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Intown Contemporary Retreat

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 2,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Queen Sleeper, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps up to 7)

Our vacation rental called IdylWest is a “SHOTGUN MODERN HOUSE” built in 2006 as an IN-TOWN RETREAT BY FAMOUS BOOK AUTHOR, screen writer and outdoor enthusiast Thomas McGuane whose many works include the film Missouri Breaks starring Jack Nicholson and Marlon Brando.

Designed as a hip and modern abode by award-winning architectural firm Thinktank AIA, it has many high-end features. Upon completion, the house was given a HISTORIC PRESERVATION AWARD for blending in so nicely with it’s downtown historic neighborhood and was FEATURED IN “AT HOME MAGAZINE” for its innovative design and outdoor space:

“The main floor features an open living and dining room with dark poured concrete floors which include radiant heat and and crisp white walls. A combination of metal, wood and earth-tones create a modern yet characteristically Montana feel. Tucked at the back of the house the kitchen continues the wood and metal theme found throughout the house. A loft-style floor plan allows for the maximum amount of light on the main floor as well as the master bedroom upstairs. Cork flooring on the second floor appeal to both the rustic and modern sensibility. A walk out upper deck that opens off the master bedroom is a sheltered place to take in the view of the Bridger Mountains. …The master bathroom has something for everybody with both a classic clawfoot tub and a modern, pale green tiled shower. Surprisingly, since from the outside it appears to be almost completely underground, the walk-out basement is almost as light as the upper floors, Outside, THE SMELL OF CEDER AND FLOWERS DRIFTS ON THE BREEZE. The garden is a combination of young trees and hearty native plants and flowers, Exchanging grass for small wood chips and stone walkways makes the yard a beautiful and accessible oasis.”

Idylwest is now managed as a VRBO by Bozeman Cottage Vacation Rentals, A UNIQUE AND LOCAL BUSINESS which was one of the first in town to offer these types of lodgings. And so, you deal with a seasoned business, yet one that provides a local and personal experience. Our manager, Paul and his staff of colorful locals are available to help you have the very best stay. We have hosted famous jazz singers, fishermen, ice climbers, skiers, scientists, summer residents and those who want to experience a vibrant town, the natural wonders of Yellowstone, Bridger Bowl a local SKI MOUNTAIN JUST 25 MINUTES AWAY and more.

And, for your experiences, we have put together a personalized “INSIDERS GUIDE” to easily find the best places that locals know and you might not otherwise find.

Our DOWNTOWN LOCATION IS PERFECT because it is in a quiet tree lined street in the historic district yet within EASY WALKING DISTANCE (a few blocks!) to a food coop for groceries, a food and salad bar with different cuisine every day; elegant and casual dining, trendy boutiques, art walks, bluegrass music, coffeehouses, local ice cream, dancing in tea shops, yoga, library, theatre, wine and cheese, breweries, outdoor fireplaces, farmers markets, cultural arts center, art galleries, theatre, local rivers, and the many Bozeman festivals held year round in and around main street. Yes all of these and THE OUTDOORS!

Go green and rent a bike from a sister organization, Bozeman Bike Rentals which uses an electric bike and trailer to deliver and pick up bikes. Bike to a nearby trail called called “Main Street to the Mountains” and BIKE PATH-LINED STREETS THAT WIND THROUGH THE HISTORIC DISTRICT to breakfast, lunch or dinner. Visit nearby Montana State University for Shakespeare in the Park or the Museum of the Rockies. Begin a hike or bike a block or so away through a forest. In the evening, walk to the farmers market for provisions or dinner by a river. Nearby Peet’s Hill overlooks town and here you will find dogs, happy people and one of the most beautiful sunsets you have ever seen.

Idylwest is owned by former New Yorker’s Richard and Mary Ann Martell (also 20 year residents). We also own the HISTORIC DOWNTOWN LOFT (VRBO Listing #362767) which accommodates 2 or so people a block away.

IDYLWEST described by guests: “One definition of “Idyl” is an EXTREMELY HAPPY, PEACEFUL OR PICTURESQUE EPISODE OR SCENE, ESPECIALLY IN RUSTIC LIFE. We think it fits.”

AMENITIES: Elegantly appointed, contemporary, colorful light fixtures, 9-foot ceilings, 2 BR (each BR runs distance of the house). Upper bedroom KING BED with private outdoor deck w/ view of mountains. Lower bedroom with separate garden entrance has QUEEN BED AND TWIN BED. There is PULL OUT LEATHER COUCH in living room which can be a queen bed for extra guests. Premium lines and bedding. GRACO PLAY AND PACK CRIB. Large closets. 2.5 BATHS with whimsical bathroom features, one CLAWFOOT TUB in upper bedroom. Plush towels. DINING ROOM area to seat EIGHT. Ceiling fans. EUROPEAN KITCHEN with GOURMET GAS STOVE, dishwasher, disposal, microwave, coffee-makers, grinder, tea maker, blender, cooking ware, appliances, food processor, blender, plates, utensils, Mexican linen settings, spices, organic teas, staples. Reading nooks. WiFi. FLAT SCREEN WALL MOUNTED HDTVs: one 52” on the main floor and a 32 inch in the master bedroom. Full audio/visual system. Roku sticks. Stereo and mobile phone dock. LAUNDRY room with large Maytag Neptune washer, dryer. GRILL. OUTDOOR SEATING. Outdoor solar lighting. Landscaped GARDEN area. FENCED YARD allows a safe outdoor space for dogs. Covered CARPORT. Locked SHED for outdoor equipment. Keyless entry for both doors.

We warmly WELCOME PETS subject to pre-approval and with a pet fee — up to 2 cats/dogs (declawed). We can let you know of walks, parks and places nearby for your pet’s enjoyment.

