Historic Residence-500' to Torch Lk & Walk to Alden. Reduced Spring & Fall Rates(12 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:3-7 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
About the Property
House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6) Two story Victorian
The exterior colors will remind you of the power and depth and beauty of Torch Lake itself. If it's been a few years since you've rented the home, welcome back to the 'new look' of our vacation home in quaint Alden.
You will be located just across the main east-shore road from Torch Lake. Locals and visitors know what a great lake Torch is for vacationing, sight-seeing, water-sports (including swimming, boating, tubing and more). You'll be just a couple blocks from charming downtown Alden itself and its marina, unique shops and restaurants. And you are at the foot of the 17-acre preserve that is 'Coy Mountain'.
Experience beautiful sunsets and Torch Lake views from the kitchen and living room and from the west-facing porch on its settee or swing. Boat through the lower 'chain of lakes' (Torch, Bellaire, Elk, Clam, Skegemog). This smoke-free home is very close to area pro golf courses, Traverse City shopping and the wineries of Old Mission Peninsula and Leelanau County. Boyne, Petoskey and Harbor Springs are pleasant round-trip same-day excursions.
You will be staying in what long-time locals still call 'the Chapelle' house, which in the late 1800s and early 1900s was the rooming and guest house for visitors from downstate and from Chicago and Ohio. The home was even larger then, with a 2-story guest room area, connecting at what is now the French doors in the formal dining room. In fact, you'll find the postcard of the home circa 1910 in the postcard collection at the Historical Museum, just across the main road from you, toward the Lake.
The double corner lot provides room for children of all ages to play right in your yard, if you and they prefer.
Alden is just 25 minutes northeast of Traverse City and the Old Mission Peninsula (and its great wineries) and just 15 minutes southwest of Shanty Creek and Bellaire. A little further west past Traverse City's dining and shopping pleasures are the wineries of the Leelanau Peninsula.
Alden is on the southeast shore of beautiful Torch Lake. Your boat will slip easily into and out of Torch Lake at the public marina and slips in town. Then, the entire chain of lakes lie ahead of you to explore and enjoy. No boat of your own? Rentals are available at your choice of local marinas. We can provide their contact numbers, if you wish.
If you prefer to stay home some day or evening, prepare your dinner on the Weber charcoal grill and enjoy it in the dining room or as a picnic on the porch or in the nearby park, or up on Coy Mountain.
Quiet evenings in on the porch or watching videos or TV are also your entertainment options. Cable TV service is provided with basic 'network' channels.
Need to work or keep up with emails? (We know many have to do that) Our High Speed internet modem is provided for your use. Free, secured WiFi is provided. Or you can connect by Ethernet. If you do not have your own connecting cable, please borrow ours.
Keywords: Vacation House, Summer home, Victorian home, Historic home, Alden, Torch Lake, Traverse City, Bellaire
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Member since: 2005
- 2000 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome:
- Non Smoking Only
One small mature dog only, under 20 pounds. Please let us know about your pet in your request -- type of dog, age and weight. There will be an additional rent of $50 and and an added cleaning fee of $50 to cover the "deep cleaning" that we will have done after your stay, before the next guest. We want to be mindful of other guests who have allergies, including ourselves! Sorry, no cats....moreless
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
- Queen size Beds (2) Two QUEEN beds. One is in the main floor bedroom, with a bath adjoining. A second is in the larger upstairs bedroom, on the front of the home., Twin or Single Beds (2) The 2 TWIN beds are in the other upstairs bedroom, also on the front of the home. Guests have expressed that they prefer to use their own, so linens and towels are not provided, but may be made available --- QUEEN $13 ea. TWIN $10 ea. Towel sets (2+wash cloth)$8.25 ea. Beach Towels $5. Kitchen Towel&cloth(2ea):$4. Reduced price of $80 for all for party of 6. All are white & unbleached. There is a non-refundable service fee of $12 for renting linens and towels....moreless
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- 2 bathrooms - one upstairs with a shower, and one downstairs with a tub / shower combination. Guests have expressed that they prefer to use their own, so linens and towels are not provided, but may be made available --- QUEEN $13 ea. TWIN $10 ea. Towel sets (2+wash cloth)$8.25 ea. Beach Towels $5. Kitchen Towel&cloth(2ea):$4. Reduced price of $80 for all for party of 6. All are white & unbleached. There is a non-refundable service fee of $12 for renting linens and towels....moreless
