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Beautiful Tree House Cottage

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,650 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Airy 3 bedroom house amongst the trees

On a private lot with 45 acres of woods and trails less than 100 yards outside our door, our fully furnished 3 bedroom home is located on the South Shore of Crystal Lake. We are situated in a quiet area where bird watching and wildlife are at a premium. It comfortably sleeps 8 people and has 2 full baths, a loft and spacious living areas on the upper and lower floors with a fully equipped kitchen. It is beautifully finished in knotty pine trim, with all the modern conveniences. You can enjoy the beautiful 175' public beach one mile down the road and take advantage of its boat launch (Jet skis welcome!), shaded picnic area, swings for the kids, and restrooms. Gorgeous Lake Michigan beaches at Frankfort, Beulah and Elberta are less than 10 minutes away. M-22 is close by and offers access to Pointe Betsie Lighthouse, Empire, Glenn Arbor, Leland and Sleeping Bear Dunes. There are 7-8 golf courses in the area as well as hiking and biking on the Betsie Valley Trail in addition to tubing and canoeing down the Platte River. Drive the beautiful M22 for wine tasting and shopping. All in all we are in a great location for a myriad of activities and sights!

Andi Lipson or Jerry Fishman
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2018

About Andi Lipson or Jerry Fishman

Andi is a retired teacher and Jerry is a semi retired building contractor. Jerry designed and built the Tree House using his skills, creativity and ingenuity. We visited the area before we were married and fell in love with Crystal Lake and its environs and built our home 25 years ago.

Why Andi Lipson or Jerry Fishman chose Frankfort

We visited the area before we were married and fell in love with Frankfort. The fact that we are so close to Lake Michigan as well as Sleep Bear Dunes added to our desire to have somewhere to enjoy nature. In addition, the woods that surround our home and the quiet surroundings appealed to us along with the Crystal Lake.

What makes this house unique

The clean air and slower pace makes for a very relaxing getaway.


Frankfort House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1650 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Resort ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , toilet paper provided
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , This is a cedar bathroom.
  • toilet paper, Kleenex, bath and beach towels and soap are provided
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , ceiling fan
    Bedroom 2 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , 1 bunk bed , ceiling fan
  • *Twin trundle bed in loft and double futon in walk out family room. *The Tree House is situated such that the breeze enters the house nicely. * We have ceiling fans on the main floor (also in bedrooms and loft) as well as a ceiling fan in the walkout.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
40 acres of woods and trails outside our door.


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(7 traveler reviews)

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Beautiful Tree House Cottage
average rating of 4.714286 based on 7 reviews

Peaceful retreat

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed my stay at the Tree House. Very peaceful and plenty of room. Also near enough (a short drive) to Frankfort center when things got too quiet.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're glad you had a good time. Hope your trip home went well and we hope to see you again!
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Great time , cute house and dog friendly

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our time at the tree house. Owners are friendly and are easily reached when there is a need. Wished we had little kids, the tree house room is so cute. We always appreciate having a place where we can bring our dog. Of course the area is beautiful and location is situated between two cute towns. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're glad you had a good time! You really took advantage of the area and its surroundings! Thanks for leaving the Tree House in such good shape. Hope to see you soon!
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Loved being able to have our dog!

