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Near Downtown Alden with Sandy Beach

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Last updated: 04/20/2017
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:5
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 5-6)

Turn of the century, historic family owned home that has been upgraded with quality modern features- from a new kitchen & beds to windows & wiring.
The beach is sandy and clean, and the swimming is safe with the water deepening very gradually.

The cottage has amazing lake views from the porch, beach and our private dock, and all make great places to sit and enjoy any time of day- blue water afternoons or golden sunset evenings.

Enjoy the water with our kayaks and enjoy Alden with our bikes.
There is mooring for your boat just off the dock, and room to park a trailer across the street. The public dock and ramp are a few hundred yards away.

Although it will sleep six, it is best for a group of four or five.

Email preferred.

Keywords: lakefront cottage


Member since: 2004

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/20/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1200 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 5
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    ≥25 years...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    a fence around the house, a pooper-scooper to help out Non aggressive dogs, hopefully quiet!...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5

  • Convertible bed(s)


  • Upstairs Master Bedroom: 1 king

    The stairs are steep and narrow, but lovely view & full bath...moreless

  • Downstairs Lakeside Bedroom: 1 double

    A plus size double, windows to the lake...moreless

  • Kids Room: 1 bunk bed

    Sleeps two, bunk & ladder, 4 windows...moreless

  • King size beds (1), Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa (1), Bunk Beds (1)

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Downstairs Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Small but nice...moreless

  • Upstairs Master Suite Bathroom : toilet, shower

    Adjoins Master Bedroom...moreless

  • Tub and shower downstairs Shower upstairs


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Wireless network all over...moreless

  • Television
  • Video Library


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Marina
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    You are on one of Michigan's finest private beaches on an inland lake....moreless

  • Beachfront:

    A good sized beach, walk in swimming...moreless

  • Lake View:

    The lake is all right in front of you, from south to north, all the way. ...moreless

  • Lakefront:

    Great swimming, boating, viewing and sunsets...moreless

  • Village:

    Easy walking to a most charming touring town. It's a mixture of 19th century remnants with modern conveniences....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    By the lake door wall, with a great view...moreless

  • Dining Area


  • Air Conditioning:

    For the upstairs suite, and it can help downstairs too...moreless

  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace:

    We have a gas stove that mimics a fireplace, push a button and get warm, or use the thermostat....moreless

  • Heating:

    Besides the gas stove, there is electric heat in all bedrooms and bathrooms...moreless

  • Internet:

    It reaches the end of the dock...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Room for 2 or 3 cars...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    just enough room across the road on our lot...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    It reaches the end of the dock...moreless


  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Dishwasher, laundry area, gas stove and oven, microwave, lots of counter space and cabinets, bar, coffee maker, tea kettle & all supplies...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Part of the little propane stove...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    all common pantry items, including garbage bags, cleaning supplies, etc....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    with R.O. filtered water available cold or from a special ink spigot...moreless

  • Stove:

    It's a little propane stove...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Bicycles
  • Boat:

    Space and mooring for your boat...moreless

  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis:

    About 100 yards from the door...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    life jackets and some beach toys ...moreless



Write a review 5
from 2 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 11 - Jul 1, 2017
7 night min stay

Main Summer
Jul 2 - Aug 20, 2017
7 night min stay

Aug 21 - Oct 1, 2017
7 night min stay

My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Tax Rate 6%


50% deposit upon booking, 50% due upon arrival. Mail a check.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 04/20/2017
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30 Miles
Nearest Airport
Cherry Capital Airport, Traverse City, MI
200 Metres
Nearest Barpub
Alden Bar
40 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Charlevoix, if you want to go to Beaver Island
15 Miles
Nearest Golf
200 Miles
Nearest Train
Kalamazoo Amtrack
200 Metres
Nearest Motorway
Alden Highway
200 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
Alden and Bellaire
15 Miles
Nearest Ski
Bellaire, December etc.
Alden, MI, USA
Nearest Beach
Out the front door

Traverse City is 30 miles away, and has a full scale hospital and entertainment opportunities. There are a plethora of really good restaurants nowadays. Everything else you'd need is in Alden or out the front door on Michigan's grandest inland lake.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1917

About the owner: Mark and Mariana Nelson. Our family has owned the cottage since 1917. We and our family use the cottage every summer when it's not being rented.

Why the Owner Chose Alden, MI, USA:
My grandfather bought this cottage after renting in the area for three summers back in 1914, 15 & 16. He was tipped off by a cook who worked both in Alden and St. Louis. (That cook later co-authored the book The Joy of Cooking). Many have come to visit our family here over the 100 years in between .

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
There is no better place for convenience to town, tennis courts, biking and to the lake. Our beach is a true sandy beach with space to enjoy the waters edge.

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/20/2017

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  • The Front Porch View

    The Front Porch View

  • When dining in...

    When dining in...

  • Downstairs lakeside bedroom

    Downstairs lakeside bedroom

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • A french horn sunset

    A french horn sunset

  • My daughters cooking pierogis :-)

    My daughters cooking pierogis :-)

  • Shore view from our dock

    Shore view from our dock

  • Roadside View

    Roadside View

  • Kitchen & Laundry

    Kitchen & Laundry

  • Front porch telephoto lens

    Front porch telephoto lens

  • Good swimming for humans too!

    Good swimming for humans too!

  • Downstairs roadside room, bunk beds (now blue)

    Downstairs roadside room, bunk beds (now blue)

  • Horse shoes on the beach, my grand niece pitching

    Horse shoes on the beach, my grand niece pitching

VRBO #287321

This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Saturday, April 22, 2017

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