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Cheery Cottage, Near South End Torch Lake, Sleeps up to 6 Adults, Lake View

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View of main floor living area towards kitchen.


Last updated: 04/28/2017
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6)

Enjoy our cheery-cozy-comfy NON-SMOKING, PET FRIENDLY northern Michigan vacation cottage.
Relax, take in the sunrise while listening to the waking birds, lounge on the spacious deck, enjoy a bonfire after a perfect "Pure Michigan" summer day in our home away from home.

*Two Bedrooms and more - Queen pillow top mattresses in upper level bedrooms, ‘barracks’ below (two full-size futon bunks) provide ample accommodations for a family or couples retreat.
*Fully stocked kitchen: Stove, Fridge, Dishwasher, Microwave, Coffee Maker, Blender, Cutlery, Utensils, etc...This is our summer ‘HOME”. When not living here we are nearby on our boat.
*Free Wifi, 42 inch flat screen TV, Stereo, Desktop Computer, Auxiliary connection for phone or device to enable you to listen/watch your favorites.
*Decor - Bright colors, ‘Pergo’ flooring in common area, carpet in bedrooms Two full sofas, games, kitchen island with seating, extendable dining table and more await your arrival.
*Deck - Wrap around tree-level, abundant dining/seating options, shade umbrellas, large grill, chaise loungers, etc...
*Yard - Large enough to enjoy games such as Frisbee, bocce ball, badminton, volley-ball, catch, or practice your chip shot to the vacant area across the street..
*Fire-Pit - North yard with seating & free wood located under deck stairs.
***Please use this THIS wood for bonfires, NOT the stacked split hardwood saved for heating during winter months.
***Neighbors are friendly and welcoming (please respect their privacy & property as if you were home).

*BUGS - This is northern Michigan in the summer, there will be bugs. We spray each spring and this helps to lessen the invasion. If you are a ‘bug-a-phob, ’ bring your spray and flyswatter(s)…

*NO SMOKING - Anywhere on the property!!! We have experienced renters smoking cigars on the deck, the scent lingered, next renters were asthmatic and had to leave.

*SEPTIC SYSTEM - Please be mindful of what goes down the drain and commode. Our delicious well water (so good we feel we could bottle and sell) is the trade off for awareness in this area.
***Dispose of feminine hygiene products via trash receptacle.
***Drainfield is located north of driveway - Please NO PARKING in this area.
If you choose to stay during the summer we will likely be somewhere close by boating and are happy to show you the view from the water when convenient…

In the past we have successfully rented to such groups such as a family of six, four golfing buddies, women taking a break from the guys to shop & wine tour, a Yoga retreat, newlyweds, parents whose children were spending the week at nearby Hayo-Went-Ha YMCA sailing camp, couple friends who boated and played on Torch Lake for their first time. If you are a similar group, we welcome you.

***Representing yourself to be a small group, then breaching our contract by inviting additional adult friends over to party & join you overnight is restricted not allowed. ***Neighbors will alert us immediately. This will result in a termination of contract. You will be required to vacate premises with no refund.

We have no hang ups with regard race, religion or sexual orientation. Please feel safe and free to contact us with any concerns. We respect your lifestyle & desire the 'BEST' renters. We strive to offer our 'BEST' to you.
John and Amy Amos

Keywords: House,Cottage, Chalet.

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Member since: 2009

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/28/2017

Property Type

  • House

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • 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:

    No smoking on property...anywhere!...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. There is no extra charge for your pet. We prefer well-trained pets. No exotic pets please. ...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

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

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    We just updated this bedroom in the Fall of 2014...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    We just updated this bedroom in the spring of 2014...moreless

  • Convertible bed(s): 2 queen

    New pillowtop mattresses on both beds in the past year. ...moreless

  • Queen size Beds (2), Full size Futons (2), 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:

    Blue ray player and host of DVD's for rainy days or sunburned evenings. ...moreless

  • 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. ...moreless

  • Stereo:

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

  • Television:

    Internet access, no cable at this time...moreless

  • Toys:

    We try to provide some simple things like bubbles and sidewalk chalk. ...moreless

  • 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


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • 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
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parasailing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Skiing
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Expandable vintage table and chairs. Typical seating 4, max...6...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • 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:

    Yes we have a clothes dryer...moreless

  • Garage:

    We have room for one car in the garage...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet:

    Free Wifi. Code is available on info sheet. Stereo, Blue-Ray, Desktop computer connected to 42 inch flat screen TV....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • 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

  • Living Room
  • 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:

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

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

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

  • Towels 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 t...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


  • Coffee Maker:

    Standard 12 cup drip coffee maker. We provide filters. ...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    8 plus place settings. Nice dishes, stainless steel flatware, sharp knives, pots, pans, service pieces. Glassware of every size and shape. ...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Standard with delayed start....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Adjustable table, seats up to 6. There is additional seating at kitchen island. ...moreless

  • Microwave:

    High wattage, location in kitchen closet....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

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

  • Stove:

    Electric...although it runs fast and hot. ...moreless

  • Toaster:

    Standard 2 slice, bagel friendly toaster....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 close 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

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Spacious and safe, perfect for games and catch...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Full tank and a spare. If the gas is turned off improperly it can seem that the gas has run out. Turn off the burners first and then close the tank valve to avoid this problem. ...moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Yes but we do not rent in the Winter months due to mainly wood heat and the dangers involved. ...moreless



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Last updated: 04/28/2017
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25 Miles
Nearest Airport
Traverse City
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Torch Riviera
20 Miles
Nearest Golf
A great many (15?) within
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
US 131
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Torch Riviera
15 Miles
Nearest Ski
Shanty Creek
8 Miles
Nearest Beach
Elk Rapids

Everything you can dream of in a northern Michigan vacation: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 Rapid City, MI, USA:
There are advantages to not being lakeside, including cost and the danger to young children who may get out of sight for even the shortest of time intervals. I don't know if I could fully relax with children if staying at a lakeside cottage. Most of the lakeside cottage rentals are over twice the cost of ours. Torch Lake is beautiful and best seen by boat. You can rent our cottage and a boat for the cost of just a cottage on the lake. I would suggest daily boat rentals and spend time seeing some of the other things Northern Michigan has to offer as well. We bought our cottage a short time after we were married. It is our second marriage. We sold Amy's house and bought our cottage. We just love the area, from mushroom hunting in the spring, boating and golfing in the summer, more golfing biking and hiking in the fall to skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. It has been a blessing to own.

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
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/28/2017

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  • View of main floor living area towards kitchen.

    View of main floor living area towards kitchen.

  • Front View Closer

    Front View Closer

  • 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

  • Purple Bedroom Panorama Shot

    Purple Bedroom Panorama Shot

  • Bathroom Part 2 (Washer & Dryer behind curtain)

    Bathroom Part 2 (Washer & Dryer behind curtain)

  • Deck looking north

    Deck looking north

  • Barack Bunk Beds - Lower Level

    Barack Bunk Beds - Lower Level

  • Fire Pit (seating not present)

    Fire Pit (seating not present)

  • Woodstove in lower area

    Woodstove in lower area

  • Front View Full

    Front View Full

  • Cottage Exterior

    Cottage Exterior

  • Summer View from deck

    Summer View from deck

  • Purple Bedroom

    Purple Bedroom

  • Yellow Bedroom - Panorama View

    Yellow Bedroom - Panorama View

  • Bathroom part 1

    Bathroom part 1

  • Grill


  • "Happy Hour" Swing for 2

    "Happy Hour" Swing for 2

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This listing was first published here in 2009.

Date last modified - Friday, April 28, 2017

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