  • 5 of 5

We loved being able to bring our Shih Tzu with us as he has always traveled with us and he especially loves hiking in this area. The cottage is quite comfortable and there are lovely breezes that move through the main level, even without the ceiling fans. Fairly well-equipped throughout and a convenient distance from Frankfort as well as nearby points of interest (such as Sleeping Bear Dunes). The public beach on Crystal Lake is a good walk away (I wouldn't want to carry a kayak or canoe that far), but there are so many places on Lake MI within easy driving distance, that anyone who needs a place to kayak/canoe can find it. And Andi was especially kind to mail my husband's boots and sandals back to us after he left them behind!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind words and leaving the house in great condition! We're glad you had fun visiting sites in and around Frankfort!
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  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful vacation at Treetops cottage! It was even bigger than the pictures show and was open with the vaulted ceilings. We slept with the windows open and the breeze was cool and fresh. The home was clean and the large island was great for cooking and extra seating. The house is stocked with fun board games and the bedrooms are quite comfortable. The downstairs has plenty of room if you want separation for different family members or friends. We enjoyed many evening dinners on the porch, which had plenty of seating for everyone. The garage had beach chairs that were great to use outside and at the beach. We liked the secluded feeling of the property and went hiking on the nearby woods, which were beautiful. Andi was extremely helpful in making sure that all of our needs were met and offered lots of suggestions about what was available to do nearby. She was always available, but never intrusive. There were multiple nearby beaches, which were all beautiful!! Grocery shopping, nice restaurants, a bookstore, ice cream shops and shopping are all nearby in Frankfort. Sleeping Bear Dunes is also wonderful with about a 1/2 hr to 45 min drive. Beautiful hiking, beaches, the dunes and lighthouses are there. The towns of Empire and Glen Arbor are the same distance with nice restaurants and shopping. We had a relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable vacation at this property!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you all had a great time! You certainly took advantage of the surrounding areas and you brought great weather!! Thanks again for being such great guests~
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southeast Michigan

Fantastic location and wonderful comfort

  • 5 of 5

The Treetops Cottage was as the owners described: perfect location a few minutes from Frankfort for those last-minute groceries, Kilwin's Chocolates, great brewery, wonderful bakery and deli, as well as the public beach at Frankfort. Further up the road is Point Betsie lighthouse, with great viewing for sunsets. A few more miles, and you are at the Platte River, where you can tube, canoe, or kayak to Lk Michigan and then swim where the river meets the lake. In the other direction is the little town of Beulah, fruit farms, an old-fashioned drive-in, and, if you want the city, Traverse City ( we didn't). The road is a bit inclined from the cottage down to Crystal Lake, but we walked it many times with no problem, and explored a tiny bit of the 40 acres of wood mentioned, which were beautiful. The cottage itself is laid out beautifully, with the kitchen open to the living area and very spacious with comfortable furniture. The master bedroom bed is heavenly, and you sleep listening to the wind in the trees ( in a very large bedroom with lots of closet space). The lower level bedroom is great for more guests or family,and downstairs has additional living space! The two bathrooms (our family insists on two!) look recently remodeled and very nice, not like rustic cabins we're used to, with plenty of storage. My only regret is that I never slept in that cute little loft, which I think adults as well as children would love. There were lots of towels and everything we needed. Andi and Jerry were very welcoming and allow a dog, which made our daughter happy. Oh, and go see the alpaca farm on the River Rd.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you had a good time! Thank you for being such great guests!
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Rochester Hills, MI

A true get away!

  • 4 of 5

"FishLips" is beautiful! It had everything we needed. Grill, firepit, space in the garage to store items. The house itself is BEAUTIFUL! So much space! Andi was fantastic and was there to greet us when we arrived. She was able to show us around the house and answer any questions we had. If you are looking to walk or bike directly from this property, be prepared. It was a bit off the beaten path at the top of a rather steep hill...which made it difficult to "bike/walk" anywhere without driving to a starting point. Very quick ride to downtown Frankfort and the amazing beach! Thank you Andi for a very memorable summer vacation.

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Dingy's, Storm Cloud Brewry, Cru Winery
Nearest Ferry
40 Miles
Ludington Ferry
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
4 Golf Courses
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
3 miles off M 115, 2 miles off M22
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Frankfort- numerous restaurants
Nearest Ski
18 Miles
Crystal Mountain
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Bellows Public Beach w/ picnic area & restroom
Car: necessary

*Cherry Bowl Drive-In ~Michigan's last drive-in theater which is family oriented. It's located on M31 before Honor.

*Interlochen~ 45 minutes on M31. Concerts & Theater

*Cherry Festival~ Traverse City

*Art Festivals in neighboring towns

*Spectacular July 4th Fireworks on Lake Michigan in Frankfort

*Point Betsie Lighthouse on Lake Michigan. Lighthouse tours throughout the summer.

*Scenic M22. Go north to Empire, Glenn Arbor, Leland, Sutton's Bay, Arcadia and Onekama.

*30 minutes to Sleeping Bear National Park which was awarded one of the 'most beautiful places in the world.'


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $500
cleaning fee $150
Tax Rate 6.0%

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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