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Lakefront! Lake Retreat Farm, Beautifully Furnished Home

Sleeps17
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Space 2,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 13 in beds)

LAKE RETREAT FARM

You get your own 68+ FEET of FLATHEAD LAKE PRIVATE SHORELINE.

Explore the lake shore in our canoe or one of the 2 paddle-boards.

This beautifully furnished vacation rental home features hard wood and tile floors laid with stunning hand knotted Persian carpets; a large outdoor deck overlooking a cherry and apple orchard, Flathead Lake and the dramatic mountain backdrop on the opposite shore. Sunsets are spectacular! Chickens are usually here on the farm (check before booking if this feature is important to you).

This Retreat Rental also includes a large kitchen with a commercial range.

Rent the owners own beautifully furnished home for a week or even a few days! This 3+ Acre Home and Orchard Lake Shore Property offers many delights and amusements.

There is over one acre of fruit trees with all kinds of fruit, in season, to graze through: cherry, apricot, peaches, nectarine, pears, plums, apples, raspberries, strawberries.

You can saunter through our private sun dappled woods, to our PRIVATE LAKE SHORE for a refreshing dip in the lake (250 yards from the house, about a 5 minute walk).

Or just FLOAT YOUR CARES AWAY bobbing lazily on the water. There are also picnic tables, chairs, BBQ, a hammock and a campfire ring at the lake shore.

Keywords: Lakefront House, Lake shore,

More Details

Owner
Scott Roskam
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
November 23, 2017

About Scott Roskam

We live here year around and in the summer we move out of the house. We are usually near by and can assist to insure your vacation staying with us is a pleasant experience for everyone in your group. You can visit our booth at the Whitefish Farmers Market during the summer where we sell organic fruit from our farm.(see Photo).

Scott Roskam purchased this house in 1989

Why Scott Roskam chose Bigfork

We enjoy all the different seasons as it is a change from So. Calif. where we used to live. We have good air connections here to travel conveniently. Even though we enjoy the rural living, our nearby cities have the entertainment and group activities we also enjoy (theater, music events,dancing and other clubs and groups doing may activities that we can participate in.

What makes this house unique

We enjoy swimming and boating the the summer, cross country skiing in the winter. A good hiking trail is nearby. Biking is fun in the fall when the hwy. traffic is less.

Guestbook comments from the owner

There were 9 of us. Your home is spacious and roomy, the location is convenient to everything from Glacier Park to Polson and everything in between. And of course we picnicked down on your beach several times, pit fire, bar-b-que and all. We fed your chickens, sheep and fish. For a family vacation offering something for everyone.
Aug 2010
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Map

Nearest Airport
38 Miles
Glacier Park International
Car: necessary

Near Glacier Park and the National Bison Range, Sheep and Chickens are usually on the Farm

Amenities

Bigfork House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 17
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 17
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 double , 3 twin/ single , 3 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (3), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (3), Futons (3),
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat ...
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • 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
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
3 full bathrooms, Two 50 gallon hot water heaters for plenty of hot water, Shade Trees, 100+ Tree Fruit Orchard, 68 feet Private Beach, Paddle-boards, Canoe, Fire Ring at the lake, Over 1 acre woodland, Classic Jaguar Car & Antique Truck Collection, Chickens and Sheep usually on the Farm (inquire if this is an important feature for you), NO SMOKING in HOUSE

Reviews

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Lakefront! Lake Retreat Farm, Beautifully Furnished Home
average rating of 4.121212 based on 63 reviews
5

Spacious and comfortable home for our family gathering

  • 5 of 5

We had a relaxing weekend, including lots of kayaking, paddle boarding, and cooking as a family. The walk to the water is a bit far for older guests, but it didn't keep us from all congregating on the rocky beach and spending lots of time on and in the water.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

Wonderful place to relax with family

  • 4 of 5

We had a huge family reunion in Montana and it was great that we could all stay at one place. We enjoyed the house and the lake was beautiful.

We were disappointed that we were not allowed to use the trailer which Scott said we could use. We had planned for one family with two small children to stay there, but they had to sleep on the floor of their parents bedroom.

Also, it is very hard to tell which house is Scott's and the neighbors do not like people going down the drive past his house.

Overall we had a great time and appreciate that Scott let us use his house on the lake.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Awesome hiking base house

  • 5 of 5

We had 11 people at this house and used it as our base for hiking in Glacier National Park. The house was perfect for our group! Lots private sleeping space and bathroom availability. The kitchen had all of the utensils and appliances to be able to cook for the large group. Having the lake right there was a plus. We hiked all day and came home to relax at the lake. There is also an awesome brewery right down the road which had amazing beer...Flathead Lake Brewery. We would definitely rent this house again!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

A comfortable house for large groups of people

  • 4 of 5

There's always differences between expectations and reality - in this case most were very positive. The kitchen, for instance, is wonderful - it's well stocked and in the space of a few minutes i was able to unload groceries, find the equipment i needed, and get dinner going for ten people. The spaces for people to gather was a pleasant surprise, as there were more than i had anticipated and subsets of our group could gather in different places without bothering other people. Road noise was not an issue, despite comments from other guests. Neither were the chickens - they were actually a pleasant background sound.

