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Beautiful Historic Craftsman Style 3 BR Home Near Culture & Downtown Livingston

Livingston, MT, USA
  • House1000 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 8-10.)

A well kept historic home with a location that is unbeatable! Guests RAVE about our location, with walking distance to great restaurants, evening social life, and breakfast bakeries! The Elliott Guest House is a completely restored home built in 1916. Fine linens (Italian sheets), regional art, and a fully furnished kitchen grace the home. The Elliott Guest House is distinguished as one of the area's first vacation homes. It is a premiere place for flyfishers to stay. We love to host our guests. This is our only home that we manage, so your stay will not feel like a corporate booking or distant management company experience.

We are your premiere weekend getaway in fall and winter.

Our home is ideally suited within walking distance to shopping, restaurants, and live theater. Fish or sightsee during the day (within a 15 minute drive) and come home to a charming home near restaurants and live theater at the end of the day.

For 100 years, we have had the pleasure of hosting expectant mothers, vacationers, extended families from the Livingston-Gardiner-Bozeman area, and yes, even actors from 'A River Runs Through It' and the 'Horse Whisperer'. If only our walls could talk and share with you all of the comings and goings at The Elliott House!

The home is very clean, and the owner pays close attention to details. There are three bedrooms and one bathroom that features an antique claw foot bathtub with shower. A generous supply of books, magazines, and games abounds. Call ahead with your grocery list, and the owner will stock the home for you, book you for massage therapy at the nearby Firehall Fitness Center, or send you a list of yoga classes just one block from the home.

Enjoy the sunny front porch and walk to breakfast just two blocks downtown. Relax in our air conditioning and well kept furnishings.

Keywords: bungalow style home, close to downtown, affordable, historic, flyfishing, Yellowstone National Park, Bozeman, airport accessable, hiking, biking, backpacking, couples, clean, three-bedroom, recreation, retreat, Montana, cowboy, western, Paradise Valley, culture, art, theater, Gallatin, Yellowstone River, Depot Center, convenient, antiques, Victorian style,



Member Since 2008
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 16, 2018
About Owner

Kara Stermitz is a fifth generation owner of the Elliott Guest House. Originally built by Kara's great-great grandmother, Sarah Schultz, the home was an early day boarding home for expectant mothers. Kara's great-great grandmother Sarah, a mid-wife, journeyed in her horse and buggy to outlying ranches to pick up expectant mothers. She pampered Mom and Baby, giving them respite they likely would not have again soon. Nowadays, Kara takes great enjoyment in offering the home to her guests as she raises her four children and works as a Marketing Administrator/Operations Manager for Confluence Consulting, a stream restoration and environmental consulting firm in Bozeman, MT. Kara has strong ties to Park County, as her family still ranches near Yellowstone Park. Kara is an avid flyfisher and can talk with you about many excursions and choices in the area. When she is not busy in Livingston, Kara chooses to travel elsewhere to flyfishing adventures!

Owner purchased this House in 1992

Why Owner chose Livingston

Our property is well kept and ideally located for ease during your vacation. You will feel the authentic Montana experience when you stay with us. Kara is a fifth generation Montana girl! Our location is within walking distance to downtown Livingston and also Montana's Rib and Chop House. Enjoy your day our sightseeing, fishing, or hiking, and return at the end of the day to a pleasant walk downtown.

What makes this House unique

The Elliott Guest House is uniquely located in close proximity (within a short walking distance) to shopping, art galleries, a fitness center, the Firehouse 5 Playhouse, Blue Slipper Theater, Montana's Rib and Chop House, and other amenities. Within a 5 minute drive lies the Yellowstone River, and within 15-20 minutes' drive are the Spring Creeks. The Elliott House is meticulously cared for. We offer wifi, cable/satellite tv, laundry facilities, a fully stocked kitchen, and an extensive reading library.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • The Gallatin Room
        1 queen, This is our most spacious room. Beautifully appointed.
      • The Spring Creek Room
        1 queen, Centrally located off the dining area. Quiet and comfy.
      • The Yellowstone Room
        1 double, 1 twin/ single, 1 bunk bed, Double bed bunk with twin on top. Also extra long twin.
      • Convertible sofa couch
        1 queen, Fold out couch in livingston room. Minimal mattress use.
      • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1), Bunk Beds (1). Our beds are furnished in Italian sheets, with plenty of pillows. Quilts, alternative down comforters, and extra throws grace the rooms for cool evenings.


