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Torch Lake Dream Cottage

Bedrooms 2
Space 654 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Lakefront 2 bedroom, 1 bath, with large porch

This is a non-smoking property. Cozy lakefront Dream Cottage has two bedrooms, one with a queen and one small room with a double. All linens are provided. In the living room are sleeper sofas and large screen wall-mounted TV. The bathroom is a three piece with shower. Towels are provided. The small galley kitchen is also completely equipped. included is a gas grill. Read or play games on the covered porch while you take in the lake, sit on the Adirondack chairs on the lawn, or lay out on the dock. Swim out to the raft or to your own board moored in front of the cottage. Take the kayaks out. No boat? Rent from Torch River Marina one mile away.

Note that boat mooring and kayak paddling are at your own risk. Owner assumes no liability.

This is a non-smoking property with a maximum of 5 overnight guests only (including adults and children) and a limit of two vehicles.

The owners live next door during the summer.

More Details

Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 21, 2018

About GM

Gary's family is one of the oldest families on the lake. His Grandfather was a Presbyterian Minister in Bartlesville Oklahoma who took summers off to come all the way to Torch Lake to fish, eventually retiring here and serving the Elk Rapids Presbyterian church. Gary's Dad retired as an MD here. Now it's Gary's turn.

GM purchased this cabin in 1920

Why GM chose Rapid City

One of the first cottages on the south end of the lake, it was acquired around 1920 because it was next door to the family cottage. It has a knotty pine interior, hardwood floors, and ceramic tile in the kitchen and bathroom.

What makes this cabin unique

You will fall in love with this cottage and the lake from the large covered porch. This is the spot to be on the lake, close enough to the sand bar if you want to spend time there but far enough away to not be bothered by all the boats and activity.


Rapid City Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 654 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Waterfront
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Bathroom has stall shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Larger bedroom has queen bed, television. Smaller bedroom has full bed. Two queen sofabeds in living room.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...


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Torch Lake Dream Cottage
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

We had a beautiful stay and are certain we're coming back next summer!

  • 5 of 5

Cottage is no more than 25 feet from water with your own dock, moor for boat, plenty of kayaks to share, swim platform. Two fans supplied in cottage helped us get through a couple of very warm, humid nights. Plenty of towels, sheets, pillows, t.p, paper towel. Room to park our trailer, two motorcycles and bicycles. Kitchen is well stocked with dishes, cooking necessities, glasses, coffee maker, etc. Icing on the cake was Gary himself. Nice to have a neighbor to talk to right next door. We don't like to do dishes, so we took our own paper plates and napkins.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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This cottage felt like home!

  • 5 of 5

I can honestly say that this cottage was by far, the NICEST place I've stayed in a long time! It was exactly as described and so much more! This cottage couldn't have been any more perfect in my opinion.

The close proximity to Torch Lake was fantastic! I enjoyed the covered porch every morning and sat out in the Adirondack chairs every night and enjoyed the most amazing stars. Each night, I saw numerous shooting stars and the Milky Way was totally visible.

The owners were wonderful and it was nice to know they were right next door if I should have needed anything. The area was quiet at night so I enjoyed having the windows open to listen to the waves lap at the shore.

I have every intention of making Torch Lake Dream Cottage my home base EVERY year! To me, this was truly "going home".

If you want a relaxing place to stay, you don't need a fancy hotel or condo, you NEED to stay at Torch Lake Dream Cottage. It will do your heart and soul a world good!

It's nice to know there are still places that are this wonderful and friendly to visit. Elk Rapids and Traverse City are nearby as are several other beautiful lake communities. If you want the Up North experience then book this cottage for your next vacation!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place for a getaway!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was wonderful! Lake is beautiful! Fully stocked and the owner was very friendly. Lots to do in this area of Michigan as well!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Can't miss rental

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here in early August and this rental is ideal for any family vacation. We brought our boat and moored our 19' boat out front. Great access to the boat, went out multiple times per day. Love the lake and all of the surrounding towns. Rapid City, Alden, Elk Rapids in 20 minutes, Bellaire in the same, plenty to see and do. Stayed at many places on the lake and this was the best. The views and the swimming area out front are awesome. Even if we did not have a boat, this is where I would stay. Again, great swimming out front, paddle boat and kayaks for use, awesome porch where we ate most meals. Hesitant to provide such a great review because we don't want it to book up before we make our next reservation. The owner Gary was also very helpful and fun to talk to. Get to know him a little bit. Great vacation for our family of 4.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pure excellence at dream cottage

  • 5 of 5

All I can say is amazing. The home is extremely clean, well taken care of, the owner Gary and his wife are top notch. The location is perfect if you have a boat and enjoy the sandbar. Gary, thank you for everything and allowing us to enjoy your property. We hope to be back!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean, cute, and cozy

  • 5 of 5

Very clean and cozy. Great location with lots to do nearby. We enjoyed our stay very much.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.0%

There is a limit of five people in the cottage overnight. More than five guests will not be able to spend the night.
There is a limit of two vehicles with no space for more.
This is a non-smoking property. There is no smoking anywhere on the grounds or in the water.
Cleaning fee is included in rate.
We trust you; no damage deposit is required.
There is a 3% discount for cash/check payments. We encourage you to take advantage of this and pay by check.

Cancellation Policy:
Full refund if reservation is cancelled 60 days prior to scheduled arrival.
75% refund if cancelled between 45 and 60 days prior to scheduled arrival.
50% refund if cancelled between 30 and 45 days prior to scheduled arrival.
No refund less than 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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