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Grandma's Cottage On East Torch Lake

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

100' Lake Frontage On The East Side Of Torch

Grandma's cottage gives you an opportunity to truly step away and enjoy a time of the past where hard woods surround a beautiful knotty pine cabin set on the East side of Torch Lake. The cabin is furnished with natural wood and furnishings that warm the heart and fill the soul. We've added many new features that include internet, new constructed deck, flagstone patio/fire pit and walkways. When I am here at Grandma's cottage, I am truly back to place where there is no time but the present!

Lisa Hubert
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 27, 2018

About Lisa Hubert

Waqaa! (Yupik greeting of Hello)

I have hundreds of childhood memories of being raised at the old Camp Fairwood from camping to sailing. I currently live in Alaska but it has been my dream to own a little piece of Torch and I am now sharing my dream with you. Enjoy walking in the past amongst the old hard woods and crystal clear waters of Torch Lake. The sunsets will let you forget that there is any time but the moment. I am sure it will rejuvenate you as it does the same for me.

Lisa Hubert purchased this cabin in 2013

Why Lisa Hubert chose Bellaire

Grandma's Cottage is a one of kind opportunity to turn back the clock where nothing is more important than enjoying your family and friends in the midst of crystal clear blue water and unbelievable sunsets. This cottage provides a perfect 'Haven' for relaxing, enjoying fun filled days on the water, and peaceful reflective evenings watching the sunset around a new beautiful flagstone patio/firepit outdoor firepit. You can even grill your entire dinner with a built in grill at the fire pit. Enjoy the evening by the fireside in the surroundings of a hard wood forest and listening to the lapping of the waves snug in the serenity of Grandma's Cottage.

If you do feel the need to venture out, there are so many place to go. Travel by car or boat to Brownwood Acres to enjoy in some local traditional fun of flea markets on Sunday and shopping on on the weekends. Alden and Bellaire are charming small towns close by with their own entertainment, shopping and activities. Golfing is available at Shanty with their own 'Legend' designed by Arnold Palmer. The water sports are endless from snorkeling, sailing, kayaking, wind surfing, tubing, wake boarding, water skiing, and best of all, swimming!

Grab your coffee in the morning and enjoy the beautiful morning hours on the lake. Fill your days with as much activity as you desire. Settle back in the evenings and watch the awesome sunsets that Torch Lake has to offer. When the day is done, enjoy the peace and solitude that Grandma's Cottage has to offer with the natural wood interior, field stone fireplace and the comforts of truly being on an unforgettable vacation. The only hard part is leaving this paradise but we do hope you return to build more memories to last a lifetime.

What makes this cabin unique

Grandma's cottage has beautiful 100' private lake frontage in the surroundings of Cedar and Birch hardwoods. It offers your own 90 ft. dock, boat lift (1000 lbs), beautiful newly built patio and a secure mooring ball. The east side of Torch lends itself to unforgettable sunsets and easy access around the lake. On sunny days, the lake has a wide array of hues of blue that are reminiscent of the Caribbean. Torch Lake is the largest lake in Michigan (18 miles long and 2 miles wide) and is part of a chain of lakes which allows boating from Elk Rapids to Bellaire. You are not far from Dewitt's Marina, Bellaire, Alden and Brownwood Acres.

Grandma's Cottage is very unique with the knotty pine interior and furnishings. Everything is clean and spotless just as Grandma would have it. It is set up with 2 bedrooms with enough sleeping for 6 people. There is an enclosed outdoor porch that looks out to the lake where you can enjoy a breakfast while feasting your eyes on the third Most Beautiful Lake in the World, recognized by National Geographic Magazine. The summer of 2016, Grandma's Cottage will now offer wireless internet, outdoor deck with patio furniture, newly renovated flagstone patio/fire pit with walk ways to cabin and water. Also additional parking will be available.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Wonderful - we are so glad that you had such a nice time with your family. We look forward to your next visit later in the summer! Warm Wishes, Lisa & Kim
May 2013
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Bellaire Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Refundable Damage deposit $300
  • If you cancel before the 60 day policy - an administrative fee of $100 will be charged by home owners.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • Bathtub/shower, sink & toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed , 1 bunk bed with 2 beds and 1 single twin, 2 dressers
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , New memory foam mattress with new furniture
  • Master bedroom has a queen size bed with a memory foam mattress, 2 nightstands, full size dresser with mirror, and another tall dresser. The second bedroom has a set of bunkbeds and 1 twin bed. The is an sofa sleeper in the enclosed porch area, and new microfiber couches in living room.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
There is a secure mooring ball and a boat lift for boats up to 1,500 lbs. A brand new dock 90' with swimming platform, wooden bench and stairs that go into the water. Most recently, a new patio with furniture, and WIRELESS!


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Grandma's Cottage On East Torch Lake
average rating of 4.7647057 based on 18 reviews
Grand Rapids, MI

Wonderful lakefront cabin on beautiful property!

