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Unique Guesthouse on the Beautiful Gallatin River

49 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
5 - 7 nights


Gallatin Gateway House Rental Photos and Description

4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 6

Stay at the most sought after home on the Gallatin River in Big Sky, Montana. Want to fish from the deck? No problem. Want to sit in a hot tub while looking up river during the summer or gazing at the stars at night after a great day of skiing? No problem. Need Privacy? How about two thousand feet of river frontage on thirteen acres. Can't beat that anywhere in Big Sky. What about a cozy rustic winter home? With its two fireplaces, full kitchen, log dining room table , a bar area with popcorn maker you won't want to leave. Make your reservations today.

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Property Manager
Carolyn & Terry ONeill
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 24, 2016
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About Carolyn & Terry ONeill

Terry and Carolyn O'Neill, Big Sky, Montana residents for 25 years.

Carolyn & Terry ONeill purchased this house in 1991

Why Carolyn & Terry ONeill chose Montana

Terry and I were on our way to Yellowstone National Park when we spent the night in Big Sky, Montana. Needless to say, the next day was a glorious July day and we immediately fell in love with Big Sky. After extending our stay another 4 days, we began planning our next trip to Montana to ski Lone Mountain. That January we knew it had won our hearts and we began our search for the perfect property. In 1991 we purchased our thirteen acre paradise on the Gallatin River. It was the best decision we have ever made!!

Guestbook comments from the manager

It will be hard to leave tomorrow!! This is definitely God's country!! Everyday has a highlight. My favorite part was early mornings in the nice, warm hot tub with my eyes shut listening to the river roar through and listening to the birds. Also, taking nap outside on the lounge chair wrapped up in a blanket. We also invited Carolyn & Terry over for dinner...being the gourmet chef my husband fixed an outstanding meal of salmon, shrimp, trout, chicken, potatoes, beans followed by a bottle of wine. It was such a blessing to have them over. Very, very beautiful people...loved the down to earth and loving. This home is breathtaking. We hope to be back in the future.
May 2014
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Unique Guesthouse on the Beautiful Gallatin River
average rating of 5.0 based on 56 reviews

Outstanding guesthouse

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here in September this year and were delighted with the property.The guesthouse is generously equiped with all you need to self cater.The living areas are large and beautifully furnished.The large deck out back enables guests to relax beside the river.This property is in a great location to explore Big Sye and Yellowstone.

There was only my husband and I staying but could see how perfect the guest house would be for a family group or friends to stay

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for all the nice comments about the ONeill Guesthouse. We really appreciate you taking the time to write such a nice review. Perhaps in the future you can return with your family to enjoy relaxing on our deck by the river. We would love to have you stay with us again..
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Cool mountain respite.

  • 5 of 5

If all you do is sit out on the back deck in the morning with a cup of hot coffee and listen to the music of the Gallatin river just feet away you would enjoy this beautiful getaway. But there are lots to do including fly-fishing, rafting, horseback riding and of course Yellowstone is 40 minutes away. This is a great place with all the amenities and wonderful hosts. One of our friends said this was a vacation of a lifetime and we all agreed. And don't forget you can have a cold beer in the hot tub at the end of the day!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time from your busy schedule to write such nice comments about the ONeill Guesthouse. Also, thank you for the special time you took to leave our place in perfect condition. That was really appreciated by our cleaning service as well as us!! It was obvious you treated it like your home. Hopefully, you'll return to sit out on the deck drinking your morning coffee real soon. We look forward to it.
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Perfect Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

This was our fourth visit to Carolyn and Terry’s fabulous house on the Gallatin River. We fell in love with this house and the perfect location a few years ago! The house has all the top notch amenities that you could possibly need. The house has the perfect layout for a group to enjoy each other but also has the privacy you would want.

We come here to fly fish. The house literally sits on the Gallatin River and has always produced nice trout! We love relaxing on the deck, enjoying the peace and quiet while we plan our adventure for the next day. A quick drive to Yellowstone National Park or to Big Sky for lunch or dinner if you don’t want to BBQ for yourself on the deck.