Bozeman Cottage is owned and operated by Paul House, a licensed property manager in the state of Montana, license # RRE-RPM-LIC-45468.

More Details

Property Manager
Paul House
Member since: 2002
Speaks: english
Manager indicates their response time is:
Within an hour
Calendar last updated:
April 29, 2017

About Paul House

The Gallatin Valley has always been home to me and I started Bozeman Cottage in 1998 to help keep me here. Since then the business has grown mostly by accident and I started managing IdylWest Modern Guest House in 2013. Southwest Montana will capture you with its rugged, wild, landscape and majestic mountain views. You can truly experience why it's called Big Sky Country.

My company is small enough to make sure you are welcomed warmly, and I'm sure you'll relish this spacious, quiet space to unwind and enjoy the surrounding mountains and scenery, as well as the excitement of being right in the heart of Bozeman.

Why Paul House chose Montana

Catch prize blue ribbon trout at several public accesses along the Gallatin River just a few miles away, ski three downhill and two cross country ski resorts, hike in an area replete with well-groomed hiking trails, and bike the extensive trails in Bozeman itself.

It's a short 30 minutes to Bridger Bowl, 60 minutes to Big Sky ski resort, another 35 minutes to Yellowstone Park AND the relaxing, luxurious Bozeman Hot Springs and Spa is just 12 miles away!

What makes this house unique

New, bright, and hip, this house is a refreshing blend of modern design and casual comfort. Passive solar design fills the house with sunlight year round and the sun's heat in winter.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Our family enjoyed a marvelous nine day stay at Idylwest. This vacation home was meticulously maintained and ready for our family to enjoy. It is located just a few blocks from the active Bozeman Main Street and of course a short drive to the fabulous Southwest Montana vacation spots. Idylwest comes prepared with everything a family could possibly need, including kitchen supplies, and it felt like home within minutes of us moving in. It is easy to get spoiled living at Idylwest and our family will have a hard time ever enjoying an overnight stay in a typical hotel again when we travel. We are looking forward to our return to Idylwest next summer.
Jun 2015
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Bozeman House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Each bathroom is an aesthetic pleasure to use!
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • 1 King, 1 Twin, 1 Queen, 1 Pull Out Sofa
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 6 garden chairs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • shopping
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • skiing
House has 700 square feet on each of the three floors.


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(14 traveler reviews)

Intown Contemporary Retreat
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews
On the Missouri River outside of Great Falls, Mt

Get-away in the heart of Bozeman

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I come to Bozeman for about a week every month during the school year to help our daughter-in-law with our granddaughter. We love staying at this house. The neighborhood is super great for taking walks to Bogert Park or Peets Hill. We take the dogs out at a minimum of 3 times daily, so it's nice to have those places to go. The house is very cool, and modern with a well-equipped kitchen and good bed linens. We like dealing with Paul (and his friend Chris). They are friendly and accessible. We ill be back. Thanks so much!

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great rental house!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed 3 weeks. The kitchen was very well equipped. The manager was very responsive to problems - we had some burned out light bulbs that were promptly replaced. Location was incredibly convenient.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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None better

  • 5 of 5

Each summer we come to enjoy Bozeman and staying at this home made our trip even better. The walking commutes into town were very close to all recommended restaurants and local watering holes. The house itself was immaculate, beautiful, well furnished, and very spacious for the two of us. Paul was always available if needed and his knowledge of where to eat, drink and explore are on the point.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous home in the heart of Bozeman!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for our daughter's graduation from MSU. The home was not only a great place for our family to hang out, but very accessible via walking to get downtown or up on Peet's Hill for our daily walk. Great to park the car and explore Bozeman on foot. The Idylwest home was well stocked with everything we needed for preparing meals including a nice outdoor space with a grill. Lovely home, great location and perfect for our stay in Bozeman.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Northern California

Fantastic time

  • 5 of 5

House was amazing, beautifully appointed, and close to everything. We were able to walk to MSU and downtown. This will certainly be on our list when we return to Bozeman.

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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On the Missouri River outside of Great Falls, Mt

We loved this place!

  • 5 of 5

The house is beautiful, with comfortable beds and really thoughtful decor. In fact, it is obvious that lots of thought went into this home. Our children and grandchild live here in Bozeman, so it is fun to have family meals and card games together. It is conveniently located within walking distance to hiking trails. We will definitely return, if they will have us.

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this wonderful review. Since the house is new for us, we really appreciate hearing back from guests. And, I especially look forward to welcoming you back !
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Nearest Airport
9 Miles
Bozeman Yellowstone Internaltional Airport
Nearest Golf
2.6 Miles
Bridger Creek Golf Course
Nearest Ski
18 Miles
Bridger Bowl Ski Area
Car: recommended

Bozeman Hot Springs, Gym and Spa, The Ridge Gym and Spa, Montana Distillery, Carmike movie theater, live theater, ballet, opera, symphony, Full Circle Kart Racing, Grizzly Bear Park, Museum of the Rockies, Pioneer Museum, Computer Museum, ceramics studio, bowling alley, Gallatin Valley Mall and arcade, a great sledding hill and regional park, several other local parks, the Children's Museum, Lewis & Clark Caverns, Wolf and Grizzly Bear Discovery Center, West Yellowstone IMAX theater, climbing walls, Gallatin County Fairgrounds, rodeos, MSU Pow Wow, Sweet Pea Festival the first weekend every August; Music on Main Street in the Summers; Arts Walks, a State Farmer's Market and a local farmer's market/fair; a great public library and, of course, Yellowstone National Park. We also have books and games for adults and children.


Rates & Availability


  • $1175 to 1775/wk, 199-269/nt
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