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Torch Lake Waterfront Cottage

Rapid City, MI, USA
  • Cottage650 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights

1 bedroom, 1 full bathroom, sleeps 6

Our cozy family cottage has 100' of private waterfront on beautiful Torch Lake. The cottage has housed our family visits to Torch Lake for generations, and we'd like to share our little escape with others. Torch Lake is considered one of the most beautiful lakes in the world and with one look into the crystal clear blue water you'll see why. We are fortunate to have a very gradual increase in depth for several hundred feet out into the water, creating a striking sight where the drop-offs signal the deeper blue depths of Torch. We have a dock that extends almost 90' out to the lake, with a 12'x12' platform at the end for enjoying some time in the sun. At the end of the dock it's not even 3' deep! Just down the road is the Torch River Bridge, near the famous Torch Lake Sandbar and Torch River. Just across the lake is the town of Alden.

We're making frequent updates to the cottage and the property. In 2009 we made significant renovations, completely modernizing the kitchen, bathroom, and living areas (but taking care to retain the old cottage look and feel). In 2014, a clothes dryer and mooring anchor were added. And in 2015, we rebuilt the stone wall on the lakeshore and added sand to our small beach area out front.

Golf Information: There are a number of top golf courses in the area, including designs by Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Gary Player. Some of the more popular locations include Shanty Creek Resorts with 'The Legend', designed by Arnold Palmer, as well as 3 other courses and Grand Traverse Resort & Spa with 'The Bear' by Jack Nicklaus and 'The Wolverine' by Gary Player.

Boating Information: Torch Lake is a great place to water-ski, go tubing, and do all sorts of other water sports. We have a 90'' long dock that can be used to access boats, although the water is still shallow at the end! Public accesses are close by. We have a mooring anchor that can be used, and local nearby marinas also offer overnight slip and trailered storage options that our guests have used.

Area Festivals: Harbor Days --- Interlochen Summer Arts Festival --- Petoskey Festival on the Bay --- Suttons Bay Art Festival --- Northport-Leelanau Peninsula Wine And Food Festival --- Suttons Bay Jazzfest --- Charlevoix Venetian Festival --- just to name a few!!



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About Brett

I've been going to the cottage since I was 6 months old, and spent entire summers there growing up. I am no longer able to spend such long periods of time at the lake, but the cottage and surrounding area have a very special place in my life, and hopefully will in my children's lives as well. The swimming, boating, campfires, exploring, wildlife, and nonstop summer activities all around the area can keep you busy all day every day!

Brett purchased this Cottage in 1936

Why Brett chose Rapid City

My great-great-aunt built the cottage in 1936 and our family has visited every year since. It's been our little slice of heaven! After completing some VERY significant remodeling work in 2009, including a completely new kitchen, new bathroom, refinished wood floors, new electrical work, and so much more, we decided to make the cottage available for rent, to share our escape with others.

What makes this Cottage unique

There are two amazing experiences every time we go to the cottage. First, driving over Torch River Bridge and seeing the lake for the first time that year. The sight of the seemingly infinite shades of blue sparkling water is breathtaking. Second, when arriving at the cottage, the scent of the pine trees that surround the property. My wife has said that the view from the kitchen window (of the lake immediately in front of the cottage) almost makes you WANT to do the dishes! There is so much to do in the area that it was my own personal summer camp growing up (fishing, swimming, boating, hiking...). The area towns are great places to visit, and there are many great restaurants as well. We now have a long drive each summer to make it to the cottage (about 15 hours) but wouldn't miss it for the world. Our kids love it and don't stop talking about it year-round!


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen, Queen
      • Sleeper Sofa
        1 queen, Queen sofabed
      • Bunk Beds
        2 twin/ single, Twins; built into cottage
      • Air Conditioned!! Window-mount air conditioner that is powerful enough to cool the bedroom and more. Several fans available to spread the cool air throughout the cottage. New mattress and bed in 2009. The twin bunks are built into the corner of the main room of the cottage. We have a portable divider to help provide some privacy.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Completely renovated 2009. Installed new bathtub, new pedestal sink, tiled the floor, tiled the walls around the tub/shower area, and installed great-looking beadboard on the walls and ceiling throughout the rest of the bathroom. Very cute & quaint! Also a new toilet and shower head from 2007.

