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Cheery Cottage, Near South End Torch Lake, Sleeps Up to 6 Adults, lake VIEW

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

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

Enjoy our cheery-cozy-comfy NON-SMOKING, PET FRIENDLY northern Michigan vacation cottage.

Relax, take in the sunrise while listening to the waking birds, lounge on the spacious deck, enjoy a bonfire after a perfect "Pure Michigan" summer day in our home away from home.



*Two Bedrooms and more - Queen pillow top mattresses in upper level bedrooms, ‘barracks’ below (two full-size futon bunks) provide ample accommodations for a family or couples retreat.

*Fully stocked kitchen: Stove, Fridge, Dishwasher, Microwave, Coffee Maker, Blender, Cutlery, Utensils, etc...This is our summer ‘HOME”. When not living here we are nearby on our boat.

*Free Wifi, 42 inch flat screen TV, Stereo, Desktop Computer, Auxiliary connection for phone or device to enable you to listen/watch your favorites.

*Decor - Bright colors, ‘Pergo’ flooring in common area, carpet in bedrooms Two full sofas, games, kitchen island with seating, extendable dining table and more await your arrival.

*Deck - Wrap around tree-level, abundant dining/seating options, shade umbrellas, large grill, chaise loungers, etc...

*Yard - Large enough to enjoy games such as Frisbee, bocce ball, badminton, volley-ball, catch, or practice your chip shot to the vacant area across the street..

*Fire-Pit - North yard with seating & free wood located under deck stairs.

***Please use this THIS wood for bonfires, NOT the stacked split hardwood saved for heating during winter months.

***Neighbors are friendly and welcoming (please respect their privacy & property as if you were home).


*BUGS - This is northern Michigan in the summer, there will be bugs. We spray each spring and this helps to lessen the invasion. If you are a ‘bug-a-phob, ’ bring your spray and flyswatter(s)…

*NO SMOKING - Anywhere on the property!!! We have experienced renters smoking cigars on the deck, the scent lingered, next renters were asthmatic and had to leave.

*SEPTIC SYSTEM - Please be mindful of what goes down the drain and commode. Our delicious well water (so good we feel we could bottle and sell) is the trade off for awareness in this area.

***Dispose of feminine hygiene products via trash receptacle.

***Drainfield is located north of driveway - Please NO PARKING in this area.

If you choose to stay during the summer we will likely be somewhere close by boating and are happy to show you the view from the water when convenient…

In the past we have successfully rented to such groups such as a family of six, four golfing buddies, women taking a break from the guys to shop & wine tour, a Yoga retreat, newlyweds, parents whose children were spending the week at nearby Hayo-Went-Ha YMCA sailing camp, couple friends who boated and played on Torch Lake for their first time. If you are a similar group, we welcome you.

***Representing yourself to be a small group, then breaching our contract by inviting additional adult friends over to party & join you overnight is restricted not allowed. ***Neighbors will alert us immediately. This will result in a termination of contract. You will be required to vacate premises with no refund.

We have no hang ups with regard race, religion or sexual orientation. Please feel safe and free to contact us with any concerns. We respect your lifestyle & desire the 'BEST' renters. We strive to offer our 'BEST' to you.

John and Amy Amos

Keywords: House,Cottage, Chalet.

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John Amos
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 12, 2018

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 Rapid City

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.


Rapid City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Full bathroom with tub and shower. Great water pressure, washer and dryer.
  • 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), Full size Futons (2), 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 ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
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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Cheery Cottage, Near South End Torch Lake, Sleeps Up to 6 Adults, lake VIEW
average rating of 4.857143 based on 7 reviews

Charming cottage

  • 5 of 5

A charming cottage right up the hill from Torch Lake. We loved sitting on the front porch with our dogs!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Birmingham MI

Such a great week!

  • 4 of 5

Our family really enjoyed our time here. Even though the weather didn't always cooperate, we had plenty to do. First, John and Amy were so easy and accommodating. They made sure we had everything we needed and reviewed everything with us from lighting the grill to running the A/C. We all loved the really big deck with an expansive view! (It was hard to see Torch Lake with all the full trees, but it was still nice). We spent many evenings enjoying the sunset and talking with the very friendly neighbors. From this location, we were able to explore Elk Rapids, Traverse City and the Platte River. We also enjoyed Shorts Brewery in nearby Bellaire and Dockside's on Torch Lake, where we arrived by pontoon. Overall, an easy and enjoyable place to stay with my family and our two small family dogs.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review. I wish the weather had been better too. You guys were A++ renters. I am so glad you stayed with us and had a great experience. Good luck on you future northern Michigan vacations, wherever they may lead you.
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Great Location

  • 5 of 5

We had the perfect time with awesome weather. We came up on short notice and John was very helpful. It was greatly appreciated. Everything we needed for a great stay was available. The beds were very comfy and the bedrooms were on opposite sides of the house which was great. Torch Lake is so gorgeous! Had dinner at Dockside. They had great food. Thank you so much for accommodating us. Our family function was so much fun.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 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: July 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: August 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: July 2011
  • 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

Everything you can dream of in a northern Michigan vacation: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

Taxes and fees are additional

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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