|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
THE SENTINEL PINE—GRAND 30 ACRE ESTATE ON 2300 FEET OF LAKEFRONT
The Sentinel Pine is one of the last truly great estates of the old west. Its six buildings are located on 30 acres with 2300 feet of waterfront on stunning Swan Lake and easily accommodate up to 25 guests. Located in the northwest part of Montana, just ten minutes from the charming town of Bigfork and less than an hour from glacier national park, it is also easily accessible by commercial airlines. We offer spectacular accommodations and amenities in one of the loveliest private settings in America. Our majestic scenery and serene beauty in the heart of the Rocky Mountains provide an unforgettable one-of-a-kind getaway experience. The Sentinel Pine is available for rental to select groups from mid-June through mid-September on a weekly basis (depending on availability we may accept shorter stays). Our guests have access to the entire estate as we do not rent individual buildings. OUR WEBSITE IS THE ONLY SOURCE FOR FULL AND COMPLETE INFORMATION AS EVERY RENTAL RATE IS FULLY CUSTOMIZED BASED ON DETAILS WE LEARN ABOUT YOUR GROUP, AND NUMBER OF NITES OR DAYS HAS LITTLE BEARING ON ACTUAL RATES. OUR WEBSITE IS: WWW--DOT--SENTINELPINE--COM (VRBO wont allow a direct link--just use REAL dots!).
In aggregate, the facilities encompassing the six primary buildings include 17 separate bedrooms with a total of 24 beds (4 king size, 9 queen size, 9 singles, and 2 pullouts). Five of the six buildings are comfortably set apart from one another over five beautifully manicured acres of lawn with a tennis court. The sixth building is located at the other side of an adjacent 8 acre mowed field that can be used as a baseball field, volleyball court, soccer field, golf driving range, or the like. Several of the buildings have patios and porches that face the western side of the lake and offer stunning evening sunset vistas.
Many of the guests at our prime lakefront property enjoy watersports. While we do not directly rent boats, rentals are available locally and we do provide docking facilities and watersports equipment.
Bigfork, less than 15 minutes from the Sentinel Pine, is one of the most charming towns of the old west. On the shore of Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake in the western half of the United States, this quaint town offers several dozen restaurants- - many of which are nationally- known and featured in major travel magazines- -and is an artists’ haven with a multitude of galleries and shops. The Bigfork Playhouse is one of the country’s finest summer-stock playhouses. Bigfork, and its sister town Whitefish 40 minutes north of it, are true “jewels” of the west.
OUR RATES ARE FULLY AND UNIQUELY CUSTOMIZED FOR EACH GROUP WE RENT TO AND ARE GENERALLY DESCRIBED IN THE RATE SECTION BELOW.
Our family has owned the Sentinel Pine since 1944. As we advance in years and use this incredible property all too infrequently ourselves, we look forward to sharing this wonderful experience with others.
James E. McGrath purchased this estate in 1944
Where dreams come true
Our daughters have fond memories of their enchanted life growing up on Swan Lake, which included special times at Sentinel Pine. Swan Lake is as romantic and beautiful as it sounds, so when they both were planning their weddings (just 20 days apart) it was natural that they would want to stage their events on their beloved Swan Lake.
During the first wedding my five sisters and their families and my father stayed at Sentinel Pine, which provided a perfect setting for our first family reunion in four years, with lots of fun on-site with volleyball, baseball, tennis, croquet, swimming, diving, and kayaking along with long laughter-filled meals and lively cribbage games capped off by musical performances by family members at the Main Lodge. Unlike other resorts where previous reunions were held, our family had the place to themselves, so it truly felt like one big happy family.
Our second daughter’s wedding was held at Sentinel Pine on a perfect summer day – 70s and sunny – a typical August day on Swan Lake. Family and close friends were seated lakeside during the ceremony held against Nature’s stage - beneath towering pines, next to a sheet of emerald water that slid into rugged mountains topped by endless blue skies. Afterwards guests enjoyed a casual yet beautiful reception in the shade of scented pine trees. A tent served as a bar and sitting area and tables perched above the lakeshore as an outdoor dining room. Family and close friends stayed at Sentinel Pine, which extended the fun of the wedding into a fun-filled vacation week.
At the end of summer we had new family members and a boatload of new memories. All made in a place where dreams really do come true.
If you're looking for a Montana adventure that includes Glacier National Park, Fishing, hiking, wildlife, etc. or just want to disconnect and get away from it all then Sentinel Pine is the place to stay. We started our days with coffee on the huge porch overlooking the pristine Swan Lake and ended our days with dinner on the huge 20 foot long handmade dining room table. Deserts consisted of a glass of Red on the dock while watching the fish jumping during incredible Montana sunsets, or a good book, a toasty fire in the huge main lodge fireplace and a cocktail. (You'll sleep like a baby every night!) In between we experienced the all the beauty western Montana has to offer including Glacier National Park, fantastic fishing and kayaking on the Swan and Montana wildlife of just about every kind.
