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Beautiful Flathead Lake Home: SKIING & SUMMER VACATIONS

Art Otto

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Beautiful Flathead Lake Home: SKIING & SUMMER VACATIONS

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Lakeside House Rental Photos and Description

3 Br 2 1/2 Bath Home On protected Bay. Sleeps 9

We love our lake home! It is so beautiful and such a blessing to us. The photos give a fairly good idea of what you'll get...and it's spotlessly clean. It's a paradise for boating (any kind), swimming, fishing off the dock for kids and in the lake for lunkers. One of my best friends guides trips and takes you to secret spots for lunker lake trout ( 2-30 pounders). Early morning trophy trips, children's trips, sunset/wine trips. Fish guaranteed or he'll take you out again.

BIRDERS: Birds galore. Canadian geese (always), ducks, hummingbirds, & everything in your bird-watching book that flies around here, plus some strays. The real treat is the appearence of herons,ospreys, and eagles. Peaceful Bay is not deep (4-9 ft) which brings Blue Herrons (spring), ospreys all summer, and eagles now and then. They fish right in front of you and fly away with their catch. Our hedge of lilacs is nesting home to hundreds of hummingbirds. They bloom about the 2nd week of May or so for a month, then remain a green nesting place 20 feet from the feeders. We have a large lawn facing the lake with firepit and a tepee, and an even larger yard on the other side, sloped slightly...good for volleyball and horse shoes.

Wildlife abounds. Deer are in our yard evenings and muskrats and otters swim by the dock occasionally. Our neighbors are at a private distance and are our friends. You'll like them. They're very helpful. On the other side of the paved road to our house (25 MPH) there are hills covered with evergreens. No houses.

We are located 2 miles from our little town of Lakeside. (See photos). Post office, great marina with gas, mechanics, slips, restaurant, and boat rentals. Bring your own boat and dock it in the covere3d slip. Boat rentals aren't cheap. We have churches, restaurants to kill for, shops, pharmacy, medical/massage center, bars and casinos, liquor store, 2 gas stations, deli, hair styling, GOOD HARDWARE/LUMBER STORE, wonderful grocery store, and stuff I don't even know about. Probably 400 people live there, swelling 4x in the summer.

One of the special features is that we are on the west side of the lake and yet our house faces west for sunsets till 10:30 PM in summer. Check the map to figure it out. Thunder/lightning storms brew up quickly some summer days and are better than the 4th of July. Lakeside has the best fireworks display I've seen which can be viewed from our deck or from a boat at the end of our bay. Peaceful Bay is a finger bay off the main body, allowing 6 or 7 homes on the correct side of the bay to face west. The old timer who built our dock (with a paddleboat and pile driver) has been around for decades. He told me we have the best lot on the lake. He would trade me! I had no idea how blessed we are. We have fantastic sunsets over the bay.

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Art Otto (Owner)
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About Art Otto

Debbie and I designed and built our Cape Cod style home in 1997. We got engaged on Cedar Island a few miles down the lake. We've lived here full-time for the last 10 years. We lived in Kalispell before that since 1976 and just bought our old house back! I am 15 min from your rental and available to help or suggest. I also can disappear if you want that privacy. I am a lifetime Montanan, 4th generstion, with 2 more generations here behind me. Debbie was born in Nebraska and has been here since '76. We have a close knit family, good, long-term neighbors, and a lively and friendly community. God has blessed us! I am a retired veterinarian and now a property manager (just our lake house).

Our lake neighbors are good friends and very helpful. It is very important that we keep it that way, so we expect you to treat our home and neighbors as if they were your own. We list our home as a family-friendy one. None of us has wild, noisy parties in our yards, but we do have a lot of fun, meaning we tolerate each other's reasonable noise. What happens here goes home with you. This is not Las Vegas.

Sorry, we can't allow smoking. (Two exceptions. Pool table room and tepee. Check with me first).

Art Otto purchased this house in 1997

Why Art Otto chose Lakeside

This can be the vacation of a lifetime and can be repeated next year, too. There are hundreds of other things to do. Just ask and I'll find & send you specifics.

