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Alden Thayer Lake Cottage ('Pine')

Bedrooms 2
Space 550 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Lake Front Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4-6

This great two-bedroom cottage is a quiet escape from the hectic everyday world. It has all of what's needed for fresh air and relaxation, but few of the electronic distractions. In the summer, you can hear nesting loons, and enjoy the good company you've traveled with. The cottage has two bedrooms, one with a double bed, and another with two singles. This Thayer Lake beachfront cottage shares 150 feet of prime frontage with its sister cottage, 'Oak' (VRBO listing 57002). Thayer Lake is a no-wake lake, perfect for swimming, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and relaxed enjoyment of nature. There are both sunny and shady areas along the waterfront and a lakeside fire pit for making S'mores. The lake access is shallow and gradual, good for children and wading. Within one mile of the cottage are two public accesses to Torch Lake, one of Michigan's largest and certainly most beautiful sandy-bottomed lakes.

Keywords: Cottage, quiet, swimming, nature, children, firepit, fishing, kayak

More Details

Property Manager
Tim Pierce
Member since: 2005
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 15, 2018


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Alden, Michigan

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 550 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • There are 2 private, separate bedrooms in the Pine cottage with two small couches in the common area.
  • Games ...
  • Boat ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Cottage includes picnic table, Weber charcoal grill and tools, outdoor furniture, new screened-in front porch, dock, swim raft, rowboat, canoe, and kayaks. Also included are gas stove, drip coffee maker, room fan, cooking utensils, microwave & kitchenware for up to six. Sleeping arrangement includes 1 Bedroom with full-size bed and 1 bedroom with two twin beds. Cottage comes with blankets & pillows, and one set of sheets & towels per week. Renters should bring their own beach towels. The cottage has an open kitchen, eating, and living area.


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Alden Thayer Lake Cottage ('Pine')
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 6 reviews

Highly recommended!

  • 5 of 5

Awesome place for a quiet little getaway. Everything was right in town and the lake was perfect for kayaking and fishing. The owners did a great job at making sure everything was clean and ready to use.

  • Submitted: 3-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review! We update the cottages in some way every year so that even return renters see something a little different each season. We hope to count you guys among them in the future!
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It was a great place to get away, close to many quaint small towns and activities

  • 4 of 5

The cottage served our purpose. My wife and I were able to go out on the water in the boat with our toddler son, and we got the chance to relax. It was also an opportunity to visit other towns such as Bellaire, Elk Rapids, and Traverse City; all of which are within 30 miles. There is definitely a lot to do if you want; or you could just kick back and relax if you don't. We only had a couple issues with the stay. First, even though the place was tidy, it wasn't clean. There were dustballs and cobwebs everywhere on the inside of the cabin... I even found leftover food under one of the beds in the second bedroom. Secondly, the chairs in the kitchen were broken. Though they were still standing, the legs were coming apart. Fortunately, there is a table and chairs on the porch to use.

Overall, it was a good stay, and I would recommend a visit to relieve yourself of the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and enjoy some time in the wilderness and small town USA

  • Submitted: 20-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Matthew, Thanks for the review and the feedback! It's what helps us make this place better each year. I'll take the concerns you mentioned to our cleaning folks and will inspect the dining room chairs to see if they need repair or replacement. Thank you for letting me know about this. I'm pleased you had a good and relaxing stay at our cottage! Tim
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Very relaxing, beautiful with kayaks and canoe to paddle around the peaceful lake.

  • 5 of 5

Very peaceful small lake with kayaks, row boats, canoe and swim raft to use. Close to Torch Lake for boating and tubing. Very clean. Did have some rain water come in the bathroom when an outside drain was blocked - the owner removed the leaves etc to fix the problem promptly.

  • Submitted: 6-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so pleased you had a great visit despite the rains that week. We had 4" of rain in only a couple of hours! Plans are in the works to do some earth/landscaping this coming spring to avoid this issue in the future. We love our return renters!
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Everything you need and nothing you don't

  • 5 of 5

This is our favorite place for getting away from it all. The owners do a great job maintaining the cottages and providing everything you need for a great vacation. No TV, Internet, or phone, but that's one of the perks - not a drawback. Quiet, lovely, and clean. So peaceful! We would spend every day of summer here if we could.

If you like luxury accommodations, this is not for you, but if you want to spend some time in a quaint 40s-style summer resort, this is your place. Tune out the noise of the world and teach your kids some card games, make s'mores, and wake up early to fish or kayak on the lake that's right outside your door. Later, if you need some excitement you can rent a jetski on Torch, eat at the Dockside, visit a coffee shop in Bellaire (with wifi), pick cherries in Central Lake, or drive down to Traverse.

I almost don't want to leave a review because I want to keep it to myself, but that wouldn't be fair to the owners and managers, who do such a great job giving you everything you need and nothing you don't for a great fall or summer getaway.

  • Submitted: 22-Aug-2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy when folks enjoy these places for what they are, which is also what sets us apart from many of the other weekly rentals in our region. We are not trying to recreate "home" in another location. The cottages are kept in a way that is true to the cottages we visited with our families when we were kids: Clean, comfortable and conducive to people entertaining themselves in a natural setting. Having said all of that, it is very possible we will be adding wi-fi in the future, because it is often requested and such an important means of communication and information. We hope to do it in a way that keeps the character of the cottages in tact.
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Loved it! Quiet, beautiful scenery - cute little town moments away

  • 5 of 5

My fiance and I were looking for a last minute getaway to do some fishing and get some r&r. Helped to be off season, but it being a now wake lake made it exceptionally quiet. The fishing was awesome - even I caught quite a few. We had a few 70-80 degree weather which was great for a dip in the lake then all the way down to 40 degrees calling for a fire in the fireplace. Also - I rate most my vacations on the terrain, scenery and amount of traffic it provides my runs... absolutely breathtaking to come over the hill on Paige to the view of Torch... Loved it!

  • Submitted: 26-Dec-2013
  • Stayed: September 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review! We're glad to hear others love the area as much as we do. Hope to see you guys again this season.
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Amazing Stay

  • 5 of 5

These cottages were amazing! Just what we were looking for! Close to Torch Lake, Thayer Lake was great for fishing and kayaking. Owners keep them very clean and they are available if needed, but they don't bother you at all. Our family would love to make these cottages a yearly vacation.

  • Submitted: 15-Jul-2013
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review! We enjoyed having you as guests.
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Nearest Airport
28 Miles
Cherry Capitol Airport, Traverse City, Michigan
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
The Dockside
Nearest Ferry
133 Miles
Ludington, MI (there is another in Muskegon)
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Shanty Creek
Nearest Train
153 Miles
Amtrak in Grand Rapids
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The Dockside
Nearest Beach
Thayer Lake
Car: recommended

Up north near-by activities include nature trails, Torch Lake access less than one mile, fun shopping in town of Alden, Short's Brewery and Shanty Creek Golf in Bellaire. Thayer Lake is a 25-minute drive to Turtle Creek Casino. Traverse City, Charlevoix, Petoskey, and Elk Rapids are within 1 hour drive.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Alden, Michigan

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 16 2018 - Sep 8 2018
7 night minimum stay
Off Peak Late
Sep 9 2018 - Oct 6 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning and Linens Fee C$65.68

Two parking spots are available for this cottage. Please plan accordingly.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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