TORCH LAKE EXCEPTIONAL LAKEFRONT COTTAGE

Nan Reed Twiss

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Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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TORCH LAKE EXCEPTIONAL LAKEFRONT COTTAGE

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COTTAGE: 3 Bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps 6; GUEST HOUSE (extra fee): 4 beds, 1 bath

Located on breathtakingly beautiful Torch Lake, this Non-Smoking property has been owned by the same family since the late 1800's. The cottage features natural wood interiors, two woodburning fireplaces, shelves of books, gorgeous views of the lake, coziness, and simplicity.

Equally suitable for families with young children or older couples, it comfortably sleeps six people, with a GUEST COTTAGE sleeping four more for an additional fee. We have 150 feet of lakefront, including a sandy beach, a private dock and boat hoist. The lake's sandy bottom is shallow for a fair distance, making it ideal for children. The cottage sits at the end of a private road in a secluded setting thick with mature trees. Its location on the east side of the lake affords spectacular views of the setting sun, especially from the large open air deck which overlooks the lake, and the near-constant lull of water lapping at the shore. There is also a smaller private deck, complete with a hammock swing (one of several on the property), off the master suite.

TORCH LAKE was named the third most beautiful lake in the world by National Geographic Magazine. The water is so clear you can see the sandy bottom all the way out to the 'drop-off.' On sunny days, the lake has ribbons of turquoise color that are reminiscent of the Caribbean. Torch is the largest lake in Michigan (19 miles long and about two miles wide) and is part of a chain of lakes which allows boating from Elk Rapids to Bellaire.

A 15-minute stroll takes you to the small and charming village of ALDEN. It has one of Torch Lake's four public boat ramps, a number of restaurants (both casual and fine cuisine), art galleries, a variety of shops, a playground, a public tennis court, and a library. Green woods and broad fields extend out from the town, offering great cycling and walking.

Popular tourist destinations such as Traverse City, Charlevoix, the Leelanau Peninsula, and Petoskey are all within an hour's drive. Should you choose to venture further afield, Interlochen National Music Camp (offering excellent concerts), Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, Mackinac Island, or Hartwick Pines are well worth visiting.

Because the cottage is a family heirloom, we request great care and consideration from our renters.

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Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
Nan Reed Twiss (Owner)
Advertiser since 2004
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About Nan Reed Twiss

My great grandparents bought this property back in the eighteen hundreds, and it's been the beloved summer home to generations of my family (my children are now the fifth generation). The cottage which was left to me was built by my grandmother during the 2nd world war, and even though I've lived on both coasts of the US, in Europe and in Asia, I've never missed a summer. Birchwood cottage remains my favorite spot in the world...I just wish I could still spend all summer there as I did as a child. Now our family of five treasures the three weeks we save for ourselves, and scared though I was to share the cottage with strangers, so far, renters have treated the place beautifully.

Nan Reed Twiss purchased this cottage in 1890

Why Nan Reed Twiss chose Torch Lake

I was lucky enough to inherit this gem. But why I would buy it (and I would!) is that Torch Lake is an extraordinarily beautiful lake, more beautiful than any I've ever seen. The colors are like the Caribbean, and the water is so clear you can see the bottom all the way out to the drop-off. The sandy bottom makes it especially beautiful. The area is so peaceful if it's peace you're looking for... and yet, if you want activity, you don't have to go far at all for inland entertainment. There are lots of artist's towns nearby, nice shops, some great restaurants, golfing, hiking...and the town of Alden is a brief walk away.

What makes this cottage unique

Our cottage is right on the water, so we sleep to the sound of waves lapping the shore. We watch the sunsets from our deck that overlooks the water or from one of our three hammocks placed throughout the property. The beach is perfect for small children since it stays shallow for a long way. In addition to the obvious sand-castle building, the kids also love to explore the woods and build forts with the driftwood or play on the raft. We love to swim, sail, walk or bike into town. There's so much to do in the area, but honestly, we're so happy at the cottage and on the lake, we generally just stay there.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We absolutely recommend Birchwood cottage. There were so many highlights to our trip, it’s hard to choose. Sitting and reading on the deck in the afternoon. Motorboating around the beautiful lake. Bicycling around the lake as well (the hills to the east were tough!). Coffee and rolls in Alden. We had a great time overall.
Aug 2012
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Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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4.6
based on 16 traveler reviews

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Torch Lake Exceptional Lakefront Cottage
average rating of 4.625 based on 16 reviews
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Torch Lake Exceptional Lakefront Cottage
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Torch Lake Northern Michigan
East Lansing, Michigan
5

Great vacation home

  • 5 of 5
We absolutely recommend Birchwood cottage. There were so many highlights to our trip, it’s hard to choose. Sitting and reading on the deck in the afternoon. Motorboating around the beautiful lake. Bicycling around the lake as well (the hills to the east were tough!). Coffee and rolls in Alden. We had a great time overall.
  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Torch Lake Exceptional Lakefront Cottage
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Torch Lake Northern Michigan
Grosse Pointe Woods
5

Perfect for a family vacation.

