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The StoneHouse! Lake Frontage, GNP E. side, St. Marys, Many Glacier

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Lodge, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bath, (Sleeps 10), 2 kitchens

The StoneHouse at Duck Lake is a unique property built by Montana songwriter, David Walburn, as an exclusive retreat for outdoor enthusiasts and the eco-minded traveler. It is a private residence that is nestled between Montana's finest panoramic views of Glacier National Park, Chief Mountain, (sacred among the Blackfeet Tribe, standing alone at an impressive 9,080' elevation) across to the open vistas of the Cut Bank Plains.

The wildlife is over the top! Loons, elk, moose, bear, grebe, sage grouse, hawks, badgers, American pelican, owls, foxes, wolves.... well, you get the idea.

The StoneHouse was designed and built using green building materials to enhance its durability and energy efficiency against the wild eastern Montana climate. After a day of outdoor adventure come inside to the warmth of a wood stove and enjoy reading a good book with your favorite beverage.

The StoneHouse has two levels both with separate entrances and parking. (The house is never rented to two separate parties at the same time except upon request. Even if its just a party of two you get entire house) The upper level has two bedrooms, full bath, kitchen and living area. One of the upstairs bedrooms has an additional built-in bunk bed for 2 more single sleepers

(kids or adults!).

The kitchen is fully equipped with all new appliances; refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave and kitchen range. We have all the kitchen amenities to create a wonderful meal for family and friends.

The lower level has one bedroom, full bath, galley kitchen and living area which includes two bunks for extra guests.

The StoneHouse is one of the nicest vacation rental properties around Duck Lake.

The StoneHouse is uniquely located on a beautiful scenic ridge with outstanding views, plenty of privacy and lake frontage.

If you are looking for a unique Montana vacation rental with access to real Montana adventures, look no further than the StoneHouse at Duck Lake.

Ask about our other rental property on the West side of the Park in Whitefish MT. The Railway Loft (vrbo 405582) is only 15 min from Glacier International Airport and may work as a jumping of point to your Montana adventure.

Keywords: Duck Lake, Montana Lodge, Fishing, Hunting, Winter Ice Fishing, Eco-Tourism, Hiking, Outdoor Adventure, Glacier Park, Going to the Sun Highway, St. Mary's, Family travel, Babb Montana, Montana cabin,

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

About The Owner

David Walburn - Montana Singer•Songwriter, avid outdoor enthusiast, fly fisherman, hunter, hiker, skier, and homesteader. From 1999 to 2014, I work at The historic Many Glacier Hotel as the resident musician, performing acoustic concerts for Glacier Park guests. I have lived in Montana for over 24 years and it's here that I feel most at home. Four of those summers were spent working nights performing and the days building the Stonehouse. It has been my mission to build something unique that people will enjoy, appreciate and, hopefully, wholly experience this amazing landscape with its vast and beautiful wilderness. This is definitely not your cookie cutter vacation rental. It is meant for those who have an adventurous spirit and a love of the American west.

The Owner purchased this house in 2006

Why The Owner chose Montana

We have been summer campers on Montana's east side for over 10 years and have fallen in love with its rugged beauty and wild landscape. We created a space - a travelers rest - that blends with this landscape. After I finished, I realized that this space should be shared by those adventure travelers who want a different lodging experience other than the usual motel/hotel. It is meant for those who want to explore off the main highway, can unplug from modern life for awhile and appreciate the native country and culture of Montana.

What makes this house unique

Our family enjoys waking up at The StoneHouse wondering what the day's adventure will bring. We have caught mammoth rainbows on a fly rod, rode the float tube on endless quests searching for the perfect swimming hole, took the spotting scope for bird watching, bear spotting, and star gazing. We have gone on endless hikes into Glacier, had some banner kite flying days. In the winter we have trekked in snow shoes, sledded across the Duck's Head, skijored, ice fished, wrote kids songs, talked with owls and star gazed for hours, even experiencing the Northern Lights on occasion. What will your adventure be?


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(35 traveler reviews)
The StoneHouse! Lake Frontage, GNP E. side, St. Marys, Many Glacier
average rating of 4.857143 based on 35 reviews
Taneytown, Maryland

Keith & JoAnn's trip to GNP

  • 4 of 5

JoAnn & I loved The StoneHouse, it had everything that we needed.

The view of the mountains from the table was amazing.

While at the house we saw deer, coyote, magpies, & numerous other wildlife.

The location is convent to the different areas of GNP.

Going To The Sun Road is an amazing trip.

One day we went horseback riding at Many Glacier.

One day we went to Waterton Lakes National Park.

After a busy day traveling it was great getting into the very comfortable bed.

The only drawback was that the Wi-Fi was not available during our stay.

Thank You Dave for letting us use The STONEHOUSE for our trip to GNP.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Keith and JoAnn, Thanks for choosing to stay at the StoneHouse. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. I didn't realize we hadn't turned the wifi back on after turning it off due to difficulties with previous guest using more than the allotted amount of data. We want our guest to feel free to call us at anytime with issues. I would have reinstated the service at that time had I known. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused you during your stay. Please consider the StoneHouse for your next Montana adventure. David
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A True Montana Experience - convenient to Glacier NP

  • 5 of 5

The StoneHouse was perfect.

