1916 SCHOOLHOUSE-HORSE RIDES, ZIP LINE, RAFTING, FARM EGGS!

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
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1916 SCHOOLHOUSE-HORSE RIDES, ZIP LINE, RAFTING, FARM EGGS!

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Cabin, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

Take a step back in time and delve into the rich history of the area. Our 1916 Schoolhouse is located on the historic Stermitz Ranch in beautiful Cinnabar Basin, Gardiner, Montana. This is the original location of the school, which provided a much needed learning place for the children in this rural area - many of whose families immigrated to the area to work in coal mines.

In 2009-2010, the schoolhouse was completely renovated to preserve the structure and maintain the historic integrity of the building. Many of the original items are on display for all to enjoy.

From the moment you drive to the schoolhouse on the hill, you will be amazed by the breathtaking views. Once you set foot inside, you are in for a relaxing vacation. The schoolhouse boasts several tall windows, each with spectacular mountain views - aspen trees and wildlife abound. Watch deer, elk, and the occasional moose graze in the meadow out the front door. Bears, wolves, and coyotes are sometimes spotted on nearby hills and fields.

Experience what life is like on a western ranch. We raise American Quarter Horses, and generally have at least one new foal every summer. Last summer our cabin guests were fortunate enough to witness the birth! The ranch is also home to chickens,pigs,cows,dogs, and cats. Have farm fresh eggs delivered to you upon request- our sons charge $5/dozen and offer free delivery.

A highlight of the Schoolhouse features:

*Horseback rides and zip lining available on property.

*Whitewater rafting on the nearby Yellowstone River. Go to www.montanawhitewater.com for more info.

*Farm fresh eggs delivered.

*Hiking/cross-country skiing from the front door.

*King size bed with luxurious linens.

*Mountain views from every window.

*Beautiful location on the historic Stermitz Ranch.

*A scenic 20-25 minute drive to Yellowstone National Park.

*2 twin convertible beds (with bedding)are perfect for kids.

*Cozy seating area with a charming propane fireplace.

*Carefully appointed details such as a tin ceiling, original wood floors, old school desks and books, a chalkboard, etc.

*Heated slate floor in the bathroom.

*Kitchen with a full size range.

*Opportunities for children to interact with animals.

*Western ranch experience.

Do you have a larger group, or planning a family re-union? Ask about our other cabin rentals on the ranch! We also have a large covered pavilion with picnic tables - perfect for those large family gatherings.

We look forward to meeting you.

Your hosts,

Stacy and Rob Stermitz

Keywords: Studio, cottage, school house, cabin

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Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
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My husband, Rob and I feel extremely blessed to live in such an amazing place. We are fortunate to raise our 4 sons, who are the 5th generation, here on the historic Stermitz Ranch. Rob works full time as a Landscape Architect in Yellowstone as well as managing the ranch operations. Stacy is a full time mom and manages the vacation rental properties and the horseback rides. We enjoy working on renovation projects together, generally on the weekends as time allows. The schoolhouse is our third complete renovation on the aging ranch buildings. The next project will be the original homestead house built in 1910. We have enjoyed the challenges that each building brings, and look forward to the day when all of the original structures have been restored and preserved!

The Owner purchased this cabin in 1900

After Rob and I both graduated from college and got married, we decided that this was the ideal place to raise our kids. We both share a deep appreciation for the outdoors and the history of the area, and the proximity to Yellowstone Park makes it ideal. We just love the story of how his family came to be here. Rob's great grandfather, Joseph, was born in Slovenia, Austria in 1862 and worked in the coal mines from the age of 9. He later immigrated here from Slovenia with his wife and two children in 1892, following the promise of work in coal mines in Montana. When they arrived he found that no work was to be found. Joseph used his last $10 to buy a shotgun so that he might feed his family. While here, a fire broke out in the Cokedale mines. Joe helped put out the fires and was noticed by the mine boss who asked 'who is that good worker?' Someone explained that it was an immigrant who couldn't find work. The mine boss then said 'Put that man to work. Anyone who works that hard for no pay should get a job.' The family, along with the addition of three more children, moved to the ranch in Cinnabar Basin in 1900. They purchased the the original homestead of Bob Dixon. Their house consisted of a dirt roofed dugout built by Dixon. Later, when the mine closed in 1910, the lumber was brought from the hospital building in Aldrige to construct a log and lumber house. Rob's grandfather was born here in 1910. He later attended this school. In 1935, Rob's grandfather married Gladys Elliott, who was one of the teachers at this schoolhouse. Their son, Jim, also attended school here and continues to live here on the ranch with his wife Lorayne.

