|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
The open concept ranch has a fantastic view of the lake from the full wall of windows and lakeside deck. The living room has a wood burning fireplace and high beamed ceilings. The kitchen and dining room open onto a patio. Three of the bedrooms have a door wall that open to a deck, two of them face the lake. New bedding, new carpet throughout this clean home. You also get a 3 car garage, a dock with seating, lots of privacy. 100 ft. of frontage and a very deep lot! There is also a lakeside fire pit.
This is a ranch with no steps, great for kids, adults and in some cases very well behaved pets. Plenty of parking, lots of trees and close to the town of Bellaire. Bring your boat and all the toys for a fantastic vacation!
There is cable TV for those evenings when you just can't miss a show and internet access.
Torch Lake: The best place to be in the Summer: Torch Lake is one of the largest lakes in Michigan with surface area of 18,770 acres and 40 miles of shoreline. It is a fabulous all-sports lake as well as great fishing lake ( lake trout, whitefish, small mouth). The beautiful color of the lake will remind you of the Caribbean!
Torch Lake is connected by rivers to Lake Bellaire, Clam Lake, Lake Skegemog, and Elk Lake. At the South end of Torch Lake there is the famous sand bar. The water level at the sandbar ranges from waist to only ankle deep. On hot summer days there are hundreds of boats anchored here!.This is a great place to wade in the water, play Frisbee, throw a football, visit with friends and enjoy a cold beverage while you work on your tan.
On the south end of Torch, is quaint town of Alden with shops and festivals. East of the lake is Bellaire with a micro brewery, grocery store and restaurants.
The area: Golf at Shanty Creek (4 wonderful courses), swim, boat, sightsee - you'll run out of time before you run out of things to do. Enjoy the local restaurants and shopping, and visit the great places in Bellaire. There is a movie theatre, video store, grocery store (Glens), some cool shops (such as Sassy Sunflower), coffee shops (Moka) and restaurants. One of our favorites is Lulu’s – and don’t miss the Bellaire Bar next door. In the resort, try Lakeview – it really does have a fantastic view of Lake Bellaire, or Ivan’s over at Schuss Village. Don't miss the, Dockside on Torch Lake i- a fun place to eat with a great setting on the lake. A few more miles will get you to Alden (don’t miss Higgins for the best ice cream around), or Traverse City, Petoskey and Charlevoix.
We cannot even begin to tell you how much we all loved the vacation house on Torch Lake. The home was absolutely perfect for our family. (The photos do not do it justice)
We were all quite sad when the week came to an end. Thank you for all of your suggestions...we loved Dockside, Mrs. Pete's and Shorts. We also tried Pearls! It was fantastic as well. We even had pizza delivered to our boat from Fabianos!
The house is lovely! We had a wonderful family get-away. You made it very easy from start to finish!
Due to the spacing allowed by VRBO, my review is in three parts.
Third year renting this house – previous review is HEAVEN below. The first year was great. Last year, we notified the property manager about issues; she said they would be addressed. This summer, we saw a huge decline. She says the owner had been told previously about these issues; we were told “maintenance issues below have been shared with the owner and will be again. I don't know what else I can do but impress upon him how this feedback can impact his rentals.” Our visit ended with a visit from a roach.
Upon arrival, a tree had fallen on the driveway. Since the house is supposedly booked solid all summer, I’m confused how this was not discovered by the cleaning crew that was supposed to be at the house Sunday morning in the hours before our arrival. The counter, dining areas and floors were dirty with lots of dead bugs upon our arrival. I cleaned up the mess left behind by the last renters before the rest of the family arrived. We dealt with a terrible bug problem all week. I get it – you’re on a lake, there are lots of bugs… but the lack of a working screen door exacerbated the issue. We endured this all week, having to clean the kitchen counters every morning of dozens of dead bugs.
The screen doors in the house are in extreme disrepair – they don’t lock and the screens are torn. My brother and his wife did not bring their toddler this year because they were concerned he might walk out too easily. We had mentioned this issue last July and I see another renter in August 2015 wrote it on VRBO. That is not safe and actually a code violation. Initially, I used Scotch tape to fix it; the property manager brought out a roll of duct tape which was better. But duct taping screens is neither ideal nor acceptable.
Again this year, the front door was completely unusable. The door near the lockbox had to be finessed to get it open. The light in front of the house was out, so when we needed a light outdoors, we had to use the light on the detached shed. Many handles in the kitchen (and one on the bottom dresser drawer in the southeast bedroom) come right off.
