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Ridlon & Carin Kiphart

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

Luxury Log Home: Best Majestic Views/Hot Tub/23 Acre/Wildlife/Decks/Home Theater

43 Reviews
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Overview

Darby House Rental Photos and Description

Luxury Log Home, 3BR + Loft, 3Bath, Sleeps 2-8, views, decks, hot tub, privacy

Welcome from The Adventure Couple!

SPECIAL FEATURES

• The best mountain views in the valley including Trapper Peak and Continental Divide. Majestic mountain views from every room. 360 degrees.

• Convenient access to National Forest on three sides.

• Convenient to downhill and cross country skiing.

• Close access to the Bitterroot River and West Fork fly fishing

• Wildlife right on the property

• 1200+ sq. feet of outdoor decks including comfy couches/chairs and dining table. GREAT OUTDOOR LIVING.

• An architect designed, luxury log home crafted like the beautiful classic lodges of the west.

• Gourmet Kitchen with espresso/cappuccino machine and fine coffees, espressos and teas.

• Large Greatroom

• Huge River rock Fireplace

• Luxurious 'heavenly' king beds with down duvets & featherbeds

• As much or as little quiet and privacy as you want. Only minutes from town and activities yet exclusive.

We own and spend time between three homes;

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Our log home is equal parts luxury western lodge, private relaxing retreat and grand adventure headquarters mixed with a majestic dose of inspiration.

As The Adventure Couple, we have worked in luxury adventure travel all around the globe including two decades in the American West. So when we decided to create our perfect vacation home, we knew we wanted a special retreat. We wanted to create a unique experience blending our knowledge of the finest lodges and resorts from over 100 countries around the world.

Starting with an architect designed, custom log home, we drew inspiration from luxury boutique resorts like Relais and Chateau and Small Luxury Hotels of the World. So the home is outfitted with the finest bedding, hand crafted western furnishings from top designers, a unique selection of indigenous art from around the globe and award-winning nature photography.

To find the right place to turn our vision into reality, we emailed our “house resume” to real estate agents across the West and then drove through the Rocky Mountains from New Mexico to the Canadian border – exploring mountains, forests, valleys and rivers along the way. And when we first laid eyes on the Bitterroot Valley, we knew “this was it.”

The Bitterroot Valley had everything we were searching for – stunning scenery, millions of acres of national forest and wilderness, unlimited adventure activities, super friendly people, quaint towns, good restaurants; And all of those things minus the crowds.

Within this special valley, we carefully chose a location to build our lodge because not all home sites are equal. We discovered a location that benefits from an extraordinary amount of sunshine, absolute privacy and abundant wildlife - combined with stunning, 360-degree mountain views including the Continental Divide and Trapper Peak – the highest mountain in the range. The home is crafted to take advantage of the majestic views and wrapped with over 1000 square feet of decks.

Come and enjoy the best, majestic views in the valley and a luxury western Montana experience in this architect designed 2800SF luxury log home on 23 acres. Enjoy the log home as a relaxing retreat, romantic getaway or perfect base for year-around outdoor activities including hiking, blue ribbon fly fishing and skiing. Perfect for families, friends and couples wanting a visually stunning, relaxing, private and inspiring location. The home sits near National Forest land on three sides and is minutes from the Bitterroot River. Watch wildlife right on the property including elk, deer and bald eagles.

You've found the perfect place – relax on over 1200 square feet of outdoor decks with 360-degree majestic mountain views, a huge river rock fireplace, 8 person hot tub and pro home theater. Every night, look for shooting stars and satellites. The star watching is incredible!

MASTER BEDROOM, GUEST BEDROOMS & BATH HIGHLIGHTS

We took the Heavenly Bed and made it better, crafting what we call our most comfortable bed in the world. Pacific Coast Super Loft down comforters, Pacific Coast Luxe Loft feather beds, sumptuous pima cotton blankets, high thread count Egyptian cotton sheets (7oz premium flannel in the winter) and designer Western bedding sets all resting on Serta Luxury Edition double pillow top mattresses. You won’t want to get out of bed.

No need to fight over bedrooms because all three are large and outfitted with luxurious, king size beds. From all the bedrooms, you have amazing views of the Bitterroot Mountains and Trapper Peak - the highest peak in the range.

The custom designed master bath features an open shower with rain shower-head and a large, integrated Jacuzzi tub. When you are done, wrap yourself up in a fluffy spa-style, oversized bath sheet.

