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Jane Griffin

Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english

Come and stay on the shores of Torch Lake! Open 4th of July week!

7 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Northern Michigan House Rental Photos and Description

4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, sleeps 8

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.

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Jane Griffin (Property Manager)
Call Manager
Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the manager

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!
Jun 2011
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based on 7 traveler reviews

Come and stay on the shores of Torch Lake! Open 4th of July week!
average rating of 4.428571 based on 8 reviews


  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Perfect Location!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Enjoyable Summer Vacation

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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It is really too bad . . .

  • 2 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This home has been one of our lake rentals for over 6 years and in that time the owner has replaced all the flooring, put in irrigation for a nice grassy yard, updated the appliances, purchased all new beds and mattresses, a new gas grill and outside furniture, replaced all the slider screens and has maintained the home in good condition for his guests. We have many repeat renters (many who have already booked their week for 2016) and we always ask for feedback on the condition and needed repairs. We schedule non-critical repairs during our Sunday turnovers/cleaning time - and the home was rented continuously from mid-June to September - so we fix items as soon as possible given that constraint. The home is always very clean and we've not had any other complaints - and "bugs" in Northern Michigan are a fact of life! This guest was unhappy from his arrival to departure and we wish him well with his next rental.
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Torch Lake Vacation

  • 4 of 5

Housing was fine, but I find the lake not suitable for a nearby beach or fishing sites. Boat rentals on the lake were beyond my price range.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Cherry Capitol
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Shanty Creek - Legend, Cedar River, Schuss
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Nearest Ski
6 Miles
Shanty Creek
Car: necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Torch Lake House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2016
Jun 12 2016 - Jul 2 2016
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
4th of July
Jul 3 2016 - Jul 10 2016
4 night minimum stay
Jul 11 2016 - Sep 11 2016
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $150 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 10.0%

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

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Northern Michigan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Lake ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Master and office share this bath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Main bath
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • Baths one and two are tiled. Bath three has a shower in the sauna.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
  • Two bedrooms have door walls and decks on the lakeside. Bedroom three has a door wall to a side private deck. Bedroom 4 is a office/studio with a double bed. There is also a futon in the living room.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
This is a ranch with no steps that faces west for wonderful sunsets across the lake. If you bring your boat, there is a marina close by to launch. Please don't leave the boat tied up at the dock, please use the mooring anchor or pull the boat out or rent a day slip at the marina. (The lake gets rough at times.) Would you like to have the house stocked with food items –breakfast for your first morning, flowers or a full menu? Contact Northern Lights Concierge to discuss your options. 231-676-0867

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