The distance to the lake was a little dissappointing, but not a problem, and it was clearly explained in the description. Some of the decor seems a little eclectic, but that was more a factor of my tastes and preferences - it wasn't anything that really affected our stay. The number of spaces marked as not for guest use intially felt a little off-putting but after the second day, we barely noticed them.

The biggest (and most pleasant) surprise was Scott. Throughout the reservation process, he was helpful and during our stay he introduced himself (but it never felt as if he was hovering - more just being pleasant). At the end of our stay, we had a significant delay due to some unforseen issues and he was most gracious and helpful in adjusting our departure and coordinating with the incoming party. His kindness and understanding went above and beyond and we greatly appreciated his consideration.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Family Vacation -There are Better Options

  • 2 of 5

There are two reviews that are at the end of all the reviews that are most accurate, I wish I would have paid more attention to those. The view is beautiful, but the property needs to be cleared of much junk and clutter. There is a "tent garage" with cars in it which I assume are the antique cars listed in the description. Under the deck is a pile of junk. Close to the lake is a dilapidated tree house with a few lawn chairs and a keep out sign. There is also a silver camper that looks like it is filled with junk next to the little tree fort. In the house, the paper said something about a fish pond in the wooded area, but it was pretty disgusting and looked dangerous. The advertised canoe and row boat are old and leaking. There was only one paddle board with a very short paddle that was available, but the owner and girlfriend came and got paddle boards for themselves out of the locked boat house while we were on the beach. They went out on the lake then put the boards back and locked the boat house. This was strange that they were actively using the propery since we had paid a lot of money to rent it. At one point the owner came down to the beach wearing only a towel while we were there with children. He was staying in a trailer on the property, so he was always around. Once we all came back from hiking and there were coasters under all the water bottles where the kids were staying downstairs. No one knew who put them there. Another time when we were down at the lake, a family member went to put the baby in the crib for a nap at the house, and there was someone upstairs in the kitchen. She saw them walk out onto the deck when she was coming up from the lower level inside. There are signs down at the beach that say "neighbors private property-do not pass". It seem that the neighbors are not too thrilled that the property is rented out. This plus signs all over the house that say "not for guest use" make you feel like an intruder rather than a customer. The house smells musty and here were no cleaning supplies. There are two areas where there are rugs/sheets hanging with the owners things behing them. Seems like it would be better to have a locked room or closet. The house got very hot during the day and night. We vacation in Motana often, and are used to cleaner and more private accommodations. The pictures are taken to where you don't see all the junk or the signs and rope on the beach. For the amount of money there are better options.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

We all loved it, and we all esteemed the host!

  • 5 of 5

In short: My group of 15 had a great time, and Scott’s accommodations exceeded our expectations.

To explain: My wife and I were recently married about 2 miles up the road at the “Cherry Creek Retreat,” and we rented this cabin for the groomsmen coupled with Jane’s place for the bridesmaids. Whereas Teresa (The owner of Jane’s place) was very upset and discouraging of the bridal party, Scott was incredibly understanding and encouraging. The place is beautifully located about a 3 minute walk from the lake in a beautiful apple orchard. It was generously stocked with both bath towels and beach towels, and an outside BBQ to grill on. There were two refrigerators, lots of beds, paddle boards, a canoe, a bonfire pit, a lot of chairs for the water, and a basketball hoop to accommodate our fun group. It was amazing! And even more importantly, Scott was amazing!

As you may have noticed, I am highlighting how cool Scott was and is. This trip has highlighted the importance of having such a host. One of my guys knocked down the screen and broke one of the small wheels that were welded onto the bottom. Scott simply said, “It gets a lot of use. Don’t worry about it. I will fix it,” and promptly removed it and fixed it without mentioning it again or penalizing our security deposit. When Scott found out it was a bachelor party, he encouraged us to both have fun and be considerate to the neighbors. He even invited us to take paddleboards out to one of the local “Full Moon” parties on the lake.

To contrast: Our other host (Teresa; next door to this rental) threatened to cancel our accommodations the day of our guests’ arrival. She did not like the thought of a wedding party, no matter how responsible or professional we were. The morning after our arrival, she went in the house uninvited, and snooped around the rental with the claim that she had laundry to do. The girls had to walk on egg shells while they were there, and abided by all of the detailed rules of her place. After all was said and done, she cussed out my mother-in-law—refusing us our deposit even though the girls left it cleaner than when they found it. Though we received most of our deposit back with an apology while we were on our honeymoon, she still kept some of it claiming that there were more girls than what we paid for (not true).

To sum: Scott, you are awesome; keep up the great vibe that you have going for your guests! We really enjoyed the most memorable week of our lives at your place!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $190 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.0%

An additional fee of $20.00 per person per night for more guests then 15 total, will be charged upon check in.

All prices subject to change.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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