The ranch is ideally located in the remote mountains of the Gallatin National Forest, while still being a close drive to the many wonders of Yellowstone National Park. We enjoy watching the abundant wildlife, hiking and skiing from our back door, and taking a horseback ride up the scenic mountain trails that the ranch has to offer. Being in the great outdoors is what this property is all about! Experience what life is like on a western ranch. We hope that you will enjoy it as much as we do.

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
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1916 Schoolhouse-horse rides, zip line, rafting, farm eggs!
average rating of 4.785714 based on 14 reviews
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Gardiner Yellowstone
5

Quaint & Comfortable. Beautiful Setting!

Quaint & Comfortable. Beautiful Setting!
  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
My wife and I really enjoyed our 3 night stay at the schoolhouse. Rob and Stacy have done a wonderful job renovating the property while maintaining the Schoolhouse theme. The old photos of the school kids was a nice touch. I spent some time studying them trying to guess which one of them might have been Rob's dad. Wish we'd had more time to visit and explore the property but because of the close proximity to Yellowstone, that's where we spent most of our time. Thanks so much for sharing Rob and Stacy. The schoolhouse is a truly magical place.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Gardiner Yellowstone
Tokyo, Japan
3

Nice setting but not recommeded for a family of 4

  • 3 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
We enjoyed the quiet, serene surroundings, and the house was neat and interesting. At night, looking at the dark sky with countless starts was fantastic.

However, it is way too small for a family of four (tiny actually). If you have children, I wouldn't recommend it at all (though fine for a honeymoon couple). You definitely need one more room. It was absolutely ridiculous to suggest this to a family of four!

Because of the lack of a washing machine (why not?) we also had to go to the laundry in Gardiner which was 35 minutes away by jeep (if you have an ordinary town car don't even think about it!). Another thing which irked was the the books. Little padlocks on the bookshelves made us feel like we were in a museum.

The cabin was nicely done, nice setting. As a two day honeymoon cottage this would be fine. The staff and the fresh eggs were also wonderful, but unfortunately the bottom line it that the tiny house was inappropriate for a family of four - even a young (8 and 11) close-knit family like ours.
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: 1. "The building is too small for 4 people." First of all, they had the option of renting our bigger cabin which is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath building. However, they didn't want to spend the extra money on the bigger rental.We have housed couples with children for many years in the historic schoolhouse - never with a complaint. The ranch the cabin sits on has access to over 20,000 acres of private ranch land and national forest land, if you are spending all of your time indoors, you are missing out on the beauty this land has to offer. 2. "You definitely need one more room". In order to preserve the historic charm and character of this building, we chose to leave the building the same size and location as we found it. 3. "Why not a washer and dryer?" Our website clearly states that it does not have one. They knew this ahead of time when we talked on the phone, but chose to bring it up again as a complaint.Our local laundromat has drop-off service. All you have to do is drop it off on your way to Yellowstone in the morning and pick it up on your way back. Rob drives through Gardiner almost every day on his way to work in Yellowstone Park and frequently drops laundry off for guest on his way through. 4. "You need a jeep to travel our road." Except for winter when the road gets icy, a 4-wheel drive vehicle is not required to travel our road.The last 5 miles of our road is a quiet drive along a mountain creek. Our guests frequently see deer, bighorn sheep and bears on our road which is well maintained by our county. If you take the time to enjoy it, the drive alone is relaxing. Other people who have stayed at this cabin have driven motorcycles,Mini-Coopers and even a few sports-cars. If you are used to city living (Mrs. _ is from Tokyo, Japan)this type of drive might not be for you; but then Yellowstone might not be either. 5. "Little padlocks on the bookshelves made us feel like we were in a museum." Many of the books are over 100 years old and are simply too fragile to be handled. We have vainly tried to place books out for people to look at, but have had many stolen in the process. It's really unfortunate that we would need to lock them, but sadly we do. Replacements are difficult, if not impossible to find.
The historic 1916 Schoolhouse was listed in USA Today last fall as one of the top 10 places to stay in a schoolhouse. We take pride in the fact that it's well preserved for many to enjoy.
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Gardiner Yellowstone
Asheville, NC
5

Wow! Unforgetable.

