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Karen Bach

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english

Romantic Somers Bay Boathouse

19 Reviews
Sleeps4
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Overview

Somers Cabin Rental Photos and Description

Boathouse, 1Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath (Sleeps 2-4)

This unique waterfront property is he last surviving boathouse with living quarters above it. From the road you will walk down a wooded path to a private incline tram system that will carry you a hundred feet down to a world of lake shore living. When you get to the covered open-air deck, it is complete with a Weber gas BBQ, patio heater, table, chairs and a swing for two. Last year we added a new deck to the front of the Boathouse. Stepping through the sliding glass door you will see that the living level is decorated with fishing motif. In the corner is a wood stove which can be enjoyed from the overstuffed sofa-bed. The kitchen is well-furnished with cooking utensils and all appliances except for a dishwasher. There is an adorable bath with shower only. Up the winder staircase is a loft bedroom with queen bed and step-in closet plus a dormer niche with a bench. The dock and lake level of the property is shared with the property owners. You have your own boat slip and have full access to the dock, beaches, swim area, swim ladders, & canoe, (2) kayaks and a paddle boat.

The boathouse level is totally private. The lower level with the dock and lake area of the property is shared with the property owners and their guests occasionally. You have your own boat slip and have full access to the dock, beaches, swim area and swim ladders. There is plenty of wood provided for having a bonfire in the fire pit. The lakefront also has a romantic footbridge, patio area with picnic table. You are welcome to use the canoe, paddle boat and kayaks which are easily launched from the beach area.

Somers Bay Boathouse is conveniently located: 12 miles west of Bigfork which has live theater and dining; an hour from Glacier Park; 10 miles from historic downtown Kalispel; 5 miles from Lakeside which has a grocery store and dining; great restaurants are within 5 minutes driving toward downtown Somers. The street above the boathouse is part of a biking/walking path which takes you to historic Somers.

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Karen Bach (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Karen Bach

Earl and Karen are a middle aged couple with 2 older teenagers. Our daughter is in college and will be working in Portland this summer and our son will be graduating from high school. We have owned the property for 15 years. Earl began remodeling the boathouse in 2003 and finished it in 2005. We thought we would use it more than we did and decided rather than have it stay empty, we would share it with others. If we had a motto, it would be 'the more the merrier.'

Why Karen Bach chose Flathead Lake

Quiet, private setting, right on the water

What makes this cabin unique

Where to start...the way the property is set up, it feels like we don't hardly have any neighbors, which attributes to the privacy. The view is gorgeous and changes constantly. There are many birds/water fowl, including bald eagles (though they don't come around as much once the osprey move in for the summer). Even though there is so much to do in the area, many guests claim they find it hard to leave the boathouse.

Reviews

4.8
based on 19 traveler reviews

Romantic Somers Bay Boathouse
average rating of 4.7894735 based on 19 reviews
Castle Rock, Colorado
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Beautiful setting but has issues

  • 2 of 5

This is a wonderful location right on the water. It's a very unique property with the funicular ride down to the boathouse. Gorgeous setting and decor is very cute with a fish/pinecone theme. Unfortunately, we found several issues during our stay. The property is not maintained/cleaned very well. The ceiling fan did not work, making it very warm and stuffy in the unit. There is a small A/C unit in the upstairs window that we used only after cleaning the filter that was caked with dust and dirt. The portable fans were in similar condition which we also cleaned to not blow dust everywhere. The furniture seldom gets moved for cleaning as dust and dead bugs were thick under these. The same can be said for the tops of cabinets, appliances, etc. There are no screens on any of the slider doors or kitchen door or upstairs bedroom window. We would leave them open as we were told to do by the owner because they said that there were no mosquitos however there were plenty of yellow jackets and wasps that would come in during the day and mosquitos and bugs at night. The hot water runs out very quickly....it's good for about an 8 minute shower. We also had a rodent problem while we were there with lots of mouse droppings and then actually having to kill a mouse one night while making dinner as it scurried into the living room area. The owner’s response was to bring a couple mouse traps for us to set and use. The owner never checked back in with us and the traps did absolutely no good. Most of the droppings were up in the loft bedroom area. Quite unsettling. Privacy was a serious issue for us since the owners also rent a guest quarters at their house and those guests come down the funicular to use the boat dock area. Since there are no blinds on any of the windows or sliders/doors, as they get off the funicular they look right into the boathouse. If people are on the dock, they look right into the living area. Although it varied each day, the guests were coming down from around 10 a.m. and stayed until between 5- 9 p.m. and ranged from 2 to 8 people every day, so this is not a romantic, secluded, private place at all. Unfortunately we would not recommend this property which is really quite sad as it is a beautiful location with such potential.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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5

A little piece of relaxing heaven.

