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Cheery Cottage, Near South End Torch Lake, Sleeps Six, Not on the Lake

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Last updated: 09/24/2014

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  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Torch Lake Township house description

Relax, take in the sunrise and the waking birds on our awesome, tree level wrap around porch. The yard is big enough to play games such as Frisbee or practice your chipping. Our neighbors are friendly and welcoming. We hope you enjoy your stay at our home away from home as much as we do. If you choose to stay during the summer we will probably be somewhere close on our boat on one of the lakes in the chain or a marina on Grand Traverse Bay.

Bright and cheery cottage built into the hill with view of beautiful south end of Torch Lake year round. Our family cottage, we visit it throughout the year. We are sure your family will find it affordable, convenient and close to everything you could ever want to do up north during any season. It is decorated in bright colors, has a Pergo floor in common area. Is exudes 'welcome' and 'relax'.

You may view all of our pictures via Amy's Picasa Web album by scrolling down to the 'Links to more information': section of this page.

In the past we have successfully rented to such groups as a family of 6, a group of 4 golfing buddies, a group of 4 women taking a break from the guys to shop and wine tour. A group of women on a relaxing Yoga retreat. A woman and her two adult daughters. A couple of newlyweds. A group of 6 adults (3 couples) who were sending their children to camp Hayo-Went-Ha. A pair of couple friends who boated and played on Torch Lake for their first time. If you are a similar group, we welcome you.

This is not a good place to have a loud party. We intend to rent to families or couples and are especially well suited for such groups. We avoid renting to large groups of young adults. If you are a group of hard charging sand bar stallions then our place is not a good match for your group. Representing yourself to be a small group and then breaching our contract by inviting a bunch of your adult friends to join you overnight, will result in a termination of that contract upon which time you will be made to vacate the premises without receiving your money back.

We have no hangups about race, religion or sexual orientation so please feel safe and free to contact us with your concerns. We want the 'best' renters so we try to offer the 'best' to you.

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Property Type

      • House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental


              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

                Our goal is to rent to responsible, mature adults. Maturity and the ability to handle responsibility is not necessarily age related. As a general guideline, you must be 25 years of age or able to show that you are a responsible mature adult. ...moreless

              • Children Welcome:

                We prefer to rent to families or couple / friends. We like to limit our renters to 4 adults. Ideally a family with up to 6 kids could comfortable stay at our cottage. Eight kids would be possible but who would want to? We have five children between us (adults now) and have been comfortable many times with them all there. Consider that the kids will be spending time with their parents, it is by no means a children's adventure land. The area is more suited to adult supervised activities. ...moreless

              • Non Smoking Only:

                Please do not smoke in our cottage. ...moreless

              • Pets Considered:

                Please E-Mail with Information About Your Pet. We allow pets with some simple restrictions like not in the bed or on the furniture. ...moreless

              • Wheelchair Inaccessible

              Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

              • Bedroom 1


              • Convertible bed(s)


              • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

                We just updated this bedroom...moreless

              • Queen size Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen Sized Sofa sleeper. Great for kids, not so much so for adults. I slept on it in March at is was not comfortable for me. My teenager thinks it is great. , Bunk Beds (2) Both Bunks Feature Full Size Futon on Lower Bed, Twin on Top.
 Both are in one room on the lower level. ...moreless

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

              Other Amenities

                  • We believe that we have the best tasting water anywhere. We have well water and I would put it up against any bottled water for taste, We are in a great location for 'anything' up north, We are in a quiet neighborhood which is great for sleeping, We have bird feeders and attract some very nice varieties such as Baltimore Orioles Indigo Buntings Hummingbirds Purple Finches and many most of the more popular birds as well,...moreless


                  • CD Player
                  • DVD Player
                  • Games:

                    Board games or should I say bored games. If you run out of things to do (not likely) Ok bad weather or just want relaxed home time because you got a sunburn? We have games too. ...moreless

                  • Music Library:

                    We installed a computer which is on the internet with a large library of MP3 music with which to make a great customized playlists. It plays through our stereo system and sounds great. Karaoke too....moreless

                  • Satellite / Cable:

                    HD/TV Replaced Since Pictures Were Taken. Full cable TV available starting June 13th 2011 ...moreless

                  • Stereo:

                    Upgrading to a real nice surround system tied into the TV and computer or other inputs as needed. ...moreless

                  • Television
                  • Video Library:

                    We have a number of family friendly DVD's in case of a lazy rainy day or relaxed evening. Netflix plus other order up movie providers available on your own account. ...moreless


                  • Cinemas
                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Live Theater
                  • Museums
                  • Restaurants

                  Local Services & Businesses

                      • Fitness Center

                      Leisure Activities

                      • Antiquing
                      • Boating
                      • Horseback Riding
                      • Miniature Golf
                      • Shopping
                      • Shuffleboard
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Sledding
                      • Wildlife Viewing

                      Location Type

                      • Lake View:

                        We are walking distance (3/8 of a mile) to very nice, DNR swim areas....moreless

                      • Mountain View:

                        We like to call it the mountain view but it is by no means a real mountain view, this is the lower peninsula of Michigan after all. Beyond our view of the Lake, the elevation rises a few hundred feet of wooded area. It is off in the distance and to us it resembles a mountain view. It is very nice. ...moreless

                      • Water View:

