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Albert Zepeda

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

Fly Fisherman's Lodge on the Bitterroot River, Lolo Mt

33 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Bitterroot Valley House Rental Photos and Description

4 Bedrooms plus two sleeping rooms, 4.5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 16-18

This is a wonderful home situated just minutes south of Missoula on the Bitterroot River. The downstairs offers a game room with a pool table and foosball, workout area with a treadmill and free weights, wet bar and theatre area.

Outside activities on the property include a firepit (for storytelling and s'mores), horseshoes and a newly added volleyball court as well as swimming, fly fishing and rafting.

The main level features an open floor plan with a gourmet kitchen and island, a timberframe post and beam throughout with a rock fireplace, and a master suite with all amenities, including a gas fireplace, TV, artist easel, master bath, walk in shower and gas fireplace. Lots of outdoor decking and living areas overlooking the river, including a hot tub and covered porch/barbecue deck. Included is a river view apartment over the garage.

A magical place in both summer and winter, this home is a stones throw to Missoula.

Wildlife viewing opportunities include year-round ducks, geese, eagles, fox, deer and elk, and the occasional beaver trudging upstream. For the fishing enthusiast in the family, there are opportunities to take Rainbows, Browns, and cutthroat trout, and well as a place to put in or take out a raft. This home is also available for weddings. Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you!

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Albert Zepeda (Owner)
Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

About Albert Zepeda

Albert Zepeda has been a Montana resident since his family moved from California in 1974. What started out as a family trip across the northwest ended as a complete change of venue. The confluence of river, mountain, and stream led his family to buy a rickety house and ten acres on the Bitterroot River south of Missoula. It was here that Al first began learning the construction skills that would later become a profession, transforming the old structure into a sturdy home that would last 30 years and counting. Al attended Rocky Mountain College where he spent four splendid years playing defensive back for the Battlin’ Bears and earning a degree in Psychology, while diversifying his college experience with a myriad of extracurricular activities such as President of the Karate Club, Resident Assistant for Jorgensen Hall, and a Senator at Large as well as various other positions within the student government. For the past ten years, Albert has devoted himself to the Construction Industry, keeping current with industry standards and building products to offer his clients the very best in construction materials and value. As a builder of fine residential homes, Albert believes that more money spent on a project does not always translate into a better product, and his clients can be assured that decisions always involve a balance between cost, benefit, durability, aesthetics, and function.

The home sits at the end of private drive, Hugo Way, named after Hugo, (the handsome german shepherd featured on the Zepeda Homes Logo). Currently, Al and his new shepherd Strabo are in the process of building the new Lolo Peak Brewery!! While Strabo doesn’t make many decisions, he does seem to provide a mental clarity for his owner. Don’t be surprised if you see him in the back of Al’s truck and you’re sure to make a friend if you have a ball for him to fetch. Al is also a licensed Real Estate Agent in the State of Montana, but that is another story...

Albert Zepeda purchased this house in 2007

Why Albert Zepeda chose Bitterroot Valley

The Bitteroot River is a very desirable destination fly-fishing trout fishery, offering many excellent opportunities for rainbows, browns and cutthroat Trout.

What I love most about this property is the close proximity to wonderful Missoula, yet when you are at the property you feel like you are in the great outdoors…It is comfortable for one or two people, or large groups...

This location also offers convenient access to the outdoorsman that Western Montana is known for.

What makes this house unique

Close to missoula, yet feels like you are in the wilderness. Lots of wildlife can be observed from the many decks and outdoor patio, as well as a panorama of mountains.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks Al for the great place and comfotable setting. Having the river outside the front door was very enjoyable. We look forward to making another Montana Trip and will definately book with you! Very convenient and close to Missoula. Thanks again and cheers!
Jul 2010
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based on 33 traveler reviews

Fly Fisherman's Lodge on the Bitterroot River, Lolo Mt
average rating of 4.818182 based on 34 reviews

Great Place for a Winter Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

This was a great place for our winter rendezvous with friends. The lodge was huge and very nice. Al was great to work with and the lodge was well stocked with everything that we needed. The only surprises were pleasant ones. The lodge was much closer to town than it originally seemed. And there weren't any pictures of the garage, but it had a treadmill, elliptical, dumbbells, and a ping pong table.

  • Submitted: Feb 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Place - BUT.............................