- Long and covered front porch - the old-fashioned type with a railing and a swing, High Speed WiFi (secured) or cable internet access to keep in touch with the outside world (please bring your connecting cable or you may borrow ours), enjoy our cable 32' HD TV with 'basic' plus family channels, Also, if you do not have your laptop, there is WiFi internet access with available PCs at the local library (1/2 mile through town). Folding lawn and beach chairs are provided for your enjoyment in the yard and at the beaches....moreless
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable:
3 televisions, Charter Cable reception. 32' flat screen HD TV downstairs. 24' flat screen TV in downstairs master bedroom. Also 24' tube-type TV in the upstairs larger bedroom with the queen bed....moreless
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Live Theater
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Gambling Casinos
- Miniature Golf
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Small, public beach and park and playground about 500' from your front door. See the park & public deck on the beach from the home's porch. Great for young and older children.Sunsets are there, too!...moreless
One Torch Lake swimming area is across the road, part of the park - including a wood deck for relaxing and enjoying sunsets over the lake. The lake is shallow here,so even the yourkids can enjoy, too...moreless
The village of Alden is delightful year round --most particularly in the summer and fall. Farmers Markets on Thursdays. Quaint yet practical & fun stores & restaurants. Friendly local shop owners....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Basketball Court
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Jet Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Pier Fishing
- Water Skiing
- Water Tubing
- Child's Highchair
Formal dining room when you want to enjoy dinner that way, including your guests. French doors lead to the backyard. This was the access in early 1900s to a 2-story addition where guest rooms were....moreless
- Dining Room
- Seating for 6 people
- Broadband Access:
- Clothes Dryer:
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
- Parking Off Street:
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
- Towels Provided:
- Washing Machine:
- Coffee Maker:
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dishes & Utensils:
Casual Island seating in the Kitchen area, and table seating in the accompanying dining area in this large kitchen / entry room. (Please see "Kitchen" re bringing or renting towels and linens.)...moreless
Porch / Veranda:
Large from porch with a swing-for-2. Enjoy your glass of wine and the view of the lake and the park and beach-front deck in the historic train and depot park! Enjoy the sunsets & cool evenings there...moreless
- Water Sports Gear:
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Apr 29 - Jun 2, 2017
3 night min stay
Jun 3 - Jun 30, 2017
7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
Jul 1 - Sep 1, 2017
7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
Sep 9 - Nov 3, 2017
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $250
- Tax Rate 6%
Charge cards accepted. Payment of the security deposit and 1/2 of the rent on booking.
Owner's cancellation policy:
Policy available by contacting owner when booking
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Petoskey Stone hunting is along the shore of Torch Lake, including on the beach by the historic Train Depot and museum and accompanying play-park, which are all across the main street, a block from your vacation home. Trail walking is on 17-acre 'Coy Mountain' a block from your home - please see more on this under 'unique benefits' below. Winery visiting and tasting are just 1/2 hour west on Old Mission Peninsula or just a bit further in the Leelanau area. Petoskey and Harbor Springs and their pleasures are to the Northeast.
Year Purchased: 1984
About the owner: Rich and Karen are just the third family to own this historic home. In the early 1900s, it was a guest house and even had a 2-story addition off the back to take summer visitors who would come to Alden by train from Chicago and along the west coast of Michigan. Its history is found in every room, including being preserved in those we've renovated and updated from what the Chapelle family originally built. We bought this as a family vacation home when our kids were young, and would make regular visits from 'downstate'. Now we still make regular visits (as do the adult 'kids' and now the grandkids!) and we are pleased to share the home with others.
