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Property type studio
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Alden Studio Rental Photos and Description

Sleeps 4 - Private deck - Lake view - detached from our home

Studio Cottage: Note - this is not a stand alone unit - detached from our home.


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

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Russ or Michele Stephens
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
September 11, 2016
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based on 28 traveler reviews

average rating of 4.75 based on 28 reviews
United States

Pretty Lake

  • 3 of 5

Thayer Lake is very pretty and a must see! Very peaceful and quiet. Close to Torch Lake which is one of the clearest lakes in the world. So much to do in the surrounding area- wish we could have spent another week in the Traverse City area. The owners are so nice and greet you with wine and cheese and fresh berries (that are local)! The only thing that kept us from giving a good/ excellent was that we lacked privacy. Unit is attached to the owner's office (he is not always there though) and the cottage is next door to their house. Little bit of a cigarette smell too. We generally like to be alone when renting VRBO/ Homeaway rentals-(felt more like a bed and breakfast feel ) and not have as much contact/ surveillance . But, had we been looking for more of a guest house situation, we would recommend to anyone!! Thanks so much for your hospitality Russel and Michelle!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Linda and Terry

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our stay. Russ and Michelle were excellent hosts. The accommodations were very clean and had everything you might need. I didn't catch the bass I was hoping too but the blu gills were large. We enjoyed traveling to all the nearby towns and having a central place to stay. Would definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great little hide away

  • 5 of 5

This is cottage is a great weekend or week get away. Very clean and comfy with everything you'd need. Russ and Michelle are very welcoming and friendly. Needed some help with finding things to do and they were both very helpful in finding things to do for my kids and I. I'm for sure going back next year.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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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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