  • 3 of 5

My daughter booked this property for an after Christmas family gathtering. It was all the listing portrays it to be but there were a few concerns that we encountered upon our arrival and throughout the 4 days there. After the first night we discovered that a mouse (or mice) liked our peanut butter cookies as much as I do and the Cheetos left in the pantry. We bought a mouse trap and then the little sucker took it too, not sure but after the discovery we sat all of the package food on top of the washer and dryer to be safe. One of the upstairs bedrooms had a number of LARGE spiders and several dropping down on the king bed and in the bathroom. One of my daughters was not as impressed by this as were others - but she was the one sleeping in that room. Problem during the entire stay. The hot tub was working great but needed the chemical balanced out and one of my son-in-laws is a whiz at that kind of stuff and had it in balance within a couple hours. Although the outward appearance of the interior looked clean I did notice the furniture had tons of crumbs and dog hair in every crack and crevice and even found a Leatherman tool in one of the couches.

My wife and I stayed in the apartment upstairs and it looks to be fairly new or remodeled. A great location for some peace and quiet as needed. Shower was an elbow bumper but not a big deal. It was really cold out side and you had to go outside to climb the snowy steps to get there, but well worth the trip.

The garage was heated and nice for the kids to play in as well as having the really nice game room downstairs. Kitchen and dining room were more than adequate to prepare and serve meals and play games. The location and the scenery were great from inside. Internet pictures appear out in the wilderness by yourself but there are other residences on both sides and in front of the place.

It was quiet except for the New Years celebration beginning about 11:00 pm until after midnight. If you don't like guns you would not have enjoyed it as much - anyway, those around us spent several hundred dollars celebrating the New Year with live ammo. I guess if you don't like guns - Montana would not be a place for you anyway??

All in all we had a good time and glad we went. I do think that spending more time getting it ready for clients with a through cleaning would be worthwhile. We got the feeling somebody lives there when it is not being rented as a fishing lodge.

Thanks for sharing!!

Jack Simington

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Golden, CO

Great play for a large family gathering

  • 4 of 5

This home was the perfect place for our family Thanksgiving. The home is well stocked with all that you need and Al was very attentive to our needs! The home is warm and comfortable inside and is located on a beautiful piece of property with majestic views of the mountains and river right in the backyard!

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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yorba linda, ca

Absolute Perfection!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 had the privilege of spending Spring break with another family in this beautiful home.

There was plenty of space for our 4 teenage boys who all said this was the best Spring break ever and can't wait to come back. The decor is gorgeous and inviting and the kitchen has every amenity you can dream of. I was pleasantly surprised to find a juicer! Great WIFI service, best we've had at a Montana rental. The outdoor fire pit was a favorite of ours. The boys enjoyed fishing right out the back yard, as well as shooting hoops in the driveway.

Close enough to Missoula for shopping and visiting the U, but far enough away that you feel like you are truly getting away. Don't forget to visit Lolo Peak Brewery, food (and beer) are delicious!

Comfortable and relaxing - we will be back!

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect and Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

The property is just as depicted in the photos. The house was clean and well maintained. I rented the house a surprise for my husband for his birthday. Two other couples accompanied us. The booking process was easy and Al was a pleasure to work with. This is a beautiful home with a gorgeous rustic decor. It was extremely welcoming and cozy. The kitchen was well stocked with every utensil and appliance you would require to prepare meals. In regards to a prior review, there were condiments and staples you would find in your kitchen at home, I appreciated having the spices available. Al recently opened a beautiful brewery near by, Lolo Peak Brewing Company. Unfortunately, it was so crowded the day we went, we we were unable to give it a try. If you prefer the structured, non-private environment a hotel offers, this may not be for you. If you are looking for a great place to enjoy time with friends or family with amenities hotels do not offer, I would definitely recommend this property!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved it

  • 5 of 5

Great country setting with an amazing country cabin feel through and through. Met the owner and had a great time talking with him a bit about the house and surrounding area. It was really nice renting from such a laid back easy going guy. Kids had a blast as well as the adults. Would go back and do it again in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Missoula international
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Kt's Hayloft
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Lolo Creek Steakhouse
Nearest Ski
28 Miles
Snowbowl ski area
Car: recommended

Western Montana is your backyard!

Other Activities: volleyball, horseshoes


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Peak Summer
Jun 29 2016 - Sep 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $250
Property Damage Protection $99
Pet Fee $200
Tax Rate 7.0%

Groups of four or less may qualify for special pricing from listed rates. Weddings/events are a standard 1500.00 Fee (added to rental).

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Bitterroot Valley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 4500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Master - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Upstairs - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Main Level - toilet
    Downstairs - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Apartment - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Half Bathroom -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Master - 1 king
    Upstairs - 1 queen
    Upstairs loft - 2 twin/ single
    Downstairs - 1 king
    Riverview - 1 queen
    Down Sleeping room - 2 queen , 1 double
  • Foosball
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting

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