Torch Lake Sandbar Cottage on South Shore - Anchor Cottage

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5 bedrooms, iron/ironing board, WiFi, bed sheets
On the beach, sun loungers, beach towels
On the beach, sun loungers, beach towels

Overview of Torch Lake Sandbar Cottage on South Shore - Anchor Cottage

Entire home

Torch Lake Sandbar Cottage on South Shore - Anchor Cottage

4.9/5 Exceptional

Guests rated this property 5.0/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Kitchen
  • Air conditioning
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Outdoor Space
  • Barbecue grill
Rapid City, MI

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationTorch River5 min walk
  • Popular LocationTorch Lake Park4 min drive
  • Popular LocationLake Skegemog8 min drive
  • AirportTraverse City, MI (TVC-Cherry Capital)36 min drive

Space details

5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 14
2000 sq ft
Bedroom 1
    1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
    2 double beds
Bedroom 3
    1 king bed
Bedroom 4
    1 king bed
    1 sleep sofa/futon
Bedroom 5
    1 queen bed
Bathroom 1
Bathroom 2
    Bathtub/shower combo

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About this area

Rapid City

Located in Rapid City, this vacation home is on the beach. The area's natural beauty can be seen at Torch Lake and Grand Traverse Bay. Traveling with kids? Consider Guntzviller's Spirit of the Woods Museum and Music House Museum. Be sure to check out the area's animals with activities such as game walks and birdwatching.

What's nearby

  • Torch River - 5 min walk
  • Torch Lake Park - 4 min drive
  • Lake Skegemog - 8 min drive
  • Elk Lake - 9 min drive
  • Elk Rapids Golf Club - 19 min drive


  • Torch Riviera — 11 min walk
  • Cone Corral — 4 min drive
  • Kritters Hide Away — 4 min drive
  • The Muffin Tin — 7 min drive
  • Pearl's — 16 min drive

Getting around

  • Cherry Capital Airport (TVC) - 36 min drive

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire home to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

Torch Lake Sandbar Cottage on South Shore - Anchor Cottage

Family fun at the shore
Why should you stay at our cottage: amenities! Here's a list of some items:

• Air conditioning;
• Two flatscreen tv’s with cable TV;
• Brand new renovated second floor bath (pictures to come);
• Wifi;
• Roku and DVD Player with dvd’s;
• Board games;
• Cocktail arcade table;
• Ice Maker;
• Bose Bluetooth speaker;
• Trex outdoor chairs and tables;
• A real firepit (not a hole in the ground with rocks around it);
• Patio seating for 14;
• Dishwasher;
• Washer and Dryer;
• Weber propane grill;
• Lily pad and other rafts;
• Beach towels;
• Bed linens (yes, some places do not provide!);
• Spacious parking for 7 cars;
• Furnished gazebo with storm windows;
• New couch and loveseat;
• New mattresses;
• New carpet throughout;
• New dock, boat hoist and mooring;
• Traditional and pod (Keurig) coffee maker.

For summer 2020, we are adding an outdoor shower, new Trex deck, and a loft in the garage!

This lakefront cottage is located on the south shore of beautiful Torch Lake. This main cottage features 4 bedrooms and 2 baths. In addition, there is a small private 1 bedroom cottage called the captains quarters on the property with 1 queen bed and a mini fridge, making a total of 5 bedrooms. The cottage has gorgeous views of the lake, beautiful sandy lake bottom, a private dock, small mooring buoy a family sitting area with a Roku w/Sling TV and WIFI. Upper level Master Bedroom includes a king bed and sofa sleeper, with a sliding door leading out to the deck overlooking the lake, perfect for morning coffee or evening drinks. The master suite has a mini fridge as well.

Julie and I have stayed at cottages on Torch Lake for many years so we have items at our cottage that we would want. Needless to say, no item will be overlooked :-)

Equally suitable for families with young children, a fun girls getaway, or older couples, it comfortably sleeps 16 people in beds. The Captains Quarters, which is a separate quaint cottage with 1 queen bed, is located in a separate private cottage on the property.

The cottage sits on 75 feet of private Torch lake front, including a sandy beach and a private dock. The lake's sandy bottom is shallow for a fair distance, making it ideal for children. The cottage has a driveway with plenty of space for parking cars and a trailer. The cottage sits on the south end of Torch lake, with convenient access to the famous Torch Lake sandbar. There is one sitting area downstairs with a large flat screen TV and cable TV. The Master Bedroom upstairs has a/c, a flat screen TV screen w/cable and a mini fridge. For those few and far between rainy days, we will have a cocktail arcade table game for your enjoyment!

There will be renovations this fall, winter, and upcoming spring which will include a landscaping overhaul, fresh paint throughout, new furniture, bedding and mattresses. In addition, a propane BBQ and beach towels will also be made available.