An unusual benefit to some is that I do allow smoking, with permission, in one special part of our pool table room above the garage! It is equipped with an excellent pool table. Motiff is my old stuff...neon flamingoes and '57 chevy, deer antlers, saddles, etc. (Have to see to appreciate). Neither of us smoke, but we are regular Montana people. Smokers are people too! If you do smoke there, I ask that you leave your smoking clothes up there and air out the room with the fan for our next renters. Please leave NO evidence of butts, ashes, or smoke anywhere, including outside. The tepee is an exception, too. There is a penalty for clean-up, including steam cleaning carpets and drapes. No carpet or drapes are in the tepee or pool room!

What makes this house unique

If you've read my description and want to know more, HERE IT IS.

* Paddle boat, John boat & canoe are free.

* Guided fishing trip by Capt.Tim (a character) available.

*You can boat to Wild Horse Island to hike & find wild Bighorn Sheep, Mountain goats, deer, and, yes, the wild horses.

*Get a sailboat, tour boat, or just find a deep bay or the middle of the lake to bob around, cook steaks, swim for the day, or sunbathe. Sunbathing on the deck & reading works, too.

*There are islands to visit (uninhabited) all over.

*Hike around the place or on Blacktail (5 mi.), or go to Glacier Park (1 hr).

*International airport (40 min.), Kalispell pop 20,000

(15 min.)

*Blacktail Ski Resort (you live at the road to it, and is family friendly) plus awesome free XC skiing/snowmobiling on the same road(15-30 min). Groomed trails for the same free price.

*Movie theaters and live theatre (2 places, w/ actors like Jon Lithgow who lives here part-time).

*Rodeos here and in small towns. Montana style.

***GOLF DESTINATION NATIONALLY. 10 courses within 25 min. Check it out yourself. I don't golf, but do hack.

*Class 2-5 whitewater rafting. Been there, done it.

*Wild areas, safe areas, extreme & safe sports.

*Rent waverunners, ski boat from the marina (2 min.) BUT YOU PAY MORE PER DAY FOR A BOAT THAN OUR HOUSE. Bring your own if possible. We have a great covered dock.


* I know the west side of this lake very well. Ten years of fishing, family stuff, hiking on islands, history of the American Indian tribes on and off the lake, etc.

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Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Beautiful Flathead Lake Home: SKIING & SUMMER VACATIONS
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews
Alberta, Canada

Boating Heaven

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 10 stayed here for a week in August. Home was beautiful, location was perfect (only 20 min from Kalispell), and we loved that it's lakefront with a boat dock, as we brought our boat with us. Flathead lake is a boaters paradise! We tubed, wake boarded, and went fishing, and just cruised the lake stopping for a swim here and there, the water temp is just right! Art is a wonderfully pleasant man to deal with, and his home had everything we needed and more!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Billings, Mt

family vacation

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house with all the amenities. It was great being right on the lake, paddle boat, canoe and row boat were all used by my family. Grandkids said it was one of their favorite vacations. Art and Debbie available to answer any questions and wonderful hosts. You can't go wrong by renting this house.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Bend, Or

Home Away from Home!

  • 5 of 5

This amazing home has great personality... so many personal touches and just about everything you could need to instantly feel like you are right at home. Lots of amenities and hidden treasures abound in this perfectly laid out floor plan with gameroom and other on-site activities to enjoy. The rooftop access to the covered boat dock offered a great place to take in the scenic views, even for watching fireworks! The owners ensure that you will have almost everything you might need to minimize your shopping trips for certain kitchen, bathroom and laundry items. What a great place to make memories with friends and family! Highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was wonderful getting to know this group. They have a very interesting family business in California named after their daughters. Great family! After meeting and greeting our guests we try to stay away (but available) for their privacy. Guests always comment on the way our house is kept and supplied. It seems natural for us to do so and seek suggestions to make it better. We have fun doing it and meet exceptionally nice and interesting people.

Summer fun

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time vacationing at this property on Flathead Lake. The home was well equipped with everything we needed during our stay, and the use of the rowboat, canoe & paddle boat was very much appreciated, the kids used them all, every day!

The property was very clean and well maintained, and the description was as advertised - the photos taken in the Fall are only a small indication of how beautiful this property was this summer. The location of the home is exceptional - Peaceful Bay was great for swimming and canoeing, and a short boat ride had us on the open water of Flathead Lake, where we spent hours each day wakeboarding and tubing. We were fortunate to see an osprey swoop down into the bay in front of the property and catch a fish on two occasions - very cool!

