Historic Henlopen Cottage on Beautiful Torch Lake

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An exterior view of Henlopen Cottage


Last updated: 10/05/2016
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

This is a 118-year old, gracious, completely renovated, family home on approximately ten acres of quiet woodland, looking out onto shimmering Torch Lake. There is a delightful front-yard sitting area that is perfect for conversation, reading, and enjoying the lake view.

Just below the yard, roughly 20 steps down to the lake, stretches 171 feet of sandy beach that slopes gradually into the sparkling, breathtakingly beautiful blue water. The waterfront is an ideal recreational area for children and adults of all ages, and includes a fire pit for evening cookouts, as well as beach furniture.

The house is fully equipped, well-appointed, open and spacious with lots of windows, and is paneled inside with cherry and knotty pine. The kitchen is fully equipped. Among the many other amenities: board games and a collection of books for children and adults.

This cottage is part of an extended family compound, flanked by homes owned and occupied by cousins from Southern Michigan and the Chicago area, and friends from Cincinnati. An atmosphere of community, peaceful co-existence and fellowship prevails throughout this serene, secluded area.

This is a superb spot for low-key, neighbor-friendly, family vacations, for those who wish to enjoy and appreciate nature's beauty, including stunning sunsets, and innumerable water-related activities.

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Property Type

  • House
  • 2200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Responsible adults....moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Washer and Dryer, Books and games for children and adults, Dock, Mooring Anchor...moreless


  • Books:

    Some; longtime family possessions, so guests are urged to handle them with care....moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Television:

    Nice flat-screen TV in library...moreless

  • Video Library:

    Some videos, including several for children. ...moreless


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Miniature Golf
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    Superior view of the lake from the front yard, above the beach. The beach itself offers an unparalleled view of the lake....moreless

  • Beachfront:

    Lovely beach, the equal of any on Torch Lake....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Sand beach, sandy lake bottom -- perfect for swimming....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing


  • Dining:

    Open dining area, windows on two sides. Adjoins kitchen. Seating for 10....moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    No; not needed. Breezes from lake almost always provide wonderfully cool air at night....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Provided. Also an outside clothesline. ...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Not suitable for use by guests....moreless

  • Heating:

    Available, but unnecessary during summer months....moreless

  • Internet:

    Internet provided. ...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Clean linens available for guests upon arrival. Can be found in individual plastic tubs under or near beds....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Spacious. Two sofas, four comfortable chairs plus two rocking chairs....moreless


  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Ample counter space. New refrigerator, stove and dishwasher. Garbage disposal. Microwave. Coffee pot....moreless

  • Microwave:


  • Oven:

    Nice oven....moreless


  • Bicycles:

    No bicycles available....moreless

  • Golf:

    Numerous courses in the area, including championship-caliber links in Traverse City, 25 miles to the southwest. Other, public courses are available at Bellaire, eight miles to northeast....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Covered breezeway connects north side of house, off laundry room, to guest room....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Nice sitting area in front of house, small lawn on (north) side of house. Other areas are largely wooded, but available for walking....moreless

Pool / Spa



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Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,500
  • Tax Rate 6%


This home has been in the family for nearly 120 years, and is part of a unique area on Torch Lake that also is home to family members and friends of the owner. Expectations are that the home/surrounding property will be treated with utmost care and respect. Loud, late-night partying is absolutely prohibited and will be dealt with measures up to and including immediate eviction and calling police.

Half the rental amount is due, along with a signed contract, at the time the reservation is made. The balance of the rental amount, plus the required 6% Michigan use tax and a $1,500 damage deposit (preferably a separate check) is due at least 60 days prior to arrival. Failure to remit the balance 60 days in advance may result in loss of reservation and initial payment; owner's discretion.

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Last updated: 10/05/2016
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25 Miles
Nearest Airport
Traverse City
0.9 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Clam River
28 Miles
Nearest Ferry
9 Miles
Nearest Golf
0.1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
East Torch Lake Drive
0.9 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Clam River
9 Miles
Nearest Ski
10 Metres
Nearest Beach
In front of house

Car: Necessary

Several nearby championship golf courses, Tennis courts in Alden, Basketball court in Alden, Wildlife Viewing (including at Grass River Natural Area), Concerts in the park in Alden on Thursday nights, Watercraft rentals available at Clam River (one mile North)


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  • An exterior view of Henlopen Cottage

    An exterior view of Henlopen Cottage

  • Looking from the fully modern, roomy kitchen into the dining room

    Looking from the fully modern, roomy kitchen into the dining room

  • The spacious, sandy beach at Henlopen and the shimmering water beyond

    The spacious, sandy beach at Henlopen and the shimmering water beyond

  • A partial view of the living room-dining room area

    A partial view of the living room-dining room area

  • The shaded front yard, looking out onto sparkling Torch Lake

    The shaded front yard, looking out onto sparkling Torch Lake

  • It's Torch Lake; need we say more?

    It's Torch Lake; need we say more?

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This listing was first published here in 2005.

Date last modified - Tuesday, October 11, 2016

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Historic Henlopen Cottage on Beautiful Torch Lake

Alden, MI, USA #72325

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