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Alden Thayer Lake Cottage ('Oak')

Bedrooms 1
Space 400 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Lake Front Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

This great cottage is a quiet escape from the hectic everyday world. It has all of what's needed for fresh air and relaxation, but few of the electronic distractions. In the summer, you can hear nesting loons, and enjoy the good company you've traveled with. The cottage has one separate bedroom with a double bed, and an alcove trundle bed that turns into two twins. This Thayer Lake beachfront cottage shares 150 foot of prime frontage with its sister cottage, 'Pine' (VRBO listing 467656). The cottage sits 400 feet back off the road. Thayer Lake is a no-wake lake perfect for swimming, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and relaxed enjoyment of nature. There are both sunny and shady areas along the waterfront and a lakeside fire pit for making S'mores. The lake access is shallow and gradual, good for children and wading. Within one mile of the cottage are two public accesses to Torch Lake, one of Michigan's largest and certainly most beautiful sandy-bottomed lakes.

Keywords: Cottage, quiet, swimming, nature, children, firepit, fishing, kayak

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Alden Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • One double bed in a bedroom, (1) Twin bed with a trundle bed (twin) in a curtained alcove, and a couch in the common area.
  • Games
  • Boat ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 3 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Cottage includes picnic table, Weber charcoal grill and tools, outdoor furniture, new screened-in front porch, dock, swim raft, rowboat, canoe, and kayaks. Also included are gas stove, drip coffee maker, room fan, cooking utensils, microwave & kitchenware for up to six. Sleeping arrangement includes 1 Bedroom with full-size bed and an alcove with twin-size trundle bed (two twins total). Cottage comes with blankets & pillows, and one set of sheets & towels per week. Renters should bring their own beach towels. The cottage has an open kitchen, eating, and living area.


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Alden Thayer Lake Cottage ('Oak')
average rating of 4.857143 based on 7 reviews

Cozy, peaceful lakeside retreat.

  • 5 of 5

My teenage daughter and I enjoyed a get away at this cozy cottage on a peaceful no wake lake. We hiked near and explored the charming town of Charlevoix. We also went horseback riding & dining in nearby Bell Aire. It was always nice to come back to the peaceful & relaxing atmosphere of Thayer Lake. We kayaked on Thayer Lake several times. We also enjoyed bird watching including the Loons.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It sounds like you guys took full advantage of what this area and our cottage has to offer! I'm so glad. This time of year is prime Loon nesting season and a really special time to be on Thayer Lake. We have several families that come back each year because of the quiet evening respite this place offers in contrast to the daily excitement of summer activities. Come back anytime!
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Lovely, clean, quiet!

  • 5 of 5

A perfect size cabin for a couple, or small family - Late September surprised Michigan with a heat wave. The lake was lovely for swimming with dock and raft. Kayaks, canoe & rowboats if you want to see the lake and stay dry. Screened porch for morning coffee or evening star gazing. Close to everything, far from the crowds. :)

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing getaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I enjoyed every night at Thayer Lake Cottages. We will definitely be back. The sounds from the wildlife around us at night were amazing and your super lucky if you get to enjoy an amazing lightening storm on the screened in Porch. Torch Lake is our spot at the dockside right down the road. Lake Michigan was awesome too, big waves, great water temperature too!!! Such an awesome experience. CANNOT WAIT TO GO BACK!!!

Mr. & Mrs. Brandon Hendrock 7-8-17 - 7-16-17

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great time on the lake

  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The most relaxing vacation place ever!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just got back from another 2 weeks at Thayer (this was our 3rd year). Yes, 2 weeks. Our first year here, 10 days just wasn't enough...and honestly, 2 weeks isn't either. We are already thinking of coming back in the fall. This is our third year vacationing here. We love the quiet of the no wake lake, fishing is excellent (mostly bass and pan fish but almost guaranteed to catch a couple - even from the dock - every time you go out), close to things to do (this year we went zip lining in Boyne, last year Sleeping Bear Dunes), cute towns close by (Alden, Bellaire and Traverse City), there is also a Casino.... OR the best part is, you can just sit and gaze at the beauty of the lake, watch the wild life (the loons are really cool - we saw a bald eagle and osprey). If you really need some excitement Torch Lake is right next door.... The cabins are great - newly renovated - the screened in porch on the Oak is the best - brings back childhood memories of family vacations (when we went so distracted by tv, phones/texting and internet)... This is the place to unplug. Also note that the cabins have an natural climate control. They tend to stay cool in the heat and warm when cooler (though be sure to prepare for both extremes at any time of year - there is a small heater and fan but northern Michigan weather can be fickle... this year the coolest at night was about 44 - warmest in day about 80) and not to mention - Tim and Stephanie - they are great...Sum it up: The worse part about this entire experience - leaving.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Withe the exception of the bathroom, everything was great. The water heater in the bathroom really uses up a lot of the availanle space and the shower really needs to updated. However, even with these problems we would rent again.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the feedback! These cabins were designed and built for 1940s-era sensibilities, so each year in attempts to bring them somewhat into modernity, we try to make renovation decisions based on responses from our renters. We have received many similar responses regarding the bathroom in our Oak cottage. We plan on renovating that bathroom this spring (2013) to move the water heater to the utility shed and to replace the old steel shower enclosure with a new one. It should feel much larger once we make these changes. :) Thank you again for your time and review. UPDATE Spring 2013 - Oak's bathroom has been remodeled! Please see new photos of the beautiful new space.
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Tim Pierce
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2018


Nearest Airport
28 Miles
Cherry Capitol Airport, Traverse City, Michigan
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
The Dockside
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Shanty Creek
Nearest Motorway
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The Dockside
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Shanty Creek
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Torch Lake
Car: recommended

Up north near-by activities include nature trails, Torch Lake access less than one mile, fun shopping in town of Alden, Short's Brewery and Shanty Creek Golf in Bellaire. Thayer Lake is a 25-minute drive to Turtle Creek Casino. Traverse City, Charlevoix, Petoskey, and Elk Rapids are within 1 hour drive.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning and Linens Fee $50

Two parking spots are available for this cottage. Please plan accordingly.

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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