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Alden Thayer Lake Cottage ('Pine')

Bedrooms 2
Space 550 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Lake Front Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4-6

This great two-bedroom cottage is a quiet escape from the hectic everyday world. It has all of what's needed for fresh air and relaxation, but few of the electronic distractions. In the summer, you can hear nesting loons, and enjoy the good company you've traveled with. The cottage has two bedrooms, one with a double bed, and another with two singles. This Thayer Lake beachfront cottage shares 150 feet of prime frontage with its sister cottage, 'Oak' (VRBO listing 57002). Thayer Lake is a no-wake lake, perfect for swimming, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and relaxed enjoyment of nature. There are both sunny and shady areas along the waterfront and a lakeside fire pit for making S'mores. The lake access is shallow and gradual, good for children and wading. Within one mile of the cottage are two public accesses to Torch Lake, one of Michigan's largest and certainly most beautiful sandy-bottomed lakes.

Keywords: Cottage, quiet, swimming, nature, children, firepit, fishing, kayak

More Details

Property Manager
Tim Pierce
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 13, 2017


Alden Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 550 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • There are 2 private, separate bedrooms in the Pine cottage with two small couches in the common area.
  • Games ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Cottage includes picnic table, Weber charcoal grill and tools, outdoor furniture, new screened-in front porch, dock, swim raft, rowboat, canoe, and kayaks. Also included are gas stove, drip coffee maker, room fan, cooking utensils, microwave & kitchenware for up to six. Sleeping arrangement includes 1 Bedroom with full-size bed and 1 bedroom with two twin beds. Cottage comes with blankets & pillows, renter supplies own sheets & towels. The cottage has an open kitchen, eating, and living area.


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Alden Thayer Lake Cottage ('Pine')
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Everything you need and nothing you don't

  • 5 of 5

This is our favorite place for getting away from it all. The owners do a great job maintaining the cottages and providing everything you need for a great vacation. No TV, Internet, or phone, but that's one of the perks - not a drawback. Quiet, lovely, and clean. So peaceful! We would spend every day of summer here if we could.

If you like luxury accommodations, this is not for you, but if you want to spend some time in a quaint 40s-style summer resort, this is your place. Tune out the noise of the world and teach your kids some card games, make s'mores, and wake up early to fish or kayak on the lake that's right outside your door. Later, if you need some excitement you can rent a jetski on Torch, eat at the Dockside, visit a coffee shop in Bellaire (with wifi), pick cherries in Central Lake, or drive down to Traverse.

I almost don't want to leave a review because I want to keep it to myself, but that wouldn't be fair to the owners and managers, who do such a great job giving you everything you need and nothing you don't for a great fall or summer getaway.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy when folks enjoy these places for what they are, which is also what sets us apart from many of the other weekly rentals in our region. We are not trying to recreate "home" in another location. The cottages are kept in a way that is true to the cottages we visited with our families when we were kids: Clean, comfortable and conducive to people entertaining themselves in a natural setting. Having said all of that, it is very possible we will be adding wi-fi in the future, because it is often requested and such an important means of communication and information. We hope to do it in a way that keeps the character of the cottages in tact.
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Loved it! Quiet, beautiful scenery - cute little town moments away

  • 5 of 5

My fiance and I were looking for a last minute getaway to do some fishing and get some r&r. Helped to be off season, but it being a now wake lake made it exceptionally quiet. The fishing was awesome - even I caught quite a few. We had a few 70-80 degree weather which was great for a dip in the lake then all the way down to 40 degrees calling for a fire in the fireplace. Also - I rate most my vacations on the terrain, scenery and amount of traffic it provides my runs... absolutely breathtaking to come over the hill on Paige to the view of Torch... Loved it!

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review! We're glad to hear others love the area as much as we do. Hope to see you guys again this season.
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Amazing Stay

  • 5 of 5

These cottages were amazing! Just what we were looking for! Close to Torch Lake, Thayer Lake was great for fishing and kayaking. Owners keep them very clean and they are available if needed, but they don't bother you at all. Our family would love to make these cottages a yearly vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review! We enjoyed having you as guests.
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Nearest Airport
28 Miles
Cherry Capitol Airport, Traverse City, Michigan
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
The Dockside
Nearest Ferry
133 Miles
Ludington, MI (there is another in Muskegon)
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Shanty Creek
Nearest Train
153 Miles
Amtrak in Grand Rapids
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The Dockside
Nearest Beach
Thayer Lake
Car: recommended

Up north near-by activities include nature trails, Torch Lake access less than one mile, fun shopping in town of Alden, Short's Brewery and Shanty Creek Golf in Bellaire. Thayer Lake is a 25-minute drive to Turtle Creek Casino. Traverse City, Charlevoix, Petoskey, and Elk Rapids are within 1 hour drive.


Rates & Availability

Alden Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 11 2017 - Sep 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
Off Peak Late
Sep 10 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $30

Two parking spots are available for this cottage. Please plan accordingly.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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