Torch Lake Lakefront Cottage--Exceptional! Sleeps 6-10

Torch Lake Lakefront Cottage--Exceptional! Sleeps 6-10

Overview

Property Details

Updated: Sep 15, 2014
Cottage, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, 10 Sleeps

The Cottage 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, the cottage 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, boat hoist and mooring buoy. 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.

The Suroundings 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, 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. Just 20 minutes away by car, you can find craft breweries, cafes and higher-end restaurants.

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.

More Details
  • Sleeps 10
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Barbecue
  • Internet

Recent Review

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Guestbook comments from the owner

We absolutely recommend Birchwood cottage. There were so many highlights to our trip, it’s hard to choose. Sitting and reading on the deck in the afternoon. Motorboating around the beautiful lake. Bicycling around the lake as well (the hills to the east were tough!). Coffee and rolls in Alden. We had a great time overall.
Aug 2012
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Reviews

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Torch Lake Lakefront Cottage--Exceptional! Sleeps 6-10
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p7001164
+1 734-255-7833
Torch Lake Northern Michigan
Grosse Pointe Woods
5

Perfect for a family vacation.

  • 5 of 5
A lovely cottage on Torch Lake made for a wonderful family trip. There is a lot of space so people can be together or have some alone time. You can choose to shop and stock and cook or eat out. Despite much of the area was closing down, we found plenty of places to eat. We loved the peace and quiet of an October week, but I have no doubt that summer would be a blast. The water is crystal clear. The deck is very comfortable and is a great place to look at the stars. Hammocks for comfortable reading places outside. Bikes are very nice to have because it is really fun to ride into town. How incredible that we never locked our bikes in town or just outside the cottage. We felt very secure. Lots of beautiful areas to visit within a short drive. Nan is very easy to work with and is only a phone call away for any questions.
  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers
business
Torch Lake Lakefront Cottage--Exceptional! Sleeps 6-10
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p7001164
+1 734-255-7833
Torch Lake Northern Michigan
5

Jack

  • 5 of 5
What a wonderful place to relax! This is an extremely beautiful cottage and an extremely reasonable price. It would be a great place to split with a few couples or to have a family get away. Everything is in really good shape and the setting is so beautiful. National geographic voted torch lake one of the top 10 most beautiful fresh water lakes IN THE WORLD a few years back. The pictures really don't do the place justice. If you are considering renting a cottage anywhere in northern michigan, look no further. Its a must rent!
  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
business
Torch Lake Lakefront Cottage--Exceptional! Sleeps 6-10
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p7001164
+1 734-255-7833
Torch Lake Northern Michigan
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
5

Fabulous place for a birthday celebration

  • 5 of 5
I rented this cottage with my husband and children a few years ago and we all remember it so fondly. I came back with a group of women to celebrate a friend's birthday and had an equally amazing time. The house is cozy but with plenty of space for several families or a gaggle of friends. It has everything you might need for whatever kind of vacation you want -- I've been there hiking and swimming and exploring with kids and sitting around drinking tea and snuggling with friends. The house is neat and easy to use and close to downtown. The owners are incredibly kind and organized people, and the land, oh, the land is gorgeous.
  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
Torch Lake Lakefront Cottage--Exceptional! Sleeps 6-10
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p7001164
+1 734-255-7833
Torch Lake Northern Michigan
Northville, MI
5

Torch Lake Birchwood Cottage

  • 5 of 5
This is a quintessential Pure Michigan cottage. It is charming, open, comfortable, and the views are breathtaking. The lot is very large and private, with a great deck at the water and a dock out into the water. There are multiple spots for quiet reflection, and a huge dining room table for gathering. The town of Alden is a short walk away, up a private lane.
  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
Torch Lake Lakefront Cottage--Exceptional! Sleeps 6-10
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p7001164
+1 734-255-7833
Torch Lake Northern Michigan
4

Great time on Torch Lake

  • 4 of 5
We had a great time at this place. Definitely on the rustic side but for anyone looking to experience Northern Michigan and Torch LAke this place provides a great setting in which to do so. The lakeside deck was great for relaxing and the private beach provided a great spot for the kids to enjoy the water. We have been to the parts of the lake where the shore is rocky and really enjoyed the luxury of a perfect sand bottom here. Can't beatt his location. Very close to town but also very quite and private.
  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children
business
Torch Lake Lakefront Cottage--Exceptional! Sleeps 6-10
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p7001164
+1 734-255-7833
Torch Lake Northern Michigan
South Bend, IN
5

Cozy fireplace and a beautiful lake, perfect!

  • 5 of 5
The torch lake cottage was a great place for my family to spend a vacation on the beautiful shore of torch lake. The kids especially liked the sandy beach area where we could make s'mores and play in the crystal clear water. The listing photos accurately reflect the rental's appearance. The main living area is lovely & comfortable allowing for great views of the lake while relaxing by the stone fireplace. The home is charming and full of interesting antiques and tons of books and games for a rainy day. The owner is very helpful & prompt to answer questions. My family also enjoyed going to Elk Rapids, Traverse and Bellaire, all very easy to get to from the cottage. Siren Hall in Elk Rapids was probably our most favorite restaurant! Short's brewery is also very close to the cottage. Northern Michigan is beautiful and a great place to have a family vacation.
  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay!

Location

Activity and Interests

Swimming, Boating, Sailing, Waterskiing, Windsurfing, Kayaking. Fishing, Hiking, Biking, Golf, Tennis, Hunting, Wildlife Viewing, Shopping, Restaurants, Cinemas, Sightseeing.

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Rental rates

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Notes

  • Nightly Rate: $200 - $525

    Weekly Rate: $1500 - $3500

    Monthly Rate: $1500 - $3500


  • * May through mid-June...$1500/week ($2000 with Guest House)*
    …Weekend nights: $300 Weeknights: $200 Guest House: $100/nt
    * Mid-June through Labor Day...$3000/week ($3700 with Guest House)*
    …Weekend nights: $525 Weeknights: $425 Guest House: $100/nt
    * Labor Day through October...$1500/week ($2000 with Guest House)*
    NOTE: for 2015, our rates are increasing for Mid-June through late August: $3490/week ($4190 with the Guest House).
    *Please add 6% Hotel/ Motel use tax.

    We rent Saturday-to-Saturday from mid-June till Labor Day. In the off-season, we have a 3-night minimum.

Amenities

Property Type

  • cottage

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Romantic
  • Family

General

  • Internet

Suitability

  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • golf

Bathrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2
  • Bathroom 3

Bedrooms

  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4

Outside

  • Outdoor Grill

Notes:

  • 2 Fireplaces, Phone, TV, DVD, Cable, WIFI, Full Kitchen, Microwave, Dishwasher, Refrigerator, Cooking Utensils provided, Linens provided, Washer & Dryer, Gas Grill (BBQ), fire pit on beach; 2 open-air decks, 1 hammock, 2 hammock swings. In 2014, we refinished all the floors, put in new granite kitchen counters, a new kitchen sink, and a new washer and dryer. We also repainted both the kitchen and master bedroom.
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