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Torch Lake waterfront cottage with private dock

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2 bedroom, 1bath, family owned cottage

Privately owned cottage with dock is on the Torch River bayou, deep enough to handle your large boat yet calm enough to put in your kayaks and canoes. Access 75 miles of waterway from the backyard. Room in yard to park 2 small cars and one large trailer.

Hit the beach directly across the street from the cottage.

1/4 mile down the road is the Torch River Bridge, hardware, party store, marina.

Located on the south end of the lake on the bayou, this compact cottage is ideal for a family of 4 - 5.

Note: This is a private family cottage, unsuitable for large groups or loud parties.

More Details

Doug Hill
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 9, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

" Your place is really cute. The air and heat worked just fine for us. I even caught a small mouth bass out of the River,and saw a most gorgeous Eagle. He flew right in front of me right above the water. Thanks for renting to us, for a much needed time away. "
Jul 2014
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Torch River Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Lake
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , upstairs
  • You provide your own towels, washcloths, soaps etc. Because of its proximity to the water and small lot size, the cottage uses a sewage holding system for all waste water. When this tank fills, it must be pumped. The tank is large enough to handle a week stay by up to 4 Adults.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • You provide your own towels, sheets/pillow cases. People other than those agreed upon in the Rental Agreement (Guests) may not stay on the property without permission from the cottage Trustee. Any persons other than the Guest party and agreed upon additional overnight guest will be considered a breach of the Rental Agreement and cause for immediate removal of all guests with loss of all monies paid.
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Yard
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
This is a furnished family cottage and includes: Stove, Refrigerator, Coffee maker, Microwave, Pots, Pans, Dishes, Cups and glasses, silverware, Dinning table, Couch, Chairs, Desk, Two full sized beds, charcoal grill, Outside patio table and chairs, portable wood burning stove. First aid kit, Fire extinguisher, Cleaning supplies, Necessary paper products, Red garbage bags for curbside pickup (Fridays before 7am), black bags for all other trash (tie shut securely and take with you). Bedspreads and pillows are provided but linens are not. Please bring your own sheets, towels, dish towels. Daily housekeeping is not provided. It is expected that you will leave the cottage in the same clean and neat condition it was in when you arrived.


4.5/5 -
(4 traveler reviews)

Torch Lake waterfront cottage with private dock
average rating of 4.5 based on 5 reviews

Great Vacation

  • 4 of 5

We had a great long weekend at this house!! We made several meals with the cookware at the home and our meals were great! The location was amazing. Doug was great to work with and was very easy to get a hold of. We did spend most of our days out on Torch Lake, but in the evening the backyard and dock were a great place to hang out and unwind from the day!! We would recommend this place to our friends. Thanks for a great stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great time, super convienent

  • 4 of 5

We were a little worried that the lagoon would be too shallow for our 25ft Eliminator (inboard) but everything was fine, it was super nice to not have to pull the boat out and trailer it. Just a quick short walk to convience store and dining. I did wish that i brought my griddle to cook breakfast, there werent any pans avail that i was able to cook with without burning the food, i guess im just used to teflon. The owner wasnt lying about the limited parking, if you have a large trailer you might want to park it at a friends.We are tall people, so would prefer a queen size bed over a double, but that is all thngs we knew ahead of time. All in all, very clean and nice place to stay. Beautiful view of the lagoon in the back, and view of Torvh in the front. Decor a little outdated, made me wonder what kind of life Elsie had when she lived there.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a GREAT time and will definitely come back again!

We brought our 26' Donzi (power boat), the quicksilver dingy with a small electric motor and two kayaks. Everyday we changed it up a bit amongst these three. The trip is only minutes to get to the famous sandbar of Torch Lake with the power boat from the dock on the Bayou (nice to not have to worry about trailering it every day of your vacation). If we weren't feeling that ambitious, we opted to take either the quicksilver or kayaks out on the Bayou side of the cabin and up the Torch River. Our guests were happy to see that even if we weren't planning a trip out on the boat, they could still get to the sandbar by just walking across the road and right into the water (which is UNBELIEVABLY BEAUTIFUL!).

The neighbors were extremely friendly and helpful with letting us know about the area. On our next visit we plan on exploring more from the river access to Skegemog and Elk Lakes (just ran out of time).

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place/great location

  • 5 of 5

This house has everything, the location is right across the street from the sandbar which even if you dont have a boat can just walk right out to it. The house was clean, comfortable and had everything we needed. Plus the boat dock in the back is a deal breaker. Looking forward to staying again.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Cherry Capital (Traverse City)
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Traverse City
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Torch River
Car: necessary

Cute, clean and cozy, a true classic 1930’s style cottage located on the “Torch River bayou”, and across the road from Torch Lake. Dock your boat in the back yard. From there you can access the seventy five mile long “Elk River Chain of Lakes”, consisting of fourteen lakes and connecting rivers. Torch Lake and Elk Lake alone provide 27 miles of Michigan’s deepest inland water. The remaining 47 miles provide all the room you need for exploring by boat, kayak, or canoe.

The cottage is located on the south end of Torch Lake, near the Sandbar, where hundreds of boats gather on the holidays for a day to play and swim. There is a small county beach across the street or take your boat out of the bayou, down the river, and out to the Lake.

But there’s more than water sports. Walk a quarter mile down to the Torch River Bridge and watch the boats navigate the swift, crystal clear water between Torch and Elk. It’s five minutes by car to the little town of Alden, for shopping, delis and a museum, A thirty minute drive to the scenic towns of Charlevoix or Elk Rapids for shopping and dining. You will be thirty to forty minutes from Traverse City for shopping, golf, casino and fine dining,

Take a day trip to climb the Sleeping Bear Dunes or a scenic drive into wine and orchard country, Mission Point or the Leland fishing village. Make sure you take in some of the local nature walks at the Grass River Natural Area, Skegemog Swamp Pathways, and The Seven Bridges.

Or you could always just relax and enjoy a quiet time in “up north Michigan”.


Rates & Availability

Torch River Cottage Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 6.0%

The cottage is available after 4 pm on the day of your arrival. You must vacate the cottage by 11 am on the day of your departure.

It is expected that you will leave the property in the same condition it was in when you arrived. Additional fees will be charged if repairs need to be made (invoiced amount from repair person), garbage is left on the premises ( $20.00 per standard red trash bag), or the cottage is left unclean ($25.00 per hour to clean).

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