                        You can see parts of Torch Lake from our cottage. ...moreless

                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                      • Basketball Court
                      • Cross Country Skiing
                      • Cycling
                      • Fishing
                      • Golf
                      • Hiking
                      • Hot Air Ballooning
                      • Hunting
                      • Jet Skiing
                      • Kayaking
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Rock Climbing
                      • Sailing
                      • Skiing
                      • Snorkeling/Diving
                      • Snowboarding
                      • Snowmobiling
                      • Swimming
                      • Tennis
                      • Water Skiing


                          • Dining Area


                          • Air Conditioning:

                            I just added bedroom air conditioning. We thought it appropriate to have this available for our renters. We love the open air during the evenings but some afternoons can get pretty hot so now we can offer a cool retreat if needed....moreless

                          • Broadband Access:

                            We have broadband internet available for plug in connections....moreless

                          • Clothes Dryer
                          • Garage
                          • Internet
                          • Linens Provided:

                            We have bed linens and towels available, but would prefer if you brought your own. Our septic system will be much happier for years to come if we reduce the number of loads of laundry which we run through it. ...moreless

                          • Mobile Phone:

                            Most cell phone services work well from our cottage. We have Verizon service and it works very well. We used to have Sprint and it worked but to a lesser extent. ...moreless

                          • Parking Off Street
                          • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

                            There is room in the driveway or at the roadside for a boat. ...moreless

                          • Washing Machine:

                            The water is delicious but hard and it tends to clog the washing machine. With this being the case it fills very slowly. ...moreless

                          • Wireless Internet:

                            We have WiFi available....moreless

                          • Wood Stove:

                            So far we have restricted our cottage rentals to the seasons which do not require using the wood stove. ...moreless


                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Kitchen
                          • Microwave
                          • Refrigerator:

                            Please feel free to use our condiments if you are comfortable with that....moreless


                          • Balcony:

                            The deck is 12 feet off the ground in the front of the cottage....moreless

                          • Boat:

                            Some of the best boating to be found anywhere. Boat and jet ski rentals are within a mile of our cottage. ...moreless

                          • Deck / Patio:

                            Huge wrap around wood deck with furniture and sun umbrellas. I suggest wearing shoes, however as wood can give splinters. A note to teenagers: Definitely do not slide across the deck in your socks, ouch.. ...moreless

                          • Golf:

                            There are a zillion golf courses in northern Michigan clos to our cottage. OK, maybe a half zillion. ...moreless

                          • Kayak / Canoe:

                            Kayak rental is available in Alden or possibly at the Torch river marina. ...moreless

                          • Outdoor Grill:

                            I have three gas cylinders full for the season so I can not imagine anyone running out. ...moreless



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                          May, October and November rate $150/night (3 night minimum) as available.
                          June-September rate .. $1500/week  except July 4th.  (1 week minimum)
                          July 4th week rate $1800 (no weekend only rentals) 
                          $80 housekeeping fee per stay. (weeks consist of Saturday 2 PM - Saturday 10 AM)
                          Half of total due upon reservation, balance due 21 days before arrival.
                          $200 refundable security deposit due 21 days before arrival.
                          3 weeks cancellation notice required for full refund.
                          10% discount for multi week stays and returning guests. 

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                          People watching on the sandbar, wine tour on Mission Point Peninsula, Sleeping Bear Dunes National park is less than a 2 hour drive away, the Mighty Mackinaw Bridge is less than a 2 hour drive away, Leeland - Charlevoix - Petoskey - Machinaw City - Traverse City - Glen Arbor - are all within a reasonable drive away - it is a great base from which to see all that Northern lower Michigan has to offer,


                          Owner info

                          Year Purchased: 2002

                          About the owner: Amy and I live in the Grand Rapids area. Amy is an elementary music teacher and I am a retired tool and die engineer. We are also entertainers for weddings, private parties and corporate events. The name of our group is The Life of the Party. Amy picked this picture because she looks great, I was playing it up and look ridiculous(oh well).

                          Why the Owner Chose Torch Lake Township:
                          When we got married we sold Amy's house and decided to purchase a cottage. This one was the first one we looked at in our price range. After seeing it, all others paled in comparison. It is the first property we owned together and is very special to us. It is everything we could ever want in a cottage and thus we would like to share it and the beautiful area with others.

                          The Unique Benefits at this House:
                          Very close to everything one could ever want to do up north and yet affordable. It is private, but not too private. Close to all the action, but not too close. Easy to keep up and yet it has a yard and is in a neighborhood that used to be an apple orchard.

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                          Speaks: english



                          • View of main floor living area towards kitchen.

                            View of main floor living area towards kitchen.

                          • Summer view from kitchen to great room and out front sliders and onto deck

                            Summer view from kitchen to great room and out front sliders and onto deck

                          • Kitchen with island seating

                            Kitchen with island seating

                          • Cottage Exterior

                            Cottage Exterior

                          • Summer View from deck

                            Summer View from deck

                          VRBO #280250

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                          This listing was first published here in 2009.

                          Date last modified - Monday, December 15, 2014


                          2 Bedroom / 1.5 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 8

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                          Member since: 2009
                          Speaks: english
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                          • Response rate: 20%
                          • Calendar last updated: 09/24/2014
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                          (616) 648-5591

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                          Cheery Cottage, Near South End Torch Lake, Sleeps Six, Not on the lake

                          Torch Lake Township #280250

                          2 BR  1.5 BA  Sleeps 8

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