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The House on the Hill
Ranked #1 of 5 Ellsworth B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Peoria, Illinois
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69 reviews
30 hotel reviews
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“Wonderful View”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

Two things stand out for this B & B: the view from the front porch and the innovative breakfasts. Some guest rooms need renovating and the porch definitely needs a new railing. A major turnoff is the utility room which has a well-stocked guest refrigerator, coffee supplies and sports equipment: the floor was filthy and piled with several days of dirty laundry. Cans and bottles overflowed the recycle bin.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Akron, Ohio
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

We stayed at the House on the Hill for 3 nights and truly had a perfect experience. We have stayed at many B & B's and feel we have very high standards, which often leave us disappointed. Not here. Phillip and Marci were wonderful, relaxed hosts and the weekend we stayed was the weekend before their daughter's wedding! The food was excellent as expected from other reviews, the lake sublime for canoeing and the activities and restaurants within easy driving distance restful and rejuvenating. We couldn't think of ANYTHING that wasn't "just right" and will definitely make The House on the Hill a destination in the future!

Room Tip: We loved the detached house behind the main house. Lovely porch overlooking the creek. When we sat...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ludington, Michigan
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

We spent two nights here and ate at the Rowe Inn, just down the road. A great place to spend relaxing or hiking around the property. There is plenty of things to do, kayaks and canoes are there for guests to use. There are numerous places to visit nearby, Charlevoix, Petoskey. The accommodations are first class. The breakfasts were very good and the owners exceptionally friendly. If you are going to be in the north part of Michigan, you'll want to considers this.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Detroit
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

I went to the House on the Hill for a special event which was a cooking class in partnership with a Matter of Taste at Tapawingo and Fustini's Oils and Vinegars. My timing could not have been worse since the drive was terrible as it started snowing terribly the day I drove up. But despite the harrowing drive my stay at the House on the Hill was a welcoming and relaxing retreat. My room, the Birch Room, was comfortable, clean and had a very nice view. The owners Marci and Philip Palajac are wonderful innkeepers as well as hosts. The breakfast is definitely gourmet and I hated to return home to my mundane scrambled eggs but thanks to Ginny and Gregg McCallum, a Matter of Taste, and Maxine from Fustini's I know how to liven them up.

The cooking class was held at Matter of Taste at Tapawingo was very informative and the dishes prepared by Maxine featuring Fustini's Oils and Vinegars were delicious. I cannot wait to use their products. Our dinner prepared by Ginny and Gregg was simply divine and I can easily say I can't wait for the opportunity to do this all over again even if it means driving in a snowstorm.

P.S. The coffee butter is to die for and make sure to buy some jam to take home or give as gifts, Marci's mom makes it and they are good.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Frankenmuth, Michigan
2 reviews
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

After a day of wine tasting in Traverse City, my husband and I drove up to The House on the Hill and looked forward to a relaxing evening. We were not disappointed. The property is beautiful and the setting is very peaceful. The innkeepers were very friendly, and our room in the carriage house was as nice as I had hoped. We look forward to going back again. Oh, and as others noted...the breakfast was wonderful!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Lincoln Park, Michigan, United States
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Reviewed September 7, 2012

My wife Linda and I stayed at the House on the Hill, and were treated like a King and Queen! The grounds around the B&B are beautiful and quiet. We spent time enjoying the sound of running water and almost did not want to leave the B&B to go sight seeing. The breakfast were of a very high quality and you can see they were prepared with LOVE! The owners Phillip & Marci Palajac are very friendly and caring. They do there best to make you feel that you are at your home away from home. The view from the front porch of the lake is beautiful and you can use the kayaks and other boats if you wish. My wife and I just enjoyed watching and did not go on the lake. The B&B is within easy travel of some of the nicest towns in Michigan and you can therefore use it as a great place to explore Michigan.

The rooms are beautiful, and overall an experience not to be missed. By the way this was a wonderful way for Linda and I to celebrate our 15th anniversary.

Room Tip: The Carriage house is all on the first floor, so if you have troubles with stairs, request the Carri...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cleveland, Ohio
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Reviewed September 5, 2012

This is the first B&B I've stayed in that I would make a destination on a future trip. I've stayed in many nice B&Bs, but this one has hiking trails and access to a lake with provided kayaks, a paddle boat, and a canoe to take out. The breakfast was above average and there was a refrigerator stocked with wine and beverages and available to store your own drinks.

The room I had was spacious, very well furnished, and immaculately clean. And yes, all the rooms have private bathrooms.

You can walk to a 5-star restaurante, the Rowe, which was also excellent.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: The House on the Hill
Address: 9661 Lake St, Ellsworth, MI 49729-9671
Location: 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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