BORDERING NATIONAL FOREST LAND, A PRIVATE RETREAT ON 80 ACRES

John or Jennifer Lehrman

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Sleeps12
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights

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BORDERING NATIONAL FOREST LAND, A PRIVATE RETREAT ON 80 ACRES

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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.

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • alternative lifestyle
John or Jennifer Lehrman (Owner)
Advertiser since 2012
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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.
Jul 2012
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Sleeps12
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights
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Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
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Reviews

4.8
based on 8 traveler reviews

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Bordering National Forest Land, a private retreat on 80 acres
average rating of 4.75 based on 8 reviews
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Bordering National Forest Land, a private retreat on 80 acres
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p420500vb
406-531-1486
Hamilton Montana
Tucson,AZ
5

WOW!

  • 5 of 5
Downing Mountain Lodge was the perfect place for our family reunion! It is so peaceful and remote that the kids could run around and be noisy and just be kids. The beds were very comfortable and the kitchen was great! The location gave us the best of Montana with the trees, views, nice breezes and peace. The main room is large enough for multiple activities at the same time and not get in each others way. The pictures of the interior do not do it justice. The rooms are much larger than they appear in the pictures. We had such a good time at the lodge, much laughter was had by all.
  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind review. I'm glad that your expectations were exceeded by the reality of the lodges amenities and spaciousness. We used a fish eye lens for taking some of the photos. That allows most of the subject to be included in the photo, but it does distort the image making appearances smaller. I'm so glad the kids enjoyed the lodge. Our complete privacy is definitely one of our top amenities. Thanks and hope you can visit again soon.
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Bordering National Forest Land, a private retreat on 80 acres
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p420500vb
406-531-1486
Hamilton Montana
Hamilton, MT
5

Great Spot for a Family Reunion!!

  • 5 of 5
Our family rented the Lodge in July for a family reunion. The location was ideal and the lodge was the perfect place for family to feel welcome and bonded. The owners, John and Jen were very accommodating to our special needs. The kitchen was stocked with all the equipment we needed to cook for and serve 25 people (except plates). I highly recommend the lodge if you want a unique mountain getaway vacation!!
  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We will be sure to restock plates from storage to the kitchen. Thanks for the feedback.
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Bordering National Forest Land, a private retreat on 80 acres
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p420500vb
406-531-1486
Hamilton Montana
Cody, Wyoming USA
3

Beautiful Mountain Retreat

  • 3 of 5
We had a wonderful time at the property. It was such a treat to be in such a beautiful mountain setting. The chalet is so warm and inviting with the most spectacular views of the valley below. John and Jenny are wonderful hosts and helped out with any question we had. The lodge was beautiful and loved the big fireplace .Having our daughters wedding reception here was a great choice and had enough room for all with all the amenities we need for preparing. Would recommend this place for families to gather and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Thank you once again for letting us stay at your beautiful place.
  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks for choosing DML for your wedding. Your kind words and kind group were a welcome addition to our guest list.
business
Bordering National Forest Land, a private retreat on 80 acres
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p420500vb
406-531-1486
Hamilton Montana
Oregon
5

Privacy and Quiet

  • 5 of 5
We stayed 3 nights at the lodge along with an 8-year old and 2 dogs. It was wonderful in every way it could be measured. Not for the unadventurous, though. The road up to the top is a bit hairy in the rain.
  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers
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Bordering National Forest Land, a private retreat on 80 acres
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p420500vb
406-531-1486
Hamilton Montana
Greenough, MT
5

Partner

  • 5 of 5
Fabulous! Great terrain and accommodations for a variety of skier/boarder levels and for folks who just want to chill and make snow angels. Love the stocked commercial kitchen and enormous fire place-- lots of lounge space. With the new updates to the lodge and opened terrain from the 2012 summer fires, I can't wait to go back. Johnny is super helpful and I would definitely recommend this property to friends and family who want a great, affordable, accessible, backcountry lodge experience for a group of people.
  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2012
  • Stayed: Dec 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers
business
Bordering National Forest Land, a private retreat on 80 acres
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p420500vb
406-531-1486
Hamilton Montana
brooklyn, ny
5

Telemarkers Delight

  • 5 of 5
Downing Mountain Lodge and Downing Mountain at its footstep are the recipe for a wonderful backcountry vacation.