Why the Owner Chose Alden, MI, USA:
Alden is an ideal get-away, a small town with features we've come to enjoy -- inviting shops, friendly shop owners and nature trails and Torch Lake shorelines to explore. The home, whose original rooms date to the 1870s, is a similar ideal get-away. We've treated 'her' gently during the over 30 years we've owned her, and know that our guests will do likewise.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Relax on the front-porch swing, and sip that wine (stemware provided) and enjoy. Watch those SUNSETS from your porch. Ceiling fans in all bedrooms and most other rooms will comfort when needed. Enjoy the selection of board games and DVDs; also bring your favorite CDs and DVDs. The fully-equipped kitchen is for your dine-in pleasures. Formal dinners (they are allowed and fun, even on vacation!) in the dining room and casual at the kitchen table. Please use the maps we've provided in your living room to decide what to do around Alden and the area. Wineries are particularly special, we thing, and the enternainment in Traverse and toward Shanty Creek and Charlevoix and Petoskey. For outdoor pleasures, walk along Spencer Creek or the Torch Lake shoreline. Or, hike the Indian Trails up Coy Mountain, whose path virtually begins at your doorstep, on Valley street. This 17-acre preserve (thanks to the Coy family) has a wonderful array of wildlife, bird species and several native wildflowers. Benches welcome you to rest along the one mile maintained trail. For local history, be sure to take in the Alden Depot and Park Museum. Located in the authentically restored Alden Depot, dating to 1908, this part of Alden's history (open Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend) features photographs and memorabilia recalling the community's past, including model trains and related items and many photographs of the area through the years. ENJOY all these reasons to be 'up North'. When other entertainment has been exhausted (that may not happen), TV may be your or your children's option of choice. Cable service is provided with basic 'network' channels. Work or emails calling you? That happens, we all know. High Speed WiFi internet is here for you. Or connect via Ethernet. If you did not bring your own connecting cable, please borrow ours.
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Enjoy the front porch and its settee or swing: picture 'a glass of wine & th
Kitchen/casual dining & spiral stair (additional access to upstairs beds & bath)
Living Room/sitting area; lots of windows (all have screens). Ceiling fan.
From Living Room, access the upstairs, Dining Room, Master Bedroom and Kitchen.
Master Bedroom downstairs with queen bed. Ceiling fan.
Another view of your dining room & through the French doors to the back yard.
Upstairs Bathroom w/ shower. Accessed from the halls leading to the 2 bedrooms.
Another view of the large upstairs bedroom. Ceiling fan for those warm nights.
One of 2 windows in Twin Bedroom upstairs on front of home.
About 500' in front of the home-relaxing public deck & beach & shallow waters.
Historic Depot, and museum when there is not a public activity happening there
Sign downtown - The Lake Where The Rainbow Stores Its Colors. See for yourself!
Different view - front porch. Your morning coffee, afternoon beer, evening wine.
Kitchen from the 'business' side looking out to the Living Room. Ceiling fan.
More of the Living Room and the shelves of family games, plus 32' HD TV.
Master Bedroom downstairs, w/ 24' flat screen TV & queen bed. Access to bath.
Separate dining room for more 'formal' dining or for your full group.
Downstairs Bath, w/ shower & tub. Accessed from the Master Bedroom and Kitchen.
Large upstairs bedroom, with Queen bed & small dressing parlor, on front of home
Twin Bedroom upstairs on front of home. Ceiling Fan provided for cool air flow.
A guest house in 1897 - part of Alden's history. Porch and entrance on Valley.
By the deck is the play park and historic depot and train cars w/ Red Caboose
Summer sunset view, downtown Alden, looking across the Marina. Beach next door.
Downtown Alden-the definition of quaint and friendly, w/ good shopping & eating.
This listing was first published here in 2005.
Date last modified - Monday, February 27, 2017
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