There is a deck facing the lake, with an outdoor dining table. Upstairs there is a small deck, perfect for viewing gorgeous Torch Lake.

We recently purchased this cottage and are in the process of making dramatic landscaping and updates throughout the home! Virtually every bed, rug, towel, linen and picture will be brand new! Before and after pictures to follow!

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 19 miles long and about two miles wide and is part of a chain of lakes which allows boating from Elk Rapids to Bellaire. You can easily boat through the Torch River to Lake Skegemog and Elk Lake. Or equally as fun, you can boat to Dockside Restaurant, then take the 5 minute ride through Clam River to to Clam Lake, through the Grass River into Lake Bellaire.

A 10 minute drive 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.

The town of Bellaire is well worth visiting, and eat at our favorite, Short's Brewery. The Glacial Hills Natural pathway is 20 minutes away, with many trails for hiking and biking. It is well worth your visit.

Traverse City is only 30 minutes from the cottage. The towns of Charlevoix, the Leelanau Peninsula, and Petoskey are all within an hour's drive. Should you choose to venture further, Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes and Mackinac Island are well worth visiting.
Air-conditioned accommodations at this vacation home offer fireplaces and DVD players. Rooms open to balconies. Kitchens offer refrigerators, stovetops, microwaves, and cookware/dishes/utensils.

Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations and hair dryers. Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and irons/ironing boards.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property manager

Brandon Astrauckas

Property amenities


  • On the beach
  • Beach sun loungers
  • Beach towels


  • Close to skiing


  • WiFi available

Parking and transportation

  • Car required

Family friendly

  • Children's games


  • Refrigerator
  • Stovetop
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Blender
  • Paper towels
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Toaster


  • 5 bedrooms
  • Bed sheets provided
  • Sofa bed


  • 2 bathrooms
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Soap
  • Towels provided
  • Hair dryer
  • Toilet paper

Living spaces

  • Fireplace


  • TV with cable/satellite service
  • Arcade/game room
  • Video games
  • DVD player
  • Games
  • Books
  • Stereo
  • Video library

Outdoor areas

  • Balcony
  • Barbecue grill
  • Garden
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Firepit


  • Washing machine and dryer
  • Near laundromat


  • Air conditioning
  • Heating


  • No pets allowed


  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Iron/ironing board

Location highlights

  • On the lake
  • On the waterfront

Things to do

  • Water sports equipment
  • Marina nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Jet skiing nearby
  • Water skiing nearby
  • Birdwatching nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Cycling nearby
  • Fishing nearby
  • Power boating nearby

Safety features

  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Smoke detector
  • Deadbolt lock


  • Sleeps 14
  • Unit size: 2000 sq ft (186 sq m)

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Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM
Minimum check-in age - 30


Check-out before 10:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Important information

You need to know

This property is managed by a private host, not a professional engaged in trade or business
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Onsite parties or group events are strictly prohibited
Long-term renters welcome
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a deadbolt lock
This property is managed through our partner, Vrbo. You will receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account, where you can change or cancel your reservation

We should mention

A car is required for transportation to and from this property

Property is also known as

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Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 37 out of 38 reviews
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Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Our family had a great time here. The cottage was very clean, well kept and a joy to be in. Being on the water is so peaceful for a great getaway
Stayed 3 nights in Oct 2021

5/5 Excellent

Wonderful Place!!!!!!
What a wonderful place to be with family for a long weekend. Owners were great and quick to respond with any questions. Can’t say enough about what a great place this is and what a good time we had. Thank you so much for sharing your home with us!!

5/5 Excellent

Lovely quiet getaway
Was at the house after Labor Day for a bachelorette party get away with a group of 10 40ish ladies. Had such a lovely time, the house had everything we needed. The joy of after Labor Day was a much quieter but still swimmable lake! Half our group wants to bring their families back next year.

5/5 Excellent

AWESOME location..walk to sandbar!
We had a great stay here. The location couldn't be beat. The house was cozy and clean. We didn't use the Captains Quarters, it was a bit buggy and smelt "damp". Other than that, it was a great experience and would stay there again.

2/5 Poor

Bad Stay
I will start this review by saying the pictures on the listing couldn’t be further from the truth. The size of the house was smaller than what was portrayed in the pictures. Beyond this everything from the kitchen (which was incredibly small) to the shower was quite dated. The dining area has no chairs, only bench’s which have to be moved for anyone to get in or out. The cabin room had a terrible stench so strong no one from my groups was willing to sleep in there. They claimed to sleep 14 and there weren’t any extra beds only the ones in the rooms which with the cabin only slept 10. The owner refused to talk to the renters over the phone his only communication was over email (at a delay) and any questions I asked seemed like they’d get a half answer with an attitude every time including lying to charge us extra. The only good thing about the property was being outside in the backyard.