|Minimum Stay||2 - 15 nights|
Take a step back in time and delve into the rich history of the area. Our 1916 Schoolhouse is located on the historic Stermitz Ranch in beautiful Cinnabar Basin, Gardiner, Montana. This is the original location of the school, which provided a much needed learning place for the children in this rural area - many of whose families immigrated to the area to work in coal mines.
In 2009-2010, the schoolhouse was completely renovated to preserve the structure and maintain the historic integrity of the building. Many of the original items are on display for all to enjoy.
From the moment you drive to the schoolhouse on the hill, you will be amazed by the breathtaking views. Once you set foot inside, you are in for a relaxing vacation. The schoolhouse boasts several tall windows, each with spectacular mountain views - aspen trees and wildlife abound. Watch deer, elk, and the occasional moose graze in the meadow out the front door. Bears, wolves, and coyotes are sometimes spotted on nearby hills and fields.
Experience what life is like on a western ranch. We raise American Quarter Horses, and generally have at least one new foal every summer. Last summer our cabin guests were fortunate enough to witness the birth! The ranch is also home to chickens,pigs,cows,dogs, and cats. Have farm fresh eggs delivered to you upon request- our sons charge $5/dozen and offer free delivery.
A highlight of the Schoolhouse features:
*Horseback rides and zip lining available on property.
*Whitewater rafting on the nearby Yellowstone River.
*Farm fresh eggs delivered.
*Hiking/cross-country skiing from the front door.
*King size bed with luxurious linens.
*Mountain views from every window.
*Beautiful location on the historic Stermitz Ranch.
*A scenic 20-25 minute drive to Yellowstone National Park.
*2 twin convertible beds (with bedding)are perfect for kids.
*Cozy seating area with a charming propane fireplace.
*Carefully appointed details such as a tin ceiling, original wood floors, old school desks and books, a chalkboard, etc.
*Heated slate floor in the bathroom.
*Kitchen with a full size range.
*Opportunities for children to interact with animals.
*Western ranch experience.
Do you have a larger group, or planning a family re-union? Ask about our other cabin rentals on the ranch! We also have a large covered pavilion with picnic tables - perfect for those large family gatherings.
We look forward to meeting you.
Stacy and Rob Stermitz
Keywords: Studio, cottage, school house, cabin
My husband, Rob and I feel extremely blessed to live in such an amazing place. We are fortunate to raise our 4 sons, who are the 5th generation, here on the historic Stermitz Ranch. Rob works full time as a Landscape Architect in Yellowstone as well as managing the ranch operations. Stacy is a full time mom and manages the vacation rental properties and the horseback rides. We enjoy working on renovation projects together, generally on the weekends as time allows. The schoolhouse is our third complete renovation on the aging ranch buildings. The next project will be the original homestead house built in 1910. We have enjoyed the challenges that each building brings, and look forward to the day when all of the original structures have been restored and preserved!
Stacy Stermitz purchased this cabin in 1900
After Rob and I both graduated from college and got married, we decided that this was the ideal place to raise our kids. We both share a deep appreciation for the outdoors and the history of the area, and the proximity to Yellowstone Park makes it ideal. We just love the story of how his family came to be here. Rob's great grandfather, Joseph, was born in Slovenia, Austria in 1862 and worked in the coal mines from the age of 9. He later immigrated here from Slovenia with his wife and two children in 1892, following the promise of work in coal mines in Montana. When they arrived he found that no work was to be found. Joseph used his last $10 to buy a shotgun so that he might feed his family. While here, a fire broke out in the Cokedale mines. Joe helped put out the fires and was noticed by the mine boss who asked 'who is that good worker?' Someone explained that it was an immigrant who couldn't find work. The mine boss then said 'Put that man to work. Anyone who works that hard for no pay should get a job.' The family, along with the addition of three more children, moved to the ranch in Cinnabar Basin in 1900. They purchased the the original homestead of Bob Dixon. Their house consisted of a dirt roofed dugout built by Dixon. Later, when the mine closed in 1910, the lumber was brought from the hospital building in Aldrige to construct a log and lumber house. Rob's grandfather was born here in 1910. He later attended this school. In 1935, Rob's grandfather married Gladys Elliott, who was one of the teachers at this schoolhouse. Their son, Jim, also attended school here and continues to live here on the ranch with his wife Lorayne.
The ranch is ideally located in the remote mountains of the Gallatin National Forest, while still being a close drive to the many wonders of Yellowstone National Park. We enjoy watching the abundant wildlife, hiking and skiing from our back door, and taking a horseback ride up the scenic mountain trails that the ranch has to offer. Being in the great outdoors is what this property is all about! Experience what life is like on a western ranch. We hope that you will enjoy it as much as we do.
Our family had a wonderful stay at the Stermitz ranch on our son's first Yellowstone road trip. The cabin was easy enough to find, a little off the highway, and about 15 minutes from the North entrance. We spent every day heading into the park and after some long hikes, the usual bison traffic jams and wildlife diversions, the cabin provided exactly what we needed when we came home late into the evening - fantastic star gazing, an exceptionally comfy bed, and a small kitchen to prepare our meals. We took a horseback ride around the ranch on our last day, and would highly recommend any future travelers do the same - great staff, and beautiful trails.
