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Marilyn A. Morris

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english

Wildlife Habitat on 32 Acres in Western Montana

25 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Luxury Home, 4 Bedrooms + 2 Convertible bed(s), 3.5 Baths (Sleeps 8-10)

ON GOLDEN POND is the perfect vacation home for a group of 10 or less.Since the property is a wildlife refuge, this home isn't used as the venue for other activities, such as reunions, weddings, etc.

On Golden Pond is located in the Bitterroot Valley in Montana with close views of the Bitterroot and Sapphire mountains. You can walk out any of the bedrooms or the den and watch waterfowl on the pond and deer sleeping on the grass.

Whitetail deer, fox, coyote, California quail, ducks, geese, pheasants, turtles and bull frogs are some of the wildlife that call this property their home. That is why we limit the amount of guests. You can see wildlife in action when the environment is calm!

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Marilyn A. Morris (Property Manager)
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english

About Marilyn A. Morris

I always use VRBO when I travel so it was easy to place this home with them. I retired from a 32 year career in 2006. My goal was to start a lavender farm on the property and that is what I am doing!

Marilyn A. Morris purchased this house in 2000

Why Marilyn A. Morris chose Bitterroot Valley

My family is from Montana and we love it here!

What makes this house unique

beautiful mountain setting; 33 acres of wildlife habitat; 2 trout ponds

Guestbook comments from the manager

Even though I grew up in Hamilton, I think of the view from your deck when I reminisce about the Bitterroot. This was our fourth time staying On Golden Pond.We have gazed at the deer, quail, hummingbirds, finches, chick-a-dees, sunrises, sunsets, the moon and the stars all week long. Another fabulous, relaxing vacation!

Thank you!
Jul 2014
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based on 25 traveler reviews

Wildlife Habitat on 32 Acres in Western Montana
average rating of 4.96 based on 26 reviews
Chester, UK

A gorgeous place to stay

  • 5 of 5

This house offers excellent accommodation for our party of 8 fisherfolk from around the world. The large deck with plenty of tables and chairs, and a view to die for, provides us with the perfect space for long lingering meals, cooked in the well-designed, and well-stocked kitchen. The owner, Marilyn, can't do enough to ensure we have a comfortable stay, and is always there to help if needed. The wildlife around the property is a constant source of pleasure, and when we have tired of catching fish in the local rivers, it's fun to catch a couple of big ones from the stocked trout pool. It is genuinely our home from home in the Bitterroot Valley.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hard to fault.

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I are keen fly fishermen and are annual visitors to the USA.

This was our seventh stay at On Golden Pond and we are as enthusiastic about the property today as we were when we first stayed there seven years ago.

Everything about the property works. The location is handy to Hamilton and yet quiet and private. The house comfortably accommodates our party - usually six or eight adults - and is spacious enough to allow privacy when you want to get away from the crowd.

The furnishings and facilities are excellent and the owner, Marilyn, is always ready to help with anything you need.

We have come to regard the property as our home away from home and would recommend the property to anyone who is looking for a comfortable house in a great location.

Russ B.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Russ! I look forward to seeing you and the others each year! PS Thanks for helping with the lavender harvest! Marilyn
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On Golden Pond is an exceptional property.

  • 5 of 5

On Golden Pond is an exceptional property offering every convenience and comfort and maintained to entertain and delight the visitors. Marilyn, the owner, is readily available and eager to ensure a pleasant visit. As a family we have every intention to revisit. Bill

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you!! You and your family were lovely!
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Beautiful setting, great house!

  • 5 of 5

What a perfect location and home for our family gathering! Loved the views of the pond from the deck, the many intimate places to sit on the property, harvesting fresh vegetables from the garden and the abundance of wildlife! The home is beautifully maintained and very spacious. Grandchildren spent many happy hours "hunting" frogs and turtles from pedal boats. Marilyn is a very friendly and gracious host and a delight to know. On Golden Pond is a very special place!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad that you enjoyed your family vacation! It was my pleasure to meet you all! Thank you! Marilyn OGP
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Chester, UK

A really lovely place to stay in the Bitterrot Valley

  • 5 of 5

On Golden Pond makes a wonderful base for our fishing trip to Montana. It is excellently located, minutes from the Bitterrroot River, and not far from the West and East Forks, the Clark Fork, and the Blackfoot. For non-fishers too it is a delightful place to stay, with every home comfort, including a delightful deck from which to watch the hummingbirds, deer, racoons, and quail. We have returned every summer for several years now, and we just love it!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Harrisburg, PA

All this and a fish pond, too.

  • 5 of 5

This was our third stay. The location is great for a group that likes to fish the Bitterroot. The house is absolutely beautiful. The kitchen is well stocked. The den is a great place to relax, complete with pool and foosball tables. On property is a stocked pond with 22" trout for catch and release. So relaxing. So perfect. We look forward to next year.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks P! I, also, look forward to seeing you next year! Keep in touch! ~M
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Car: necessary

The Bitterroot Valley is known for its beauty and a style of life which is sought after. We are surrounded by mountains, Sapphire mountains and Bitterroot mountains. We have historical sights surrounding us. Lewis and Clark traveled through this valley and almost starved while doing so. We have the Selway wilderness area to the west of us.

Other Activities: Boating, Downhill/Alpine Skiing, Sledding/Tubing, Basketball Court, Snowboarding, Wildlife Viewing, Health/Beauty Spa, Shopping, Cross Country Skiing


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Oct 4 2015 - Oct 3 2016
3 night minimum stay
all year
Oct 18 2016 - Nov 30 2017
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 7.25%

This property is a wildlife refuge. On Golden Pond isn't used for parties larger than 10 guests.
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Bitterroot Valley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • River ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Half Bathroom -
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
  • We have 2 hideabeds in other rooms. One hide-abed is in the comfortable office...has it's own exterior door but will share the downstairs bathroom...the 2nd hideabed is in the den
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Pedal Boat
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Sauna ...
  • Whirlpool
  • jetted tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • 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:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
2 large trout and wildlife ponds and 3 creeks on property. We have started a Lavender farm which will be increased each year. We plant forage for the wildlife so many animals call this property home.

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