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Hand Built Log Cabin in Ponderosa Forest

Michael Janovsky, Owner; Larry Tipton, Property Manager

Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Michael Janovsky, Owner; Larry Tipton, Property Manager

Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
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Hand Built Log Cabin in Ponderosa Forest

Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Absarokee Cabin Rental Photos and Description

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

There is no better way to make your Montana vacation complete than by lodging in and enjoying a secluded, authentic hand made log cabin.

This cabin has been a 38 year labor of love by a carpenter who designed it, cut and stripped over 180 lodgepole pine trees, and set in excess of 390 separate logs to create this beautiful log structure, unlike any you may have seen. From the hand built cabinetry, the masonry work, the hardwood and quarry tile floors, the handrailings, to the one-of-a-kind log spiral staircase, the craftsmanship is apparent and admirable.

The cabin has been decorated and tastefully outfitted with authentic antique furniture and Persian rugs to create a truly "turn of the century" ambiance, but still has a modern kitchen and bath for your comfort. It is situated on the edge a Ponderosa pine forest, full of deer and wild turkeys; it is honestly a joy to hike through the forest and explore.

The Hermitage is licensed and inspected by the state to insure your safety and comfort

Privacy and seclusion is assured, as no other structure can be seen from The Hermitage and it is at the end of a 300 yard private driveway.

Picture yourself sitting on the back balcony with a drink in hand, reflecting on your long day of either fishing or floating, grilling steaks (or your fresh catch) as the sun goes down and observe the deer head back into the woods and the wild turkeys roost in nearby trees. Just before dusk the nighthawks swoop down for your amusement. After dinner on the back deck the stars glow brightly in the crystal clear air and the constellations dance across the sky.

This is the way to really relax and experience a memorable evening, Montana Style.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Michael Janovsky, Owner; Larry Tipton, Property Manager (Owner)
Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
May 2, 2015

About Michael Janovsky, Owner; Larry Tipton, Property Manager

I am a retired Construction Superintendent, starting out as an apprentice carpenter in 1971 after 4.5 years at Indiana University. In 1976 I bought 10 acres outside of Columbus with the anticipation that I would be able to have a "finished" cabin in about 5 years. That was over 39 years ago, and I am still working on the place. I figure that it will be "completed" the day after I die. I moved away from Montana in 1990 as a result of the poor economy, first to the San Francisco Bay Area, where I stopped by to find a wife, and in 1992, again moved even further away to the Big Island of Hawaii where we still live.

I began The Hermitage as a retirement home for myself, but now that I live in Hawaii, I can't decide where to end up, so while i still can, I enjoy them both.

The last several years I have been hitting all of the antique stores, outfitting The Hermitage in ever nicer antiques. In 2014 I secured several pieces that really belong in The Hermitage. As space is limited, I find myself "trading up" as far as antiques are concerned. Also in 2014, I bought two Fredrick Remington statues, one busting a bronco, and the other entitled "The Mountain Man."

Here in Hawaii i spend my retirement beating back the jungle, tending to my fruit trees, and forever remodeling and building. Here too, the project will be complete either when I sell the place or, as is the case with The Hermitage, the day after I die.

Michael Janovsky, Owner; Larry Tipton, Property Manager purchased this cabin in 1976

Why Michael Janovsky, Owner; Larry Tipton, Property Manager chose Absarokee

Ever since I moved to Montana, everyone always spoke about the beautiful Stillwater Valley, the Absarokee region in particular. When an old friend of mine bought a place up on the undeveloped Upper Hawk Valley Road, I fell in love with the forest, the seclusion, and the wildlife.

There are several Montana Fishing Access Sites within a few miles along the blue-ribbon trout stream that is the Stillwater River. Also, as I was really into white water rafting and kayaking, and the Stillwater and Yellowstone are just great.

What makes this cabin unique

I took great pains to design and build The Hermitage with a goal in mind that it would be "time zone transitional," that it would take yo out of the 21st century and gently transport you back to a simpler, slower time. When I'm up there, I make an effort to sit and relax in various areas, since each room has its own ambiance; the living room is "Old West/Trapper," while the den is more "Trapper Style." The basement, with its sofa/hide-a-bed, in done in old barn boards, with a old barbed-wire display and rusty gold pan.

there is a guest book at The Hermitage and I go through it each season, and it seems to be a consensus that meals and relaxing with a cup of coffee on the back deck is a favorite pastime. Numerous honeymoon couples have chosen to begin their lives together visiting The Hermitage, and other guests spend their time reading and recharging. The change in scenery, actually, the relocation back to another century has its own therapeutic effects.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This was the perfect get-away cabin. There is no place like this to bring two people together without the interruptions of everyday life. My favorite part of the cabin was the back deck. There were several things we saw and enjoyed but sitting on the deck, drinking coffee was absoultely beautiful.

We will remember this vacation our entire lives and may always look for the peace, solitude, and pure romantic setting that this cabin has.

Thank you so much for making this cabin available to strangers. It is so beautiful. When we walked in, we were in awe and it exceeded the expectations. The pictures of the cabin were very accurate & its as unique as I hoped.

