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Last updated: 07/24/2016
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

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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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 650 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Children Welcome:

    The cottage is perfect for a family...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Queen...moreless

  • Sleeper Sofa: 1 queen

    Queen sofabed...moreless

  • Bunk Beds: 2 twin/ single

    Twins; built into cottage...moreless

  • 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....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    ...moreless

  • 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....moreless

Other Amenities

  • 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....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games For Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo:

    Tivoli Radio...moreless

  • Television:

    New 40' TV, 2010...moreless

  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    Mostly kids movies; adding many more in 2012...moreless

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic

Attractions

  • Autumn Foliage
  • Bay/Sound
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Coin Laundry
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Playground
  • Pond
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature Golf
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lake
  • Lakefront:

    100' private lakefront property. Cottage is just a few feet from the lake. Beautiful views of Torch!...moreless

  • Rural:

    Quiet lakefront setting with trees surrounding property...moreless

  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining:

    Dining area with 4 chairs, plus kitchen island with bar seating...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people

General

  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning:

    Window unit in bedroom with fans to spread cool air throughout cottage...moreless

  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer:

    New for 2014!...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Fireplace is not to be used at this time...moreless

  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance
  • Heating:

    Multiple space heaters available...moreless

  • Internet
  • Linens Provided:

    New for 2012!...moreless

  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone:

    Free long-distance calls to US...moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    New for 2012!...moreless

  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace:

    Fireplace is not to be used at this time...moreless

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen:

    Kitchen fully torn out and renovated 2009. New appliances, cabinets, etc....moreless

  • Microwave:

    New, 2009...moreless

  • Oven
  • Refrigerator:

    New, 2007...moreless

  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio:

    Large deck connected to cottage with great views of the lake!...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Walkway To Water
  • Wood Deck
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2016
Jul 9 - Sep 2, 2016
7 night min stay

$2,150

Changeover Day: Saturday

Late Summer 2016
Sep 3 - Sep 16, 2016
3 night min stay
$365
$1,550
Early Fall 2016
Sep 17 - Sep 30, 2016
3 night min stay
$285
$1,250
Fall 2016
Oct 1 - Oct 30, 2016
2 night min stay
$220
$1,000
Spring 2017
May 1 - May 25, 2017
2 night min stay
$220
$1,000
Memorial Day 2017
May 26 - May 29, 2017
4 night min stay
$250
Early Summer 2017
May 30 - Jun 24, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,600

Changeover Day: Saturday

Summer 2017
Jun 25 - Jul 1, 2017
7 night min stay

$2,200

Changeover Day: Saturday

July 4th 2017
Jul 2 - Jul 8, 2017
7 night min stay

$2,500

Changeover Day: Saturday

Summer 2017
Jul 9 - Sep 2, 2017
7 night min stay

$2,200

Changeover Day: Saturday

Late Summer 2017
Sep 3 - Sep 16, 2017
7 night min stay

$1,600

Changeover Day: Saturday

Early Fall 2017
Sep 17 - Sep 30, 2017
3 night min stay
$285
$1,300
Fall 2017
Oct 1 - Oct 28, 2017
2 night min stay
$220
$1,000

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Cleaning $75
  • Tax Rate 6%

Notes:

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.


Owner's cancellation policy:

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Location

25 Miles
Nearest Airport
Traverse City (TVC)
7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
US-31
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Torch Riviera

Car: Recommended

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

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1936

About the owner: 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!

Why the Owner Chose Rapid City, MI, USA:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
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!


Contact us

Speaks: english

Links to more information:

 

Photos

  • The cottage looking out on Torch Lake

    The cottage looking out on Torch Lake

  • Large deck, fire pit, and gas grill right outside!

    Large deck, fire pit, and gas grill right outside!

  • Great Room with eating area with full views, stone fireplace, sleeper sofa, TV

    Great Room with eating area with full views, stone fireplace, sleeper sofa, TV

  • All new kitchen - completely renovated in 2009

    All new kitchen - completely renovated in 2009

  • Bunk beds in corner of Great Room

    Bunk beds in corner of Great Room

  • Completely renovated bathroom (2009)

    Completely renovated bathroom (2009)

  • Our cottage from the lake

    Our cottage from the lake

  • The cottage looking out over the lake

    The cottage looking out over the lake

  • Our dock

    Our dock

  • The famous Torch Lake sandbar, about 2 miles south

    The famous Torch Lake sandbar, about 2 miles south

  • An occasional guest of the cottage

    An occasional guest of the cottage

  • Waiting for your arrival!

    Waiting for your arrival!

  • The cottage, looking out on Torch Lake

    The cottage, looking out on Torch Lake

  • Pictures can't capture the beauty of the lake!

    Pictures can't capture the beauty of the lake!

  • Great Room with queen sleeper sofa

    Great Room with queen sleeper sofa

  • Great Room with TV, stone fireplace, queen sleeper sofa

    Great Room with TV, stone fireplace, queen sleeper sofa

  • Queen bed in bedroom with window A C

    Queen bed in bedroom with window A C

  • Peaceful and quiet time on the lake

    Peaceful and quiet time on the lake

  • S'mores!

    S'mores!

  • Stone steps down from cottage deck to dock

    Stone steps down from cottage deck to dock

  • Crystal clear waters of Torch Lake at dock's end

    Crystal clear waters of Torch Lake at dock's end

  • Stopping by to say hello

    Stopping by to say hello

  • The amazing Torch Lake

    The amazing Torch Lake

VRBO #248456

This listing was first published here in 2009.

Date last modified - Sunday, July 24, 2016

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