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Torch River A-Frame; Secluded water front, a short boat ride to Torch Lake!

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Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Cozy riverside A-frame Overlooking Natural Area With 4 Bedrooms And 2 Baths

Sitting over 300 feet off the road the long driveway leads you through birch, ceder, pines and ferns to the Torch River A-frame. This classic cottage is tucked away on the river's edge in a great location on the Antrim Chain of Lakes and just a mile from beautiful Torch Lake. The famous Torch Lake sand bar is just minutes away by water from the dock out front where you can keep your boat during your stay.

There's a small deck at the rear entrance which opens into the kitchen, featuring granite counter tops with seating area, stainless appliances and modern amenities including a dishwasher. The view of the river is immediately visible looking through the the house towards the living room. There is a small laundry room off the kitchen and a large full bathroom with tub on the main floor.

The open living room features a natural stone fireplace and sliding glass door which opens onto a deck just feet from river's edge and a few steps away from the dock. The living room features leather furniture for lounging on including a comfortable sleeper sofa. The opposite side of the room has a HDTV, stereo & a DVD player.

The spiral stairway leads to the second floor which has 2 comfortable bedrooms and a bathroom with shower. The master bedroom over looks the river and features a Queen bed. The back bedroom includes a full bed, two twins. The third floor is accessed by a compact stairway and has a small bedroom to either side, it's a fairly tight space but affords awesome birds eye views of the surrounding scenery giving the feel of being in a tree house.

The property is wooded on both sides affording privacy from neighbors and the view across the river overlooks the Torch river natural area. It as a great spot for bird and wildlife watching as well as beautiful sunsets over the trees. There is plenty of room for yard games and an evening around the campfire in a private and relaxing atmosphere.

The L shaped dock is large enough to accommodate most boats and watercraft that are suitable for the chain of lakes. The river is a no wake zone and you can dock your boat just a few steps from the front door.

You'll find plenty of parking on the property including a pad adjacent to the garage that's a good spot for parking a boat trailer or RV.

Its a wonderfully unique location where you'll feel like your away from everything while being right in the middle of the most beautiful waters in Michigan and within a quick drive to many great Up-North attractions.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
October 7, 2016
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About Scott

My wife and I grew up spending summers on the rivers and lakes around the state. We now reside in West Michigan. I've always loved boating, biking and traveling. I was introduced to the Antrim Chain of Lakes many years ago & fell in love the first time I laid eyes on the amazing teal blue waters of Torch Lake and the miles of beautiful waterway's.

Scott purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Scott chose Northern Michigan

We have been visiting the Torch Lake and Bellaire area for years and dreamt of some day owning a place on the chain of lakes. Nearly every time boating on the chain of lakes my we commented how nice and peaceful the rivers were & if we ever had a chance to buy in the area that would be ideal. In 2011 we were blessed with an opportunity to buy a little piece of paradise in what we feel is one of the most peaceful locations on the chain of lakes, close to the sand bar but just far enough away that you're not disturbed by the noise of boats speeding around the lakes.

Although we'd like to spend everyday at the A-Frame we're happy to be able to share this little piece of paradise with others that want to live a little bit of the dream.

What makes this cottage unique

Its hard to find a nicer spot on the chain of lakes to enjoy some of the best boating and fishing the state has to offer. With Elk and Torch lake so close but away from the occasional rough waters that can develop it is a great location that touches on the best of everything the area has to offer. Being 5 minutes from the Torch Sand Bar and 20 miles from Traverse while feeling miles away from everything is hard to match. Having the ability to boat up to Dockside on the Clam River for lunch or cruise over to Elk Rapids for the afternoon is really nice. Just sitting back at the rivers edge watching the water flow by and boaters pass is a relaxing enjoyable experience.


based on 11 traveler reviews

Torch River A-Frame; Secluded water front, a short boat ride to Torch Lake!
average rating of 4.818182 based on 11 reviews

As good as advertised

  • 5 of 5

Perfect location just off torch lake on the river, peaceful and quiet. The house is 30ft off the water, made for a perfect campfire setting.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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West Olive, Mi

Couples getaway

  • 4 of 5

This cottage was exactly what is shown! Gorgeous spot for people who love to enjoy the outdoors and boating!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect getaway. Close to town and things to do but still secluded. Very nice house. I will be coming back for sure.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Jackson, MI

