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.