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A large studio just steps from the beach

Bedrooms 1
Space 465 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

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.

More Details

Property Manager
Tim Bannister
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2018

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 Frankfort

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.


Frankfort Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 465 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:
  • 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
  • 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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A large studio just steps from the beach
average rating of 4.6 based on 10 reviews

Great location

  • 5 of 5

Right on Main street next to all the shops and restaurants. 2 blocks to the beach. Wonderful beach area. Pet friendly.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gee, we should use this in our advertising. Our recent guest's review nicely summarizes what makes us unique! -Tim Bannister, Host
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Weekend Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Very clean, close to everything, beach restaurants shopping. Easy access had everything we needed.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fabulous location in a great vacation town

  • 5 of 5

Serendipity house is perfectly located within 2 blocks of the beach and the downtown area. Lots of good restaurants nearby. The Nannybird suite is dated but clean and comfortable. Classic "up north" cottage lodging. Enjoyed our stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate a straightforward review that captures our style of lodging: comfortable, eclectic and guest friendly. Looking forward to your next visit. -Tim Bannister, Host
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Oak Park, Michigan

Love the location but disappointed in lack of updates.

  • 3 of 5

We visited this property twice before and have not been there for three years. I guess we expected that more improvements would have been made to the house. Badly needs updating!

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Enjoyed Frankfort over the 4th of July!

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the Serendipity in Frankfort over the 4th of July! The town, being close to Lake Michigan and Crystal Lake is a premiere Summer spot! We enjoyed the location of Serendipity on the main strip of Frankfort, all Guest staying were very nice and friendly, same with the owner. The over all feel of the room was a very campy feel... I had hoped it was a little more up to date on its furnishings however we would stay there again!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad to hear nice things from our new guests. As the real estate folks are fond of saying: "Location, location, location." Situated on Frankfort's Main Street a block from Lake Michigan and a block from the downtown makes it easy to enjoy both beach time and some retail time. And directly across the street is the start of the 26-mile Betsie Bay Bike Trail. This is a place to wind down from your day job and genuinely enjoy some off-time. Come try us out! Tim Bannister, Innkeeper
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  • 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: October 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We aim to please, and appreciate the compliments. Tim Bannister, Innkeeper
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $35
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 100% of their paid rental costs, if they cancel up to 60 days before their reservation. Guests will receive a 50% refund of their paid rental costs, if they cancel up to 14 days before 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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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