KITCHEN HIGHLIGHTS – for the Foodie

We love to cook, have dined at Michelin starred restaurants around the globe and have outfitted the kitchen to be a chef’s dream including commercial grade cookware and a gas Jenn-Air cooktop and range with convection and downdraft. The kitchen is fully outfitted with toaster, blender, food processor, dishwasher, microwave and large refrigerator. We even include a stocked spice rack.

Enjoy the espresso/cappuccino machine, Keurig machine and coffeemaker including fine espressos, coffees and tea. All included.

GREAT ROOM HIGHLIGHTS

The great room is the social hub of the house and has a 2 1/2 story high cathedral ceiling, massive river rock fireplace, fine leather furniture and pub table. The house layout lets you gather together or enjoy as much privacy as you like.

DINING ROOM HIGHLIGHTS

The dining room comfortably seats six with sweeping 270 degree panoramic mountain vistas. It doubles as a fantastic sun room in the mornings or game room in the evenings. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and listen to the sounds of nature. Watch the sun set over Trapper Peak and the Continental Divide.

MEDIA LOFT HIGHLIGHTS

The media loft offers a Denon pro home theater system with a 60” plasma HDTV and Bower & Wilkens reference speakers for fantastic sound clarity and surround. Sink into the huge double leather sofa that we call The Mitt. Also included is a Wii gaming system and a large DVD collection. Incredible for movies, sports or enjoying your favorite show. Stream music from your favorite device and turn it up as loud as you like. There’s no one around but you.

OUTDOOR DECKS HIGHLIGHTS

There are over 1200 sq. ft of decks including two different comfy lounge areas and and a granite dining table that seats six. And, of course, a gas grill. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner; and breathtaking sunrises or sunsets. After dinner, you can slip right into the large, 8 person hot tub and watch the nightly star show - highly recommended.

LOCATION

South of Darby MT, and only 5 miles up Rye Creek Road. Easy access to town, the river, restaurants, shopping, grocery, post office but once you're at the home, complete privacy. It’s the best of all worlds.

WINTER: 45 minutes to both Lost Trail and Chief Joseph ski areas. Cross country or snow shoe from the house or go up Rye Creek, N. Rye or Moonshine. Majestic views from the hot tub and a huge fireplace. A perfect winter getaway.

SUMMER (summer is booking fast!): you will run out of time before you could do everything! Including blue ribbon fly fishing, hiking, cycling, mountain biking, tubing, white water rafting, wildlife viewing and a wilderness area the size of Switzerland. And awesome views from the decks and hot tub.

FALL: falls colors along the river, blue ribbon fly fishing, crisp nights, top trophy elk and deer hunting (no hunting allowed on property), great hiking and majestic views from the decks and hot tub.

SPRING: is a gorgeous time of year in the valley. The river is lush and beautiful but snow still clings to the highest mountains. The days are temperate and sunny and nights are cool and crisp. Wildlife is abundant. The trails, rivers and lakes are open and fly fishing is excellent.

WE HOPE THIS SPECIAL PLACE STEALS YOUR HEARTS THE WAY IT HAS OURS. Sincerely, Ridlon & Carin Kiphart, The Adventure Couple

ACTIVITIES

• Incredible sunset and star watching - right from the hot tub

• Great downhill and cross country skiing and snowmobiling

• Blue ribbon fly fishing

• Wildlife viewing, on the property

• Hiking/Walking/Mountain Biking from your doorstep

• Salmon River kayaking, rafting and canoeing, 1 hr

• Shopping and antiquing, 15 minutes to Darby, 25 minutes to Hamilton

• Restaurants and brew pubs in Hamilton and Darby

• Some of the best elk and deer hunting in the lower 48, 10 minutes away (fall)

• Big Hole National Battlefield & Lewis and Clark Trail, 45 minutes away

• In home massages in front of the fireplace!

Keywords: Log Home, Western Home, Western Lodge, Mountain Home

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Ridlon & Carin Kiphart (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

About Ridlon & Carin Kiphart

As The Adventure Couple, we have over 20 years experience in the luxury hotel industry and wanted to create a mountain lodge retreat with the look and feel of the 5-Star western lodges we have stayed at over the years. In the summer, we spend time on the outdoor decks, love watching the abundant wildlife on the property, go hiking and enjoy a glass of wine in the hot tub. In the winter, we love the skiing (downhill and x country) and chilling out by the fireplace. Every year, we travel and guide people to the most exotic places in the world but always look forward to coming back to our mountain lodge home.

The Bitterroot Valley grabbed us with its stunning grandeur, access to millions of acres of National Forests, friendly people and absolute wealth of outdoor activities. We drove the Rocky Mountains from New Mexico to Canada looking for our mountain home and this is what we chose. We love it dearly.

