Cheery Cottage, Near South End Torch Lake, Sleeps Six, Not on the Lake
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- 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.
Keywords: House,Cottage, Chalet.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
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
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
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8
- 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
Kitchen & Dining
- Dining Area Seats:
- Cooking Utensils
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
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
- Washing Machine:
- Wood Stove:
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
- Parking Off Street
- Clothes Dryer
- 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
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
- Video Library:
- Satellite / Cable:
- DVD Player
- CD Player
- Mobile Phone:
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
- Outdoor Grill:
Location & 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
- Cross Country Skiing
- Basketball Court
- Jet Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Water Skiing
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Horseback Riding
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Sight Seeing
- Live Theater
- Fitness Center
- Rock Climbing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Miniature Golf
- 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,...moreless
ReviewsWrite a review
We really enjoyed our time here. The house is spacious, bright, and cheery. It is well furnished and up to date. The owners are very helpful. The wraparound deck is relaxing with great views of Torch Lake. It's fun to watch the birds at the bird feeder. There are plenty of games for rainy days. Everything was wonderful! We would love to stay here again.
- Guest Mary (Michigan)
- Date of stay 07/22/13
- Review Submitted 08/21/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with teenagers, age 55+, sightseeing, girls getaway.
Owner response: We are so glad you enjoyed yourselves. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Returning renters are always with a few exceptions, always welcome back. We thoroughly enjoy renting to families and people who are eager to experience northern Michigan at its finest. Thank you also for leaving it so nice for us since we followed your stay with one of our own.
Kim and Dave
Kim and Dave
We had a very good time in this lovely and bright house. It was very well updated and clean. The owners had a lot of items there so we didn't have to purchase, such as dish soap, trash bags, etc... The view from the deck was very nice and watching all the birds come to the bird feeders was awesome.. And we were able to bring our dog so that was a major plus for us...
- Guest Kimmy (Bay City, Michigan )
- Date of stay 08/11/12
- Review Submitted 08/23/12
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, pet owners, families with teenagers, age 55+, families with young children, sightseeing.
Owner response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are so in love with the area and our cottage that we actually get a kick out of being able to share this kind of an experience with other great people such as yourselves. Everyone of our past renters has expressed similar sentiments to yours and it makes us proud to know that other people truly value and enjoy what we are able to provide. It is our goal to create lasting rental relationships so please consider us again in you future plans.
John and Amy were great! Cottage is adorable, clean, and cozy. Great layout. Dogs loved lounging in the sun on the big porch, and I loved cooking on the island while watching TV. Good central location as well. Close to Traverse city, and Elk Rapids. Thanks for a great stay!
- Guest Mandy (Ohio)
- Date of stay 07/09/11
- Review Submitted 08/17/11
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, pet owners, families with teenagers, age 55+, sightseeing, adventure seekers, girls getaway.
We absolutely loved our stay at this cottage! John & Amy are very friendly, genuinely nice people and easy to rent from. They made the whole process (as this was our 1st time renting) simple! The cottage was perfect for us...it had everything we needed and the location was nice. It's peaceful at the cottage which made it easy to relax, but there is a lot of activity close by ~ boat rentals, great restaurants, and wineries...just to name a few. We've decided to try and make this an annual trip ~ loved it!!
- Guest Lisa (Metro Detroit)
- Date of stay 06/28/10
- Review Submitted 07/05/10
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, pet owners, families with teenagers, age 55+, families with young children, sightseeing, adventure seekers, girls getaway.
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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.
- Primary: 616-648-5591
Links to more information:
View of main floor living area towards kitchen.
Summer view from kitchen to great room and out front sliders and onto deck
Kitchen with island seating
Summer View from deck
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Date last modified - Tuesday, July 02, 2013