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4 Seasons Cottage on Clam Lake, just a short boat ride to Torch Lake

Bellaire, MI, USA
  • Cottage3000 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps10
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay0 - 7 nights

4 bedrooms 3 full bath, sleeps 10, large lakefront lot, sandy beach

Our cottage is great for families or a couple couples, or the girls shopping and wine getaways. Golfers, Skiers as well as hikers and bikers will enjoy the options that are all close by.

We are secluded with a 1.25 acre lot and just over 200 feet of lake frontage with a sandy beach for the kids and grandkids to play in. But also close to all the fun stuff like Torch lake, Golf, lots of shopping, skiing, hiking, biking and so much more.

Families will love the large lot and quiet safe area that has very little traffic. Apple and Cherry orchards are right next door. The boating and water sports are incredible. There are 5 lakes all connected together with the Grass and Torch Rivers, so you have over 100 miles of shoreline and over 31,000 acres of lakes to explore including Torch Lake which is just a few minutes away and has been voted one of the most beautiful lakes in the world.

Hikers, bikers, runners, walkers and site seers will enjoy the quiet rolling hills and roads in our part of the area. You will see deer, wild turkey, swans, and our favorite, the Loons. The spring with the smells from blossoms from all the orchards and the morels in the woods is a quiet but nice time to visit. The fall with the incredible colors is worth a trip. Stop in at one of the maple syrup shacks along your way and enjoy true maple syrup.

Foodies will savor the Up North restaurant choices. Northern Michigan has become a vacation destination for food and wine lovers. There are so many choices you will need to come back again. Whether it be Cajun inspired food at Pearl's, Polish cuisine at Leg's Inn, or perhaps one of the farm to table restaurants or a cherry pie from one of the road side stands, you can't go wrong.

Shoppers will enjoy the many small towns all within a short drive. Traverse City, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Leelanau wine country, Elk Rapids, Petosky, Charlevoix, Gaylord and Boyne City, Harbor Springs all make for a nice day trip.

Golfers will love that there are 7 courses within 12 miles of the cottage including highly ranked ( #12 ) Hawks Eye, ( #16 ) Cedar River, and Arnold Palmer's Legend course at Schuss mountain. Within an hour's drive you will find courses from Jack Nicklause, ( The Bear ). Gaylord area has 17 courses from designers such as Robert Trent Jones, Tom Fazio, Rick Smith, Jerry Matthews to name a few. There are over 40 courses within an hours drive of the cottage.

Hunters can expect to find plenty of deer, wild turkey, as well as other small game. Fisherman will be in heaven as Clam Lake and the other 4 lakes are full of Bass, Perch, Blue Gill, Pike, Muskie and Atlantic Salmon. There is even a couple of winter Ice Fishing tournaments.


Mark and Erin Tepe

Member Since 2015
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Response time:
within a few days
Calendar last updated:
Apr 16, 2018
Why Mark and Erin Tepe chose Forest Home

We had been vacationing in the are for a number of years and saw this house that had room for our family of 6 as well as room for friends and relatives to come visit. It needed some love and attention to bring it up to date. With 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths and a large kitchen and family room, it has the perfect amount of space for family gatherings. 2 bedrooms are on the main floor and the other 2 are upstairs. The lot is 1 1/4 acres with over 200 feet of lake frontage. We have neighbors on one side and a small public access on the west side. Bring your boat / pontoon / water craft. DeWitt's marine and Butch's marine both offer pull up filling for all your water toys as well as beer, pop food and munchies for the day on the lake. Clam Lake is normally much calmer than Torch Lake because of it's size.

What makes this Cottage unique

You will love the location, the quiet setting that is close to so many things Northern Michigan has to offer. When we found this place, it needed some love and lots of hard work and now we are sharing it with our family, friends and new friends we meet thru VRBO. You just can't beat waking up to a calm as glass lake, with the sounds of Loon's calling nearby. If its a rainy day, sitting on the porch as the rain hits the steel roof has it's own hypnotic melody that somehow makes a rainy day at the lake a good day to put your feet up and kick back with a book you've been wanting to read but haven't been able to find the time.


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king, main floor master
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen, main floor bedroom
      • Bedroom 3
        2 double, 1 twin/ single, up stairs left of stairs and has its own bathroom
      • Bedroom 4
        1 queen, 1 double, 2 twin/ single


        • 3 Bathrooms
        • Bathroom 1
          toilet, combination tub/shower, shower, main floor bathroom
        • Bathroom 2
          toilet, shower, upstairs bathroom in bedroom #2
        • Bathroom 3
          toilet, shower

          Location Type

            • Beachfront
            • Lakefront
              We have added a nice sandy beach down by the water for little kids and big kids at heart.
            • Waterfront


                • Adventure
                • Away From It All
                • Family
                • Romantic
                • Sports & Activities
                • Tourist Attractions


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Clothes Dryer
                        • Garage
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Heating
                        • Internet
                          WI-FI is on site for those that can't get away
                        • Linens Provided
                        • Living Room
                        • Parking
                          Plenty of parking unlike many cottages that only have room for a car or two.
                        • Towels Provided
                        • Washing Machine


                            • Coffee Maker
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                            • Dishwasher
                            • Kitchen
                            • Microwave
                            • Oven
                            • Pantry Items
                              Spices and seasonings are in the pantry, you will also find napkins, plastic ware, trash bags, cleaning supplies, dish soap. Ask if there is something specific.
                            • Refrigerator
                            • Stove
                            • Toaster


                                • Dining
                                  Kitchen table was made from a walnut tree we cut down when adding the porch.
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 10 people