Torch River A-Frame

  • 5 of 5

The house was great, no A/C but that's not a problem unless you're staying on the third floor and the owners stock plenty of fans. The location is great, just a short boat ride to either lake. The kitchen is well stocked with pretty much anything you'll need. Very close to the marina where we rented a nice pontoon. It's definitely a nice place to get away, very pretty home!!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything you need!!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the A-Frame and had a great time! The home is much bigger than it looks on the outside! There is plenty of room downstairs for having dinner, watching TV, playing board games or just relaxing. You won’t need to bring a thing except food and clothes – the owner’s thought of EVERYTHNG! The location is fantastic, very private and scenic. A huge deck, fire ring and private dock offer plenty of room for cookouts and making smores! We kayaked over to Torch Lake and rented a boat to explore other lakes near by. Being from Ohio, I was stunned by the crystal clear water! Everyone was very friendly and laid-back; we even met a local swan family who came up to have lunch with us. But be careful, these wild beauties are not shy and will bite if you get too close!! I hope to go back very soon.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Torch River Retreat

  • 4 of 5

This little A Frame was as advertised. It's cozy and comfortable and the view is fantastic. It was clean and well maintained and the owners were easy to work with.

It says it sleeps 10 which is true but it would be pretty close quarters and require someone sleeping on the pullout downstairs. Next time were in the area we plan to rent again!

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
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Nearest Airport
22 Miles
Cherry Capitol Airport, Traverse City MI
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Torch Rivera
Nearest Ferry
40 Miles
Beaver Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
14 Miles
The Chief Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
7.8 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Torch Rivera
Nearest Ski
14 Miles
Schuss Mountain Shanty Creek
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Torch Lake public access at Division Street NW
Car: recommended

Beautiful secluded wooded acre lot on the Torch River as it widens approaching Torch Lake. A short boat ride or paddle up river to the famous Torch Lake Sand Bar. The location is an ideal home base for boating and fishing the beautiful Elk River Chain of Lakes with a DNR boat launch just 1/3 of a mile down the street. You can keep your boat docked just 35 feet from the front door while being less than a mile from the amazing coral blue waters of Torch Lake to the north and Lake Skegemog and Elk Lake to the south.

Downtown Alden is just 5 miles away, a quick boat or bike ride away.

If you enjoy gambling or are looking for some evening entertainment the Turtle Creek Casino is just a 15 minute drive away. One of our favorite destinations is Short's Brewery in Bellaire where you can sample some of the best brew's anywhere and get a growler to bring back and enjoy on the deck while bird watching or having a fire by the river's edge.

There are some great restaurants in and on the way to Elk Rapids which is 20 minutes away by car or take the boat and dock at the Elk River marina.

It is 20 miles to Traverse City where you can enjoy many opportunities for dining, entertainment and more.

The A-frame is ideal for kicking back, relaxing on the rivers edge and experiencing the peaceful tranquility of Northern Michigan in a private wooded setting that is hard to find an inland lake.


Rates & Availability

Rapid City Cottage Rental Rates

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May 15 2017 - May 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Memorial Day Weekend
May 26 2017 - May 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
Late Spring 2017
May 30 2017 - Jun 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jun 17 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
4th of July week!
Jul 2 2017 - Jul 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100
Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $100
Tax Rate 6.0%

Weekly rentals are from Saturday - Saturday, we only offer weekly rentals in peak Summer months (with occasional exceptions.) Payment of $500 security deposit required to confirm reservation.

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Rapid City Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , spacious full bathroom on the main floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Bathroom on 2nd floor has a small tile ahower
  • 2 Full Baths, one with a bathtub, upstairs bath has small shower and no sink but adjacent bedrooms have sinks.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , 2nd floor bedroom sleeps 4 also has a sink.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master bedroom on 2nd floor with a view of the water.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , small 3rd floor bedroom at the treetops. Low ceiling.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Small bedroom on 3rd floor overlooking the river. Low Celing
  • Each of the 2nd floor bedrooms are a good size and feature their own sink/vanity. The 3rd floor is compact featuring angled walls/ceiling at the peak of the A-frame and offers a birds eye view from the beds at either end. They have low angled ceilings and is accessed by a compact stairway. The view from the beds is a nice reward for the climb to the top.
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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