      • 1 Bathroom
        • Our bathroom has an antique clawfoot bathtub with shower. We furnish a blow dryer, makeup mirror, towels and washcloths, shampoo, soap, bath salts, and other amenities. Forget your shaving cream? We will help you out!


          • Guests provide their own meals


              • Parking
              • Air Conditioning
                We have an air conditioner that provides adequate air cooling in the home on those hot summer days!
              • Clothes Dryer
              • Hair Dryer
              • Internet
              • Iron & Board
              • Linens Provided
                We offer fine sheets, bedcovers, and extra duvets or quilts.
              • Broadband Access
              • Parking Off Street
              • Telephone
                Two telephones in the home are available for you to make local calls.
              • Towels Provided
                Our bathroom is completely stocked with towels, hand towels, wash cloths, and many other fine amenities.
              • Washing Machine
              • Wireless Internet
                We have free WIFI.
              • Free Wifi


                  • Microwave
                    Like new microwave. Always ready!
                  • Coffee Maker
                    New coffee maker as of 2017. We offer fresh ground beans and a coffee grinder. We also have a European coffee press.
                  • Dishes & Utensils
                    We have two complete sets of glass plates and bowls. Our eating utensils are sturdy and like new. (one year of use only).
                  • Dishwasher
                    Dishwasher is in good working condition.
                  • Kitchen
                    Our kitchen is fully furnished with all appliances, fine china, wine glasses, stove, microwave, coffee maker/grinder, and a small eating table. We have a crock pot, cooking pots/pans, and cookware.
                  • Cooking Utensils
                    Lots to choose from--pans, utensils, knives, cutting boards, and serving pieces.
                  • Oven
                  • Pantry Items
                  • Refrigerator
                    Our refrigerator is only two years old and in excellent repair. Features an icebox.
                  • Stove
                    Full electric stove.
                  • Toaster


                      • Dining
                        Our oak dining table and chairs are antiques. There is plenty of space for a large family gathering, as we have extra leaves for the table. Our dining area is well light and comfortable.
                      • Dining Area
                      • comfy seating for 8 people


                          • Books
                            Extensive library with best sellers, classics, reading club selections, and motivational/inspirational choices. We also have current periodicals/magazines available for you to enjoy.
                          • DVD Player
                          • Games
                            Cribbage, backgammon, Yahtzee, cards, UNO? We have many games so that you can enjoy a competitive spar or a fun family time! We offer the games and the rest is up to you!
                          • Satellite / Cable
                            We offer cable television.
                          • Television
                            Flatscreen television is located in our livingroom area.
                          • Video Library


                              • Deck / Patio
                              • Lanai / Gazebo


                                  • Long-term Renters Welcome


                                      • churches
                                      • cinemas
                                      • festivals
                                      • health/beauty spa
                                      • library
                                      • live theater
                                      • museums
                                      • playground
                                      • recreation center
                                      • restaurants

                                        Leisure Activities

                                          • photography
                                          • antiquing
                                          • boating
                                          • eco tourism
                                          • gambling casinos
                                          • horseback riding
                                          • horseshoes
                                          • bird watching
                                          • scenic drives
                                          • shopping
                                          • sight seeing
                                          • sledding
                                          • walking
                                          • wildlife viewing

                                            Local Services & Businesses

                                              • ATM/bank
                                              • fitness center
                                              • groceries
                                              • hospital
                                              • laundromat
                                              • massage therapist
                                              • medical services

                                                Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                  • mountain biking
                                                  • basketball court
                                                  • cycling
                                                  • fishing
                                                  • fly fishing
                                                  • freshwater fishing
                                                  • golf
                                                  • hiking
                                                  • hunting
                                                  • ice skating
                                                  • kayaking
                                                  • cross country skiing
                                                  • mountain climbing
                                                  • mountaineering
                                                  • rafting
                                                  • skiing
                                                  • snowboarding
                                                  • snowmobiling
                                                  • swimming
                                                  • tennis
                                                  • water tubing
                                                  • whitewater rafting


                                                      • Forget an item during your stay at The Elliott Guest House? While we appreciate that you may have forgotten something during your stay, we seem to be returning items often! We charge a $30 minimum fee to return your item to you via USPS. This fee includes postage to anywhere in the U.S. Additional fees will apply if requesting UPS , FedEx, or additional insurance coverage.