We enjoyed the peace and quiet. Beautiful view of the lake. House was well equipped and maintained. The sauna was so relaxing! Ample room throughout the house and garage. Enjoyed sunsets while sitting on the bench on the dock. Also enjoyed nightly campfires under the stars. We enjoyed our stay and so did our pet!
We have stayed at this Torch Lake rental for 5 years every August and love it! Two families share this space and the size and layout works great for us. We have never experienced a bug or rodent problem as noted by previous guests. If any issue arose the management has quickly addressed them. There was a quirky electrical issue this past summer but I am sure it will be fixed for future guests. The owner is committed to making sure problems are addressed and updates are completed as he is able. We greatly appreciated the new appliances and gas grill this summer! We have vacationed at another Torch property and Lake Michigan over the last 20 years but this is our favorite property. The deck out back, proximity to the water and dock make for wonderful family time on the lake. It's not a beach for wading with sand but I don't expect that on Torch. We bring kayaks and floats and its great fun. Having stayed on the other side of Torch this location is perfect with its proximity to Alden (After Loon Delight - amazing cinnamon rolls), Bellaire (Mocha Coffee and Shorts Brewery) Dockside, grocery stores and the new Torch Lake Winery! When spring arrives in MI I dream of getting back to our to our annual Torch Lake vacation rental! Obviously I would recommend this property.
Torch Lake was a destination we discussed for several years, and finally visited 4 years ago. This was the second year we stayed at this particular home, and we hope to make it there every year. We have a large party - 10 of us with ages ranging from 74 (my father) to 5 months. We needed a house that allows for privacy with a great "commons area" - this lay-out is perfect!!! We had all the amenities of home... Plus some great extras (a sauna?!) The location - just a few miles from Bellaire's amazing restaurants and a grocer to the east, Dockside and DeWitt's Marina to the south, make it easy to get necessities quickly. The lake is second to none - crystal clear, serene, beautiful. You haven't seen a sunset as amazing as a Torch Lake sunset!!! We already plan a visit in 2016!
I was extremely pleased with our stay at this house. We had two families with four kids. The separation between master bedrooms was perfect to accommodate both families privacy when needed. Loved the location on the lake that we daily took advantage of with our boat. We definitely would seek out this property again for next year.
This home could be great but we had a lot of maintenance and cleaning issues with the home.
When we arrived the place had not been cleaned well. We had both bugs and a mouse to deal with.
Many of the kitchen handle pulls were missing or would completely fall off if you pulled on them. The front door handle was completely broken (it too would fall off) and made the door unusable. The screen doors are in massive need of repair or replacing. There were many holes and gaps that are leading to the bug and mouse issue. The shower drain was extremely slow (I had to fix it before our weekend guests arrived). And the biggest issue: the lights and electrical. We spent days trying to figure out how to get the lights above the bar in the kitchen to come on. I thought the bulbs were out – but later figured that whoever wired the 3-way switches may not have done it correctly because the lights only worked if the multiple 3-way switches were in the perfect position. When I looked in the breaker box to see if something was tripped I did notice a breaker that had been taped to the “off” position. It is the one labeled “smoke detectors”.
I am giving a 2 star rating instead of a 3 star rating because when I email JG from the property management group during our stay to make her aware of the maintenance issue she said she was already made aware! What? You knew all the maintenance issues and did not fix them before we arrived? She never offered for someone to come do the repairs, her response was I am sorry this home is not working for you. At this price point that is not acceptable. The repairs should have been made and I should not have had to spend half my vacation fixing and cleaning someone else’s property.
I did receive a refund of my cleaning fee.
Overall, this could be a really nice place to rent, but I would not rent again because it seems the owners and property management group have not made general maintenance a priority.
Torch Lake is a beautiful, deep Caribbean blue lake, 20 miles long with a sand bottom. This home is located on the East shore, very close to the town of Bellaire.
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
|Cleaning||$150 + Tax|
Refundable Security fee of $500
Pet fee $15 per night
All renters must be a minimum of 25 years old unless they are part of a family group.
Cancellations made more than 30 days prior to arrival date will incur a $45 fee, the remainder of your rent/tax/cleaning paid will be returned. Cancellations made between 14 and 30 days will incur a $45 fee and if paid in full, 50% rent/tax and 100% of the security deposit and cleaning fee will be returned. If you cancel with less than 14 days remaining, there is no refund of rent/tax, the security and cleaning fee will be refunded