  • 5 of 5

This was a great time for our family of 5 to have fun and relax. We were able to play with the kayaks, canoe, and paddle boat as well as sit by the campfire and relax. We loved watching the eagles and fishing off the docks. My kids loved to swim and feed the geese. We grilled out every day and sat by the campfire every night. It was a great time for our family to reconnect!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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June 2016

  • 5 of 5

We spent 3 nights here and can't wait to return next summer. The home is great and so are Earl and Karen. The view is incredible and you can watch the sunrise from bed. Location is great with easy access to the valley and all it has to offer, 5 minutes to Lakeside or 15 minutes to Kalispell or Bigfork. It hasn't been a week since we left and are trying to plan our vacation for next summer now so we can secure our reservation here for next year. I will recommend this vacation rental to all of my family and friends looking to stay in the Flathead Valley.

Glen & Renee

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Glen and Renee, You guys are wonderful! Looking forward to seeing you again. Earl & Karen
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5

Amazing Vacation Home!

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful boat house that couldn't be in a better location. Flathead lake is gorgeous and this boat house sits on it facing the mountains. We caught fish off the dock, took the kayaks out on the lake and visited Glacier National Park only about an hour away.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Excellent spot, great boathouse.

  • 4 of 5

We greatly enjoyed our stay at the boathouse. It is a beautiful spot on a great lake. The owners are terrific. Only regrets are that we should of booked more time there and should have brought our boat to get the full experience of such a beautiful spot . Thanks Earl and Karen and we ll see you next year.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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A piece of heaven

  • 5 of 5

We rented this property for our honeymoon. It was absolutely perfect! The house was adorable and the view was picture perfect! The owners were very kind and helpful. We will definitely be back! We absolutely loved it!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We look forward to seeing you again!
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Map

Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Glacier International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Del's Bar, Somers
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Eagle Bend
Nearest Train
35 Miles
Whitefish Station
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
US 93 and US 82
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Blacktail Mountain
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Somers Bay

Other Activities: Shopping, Boating, Wildlife Viewing, Kayaking

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Rates & Availability

Somers Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
High Season B 2016
Aug 13 2016 - Sep 2 2016
3 night minimum stay
$235
From
$285
Fri,Sat
$1,700
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $3 per night, per additional guest
 
Post Season 2016
Sep 3 2016 - Oct 16 2016
2 night minimum stay
$125
From
$175
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,000
$3,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $3 per night, per additional guest
 
Spring 2017
Apr 14 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
$110
From
$150
Fri,Sat,Sun
$800
$2,800
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $3 per night, per additional guest
 
Early Season 2017
May 26 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$160
From
$200
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,200
$4,200
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $3 per night, per additional guest
 
High Season 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 25 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$1,700
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $3 per night, per additional guest
 
Late High Season 2017
Aug 26 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
$235
From
$285
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,700
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $3 per night, per additional guest
 
Post Season 2017
Sep 5 2017 - Oct 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
$125
From
$175
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,000
$3,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $3 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 7.0%

Check-in: 3:00 pm; Check-out: 11:00 am.
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
* During July and August a week is from Saturday to Saturday
~ Monthly rate is considered to be 4 weeks.
**Opening/closing dates may vary according to weather conditions

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Somers Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , loft
  • Up the winder staircase is a loft bedroom with queen bed and step-in closet. There is a dormer niche with a bench, ideal for enjoying the view while sipping your morning coffee.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Binoculars
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Pedal Boat
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • coin laundry
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Elevator: Funicular lift takes you from the street down to the boathouse * Lakefront: Historic Somers Bay * Mountain View: Rocky Mountains & Mission Range Dock w/ boat slip, 200+ feet lakefront w/ two small pebble beaches, fire pit, canoe, paddle boat, 2 kayaks, games & puzzles.

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