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1 bedroom, 1 full bathroom, sleeps 6

Our cozy family cottage has 100' of private waterfront on beautiful Torch Lake. The cottage has housed our family visits to Torch Lake for generations, and we'd like to share our little escape with others. Torch Lake is considered one of the most beautiful lakes in the world and with one look into the crystal clear blue water you'll see why. We are fortunate to have a very gradual increase in depth for several hundred feet out into the water, creating a striking sight where the drop-offs signal the deeper blue depths of Torch. We have a dock that extends almost 90' out to the lake, with a 12'x12' platform at the end for enjoying some time in the sun. At the end of the dock it's not even 3' deep! Just down the road is the Torch River Bridge, near the famous Torch Lake Sandbar and Torch River. Just across the lake is the town of Alden. In 2009 we made significant renovations, completely modernizing the kitchen, bathroom, and living areas. And in 2014, a clothes dryer and mooring anchor are being added.

Golf Information: There are a number of top golf courses in the area, including designs by Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Gary Player. Some of the more popular locations include Shanty Creek Resorts with 'The Legend', designed by Arnold Palmer, as well as 3 other courses and Grand Traverse Resort & Spa with 'The Bear' by Jack Nicklaus and 'The Wolverine' by Gary Player.

Boating Information: Torch Lake is a great place to water-ski, go tubing, and do all sorts of other water sports. We have a 90'' long dock that can be used to access boats, although the water is still shallow at the end! Public accesses are close by. We have a mooring anchor that can be used, and local nearby marinas also offer overnight slip and trailered storage options that our guests have used.

Area Festivals: Harbor Days --- Interlochen Summer Arts Festival --- Petoskey Festival on the Bay --- Suttons Bay Art Festival --- Northport-Leelanau Peninsula Wine And Food Festival --- Suttons Bay Jazzfest --- Charlevoix Venetian Festival --- just to name a few!!

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets not allowed


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I've been going to the cottage since I was 6 months old, and spent entire summers there growing up. I am no longer able to spend such long periods of time at the lake, but the cottage and surrounding area have a very special place in my life, and hopefully will in my children's lives as well. The swimming, boating, campfires, exploring, wildlife, and nonstop summer activities all around the area can keep you busy all day every day!

Brett purchased this cottage in 1936

My great-great-aunt built the cottage in 1936 and our family has visited every year since. It's been our little slice of heaven! After completing some VERY significant remodeling work in 2009, including a completely new kitchen, new bathroom, refinished wood floors, new electrical work, and so much more, we decided to make the cottage available for rent, to share our escape with others.

There are two amazing experiences every time we go to the cottage. First, driving over Torch River Bridge and seeing the lake for the first time that year. The sight of the seemingly infinite shades of blue sparkling water is breathtaking. Second, when arriving at the cottage, the scent of the pine trees that surround the property. My wife has said that the view from the kitchen window (of the lake immediately in front of the cottage) almost makes you WANT to do the dishes! There is so much to do in the area that it was my own personal summer camp growing up (fishing, swimming, boating, hiking...). The area towns are great places to visit, and there are many great restaurants as well. We now have a long drive each summer to make it to the cottage (about 15 hours) but wouldn't miss it for the world. Our kids love it and don't stop talking about it year-round!

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Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Torch Lake Waterfront Cottage
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews
Torch Lake Waterfront Cottage
+1 231-753-8386
Torch Lake Northern Michigan
Livonia, MI


  • 5 of 5
Our extended family had rented a larger place on Torch for several years. My husband and I missed it so much we decided to look for a smaller place for just us - this was perfect. The cottage was exactly as pictured; very clean and well-appointed. The caretaker met us and walked us through everything (treats were waiting on the island in the kitchen!). This was a fall weekend and temps ranged from 80 to 50; we did not need to use the bedroom air unit, but it was there if we needed it. The heater in the fireplace worked great to warm up the end of the week. Beautiful view from the dock. Boat rentals nearby, although we didn't do that this time. We made several trips into Traverse City for restaurants and wine-tastings - plenty of great golf courses nearby. Wonderful peaceful setting, with plenty of activity just 30 min away in Traverse if you want it. Alden and Elk Rapids are not far and they're fun to explore as well. We hope to come back!
  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Romantic Getaway
Torch Lake Waterfront Cottage
+1 231-753-8386
Torch Lake Northern Michigan


  • 5 of 5
I stayed with my boyfriend and a group of friends (some who never experienced Northern Michigan) to escape work. We went to the dock 5 minutes after pulling up to the cottage. The view of Torch Lake was incredible! And, the cottage was perfect! It's very well maintained with all necessary amenities. Guests said the beds were comfortable and the bathroom is nice with the updates (I'm a clean freak and had no issues). Like most homes, friends and family gather in the kitchen. We loved the island in the kitchen. Luckily Mother Nature blessed us with perfect weather, so we spent most of time outside on the dock, braving the chilly waters of the lake (it didn't start getting hot until we arrived, but once you get used the the water you're good), grilling, and sitting around the campfire. The picnic table and patio furniture were a great addition to enjoying the nice weather. And, there were no pesky mosquitoes! Overall, it was a great vacation spot and the rental process was very smooth (never rented a cottage before). We all want to go back next year! Loved every minute! Thanks for sharing your cottage =)
Best, Melanie Trusty
  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Melanie, glad you had a great time! Look forward to having you join the ever-growing list of repeat guests!
Torch Lake Waterfront Cottage
+1 231-753-8386
Torch Lake Northern Michigan