                                                        House Rules

                                                        Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                        Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                        Cancellation Policy

                                                        100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                        9 Reviews


                                                        Latest reviews

                                                        The Elliot Guest House is the perfect place to stay in Livingston!

                                                        Kendall and Janie Overman

                                                        This home is well appointed for all types of travelers. The beds are very comfortable. The kitchen has everything you need. The owners are very generous in leaving an assortment of toiletries and detergent so you don’t have to run to the store if something was forgotten. This house is very close to downtown, which is a wonderful place to shop and eat. Chico Hot Sorings, Yellowstone, and Bozeman are all very close. Thanks for letting my girls and me stay!!!!

                                                        Livingston Historic House

                                                        Brian S.York, UK

                                                        We may have been unfortunate arriving in Livingston in really hot weather. However, the house was very warm and the small window air conditioner was simply unable to cope. Fortunately there was just 2 of us and by closing off two of the bedrooms and using the bedroom closest to the air conditioner nights were tolerable. This is a old house with traditional features including a claw foot bath with a great shower but definitely not easy for this older couple to use. Excellent cable TV but very slow WiFi around 1Mb download so no streaming or big files.

                                                        Livingston is a fun town close to Yellowstone with some good dining places including the Rib and Chop House just 2 minutes walk from the the front door.

                                                        We have stayed in over 50 VRBO/Homeaway homes in the US, Europe and Australia this is the first time I have written a 3 star review. Unfortunately when I look back at the owner's description and compare it to our experience I think it's fair to say this historic house did not live up to our expectations.

                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                        Livingston experienced an UNUSUALLY warm July 2017. We had not seen temperatures exceeding 90 degrees for so many days on end for decades. We were all melting! Most rental properties in our area have no air conditioning, due to the fact that it is rarely needed (with the exception of possibly 2 to 3 weeks). We are one of the few homes to have an air conditioner, which is located in our dining/living room area. Additionally, many homes do not have WIFI. Some areas in Paradise Valley and near Yellowstone Park are inaccessible to service altogether, while others choose not to offer service as there are many internet cafes close by. (Within two blocks of the Elliott House are several internet cafes and a public library with internet access.) I work for a global software firm and have worked out of The Elliott House for extended periods. I have not found the speed of the WIFI to be an issue. This is a high outdoor enthusiast area, with our guests out and about and not predominately tuned in to media. We encourage you to visit our museums, sight-see, rent a bike, or visit a live theater in the evenings. We have two wonderful live theaters, both within walking distance to The Elliott House. We host dozens of guests each year and those happy and satisfied rarely post and contact us personally with gracious comments about how our pricing, location, and amenities are an excellent value. We enjoy hosting!

                                                        Pleasant stay

                                                        Rhonda W.Bellevue, NE

                                                        Owner was easy to work with. Even with 5 adults the single bathroom worked out although getting in and out if the tub/shower can be difficult. Stocked with everything we needed.

                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                        We enjoyed hosting Rhonda's group. As a host, I am attentive to our guests' needs, including answering questions prior to guests' stay and working with them on booking and changes that occur. I worked closely with Rhonda to ensure that her reservation was as seamless as possible, with no surprises. The antique clawfoot bathtub is the original bathtub that was in the Elliott Guest House, lovingly restored. It is large and designed for full body soaking. We encourage our guests to review our website photographs in advance to discover if all of the amenities are the right fit for them. I am happy to hear Rhonda's stay was pleasant.

                                                        The house was quaint and has a bit of history to it.

                                                        Roger C.

                                                        There was three people in our group. My wife, my sister-in-law and me. We found the house quaint and enjoyed the fact that it had a bit of local history attached. The bed was a bit cramped for my wife and I, but we managed. The only knock I had was the bathroom. There is a shelf above the lavatory that I nearly banged my head on every time I went to rinse my mouth or splash my face. I couldn't lean forward without nearly hitting the shelf. The tub is an old claw foot style, which I'm not new to, we had that same type of tub in one of our early homes for years. The problem is, this one is set up with a shower and between no room to maneuver without nearly pulling the shower curtain down or tripping over it.

