HISTORIC ALDEN VICTORIAN- 500' TO TORCH LAKE-LOWER FULL & PART WEEK FALL RATES

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Rich and Karen Brown

Speaks english, french
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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HISTORIC ALDEN VICTORIAN- 500' TO TORCH LAKE-LOWER FULL & PART WEEK FALL RATES

Alden House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Walk to downtown Alden, to the historical Depot Park and Museum, up and around the preserve on Coy Mountain, and walk to the stunning Torch Lake shore and the nearby beach -- all from this circa 1870s historic Victorian home. Enjoy the amenities home in this three bedroom, two bath, two story Alden village house.

The exterior colors will remind you of the power and depth and beauty of Torch Lake itself. If it's been a few years since you've rented the home, welcome back to the 'new look' of our vacation home in quaint Alden.

You will be located just across the main east-shore road from Torch Lake. Locals and visitors know what a great lake Torch is for vacationing, sight-seeing, water-sports (including swimming, boating, tubing and more). You'll be just a couple blocks from charming downtown Alden itself and its marina, unique shops and restaurants. And you are at the foot of the 17-acre preserve that is 'Coy Mountain'.

Experience beautiful sunsets and Torch Lake views from the kitchen and living room and from the west-facing porch on its settee or swing. Boat through the lower 'chain of lakes' (Torch, Bellaire, Elk, Clam, Skegemog). This smoke-free home is very close to area pro golf courses, Traverse City shopping and the wineries of Old Mission Peninsula and Leelanau County. Boyne, Petoskey and Harbor Springs are pleasant round-trip same-day excursions.

You will be staying in what long-time locals still call 'the Chapelle' house, which in the late 1800s and early 1900s was the rooming and guest house for visitors from downstate and from Chicago and Ohio. The home was even larger then, with a 2-story guest room area, connecting at what is now the French doors in the formal dining room. In fact, you'll find the postcard of the home circa 1910 in the postcard collection at the Historical Museum, just across the main road from you, toward the Lake.

The double corner lot provides room for children of all ages to play right in your yard, if you and they prefer.

Alden is just 25 minutes northeast of Traverse City and the Old Mission Peninsula (and its great wineries) and just 15 minutes southwest of Shanty Creek and Bellaire. A little further west past Traverse City's dining and shopping pleasures are the wineries of the Leelanau Peninsula.

Alden is on the southeast shore of beautiful Torch Lake. Your boat will slip easily into and out of Torch Lake at the public marina and slips in town. Then, the entire chain of lakes lie ahead of you to explore and enjoy. No boat of your own? Rentals are available at your choice of local marinas. We can provide their contact numbers, if you wish.

If you prefer to stay home some day or evening, prepare your dinner on the Weber charcoal grill and enjoy it in the dining room or as a picnic on the porch or in the nearby park, or up on Coy Mountain.

Quiet evenings in on the porch or watching videos or TV are also your entertainment options. Cable TV service is provided with basic 'network' channels.

Need to work or keep up with emails? (We know many have to do that) Our High Speed internet modem is provided for your use. Free, secured WiFi is provided. Or you can connect by Ethernet. If you do not have your own connecting cable, please borrow ours.

Keywords: Vacation House, Summer home, Victorian home, Historic home, Alden, Torch Lake, Traverse City

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters

Rich and Karen Brown

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2005
Speaks english, french

Rich and Karen are just the third family to own this historic home. Its history is found in every room, including being preserved in those we've renovated and updated from what the Chapelle family originally built. We bought this as a family vacation home when our kids were young, and would make regular visits from 'downstate'. Now we still make regular visits (as do the adult 'kids' and now the grandkids!) and we are pleased to share the home with others.

Rich and Karen Brown purchased this house in 1984

Alden is an ideal get-away, a small town with features we've come to enjoy -- inviting shops, friendly shop owners and nature trails and Torch Lake shorelines to explore. The home, whose original rooms date to the 1870s, is a similar ideal get-away. We've treated 'her' gently during the almost 30 years we've owned her, and know that our guests will do likewise.

Relax on the front-porch swing, and sip that wine (stemware provided) and enjoy. Ceiling fans in all bedrooms and most other rooms will comfort when needed. Enjoy the selection of board games and DVDs; also bring your favorite CDs and DVDs. The fully-equipped kitchen is for your dine-in pleasures. Formal dinners (they are allowed) in the dining room and casual at the kitchen table. Please use the maps we've provided in your living room.