  • 5 of 5

This was a wonderful trip! Torch Lake is stunningly beautiful and this cabin is right on the water! Loved the fire circle and cozy adirondack chairs. The dock was perfect for swimming and has a nice wide ladder for easy access into the lake. The cabin was immaculately clean, with plenty of linens and a kitchen great for cooking. Cabin also has a great porch perfect for a rainy day spent reading. Owners are super responsive to questions and provided great details. Our family of four loved this rental and will definitely rent again!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Grandma's Cottage on East Torch Lake! The view is fantastic and I could have spent the entire week sitting on the dock or in the hammock. We had a lot of fun boating to Dockside restaurant, the town of Alden, and the sandbar at the south end of the lake. The cottage was very comfortable and exactly as described. Lisa was very easy to deal with.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lake City, MI

Peaceful and Relaxing Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful vacation and was impressed with Grandma's cozy cottage. Perfect for our family. The outdoor environment was fantastic! (ie. deck, table, chairs, fire pit, dock, mooring ball, & hammock...would love to possibly see a boat lift up to 2600lbs in the future. Thanks again for an absolutely splendid time.)

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Great, RELAXING vacation!

We had an amazing weather week, rained, hailed (a lot), just one day. We were outside 99% of our vacation. The inside of this cottage is cute and has everything you could want/need in a rental, but in my opinion, the outside is what makes this property. The deck, the fire pit and the dock. We had a boat with us, along with a water mat, the kids were like fish all week long (in the water, more than they were on land!)

The owners are very nice and helpful as we had lots of questions before the trip, so we emailed and had prompt responses. Lisa called us to make sure all our questions were answered before the vacation. Love love, love this property.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tecumseh, ON

Ideal Spot To get Away

  • 5 of 5

I was impressed with everything was just as advertised.....very clean and well equipped. My favourite thing to do is swim in that beautiful lake ....Very close to 8 really good golf courses and a well supplied town called BELLAIRE.Chris DeWolfe

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The outside property was beautiful.

  • 2 of 5

The outside property was beautiful . . . the dock was lovely and the lawn and fire pit were well maintained. The cottage itself was cluttered but comfortable. My biggest complaint was the lack of space in kitchen cupboards and the clutter in closets. There was no room for us to unpack our food and provisions, and the cupboards themselves were terribly disorganized and cluttered. We rented this cottage for 4 weeks, so we needed room for our own belongings, and unfortunately it was very difficult to find any room in the kitchen.

The shower head was very low and uncomfortable to use, and dripped incessantly. There were MANY signs around the cottage and property about what wood to use where, rules about the dock and the fire pit. It felt very "bossy." Having the rules and regulations in the black binder seemed sufficient, no need to have signs all over the place!

Like I said, we rented this cottage for 4 weeks, and took very good care of the place! Unfortunately, the owner felt the need to come over to the cottage while we were there, perhaps to check up on us? She did it more than once, and it was an uncomfortable situation. When I rent a place, especially spending a lot of money, I don't need the owner lurking about, it's very inappropriate, and I can honestly say I have never had that happen at any other rental.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your your feedback! We always appreciate renters concerns/comments so that we can improve Grandma's Cottage. This Fall we will be making upgrades to the bathroom and kitchen. Renters privacy is my utmost priority and I only enter the cottage on their request. In your situation, I just arrived from Alaska and I needed to pick up personal items from the garage (separate unit). I asked permission and arranged a time to slip into the garage but I did not enter Grandma's Cottage. I apologize for your inconvenience and thank you for your comments. Lisa
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Traverse City

Upgrades for Summer of 2017 include a new lawn and landscaping in the front yard facing Torch Lake, bathroom faucets/toilet, flagstone walkway to entry way.

Summer 2016 will have a beautiful renovated flagstone patio/fire pit and walkways that lead right down to the lake. We also added additional parking!

As of the summer season of 2015, Grandma's Cottage will go wireless. In addition, a beautiful porch was built along with new patio furniture. We still have a deluxe dock that extends 90 feet into the water, and a secure mooring ball for your boats.

Right out your front door is a deck and fire pit with Adirondack chairs around the perimeter.

Brownwood Acres only a few miles North is a unique cluster of stores with souvenirs, light lunches, renown fresh doughnuts, and toy store especially fun for the kids.

Traveling south is Dewitt's Marina along with the famous Dock Side Bar/Restaurant at the entry of Clam River.

Traveling even far there south either by boat or car is the action packed Torch Rivera Marina and a favorite hang out for boaters due to the amazing sandbar and crowd. Great hang-out for the young people. On the Fourth of July it is the place to be to view the phenomenal display of fireworks.

There are a number of top golf courses in the area, Shanty Creek with 'The Legend' designed by Arnold Palmer and of course, Grand Traverse Resort & Spa with 'The Bear' designed by Jack Nicklaus.

Traveling south is the quaint town of Alden that has public launch pad and docks. On Thursday nights they host a special evening with stores staying open late and live entertainment (music, magic show, etc.).

Traveling M88 to the cute town of Bellaire you will find all sorts of cuisine, brewery, and entertainment. They also host a well stocked grocery/liquor store.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300

There is a minimum of 7 nights, only from Saturday to Saturday.
Check In time 3:00 and check out at 10:00 am.
Please no smoking and no pets.
*Rates are subject to change until reservation is made

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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