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Torch Lake Waterfront Cottage

15 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

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 17, 2016
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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 15 traveler reviews

Torch Lake Waterfront Cottage
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews
Grand Rapids

Cozy and quiet cabin on a beautiful lake.

  • 5 of 5

Met expectations and description perfectly. Plenty of great opportunities to get out if that's your thing. Our trip was specifically to ride around beautiful northern Michigan. This cabin is ideally suited for some great rides.

Cabin was clean and well maintained. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Lovely cottage. Clean, efficient, and you can't beat the view!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Great experience!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful cottage. It was exactly as described and everything we’d hoped it would be. The owner's sent us a bunch of information up front that did a great job orienting us to the area—directions were easy and all recommendations were solid. Our family of 4 (two kids under 7) spent most mornings just swimming in the lake or kayaking, then would often check out another spot in the afternoon (Bellaire, Elk Rapids, Traverse City, Alden). Also spent the better part of a day at Sleeping Bear dunes; the kids played in the sand at the top of Overlook #9 for at least 2 hours. The beach in Memorial Park in Elk Rapids was a particular favorite of theirs; they loved being able to swim out to the sandbar, dig on the beach, then run to the big playground for awhile. Couldn't recommend this place more for a family getaway!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Wonderful Vacation on Torch Lake!

  • 5 of 5

Our first vacation on Torch Lake was wonderful! The cabin was very lovely and we really felt at home. On our first day we were greeted by a Mallard Duck who visited us at least twice a day and took naps on the dock. The cabin is close to many attractions yet still very private. We took our boat to Bellaire Lake then on to Grass River, Clam Lake and then back into Torch Lake. It was a beautiful ride. Took a trip to Traverse City and out to the scenic areas of Peninsula/Old Mission. We would definitely recommend this place. The cabin was clean, the maintenance personnel were extremely helpful and quick to respond to any questions/problems we had. We're hoping to make it back up next Summer 2017!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Perfect little cottage on the water!

  • 5 of 5

Paradise, always perfect!!...third year staying at this cottage and it's always perfect!!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Beautiful peaceful cottage

  • 5 of 5

My family of five had a wonderful stay at the cottage. The owner was very trustworthy and kind. We found the cottage to be clean and comfortable. We spent 8 days there. I would have enjoyed spending all summer. The cottage sits very near the lake. At night with the windows up I could hear the water lapping against the shore which was very relaxing. The color of the lake caught me by surprise as it is a very beautiful blue color. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a classic style cottage. The open concept, wood interior and rock fireplace reminded me of the cottage in the movie On Golden Pond. We enjoyed spending time at the dunes, downtown Traverse city (cool shops and places to eat) and seeing the lighthouse at Mission Point. If you are looking for a classic style cottage, on a large beautiful lake that has fun local things to explore I would recommend you consider this one.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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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

Rapid City Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Late Summer/Fall 2016
Sep 25 2016 - Oct 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
May 1 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Day 2017
May 26 2017 - May 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
1st Week June 2017
Jun 4 2017 - Jun 9 2017
6 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2017
Jun 10 2017 - Jun 24 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jun 25 2017 - Jul 1 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
July 4th 2017
Jul 2 2017 - Jul 8 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jul 9 2017 - Sep 2 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer 2017
Sep 3 2017 - Sep 16 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Early Fall 2017
Sep 17 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Oct 1 2017 - Oct 28 2017
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $75
Refundable damage deposit $500
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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Rapid City 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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