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Speaks: english

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

11 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 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

More Details
  • 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 11 traveler reviews

Beautiful lake front family home on the east side of Torch Lake
average rating of 4.4545455 based on 11 reviews

Perfect family cottage!

  • 5 of 5

Our family has rented numerous cottages for our family week and we have finally found the perfect place for us! The moment we walked in it felt like home away from home. Absolutely gorgeous spot on Torch Lake with a lovely dock. There was plenty of room for all nine of us and the beds were incredibly comfortable. The kitchen was spacious and had every utensil and dish you could ever need. We loved that there were so many comfortable spots where all of us could be together. The large front porch was wonderful for drinking your coffee in the morning or eating together around the large table on the deck. We had a fire two nights around the large outdoor firepit. We even saw bald eagles every day! We really can't say enough good things about this cottage and the owner was a delight to correspond with. Come and you won't want to leave :)

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bllomfield Hills, MI, USA

The perfect paradise!

  • 5 of 5

This place is impossible to put into words. My family will forever cherish the memories we made here. We spent our days sitting on the dock, and swimming in the crystal clear water. Our evenings would start with eating dinner on the deck while watching the sunset, and then either sitting around the fire, or watching a movie in the cozy living room. The beds were extremely comfortable with plenty of room for everyone. The house had a perfect cottage feel, and was immaculate upon our arrival. The owner was extensively helpful with all our questions and even gave us great recommendations for restraurants. This cottage is just a short walk to Alden, and a boat ride away to the notorious sandbar.

This cottage is truly a gem of Torch Lake and we can't wait to rent again!

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Summer 2016 - This cottage was crawling w/ pests

  • 2 of 5

Stayed with family here for a short time this past summer and was very uncomfortable. Definitely sleeping because of the Cockroaches & spiders, but also eating & just being in the cottage b/c of finding maggots in a kitchen drawer & a pest control item in drawer that is meant for mice. I could handle spiders & mosquitos, but the daily killing of cockroaches & finding a bunch of maggots in the kitchen drawer was just awful. They already knew they had a pest problem, saying the roaches are "wood roaches" and that WE could buy something to get rid of them but also obviously aware there was more of an issue b/c of the poison-pest control in the KITCHEN drawers. My father & brother both ended up having a ton of bites all over, which we are not 100% sure where from; they said most likely "summers itch", but with all the pests in the house, who knows. Fortunately our little ones did not get bitten. My mother tries so hard to arrange a nice week and spends a good amount investing in a rental in good faith it will be nice and comfortable so her family living at a distance (who some of us drove 6 hours)can come to together & enjoy each other. From the exterior she thought this place would be a cute, cozy cottage with a nice lake front view. Perfect example of don't judge a book by it's cover...and not in a good way. Even after complaining during the week, sending photo & video of maggots in kitchen. Complaining afterwards, no compensation for the experience was given. If they pests weren't as bad, wouldn't mind paying the full fee considering the cottage is out in the woods, but this was ridiculous. I'd seriously question staying here, considering the owners could care less after they get your money!

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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Rates & Availability

Alden Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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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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