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Near Downtown Alden with Sandy Beach

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


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

More Details

Mark Nelson
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 31, 2017

About Mark Nelson

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.

Mark Nelson purchased this cottage in 1917

Why Mark Nelson chose Alden

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 .

What makes this cottage unique

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.


Alden Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Village ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Small but nice
    Upstairs Master Suite Bathroom - toilet , shower , Adjoins Master Bedroom
  • Tub and shower downstairs Shower upstairs
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Upstairs Master Bedroom - 1 king , The stairs are steep and narrow, but lovely view & full bath
    Downstairs Lakeside Bedroom - 1 double , A plus size double, windows to the lake
    Kids Room - 1 bunk bed , Sleeps two, bunk & ladder, 4 windows
  • King size beds (1), Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa (1), Bunk Beds (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
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


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Near Downtown Alden with Sandy Beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Cute Torch Cottage.

  • 5 of 5

Great little cottage. Perfect for our family, including the dog. Beautiful lake and peaceful area. Loved the short walk to Alden and drivable distance to Traverse City and Bellaire.

Lots to do and see. The dog loved the fenced in yard and we love the peace of mind.

Mark is a terrific host and so easy to talk to and very helpful.

We will always remember our stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Westphalia, MI

One of our BEST vacations on Torch!!

  • 5 of 5

After many years of vacationing on Torch Lake this was truly one of our very best! Torch Lake can simply not be beat, once you come, you'll never go to another lake, ever. The proximity to Alden made this a lot of fun for us as well. The cottage was perfect, clean, well stocked from coolers and pans to beach chairs and snorkels. Let's not forget the cottage is simply adorable, painted with soothing colors with an amazing history.

We walked or biked into Alden for breakfast, to the park, for shopping; we even purchased some beautiful paintings in Alden.

Lovely hostesses who were most helpful, always corresponding quickly via email. Our family had an amazing vacation that won't be forgotten.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2011
  • Stayed: August 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rockford, IL

FABULOUS location, comfortable home and wonderful owners

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of staying at this cottage 7/24-7/31 2011. The home was well stocked with everything you could ever need. They even supplied the linens, towels, dish soap, laundry detergent, etc. The fence made it very "pet" friendly, and the proximity and view of the lake is amazing. The water is crystal clear, aqua blue, and all sand bottom. GREAT for kids, super shallow for a LONG distance. The upstairs bedroom A/C unit cooled off the lower living room nicely too. Mark was very welcoming and incredibly responsive via emails and phone calls. The home is impeccably clean and gives you a relaxing "cottage" feel. The covered porch facing the lake was our favorite spot to visit, read, eat and share a drink. Also, it's a short 6 cottage walk to the quaint town of Alden. They offered little shops, restaurants, a bar and interactive family activities on the weekend. Thank you, Mark, for opening up your historic home to our family. We truly feel honored to have spent a week in your little piece of paradise. We're looking forward to a repeat visit next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2011
  • Stayed: July 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Cherry Capital Airport, Traverse City, MI
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Alden Bar
Nearest Ferry
40 Miles
Charlevoix, if you want to go to Beaver Island
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Nearest Train
200 Miles
Kalamazoo Amtrack
Nearest Motorway
200 Metres
Alden Highway
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Alden and Bellaire
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Bellaire, December etc.
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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 6.0%

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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