  • 5 of 5
Our family stayed here for five days and we loved every moment. The pictures do not do this family owned cabin justice. You will be amazed at the quaintness and tranquility that this home provides. We enjoyed sleeping with the doors open to enjoy the sounds of the water lapping at the rocks. WOW what an enjoyable nights sleep. Our children loved sitting on the dock looking for rocks and using their raft. The water was a bit cold but we knew this coming in June. The owner is very nice and enjoyed knowing that this is a family cabin from the 1930's Our children were not ready to leave. If you decide to rent this cabin know you will NOT be disappointed. Very clean and nicely kept.
  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Torch Riviera
Grass River Natural Area Rd
Cone Corral
Alden's Mill House
Pearl's New Orleans Kitchen
Traverse City
Old Mission Tavern
Siren Hall
Dockside-Torch Lake
Short's Brewing Company
Wild Onion
Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Traverse City (TVC)
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Torch Riviera
Car: recommended

Our cottage has a wonderful combination of feeling very private, quaint, and secluded with large, old trees surrounding the property. But only 30' away is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. As part of the Chain O' Lakes, Torch Lake has waterway connections to Lake Bellaire, Clam Lake, Intermediate Lake, Lake Skegemog, Elk Lake, etc. Not to mention Lake Michigan right next door. Nearby towns include Alden, Elk Rapids, Bellaire, Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Charlevoix, and Traverse City. Nearby attractions include: Golf, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Hunting, Annual Cherry Festival, Elk Rapids Harbor Days, Orchards, Wineries, Grass River Natural Area, Interlochen Arts Festival, Chain O' Lakes Music Festival, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Manitou Islands, MACKINAC ISLAND, and many, many more.

Other Activities: Petoskey Stone Hunting, Fish Frying, S'mores-ing, Stargazing, and most important, Relaxing!

Golf: A Ga Ming, Grand Traverse Resort, Shanty Creek, Hawk's Eye, The Chief, many others

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Availability & Rates


Torch Lake Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2014
Jun 28 2014 - Aug 29 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Labor Day 2014
Aug 30 2014 - Sep 5 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer 2014
Sep 6 2014 - Sep 26 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Early Fall 2014
Sep 27 2014 - Oct 25 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $75.00
Tax Rate 6.0%
Notes Partial-week bookings available!
50% of rental fee due upon booking. Remaining 50% balance of rental fee, $75 cleaning fee, $500 security deposit, and 6% MI state tax due 30 calendar days prior to rental start period. If booking is made within 30 days of rental period, total rental fee and security deposit are due upon booking.
July 4th is +$300

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Torch Lake Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Waterfront
  • Lake
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Activities Guide
  • Firewood
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Toilet Paper
  • Living Area
  • Alarm Clock
  • Local Maps
  • Sofa Bed
  • Parking
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Parking Off Street
  • Broadband Access
  • Internet
  • Wireless Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Heating ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Grill
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Completely renovated 2009. Installed new bathtub, new pedestal sink, tiled the floor, tiled the walls around the tub/shower area, and installed great-looking beadboard on the walls and ceiling throughout the rest of the bathroom. Very cute & quaint! Also a new toilet and shower head from 2007.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Queen
    Sleeper Sofa - 1 queen , Queen sofabed
    Bunk Beds - 2 twin/ single , Twins; built into cottage
  • Air Conditioned!! Window-mount air conditioner that is powerful enough to cool the bedroom and more. Several fans available to spread the cool air throughout the cottage. New mattress and bed in 2009. The twin bunks are built into the corner of the main room of the cottage. We have a portable divider to help provide some privacy.
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • VCR
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Binoculars
  • Wood Deck
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Walkway to Water
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • coin laundry
  • restaurants
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • pond
  • bay/sound
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • playground
  • winery tours
  • recreation center
  • health/beauty spa
  • festivals
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • paddle boating
  • beachcombing
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • horseshoes
  • antiquing
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
  • boating
Local Services & Businesses:
  • medical services
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • hospital
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • snorkeling/diving
  • basketball court
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • pier fishing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • jet skiing
  • water tubing
  • tennis
  • mountain biking
  • hunting
  • swimming
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • snorkeling
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • wind-surfing
  • water skiing
  • roller blading
Brand new kitchen! Completely renovated 2009. All wood floors in the kitchen/main room have been refinished. All new kitchen cabinets, large kitchen island with seating, and counter tops. All new appliances: range, microwave, and fridge. New sink & fixtures. Cabinets and island were installed with very custom & professional wood trim work. We accomplished a lot that year (new kitchen, new bathroom, painted outside, refinished floors, new furnishings, etc). We've spent a lot of time and effort to modernize the property and make it a fantastic getaway destination. Everything was done with the highest care for quality craftsmanship and it shows!! We also have a private dock (almost 90' long!) right outside our front door with a large 12'x12' platform at the end. Note: Fireplace is not to be used at this time. Mooring anchor available and local overnight boat dockage nearby.

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