Torch Lake Exceptional Lakefront Cottage

From $234 / night

Torch Lake Exceptional Lakefront Cottage
3 bedrooms
6 guests
Varies min stay

Overview Description


Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Sleeps: 6
Type: Cottage
Per night: $240 - $550
Per week: $1,640 - $3,800
Pets allowed: No
Internet: Yes
Description of the Torch Lake vacation cottage rental
Located on breathtakingly beautiful Torch Lake, this Non-Smoking property has been owned by the same family since the late 1800's. The cottage features natural wood interiors, two woodburning fireplaces, shelves of books, gorgeous views of the lake, coziness, and simplicity.

Equally suitable for families with young children or older couples, it comfortably sleeps six people, with a GUEST COTTAGE sleeping four more for an additional fee. We have 150 feet of lakefront, including a sandy beach, a private dock and boat hoist. The lake's sandy bottom is shallow for a fair distance, making it ideal for children. The cottage sits at the end of a private road in a secluded setting thick with mature trees. Its location on the east side of the lake affords spectacular views of the setting sun, especially from the large open air deck which overlooks the lake, and the near-constant lull of water lapping at the shore. There is also a smaller private deck, complete with a hammock swing (one of several on the property), off the master suite.

TORCH LAKE was named the third most beautiful lake in the world by National Geographic Magazine. The water is so clear you can see the sandy bottom all the way out to the 'drop-off.' On sunny days, the lake has ribbons of turquoise color that are reminiscent of the Caribbean. Torch is the largest lake in Michigan (19 miles long and about two miles wide) and is part of a chain of lakes which allows boating from Elk Rapids to Bellaire.

A 15-minute stroll takes you to the small and charming village of ALDEN. It has one of Torch Lake's four public boat ramps, a number of restaurants (both casual and fine cuisine), art galleries, a variety of shops, a playground, a public tennis court, and a library. Green woods and broad fields extend out from the town, offering great cycling and walking.

Popular tourist destinations such as Traverse City, Charlevoix, the Leelanau Peninsula, and Petoskey are all within an hour's drive. Should you choose to venture further afield, Interlochen National Music Camp (offering excellent concerts), Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, Mackinac Island, or Hartwick Pines are well worth visiting.

Because the cottage is a family heirloom, we request great care and consideration from our renters.

Nan Reed Twiss

About the owner

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Nan Reed Twiss

Nan Reed Twiss

Nan Reed Twiss

  • School:

    Princeton University
  • Work:

    Life Coach
  • About:

    Beyond being mother to our three children (a full- time occupation itself), I am also a Life Coach. I help people who are mid- career who have achieved a level of success and are ready for their next big thing. I help them answer the question "Now What" in a way that's meaningful and exciting to them.

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Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
Jun 11 2016 Aug 26 2017 - - $3,800 - 1 Week
Aug 27 2016 Sep 04 2017 $440 $540 $3,000 - 3 Nights
May 01 2017 Jun 10 2017 $240 $340 $1,640 - 3 Nights
Jun 13 2017 Aug 28 2017 - - $3,490 - 1 Week
Aug 29 2017 Sep 01 2017 $425 $550 $3,000 - 3 Nights
Sep 02 2017 Oct 30 2017 $240 $340 $1,640 - 3 Nights
Sep 05 2017 Oct 31 2017 $240 $340 $1,640 - 3 Nights
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Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: 11 a.m.
Lodging tax: 6%
Deposits: Property Damage Protection $49 Refundable damage deposit $500
Payment Options: Discover, Mastercard, PayPal, Visa
Other Fees: Signed Rental Agreement & first payment due within 7 days of booking to reserve dates. Policy available by contacting owner when booking.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the most fun things to do at your vacation rental?
A: Anything connected with the lake! For children, playing on the beach or in the water; also boating: water skiing, canoeing, kayaking; sitting on the deck admiring the lake! Away from the lake, there's also hiking, biking, golfing, shopping.
Q: What makes your cottage special?
A: Our cottage is full of charm and history. My great-grandparents bought this property in the 1880s and it has been an annual retreat for the family ever since then. (We save a couple of weeks every summer for our family.) There are many antiques, and yet the cottage is completely kept up-to-date. We have a prime location (my great-grandparents had their pick way back then!), so we have one of the few sandy beaches on Torch Lake – which happens to be one of the most beautiful lakes you will ever find. The location is also great for sunsets, and the charming village, Alden, is just a 15-minute stroll away.
Q: What makes Torch Lake special?
A: The colors! They are truly like the Caribbean, with gorgeous, ever-changing stripes of various blues and greens.
The water! National Geographic labeled Torch Lake the clearest lake in the world. It's a very large, deep lake with a sandy bottom, so the colors really show off.
During the fall, the sugar maples make fabulous leaf-viewing.
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