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
This was an unforgetable stay. The historic renovations were as described and the photos were accurate. It is a cozy and comfortable cabin. It is decorated in a school house theme. The walls are full of photos dating back to the early days of the school house. We had all we needed and the owners were responsive and friendly. Rob stopped by and and told us more about the 100 year history of his family ranch and the school house in particular. Forget the TV and WiFi. You come here to get away from it all. I can't remember the last time I've seen a night sky so dark. No lights anywhere. The night sky and the Milky Way are so clear. We woke one morning to watch Venus and the moon rise over the mountain. In the morning and evening we watched the rangler run the horses between the corral and the upper pasture. There is a gravel road to reach the cabin, but we did not find it a problem in our little front wheel drive car. What a great escape!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Gardiner Yellowstone
Tallahassee, Florida/United States
5

Mountain Retreat

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: May 28, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
Beautiful views from every window, cozy bed, warm fire, complete peace and quiet. Our Yellowstone vacation could not have been better with a wonderful base like the Schoolhouse. Stacy called to check on us to see if there was anything we needed and to make sure we were comfortable. Otherwise we did not see or talk with a soul (though we could have if we had wanted to.) We felt completely safe driving the narrow gravel road but were glad that we had rented a small suv since the access to the cabin is a steep-ish driveway. Everything we needed was provided in this lovingly restored building-both the kitchen and bath contained all of the amenities. The heated slate floor in the bathroom was a particularly nice touch on those cool mountain mornings. The small kitchen space presented some challenges, but nothing we couldn't overcome.
My husband and I both agreed that it was the perfect place for our Yellowstone vacation. The short drive in to the park each day was a small price to pay for the solitude and gorgeous mountain surroundings. We would not hesitate to recommend the Schoolhouse to other couples.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Gardiner Yellowstone
Vancouver WA
5

Perfect family spot

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
We so enjoyed this special get-away. The horseback ride for our children was the highlight. Plus, the adorable cabin, plus the scenery, plus quiet, and more. It was a vacation to remember.
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Map

Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
beach
Nearest Barpub
12 Miles
Nearest Ski
75 Miles
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Car: necessary
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Availability & Rates

Gardiner Cabin Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
 
High Season
Jun 15 2014 - Sep 30 2014
$250
3 nights
 
 
Low Season
Oct 1 2014 - Jun 14 2015
$125
2 nights
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $89.00
Personal checks or MC/Visa accepted. 50% secures the reservation. Remaining 50% due 2 weeks prior to arrival. Add 3% if paying with credit card.
Notes High Seas(6/15-9/30)5 nt min.$250/.Low Seas(10/1-6/14) 2 nt min.$200/night.
E-Mail Us for Lower Rates During Off-Season /nt(2 Nt Min.) 50% Deposit Secures Reservation - Remaining Balance Due 2 weeks prior to arrival.Full Refund Minus $50 Re-Booking Fee if cancel 60 + Days Prior to Check in.No Refunds for Cancellations Less Than 60 Days Prior to Check in.7% tax. Add 3% for credit card use
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Amenities

Gardiner Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Mountain View
  • Ski-In
  • Ski-Out
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
General:
  • Parking Off Street
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Fireplace
  • Telephone
  • Linens Provided
  • Dialup Access
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Pantry Items
  • Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1), Baby Cribs (1) A "Pack-N-Play" is available upon request., Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) Twin floor matts can be easily moved to any spot in the room.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Toys
  • CD Player
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Small Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Barbecue
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • forests
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
  • health/beauty spa
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • bird watching
  • antiquing
  • shopping
  • horseshoes
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • rock climbing
  • cross country skiing
  • kayaking
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • whitewater rafting
  • ski lift privileges
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • hunting
  • equestrian events
  • skiing
  • golf
  • water skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • basketball court
  • spelunking
  • water tubing
  • rafting
  • mountain climbing
  • hiking
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
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