|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
This is a wonderful home situated just minutes south of Missoula on the Bitterroot River. The downstairs offers a game room with a pool table and foosball, workout area with a treadmill and free weights, wet bar and theatre area.
Outside activities on the property include a firepit (for storytelling and s'mores), horseshoes and a newly added volleyball court as well as swimming, fly fishing and rafting.
The main level features an open floor plan with a gourmet kitchen and island, a timberframe post and beam throughout with a rock fireplace, and a master suite with all amenities, including a gas fireplace, TV, artist easel, master bath, walk in shower and gas fireplace. Lots of outdoor decking and living areas overlooking the river, including a hot tub and covered porch/barbecue deck. Included is a river view apartment over the garage.
A magical place in both summer and winter, this home is a stones throw to Missoula.
Wildlife viewing opportunities include year-round ducks, geese, eagles, fox, deer and elk, and the occasional beaver trudging upstream. For the fishing enthusiast in the family, there are opportunities to take Rainbows, Browns, and cutthroat trout, and well as a place to put in or take out a raft. This home is also available for weddings. Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you!
Albert Zepeda has been a Montana resident since his family moved from California in 1974. What started out as a family trip across the northwest ended as a complete change of venue. The confluence of river, mountain, and stream led his family to buy a rickety house and ten acres on the Bitterroot River south of Missoula. It was here that Al first began learning the construction skills that would later become a profession, transforming the old structure into a sturdy home that would last 30 years and counting. Al attended Rocky Mountain College where he spent four splendid years playing defensive back for the Battlin’ Bears and earning a degree in Psychology, while diversifying his college experience with a myriad of extracurricular activities such as President of the Karate Club, Resident Assistant for Jorgensen Hall, and a Senator at Large as well as various other positions within the student government. For the past ten years, Albert has devoted himself to the Construction Industry, keeping current with industry standards and building products to offer his clients the very best in construction materials and value. As a builder of fine residential homes, Albert believes that more money spent on a project does not always translate into a better product, and his clients can be assured that decisions always involve a balance between cost, benefit, durability, aesthetics, and function.
The home sits at the end of private drive, Hugo Way, named after Hugo, (the handsome german shepherd featured on the Zepeda Homes Logo). Currently, Al and his new shepherd Strabo are in the process of building the new Lolo Peak Brewery!! While Strabo doesn’t make many decisions, he does seem to provide a mental clarity for his owner. Don’t be surprised if you see him in the back of Al’s truck and you’re sure to make a friend if you have a ball for him to fetch. Al is also a licensed Real Estate Agent in the State of Montana, but that is another story...
Albert Zepeda purchased this house in 2007
The Bitteroot River is a very desirable destination fly-fishing trout fishery, offering many excellent opportunities for rainbows, browns and cutthroat Trout.
What I love most about this property is the close proximity to wonderful Missoula, yet when you are at the property you feel like you are in the great outdoors…It is comfortable for one or two people, or large groups...
This location also offers convenient access to the outdoorsman that Western Montana is known for.
Close to missoula, yet feels like you are in the wilderness. Lots of wildlife can be observed from the many decks and outdoor patio, as well as a panorama of mountains.
Thanks Al for the great place and comfotable setting. Having the river outside the front door was very enjoyable. We look forward to making another Montana Trip and will definately book with you! Very convenient and close to Missoula. Thanks again and cheers!
The property is just as depicted in the photos. The house was clean and well maintained. I rented the house a surprise for my husband for his birthday. Two other couples accompanied us. The booking process was easy and Al was a pleasure to work with. This is a beautiful home with a gorgeous rustic decor. It was extremely welcoming and cozy. The kitchen was well stocked with every utensil and appliance you would require to prepare meals. In regards to a prior review, there were condiments and staples you would find in your kitchen at home, I appreciated having the spices available. Al recently opened a beautiful brewery near by, Lolo Peak Brewing Company. Unfortunately, it was so crowded the day we went, we we were unable to give it a try. If you prefer the structured, non-private environment a hotel offers, this may not be for you. If you are looking for a great place to enjoy time with friends or family with amenities hotels do not offer, I would definitely recommend this property!
Great country setting with an amazing country cabin feel through and through. Met the owner and had a great time talking with him a bit about the house and surrounding area. It was really nice renting from such a laid back easy going guy. Kids had a blast as well as the adults. Would go back and do it again in a heartbeat.
After we rented the property through the VRBO website, we had a difficult time getting in touch with the owner for follow-up questions and specific arrival details. All emails went unanswered - it was impossible to communicate with this owner (Al) via email. It was sometimes not possible to leave phone messages, as his mailbox would be full. Phone messages, once we were able to leave one, were eventually returned.
