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Breathtaking Torch Lake Sunsets & Quaint Alden Village

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 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

Darren Whipple
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 16, 2017

About Darren Whipple

My family and I have been enjoying Alden and Torch Lake for the past 60 years. We have made many friends and have many fond memories. We invite you to do the same.

Darren Whipple purchased this cottage in 1997

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:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
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 3 - 1 bunk bed , Lower level, walk-out to yard and water.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 bunk bed , Lower level, walk-out to yard and water.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Main level.
  • 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


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)

Breathtaking Torch Lake Sunsets & Quaint Alden Village
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

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: Sep 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: Aug 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: Aug 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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Plymouth Twp, MI

Harbor Cottage on Torch Lake

  • 5 of 5

This is the second year in a row that our family of four has rented this home. It is spacious with plenty of sleeping space....VERY CLEAN .... It has all of the comforts of home plus beautiful Torch Lake right outside. The cottage is very close to the town of Alden (boat ramp, ice cream, tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts). The world famous sandbar is a quick 10 minute boat ride away. The onsite clothes washer and dryer are so convenient. The yard has plenty of room for bean bag toss or ladder ball. This is, by far, the best rental in northern Michigan!!!! We are looking forward to staying there again.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for posting your review. We're glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to having you again next summer!
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Stevensville, MI

Beautiful Setting

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is conveniently located within walking distance of the charming town of Alden and 2 public tennis courts with a children's park. We throughly enjoyed the cottage with our adult children playing golf in the area, boating through the chain of lakes, playing tennis, bike riding, and enjoying the comfort of the cozy cottage that easily accommodated us. All of our meals were eaten out on the deck taking in the beauty of Northern Michigan. On a side note...the furniture and master bed very comfortable!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for taking the time to post a review. We are glad you enjoyed Harbor Cottage and Torch Lake. We think there's no better place on earth and are happy to share it with others!
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Rates & Availability

Alden Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
2017 Early Summer Rate
May 13 2017 - Jun 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
2017 Standard Rate
Jun 10 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
2017 4th of July week
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
2017 Summer Rate
Jul 9 2017 - Aug 18 2017
7 night minimum stay
2017 Late Summer Rate
Aug 19 2017 - Sep 2 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $150 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
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

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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