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Russ or Michele Stephens

Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english


25 Reviews
Bedrooms Studio
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Alden Studio Rental Photos and Description

Sleeps 4 - Deck - Lake View - Bonfire Pit

Studio Cottage: one full size bed, pull out sofa bed, one bath with large walk in shower, full kitchen, fully furnished with all amenities on pristine lake front. New appliances, new carpet, private deck with gas grill over looking Thayer Lake.

100 feet of Lake Frontage on quite calm no wake lake surrounded by beautiful pines and hardwoods. World recognized Torch Lake is right across the street. Very private and quite setting. Thayer Lake is 1/2 mile from 2 marinas and the very popular Dockside restaurant on Torch Lake. Both marinas have boat ramps - Butches does not charge for their ramp. Butches has boat and pontoon rentals to cruise the Chain of Lakes. You can travel south on Torch Lake to Torch River into Skegemog Lake ending at Elk Lake where there is the quaint town of Elk Rapids and a wonderful boat friendly lake front restaurant with a great deck for outside dinning. Also you can boat north on Clam Lake to the Grass River and end up in Lake Bellaire ( great fishing lake ). The Grass River is a natural wildlife area with Swans and Loones. Truly an experience to enjoy for all.

Both Alden and Bellaire are 15 minutes away with restaurants, grocery stores, pharmacy ( Bellaire ), gas stations, and many very unique shops and dinning. Thayer Lake is 20 minutes from Shanty Creek Ski and Golf Resort. There are several great golf courses a short distance away. Taverse City is a 35 minute drive and Lake Michigan Beaches, Charlevoix is a 30 minute drive, and Petoskey is 1 hour away. Both are very beautiful cities on Lake Michigan and the drive is incredible. Mackinaw Island is also a popular destination and is a 1.5 hours drive and a really neat boat ride to the island - a unique day trip for sure.

In winter times there are many outdoor sport activities

which include: Downhill skiing, Cross county skiing, Snowmobiling, Snowboarding, etc. Thayer Lake is a great fishing lake. We supply a Rowboat and two Kayaks for your enjoyment.

This is a nonsmoking unit, however smoking is allowed outside. Dogs Allowed

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Russ or Michele Stephens (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Call Owner
Speaks: english


based on 25 traveler reviews

average rating of 4.8 based on 25 reviews
Chicago, IL

Love this lake!!

  • 5 of 5

I absolutely loved the drive up to this cute studio apartment on Thayer Lake. My husband, 2 year old son and I really enjoyed our stay. Michele and Russ have done an excellent job keeping up the grounds-very beautiful plants and flowers in the surrounding area. My son loved exploring the wooded area and getting into the lake. We also went on a boat ride which was very peaceful. :)

The apartment was the perfect size for the three of us and had everything we needed for our stay. The bed was very comfortable and everything was clean. The complimentary wine upon arrival was an added bonus!

We'd recommend going to The Dockside Grill for a drink and bite to eat. My son loved watching the big boats come in and out and the Shorts Beer was great as well.

Thanks again for the fun trip to Michigan! A nice getaway from Chicago :)

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Jackson, MI

Cottage on Thayer Lake

  • 5 of 5

We loved the setting and the privacy on Thayer Lake. Cottage was everything we expected, perfect for a quiet get away. Our hosts were more than accommodating!

We will definitely return and would recommend staying here to anyone who asks.

Thank you Russ and Michelle

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Property, very accommodating

  • 5 of 5

Thank you to Russ and Michelle for letting us enjoy your beautiful property!

If you are looking for a peaceful, comfortable, beautifully maintained property with hosts that will exceed your expectations this is the perfect place to be. My boyfriend and I recently stayed in this cabin with my 8yo and 13 yo. After changing our plans to stay at a local resort, I am so happy that we made the switch. Russ and Michelle are wonderful hosts and go out of there way to give you privacy and accommodate. This cabin had every essential and more. I would definitely consider coming back and recommend this property to everyone I know looking for a relaxing vacation. I couldn't have asked for a better weekend.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sheboygan, Wisconsin

WONDERFUL Peaceful lake view cabin

  • 5 of 5

We loved this studio apartment, on the water! View of Thayer lake from an adorable little cottage. Russ and Michelle are so nice. They had cookies, fruit, cheese and crackers, even a bottle of wine in our kitchen upon our arrival. This place is right in the heart of the torch lake area. We rented a pontoon boat from Dewitt marina on clam river. 2 minute drive away! Explored torch lake and the famous sand bar. We will be returning as much as possible to this same property. As to the review below. I never smelled cigarettes or did I ever get any "creepy" vibes from this lovely couple.

Thanks for having us

Amanda and Rollin :)

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Escape from the City

  • 5 of 5

Michelle and Russ,

Thank you again for your wonderful generosity during our past stay. From the wine, cheese & crackers, homemade cookies, and fresh local strawberries, to the bonfires, s'mores and helpful tips about the area, we couldn't be more pleased with our vacation. So hard to put into words how delightful the cottage is, but simply put, it felt like home.

This should be everyone's vacation destination when wanting to be in the Alden area. Additionally, Thayer Lake is the perfect slice of wilderness, with its tranquility and large swath of undeveloped shoreline. We hope to return to you next summer!!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice Stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay, very nice accommodation thanks to Russ and Michele.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Alden Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Large tiled shower
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Bonfire pit on the beach including firewood, Dock on the water with platform w 2 seat rocker, Beach furniture, one row boat and 2 kayaks.

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