The Vacation House sits in the middle of a 300 acre active cattle ranch that includes a barn, fields, cattle, horses, and another home occupied by the family who own the horses.
The house may be rented at lower rates by smaller groups needing either 4 or 5 bedrooms. Please inquire about rates.
The house is arranged to accommodate both families and groups of unrelated individuals. The first floor provides kitchen, dining, and living space along with the standard Master Suite with King-size bed, jetted bath and shower. The second floor offers a sitting room and three bedrooms (one with King-size bed and private bath; the other two bedrooms offer twin beds, 2 in each, and a shared bath). The basement provides a large Bedroom with 2 Queen-size beds with a bathroom suite (separated shower, toilet, and sink areas) and a second bedroom with 2 Twin-sized beds and bath. Stow-away beds in each of the bedrooms with King-size beds provide separate beds for non-related adults. The house sleeps a maximum of 14 people. Down comforters, Pendleton blankets, and soft sheets envelop visitors in luxury.
A Conference/Game room is available in the basement. Other amenities include a security gate, in-house monitored security system that including outside cameras, and the services of our hostess, Laura, who will greet you and answer your questions about the house, the ranch, and the local area.
Vacations at our ranch may be quiet, but they are never boring. You may opt for a quiet day of hiking, fly-fishing, or horseback riding in the Big Horn Mountains. You may also be a hunter or snowmobile enthusiast. If so, the Big Horn Mountains offer the best of both and are only minutes away. You may also choose to take a day trip to Yellowstone Park, one of America's greatest treasures. Regardless, when you return at night, the house offers a plethora of family and group activities, including traditional and video games, relaxing in our steam spa, sauna, or hot tub, music, gourmet cooking and even a game of pool or shuffleboard in the mancave located in our barn.
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John, a dermatologist and Karen, a real estate property manager, love golf and travel whenever and where ever possible, having visited most of Canada, the US, and parts of Europe and Africa - Karen jokes that she was born with a passport in her hip pocket. As such, they understand the delight, joy, and enduring memories that an intrepid traveler savors long after returning home from a vacation spent in a quiet and secluded retreat.
Karen Humeniuk purchased this house in 2006
On a whim, two Southerners, who weren't known for being big outdoors folk, decided to try their hand at horseback riding and chose the Big Horn Mountains because her parents, who were both born into multi-generation Minnesota families, had described the mountains as one of America's understated-but-grand treasures. That first vacation led to a second, and before they knew it, the beauty and quiet of Shell Valley, nestled against the rocky western face of the mountains, had grabbed their hearts and wouldn't let go. And now it is their pleasure to share it with you.
The quiet and solitude of the ranch grabs your soul while the 180-degree view of the Big Horn Mountains revives your spirit. A day spent with friends hiking, hunting, fishing, or traveling to Yellowstone nourishes friendships while the friendly and down-to-earth community of Shell welcomes you. Cares wander downstream with the cold, clear water of Beaver Creek while the chirping of birds and the lowing of cattle drowns out worry. Come, discover how 'quiet' feels.
If you like the quiet of outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, and hunting, but members of your group aren't into roughing it, we have a great place for you. You can visit the Red Gulch Dinosaur track site, hike to the Medicine Wheel, or fish in the clear waters of Shell Creek. An active dinosaur dig - during June and July - is just 2 miles from the house. Visiting Jim at his site is a must-do for school age kids. For more information about activities, see our website.