  • 5 of 5
A lovely cottage on Torch Lake made for a wonderful family trip. There is a lot of space so people can be together or have some alone time. You can choose to shop and stock and cook or eat out. Despite much of the area was closing down, we found plenty of places to eat. We loved the peace and quiet of an October week, but I have no doubt that summer would be a blast. The water is crystal clear. The deck is very comfortable and is a great place to look at the stars. Hammocks for comfortable reading places outside. Bikes are very nice to have because it is really fun to ride into town. How incredible that we never locked our bikes in town or just outside the cottage. We felt very secure. Lots of beautiful areas to visit within a short drive. Nan is very easy to work with and is only a phone call away for any questions.
  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers
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Torch Lake Exceptional Lakefront Cottage
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(734) 255-7833
Torch Lake Northern Michigan
5

Jack

  • 5 of 5
What a wonderful place to relax! This is an extremely beautiful cottage and an extremely reasonable price. It would be a great place to split with a few couples or to have a family get away. Everything is in really good shape and the setting is so beautiful. National geographic voted torch lake one of the top 10 most beautiful fresh water lakes IN THE WORLD a few years back. The pictures really don't do the place justice. If you are considering renting a cottage anywhere in northern michigan, look no further. Its a must rent!
  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Torch Lake Exceptional Lakefront Cottage
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Torch Lake Northern Michigan
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
5

Fabulous place for a birthday celebration

  • 5 of 5
I rented this cottage with my husband and children a few years ago and we all remember it so fondly. I came back with a group of women to celebrate a friend's birthday and had an equally amazing time. The house is cozy but with plenty of space for several families or a gaggle of friends. It has everything you might need for whatever kind of vacation you want -- I've been there hiking and swimming and exploring with kids and sitting around drinking tea and snuggling with friends. The house is neat and easy to use and close to downtown. The owners are incredibly kind and organized people, and the land, oh, the land is gorgeous.
  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Torch Lake Exceptional Lakefront Cottage
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(734) 255-7833
Torch Lake Northern Michigan
Northville, MI
5

Torch Lake Birchwood Cottage

  • 5 of 5
This is a quintessential Pure Michigan cottage. It is charming, open, comfortable, and the views are breathtaking. The lot is very large and private, with a great deck at the water and a dock out into the water. There are multiple spots for quiet reflection, and a huge dining room table for gathering. The town of Alden is a short walk away, up a private lane.
  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Torch Lake Exceptional Lakefront Cottage
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(734) 255-7833
Torch Lake Northern Michigan
4

Great time on Torch Lake

  • 4 of 5
We had a great time at this place. Definitely on the rustic side but for anyone looking to experience Northern Michigan and Torch LAke this place provides a great setting in which to do so. The lakeside deck was great for relaxing and the private beach provided a great spot for the kids to enjoy the water. We have been to the parts of the lake where the shore is rocky and really enjoyed the luxury of a perfect sand bottom here. Can't beatt his location. Very close to town but also very quite and private.
  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children
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Map

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Dockside-Torch Lake
"Great location, very popular. Food is nothing special, but it's still fun to go and watch th..."
Grass River Natural Area Rd
Alden's Mill House
Lulu's
Nearest Airport
26 Miles
Travers City Cherry Capital Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Alden Bar & Grill
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Shanty Creek Resort or Elk Rapids Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Several in Alden
Nearest Point of Interest
Muffin Tin
Nearest Point of Interest
Afterloon Delights
Nearest Point of Interest
Alden Bar and Grille
Nearest Point of Interest
Dock Side
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Lulu's
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Moka
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Shorts Brewing Company
Nearest Point of Interest
Siren Hall
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Grass River Natural Area
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Torch Lake Sandbar

We often have set up a badminton net in our yard that our children (12-17) enjoy a lot. (They make up all sorts of games with bouncy balls and racquets.) So when they have had enough fun in the sand, water and sun, or enough time playing games indoors, there yet one more activity :-)

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Torch Lake Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Fall 2014
Sep 1 2014 - Oct 31 2014
3 night minimum stay
$200
From
$300
Fri,Sat
$1,500
 
 
Spring 2015
May 1 2015 - Jun 12 2015
3 night minimum stay
$200
From
$300
Fri,Sat
$1,500
 
 
Summer 2015
Jun 13 2015 - Aug 28 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$3,490
 
 
End of Summer 2015
Aug 29 2015 - Sep 1 2015
3 night minimum stay
$425
From
$550
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$3,000
 
 
Fall 2015
Sep 2 2015 - Oct 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
$200
From
$300
Fri,Sat
$1,500
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$3,490
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $49
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 6.0%
Notes For more than 6 people (up to a total of 10), you can also rent our Guest House for an additional $700/wk ($100/night during Spring/Fall seasons). (We only rent the Guest House in conjunction with the Main Cottage.)
Signed Rental Agreement & first payment due within 7 days of booking to reserve dates. Please review details carefully and feel free to contact us with questions.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Amenities

Amenities

Torch Lake Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1855 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Beachfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Internet
  • Fireplace ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Parking
  • Living Room
  • Iron & Board
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bedroom Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Cottage Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Guest House Bathroom - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , There is also a Daybed
    Upstairs Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    2nd Upstairs Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Guest House - 2 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed
  • The Cottage sleeps 6. For an extra fee, you can also rent the Guest House to sleep 4 more.
Entertainment:
  • Television
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • DVD Player
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Golf ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome ...
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • horseback riding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • water skiing
  • tennis
  • sailing
  • golf
  • wind-surfing
  • cycling
  • kayaking
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • hunting
Notes:
We have a raft that is available for our renters a short distance from shore. We also have lovely spots for reading or intimate conversations, including 1 Rope Hammock and 2 Hammock Swings that fit two people each. We also often have a badminton set up for the kids.
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