                                    • Books
                                    • DVD Player
                                    • Game Room
                                      The basement game room is still under renovation at this time.
                                    • Games
                                      We have a collection of board games and puzzles for you to enjoy
                                    • Satellite / Cable
                                      Direct TV plus wifi internet for NETFLIX and YOUTUBE. But you really should be outside enjoying the scenery and sounds of up north
                                    • Television
                                    • Video Library
                                      We do have some movies that you are welcome to view


                                        • Boat
                                          Rentals are available at a number of places including DeWitt's on Clam Lake
                                        • Deck / Patio
                                          covered deck with ceiling fan is a perfect place to watch the boats go by or read a book.
                                        • Golf
                                          7 courses within 12 miles of the cottage
                                        • Kayak / Canoe
                                          Again a number of places have these where you can rent by the day or week. we have 2 kayaks that you are welcome to use
                                        • Lawn / Garden
                                          Giant yard for kids to play in
                                        • Outdoor Grill
                                          A nlarge Kitchen Aid Charcoal grill capable of Grilling 14 LARGE steaks as well as potatoes and onions. Charcoal is provided
                                        • Ski & Snowboard
                                          Shanty Creek only 12 miles away. Boyne mountain less than an hour away, so lots of ski possibilities.
                                        • Water Sports Gear
                                          There are some water toys, floats, that you are welcome to use.


                                            • churches
                                            • cinemas
                                            • festivals
                                            • library
                                            • marina
                                            • restaurants
                                            • winery tours

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • scenic drives
                                                • antiquing
                                                • boating
                                                • eco tourism
                                                • gambling casinos
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • photography
                                                • bird watching
                                                • shopping
                                                • shuffleboard
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • sledding
                                                • walking
                                                • wildlife viewing

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • cross country skiing
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • fly fishing
                                                        • freshwater fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • hunting
                                                        • ice skating
                                                        • jet skiing
                                                        • kayaking
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • pier fishing
                                                        • rafting
                                                        • sailing
                                                        • skiing
                                                        • snowboarding
                                                        • snowmobiling
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • water skiing
                                                        • water tubing
                                                        • wind-surfing


                                                            • NO FIREWORKS ALLOWED ON THE PROPERTY

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 3:30 PM

                                                              Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              11 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Amazing House, Yard and Owner!!!

                                                              Angela B.

                                                              Mark is great to work with. House is beautiful and big! Lots of space and wonderful yard. The neighbor is not a nice lady. Her dogs ran into our yard every day and took our baby toys - then she was crazy upset with us. Odd. As we left she screamed at us the entire time. However, we will stay here again and pray she can be a happy person.

                                                              Clam Lake Cottage treats families to the good life on Torch, Elk Lake and beyond!

                                                              Tim K.

                                                              Our family of four and friend's family of five arrived to a clean, well stocked house with loads of space, great views. We soon found it was close to everything for a blue lake vacation in Northern MI. Huge yard with lots of space for kids to roam both front and back, nice dock for the boat (watch the shallow water though), and fire pit stacked, set, and ready-to light for an evening campfire. Saw great view of the Milky Way and we were treated to a wonderful meteor shower as well. Clam Lake is right out the back door and great center of operations for fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding and swimming. Also a nice sheltered place for water skiing and tubing. Torch Lake is a jewel with beautiful blue and turquoise water; we could opt for boat cruising out on the crystal waters, or heading to the sand bar to enjoy cold drinks in calf-deep water while the older kids explored the "drop off" into the darker blue depths. Grand Traverse Bay is a 30 min trailer trip away for boaters or fishermen and was a treat for us to explore - we snorkeled around the "Metropolis" ship wreck across the bay from Elk Rapids Marina and enjoyed lunch at "Knot just a Bar". Would recommend many of the obvious choices for dining including Dockside (5 min away), Shorts Brewery (10 min) and the ice cream shop in Alden. Just stay away from Alden boat slips if you draft more than 2' of water...better approached by land. Sleeping Bear Dunes is a quick trip from the cottage and worth the drive - 500' tall sand "mountains" right next to the lake make for unique scenery and a challenge for climbers who have the desire and energy. This cottage really made us feel like a home away from home for a week in early August - way too short! The owner Mark Tepe is a pleasure to work with, speak to, and provide pointers - we had good knowledge of the house and local area coming in. We look forward to coming back!

                                                              Family Vacation

                                                              Marisa H.

                                                              We had a great time, lots of room for the kids to play. The house was wonderful!

                                                              Beautiful property!

                                                              Emily K.

                                                              The house is spacious and fit 7 adults and 3 children very comfortably. We loved spending time on the wrap-around porch and near the fire circle. The kids loved playing in the big 'sand box!'

                                                              Fantastic Getaway with Friends!

                                                              Jeanne M.

                                                              We had a great time at this Clam Lake Cottage. Mark and Erin were wonderful to work with for the rental and we were well taken care of! We had a group of 10 and were very comfortable. The cottage is beautiful, clean, well stocked with all the essentials. We cooked all our meals except one in the spacious kitchen and grill and enjoyed the large dinning room table and beautiful covered porch. We took in all the beauty of the lakes and rivers with our tritoon making it to Elk Rapids one day and down to Bellaire Lake the next day. Our group wants to go back next year!

                                                              Great location, lots of room

                                                              Kim W.

                                                              This house is beautify with all of the amenities you could ask for. It is located right next to the boat ramp on Clam Lake and only a 5 min boat ride to Butch's Marine and Dockside restaurant on Torch Lake. Our family had a wonderful time, we would love to come visit again!


                                                              Bellaire, MI, USA

                                                              In the heart of Northern Michigan, short scenic drives to Traverse City, Charlevoix, Gaylord, Elk Rapids, Petosky, Harbor Springs, Sleeping Bear Dunes. The perfect location for those that like to travel around on short trips, as well as those that want to sit on the porch and simply read a good book

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                                                              11 Reviews
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