While en-route to Montana I was offered advice by 2 different people at 2 different airports to fish with the same guide. How could I go wrong! During the full day float trip down the Swan River I boated 15 fish from 5 different trout species. This was definitely a bucket list trip!
Sentinel Pine is a cozy and well maintained private home on the shores of Swan Lake which is surrounded by snow caped (thru Mid June) mountains. The two main buildings are beautifully handcrafted traditional log cabins and decorated in a manner that bring you back to a simpler time. The décor, especially the wide wrap around porch of the main lodge brought back memories of my grandparents and growing up in the 60’s and 70’s.
Thanks to the owners and their caretaker, we had the best vacation in years. What a special place.
I wanted to let you know what an incredible time our wedding party of 25 guests had at the Sentinel Pine in early August, it exceeded even our already very high expectations. There is no place like NW Montana, no place like Swan Lake and there is simply no place like the Sentinel Pine on Swan Lake. We felt so very special to be able to stay there. We had guests in virtually every bed and there were arguments in the evening trying to decide who had the best accommodations as they were all terrific. Special thanks to Robert and Carol who had the place looking great when we arrived and who were there to answer all our questions and provide assistance. The kids and adults loved hanging out on the dock and we were all shocked when my young nephews figured out that a simple, well-placed night crawler over the side would raise a number of fairly large trout. We would recommend the Sentinel Pine to anyone, and I must say that it was an outstanding value, well worth every penny for sure. We look forward to a return stay in future summers, and wish you the best.
My family vacation was perfect! The property seemed endless and was well maintained. The on-site caretaker made sure everything was in order and any questions we had were answered! The kids had plenty to do between the tennis, baseball field, and the dock on the lake (and more). We enjoyed drinks on the dock at night with breathtaking views of the sunset over lake and mountains.
This was the second time we stayed at Sentinel Pine and it was just as beautiful as it was the summer before. It was earlier in the season and the weather was not as warm, so the estate had a different feel to it. We spent more evenings inside the main lodge this time around, staying cozy and playing games. Though on the last day the sun came out and we were sunbathing on the dock again. Amazing kitchen for large group dinners, yet enough space for everyone to do their own thing during the day. Great venue for a large group! Owners were awesome in reserving, and the groundskeepers were attentive and helpful during our stay. A+! Again!
Without a doubt one of the most enjoyable, unique and memorable places our extended family has ever stayed. There were enough activities to keep us all busy throughout the day, while there were also ample areas in which to relax in quiet. The town of Bigfork was easily accessible by car, yet not so close to impact our feeling of "getting away from it all".
It was the perfect balance of comfort and nature, and the daily activities could be molded to fit any age–from my 15-month-old daughter to my 86-year-old grandmother: Morning walks around the property; peaceful mid-morning kayak rides; lazy lunches on the dock; afternoon crafts on the lawn; delicious dinners in the lodge; post-dinner kickball games on the field; and lively card games into the wee hours.
The amazing on-site caretakers knew the property well, beautifully maintained everything inside and out, respected the privacy of all the guests, but were still readily available when we needed things. The owner was great in getting our trip planned, professional and trustworthy in all financial dealings, and flexible as to our large group's needs.
Will definitely plan a future weeklong stay there for a future family reunion. A+ in every regard!
Nearby activities and amenities include:
* Flathead Lake tour boats
* First class golf courses
* Glacier National Park
* Horseback riding
* Glacier Park
* Browsing Bigfork, Whitefish, and Kalispell
* Geat summer theater
* Outstanding restaurants
* Hiking and walking trails
* Flathead Lake fishing
* Whitewater rafting
* Spa services
* Art galleries
* Fine dining in over 30 area restaurants
* Helicopter tours
* Bicycle rentals
* Boat rentals on Swan Lake
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Jun 10 2017 - Sep 20 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
OUR RATES ARE FULLY CUSTOMIZED AND HAVE LITTLE TO DO WITH NUMBER OF PEOPLE OR NITES. OUR PEAK SEASON JULY AND AUGUST RATES ARE GENERALLY IN THE $1.900-$2,600 RANGE, JUNE AND SEPTEMBER TEND TO BE LOWER. WE ARE A VERY COST-EFFECTIVE SOLUTION FOR LARGER GROUPS IN THE 25-30 PERSON RANGE (OFTEN IN THE $75/NITE/PERSON), BUT WE ARE LESS COST-EFFECTIVE FOR SMALLER GROUPS. FOR FULL INFO EMAIL US OR SEPARATELY GO TO OUR WEBSITE (WWW--DOT--SENTINELPINE--DOT--COM--which doesn't directly link here).
-OUR MINIMUM RENTAL DURATION IN JULY AND AUGUST IS SEVEN (7) DAYS
-WE CANNOT RENT INDIVIDUAL BUILDINGS BECAUSE OUR CENTRAL FACILITIES CAN PRIVATELY SUPPORT ONLY ONE GROUP AT A TIME AND THUS OUR RENTAL FEES FOR 4 GUESTS ARE VIRTUALLY THE SAME AS THOSE FOR 25 OR MORE GUESTS
-WE RENT ONLY BETWEEN JUNE 10th AND SEPTEMBER 20th