Ridlon & Carin Kiphart purchased this house in 2003

Why Ridlon & Carin Kiphart chose Bitterroot Valley

As The Adventure Couple, we have worked in luxury adventure travel all around the globe including two decades in the American West. So when we decided to create our perfect vacation home, we knew we wanted a special retreat. We wanted to create a unique experience blending our knowledge of the finest lodges and resorts from over 100 countries around the world.

The home is equal parts luxury western lodge, private relaxing retreat and grand adventure headquarters mixed with a majestic dose of inspiration.

Starting with an architect designed, custom log home, we drew inspiration from luxury boutique resorts like Relais and Chateau and Small Luxury Hotels of the World. So the home is outfitted with the finest bedding, hand crafted western furnishings from top designers, a unique selection of indigenous art from around the globe and award-winning nature photography.

360 degree majestic mountain views of the Continental Divide, Bitterroot Mountains and Sapphire Mountains. You stare at Trapper Peak from every room in the house and over 1200 SF of decks. 23 acres to roam on and wildlife right in the yard. The Bitterroot River and blue ribbon fly fishing is minutes away. National Forest on three sides of the home. And at the heart of all of it, a beautifully finished and furnished, custom log home.

What makes this house unique

360 degree majestic mountain views of the Continental Divide, Bitterroot Mountains and Sapphire Mountains. You stare at Trapper Peak from every room in the house and over 1200 SF of decks. 23 acres to roam on and wildlife right in the yard. The Bitterroot River and blue ribbon fly fishing is minutes away. National Forest on three sides of the home. And at the heart of all of it, a beautifully finished and furnished, custom log home.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for letting us stay at your beautiful home! From all the pictures and art work it looks like you both live a pretty amazing life! While we were there we were able to celebrate my husbands 30th birthday as well as the life of his grandmother who died on Thursday evening. Staying there with our good friends really helped take our minds off things. We enjoyed snowmobiling, shopping, playing games, and putting together your 750 piece jungle puzzle! It was nice to relax since we all have very busy schedules. Thank you again for everything!
Mar 2014
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Reviews

4.9
based on 43 traveler reviews

Luxury Log Home: Best Majestic Views/Hot Tub/23 Acre/Wildlife/Decks/Home Theater
average rating of 4.9069767 based on 49 reviews
Chicago, IL
5

Outstanding!!

  • 5 of 5

Dear Kiphart's, thanks for sharing your incredible home! We enjoyed being off the grid-and all of the first class amenities. Your home is so cool, loved reading about your travel adventures, along with the 360 degree views! The mule deer stopped by for a visit every day, what a treat, a great break from our city life.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Naperville, Illinois
5

Family Time in the Bitterroot Valley

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the home over Spring Break. It was everything that was described. Brought my parents along for their first trip to Montana. We all enjoyed the abundant wildlife each morning as we relaxed on the deck with our coffee. The driveway up to the house was steep. View from every window was AMAZING!!

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Peace, relaxation and beauty!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I and 6 friends thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Majestic Mountain Views home. As foodies, we loved the well appointed kitchen and outdoor dining. And while there were a large number of outdoor activity options, we simply enjoyed relaxing and watching wildlife and sipping cocktails on the outdoor decks. The views really were majestic. And watching stars from the hot tub at night. Being from a big city, we don't get to see anything like that. The beds were amazing and the owners were friendly and helpful. May 20-23

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much! Hanging out on the decks is one of our favorite things to do. It's so hard to leave sometimes!
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5

Quiet Weekend Getaway

  • 5 of 5

What a great time we did not want to leave! Between the beautiful views and quiet setting it was nice to relax. We were able to cook all our own meals with the nicely stocked kitchen. Darby has a few quaint grocery stores, so we were able to pick up groceries on our way up. Once there we didn't want to leave, it was nice to just hang out and bird watch. Lots of deer walking past the house daily also! Sitting out on the patio in the morning drinking my coffee was my favorite. I can't wait for the next time, we will be rebooking for sure.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much! We're are so pleased that you love it for so many of the reasons we do. It is a wonderful place to relax and getaway. We look forward to hosting you again in the near future.
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Navarre, Florida
5

Amazing Stay

  • 5 of 5

It would be difficult to start this review without talking about the beauty and magnificence of this part of Montana. Absolutely stunning! One morning while sitting on the porch of this picturesque log cabin, more than 100 elk wandered up the side of the mountain within 75 yards of the porch. Truly amazing! The log cabin itself is well built and luxurious in a wholesome earthy way. The rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable, and the central fire place is a center piece for community. The kitchen is well equipped and boasts a bar seating area to keep the cook company while meals are being prepared. At night we climbed into the hot tub and saw the breath taking view of the stars so thick that you felt like you could reach up and touch the Milky Way Galaxy. I can't say enough about our stay. If you are looking to "get off the grid" for awhile and remember what natural beauty is all about- stay here.There is also a cool micro-brewery in town with a great variety of home brewed beers. Great stay- can't wait to do it again next year.

