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Lane Coulston

Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english

The Bungalow on Lilac - close to UM & Downtown

47 Reviews
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Overview

Lower Rattlesnake Bungalow Rental Photos and Description

1 Bedroom + Loft, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps family of 4)

The Bungalow on Lilac is your best option for a furnished, medium term rental in Missoula! Whether you are a visiting professor, a student at Rocky Mountain School of Photography, grandparents visiting grandchildren, or an adventurer who wants to take the time to really explore beautiful Montana, you will find no better value!

Utilities are included, along with WiFi broadband internet and a weekly linen service for sheets and towels. You have a garage all to your use and may store bicycles and recreation equipment. Secure off-street parking for two vehicles.

The kitchen is roomy and equipped for cooks. The neighborhood and recreation access is superior to all other furnished rentals in Missoula, quiet and friendly - the mountains come right down to the back yard. Everyone loves the upstairs loft, for play, computer work, naps and reading!

You will enjoy the patio in the garden, relax with a book and view. A gas Grill for outdoor cooking, and commuter bicycles with baskets are available for your around town use. The neighborhood school playground is very close by.

The nearest walking trail is the loop trail through Greenough Park. There are both paved trails and a footpath through the woods. This is great spring bird watching habitat along the riparian corridor. Drive north on Rattlesnake drive to the trail-head for the Rattlesnake National Wilderness Area, about four miles upstream from here.

Our guests are University faculty and visiting professors, business travelers, experienced fly-fishermen, University students and their parents, musicians, film-makers and writers. The Rattlesnake neighborhood is beautiful and peaceful setting in the mountains and river corridors and trail systems. You will gain the energy and rest you seek with vacation travel here in Missoula. Please read our posted Guest's Comments.

Mountain Line bus system with a downtown transfer station can be picked up near the corner just down the alley towards town. The University of Montana is just across the walking bridge over the river – just a short walk from here.

We have a solar-assisted on-demand gas-fired hot water heater. The evacuated tubes on the dormer roof collect heat from the sun, heat the glycol solution which transfers heat to the domestic water in the tank upstairs before passing through the Rinnai water heater. All water for the house is filtered through charcoal and then softened for all uses with a potassium salt – except the cold water faucet at the kitchen sink which is filtered but not softened. This water is excellent for ice cubes, drinks and coffee.

Abundant fresh organic produce, meats, fish and bread, and bountiful deli counter are found year-round at the Good Food Store. They also provide many gluten free foods. Along the way you’ll discover the Missoula Angler shop.

The southern boundary of the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area and Wilderness (RNRAW) is just four miles north of Missoula, Montana. The National Recreation Area (NRA) lies south and adjacent to the wilderness and receives heavy human use, but primarily in the South Zone, within about three miles of the main trailhead. Far fewer people venture into The Rattlesnake Wilderness which is in the more remote northern portion of the RNRAW. A road that is closed to public motorized use and that is used as a trail leaves the main trail head and goes into the National Recreation Area along Rattlesnake Creek along a cherry stem NRA corridor to within about three miles of a scenic Wilderness cluster of high alpine lakes. Near the NRA entrance at about 3,600 feet, the elevation rises to 8,620 feet on McLeod Peak and a picturesque mountain setting.

Guests who you may invite to join you may not exceed two. We ask that you register them with us prior to your arrival, and the duration of their stay, with our permission. We charge $25 per night for each guest.

We collect a $95.00 cleaning fee due when you arrive. Please leave the Bungalow and premises as clean as when you arrive. There may be new guests arriving at your departure and be mindful of their expectations as well. The cleaning fee, and the extra guest fee, will be taxable for the State Lodging tax added to your rental fee. Please call if you have any questions about our requirements.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Lane Coulston (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Lane Coulston

Linda and I live in the house next-door and do all of the property maintenance and gardening ourselves. We both have professional backgrounds, Linda worked in the local hospital foundation office as a fund-raising officer and we love to attend all of the music recitals and public lectures at the University of Montana - just a 20-minute walk from our home. We are members of the Missoula Art Museum.

Lane Coulston purchased this bungalow in 1983

Why Lane Coulston chose Missoula

The Lower Rattlesnake neighborhood is walking and biking distance to restaurants, the University of Montana, Medical facilities, the vibrant downtown neighborhood, the City Library, and all of the walking-biking-hiking trail systems. The City bus-stop is a half-block from the door.

Everyone loves the feel of this neighborhood, the locals and the visitors.

What makes this bungalow unique

What a fantastic place for families! Our two daughters (8 and 3) loved the place, the kitchen is well-equipped for family cooking, and Lane and Linda were fantastic hosts. The list of great family activities is endless: hiking, farmers markets, parks (Caras and Bonner were our favorites), restaurants, kid camps (M.O.L.A.!), festivals, minor league baseball, etc. We lived here for three weeks in July and never lacked for fun things to do, all within walking/biking distance.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a fantastic place for families! Our two daughters (8 and 3) loved the

place, the kitchen is well-equipped for family cooking, and Lane and Linda

were fantastic hosts. The list of great family activities is endless: hiking,

farmers markets, parks (Caras and Bonner were our favorites), restaurants,

kid camps (M.O.L.A.!), festivals, minor league baseball, etc. We were at the

Bungalow for three weeks in July and never lacked for fun things to do, all

within walking/biking distance.
Oct 2009
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Reviews

4.8
based on 47 traveler reviews

The Bungalow on Lilac - close to UM & Downtown
average rating of 4.8297873 based on 48 reviews
5

FANTASTIC experience!