                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                        As our website shows, there are two queen sized beds in two rooms. They are standard sized queen beds. The clawfoot bathtub in our bathroom does have a shower. Nearly all of our guests prefer a shower. It is set up to shower in, with a shower curtain that pulls around the bathtub. There is nothing unusual about this set up, and the bathroom was configured by a plumber with years of experience. So, nothing with a band-aid or patched together, here! The shelf is configured to set your shaving items, cosmetics, or nighttime skin regiment above the sink and placed well above the sink as our website photos display.

                                                        Fishing Family

                                                        Deb P.

                                                        We enjoyed our stay at the charming Elliott House. We appreciated the personal touches and the homey feel.

                                                        I did discover, though, that I am a fan of modern conveniences. Showering proved to be a bit of a challenge in the period-correct tub (although I admit the bathroom decor was very cute!); wrestling with the curtain was comical.

                                                        For couples traveling together, the second bedroom didn't bode well for husband and wife to sleep together: no big deal--I baled and slept in "the kids' room" on the bottom bunk, and slept just fine!

                                                        It was great to have everything within walking distance. However, living in Michigan as I do, it was a bummer that all the shops closed up at 5 as we never got off from any rivers we fished until later. (Which has NOTHING to do with the quality of the Elliott house, but something to keep in mind as a traveler).

                                                        All things considered, I would certainly recommend staying at the Elliott House if the Livingston/Gardner/Bozeman area is your destination. No farther than 45 mins from ANYTHING you'd care to experience in Momtana's fishing Mecca.

                                                        Oh! And nice fish on your fb page! Congratulations!

                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                        We always enjoy hosting our guests and are glad to receive feedback.

                                                        The second bedroom discussed below has been shared by couples previously, and the third bedroom mentioned has three extra beds, and certainly not set up as a "kids room".

                                                        The antique clawfoot bathtub contains a shower with both an exterior and interior shower curtain that fully wraps around the bathtub, a very standardized set up for this style of bathtub. We chose to retain this bathtub in the Elliott Guest House as it was the original bathtub in the home, and as such is very large for bathing and soaking. Antique clawfoot bathtubs such as this are a rare find.

                                                        We accomodated this guest's need to arrive early, as they called four hours in advance of arrival time and wanted to get into the house early. We were able to do so. They had also forgotten their access code to the home, so that was sent again after the party was in route on the airplane.

                                                        We look forward to continue sharing our home with our guests.

                                                        Outstanding Property and Unbeatable Value

                                                        ronald j.

                                                        Of the many VRBO properties I've rented, this place ranks at the very top. It's meticulously clean, well furnished with many antiques, quiet, and with bookshelves filled with Montana books. The charming bungalow is two-blocks from Livingston's vibrant Main Street and its bookstores, coffee houses, public library, museums, and restaurants. The owner runs a tight ship which means that when you arrive, the place will be in A+ condition. I thoroughly enjoyed my 2-week holiday here and will definitely book another visit. Incidentally, Yellowstone NP is less than an hour drive from Livingston. Historic Virginia City and Nevada City are about 90 minutes from the rental property. In short, this property is a great rental for the price. You won't find a better value.


                                                        Livingston, MT, USA

                                                        Our home is uniquely close to theaters, art galleries, dining, the Yellowstone River, and other fine amenities. You can safely walk downtown after a day of enjoying the outdoors. Montana Rib and Chop, one of our best eateries, is a short walk down the alley.

                                                        Rates & Availability

                                                        Additional information about rental rates

                                                        Additional Guest Fee
                                                        $0 - $25
                                                        Damage Deposit
                                                        Tax Rate

                                                        Our standard rates are $145 per night for two; $20 each additional person per night. We require 3 nights minimum stay. Children ages 6 and under stay free. During the winter months, we offer a monthly rate for parties interested in renting the home for 30 days or longer. For shorter stays during the winter months, our standard rates apply at $145 per night for two.

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