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Yellowstone Retreat, Luxury & Privacy

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights
Popular Features
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

This very private and luxurious 2,000 square-foot home is sited on rolling foothills above the Yellowstone River just 25 miles south of Livingston and 30 miles north of Yellowstone Park.

The architect-designed home is surrounded by three mountain ranges and features 9-foot ceilings and 8-foot doors throughout, a vaulted beamed ceiling in the living room with soffit lighting, and rustic native yellow pine floors and trim. Tastefully decorated with art and artifacts, the McCulley Cabin feels like a luxurious private home rather than a vacation rental. The secluded location and attention to design and aesthetic details set this home apart from others in the valley. It is an extremely comfortable place to stay for a few days or a few weeks.

Huge picture windows and sliding glass doors in every room provide views of Emigrant Peak, the Gallatin Mountains, the Absarokee-Beartooth Mountains and the Crazies! You wont know which window to look out as each provides a spectacular view of snow capped peaks. Radiant floor heating throughout makes the cabin very comfortable for winter visits.

The gourmet kitchen is the focus of the main living area and is the perfect setup to socialize while cooking with family and friends. The cabin is very tastefully decorated with unique Native American artifacts, vintage cowboy art, and some pieces by local contemporary artists. Some of the furniture is from the company that made furniture for the old Yellowstone Park lodges.

The cabin is less than a mile from the Yellowstone River. Also about a mile away is the famous Chico Hot Springs Resort and Day Spa. Chico offers hot spring pools, guided outdoor activities such as horseback riding and whitewater rafting, fine dining, a grill, and a saloon with live music several nights each week. Fine dining is also available during the summer at the Yellowstone Valley Lodge and year-round in Livingston.

More Details

Mark McCulley
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
March 27, 2017

About Mark McCulley

A love of fishing, nature and big beautiful spaces brought us to Montana in 1997. We fell in love with the area, purchased a 20 acre lot and built this cabin in 1999.

Mark McCulley purchased this house in 1999

Why Mark McCulley chose Yellowstone

I think it's one of the most beautiful places I have ever been, am reminded time and time again when I visit from my home in Seattle.

What makes this house unique

The property is excellent for birding and in the winter months, deer and elk are often seen grazing nearby. We are close enough to Chico Hot Springs that you can easily drive down for an early morning soak before breakfast.


Pray House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • 2nd Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Laundry / Bathroom - toilet
    Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
  • All bathrooms feature heated tile floors.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master - 1 king
    2nd Bedroom - 2 double
    Den - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Also have an inflatable queen mattress for this room.
  • Master bedroom has over sized restoration four post pine bed (king), with views of the Gallatin Mountains through sliding glass doors to the front deck. Second bedroom has two full beds with deluxe mattresses, sliding glass doors onto deck and a huge picture window to watch the stars. Den has deluxe sleeper sofa and an 18 foot wrap around couch and two walls that are mostly windows with views of Emigrant Peak.
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Our cabin is filled with historical maps and photos of the region, vintage Indian artifacts, collectible Western Art, Native photos and books. Feels very remote, yet it's just a short drive to the local saloon or a five star restaurant with an incredible wine list.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(38 traveler reviews)

Yellowstone Retreat, Luxury & Privacy
average rating of 4.894737 based on 38 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Absolutely beautiful and remote property. Loved every second of our stay! We made friends with the extra large rabbits and the deer that roamed nearby every night.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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London, Ohio

Montana Dreaming

  • 5 of 5

We spent 8 days in this amazing rental, and this was a return stay. It had been five years since our last visit for our 20th anniversary, and after much deliberation, we decided to come back for our 25th. We are so glad we did! The weather was less than favorable, but Paradise Valley, and Yellowstone are so amazing, it just did not matter. We spent four days in the park, explored Chico, Livingston, and The Grizzly Bear Exhibit featuring Brutus(a must see). We had a wonderful meal at Chico for our 25th, a memorable 50th birthday celebration with some very special locals at The Old Saloon, and found some hidden trails in the mountains for a crazy rainy day of hiking! The Cabin/House has a magical way of making you relax, recharge, and rediscover yourself! Thanks for fantastic views, fabulous cooking supplies, and a fireplace to die for! Even though we had to spend some time on the phone with Direct TV to get it going for the season, we would never stay anywhere else(I didn't spend a single moment watching TV by the way)! Thanks Mark for sharing your very special home with us! We did not want to leave. It was all we remembered, and more than we could hope for. WE WILL BE BACK!

  • Submitted: May 25, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! So happy you had a nice visit in spite of the cool and wet weather last week. Apologies for having to call the satellite TV company, you're the first guests we've had in several months and I guess the system needed to be re-activated. Hope to see you back soon!
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Toledo, OH


  • 5 of 5

Do your homework and know what expect. It occassionally gets windy and the home can be a little tough to locate at night, without GPS, none of which are a secret. So, to this I say so what! The home and its surroundings are in one word MAGICAL.

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bloomington, MN


  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place to enjoy the peace, quiet and splender of Montana. The views are fantastic and the quiet and solitude are just what you want to experience. The "cabin", but we say house, is more than you could hope for. Everything you need to make yourself at home. Sat on the deck and read, ate meals and just completely enjoyed our vacation. In Livingston try The Sport Spot (great burgers of elk, bison, etc.); 2nd Street Bistro (some of the best seafood stew I have ever had); and, definitely go to The Gourmet Cellar for the ingredients for a fabulous charcuterie or two. If the Farmer's Market is going on while you're there you must go. What a wonderful experience in every way!

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this Montana vacation cabin. The pictures give you just a glimpse of how lovely the home really is! It exceeded our expectations in comfort, amenities, cleanliness and decor. There is much to see and do with beautiful Yellowstone a half hour away, Chico Hotsprings nearby and downtown Livingston or Gardiner within easy reach for shopping and restaurants. We would recommend Matt's Butcher in Livingston for fresh meats to cook at home, the Cowboy Restaurant in Gardiner for a Bull Burger, and Paradise Valley Rafting Co. for great fun on the water, just to name a few. Thanks for a wonderful stay and yes, if we get back to Montana, we would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This house is in such a great location. You could stay busy every day for months. If you want to stay home for a day or two, this cabin is just that - home away from home. And chico is right there for a great hot soak. Great local dining or cook at home - And the baker and bbq across the highway is yum. We love it! The house is so comfy with everything you need. Our second stay and we would do it again.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Chico Hot Springs Saloon
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Chico Hot Springs
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Bridger Bowl
Car: necessary

There is an amazing collection of birds in the area, eagles, hawks, bluebirds, pheasant, grouse. No hunting is allowed on the property.


Rates & Availability

Pray House Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $300
cleaning fee $125
Tax Rate 7.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Winter guests are strongly recommended to use winterized AWD vehicle and be prepared for (very infrequent but possible) impassable roads and/or driveway.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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