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Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english

Torch Lake Waterfront Cottage

9 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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1 bedroom, 1 full bathroom, sleeps 6

Our cozy family cottage has 100' of private waterfront on beautiful Torch Lake. The cottage has housed our family visits to Torch Lake for generations, and we'd like to share our little escape with others. Torch Lake is considered one of the most beautiful lakes in the world and with one look into the crystal clear blue water you'll see why. We are fortunate to have a very gradual increase in depth for several hundred feet out into the water, creating a striking sight where the drop-offs signal the deeper blue depths of Torch. We have a dock that extends almost 90' out to the lake, with a 12'x12' platform at the end for enjoying some time in the sun. At the end of the dock it's not even 3' deep! Just down the road is the Torch River Bridge, near the famous Torch Lake Sandbar and Torch River. Just across the lake is the town of Alden.

We're making frequent updates to the cottage and the property. In 2009 we made significant renovations, completely modernizing the kitchen, bathroom, and living areas (but taking care to retain the old cottage look and feel). In 2014, a clothes dryer and mooring anchor were added. And in 2015, we rebuilt the stone wall on the lakeshore and added sand to our small beach area out front.

Golf Information: There are a number of top golf courses in the area, including designs by Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Gary Player. Some of the more popular locations include Shanty Creek Resorts with 'The Legend', designed by Arnold Palmer, as well as 3 other courses and Grand Traverse Resort & Spa with 'The Bear' by Jack Nicklaus and 'The Wolverine' by Gary Player.

Boating Information: Torch Lake is a great place to water-ski, go tubing, and do all sorts of other water sports. We have a 90'' long dock that can be used to access boats, although the water is still shallow at the end! Public accesses are close by. We have a mooring anchor that can be used, and local nearby marinas also offer overnight slip and trailered storage options that our guests have used.

Area Festivals: Harbor Days --- Interlochen Summer Arts Festival --- Petoskey Festival on the Bay --- Suttons Bay Art Festival --- Northport-Leelanau Peninsula Wine And Food Festival --- Suttons Bay Jazzfest --- Charlevoix Venetian Festival --- just to name a few!!

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Brett (Owner)
Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english

About Brett

I've been going to the cottage since I was 6 months old, and spent entire summers there growing up. I am no longer able to spend such long periods of time at the lake, but the cottage and surrounding area have a very special place in my life, and hopefully will in my children's lives as well. The swimming, boating, campfires, exploring, wildlife, and nonstop summer activities all around the area can keep you busy all day every day!

Brett purchased this cottage in 1936

Why Brett chose Northern Michigan

My great-great-aunt built the cottage in 1936 and our family has visited every year since. It's been our little slice of heaven! After completing some VERY significant remodeling work in 2009, including a completely new kitchen, new bathroom, refinished wood floors, new electrical work, and so much more, we decided to make the cottage available for rent, to share our escape with others.

What makes this cottage unique

There are two amazing experiences every time we go to the cottage. First, driving over Torch River Bridge and seeing the lake for the first time that year. The sight of the seemingly infinite shades of blue sparkling water is breathtaking. Second, when arriving at the cottage, the scent of the pine trees that surround the property. My wife has said that the view from the kitchen window (of the lake immediately in front of the cottage) almost makes you WANT to do the dishes! There is so much to do in the area that it was my own personal summer camp growing up (fishing, swimming, boating, hiking...). The area towns are great places to visit, and there are many great restaurants as well. We now have a long drive each summer to make it to the cottage (about 15 hours) but wouldn't miss it for the world. Our kids love it and don't stop talking about it year-round!


based on 9 traveler reviews

Torch Lake Waterfront Cottage
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

The Perfect Home Away from Home

  • 5 of 5

This cottage took our breath away the moment we walked through the door. From the wood-paneled walls down to the skeleton keys for the doors, we fell in love with this quaint, homey cottage instantly. The back deck and fire pit area were absolutely perfect for watching the boats whir by and the moon rise. The small beach area was an extra bonus and provided beautiful rocks and shells for souvenirs. Even though our rental boat couldn't be tied to the actual dock but rather a mooring instead, we enjoyed wading into the beautiful clear water from the dock steps to retrieve it. Cottage is not too far from the sandbar, but definitely far enough & just a boat ride across the lake to Alden. The managers were friendly and easy to get in touch with during our stay and the coffee/muffins that greeted us on day one were such a nice personal touch. Our daughter called this quaint cottage a "writers paradise". The only items that would make this rental even better would be a few "water toys"...kayaks, paddle boards, canoe...but overall, this was a wonderful stay & vacation.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely quaint cottage on stunning Torch Lake

  • 5 of 5

We loved both the cottage and the area so much that we asked to stay an additional night. The cottage is as described, nicely organized and amply supplied with everything you need in a vacation home. We spent a substantial amount of time on the dock and also enjoyed the little beach area. The back porch, picnic table and fire pit gave us plenty of options to enjoy the outside both day and evening. It's a great jumping off spot for day trips up the peninsulas, Sleeping Bear Dunes and Traverse City. Close to home you have the interesting little towns of Alden and Elk Rapids, good food and eclectic shopping. We appreciated arriving to the muffins and coffee and both the owner and manager were at the ready for anything we needed. There's plenty to do in the area yet the cottage and water are so peaceful, our biggest decision was whether to go on more day trips or enjoy the peace and quiet in that beautiful setting.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing view and an adorable cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had such an amazing time on Torch Lake. The manager was very friendly and easy to get hold of. We would definitely recommend this cottage to anyone wanting to stay on Torch Lake. It has a beautiful view of the lake and is close to many attractions and restaurants. Pearls has to be one of the most amazing restaurants we have ever been to. The atmosphere is warm and the food is delicious. Thank you again for an amazing stay we will be back soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Slice of Heaven!

