Alden Cottage Rental Photos and Description
The Twig, A Small Cottage
This 480' two-story cottage was built along the lines of the 12X20' Chattaqua cottages of the 19th C., with a living room and kitchen (the kitchen was in a seperate building in the originals) on the first floor and a bedroom and bath on the second. It is situated about a quarter mile from the main road on the owner's property and is located across from my studio and about 200' from my home.
The property is part of a larger 300-acre family farm that is on Lake Bellaire, and has easy access to a private beach a five-minute walk away.
The Twig, so named because it was built as a little 'branch' of two artists' studios, is simply but adequately furnished, and will sleep up to four people if the fold-out sofa is used.
It is, other than being across from my studio, very private and quiet. While there is no television nor internet service other than what one can get through a mobile device (the same holds true for me), there are plenty of books to read and the lake to enjoy. Its location is in the heart of the natural world, with deer, turkeys, fox and many birds; as of this writing, bluebirds have been attacking the windows of both the Twig's and the studio's windows.
The kitchen includes a refrigerator, microwave, toaster oven and a hotplate for cooking. Bedding and towels are included.
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
- non smoking only
- wheelchair inaccessible
- pets considered
I grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland, went to Bethesda-Chevy Chase HS, and then to Albion College in Michigan for degrees in English and Art. After earning my MFA-Ceramics from The George Washington University, I taught college for several years and then opened my own studio and have been a studio potter for about 35 years. I've traveled to Japan, Europe and South America, and during the summers welcome artist friends to stay with me while they are on the show circuit in N. Michigan.
This place is wonderful. Its privacy is a reason so many people want to stay here; they appreciate the peaceful atmosphere and the easily accessible nearby lakes. Lake Bellaire is part of the Chain-of-Lakes which eventually leads to Elk Rapids on Lake Michigan by way of boat through Torch Lake, Lake Skegemog and Elk Lake. The whole Northwest region offers more things to do than I can list (should one not wish to sit at home and read). It's a beautiful region and one of Michigan's best treasures, bar none.
Art and nature are central. The Twig is part of a small artist's compound, and artists come and go all summer to spend time between art fairs. Some even set up small, short-term studios of their own. These have included Sandy Matasick, Marie Desjardins, and Bud Gilbert whose concrete countertops grace the kitchen in the Twig.
While getting good internet service and television reception is difficult (this isn't for everyone), but for those who enjoy a small step back to simpler times this place is perfect.