John and Jenny are perfect hosts and the lodge itself is cozy and fun.

I've visited the lodge three times and skied everything from corn snow to waist deep dry powder. It's a tele-heaven, be it Broken Binding bowl or the Run Out. Some of my best skiing has taken place at Downing.
  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2012
  • Stayed: Feb 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Families with Young Children
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Missoula International Airport
Nearest Train
160 Miles
Whitefish Montana Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Highway 93
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Lake Como
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Hamilton
Nearest Ski
Downing Mountain Lodge
Nearest Golf
13 Miles
Hamilton Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Hamilton
Car: necessary

Downing Mountain Lodge is privately located eight miles west of Hamilton, Montana at the end of a gated road that ascends three miles and 2,000 feet above the Bitterroot Valley. With Hamilton and the Bitterroot Valley a short fifteen minute drive away, our remote mountainside location appeals to solitude seekers, family gatherings, hikers, backcountry skiers, musicians, wedding planners, and events and retreat organizers. Adjacent to the Bitterroot National Forest with hiking trails, two creeks, and no public access, sojourners to the lodge are assured an intimate, private vacation experience three miles passed the nearest neighbors.

Within less than a half hour drive during the summer months, there is great hiking into various Bitterroot Canyons, shopping at the local farmers market on Wednesday evening and Saturday morning, multiple access points to the Bitterroot River, great rock climbing in Blodgett, Mill, Kootenai, and Lost Horse Canyons, a public golf course, small airport, local playhouse, movie theater, grocery stores, antique markets, the Performing Arts Center, playgrounds, a bike path, Lake Como, mountain biking trails, restaurants, health clubs, and a variety of shopping opportunities in Hamilton.

Located along the Lewis and Clark Trail, there is Traveler's Rest State Park in Lolo with an interpretive center. The Daly Mansion built by the Copper King from Butte, Marcus Daly, is five minutes east of Hamilton on the Eastside Highway. A must see for a tour, the Daly Mansion and grounds is a location that regularly hosts summertime events including music festivals, a Native American PowWow, and other social events.

Lake Como, half an hour south, is a great recreational site with hiking and mountain biking trails, a beach, a power boat launch, a kayaking creek, good fishing, and great views of the Como Peaks. The most popular destination in the Northern Region of the Forest Service, Lake Como and the surrounding area has much to offer the traveler. Lost Horse Canyon, adjacent to Lake Como, has a Forest Service road that accesses high mountain lakes and trailheads.

Close to home there are ranches with horse riding opportunities and I can recommend the best fishing guide on the Bitterroot River. Tubing the Bitterroot River is a popular family attraction on hot summer days with tubes available at the local tire shops on 1st street.

We can rent a couple canoes, paddles, and PFDs for Lake Como or the Bitterroot River. We also have a few bikes for rent.

The local playhouse, Hamilton Players, performs regular theatrical plays and musicals throughout the year, and Shakespeare in the Park travels through Hamilton on its summer sojourn throughout Montana.

From the Hamilton Airport scenic flights over and into the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness are available and really fun on a clear day. Flying to a remote landing strip on the Selway River and fly-fishing for the day is one of the pinnacle experiences for the avid, wild trout fisherman. I can recommend the best commercial pilots for this opportunity.

