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Beautiful lake front family home on the east side of Torch Lake

8 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Alden Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8) lake front

Torch Lake has long been one of the most sort after “Up North” destinations with National Geographic Magazine rating it as one of the most beautiful lake in the World.

The cottage has four bedrooms arranged as 1 king, and 3 queens comfortably sleeping 8 people.

The cottage is on the east side facing west, therefore we enjoy amazing sunsets. We have 180ft of lake frontage and dock that give easy access for boating on Torch and interconnecting Elk and Bellaire lakes.

15 minutes away Shanty Creek is great for skiing, snowboarding and tubing. 45 minutes away Boyne Resorts provide excellent skiing and tubing in the winter, golf in the summer and Avalanche Bay water park.

For those that prefer a more leisurely pace Alden is a short walk away, boasting quaint antique and gift shops and the not to be missed Higgins Store famous for its ice creams.

The cottage is available for weekly rental Saturday to Saturday all year round, long weekends available by request. Find yourself sitting by the fire pit watching the sun go down over beautiful Torch Lake.

Keywords: Lakefront Cottage

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Zoe (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Zoe

We are Zoe and Tony Booth, we have 4 children and live in Bloomfield Hills Michigan Originally we are from London England and 15 years ago my husband was offered an advertising job here.

Zoe purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Zoe chose Northern Michigan

We visited Torch Lake the first year we arrived in Michigan and rented a few times. We absolutely fell in love with the place, it is very special to us and the rest of our family visiting from England

What makes this cottage unique

Our cottage is in a great location for short tubing rides on the boat, longer day trips to Elk Lake or just popping up to The Dockside by boat for dinner. Bike rides into town to play tennis and get an ice cream is all part of our stay.

In the winter we enjoy our cosy weekends in the cottage skiing and tubing and coming back home to the cottage to sit by the fire and relax. The lake is so dramatic in the depths of the winter, we spend many weekends enjoying skiing and walking.


based on 8 traveler reviews

Beautiful lake front family home on the east side of Torch Lake
average rating of 4.625 based on 8 reviews

Paradise on Torch Lake

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a 2 week stay at this beautiful quaint cottage set on the edge of Torch Lake. Everything was perfect from the comfortable bedrooms to the well stocked kitchen. We found the cottage clean, cosy and perfect for our family of 8. The cottage is set on a beautiful green lawn sweeping down to the waters edge. We jumped and swam from the dock and the kids snorkeled for crayfish every day. This was our first family stay at this beautiful cottage and hopefully not our last, you will find everything you need to make your vacation easy and fun. We couldn't wish for better memories from our stay here.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family vacation June 2016

  • 2 of 5

Positives: The home lived up to the pictures, good size for our family of 6 adults & 3 children. Cozy feel to living room with fireplace & big couches. Loved sitting outside for dinner. Negatives: 80 yr old home has CREAKY floors, lake bottom at shore had more rocks (big) than expected, killed cockroaches everyday and owner suggested we get a fogger to take care of the problem, but when we found maggots & roaches in kitchen drawer. our family was so upset by this discovery! We asked owner for a partial refund but nothing was offered. My husband & son got a BAD case of swimmer's itch because of geese feces.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ann Arbor

Great Cottage on Torch Lake

  • 5 of 5

Stayed at this cottage on Torch Lake and could not have been happier. Its really everything we were looking for when we think of a vacation up north. Calm, beautiful view (really nice large deck and dock with great seating to just relax) Nice fire pit and fireplace. On the west side for great views at evening. Kitchen very spacious and stocked with all the dishes we needed. Beds were as advertised and very comfy. I'm probably not doing it justice but it was just a lovely property and we would very gladly go back again. Owner was fantastic to work with as well - very reasonable and quick to reply to questions.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Really lovely cottage on Torch lake

