Torch Lake Exceptional Lakefront Cottage

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Last updated: 10/12/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Located on breathtakingly beautiful Torch Lake, this Non-Smoking property has been owned by the same family since the late 1800's. The cottage features natural wood interiors, two woodburning fireplaces, shelves of books, gorgeous views of the lake, coziness, and simplicity.

Equally suitable for families with young children or older couples, it comfortably sleeps six people, with a GUEST COTTAGE sleeping four more for an additional fee. We have 150 feet of lakefront, including a sandy beach, a private dock and boat hoist. The lake's sandy bottom is shallow for a fair distance, making it ideal for children. The cottage sits at the end of a private road in a secluded setting thick with mature trees. Its location on the east side of the lake affords spectacular views of the setting sun, especially from the large open air deck which overlooks the lake, and the near-constant lull of water lapping at the shore. There is also a smaller private deck, complete with a hammock swing (one of several on the property), off the master suite.

TORCH LAKE was named the third most beautiful lake in the world by National Geographic Magazine. The water is so clear you can see the sandy bottom all the way out to the 'drop-off.' On sunny days, the lake has ribbons of turquoise color that are reminiscent of the Caribbean. Torch is the largest lake in Michigan (19 miles long and about two miles wide) and is part of a chain of lakes which allows boating from Elk Rapids to Bellaire.

A 15-minute stroll takes you to the small and charming village of ALDEN. It has one of Torch Lake's four public boat ramps, a number of restaurants (both casual and fine cuisine), art galleries, a variety of shops, a playground, a public tennis court, and a library. Green woods and broad fields extend out from the town, offering great cycling and walking.

Popular tourist destinations such as Traverse City, Charlevoix, the Leelanau Peninsula, and Petoskey are all within an hour's drive. Should you choose to venture further afield, Interlochen National Music Camp (offering excellent concerts), Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, Mackinac Island, or Hartwick Pines are well worth visiting.

Because the cottage is a family heirloom, we request great care and consideration from our renters.

Keywords: Cottage

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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1855 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome:

    The beach is perfect for kids; the water is shallow, making swimming easy for children....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed:

    My husband is allergic to cats and dogs....moreless

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

  • Other (See Description)


  • Master Bedroom: 1 queen

    There is also a Daybed...moreless

  • Upstairs Bedroom: 2 twin/ single


  • 2nd Upstairs Bedroom: 2 twin/ single


  • Guest House: 2 twin/ single, 1 bunk bed


  • The Cottage sleeps 6. For an extra fee, you can also rent the Guest House to sleep 4 more....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • We have a raft that is available for our renters a short distance from shore. We also have lovely spots for reading or intimate conversations, including 1 Rope Hammock and 2 Hammock Swings that fit two people each. We also often have a badminton set up for the kids....moreless


  • Books:

    Plenty of children's books, classics, modern fiction and non-fiction, as well as some very old books that are fun to look at. ...moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Many games and puzzles for all ages – great for rainy days....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Cinemas
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

    Wonderful sandy beach with shallow water that's great for children....moreless

  • Lakefront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Area


  • Clothes Dryer:

    Brand new in 2014....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    We have two wood-burning fireplaces: one in the dining room and one in the living room. ...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    inside the cottage...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Large deck overlooking lake and a private deck off the Master Suite with a hammock swing for two. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis:

    There are a couple of courts in Alden (1/2 mile away)...moreless



Write a review 4.5
from 35 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall 2016
Sep 5 - Oct 31, 2016
3 night min stay
$240 $340
Fri, Sat
Spring 2017
Apr 14 - Jun 16, 2017
3 night min stay
$260 $360
Fri, Sat
Summer 2017
Jun 17 - Aug 25, 2017
7 night min stay

End of Summer 2017
Aug 26 - Sep 3, 2017
3 night min stay
$460 $540
Fri, Sat, Sun
Fall 2017
Sep 4 - Oct 30, 2017
3 night min stay
$260 $360
Fri, Sat
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Tax Rate 6%


For more than 6 people (up to a total of 10), you can also rent our Guest House for an additional $700/wk ($100/night during Spring/Fall seasons). (We only rent the Guest House in conjunction with the Main Cottage.)

Signed Rental Agreement & first payment due within 3 days of booking to reserve dates. Please review details carefully and feel free to contact us with questions.

Owner's cancellation policy:

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Last updated: 10/12/2016
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26 Miles
Nearest Airport
Travers City Cherry Capital Airport
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Alden Bar & Grill
12 Miles
Nearest Golf
Shanty Creek Resort or Elk Rapids Golf Club
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Several in Alden

We often have set up a badminton net in our yard that our children (12-17) enjoy a lot. (They make up all sorts of games with bouncy balls and racquets.) So when they have had enough fun in the sand, water and sun, or enough time playing games indoors, there yet one more activity :-)


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1890

About the owner: My great grandparents bought this property back in the eighteen hundreds, and it's been the beloved summer home to generations of my family (my children are now the fifth generation). The cottage which was left to me was built by my grandmother during the 2nd world war, and even though I've lived on both coasts of the US, in Europe and in Asia, I've never missed a summer. Birchwood cottage remains my favorite spot in the world...I just wish I could still spend all summer there as I did as a child. Now our family of five treasures the three weeks we save for ourselves, and scared though I was to share the cottage with strangers, so far, renters have treated the place beautifully.

Why the Owner Chose Alden, MI, USA:
I was lucky enough to inherit this gem. But why I would buy it (and I would!) is that Torch Lake is an extraordinarily beautiful lake, more beautiful than any I've ever seen. The colors are like the Caribbean, and the water is so clear you can see the bottom all the way out to the drop-off. The sandy bottom makes it especially beautiful. The area is so peaceful if it's peace you're looking for... and yet, if you want activity, you don't have to go far at all for inland entertainment. There are lots of artist's towns nearby, nice shops, some great restaurants, golfing, hiking...and the town of Alden is a brief walk away.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Our cottage is right on the water, so we sleep to the sound of waves lapping the shore. We watch the sunsets from our deck that overlooks the water or from one of our three hammocks placed throughout the property. The beach is perfect for small children since it stays shallow for a long way. In addition to the obvious sand-castle building, the kids also love to explore the woods and build forts with the driftwood or play on the raft. We love to swim, sail, walk or bike into town. There's so much to do in the area, but honestly, we're so happy at the cottage and on the lake, we generally just stay there.

Contact us

Speaks: english

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Our Beach

    Our Beach

  • View of Torch Lake from our Deck

    View of Torch Lake from our Deck

  • View of Torch Lake from our Deck

    View of Torch Lake from our Deck

  • Walkway from our Dock to the Deck

    Walkway from our Dock to the Deck

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Dining Room

    Dining Room

  • Dining Room

    Dining Room

  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • One of the two Upstairs Bedrooms

    One of the two Upstairs Bedrooms

  • Kitchen


  • Guest House (not visible: bunk bed and bathroom)

    Guest House (not visible: bunk bed and bathroom)

  • Beach facing toward Cottage

    Beach facing toward Cottage

  • Our Deck overlooking the water

    Our Deck overlooking the water

  • Our Beach

    Our Beach

  • The Cottage as seen from the Dock

    The Cottage as seen from the Dock

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Dining Room

    Dining Room

  • Dining Room near dusk

    Dining Room near dusk

  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • Kitchen


  • View of Deck from Cottage

    View of Deck from Cottage

  • Path from Cottage to Guest House

    Path from Cottage to Guest House

  • View from Deck (including Boat Hoist)

    View from Deck (including Boat Hoist)

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This listing was first published here in 2004.

Date last modified - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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