You won’t find nicer hosts than Carolyn and Terry! They have created a beautiful environment for all to enjoy – stress free! We are all looking forward to our next opportunity to spend another week in Montana. I highly recommend this home for your stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's great to have return guests...especially for their fourth visit. Hopefully, there will be many more. Thank you for all your nice comments about our guesthouse and Big Sky Montana. Terry and I always appreciate hearing our place has been a wonderful experience for you and your friends. We try to think of every wish you may have and are happy you were satisfied. Sincerely, Carolyn & Terry ONeill
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Wonderful home, great location

  • 5 of 5

This was our family's first trip to Montana and we could not have asked for a better place to spend a week vacation. We were able to take time visiting Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park, as well as, fishing the Gallatin and even sneaking in a round of golf at Big Sky Resort! It was nice being able to spend time relaxing by the river after a busy day, I just wish we there one week later after the water level came down a bit more for more fishing opportunity at the house. It was getting just about perfect when it was time for us to leave!

Such a great location for scenic views, wildlife viewing, and just getting away. It was nice knowing that Carolyn and Terry were just next door if something was needed, but honestly, we never knew they were there after check-in. Plenty of personal privacy for such a close location.

You will definitely not be disappointed with this home for your stay - highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for all your nice comments about Big Sky and our guesthouse. That is always rewarding to hear our guests have enjoyed our place. I have to also comment on what exceptional care you took of our guesthouse. It was obvious you cared for it like it was your home. We really appreciate the extra effort you took to leave it in such perfect condition. Thank you!!!
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Breathtakingly beautiful

  • 5 of 5

We came to fish and relax. Check. We had a group of 5 non-family members, and the home was large enough to easily accommodate us. Everything you need was provided, and we got to act like it was 1916 instead of 2016 by catching and then cooking trout on the grill. Wait, did they have gas grills in 1916?

All 5 of us were saying "We HAVE to come back here". Now that we know the best fishing holes, it will be a slam dunk.

The O'Neill's have mastered the art of being accommodating, but scarce; there when you need them, but absent when you don't. I suppose decades of "practice" at this helps.

Finally, and I am sticking my neck out on this one; we also felt like we stole from the O'Neills. The rate was so inexpensive that we got to eat out at the finest restaurants in the area, and we fell in love with the locals. We came from California, Texas, Georgia, Florida and Ohio, but Montana now feels like home. Thanks for the great experience.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's great you and your gang had such a good time in Big Sky. We often hear that from our guests. I can't take credit for the perfect weather for fishing during your stay but I can thank you for all your nice comments about the ONeill Guesthouse. There are a few fish waiting for your return. Hope to see you soon. Carolyn & Terry
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Guest house? No, Great house!

  • 5 of 5

We spent five fabulous nights at the O'Neill's beautiful guest house. We loved soaking our tired muscles in the hot tub overlooking the river after a long day of skiing at Big Sky. The beds are comfortable, the kitchen is well equipped and we used the gas grill every night to BBQ our dinner. We enjoyed the large dining room and living room to gather together the whole family.

Just wonderful!

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's been a great year for skiing at Big Sky and soaking in the hot tub is a great way to end your day. We are pleased you enjoyed the ONeill Guesthouse and hope you'll return some day soon.
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Bozeman Montana
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Big Sky Resort
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Rainbow Ranch lodge
Nearest Ski
11 Miles
Big Sky Resort
Car: recommended

What a dilemma ... unlimited winter activities or just sitting in front of a picturesque window watching it snow. Skiing is only minutes away at Big Sky Resort and with virtually no lift lines, you can ski to your heart's content. Cross-country ski on beautifully groomed runs at the prestigious Lone Mountain Ranch. Snowshoe out the back door on adjacent National Forest. Snowmobile trails are across the highway from our guesthouse with some of the most spectacular views you'll see anywhere. Flyfish the blue ribbon Gallatin River with 2000 feet of river frontage on thirteen acres. Call today for reservations.


Rates & Availability

Gallatin Gateway House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Late Fall Season
Sep 24 2016 - Nov 30 2016
5 night minimum stay
Early Winter Season
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
Winter Season
Feb 11 2017 - Apr 8 2017
5 night minimum stay
May 1 2017 - May 26 2017
5 night minimum stay
Early Summer
May 27 2017 - Jun 23 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer Season
Jun 24 2017 - Aug 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer Season
Aug 26 2017 - Sep 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Fall Season
Oct 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 10.0%

Due to water restrictions of our well, we limit the number of guests to a maximum of 6 guests.

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Gallatin Gateway House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - Remodeled
    Bathroom - Remodeled
    Master Private Bathroom - New!!
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom with private bathroom - 1 king
    Second Bedroom - 1 king
    Third Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Downstairs bunkroom - 4 twin/ single
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • whitewater rafting
2 kings, 6 twins. new HotSpring Grandee Hot Tub, new trek patio, Weber Genesis Gas Grill, DVD player.

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