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Beautiful Torch Lake Sunsets Near Quaint Alden Village

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Our original cottage in Alden (Harbor Cottage: VRBO #608918) is so popular, that we're now offering this second cottage nearby! Hilltop Cottage is located a short distance from the village of Alden recently underwent a total renovation in early 2014. This 3 bedroom 2 bath cottage is situated on 75 feet of private frontage on the crystal blue waters of Torch Lake. The cottage is located on the most desirable part of Torch Lake where the sunsets are breathtaking, the lake bottom is hard sand - perfect for water play!

Visit Alden or Boat to Popular Destinations

Hilltop Cottage is only a short distance (approximately one half mile) from downtown Alden – a charming small town with a spirit you have to experience to believe. Alden is known for its flower-lined streets where everyone you meet offers a friendly greeting. Alden has several restaurants, and Higgins General Store that has the best, biggest, ice cream cones you could ever eat. The town has cute boutique stores, restaurants, a family bar, tennis and basketball courts, a park with a playground, a public boat launch as well as a library and community center. The popular Dockside restaurant is just 10 minutes away by boat or car. Torch Lake’s famous sandbar is also a short boat ride away at the southern end of the lake.

Comfortable Family Cottage

The cottage is perched atop a small hill with a wide open yard rolling down to meet the lake about 300 feet away. A large deck overlooks the lake providing wonderful outdoor dining and lounging areas. Ample beach chairs and outdoor furniture, as well as an outdoor gas grill are provided. The large yard slopes gently to the fire/picnic/sunning area at the water's edge and is perfect for outdoor sports.

We include a mooring buoy for your boat. There are also many opportunities to rent watercraft locally.

The cottage is fully furnished and provides central air conditioning for those extra hot summer nights. The cottage is decorated in a nautical beachfront theme. We supply all linens, pillows, towels, paper products and soap products. The kitchen is fully equipped with a dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, dishes and all pots and pans. We also provide a washer and dryer.

The main level features a large open kitchen and family room with sweeping views of Torch Lake. A huge deck spans the entire main level with sliding glass doors from the living room. One main level bedroom also has sliding glass doors leading to the deck and has a queen size bed. The second main level bedroom contains a double bed with a twin bunk above it. A full bathroom with tub/shower is also located on the main level.

The walkout lower level features a comfy family room with queen size sleeper sofa and a large slider opening onto a patio. Also in the lower level, are a beautiful master bedroom with queen size bed and sliding glass doors opening to the patio, as well as a spacious bathroom with step in shower.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a family-owned cottage that is ideally suited for families looking to build life long memories and is definitely NOT A PARTY COTTAGE. If you're looking for a party cottage please look elsewhere - there are many other choices on Torch Lake.

DISCLAIMER: This cottage is located approximately 300 feet from the water's edge. It still provides beautiful views of Torch Lake and its spectacular sunsets but the cottage is not at the water's edge.

KEYWORDS: Cottage, Torch Lake, Alden, Pet Friendly, Central Air Conditioning, Sandy Beach, Boat, Dock, Sunsets

More Details

Darren Whipple
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 24, 2017

About Darren Whipple

Our family has been enjoying Alden and Torch Lake for over 60 years. We've made many friends and have many fond memories - and we invite you to do the same!

Darren Whipple purchased this cottage in 2014

What makes this cottage unique

Hilltop Cottage is located on the desirable East side of Torch Lake and is just a short drive from the village of Alden. The cottage is clean and fresh, the lake views from the cottage are stunning and the hard sandy lake bottom is ideal for water play!


