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The House on the Hill
Ranked #1 of 5 Ellsworth B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Ortonville, Michigan
2 reviews
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“Delightful”
Reviewed 2 April 2012

The mating robins greeted us on our arrival. No surprise with the amazing collection of birdhouses that surrounded the property. This House on the Hill, a sanctuary that is not just for the fowl and the tender foot but for all seeking a little respite.

The House on the Hill boasts of a serenity that would be hard to match. Overlooking a quaint little lake, this 100-year old B&B lies nestled in the woods just a few miles from the shores of Lake Michigan. It is a treasure with beautifully decorated rooms that offer comfort and quiet. There are no televisions or phones in the rooms to assure the guest the opportunity to truly unwind. If you must watch the big game or catch the news the main house offers the viewing options a garden room.

Breakfast each morning is a wonderful assortment of confections and main dishes. Marci’s culinary creations are all made from fresh, natural and whole ingredients. She spends her week planning the menu, shopping and preparing for the weekend epicurean experience. Friday is bread-making day and Marci enjoys creating original recipes that blend spice, fruit and flour that rise to perfection.

The House of the Hill sits on 53 acres of wooded land, crisscrossed with trails that provide hikers and snowmobilers’ paths to trek and really unwind. The beautiful grounds are home to the local wildlife while an assortment of birds dart through the trees and brush singing their songs of spring. If hiking isn’t your thing, you can just sit in the oak swing and gently rock back and forth taking it all in.

Marci and Phil are the best hosts, seeing to every need and always making you feel welcome. They have tried to accommodate every aspect to make your stay the most enjoyable experience possible, from the warmth of their home and thoughtfully prepared breakfasts to a fridge stocked with refreshments. These are sincere and genuine folks who truly want to create an experience for you to renew and reenergize yourself. They are a blessing.

Before leaving I was already planning my next visit, I just can’t decide which future weekend event I should book. The morel weekend, the Chef Dinner weekend, or one of the other delightful events.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Rochester, Michigan, United States
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Reviewed 4 March 2012

My husband and I have stayed at The House on the Hill twice and have loved it both times. It is a great place to get away for a couple days and Phillip are Marci are great! The food is delicious and the location is very peaceful. We will be going back.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 February 2012

We hadn't been to The House on the Hill for a while, but this visit reminded us why we need to get here regularly. We spent a super relaxing weekend enjoying the atmosphere, meeting new people and a special event -- dinner prepared by Chef Harlan "Pete" Peterson, former owner of Tapawingo, and Chef Perry Harmon. We arrived Friday night, enjoyed an evening out at a favorite restaurant, a wonderful breakfast the next morning and a day spent driving around beautiful Antrim and Charlevoix counties with strategic shopping and restaurant stops. Back at The House on the Hill we enjoyed a great social hour with other guests who enjoy B&Bs and great food. Dinner was spectacular and the company was wonderful. Marci and Phil are the kind of hosts who make good things happen with great food, friendly service and spotlessly clean, beautiful rooms. We'll be back again - soon.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Plymouth, Michigan
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Reviewed 2 February 2012

The best B&B we have stayed at. It is our favorite place for relaxation, conversation and great breakfasts. The rooms are fantastic, and Phil and Marci are the most gracious hosts. We continue to return as often as we can to take advantage of the hospitality, and the outdoor activities (snowshoe trails in the winter and hiking trails in the summer).

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Highland, Michigan
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Reviewed 10 January 2012

Our weekend at The House on the Hill was the best decision we could have made for a special New Year's Eve getaway. All the guests were invited to join the hosts & their "local" guests for a New Year's Eve celebration. It was wonderful to meet people who live in the area, as well as people from far away.

Everything was immaculate; things provided by the hosts exceeded our expectations. We will definitely return to this hidden treasure.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 4 November 2011

We loved this place! We had never been to a B&B and had never been to Northern Michigan. We had a great time while staying here. The room and house was very inviting and comfortable. The owners were so pleasant and kind. The grounds were perfect because they have hiking trails and canoeing or kayaking, both activities we like. I would definitely recommend this place and I would definitely stay here again. The food was very good. The hospitality was excellent. The location was a little off the beaten path but just as lovely as the rest of Northern Michigan.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Reviewed 4 September 2011

My husband and I stayed at the House on the Hill for getaway vacation before our first baby arrives. We both loved our stay at the B & B! It felt like a home away from home for us. We were greeted warmly at the door upon arrival, and were so impressed with the beautiful grounds. The common areas downstairs were so lovely! We stayed in the Rose room and loved it! So spacious and the view of St. Clair Lake was fabulous! The breakfasts were delicious and gourmet! My husband & I loved the fact that we were close to nearby cities, but also enjoyed staying on the property and walking the laid our trails of the land behind the house and taking the canoe on the lake for a morning ride out on the lake. We will definitely be back again!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: The House on the Hill
Address: 9661 Lake St, Ellsworth, MI 49729-9671
Region: United States > Michigan > Antrim County > Ellsworth
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Ellsworth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The House on the Hill 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Northern Michigan's Premier Bed and Breakfast overlooks peaceful St. Clair Lake, part of the Chain of Lakes. Paddle Boards, Kayaks and Canoe available during your visit. 53 Wooded acres, groomed hiking trails, spectacular gardens and sitting areas. Walking distance to the restaurant The Rowe Inn. Memorable sit-down full breakfasts. King or queen beds in every room, along with private bath. Elegantly appointed. Winter packages. Open year-round. Charlevoix, 11 miles. Petoskey, 25 miles. Traverse City, 38 miles. Voted #1 Best Bed & Breakfast in Northwest Michigan for two consecutive years . ... more   less 
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