  • 5 of 5

I recently had the pleasure of staying in the Bungalow on Lilac for several weeks. The pictures do not do this rental justice! The property is extremely well maintained and has infinite 'extras' such as a well stocked kitchen, gobs of reading materials, information pamphlets about everything and anything there is to do in Missoula AND surrounding areas, great parking, bike availability, close proximity to town, awesome comfy linens and terrific shower water pressure. Lane was a wonderful host and his recommendations of restaurants, hiking and biking trails were outstanding. For being a small bungalow the place felt very roomy and comfortable. The gorgeous flower gardens and the hens in the courtyard were a terrific bonus to top off our relaxing and adventuresome stay in Missoula. I will definitely stay here again if given the opportunity!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great Missoula get away.

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here for a month and had a terrific experience. The house is beautiful and Lane and Linda are wonderful hosts. It's an easy bike ride into town (they provide bikes) or to trails and there are nearby hikes up Mount Jumbo for views of Missoula. The loft upstairs is perfect for kids. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Wonderful trip!

  • 4 of 5

The Bungalow on Lilac is lovely - super clean and homey, inviting, great kitchen with everything you need! Great location in beautiful and fun Missoula. Downtown was great and in the summer at noon on Wednesdays is a food fair and concert in the park! Wonderful shopping boutiques, too! We enjoyed the American Legion Baseball games, going to the swim park's and enjoying the lazy river, and traveling north to Kalispell and Glacier National Park. We read lots of books,enjoyed each other's company and talked and laughed more because there was no television. Refreshing! They even had a tandem bicycle available! Lane and Linda are lovely and we would recommend this property for a relaxing wonderful vacation to Montana.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kailua Kona, HI
4

A joy to stay here

  • 4 of 5

We have been staying at this bungalow for at least 5 years. Over that time, many improvements have been made. What do we love about the bungalow is the convienence to downtown either by walking, biking or car as well as to the Rattlesnake Recreation Area and Kim Williams trail. The bungalow comes with casual bikes to use as well as helmets. Last year I bought my own bike to further enjoy mountain bicycling. This year my husband bought one. We store them with relatives. We used to live and bike in Missoula. When we first rented the bungalow, we had forgotten how wonderful a town Missoula is for biking and how blessed it is to have convenient recreational trails for biking and hiking. We are now contemplating moving back after 30 years away. The bungalow is our home away from home with all the comforts we need. We love getting in touch with Montana Public Radio again while we are visiting. Wonderful books, a fully outfitted kitchen, outdoor garden eating, luxourious bedding, plenty of towels, new furniture, all make for a welcoming stay. The only problem is that at some point you need to say goodby. For us, luckily it will be only until next year. Lane and Lynda Coulston are wonderful hosts.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York
5

Beautiful Missoula

  • 5 of 5

We came to Missoula for a wedding. The Bungalow was perfect for our needs. It's in a great location - two blocks from Greenough Park, and most places we visited seemed to be less than a 10 minutes drive. We shopped at Good Foods and ate in a couple of days. The pantry is fully stocked, so check the cabinets before you decide you need to buy an item like cinnamon or honey. Lane and Linda recycle, compost and use alternative energy sources like solar panels. Must see places to go, North: Bison Reserve, East: Garnet - abandoned mining town, South: Lee Metcalf Birding Refuge, and West: Lolo Pass, Idaho. All are less than an hour from the Bungalow. I would recommend this location for any couple who is looking for a low stress vacation rental.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
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Silverhill, AL
4

The Bungalow

  • 4 of 5

This place was almost perfect for our stay. It was the perfect size to accommodate the two of us. They also had two twin beds upstairs for two other people. Plus, we had enough room to invite our son and his girlfriend over for dinner. It is in the perfect location to downtown Missoula and only two blocks from a nature park with nice hiking trails. There are also many other nice hiking and outdoor areas nearby. Would definitely recommend it to anyone. The only thing missing was a TV. But we stayed busy and did fine without it!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
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Lower Rattlesnake Bungalow Rental Rates

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7 night minimum stay
$100
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $95 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.0%

Additional nights may be pro-rated. Rates are for two adults with small children under age 12. Additional charges apply (weekly or by the night) for children/ student guests/family guests. Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Lower Rattlesnake Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Main floor bathroom has shower only; upstairs is a half-bath
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size bed in the main floor bedroom; in the loft upstairs there are 2 XL Twin beds and new mattresses. The loft has a private half-bath
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Attractions:
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • tennis
Notes:
TV Not Provided. Daily delivery of the local newspaper.

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