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you loved it and we look forward to hosting you again in the near future!
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Beautiful, Quiet Getaway

  • 4 of 5

A group of 8 of us spent a lovely long weekend at this Darby home in February. We loved relaxing in the hot tub, walking around the area, wildlife watching (thanks for keeping binoculars there!), sitting around the fireplace, and relaxing in the TV room upstairs (amazing couch and TV!). Also loved that there were a ton of books, movies, magazines, games, and puzzles to enjoy while up there - no need to bring extras if you don't want to tote them! A couple things to know before you head up there though: there is internet, but it's spotty and we had to reset the router several times - if you want to be unplugged, this is the place for you, but if you're hoping to get some work done or otherwise use the internet, it might not be great. Also, while it sleeps 8, and the hosts were very accommodating, it's definitely better for 6 people (only 6 dining room chairs, living room and den seat 6 more comfortably than 8, the hot tub only reasonably seats 4-5 full grown adults, and there are only two burners on the stove top, which makes cooking big meals a bit difficult - the other side of the stove serves as an indoor grill though, if you want to grill inside!). Last but not least, while there are 3 full bathrooms, the third one, upstairs in the loft, has no ceiling and just has hanging saloon doors, so it completely lacks privacy - hopefully you're super comfortable with your travel companions and/or you're okay mostly using just 2 bathrooms. Last quick tip - be sure to bring your own water up, as the water there was quite sulfur-y tasting. All in all, we went up for a relaxing weekend away, and that's just what we got. The three king size beds were AMAZING, the kitchen was stocked with essentials, and the view was stunning. The hosts were also really helpful and accommodating throughout the entire process.

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, in 5 years of inviting guests in to our home, we've never had a review like this. We really wish our guests had contacted us during their stay as most of their issues could have been easily solved - The house sleeps 8 comfortably in beds and there are extra dining room chairs, etc when the house has 8 guests. If the house hasn't been used in a few weeks, all you need to do is run the kitchen and master bath taps to clear the water lines. The well is 600' deep and the mountain water is delicious. The house has broadband satellite internet which visiting authors on sabbatical and engineers working from the home have found totally sufficient. We do note in welcome instructions and the house booklet that you shouldn't stream lots of video, music or games as the internet company will limit the bandwidth. Clearly this is what happened as our guests went through a month's worth of bandwidth in 2 1/2 days. Again, this is something we could have fixed if only we had known. Having worked in the luxury hospitality industry for 20 years, our hope is that everyone has an amazing time. It is a beautiful home with inspiring views and we love to share it.
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Map

Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Missoula MT (MSO)
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Darby MT
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Hamilton MT
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
HWY93
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Darby MT
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Lost Trail Powder Mountain
Car: necessary

We are on the doorstep of millions of acres of National Forest and National Wilderness with views of the Continental Divide, Bitterroot Mountains, Sapphire Mountains and Pinler Mountains.

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Rates & Availability

Darby House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Late Summer
Aug 6 2016 - Sep 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
$325
$2,150
 
 
Fall 2016: up to 8 guests
Oct 1 2016 - Dec 17 2016
3 night minimum stay
$295
$1,950
 
 
Thanksgiving 2016
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 25 2016
7 night minimum stay
$2,300
Flat fee
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $175 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.0%

Please add $175 cleaning fee.

COUPLES (2 PEOPLE) SPECIAL RATE! $1600/WK, $250/NT.
GOOD 1/2 TO 5/22 and 10/1 TO 12/17 (excluding holidays). PLEASE INQUIRE.

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Amenities

Darby House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Custom bedding, Egyptian and Pima cotton, down duvets
    The Lodge Room - 1 king , Custom bedding, Egyptian and Pima cotton, down duvets
    The Map Room - 1 king , Custom bedding, Egyptian and Pima cotton, down duvets
    Den and Library - 4 twin/ single , 2 x Full size daybed with full size trundle bed.
  • King size beds. Huge, luxurious king size beds in every bedroom.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • jetted tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • 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:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • ski lift privileges
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Over 1000 square feet in decks and outdoor living space. Outdoor dining and living areas. Exceptional views and wildlife on property. You can hike or ride mountain bikes from the doorstep and the wildlife viewing can be fantastic.

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