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