Only two negatives (that may or may not apply to all travelers) 1) If we had stayed past 4 days the half size fridge might have become an issue - we played a lot of fridge tetris getting all of our food to fit 2) not a lot of storage for clothes and other belongings - whilst the cabin is decorated with antique schoolhouse memorabilia, there isn't a lot of room for anything else.
Overall, we had a great stay and would definitely return, the cabin provided a great base for our Yellowstone adventure.
My wife and I stayed at the schoolhouse for the first 6 days of our Yellowstone area vacation. The cabin was well maintained and exactly as advertised. It was a cozy and comfortable place to come back to each day after a fun filled day of hiking and sightseeing in Yellowstone. To us, it is an important element of our national park vacation to find a place to stay that maintains the outdoor vacation vibe, and staying on this ranch fit the bill perfectly. We cooked our own breakfast and dinner each day at the cabin. The cabin included a lunch size cooler for packing lunches for sightseeing and also bear spray to carry for hikes. We went on the 2.5 hour trail ride at the ranch, which starts right at the corral at the bottom of the hill from the cabin, and it was by far the best trail ride we have ever taken (and we have taken quite a few). I would highly recommend this cabin for a couples vacation. The ranch also features two other larger cabins for larger groups.
We stayed in the Schoolhouse for 3 nights as a beginning to our Yellowstone vacation. This cabin is so comfortable, everything you need. The views are spectacular, the ranch is peaceful and quiet, yet easy to get to. We saw wildlife, had a nice horseback ride, slept great, and fixed our own breakfast everyday with the fresh eggs. The ranch is very convenient to Gardiner and the North entrance to Yellowstone. Highly recommend!
Stella's property is wonderful! Right in the middle of the mountains! Waking up every morning was a feast for the senses. The cabin is very well decorated, well equipped and comfortable. The road to the cabin is about 7 miles on highway from the park entrance and about 4 miles of internal country road. We saw a bear during one our our rides back home on this country road :) My family had a great time here, thanks Stella!
If you really the full experience of a trip to Montana as part of your vacation in Yellowstone, this is the place! Being able to enjoy Yellowstone Park and then returning to our own piece of private paradise allowed us to enjoy our vacation around the clock. Our family of 4 stayed in this cozy cabin for five nights and loved it. This 2,800 acre ranch has a couple of other guest cabins if the school house is a little too small for your group. We saw wild life, enjoyed rainbows and went horseback riding on the ranch. The owners and the staff treat you like family and want to make sure that you are enjoying your stay, without being intrusive. We felt miles away from anywhere, but were actually a 15 minute mountain road drive from the town of Gardiner, just outside Yellowstone's north entrance. We would happily go back here again, and recommend it highly.
Very last minute (the 23rd) my wife said she had off for our Anniversary (the 29th) and made it very clear she wanted to get away. I panicked.
After a bit of searching around, I selected this cabin as what I thought she would like (hint: she did) and a few others that might have worked. I emailed Stacy and started emailing a few other places, but before I could hit send, she had already replied to me. It was my first time using VRBO and I didn't know how it worked, so I replied every way I knew how to make sure we were good to go. My 3 or 4 messages didn't seem to faze Stacy at all.
The moment we walked in, Grace was jumping with excitement and saying how perfect of a place the cabin was. And it was, it was exactly what she wanted. Although we found it comfortable and beautiful, it's not a glamorous 3 bedroom home with a 500 sq ft bathroom - it's a small cabin perfect two people who don't need a hotel staff waiting on them to enjoy themselves. There's no wifi (aren't you visiting Yellowstone to be outdoors anyways?) and it's not a chef's ideal cabin, but it couldn't have been any better for us. The cabin is a few miles off highway, but we really liked that it was away from tourists and private. It is very well taken care of. There are a few displays of books that you cannot open, but there are a few historical books around the cabin as well; they've found a very tasteful way of preserving history while still making it available and livable as well.
Grace and I drove the open roads in Yellowstone Friday, saw Cook City and skied Lower Baronet. We really enjoyed skiing to Tower Falls and Blacktail Plateau Saturday. We thought maybe the elevation was bugging us because we were really struggling, but it ended up that we both had the flu that night.
Nevertheless, we had a great time and left feeling we had found the best place in the area to stay in the future! We've already recommended the cabin to some friends who visit the area every March.
We loved the cabin and how tastefully done and comfortable everything was. It was private, cozy, and romantic - exactly what my wife was hoping for. Being greeted by elk just before sunrise was a nice bonus too!
Sandy was incredibly quick to respond and made sure we were taken care of - extremely reliable.
If you're visiting the area, this should be the first place you consider staying!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Jun 15 2016 - Sep 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2016 - Jun 14 2017
2 night minimum stay
Dec 20 2017 - Jan 3 2018
15 night minimum stay
High Seas(6/15-9/30)5 nt min.$250/.Low Seas(10/1-6/14) 2 nt min.$200/night.
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Personal checks or MC/Visa accepted. 50% secures the reservation. Remaining 50% due 2 weeks prior to arrival. Add 3% if paying with credit card.