The outdoor jacuzzi was broken the entire length of our stay. The owner did not warn us in advance that the jacuzzi was out. When the first members of our family group arrived and saw it wasn't working, Al was called. He came out to look at it and basically just shrugged his shoulders and walked away. We heard nothing further from him while we were staying there.
The jetted tub in the master bathroom was also broken. The kitchen and pantry were full of old expired food. We cleaned them out. Gross.
Although we live in NYC, my husband is from Missoula and his extended family still live in the region. This was a gathering of his family. So, to anyone reading this who thinks we probably just had unreasonable Big City expectations, please note that the entire family shared our frustrations.
The house has a lovely back yard along the river, with nice seating on the deck and around the fire pit. This lived up to expectations, thank goodness. The home is large and can easily accommodate over a dozen people. It's not luxurious (nor did we expect it to be) but it's comfortable. Big hunting lodge theme, though, with taxidermy animals, etc.
The home is not in a rural setting; it's one of 3-4 big new lodge style homes built along the river, but it's surrounded by an older subdivision. We didn't care, but just an FYI in case a potential renter thinks the home is more isolated.
Since Al doesn't seem to have the time to devote to managing and maintaining his property, he should really hire someone to do it for him. As it stands now, I would not recommend renting this home.
My only complaint would be the beds were a little uncomfortable...but besides that everything was great. Lots to do, kids had fun, and the river was beautiful..
Wow, what a special place to stay! I had high expectations when I booked the Fly Fisherman's Lodge and all expectations were met. A short 25 minute drive south from the Missoula airport, the small town of Lolo is a beautiful drive along the river and mountainside. You might get lucky to see a field full of buffalo. Reserve St. is the main shopping street between the airport and Lolo and has every kind of store you could imagine, along with the sometimes heavy traffic. Rosauers grocery on Reserve St was excellent. Once in Lolo I discovered a local grocery store corner Tyler Way, it has everything (ice, beer, wine, groceries) so no need to shop any further than that. The lodge was open and clean upon our arrival. The entry is grand. The walls are decorated with wildlife and nature. The master suite is entirely decadent in comfort. You might be tempted not to leave that room! The kitchen is well equipped. Everything has been thought of with tons of dishes, pots and pans (mostly metal though) two ovens, 1 fridge, huge pantry. space is plentiful. We had 18 in total over 7 days ages 18 months to 79 and all had a fantastic time. All beds were very comfortable. We used all the amenities, ping pong,basketball, horseshoes, hot tub, pool table, foosball, bean bag game for kids. etc. It was amazing with 18 people under the same room, at times was quiet as we were spread out everywhere. The river was very high and moving very fast. We tried to fish from the property but were not able to succeed due to the conditions. We would have needed to fish elsewhere where it was more shallow. Huge snow pack still coming down from the mountains. We had plenty of seats around the fire pit for listening to the guitar and roasting marshmallows. The river is so close, it was a real treat to sit out back and see deer, eagles, wild horses, geese, ducks, wild turkeys, etc. The owner was very approachable and extremely helpful. We even got to tour the new LOLO PEAK BREWERY, which is a stones throw away, (one traffic light north). How we wished we would be there for the opening (JULY). This brewery is going to be super fantastic and the "happening" place in town with food and great brew, so make sure to check it out. Mornings are a great time for an early walk. Snow capped mountains, wildlife milling about, spectacular scenery. Our family reunion was perfect because of this wonderful place. It felt like home, we all hated to leave. Definitely recommend & would go back. Wonderful memories.
We spent 5 days at this awesome house, relaxing on the deck, watching sunrises, sunsets, wildlife, and the river. Every morning we thought "How could anyone ever tire of this beautiful view??!" This is a great place to unwind, and get away from it all! The house is extremely comfortable, and has a great open feel. The owner has provided everything, and more than needed. The kitchen was a dream to cook in, the layout was just perfect, it had everything, down to sugar and various spices that you could want. The beds were comfortable, no problem sleeping at all. The master bath was out of this world! One evening we grilled fresh rainbow trout on one of the three grills on the beautiful deck, it was one of the best meals we've had! We took short day trips taking in the fabulous views of the area...and don't forget to stop in Missoula for huckleberry ice cream cones, they were delicious! We would love to go back someday, and we would recommend this place to everyone. Al, the owner was great to work with. Thanks, Al, for a memorable stay!
Western Montana is your backyard!
Other Activities: volleyball, horseshoes
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Property Damage Protection||$89|
|Notes||Groups of four or less may qualify for special pricing from listed rates. Weddings/events are a standard 1500.00 Fee (added to rental).|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
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