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Breathtaking Torch Lake Sunsets & Quaint Alden Village

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 9

Remember your childhood memories of wonderful Northern Michigan summers or create new ones with your family. Our 4 bedroom 2 bath cottage is full of north woods charm. No detail has been spared to make your stay at 'Beautiful Torch Lake' one you will always remember. The cottage is situated on 50 feet of private frontage on the crystal blue waters of Torch Lake (voted third most beautiful lake in the world by National Geographic magazine). Imagine yourself sitting on the large deck in a beach chair while the kids swim or boat in the lake. At night, enjoy sitting around a campfire roasting marshmallows under the clear star-filled skies.

Walk to Alden or Boat to Popular Destinations

The cottage is only a short walk (1/4 mile on a quiet street) from downtown Alden – a charming small town with a spirit you have to experience to believe. Alden is known for its flower-lined streets where everyone you meet offers a friendly greeting. Alden has several restaurants, and Higgins General Store that has the best, biggest, ice cream cones you could ever eat. The town has cute boutique stores, a deli, family bar, tennis and basketball courts, and a park with a playground. Just at the end of the road are the public boat launch, library and community center. The popular Dockside restaurant is just 10 minutes away by boat or car. Torch Lake’s famous sandbar is also a short boat ride away at the southern end of the lake.

Comfortable Family Cottage

The cottage is situated on the most desirable part of Torch Lake. The sunsets are breathtaking, the lake bottom is hard sand, and because of the way the winds blow, there are very few mosquitoes! A large deck overlooks the water providing wonderful outdoor dining and lounging areas. Ample beach chairs and outdoor furniture, as well as an outdoor gas grill, are provided. We include a dock and mooring buoy for your boat. There are also many opportunities to rent watercraft locally.

The cottage is fully furnished and provides central air conditioning for those extra hot summer nights. The cottage is decorated in the north woods theme. We supply all linens, pillows, towels, paper products and soap products. The kitchen is fully equipped with microwave, coffee maker, dishes and all pots and pans. We also provide a washer and dryer.

The main level features a large open kitchen and family room with a beautiful stone fireplace, leather furniture and sweeping views of Torch Lake. The master bedroom has a queen sized bed and a sliding door onto the deck overlooking the lake – less than 50 feet away. Also on the main level, there is another bedroom containing a queen sized bed. The walkout basement has 2 nicely appointed bedrooms with twin size bunk beds, a half bath, and a family room containing a wood burning stove, television and a twin sized roll-away bed.

Disclaimer: Please remember, this is a quiet street and this cottage is ideally suited for families looking to build life long memories and is definitely NOT a party cottage.

Keywords: Cottage, Torch Lake, Alden, Pet friendly, Central Air Conditioning, Sandy Beach, Boat, Dock, Sunsets

More Details

Fred & Julie C
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

About Fred & Julie C

My family and I have been enjoying Alden and Torch Lake for over 55 years. We have made many friends and have many fond memories. We invite you to do the same.

Fred & Julie C purchased this cottage in 1997

Why Fred & Julie C chose Alden

Torch Lake is less than 50 feet out the door.

What makes this cottage unique

Our cottage is located on Lake Street which is a cute street lined with historic cottages and less than a 1/4 mile from the village of Alden. Our cottage tends to rent quickly due to many return renters and the many features and ideal setting our cottage provides. You will fall in love with Torch Lake and Alden - just like we did.


Alden Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Lakefront
  • Waterfront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master bedroom on main level with access to deck.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Main level.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed , Lower Level- walk out to yard and lake
    Bedroom 4 - 1 bunk bed , Lower Level- walk out to yard and lake
  • Family Room: 1 twin/single Roll-away bed in lower level, walk-out to yard and water.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Breathtaking Torch Lake Sunsets & Quaint Alden Village
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 9 reviews

House was fine...

  • 2 of 5

The house itself was fine as well as the location. Close to downtown Alden which was a plus, but after Labor Day everything is a ghost town. With it being so cold while we were there is wouldve been great to use the fireplace that we saw in the pictures, but once we went to use it there were notes that we were able to. There was a huge problem with nats inside the home. We couldn’t even leave any beverage open with already ten finding there way into them. The property manager is horrible to work with. When we first tired to book the house it took multiple attempts to reach him before he got back to us. Then there was a problem with payment. We sent our check months before our stay and almost 4 months later we received an email that he was going to deposit out check. Very unprofessional. Wouldn’t recommend dealing with him again.

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We truly apologize for the trouble you had during your stay at our lakefront home. We've never had this issue in the past and will work hard to make sure it doesn't happen again. We pride ourselves on clean and comfortable accommodations. Alden is a beautiful village & particularly busy during the summer season, but calms down after the Labor Day weekend.
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Perfect for a Family Get Away

  • 5 of 5

Great location. Nicely kept home. Responsive owners. Thanks for a great get away with family!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Harbor Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 10 days and enjoyed each one. Great location and accomodations and of course the sunsets were as advertised, awesome. Very nice place.


  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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South Lyon, MI

Great place to experience Torch Lake!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time was just right for us. Our family of five loved it...including our golden retriever! Our days were spent on our the sand bar or cruising to Dockside restaurant. Boat mooring was convenient for our 21ft speedboat and the dock was used for loading/unloading. Most evenings we ate on the deck, walked to Alden for ice cream, then back for the sunset. Clean, organized and stocked with what you need...and the owners were really friendly, nice to talk to. Would love to go back!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quaint Home on Torch Lake

  • 5 of 5

We have owned in this area for over 40 years, so we are very familiar with Alden/Bellaire. This is an ideal location: Awesome views of Torch Lake, a short walk into Alden for shopping, restaurants and activities. A short ride to Bellaire/Shanty Creek or Traverse City.

We had 7 guest ( and a small dog) ranging from 21-85 years of age and I can honestly say we all enjoyed this home, so much that we inquired about purchasing it. We are also homeowner/renters in FL and I can personally say that the owners of this property was very helpful and attentive if needed.

If I were to give it one negative, it would be that it doesn't have a dishwasher & garbage disposal, and that's only because we cook a lot.

We hope to rent again from this owner, thank you for such a lovely vacation!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for sharing your review. We agree that our location is ideal: close to great dining and shopping, but most of all we love our Torch Lake sunsets! So glad you were able to experience it this summer and we look forward to your visit next year!
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Sausalito, CA, USA


  • 5 of 5

Cabin was everything we imagined and more. Perfect location and perfect home to enjoy it all. Thanks again for having us, can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your positive feedback!
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Cherry Capital Airport - Traverse City
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Alden Bar & Grill - Alden (a short walk)
Nearest Ferry
93 Miles
Mackinac Island Ferries - a great day trip!
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
The Legend @ Shanty Creek - Bellaire
Nearest Train
152 Miles
Agawa Canyon Tour Train - Sault St Marie, Canada
Nearest Motorway
239 Miles
Michigan International Speedway- Brooklyn, MI
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Mama's Country Kitchen - Alden (a short walk)
Nearest Beach
52 Miles
Sleeping Bear Dunes- a great day trip!
Car: recommended

With the cute and cozy village of Alden a short 1/4 mile walk down a quite lane with beautiful cottages and Torch Lake sparkling out between each cottage, the location couldn't be better.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $150 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

50% deposit and $500 refundable damage deposit required to secure reservation.
50% balance due 30 days prior to arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 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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