Thanks again and hope to come back.
Sep 2010
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Hand Built Log Cabin in Ponderosa Forest
average rating of 3.6666667 based on 9 reviews
Floresville, Texas

No place like "The Hermitage"

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the cabin was all we expected and more. I was there in August of 2011 with my husband, daughter and son, both in their early 20’s. The cabin was built by hand and is rustic, charming and one-of-a-kind. We were greeted by six mule deer bucks the day we arrived and we continued to see them throughout our stay. We enjoyed drinking coffee out on the deck each morning and watching the wildlife come out to explorer and gather food. Each day we planned an excursion; there were several guide books and maps that were made available that assisted with our planning. Larry, the property manager was also a great resource. We spent one day fishing on the Yellowstone River with Chris, Stillwater Anglers. He was a great fishing guide and a wonderful person. Another day we went rafting and horseback riding, the views from the river were breathtaking and our guide was full of local trivia. We had lunch at the Dew Drop Inn in Absarokee, a small local burger joint that offered hand-dipped ice cream for dessert. Finally, we ventured out of the area to historic Little Bighorn Battlefield. The drive took over an hour, but it was well worth the drive. The events of the battle and Custer’s Last Stand were well documented with eye-witness accounts, maps, audio-visual presentations and artifacts. On this outing we also went to a casino. This was my son’s first and he was disappointed that he was only offered a cola – no alcohol on the premises. Another first for us was Indian fried bread. It was served with honey and oh so delicious. During our visit we were contacted by the owner, he called just to check-in on us and wanted to make sure that we were able to find everything we needed for an enjoyable stay. Since I discovered VRBO through a colleague, I no longer stay in hotels. Would I stay here again? Absolutely!

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Akron OH

Perfect Man-cation!

  • 4 of 5

My brother, father & I stayed for about a week and enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. Being raised a country boy in Ohio I was ready to get back to some basics. The view alone was astounding as were our daily adventures. Thank God for 4WD. The cabin was perfect for 3 boisterous men. The accomadations were fine and were what we were expecting for a trip to Montana. No fancy sheets for me thank you very much. The local contact met us promptly in Billings and we hit all the points of interest he mentioned. Perfect distance for short drives into Cody, Big Timber and Billings. The cabin was just what we wanted. Cheers!

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

secluded retreat, but NOT 2 bedroom

  • 2 of 5

First, this property is NOT a 2-bedroom cabin, as advertised. There is one bed in a loft that is not enclosed, i.e., it is not a separate room and is visible from the main room of the cabin. There is a futon in the common area between the kitchen and back deck. There is a sofa in the basement that folds out into a bed; it is in full view of anyone standing near the stairwell on the main floor. There is no private space in this cabin, except the bathroom.

The second drawback is that it is not especially clean. We had to change the sheets when we got there, and wash the dishes before we used them. The basement area does not appear to have been swept or vacuumed in a long time. There is dust and dirt in the corners, etc. Given that, it’s not clear what the $75 cleaning fee covered.

On the positive side: The owner(?)/manager(?) was quick to respond to rental inquiry, and was pleasant and easy to deal with. He met us in Columbus, gave good directions to the cabin, and also told us about some local attractions and services. The cabin is nicely secluded and very quiet, situated in the hills between Columbus and Absarokee. It is reasonably close to access points in the National Forest and Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, which were important to us because we planned to hike in the area. The road and driveway are a bit rough in places, but we had no trouble in our Subaru. The back deck and the front porch are both nice places to sit, especially morning and evening. The back deck has chairs and a table, but the front porch does not. You have to sit on the steps if you want to hang out there. We saw deer and turkeys in the yard. The kitchen was reasonably well equipped, in terms of utensils, plates, and appliances. There was not an oven but there is a microwave, stove, coffee maker, fridge, etc. We did not try out the TV or videos. Cell phone reception was good. As a “home base” for excursions into the national forest, it was a good location and a good retreat at the end of the day.

Overall, I give this a “Fair” rating, primarily because of misrepresentation regarding the bedrooms, and substandard cleaning.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am the absentee owner and after reading this particular critique, I promptly called my Property Manager and asked him why this renter gave The Hermitage such a poor review. He told me that when he first met her, he got a strange feeling from her, right away. I then inquired about the cleaning issue, and he told me that the cleaning service that we employ did a through job as always, and the sheets were just washed and all of the dishes were done, as usual. As a matter of fact, my Property Manager handles the laundry of the linens and towels himself. No one over the past 5 years have ever even mentioned the cleanliness of The Hermitage. We have had dozens of guests at The Hermitage over the years, and this is the one and only poor review that we have ever gotten. I have provided a leather-bound guest book on the redwood burl table, asking each guest for their impression of The Hermitage, and I get them sent to me every season for my review; as a matter of fact, the reviews below are copied verbatum out of the guest book. The Hermitage is a Montana State inspected and approved lodging facility, and we take great pride in providing a wonderful unique facility that you will never forget; some of the reviews even mention how they were so impressed with The Hermitage that they will remember their stay forever. I was personally deeply hurt by this one poor review; I hope that it does not cause you to pass over our unique facility in this beautiful setting that we offer. Thank you, Michael


Nearest Airport
52 Miles
Billings, Mt,
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
307 & New Atlas, Columbus; 5 Spot in Absarokee
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Interstate 90
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
307 in Columbus, China Wall in Absarokee
Nearest Ski
39 Miles
Red Lodge Mountain


Rates & Availability

From $150 Per night

Absarokee Cabin Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring to Fall
May 1 2015 - Oct 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200.00
Tax Rate 7.0%
Notes Although Montana is one of the few states without a sales tax, the State requires vacation home owners to charge a 7% "bed tax" that is used to fund the rigorous inspections that all publicly available lodging facilities are required to submit to. These inspections ensure your safety and comfort.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Absarokee Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • The bath at The Hermitage does not have a bathtub. It is rather spacious.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master Bedroom/Loft
    Entertainment Den - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Double Futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , New Hide-a-Bed sofa in Daylight Basement w/ Separate Doorway
    Little Loft - 2 twin/ single , 2 Air Mattresses for Kids; My Daughter's Favorite Spot
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • water tubing

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