For outdoor pleasures, walk along Spencer Creek or the Torch Lake shoreline. Or, hike the Indian Trails up Coy Mountain, whose path virtually begins at your doorstep, on Valley street. This 17-acre preserve (thanks to the Coy family) has a wonderful array of wildlife, bird species and several native wildflowers. Benches welcome you to rest along the one mile maintained trail.

For local history, be sure to take in the Alden Depot and Park Museum. Located in the authentically restored Alden Depot, dating to 1908, this part of Alden's history (open Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend) features photographs and memorabilia recalling the community's past, including model trains and related items and many photographs of the area through the years.

ENJOY all these reasons to be 'up North'.

When other entertainment has been exhausted (that may not happen), TV may be your or your children's option of choice. Cable service is provided with basic 'network' channels.

Work or emails calling you? That happens, we all know. High Speed WiFi internet is here for you. Or connect via Ethernet. If you did not bring your own connecting cable, please borrow ours.

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
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Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
Guarantee the rental meets your expectations
Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

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Historic Alden Victorian- 500' to Torch Lake-LOWER FULL & PART WEEK FALL RATES
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews
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Historic Alden Victorian- 500' to Torch Lake-LOWER FULL & PART WEEK FALL RATES
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Alden Northern Michigan
Cincinnati
5

Comfortable, homey, quiet

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
A lovely vacation in a comfortable, homey house set in a terrific area for swimming, boating and walking. Everything we needed to create satisfying meals was in the kitchen. Alden is a charming, unpretentious town that invites you to relax and walk along the streets to enjoy the flower gardens, tasty food and interesting shops. We spent several evenings enjoying the sunset at the harbor, taking lots of photographs. Torch Lake is amazing! So clear and beautiful! There are several places to enter the lake to swim, and we rented a pontoon one day to have the experience of lounging at the sand bar. Highly recommended!
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you spent the week in Alden and got to the famed sandbar, too! There is so much to do and enjoy in N Michigan, and the sunsets and Torch Lake itself are beautiful. Alden is a good base-location, we have found. Thanks for coming all that way from Cincinnati with your family.
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Alden Northern Michigan
Muskegon, Michigan
5

Back Again...!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
We're back for our second, two-week stay at the Alden House, and for good reason - it's wonderful! There are two criteria that make a vacation rental great - good owners and a good property. The Alden House meets and exceeds both! Rich and Karen are great owners who show a lot of respect for us just in the way they maintain the house and keep it current; they are most accommodating at meeting the special needs of our family - especially adding wi-fi this year! The house, the location, and the lake; we've been coming to Torch for more then 20 years and we feel like we've finally found our home away from home. Every review we've read is spot-on, the great thing about this place is you don't need to be on the water to have a great spot, great view of the lake, sunsets, and your only minutes from accessing the lake. Anyone looking for a great place in this area, with all of these amenities, great owners, and very affordable - here it is!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Roy and family -- Your comments are very appreciated, especially as you have just begun your 2-week stay this year. We'll be equally interested in hearing how the vacation went after your vacation. Just send us a note. And, if you note something that you'd like us to address to further add to your enjoyment on a subsequent, please forward it along for us to consider. We very much encourage our guests' feedback. Enjoy the fine weather this week, and hopefully next, too. Thanks for being such great guests, to. Our Alden home loves to have your family visit it. Rich / Karen Brown
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Alden Northern Michigan
Troy
5

Charming , cozy, romantic and well kept cottage

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
Our family of six rented this beautiful cottage for a week in June 2013.We had a very pleasant stay.
The cottage is well kept ,it was very clean. Bedrooms are cozy and relaxing. it is nicely updated with many modern amenities but it still maintains that 19th century feel. Kitchen was equipped with everything you need for cooking and serving meals . As soon as we came in we opened all the windows and kept them open at night ,the breeze was wonderful ,we never needed air-conditioning. It felt very homey in a quite neighborhood, conveniently located. We walked to the town every morning .and enjoyed the beauty of Torch Lake. It is especially enchanting to see the Lake at Sunset ,through the cottage window. That was my favorite time of the day, when the entire house would come to life in that glorious sunset light. My children loved the terrace swing so much , and the old trees that surround the house. The only thing that worried me with 4 children there, was that the cottage didn't provide washer, but after all ,that was a big plus ,it gave me a much needed break from doing laundry every day , Our stay was very enjoyable and we will come back .I also wanted to mention that Paradise Property staff is very kind and helpful.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: What a great time you and your family (the kids especially?) must have had. We're so glad you enjoyed yourselves and our Alden get-away. No way, though, to get away from the laundry at some time! You were great guests. Thank you for the compliments.
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Alden Northern Michigan
Port Huron, MI, USA
5

