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John Amos

Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks: english

Cheery Cottage, Near South End Torch Lake, Sleeps Six, Not on the lake

4 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 8 nights


Northern Michigan House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

Enjoy our non-smoking northern Michigan vacation cottage.

Relax, take in the sunrise and the waking birds on our awesome, tree level wrap around porch. The yard is big enough to play games such as Frisbee or practice your chipping. Our neighbors are friendly and welcoming. We hope you enjoy your stay at our home away from home as much as we do. If you choose to stay during the summer we will likely be somewhere close on our boat on one of the lakes in the chain or a marina on Grand Traverse Bay.

Bright and cheery cottage built into the hill with view of beautiful south end of Torch Lake year round. Our family cottage, we visit it throughout the year. We are sure your family will find it affordable, convenient and close to everything you could ever want to do up north during any season. It is decorated in bright colors, has a Pergo floor in common area. Is exudes 'welcome' and 'relax'.

You may view all of our pictures via Amy's Picasa Web album by scrolling down to the 'Links to more information': section of this page.

In the past we have successfully rented to such groups as a family of 6, a group of 4 golfing buddies, a group of 4 women taking a break from the guys to shop and wine tour. A group of women on a relaxing Yoga retreat. A woman and her two adult daughters. A couple of newlyweds. A group of 6 adults (3 couples) who were sending their children to camp Hayo-Went-Ha. A pair of couple friends who boated and played on Torch Lake for their first time. If you are a similar group, we welcome you.

We avoid renting to large groups of young adults. This is not a good place to have a loud party. We intend to rent to families or couples and are especially well suited for such groups. If you are a group of hard charging sand bar stallions then our place is not a good match for your group. Representing yourself to be a small group and then breaching our contract by inviting a bunch of your adult friends to join you overnight, will result in a termination of that contract upon which time you will be made to vacate the premises without receiving your money back.

We have no hangups about race, religion or sexual orientation so please feel safe and free to contact us with your concerns. We want the 'best' renters so we try to offer the 'best' to you.

Keywords: House,Cottage, Chalet.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
John Amos (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About John Amos

Amy and I live in the Grand Rapids area. Amy is an elementary music teacher and I am a retired tool and die engineer. We are also entertainers for weddings, private parties and corporate events. The name of our group is The Life of the Party. Amy picked this picture because she looks great, I was playing it up and look ridiculous(oh well).

John Amos purchased this house in 2002

Why John Amos chose Northern Michigan

There are advantages to not being lakeside, including cost and the danger to young children who may get out of sight for even the shortest of time intervals. I don't know if I could fully relax with children if staying at a lakeside cottage. Most of the lakeside cottage rentals are over twice the cost of ours. Torch Lake is beautiful and best seen by boat. You can rent our cottage and a boat for the cost of just a cottage on the lake. I would suggest daily boat rentals and spend time seeing some of the other things Northern Michigan has to offer as well. We bought our cottage a short time after we were married. It is our second marriage. We sold Amy's house and bought our cottage. We just love the area, from mushroom hunting in the spring, boating and golfing in the summer, more golfing biking and hiking in the fall to skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. It has been a blessing to own.

What makes this house unique

Very close to everything one could ever want to do up north and yet affordable. It is private, but not too private. Close to all the action, but not too close. Easy to keep up and yet it has a yard and is in a neighborhood that used to be an apple orchard.


based on 4 traveler reviews

Cheery Cottage, Near South End Torch Lake, Sleeps Six, Not on the lake
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our time here. The house is spacious, bright, and cheery. It is well furnished and up to date. The owners are very helpful. The wraparound deck is relaxing with great views of Torch Lake. It's fun to watch the birds at the bird feeder. There are plenty of games for rainy days.

Everything was wonderful! We would love to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed yourselves. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Returning renters are always with a few exceptions, always welcome back. We thoroughly enjoy renting to families and people who are eager to experience northern Michigan at its finest. Thank you also for leaving it so nice for us since we followed your stay with one of our own.
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Bay City, Michigan

Kim and Dave

  • 5 of 5

We had a very good time in this lovely and bright house. It was very well updated and clean. The owners had a lot of items there so we didn't have to purchase, such as dish soap, trash bags, etc... The view from the deck was very nice and watching all the birds come to the bird feeders was awesome.. And we were able to bring our dog so that was a major plus for us...

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are so in love with the area and our cottage that we actually get a kick out of being able to share this kind of an experience with other great people such as yourselves. Everyone of our past renters has expressed similar sentiments to yours and it makes us proud to know that other people truly value and enjoy what we are able to provide. It is our goal to create lasting rental relationships so please consider us again in you future plans.
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Wonderful cottage!

  • 5 of 5

John and Amy were great! Cottage is adorable, clean, and cozy. Great layout. Dogs loved lounging in the sun on the big porch, and I loved cooking on the island while watching TV. Good central location as well. Close to Traverse city, and Elk Rapids. Thanks for a great stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Metro Detroit

Torch Lake

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay at this cottage! John & Amy are very friendly, genuinely nice people and easy to rent from. They made the whole process (as this was our 1st time renting) simple! The cottage was perfect for had everything we needed and the location was nice. It's peaceful at the cottage which made it easy to relax, but there is a lot of activity close by ~ boat rentals, great restaurants, and wineries...just to name a few. We've decided to try and make this an annual trip ~ loved it!!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2010
  • Stayed: Jun 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Torch Riviera
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
A great many (15?) within
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
US 131
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Torch Riviera
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Shanty Creek
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Elk Rapids

People watching on the sandbar, wine tour on Mission Point Peninsula, Sleeping Bear Dunes National park is less than a 2 hour drive away, the Mighty Mackinaw Bridge is less than a 2 hour drive away, Leeland - Charlevoix - Petoskey - Machinaw City - Traverse City - Glen Arbor - are all within a reasonable drive away - it is a great base from which to see all that Northern lower Michigan has to offer,


Rates & Availability

Torch Lake House Rental Rates

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offseason spring
Apr 30 2016 - Jun 3 2016
2 night minimum stay
Summer season
Jun 4 2016 - Sep 16 2016
7 night minimum stay
4th of July
Jul 2 2016 - Jul 9 2016
8 night minimum stay
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offseason fall
Sep 17 2016 - Oct 29 2016
2 night minimum stay
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Northern Michigan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , We just updated this bedroom in the Fall of 2014
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , We just updated this bedroom in the spring of 2014
    Convertible bed(s) - 2 queen , New pillowtop mattresses on both beds in the past year.
  • Queen size Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen Sized Sofa sleeper (Great for kids, not so much so for adults). I slept on it in March at is was not comfortable for me. My teenager thinks it is great. , Bunk Beds (2) Both Bunks Feature Full Size Futon on Lower Bed, Twin on Top. Both are in one room on the lower level.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
We believe that we have the best tasting water anywhere. We have well water and I would put it up against any bottled water for taste, We are in a great location for 'anything' up north, We are in a quiet neighborhood which is great for sleeping, We have bird feeders and attract some very nice varieties such as Baltimore Orioles Indigo Buntings Hummingbirds Purple Finches and many most of the more popular birds as well,

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