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time we have stayed in this lovely cottage on Torch Lake. Its perfect for us as my mum has problems with stairs but this house has a down stairs bedroom and bathroom. The deck area is also great as minimal steps and very easy short walk to the lakes edge. The views from the deck are just lovely at all times of the day. I also like it that it is screened from the houses next door, so it feels very private. The kitchen is well equipped and clean. The owners are very helpful and friendly and responded fast when I had a question during our stay. All generations enjoyed the house, from my teenage sons to my nearly 80 year old parents. Thanks

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kalamazoo, MI

Beautiful Home for a Family Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My three children, their spouses, my two granddaughters and I started a tradition of renting cottages on Torch Lake for an annual family getaway. This year we won the jackpot with this lovely, extremely clean, home. The home has such a cozy, cottage feel, yet has plenty of room to accommodate seven adults and 2 children. The sleeping quarters were very roomy and comfortable. The outside decking is fantastic with two levels. One area is protected from the weather elements with a roof and just one step down to another area is a dining table large enough to sit all of us for family meal time. We ate all of our lunch and dinner meals on the deck watching the boat traffic on the lake. My two granddaughters were swimming and collecting Petosky stones in the beautiful blue water every day. We loved our week so much we have already started the process of renting the home again next year.

Carol, Brian (& Jenny), Laurie (& Todd), Amie (& Andy), Gemma (7), Esme (3).

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicago, IL

Excellent Cottage Rental On Torch Lake! Clean! Clean! Clean! The BEST beds EVER! Beautiful VIEW!

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is excellent and clean and feels like home. The cottage has a fantastic view of Torch Lake with a huge deck & yard. We were able to take many sunset pictures. The yard is large enough to play tag football or soccer with the kids. The cottage has a clean Weber grill for cook outs. There is a beautiful bonfire pit as well that we enjoyed and we cooked tons of s'mores under the beautiful stars at night. They even have a huge sand box for the kid’s right at the dock. There is a hammock that is hung right by the water for good naps during the day. The beds are #1 and all very comfortable. The view from the upstairs bedrooms of Torch Lake is amazing. My parents watched the fog roll in covering Torch Lake at 6am and by 9am when we were all awake they told us just how awesome the view was up there laying in bed and watching Mother Nature. There is cable TV & a DVD player. The kids would watch their shows while enjoying breakfast at the huge dinning room table that could seat all of us. There is a dishwasher & disposal.We celebrated my sons second birthday here. There is plenty of room to cook in the kitchen and we sure cooked! The bathrooms were very clean, the floors were just mopped when we arrived and super clean, the kitchen was clean, the outdoor grill was clean. Everything felt like a home rather than a cottage. We went to King Orchard Farm and picked raspberries and nectarines one afternoon. That was very fun for the family. We took a drive to Traverse City and ate pizza upstairs on a small little deck overlooking the water. We went to Brownwood and shopped at all of the stores and bought Sunday donoughts. We took a trip into Bellaire and shopped at the sidewalk sales. On the day we left we saved Alden for last & shopped all through the stores before driving back to Chicago. You can walk to Alden from this home on a small path. This cottage has nice new windows and a nice washer and dryer. There were RED bags for garbage. Go to Dockside for lucnh or dinner. They have excellent french fries. We loved this cottage so much and it is a part of us now. My little boy still says "bye bye cottage". He did not want to leave- none of us did. We can not wait to return. The owners of this home are super fantastic people. They really take care of their renters and keep you up to date on everything. There were plenty of lap blankets to use at night when it was cooler. We had one full week of SUN and blue skies! August 13th-August 20th 2011. THANK YOU

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Alden Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 4 2016 - Sep 5 2016
7 night minimum stay
Sep 6 2016 - Nov 3 2016
2 night minimum stay
Nov 4 2016 - Mar 26 2017
2 night minimum stay
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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

Our cottage does not include linens and towels

$500 to secure the booking, balance due 5/6 weeks before the stay

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Alden Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Waterfront
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Internet ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (3)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Linens and towels are not provided

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