The House on the Hill

9661 Lake Street , Ellsworth, MI 49729 USA (Show map)


The House on the Hill is conveniently located in Northern Michigan's Chain of Lakes resort area, an hour's drive of either Traverse City or Mackinac Island, close to a myriad of opportunities for everything from skiing to golf, water sports to hiking, antiquing, to casino gambling. Newly redecorated and comfortable air-conditioned guest rooms, each with a queen or king size bed, a inviting sunroom with a cozy fireplace, a gracious, wicker-filled wraparound porch overlooking St. Clair Lake. The inn's expansive grounds offer extensive lake frontage as well as groomed walking trails for hiking, snow-shoeing, and cross-country skiing. Still more: within walking distance to one of Michigan's finest restaurants, the Rowe Inn. Kayaks, paddle boards and canoe are available for your use on the picturesque St. Clair Lake. Please visit our web site or call us at 231-588-6304



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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Wonderful Stay!

5 on August 24, 2015

I couldn't think of anything that would have made our experience any better. Marci and Philip are wonderful hosts and their kindness and thoughtfulness shows in this fantastic location. We would highly recommend House on the Hill!!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for your kind words! It was our pleasure to make sure your trip was everything you wanted it to be.

A Great Place to Stay

5 on May 16, 2015

I stayed at The House on the Hill in Ellsworth, MI with my sister and two friends. We all had a great time. Marci and Phil are great, their hospitality impeccable. The rooms are beautifully decorated and with a fireplace and in-room bath, very comfortable. I look forward to returning in warmer weather and taking full advantage of the 53 acres of land that's part of The House on the Hill.

Wonderful experience will return for sure!

5 on August 11, 2014

We had a wonderful stay. Wouldn't change a thing. Thank you for making it so perfect!

Amazing Get Away

5 on August 11, 2014

We stayed at the House on the Hill for two nights, and it was a fantastic experience! As a young couple in our early twenties, we were looking for a vacation with lots of activity and this place has it all included! You can paddle board, kayak, and canoe on the beautiful lake and it is all included in the price of the room! There is also tons of hiking on their 53 acre land. It was a truly amazing experience and the owners are so nice and hospitable, not to mention great cooks! Breakfast was great every morning, and filled us up so that we could go explore on full bellies! This was the best decision of our entire vacation, two thumbs way up!

Wonderfully wonderful

4.4 on July 31, 2014

Thank you Phillip and Marci. Peaceful, quiet, and 5 star breakfast.

Wonderful B&B

5 on July 19, 2014

Beautiful setting with many things to do. Charming hostess and a delicious breakfast.

The best b & b we've ever stayed in.

5 on June 18, 2014

Fabulous place, great rooms, wonderful breakfast. Marci and Phil are extraordinary hosts. We come a couple of times a year and love it more each time.

Gourmet breakfast and beautiful scenery

5 on June 09, 2014

This is the perfect bed and breakfast as far as I'm concerned. Our room was clean and spacious, and we looked forward to each unique, gourmet breakfast with anticipation. It's a short drive to Charlevoix or Boyne City, but there's plenty to keep you busy right on the property with trails to explore and a lake to enjoy on their canoes or kayaks. We'll definitely be visiting again.

Falling in Love

5 on June 02, 2014

We fell in love with the House, the owners, the view, the food Everything was perfect for our two day stay. We are looking forward to returning soon. My husband loved the chocolate chip cookies and the proximity of many lakes and rivers to kayak.

Our new favorite Bed and Breakfast!