  • 5 of 5

This place is a little slice of heaven! Love Torch and this sweet cottage...just what we were looking for...the owner keeps the property up..clean and neat...and always available if needed...Thanks so much for giving us the opportunity to enjoy it!!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Grand Rapids, Michigan (Rockford)

Great Torch Lake Waterfront Cottage

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I loved staying here for the weekend! My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary and didn't want to do the typical hotel "up north" but rather wanted to find a cottage to rent. We were very happy to have found this cottage available, we loved the charm, privacy, peace and quite this place afforded. We brought our boat and loved the fact that a public boat ramp was 5 minutes away and could motor to the cottage in 10 minutes. This cottage was a great way to experience Torch Lake. We found it to be clean and cozy and when we arrived they had pastries and supplied us with coffee which we enjoyed at the end of the dock which has an amazing view. The cottage is an authentic "cottage" but has been nicely updated yet still retains its original charm. We had three day of beautiful warm sunny weather at the end of September which made our stay incredible. What a beautiful area and great place to stay.

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Family Vacation in This Cozy Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay in this clean, well kept, wonderful cozy cottage. The size was just perfect for our family of 4 and Grandma! My boys ages 6 & 10 loved sleeping in the bunk beds. The cottage had everything that we needed for our stay on Torch. The owners take pride in the cabin and that was reflected in the upkeep and how clean the cabin was. The rental process was very smooth and all the information that we could possibly need about the surrounding area was provided. Torch Lake speaks for itself with is beautiful waters! This cottage provided us with some amazing sunrises in the morning and great bonfires for s'mores at night! We would most certainly return to this cottage in the future. Thanks for providing our family a great summer vacation at Torch!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Torch Riviera
Grass River Natural Area Rd
Cone Corral
Alden's Mill House
Pearl's New Orleans Kitchen
Traverse City
Old Mission Tavern
Siren Hall
Dockside-Torch Lake
Short's Brewing Company
Wild Onion Restaurant
Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Traverse City (TVC)
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Torch Riviera
Car: recommended

Our cottage has a wonderful combination of feeling very private, quaint, and secluded with large, old trees surrounding the property. But only 30' away is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. As part of the Chain O' Lakes, Torch Lake has waterway connections to Lake Bellaire, Clam Lake, Intermediate Lake, Lake Skegemog, Elk Lake, etc. Not to mention Lake Michigan right next door. Nearby towns include Alden, Elk Rapids, Bellaire, Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Charlevoix, and Traverse City. Nearby attractions include: Golf, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Hunting, Annual Cherry Festival, Elk Rapids Harbor Days, Orchards, Wineries, Grass River Natural Area, Interlochen Arts Festival, Chain O' Lakes Music Festival, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Manitou Islands, MACKINAC ISLAND, and many, many more.

Other Activities: Petoskey Stone Hunting, Fish Frying, S'mores-ing, Stargazing, and most important, Relaxing!

Golf: A Ga Ming, Grand Traverse Resort, Shanty Creek, Hawk's Eye, The Chief, many others


Rates & Availability

Torch Lake Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Pre-Summer 2016
May 21 2016 - Jun 5 2016
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2016
Jun 6 2016 - Jun 11 2016
2 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2016
Jun 12 2016 - Jun 24 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2016
Jun 25 2016 - Jul 1 2016
7 night minimum stay
July 4th
Jul 2 2016 - Jul 8 2016
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Summer 2016
Jul 9 2016 - Sep 2 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer 2016
Sep 3 2016 - Sep 16 2016
3 night minimum stay
Early Fall 2016
Sep 17 2016 - Sep 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
Fall 2016
Oct 1 2016 - Oct 30 2016
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $75
Tax Rate 6.0%

Partial-week bookings (non Saturday-to-Saturday) available during off-season! Just ask!

50% of rental fee due upon booking. Remaining 50% balance of rental fee, $75 cleaning fee, $500 security deposit, and 6% MI state tax due 30 calendar days prior to rental start period.

If booking is made within 30 days of rental period, total rental fee and security deposit are due upon booking.

2.5% fee applied if using HomeAway/VRBO payment processing. No fee if paying via check or Dwolla service.

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Northern Michigan Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Completely renovated 2009. Installed new bathtub, new pedestal sink, tiled the floor, tiled the walls around the tub/shower area, and installed great-looking beadboard on the walls and ceiling throughout the rest of the bathroom. Very cute & quaint! Also a new toilet and shower head from 2007.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Queen
    Sleeper Sofa - 1 queen , Queen sofabed
    Bunk Beds - 2 twin/ single , Twins; built into cottage
  • Air Conditioned!! Window-mount air conditioner that is powerful enough to cool the bedroom and more. Several fans available to spread the cool air throughout the cottage. New mattress and bed in 2009. The twin bunks are built into the corner of the main room of the cottage. We have a portable divider to help provide some privacy.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Brand new kitchen! Completely renovated 2009. All wood floors in the kitchen/main room have been refinished. All new kitchen cabinets, large kitchen island with seating, and counter tops. All new appliances: range, microwave, and fridge. New sink & fixtures. Cabinets and island were installed with very custom & professional wood trim work. We accomplished a lot that year (new kitchen, new bathroom, painted outside, refinished floors, new furnishings, etc). We've spent a lot of time and effort to modernize the property and make it a fantastic getaway destination. Everything was done with the highest care for quality craftsmanship and it shows!! We also have a private dock (almost 90' long!) right outside our front door with a large 12'x12' platform at the end. Note: Fireplace is not to be used at this time. Mooring anchor available and local overnight boat dockage nearby.

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