trip with plenty to do. We spent 3 nights at the cottage but could have easily done 4.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fun in Frankfort

  • 5 of 5

Great little place. My brothers and I stayed for a rather fast and furious couple of days. The place was cozy and comfortable. She made us nice snacks and had everything just so. My brother made a couple of late night fires. Might want to bring some cutter or off for the outdoors as the skeeter were out in force. Thank you for a nice stay. I hope we didn't disturb you.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Fun getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a great time at the cottage. It was cute, clean and cozy. It's in a perfect location for touring Benzie county which is a beautiful area! Better for my family than staying in a hotel. Kari was a wonderful hostess leaving us local information on fall fun activities and making sure we had everything we needed. She also had treats waiting for us upon arrival. She even left milk bones for our dog and carrots for our bunny! So thoughtful! Kari also provided hot chocolate, tea, coffee and some breakfast items on a bakers rack in the kitchen. I would say that the extra special touches from the owner help set this place above many others! We will stay here again! Thanks Kari!

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Cherry Capital, Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Cold Creek Inn(1mi) Roadhouse(2mi) Dinghys(5mi)
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Crystal Downs(10mi) Arcadia Bluffs(15mi) The Bear(
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Motorway
US 115 and US 31
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Roadhouse, Mexican(2mi) Fusion, Asian(5mi)
Nearest Ski
8 Miles
Crystal Mountain Resort
Nearest Beach
Crystal Lake 200yds, Lake Michigan is 5 miles

Fifty yards from the new Crystal Lake boat launch, near the Platte and Betsie Rivers, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Frankfort/Elberta and Lake Michigan, Empire, Interlochen, Manistee and Traverse City. Surrounded by biking/hiking trails that provide access to the surrounding towns. Northern Michigan's famous Cherry Bowl Drive-in is within 6 miles and a terrific family experience!


Rates & Availability

Frankfort Cottage Rental Rates


  • $95-$125.00 per night
  • US Dollars
  • May-September $125.00 night
  • October-April $95.00 night
  • $25.00 per night refundable security/damage deposit
  • * all prices are subject to applicable state taxes
  • Cancelation policy: Full refund with 30 days notice
  • 75% refund with 14 days notice
  • 50% refund with less than 14 days notice
Available arrival
Available stay (no arrival)


Northern Michigan Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Full size futon with innerspring mattress., Bunk Beds (1) Linens furnished.
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Fire pit, outdoor furniture, clothes line/dog run, all linens and towels provided as well as paper towels, napkins, coffee filters, dish soap, bath soap and board games,,, there's even a doggy bed available for your pooch to get comfy in. We want you to feel at home and not worry about a thing but relaxing and enjoying your time away from home.

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