Charming home, Great location, Wonderful owners!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
There truly is pride of ownership in this rental. It is a charming "cottage" in a great location! It is very spacious and has all desired amenities. The owners are so helpful and informative! The best we've rented from here on VRBO. I would highly recommend this property to my friends, family, and other inquirers. And when looking to rent on Torch Lake, we highly recommend Alden. The south end of the lake is the best!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you enjoyed your long Labor Day holiday weekend at our Alden get-away vacation home. From your earlier email, it sounds as if your three young girls had a great time, too, and bringing your own boat was rewarded with good weather on a beautiful lake. Thanks for all the compliments -- and, yes, we do take pride in our home there, and appreciate those who recognize that. See you again, we hope.
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Alden Northern Michigan
Grand Rapids, MI
5

Wonderful vacation rental for young family

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
We truly enjoyed our stay at this home! The location was perfect for walking or driving to the Torch Lake beaches, downtown Alden, Coy Mountain trails, and Grass River Natural area. Also, a good location for being near Elk Rapids, Traverse City, and other northern Michigan towns. The house itself has wonderful character and charm. Our children - ages 2 yrs, 3 yrs, and 6 yrs - loved the house, especially the spiral staircase and the front porch swing! My husband and I appreciated the cable TV and internet access, and liked drinking wine on the porch after the kids were in bed :-). Thank you so much!
Recommended for:  Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Anne and John -- thank you for your kind review of our Alden home-away-from home. We are so glad that you and your family enjoyed your stay.

We'll be taking this weekend ourselves, and enjoying "her" before the next renters come in mid next week.

"She" has had so many guests this year, including returnees and has made several new friends. Karen will be having a couple ladies' weekends (or longer) this fall and a stay in the home is also being gifted by parents to their daughter and Marine son-in-law who will be attending an Oct wedding nearby.

Thank you again for taking the time and for your nice review on the website.

Rich and Karen
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Petoskey Stone hunting is along the shore of Torch Lake, including on the beach by the historic Train Depot and museum and accompanying play-park, which are all across the main street, a block from your vacation home. Trail walking is on 17-acre 'Coy Mountain' a block from your home - please see more on this under 'unique benefits' below. Winery visiting and tasting are just 1/2 hour west on Old Mission Peninsula or just a bit further in the Leelanau area. Petoskey and Harbor Springs and their pleasures are to the Northeast.

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Availability & Rates

Alden House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
 
Spring
May 3 2014 - May 30 2014
$825
7 nights
 
 
Summer
May 31 2014 - Sep 13 2014
$1,150
7 nights
 
 
Fall
Sep 14 2014 - Nov 1 2014
$825
7 nights
 
 
My Standard Rate
$1,150
7 nights
 

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.0%
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Amenities

Alden House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Lake View ...
Theme:
  • Romantic
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Budget
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Internet ...
  • Towels Provided ...
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Stove
  • Microwave ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Downstairs bath accessible from the kitchen & master bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Upstairs bath has 2 doors for access from both bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms - one upstairs with a shower, and one downstairs with a tub / shower combination.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Downstairs 'master' bedroom adjoins living room & bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Larger upstairs bedroom (once was 2 bedrooms)-redone in 2012
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Upstairs bedroom, in front of house - redone in 2012.
  • Queen size Beds (2) Two QUEEN beds. One is in the main floor bedroom, with a bath adjoining. A second is in the larger upstairs bedroom, on the front of the home., Twin or Single Beds (2) The 2 TWIN beds are in the other upstairs bedroom, also on the front of the home. Both upstairs bedrooms freshly redone for the new season.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • VCR
  • Stereo ...
  • CD Player
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Golf ...
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • beachcombing
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • paddle boating
  • boating
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • rafting
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • hunting
  • golf
  • wind-surfing
  • water skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • basketball court
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
Notes:
Long covered front porch - the old-fashioned type with a railing and a swing, High Speed WiFi (secured) or cable internet access to keep in touch with the outside world (please bring your connecting cable or you may borrow ours), enjoy our cable 32' HD TV with 'basic' plus family stations, Also, if you do not have your laptop, there is WiFi internet access with available PCs at the local library (1/2 mile through town). Folding lawn and beach chairs are provided for your enjoyment in the yard and at the beaches.
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