      Location Type

        • Lake
        • Lakefront
          100' private lakefront property. Cottage is just a few feet from the lake. Beautiful views of Torch!
        • Rural
          Quiet lakefront setting with trees surrounding property
        • Waterfront


            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Romantic


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Living Room
                    • Activities Guide
                    • Alarm Clock
                    • Broadband Access
                    • Ceiling Fans
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      New for 2014!
                    • Fireplace
                      Fireplace is not to be used at this time
                    • Firewood
                    • Free Long Distance
                    • Heating
                      Multiple space heaters available
                    • Internet
                    • Linens Provided
                      New for 2012!
                    • Living Area
                    • Air Conditioning
                      Window unit in bedroom with fans to spread cool air throughout cottage
                    • Local Activities Guide
                    • Local Maps
                    • Local Restaurant Guide
                    • Paper Towels
                    • Parking
                    • Parking Off Street
                    • Sofa Bed
                    • Telephone
                      Free long-distance calls to US
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                      New for 2012!
                    • Wireless Internet
                    • Wood Fireplace
                      Fireplace is not to be used at this time


                        • Kitchen
                          Kitchen fully torn out and renovated 2009. New appliances, cabinets, etc.
                        • 4 Ring Stove
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Freezer
                        • Grill
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Microwave
                          New, 2009
                        • Oven
                        • Refrigerator
                          New, 2007
                        • Stove
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              Dining area with 4 chairs, plus kitchen island with bar seating
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 4 people


                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Books
                                • Books for Kids
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                • Games for Kids
                                • Books for Adults
                                • Stereo
                                  Tivoli Radio
                                • Television
                                  New 40' TV, 2010
                                • Toys
                                • VCR
                                • Video Library
                                  Mostly kids movies; adding many more in 2012


                                    • Barbecue
                                    • Binoculars
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Large deck connected to cottage with great views of the lake!
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                    • Outdoor Grill Gas
                                    • Walkway to Water
                                    • Wood Deck


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • Low Allergen Environment


                                            • health/beauty spa
                                            • autumn foliage
                                            • churches
                                            • cinemas
                                            • coin laundry
                                            • festivals
                                            • forests
                                            • bay/sound
                                            • library
                                            • marina
                                            • playground
                                            • pond
                                            • recreation center
                                            • restaurants
                                            • winery tours

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • miniature golf
                                                • antiquing
                                                • bird watching
                                                • boating
                                                • gambling casinos
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • horseshoes
                                                • beachcombing
                                                • paddle boating
                                                • photography
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • shopping
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking
                                                • wildlife viewing

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • fitness center
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • laundromat
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • basketball court
                                                        • equestrian events
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • fly fishing
                                                        • freshwater fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • hot air ballooning
                                                        • hunting
                                                        • jet skiing
                                                        • kayaking
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • pier fishing
                                                        • roller blading
                                                        • sailing
                                                        • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                        • snorkeling
                                                        • snorkeling/diving
                                                        • sound/bay fishing
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • tennis
                                                        • water skiing
                                                        • water tubing
                                                        • wind-surfing


                                                            • Brand new kitchen! Completely renovated 2009. All wood floors in the kitchen/main room have been refinished. All new kitchen cabinets, large kitchen island with seating, and counter tops. All new appliances: range, microwave, and fridge. New sink & fixtures. Cabinets and island were installed with very custom & professional wood trim work. We accomplished a lot that year (new kitchen, new bathroom, painted outside, refinished floors, new furnishings, etc). We've spent a lot of time and effort to modernize the property and make it a fantastic getaway destination. Everything was done with the highest care for quality craftsmanship and it shows!! We also have a private dock (almost 90' long!) right outside our front door with a large 12'x12' platform at the end. Note: Fireplace is not to be used at this time. Mooring anchor available and local overnight boat dockage nearby.

                                                              27 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Better than advertised

                                                              Ryan P.

                                                              We were blown away with the views and the overall beauty this cottage had to offerand it was perfect for a cozy weekend for my girlfriend and I. It was conveniently located between Shorts and Traverse City so it gave us a great home base to rest up after a long day. I would definitely consider starting here again.

                                                              Cute and quiet!

                                                              Whitney S.

                                                              This is a perfect weekend getaway! The views are unbelievable. The cottage was clean, fully stocked, and comfortable. I would definitely stay here again!