Rock Creek, a blue ribbon fishery, is an hour and a half drive. The Nez Perce Pass allows vehicle access to the largest wilderness area in the Lower 48 states and the amazing catch and release fishery along the Selway River. Permitted rafting and Kayak trips are managed by the forest service during the permit season, but before May 15th and after August 1st anyone may launch on this world renowned 50 mile stretch of Class 4 whitewater. From the Selway River Road, the Magruder Corridor is accessible to those with four wheel drive, high clearance vehicles. From elevations as low as 4,000' to over 7,000', this rugged road is the epitome of a wilderness road experience and requires hours to complete and is generally snow-choked at higher elevations until sometime in July. The Salmon River is also within a day trip's distance, with whitewater rafting and kayaking, hotsprings and the best steelhead trout run in the area. Over Lolo Pass is the Lochsa Wild and Scenic River accessed by a good, paved road with beautiful cedar forests, awesome roadside whitewater, remote undeveloped hot springs, and good fishing opportunities.

Conveniently located halfway between Montana's premier National Parks of Glacier and Yellowstone, utilizing the Downing Mountain Lodge as a stop over destination on the way between these parks is popular.

Missoula is our closest city with a regional airport serviced by Delta, Alaska, United, and Allegiant. Many of our guests fly in from all over the country with air service from Seattle, Salt Lake City, Denver, Minneapolis, L.A., San Francisco, and Las Vegas. Private pilots will find Hamilton Airport convenient.

There are a couple communication towers 100 yards uphill from the lodge behind trees, with the benefit being great cell phone service and high speed wireless internet service at the lodge.

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Availability & Rates

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Hamilton Chalet Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Backcountry Ski Season
Dec 16 2014 - Apr 13 2015
2 night minimum stay
$520
From
$600
Fri,Sat,Sun
$3,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $65 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
$280
From
$325
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,900
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $100
Pet Fee $20
Refundable damage deposit $250
Special Event fee $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.0%
Notes Rates are seasonal and may change. We host weddings. We take special considerations, last minute deals, and prices are negotiable depending on individual circumstances and group size or events We offer additional services: shuttles, grocery shopping, adventure and travel consulting, fishing trips, hiking trips, whitewater rafting trips, rock climbing trips, and mountain biking and hiking trips.
A 50% deposit by credit card is requested to confirm any booking. Full payment is required in advance of stay. We do accept checks and cash by special arrangement.
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Amenities

Amenities

Hamilton Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Romantic
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Living Room ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Parking ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Hair Dryer
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 15 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Outdoor shower - outdoor shower , outdoor shower on deck adjacent to sauna
  • Two bathrooms and two vanity sinks in an entryway. Outside shower on the way to the south deck.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed , Faces Southeast, views of the Bitterroot Valley. T.v./dvd
    Sleeping Child - 1 double , Faces south with views of the Valley
    Owings Creek - 1 twin/ single , 2 bunk bed , Faces southwest and views of Downing Mountain
    Convertible bed(s) - 2 sleep sofa /futon , One pullout sleep couch and large couch in living room
  • Queen size Beds (1) One queen bed in Master bedroom with excellent new mattress, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) One queen sized sofa bed, Bunk Beds (4) Four bunkbeds; three twin over double and one twin over twin, all with good new mattresses
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Books ...
  • Foosball
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Television ...
  • Stereo ...
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Golf ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
Suitability:
  • non smoking only ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • alternative lifestyle
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Chauffeur
  • Private Chef
  • Concierge
  • Staff
  • Car Available
Attractions:
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • playground
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • snowboarding
  • golf
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • tennis
  • cross country skiing
  • kayaking
  • rock climbing
Notes:
With two small year round creeks to hike to within ten minutes, access to the Bitterroot National Forest, and game trails to the high peaks and tarns of Downing Mountain and Barley Lake outdoor enthusiasts have loved the lodge location and offerings. There is lots of wildlife in the area. Private trails and rock outcroppings and a local geocache site grace the property and forest service lands. Fit mountain bikers will enjoy biking the loop road, and in the winter we play host to the best lodge accessible backcountry skiing in Montana. The nearest neighboring home is three miles away ensuring you complete privacy. Your hosts are always available for adventure, recreation and cultural consulting, catering your family or small group up to twelve people, and we can rent canoes, paddles and PFDs for fun on Lake Como or the Bitterroot River and a few bikes of various sizes as well. We can deliver these goods as well as on our promises and ensure you a high quality stay in the Bitteroots.
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