West Glacier Cabin Rental Photos and Description
Larger and smaller places available with pricing on smaller units being less
Abbott Valley Homestead is an awesome blend of the old and the new and covers some 270 acres of meadows, forests along North and South Abbott creeks. Some of the cabins are the original homestead cabins dating back 100 years. Each has been remodeled inside with all the modern amenities, and yet these cabins are still the original authentic log structures, cut by hand from the surrounding meadows by Mickey and his team of draft horses.
Mickey was the anglo name for a Prussian immigrant who came here by way of Ellis Island to fight forest fires in 1910. He stayed and took out a deed from President T.Roosevelt and settled Abbott Valley. Our Irish parents came here after WWII and bought the homestead, adding timber lands to the north which is where the other homes are located. These homes were shelter to the loggers, who cleared Hungry Horse Reservoir in the late 1940's and early 1950's. Our family is proud of our diverse background and the heritage we share. Some of our family lives on the property and together we help maintain and share in the abundance around us.
We still run the ranch, and have some cattle and horses in the meadows who graze along side the deer, elk, moose and other wildlife all around us. We decided some 15 years ago to remodel the various cabins and homes and share them with guests traveling through the area. Many return year after year, having 'chosen' this place or that one as theirs, putting their roots down, if only for a week or two, so they can enjoy ' time' and each other in a beautiful, peaceful, and serene setting...being here is an opportunity to embrace simplicity and restore your soul. As one family shared recently, staying here at Abbott Valley created a sense of 'living in Montana, not just visiting it...we thank you for this experience. We have stayed at places all over the world and yours is at the top of our list of an incredible place and time together.'
Our location is an ideal 'base' if you are wanting to spend any amount of time in Glacier Park. We have many walking trails, meadows, woods, beaver ponds and creeks to enjoy right here. Abbott Valley is known for its rich diversity of fowl, wildlife and other fur bearing animals. The reparian areas are renowned for birding and photography.
There are homes and cabins on both the north and south ends of Abbott Valley. These places are private from one another and your individual space is well respected. They are also close enough that a combination of two, three, five or all of them works great for more than one family or group sharing their vacation together. There is a pavilion on the north end for larger groups, and ample deck space on the South end for gatherings. We encourage family renunions, weddings and other events. Several of the larger homes have 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, and then there are smaller cabins for two or more. Some of us live nearby and we serve as your ambassadors, making sure your stay is enjoyable and your questions are answered.
In order to protect our heritage and pass it on to subsequent generations, we put the property into a conservation easement in 2008. This will be one of the few places on the globe that will stay as it is, with no developments. We feel privileged to have this piece of paradise and want to preserve the beauty and legacy for others to enjoy as well. As one guest put it, 'there's no crowd energy here...I just love it!' We invite you to stay at Abbott Valley and step into a world apart from the fast commercial pace...it is a 'high touch place for a high tech world.'
Several of our guests return frequently and have become our friends over the years. We offer a special reduction to those who have stayed with us before, or to those you might recommend. We appreciate your patronage and recognize that our success in what we do also depends on your desire to stay with us. Our guests continually tell us 'it's better than they ever expected'. We take that as a compliment and it is what Abbott Valley Homestead is all about...authenticity, friendliness and being real. It's our home as well. Thank you for choosing to stay with us.
The Foley Family
Keywords: Guest Houses, family vacation, reunions, weddings,
- pets considered
- non smoking only
- children welcome
- wheelchair accessible
- limited accessibility
About The Owner
Our family purchased the original Homestead after WWII and added acreage to the north. During these years our parents mixed logging and ranching together to make a living, reflecting the spirit of a generation of Montanans who worked hard at homesteading in the North West. As their children, we have put the lands into a Conservation Easement to preserve Abbott Valley's rich beauty and history. The footprint that is here will not be changed into a development. In the past 15 years we have refurbished and remodeled the former cabins and homes to capture their history, their stories, and their essence. We encourage travelers who appreciate authenticity, nature and open space to come stay with us. You will experience a step back in time: a slower pace and a wonderful contrast to the demands of modern living. Its quiet and peaceful here. Our family still does most of the work and you can visit with any of us at any time to answer questions and offer suggestions. In addition to visiting Montana, you get a real feel for what it is like to live in Montana. We are your neighbors and go out of our way to make your stay enjoyable and memorable. Families return over the years, getting together with grown children who were little once, running in our meadows. We hope this tradition can become yours as well.
The Owner purchased this cabin in 1949
Why The Owner chose West Glacier
We feel our property is a very real reflection of Montana. Lots of places pretend to be 'a cabin' in the woods. Ours is the cabin in the woods! Some were built in 1910, others in the 1940's. They all have the richness of old growth wood in the interiors, and many still have the original logs cut down a century ago. We have carefully remodeled the places to make upgrades where necessary, while attending to the unique history of each place and maintaining their individuality. Each place is very different from each other, yet share a common area networked with trails, creeks and meadows. There is good space around each place and no one family is on top of another. Each place has their own individual fire pit to sit around in the evening to share the day, while anticipating the beauty of a rich dark sky full of stars. Some of our guests have return frequently to this cabin or that one, because they call it their place in Montana. We encourage you to come stay with us and begin your own tradition with your family and friends.
What makes this cabin unique
We are the next generation. Our parents logged and homesteaded here, and made sure the property was passed on in a way to preserve its boundaries and character. We have some horses and cattle and do limited logging to remove dead and diseased trees, but for the most part we have attempted to preserve the place for our kids and others to enjoy. We continue to work on this legacy. In 2008 we put the property into a Conservation Easement so it cannot be subdivided or developed. Our parents were kind enough to pass it on to us and we want to keep this 'trust' alive for future generations.
Guestbook comments from the owner
"We loved staying here; it was a treat to eat outside everyday and see the stars at night and sleep with the windows open...we hope to be back.."