Welcome to our home.
If you are planning a 2014 visit to our beautiful Paradise Valley for a Yellowstone visit, a wedding, a family reunion, or fly fishing the Yellowstone River, and our miracle mile, we look forward to the opportunity to host you and your friends and family.
Send us an email and we will let you know if your dates are available and we will send you a quote for the cost of the rental. If you wish to make a reservation email us and we will send you a rental agreement for review and we will lock in your dates.
We encourage you to book early. Our calendar is filling up.
This family friendly home, of 3,600+ square feet, is situated on 10.5 acres. Comfortable and cozy for a small gathering, spacious and roomy for the big family, and can accommodate up to 14 guests.
The access road to the house is level and paved, and a 1/2 mile off of Highway 540, the original road to Yellowstone Park 45 miles to the south via Hwy 89. Gallatin Field airport is 45 miles to the west on I-90.
Whether you choose to explore nearby Yellowstone, fish, hike, raft the river, or just stay home & relax on the deck, this home provides the peaceful quiet beauty of Montana at its best.
The house can sleep 12 in the four bedrooms. The single/trundle bed in the family will sleep an additional 2 people, for a maximum occupancy of 14. The main level has 2 bedrooms, 1 full bath, a fully equipped kitchen, laundry room, dining and living rooms. A third bath is being built this winter of 2014. Two water heaters provide 140 gallons of hot water.
Description Cont. : The lower level, nice and cool in the summer, has a full daylight walkout basement, and offers a spacious family room, a full bath, and two bedrooms. One bedroom has a queen size bed and a bunk bed. The other has a queen and a twin. The family room has a trundle bed that sleeps two. One bedroom on the main level has a king bed, and the other has two queen beds.
Walk, or drive, to our fishing access on the Yellowstone to cast a line or dip your toes in the river. See the video link below. For launching boats from a trailer the state fishing access is a bit over a mile away.
Our property is family and kid friendly. The large pasture in front of the house has a creek and pond and is a great place for softball, soccer, volleyball. There is a gas grill . There is a lot of wildlife in the area including deer, foxes, coyotes, hawks, osprey, and eagles.
High-speed wireless internet service is provided. The family room offers a television with a DVD player, and ROKU internet viewing with hundreds of channels. Other television options include the traditional networks, plus PBS, CW, and Create TV. There is a collection of children toys, games, and a selection of adult and children books as well as a small TV and VCR with a collection of classic Disney movies for kids. A high chair and two Pak-and-Plays are available.
Paradise Valley is home to some of the world's best fly-fishing venues. Reservations are recommended for the Spring Creek venues.
Numerous trail heads for treks into the Gallatin Range to the west or the Beartooth/Absaroka Wilderness to the east are just a short distance from the home. River rafting and horseback riding are available from a variety of vendors.
Pine Creek Cafe is just a mile away and offers a nice menu as well as outdoor entertainment during the summer months.
Chico Hot Springs and Resort is near the town of Emigrant and offers two hot spring pools, one warm and large enough for a vigorous workout, and one hot for soaking, a casual grill style restaurant, and a very nice fine dining restaurant. Their Sunday morning brunch is excellent.
Livingston is a charming historic western town well known for it's art galleries, and has a nice selection of fine dining establishments. If you have never seen a rodeo the Livingston 4th of July weekend is a fun experience, with the rodeo, parade, and a well renowned Arts and Crafts Festival.
Bozeman is 45 minutes to the west via I-90 and offers a wide variety of shopping and dining, a vibrant downtown night life, Montana State University, and the world renowned Museum of the Rockies.
For winter activities Bridger Bowl is a 45 minute drive, Chico Hot Springs offers dog sledding, and Yellowstone Park's winter entrance is in Gardiner 45 miles to the south.
We met and were married in Santa Cruz, California. As our family grew we migrated to the beautiful high desert country of Central Oregon, living and working on a cattle/horse ranch. It was a wonderful experience, living in the high plains, amid the Juniper forests, with a crisp/dry climate, and wide open spaces.
It is very much like our wonderful Paradise Valley of Montana where we now live.
After several years in Oregon we started a business designing and crafting a line of Christmas decorations. Our business grew rapidly and we moved to Southern California to be closer to wholesale markets, suppliers, and vendors. It was a formative and exciting time, selling to stores such as Nordstroms, Macy’s, Disney World, QVC, and many gift shops around the country.
We chose this exceptional part of the world after we visited and camped in Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding area. We decided this is where we wanted to raise our family. When we made the decision to move here we placed an ad in the local Livingston paper: “Wanted: 3-4 bedroom house with acreage and a shop/barn to lease with option to buy. Five children, a well behaved dog, and a cat.” The most wonderful couple called us. We met them at the house, signed a hand written lease on a yellow pad that day, gave them a check on a bank in California, and moved in the next day. They loved our kids, and dog, and had five kids of their own! What sealed the deal was our children picking a bouquet of wild flowers and presenting it to the owners of the house. This is what we love about Montana. Real people. Another benefit was sending our four daughters to Pine Creek School, a two room schoolhouse just down the road, and the subject of a Norman Rockwell/Life Magazine painting many years ago.
When we moved here in 1987 we loved the spacious 3600 square feet and four bedrooms which was perfect for our family of seven.
But, the most important thing was the great shop/barn where we established our workshop and Susan’s design studio. It was unfinished, rather a rough space, and we had to refurbish it to our specs. But, it was perfect!
What we really appreciated was the natural beauty, the mountains, the river, the Big Sky sunsets, the privacy, the seclusion, the opportunity to be away from the crowd, but, still, not too far, with Livingston about 10 miles away. A fax machine, and UPS, was all we needed in those days.
Rather than expound upon the beauty that you will find here, we suggest you peruse the various pictures we have posted here.
They are a small sample of why we love this special place.
We invite you to come and visit us.
We are centrally located in the Paradise Valley. Close to Livingston and its fine restaurants and art galleries. The Paradise Valley is well renowned for its spring creek fishing venues, the nearby Pine Creek Lodge and Restaurant which has live music, Chico Hot Springs and its exceptional fine dining, and numerous hiking trail heads and Yellowstone River fishing accesses.
Or, if you just want to kick back, relax, and do not a whole lot of tourist stuff, just come to our place and enjoy the view. We are kindred spirits if such is your preference…