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 + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-10)

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:
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only

Nan Reed Twiss

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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

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.

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.

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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4.4
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Torch Lake Exceptional Lakefront Cottage
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Torch Lake Exceptional Lakefront Cottage
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p37825vb
(734) 255-7833
Alden Northern Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI4
5

CLASSIC COTTAGE ON A LOVELY LAKE.

  • 5 of 5
We had a great time at Torch Lake. The weather was chilly, so we spent a lot of time indoors. It's an older cabin with lots of character. Well equipped kitchen. Great lake views. Comfortable living room, and enough space for a crowd.
  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Torch Lake Exceptional Lakefront Cottage
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p37825vb
(734) 255-7833
Alden Northern Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
5

WONDERFUL!

  • 5 of 5
I met a number of girl friends for a weekend away. Though there were a number of us, we were all quite comfortable with the various bedrooms, couches and bathrooms. The kitchen was fully equipped though there is a nice pizzeria nearby. The time out on the deck watching the lake perhaps best of all.
  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Families with Young Children
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Torch Lake Exceptional Lakefront Cottage
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p37825vb
(734) 255-7833
Alden Northern Michigan
Farmington
5

LOVELY COTTAGE

  • 5 of 5
If your family did not leave you a cottage, like my family did not, but you always wished they had, then maybe this is the place for you! You can easily imagine the many family gatherings over the years and all the memories that were made. The cottage is old, full of antiques, clean and quite charming. The kitchen and bath are not new or large but adequate, with good water pressure. The view and the lakeside deck are wonderful. The master bedroom is large with a view of the lake and the bed was quite comfortable. The upstairs bedrooms are small, but for kids they would be fine. The piano was a nice extra and the TV/cable/wireless made a rainy weekend bearable for my husband and son. Personally, I would have liked to have had more time to read all the interesting books.
  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Torch Lake Exceptional Lakefront Cottage
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p37825vb
(734) 255-7833
Alden Northern Michigan
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5

A DELIGHT

  • 5 of 5
What a delight! The photos are good but don't convey the charm of this cottage. Clean, everything you need is there, the deck, the dock, the fire pit - all wonderful. Inside the decorating is adorable and the beds are comfortable. Kitchen is complete. House is clean and convenient to town. A quick walk or drive to Alden. A hidden gem.
  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Torch Lake Exceptional Lakefront Cottage
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p37825vb
(734) 255-7833
Alden Northern Michigan
Overland Park, KS
3

A COOL DECK THAT OVERLOOKS TORCH LAKE

  • 3 of 5
You are surrounded by antiques in this cottage. We had issues with the cleanliness of cottage, but resolved with thoughtful owner. The deck overlooks the lake and is great to watch the sunset.
  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your comment.

In response to the concern about cleanliness, I have refinished all the wooden floors, stripped and scrubbed the linoleum kitchen floor so that it looks like new, and put in a new granite counter top in the kitchen. New sink, new washing machine and new dryer. The place is sparkling!
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Torch Lake Exceptional Lakefront Cottage
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p37825vb
(734) 255-7833
Alden Northern Michigan
Chicago
3

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR WATERFRONT LOCATION GREAT - BUT IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR COMFORT KEEP LOOKING!

  • 3 of 5
We loved the location right on the lake - great deck where we spent each morning drinking coffee and each evening watching the most perfect sunsets. The private beach was amazing for daily swimming and floating on the beautiful sandy bottom lake. The house itself is just as described - very old and somewhat sad, but I am sure - a treasured family heirloom. We found it not to be as clean or comfortable as we had hoped - and I would call it shabby without the chic. But a cottage it most certainly is! The waterfront amenities outweighed our wrenched necks and backs from sitting and sleeping on the very odd furniture. If you have more than 6 people (not including the guest house) it may not work for you. We will be back to Torch Lake for sure but in a different cottage!
  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: See my comment above about all I have done to address the concerns about cleanliness.
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Map

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
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Dock Side
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Lulu's
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Moka
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Shorts Brewing Company
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Siren Hall
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Grass River Natural Area
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Torch Lake Sandbar

We have set up a badminton net in our yard that our children (12-17) spend 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

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Alden Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer
Jul 10 2014 - Aug 15 2014
7 night minimum stay
$3,000
 
 
End of Summer 2014
Aug 16 2014 - Aug 31 2014
3 night minimum stay
$425
From
$525
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$3,000
 
 
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 7 2015
3 night minimum stay
$425
From
$550
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$3,000
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$3,490
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Property Damage Protection $49
Tax Rate 6.0%
Notes For more than 6 people (up to 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

Alden 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:
  • Internet
  • Fireplace ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Parking
  • Living Room
  • Iron & Board
  • Telephone
  • Linens Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Cooking Utensils
  • 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
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • DVD Player
  • Television
Outside:
  • Tennis ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Golf ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hunting
  • cycling
  • kayaking
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
  • water skiing
  • golf
  • tennis
  • sailing
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.
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