The property is very close to the town of Lakeside, and a short drive to the larger center of Kalispell. Both areas looked interesting to explore, however we only took one trip into town to collect groceries, the rest of the time we spent at the home - we just didn't want to leave!

We launched our boat from Lakeside, and it was less than a 10 minute ride via water to the property. Lakeside also has a marina gas station available for boats which was very convenient, and quick (less than 20 minutes roundtrip).

Our hosts, Art & Debbie, were second to none! We received a wealth of information and history on the lake and surrounding areas, and recommendations on things to see and do.

We loved our stay, and have already , and will continue to, recommend this property to our friends and family.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This group was fantastic. It was a treat to get to know them, and a real encouragement for our first year renting. We have updated the photos and asked returning guests (they're coming again this summer) if they are more representative. Photos don't ever match an eyeball view, but they're close to what you get. The main photo is in process. Thanks you guys for being such good renters and for the fun getting to know you! Art & Debbie
Helena, Montana

Family Home on Peaceful Bay

  • 5 of 5

This house is beautiful and comfortable. The listing description is accurate but the fall photos do not do the place justice. The home was clean and well-maintained. The owner was very kind; he had to respond to about 25 different emails from me with questions and he was gracious and responsive. Peaceful Bay is a fabulous location -- the water isn't terribly deep so it was warmer than other parts of the lake. The owners provided several boats and many flotation devices and all were used. The only downside was that three adults had to sleep in bunk beds. But they were all so tired from activity at the lake that they slept well. We will come back.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This was our very first guest family EVER. They were happy and so were we. They graciously gave us lots of ideas to make it better. I got to know them pretty well by email and phone ahead of their visit. Terrific 1st experience. We're excited.


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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Glacier Internation Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Tamarack Inn, Spinnaker, Del's Bar, Joe Blogs
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Buffalo Hill, Eagle Bend, Village Greens, Polson B
Nearest Train
26 Miles
Whitefish, MT BNSF
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
US 93
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Tamarack Inn, The Docks, Homestead Cafe, Fazooli's
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Blacktail Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
Car: necessary

Our home on Peaceful Bay is 2 miles from Lakeside, a small town with many amenities. We rest in beautiful Flathead Valley next to the Mission MTNs of the Swan Range of the Rocky MTNs. Whitefish ski resort,which is nationally know for Olympic trials, can be seen from the dock. Blacktail Ski Resort,very family friendly, is just up Blacktail Road from our house. Rebecca Farms is nationally #1 for horse shows, training, and Olympic trials. The lake is 30 mi. long and 5-15 mi. wide. It's shores are rolling hills and cliffs lined with Larch, Spruce, and firs.


Rates & Availability

From $2,950 Per week

Lakeside House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Rest of year
Sep 14 2014 - Jun 12 2015
7 night minimum stay
Jun 13 2015 - Sep 12 2015
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $3,000.00
Housecleaning $325.00 + Tax
Pet fee each/ day $25.00 + Tax
Pet Fee $25.00 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $79.00
Tax Rate 7.0%
Notes There can be some flexibility with check-in, out times depending on other renters' schedules. We try hard to please everybody.
Saturday check-in 4PM. Saturday check-out 10 AM sharp.
Saturday being turn around day leaves only 6 hours for our cleaning team.
Pets: dog(s) only & must be pre-approved by owner. $25 each/day(2 max).
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Lakeside House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , Adjoins master BR
    Bathroom 3 - Sink and toilet on 1st floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , On 2nd floor
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 bunk bed , Sleeps 2 on bottom, 1 on top. 2nd floor. Crib available.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 bunk bed , Sleeps 4
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double
  • Master BR is on the main floor and has a full bath and queen bed. It looks out to the lake. It has a private door outside to a porch and the main deck. Two BR upstairs, one with bunk beds for 4, and one with double bed and overhead single bunk.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 10 beach chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
As you can imagine, Flathead Valley is a world class tourist attraction, an hour away from Glacier National Park, 1 hour from Big Mountain Ski Resort, 15 min from one of the top ten rated family oriented/reasonable ski mountains Blacktail Ski Mountain) has outstanding restaurants, theme parks, wildlife, sightseeing, shopping, spas, and anything a family could dream of. I can send information on your special interests.

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