Alden Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Main level bathroom - toilet , tub , Main level bathroom contains tub with shower & glass doors.
    Lower level master bathroom - toilet , shower , Spacious bathroom w/ large vanity & step-in shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 Main Level - 1 queen , Sliding glass door opens onto huge deck overlooking lake.
    Master Bedroom Lower Level - 1 queen , Sliding glass door opens to patio overlooking lake.
    Family Room Lower Level - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen sized sleeper sofa and sliding glass door to patio.
    Bedroom 2 Main Level - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed , Double sized bed with twin bunk above it.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

Beautiful Torch Lake Sunsets Near Quaint Alden Village
average rating of 4.875 based on 8 reviews

Nice place

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our week, cottage is newly updated and comfortable. The deck is huge and shaded from trees so we spent a lot of time out there. The only drawback was that we could not tie up to the dock and it became difficult to manage our mooring boats when the storms rolled in. We did notice that no boats were secured to docks around there, they were all on dry docks so typical for this part of the lake.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Grand Rapids, MI

Torch Lake Find

  • 5 of 5

Just finished a week long stay at Hilltop Cottage and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Cottage has been recently redone and everything is cozy and comfortable. Attention to detail is evident. Highlights include sitting on the dock enjoying the water and amazing sunsets, bonfires and s'mores in the evening and convenient proximity to Alden, Dockside and Traverse City. A day on a pontoon taking in the incredibly blue, clear water and beautiful homes is tough to beat. Would definitely return and highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bloomfield Hills, MI

Torch Lake

  • 5 of 5

Our family loved the house on Torch Lake. It was spotless when we checked in and everything was new including appliances and furniture. It comfortable slept our family and we loved the walk out basement. We had a lot of fun making s'mores around the fire pit and we loved the large backyard.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to post a review! We're pleased to offer a sparkling clean and nicely furnished cottage for our vacationers. And - we've gotten lots of nice feedback about the large yard providing plenty of room for outdoor play.
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Hilltop Cottage - Torch Lake

  • 5 of 5

My husband and family (mom, sisters, brother in law, nieces and nephew) thoroughly enjoyed our visit at Hilltop Cottage Torch Lake. The cottage was nicely decorated, furnished and very comfortable - everything was new. The sunsets were AMAZING. We made sure to have dinners every night on the large deck that faced the water and sunsets - with no mosquitos!! The walks to the dock with family and our dogs were enjoyable and made for great conversations. We had so many laughs and new memories made - from a pontoon ride to the sandbar, to walks into Alden, to drinking beers at the campfire. Highly recommend making Torch lake a must on your bucket list and this is the perfect cottage to enjoy those summer days of fun! I'm already making plans to stay here next year - hopefully for 2 weeks!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are thrilled with the feedback we've received from each renter this summer and really appreciate those that take the extra time to post a review. This first summer at Hilltop Cottage has been a great success and we are now booking fall reservations. Come enjoy the fall colors at Torch Lake!
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Wonderful Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Hilltop Cottage is a tastefully decorated, beautiful, bright, clean facility. It was exactly as pictured and was very comfortable and convenient to town. The town itself is quaint and entertaining. We had an excellent vacation and would highly recommend this rental to any one. We had a minor problem with a door that was repaired within an hour of notification. Thank you, Missy, for a wonderful setting for our getaway!!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're very pleased that you enjoyed your stay and we really appreciate you taking the time to post a review! We hope you will consider Hilltop Cottage for your next vacation.
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A wonderful getaway!!

  • 5 of 5

Hilltop Cottage is a gorgeous facility. Everything was clean and inviting. The view is magnificent. Everything was exactly as described. We were thrilled with the accomodations and the location was perfect. The town was quaint and interesting. We had a minor problem with a door and the repair was made within an hour of speaking to the owner. We woulf highly recommend Hilltop Cottage for just about any age group or type of gathering. Thank you, Missy, for a great getaway!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Alden Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
2017 Standard Rate
Jun 10 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
2017 4th of July week
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
2017 Summer Rate
Jul 9 2017 - Aug 18 2017
7 night minimum stay
2017 Late Summer Rate
Aug 19 2017 - Sep 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning fee $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

Standard pricing is for up to 7 people and no pets.

Cleaning fee: $150

Option: $150 per dog, per week (2 dog maximum, no cats)

Option: $200 additional person #8

Option: $200 additional person #9

Note: until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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