5 on May 29, 2014

We have been to a lot of B&Bs and I have to say this is definitely our favorite one. House on the Hill is a sight to behold! Whether we were sitting on the beautiful porch enjoying the breathtaking views of the lake while sipping a glass of wine or relaxing to the sounds of the babbling brook, our visit could not have been more perfect. Marci and Phil are wonderful hosts. They are very warm and welcoming, as was Marci's mom who makes the worlds best jams! They are also very knowledgeable about places to see and restaurants to eat at. They were spot on in all of their recommendations. We took advantage of the beautiful weather and had a picnic down on the beach (thanks to Marci) then went canoeing in the picturesque lake where we had the unique opportunity to see a bald eagle flying above us. To describe Marci's 3 course breakfasts as amazing is an understatement. Each one was made from scratch and raved over by everyone at the table. They provide you with everything you need to make your stay enjoyable, from paddle boards and kayaks, to a canoe and even lent my husband a fishing pole. We walked the groomed trails on their gorgeous 53 acre wooded property and saw deer and even a whooping crane! We stayed in the Maple Room in the Carriage House and it was perfect! We loved our room, it was spacious, comfortable, and beautifully decorated as is every room in the house. We sat on our back porch and listened to the sounds of nature all around us while the stress of the week just melted right off our shoulders. The 24 hour coffee, snack, and beverage bar was such a nice treat, along with the homemade baked goods that showed up magically each afternoon. There is so much to see and do if you want to explore, yet it's also a perfect place to relax and take in all the peaceful beauty that surrounds you. It really is a little peace of heaven and we can't wait to go back!

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Rooms & Rates


Introducing the Cedar Room. The House on the Hill has created a new room for our guests to enjoy. This new economy room was developed to better meet the needs of our business travelers and to also offer our guests profound flexibility as to their experience. The Cedar room is located in the main house, on the first floor. And like all of the rooms at HOH, it has it's own private bath and separate entrance. Breakfast is optional served at an additional $15 per person.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $114 - $120


This room has a 22-foot ceiling and beautiful palladium window overlooking some of our 53 acres. The furniture features several pieces of owner-refinished pine including the four-poster queen bed. Also includes a private bath.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $155 - $155


The sister room to the Pine, with dark cherry furniture and a four-poster queen bed, and a private bath. The room overlooks the carriage house with views of the trees on part of the 53 acres. Comfortable chairs allow the guests to enjoy their favorite book.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $155 - $155


This King Suite is the original master bedroom, now decorated in bold geometrics with a beautiful tile wall collage. The private bath includes a bath tub for additional opportunities of relaxation. Enjoy the most spectacular view of the lake, especially beautiful in spring and fall.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $175 - $175


One of the original rooms in the house, this room features gabled ceilings and a beautiful view of the lake! Windows on three sides give the room plenty of light, better to notice the king-size bed and cozy sitting area. 'Color-washed' walls enhance the feel of the room, which features a private bath.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $175 - $175


A wood and wrought iron king-size bed highlights the first of the Carriage House rooms. The semi-private deck provides the opportunity to enjoy the sound of the artesian creek and the viewing of wild turkeys and deer. A beautiful border and floral prints along with the gas fireplace and a private bath makes this a guest favorite. In following our French Country House theme, this room has a Fleur De Lis decor.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $200 - $200


This 'barrier-free' room is decorated in a French Provincial theme with a wrought iron bed and crown done in Toile. This newly appointed room is a guest favorite. Wider doorways and strategically placed handrails in the private bathroom accommodate all guests.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $200 - $200


The Maple Room is our Premier Luxury Room. Newly renovated in a modern style with a luxurious feel. The Maple Room has a King size bed, private bath, gas fireplace, and a semi-private deck right outside the back door with a private bistro table overlooking a soothing babbling brook. Extra windows in the room offer additional natural light and stunning views of the countryside. A three course gourmet breakfast for two, water craft usage, snow shoes and guest center privileges are included in the room rate. (Since this room is currently being renovated, updated pictures will be available after May 1, 2015).

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $215 - $215

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Location Type

Charlevoix, Petoskey, Boyne City, Traverse City, Harbor Springs, Bellaire, City, Countryside, Lakefront, Oceanfront, Small town, Wine country


Traverse City, MI (TVC-Traverse City)

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Lake, Live Music, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, DVD Player, Library, Piano, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities , kayak, canoe, paddle boat, snow shoes, Utility room with washer/dryer & microwave, paddle boards

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Private entrance, Radio, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Snowmobile trails on property. Bring your sleds!, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3:00pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Outside only
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash
  • Cancellations: We have a 7 day cancellation policy.



Phillip & Marci Palajac

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Running, reading, swimming

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  • Time Served: 9:00am
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian