Hamilton Chalet Rental Photos and Description
A three bedroom, two bathroom boutique mountain lodge in the mountains
The Downing Mountain Lodge is a unique three bedroom, two bathroom log chalet built in the round with sixteen sides. The cozy home has all the amenities and is hands down the most private and amazing location on 80 acres of open forest land adjacent to the Bitterroot National Forest. Located near hiking, fishing, boating, biking, climbing, and at the end of a private mountain road, the lodge is as private as you can get while still being close to town and the river. With panoramic vistas out of all windows from South, East to North, the mountain house is located two thousand feet above the Bitterroot Valley with amazing Mountain and Valley views and during May and June, the lands are covered in wildflowers. We are only a fifteen or twenty minute drive to the Bitterroot River and Hamilton, the Bitterroot Valley's largest town with plenty of dining, shopping, and entertainment options.
We can offer guests trips on the Bitterroot River, Lake Como and Flathead Lake by raft, canoe, or motorboat.
A massive central fireplace supports the log rafters and provides the authentic ambiance of a mountain lodge living room. The master bedroom faces east and catches the sunrise. With a queen bed and twin over full bunkbed, this room can accommodate up to five. The second bedroom contains another double bed and can accommodate up to two guests. The third bedroom contains a twin over twin bunkbed as well as a twin over double bunkbed in addition to a single bed and can accommodate up to six guests and is perfect for the kids or grandkids. There is also a pull out Queen couch in the living room.
The two bathrooms are newly remodeled. There is a vanity entryway to the bathrooms with two sinks. There is a shower bath and two toilets. The living room has three couches by the fireplace, a piano, a large dining table for up to twelve people, and a few smaller tables, a foosball table, a board games table, and a woodstove.
The kitchen is a full commercial setup with a gas range, four burner top and two ovens, a separate griddle top, and a charbroiler grill with a large venting hood. A double commercial sink, commercial dishwasher, and a freezer over fridge rounds out the essentials with plenty of room and tables for prep work and a sitting table for six. With plenty of tableware, silverware, and kitchen appliances including a toaster, microwave, crock pots and mixer, our guests or caterer is setup to prepare the most audacious of feasts. An access door to the outside and the hot tub deck is located in the west wall of the kitchen which is in the southwest quadrant of the building.
Outside, via the kitchen access, on the south deck is a 6 person hot tub. On the spacious east deck is a large charcoal or wood fired barbecue with a picnic table. In the covered entryway there is room to park one car, a love seat swing adjacent to a small lawn with bacci ball. Up the mountain behind the lodge is a dirt road leading to the northwest and a spring creek, a ridge and the trail to Downing Mountain and the high mountain tarns 2,000 feet above, and to the south after a short climb a descending old two track roadway to Owings Creek where it springs from the Earth.
The Downing Mountain Lodge is located on 80 acres of open forested land and borders thousands of acres of National Forest land to the west. With two spring creeks within easy walking distance and private trails and two tracks roads leading up and down the mountain, private paradise is how its often aptly described. There are elk, deer, moose, black bear, mountain lion, wolf, marten, mountain goats, and a variety of birdlife with grouse often roosting in the trees surrounding the lodge.
Please visit our unique website at downing mountain lodge dot com.
- non smoking only
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- wheelchair accessible
- children welcome
- pets considered
- Events Allowed
- alternative lifestyle
About John or Jennifer Lehrman
Jenny and I, John Lehrman, purchased the property in July 2012 after managing the lodge as a destination backcountry ski lodge since 2008 and caretaking the facility since 1998. It has always been our dream to purchase the lodge and operate it as a year round, adventure lodging and events destination. In 2012 everything came together for us to purchase and move forward with our dream. We both studied at the University of Montana in the Forestry School for Wildlife Biology and Resource Conservation and decided to stay in Montana for the wealth of outdoor and entrepreneurial opportunities.
John or Jennifer Lehrman purchased this chalet in 2012
Why John or Jennifer Lehrman chose Hamilton
We chose to buy this property because it is the one-of-a-kind, unique mountain retreat in the Bitterroot Range. Located at 5,550 feet elevation it is the highest elevation home in the Bitterroot Mountains. Its proximity to great backcountry ski terrain, hiking, and to the town of Hamilton, where we live, make it the perfect year round private recreation/relaxation destination. Nowhere else nearby is there a private access road to high elevation that is adjacent to high quality, pristine, ski and hiking terrain on the Forest Service.
What makes this chalet unique
We fell in love with the property over the years caretaking for the owner during the winter and then opening and operating the Downing Mountain Lodge during the winter. After four successful years managing the winter lodge and meeting all the great people who come to us from all over the country for backcountry skiing, we knew we had a genuinely great lodge business that satisfied many different people and families and brought out the best in us as we bring to our guests the most authentic of backcountry experiences. With the lodge accessible to wheeled vehicles during the summer, and desirable to more than backcountry skiers, we know taking the leap into ownership and year round adventure lodging and consulting will be a great way to pursue our career goals and offer our guests the year round benefits of this unique log lodge in its unique location.
Guestbook comments from the owner
I make a point of finding unique and special vacation lodgings and the Downing Mountain Lodge may be the best my family has ever experienced. You won’t find another place that offers you the space, the view, and the serenity. Think about this: you check into a lodge, and you get the whole place to yourself, including the mountain. The restaurant kitchen and furnishings make it all the more easy. Do not let the drive up the mountain scare you off of this place. First, plan ahead and get what you need at the grocery, because you don’t want to have to run out for a cup of sugar. But up and down once or twice a day is a pleasant ride, particularly in the early morning or evening, even at night, because you are pretty much guaranteed to see some game along the road. The host is more than helpful and will provide you with what you need. Bedding, bathrooms etc are clean and fresh. Take lots of pics and video, because your friends will be impressed with how you scored this one.