                                                              Absolutely Perfect!

                                                              Cliff M.

                                                              This place is great! I brought my gal here to show her Torch Lake and wow, we were both blown away. The lake is even more beautiful than we imagined. The cabin was just as terrific. Brett, was very responsive and helpful, the caretakers were available professional. The cabin was clean and pristine, with everything you could possibly need. The owners obviously love this place and take a personal pride in making sure their guests have the best possible time.

                                                              We were

                                                              Perfect cozy cottage on Torch Lake

                                                              Beth C.Indianapolis, IN

                                                              The cottage is better than described. For us, every detail exceeded our expectation. I enjoyed the fact that it faces the east so every morning you have the most spectacular sunrise, even if it looks like overcast, don't give up! The water was gorgeous with a sandy bottom that felt like carpet. Sure it was cool, but it was 80 degrees in northern MI when we were there, Torch Lake always stays cool. There is a small private beach area that you can look for pretty rocks. The fire pit area had plenty of chairs and well-stocked with firewood. The location is perfect for day excursions, however when we were out and about, I couldn't wait to get back to this gem of a place! I am so happy we found this darling place full of rich family history. The owners have had the home in their family for years and thankfully they are sharing it with others. We loved it here and have no reason to stay anywhere else when at Torch Lake.


                                                              Jeffrey M.

                                                              My wife and I were looking for a relaxing getaway and this place was perfect. The lake was great and crystal clear. We rented 2 kayaks for the week and really enjoyed the morning outings. We highly recommend this cottage and Brett was great to work with. We can't wait to go back

                                                              The Most Beautiful View and Peaceful Too

                                                              Pam S.

                                                              We were fortunate enough to spend a week in the Torch Lake Cottage and absolutely loved the beautiful view from all the windows, and better yet, on the decks. Such a peaceful setting, among trees and on gorgeous Torch Lake. During our week long stay we enjoyed taking walks, eating several of our meals out on the deck, taking a boat ride on Torch Lake, the Torch River, and Elk Lake, driving around the scenic area, and eating out at great restaurants like Pearl's. The hosts do everything possible to make your stay memorable, enjoyable, and peaceful and provide a great list of area attractions and restaurants. We went to area orchards, several small art galleries, spent time browsing and shopping in Traverse City, Charlevoix, and Elk Rapids, went on the mushroom house tour in Charlevoix, and even went ziplining at Wild Wood Rush in Boyne City, as everything was just 15 to 60 minutes away. Super clean cottage is well maintained with spacious lake frontage that is more than ample to provide privacy, peace, and quiet while enjoying beautiful sunrises. Thanks for a great stay!


                                                              Rapid City, MI, USA

                                                              Our cottage has a wonderful combination of feeling very private, quaint, and secluded with large, old trees surrounding the property. But only 30' away is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. As part of the Chain O' Lakes, Torch Lake has waterway connections to Lake Bellaire, Clam Lake, Intermediate Lake, Lake Skegemog, Elk Lake, etc. Not to mention Lake Michigan right next door. Nearby towns include Alden, Elk Rapids, Bellaire, Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Charlevoix, and Traverse City. Nearby attractions include: Golf, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Hunting, Annual Cherry Festival, Elk Rapids Harbor Days, Orchards, Wineries, Grass River Natural Area, Interlochen Arts Festival, Chain O' Lakes Music Festival, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Manitou Islands, MACKINAC ISLAND, and many, many more. Other Activities: Petoskey Stone Hunting, Fish Frying, S'mores-ing, Stargazing, and most important, Relaxing! Golf: A Ga Ming, Grand Traverse Resort, Shanty Creek, Hawk's Eye, The Chief, many others

                                                              Rates & Availability

                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Cleaning Fee
                                                              Damage Deposit
                                                              Tax Rate

                                                              Partial-week bookings (non Saturday-to-Saturday) available during off-season! Just ask! 50% of rental fee due upon booking. Remaining 50% balance of rental fee, $75 cleaning fee, $500 security deposit, and 6% MI state tax due 30 calendar days prior to rental start period. If booking is made within 30 days of rental period, total rental fee and security deposit are due upon booking. 2.5% fee applied if using HomeAway/VRBO payment processing. No fee if paying via check or Dwolla service.

                                                              27 Reviews
                                                              Wonderful 4.9/5
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