Some of us have been coming to Montana/GNP since the 90's and have rented properties and stayed in and around the park, so we are well familiar with the area and the lodging options available. We actually learned of The StoneHouse from David when he was still performing at Many Glacier Hotel. We've been meaning to rent the property to see what it was like and we finally pulled the trigger this year. After the fact, we only wished we had stayed longer.

The property is conveniently located to one of our favorite parts of the park (Many Glacier), without having to stay in the park and deal with the crowds and the crappy food at the lodges. Many Glacier has some of the best hiking and wildlife opportunities in the park. Turns out we didn't even have to leave the StoneHouse for wildlife opportunities. We saw black bears and deer right from the house and we spent an afternoon at the lake watching birds. We saw Pelicans, Black Terns, a Goldeneye mother and ducklings, Cedar Waxwings and others.

I think our favorite part of the day was just waking up, making a pot of coffee and sitting at the table looking out over the wildflowers in the front yard to see the spectacular views of Glacier NP and Chief Mountain.

Thank you to David for allowing us to stay at the StoneHouse and making sure we had everything we needed. We almost considered a hostile takeover and refusing to leave! We hope to be back as soon as possible.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location

  • 4 of 5

Had an enjoyable stay. Comfortable house with great views. Excellent location to the park. We would stay at the Stonehouse again on another Glacier National Park vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

David was very easy to work with. The home is centrally located on the east side of Glacier Park. You are within 10-15 minutes of both the Many Glacier and St. Mary entrances. For those unfamiliar with the geography, the east side of the mountains is more arid and sparsely populated compared to the west side. We stayed on both sides and enjoyed more sunshine in this location. Although this home is located on the lake most of the view is blocked by trees, but there is a walkway and chairs down by the lake. The view of the mountains from the dining room is spectacular. We enjoyed watching the clouds roll in from the west and the free roaming horses saunter by the house daily. If you are a bird enthusiast, you will see and hear several species right from the window. We saw several deer as well.

Be prepared for the lake area and the Blackfeet Reservation to be rustic and not a high end resort-tourist area. The gravel road leading to the property is quite the off-road experience, but ultimately will be one of the memories that brings a smile to our faces as we think of the family members in the back seat getting bounced around.

The home itself is solid with quality furnishings and decor. The beds were comfortable. One of my favorite memories will be looking at the house as from a distance with the wood log fence surrounding it. Quite a beautiful change from our tropical Florida surroundings.

Overall, I highly recommend The Stone House as the perfect place to enjoy Glacier National Park.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mountain View, California

Beautiful place

  • 5 of 5

This was a beautiful place. I personally liked staying on the East side of the park because we spent a lot of time in Many Glacier- where a lot of great hikes and wildlife are. The area around the Stonehouse is beautiful. The house has everything you need and is very comfortable. One warning, the grocery store doesn't have much in St. Mary's so you might want to get groceries before you get there.

I would recommend this place to others.


  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jana! Hope to see you again! David and Janis
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Providence, RI

Peaceful location and home

  • 4 of 5

Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us. After our different adventures in GNP, it was truly special to come back to the StoneHouse and watch the sunsets and all the activity in the meadow (horses playing by the water, eagles over head and the occasional fox). Every morning we couldn’t wait to see what was waiting for us in the meadow out front! To others, we recommend the Highline Trail. Iceberg Lake and taking a 1/2 day horseback ride in the park. We will leave with some wonderful memories ( and a few of your songs stuck in our head).

  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying at the StoneHouse and we look forward to your return.
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Nearest Airport
125 Miles
Glacier International Airport - Kalispell MT
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Babb, MT
Nearest Golf
45 Miles
East Glacier
Nearest Train
45 Miles
East Glacier
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Babb, MT
Car: necessary

Ice Fishing, Amazing Native Bird Watching, Back Country Skiing, Mountaineering, Big Game Hunting, Wildlife Viewing, Sledding, Hiking, Sight Seeing, Star Gazing!, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Walking.


Rates & Availability

Babb House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 15 2016 - Sep 14 2016
4 night minimum stay
Sep 15 2016 - Nov 1 2016
3 night minimum stay
Apr 1 2017 - Jun 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jun 15 2017 - Sep 14 2017
4 night minimum stay
Sep 15 2017 - Nov 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 2 2017 - Mar 31 2018
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25 + Tax
Cleaning fee $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Babb House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ski-In
  • Ski-Out
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bunkhouse room - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed , Comfortable built in bunk beds large enough for adults
    Lower Level Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed
  • Queen size Beds (1) New Bodipedic 10-inch Queen-size Memory Foam Mattress, Twin or Single Beds (1), Bunk Beds (1) Built in Bunk Beds that can sleep children or adults. Lower level bedroom and bunkbed.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Duck Lake Frontage - ideal for the avid fisherman wanting to catch monster rainbows and brown trout, 360 degree views of Glacier National Park to the Cut Bank plains, Outstanding wildlife and native bird viewing right from the cabin, big game hunting with a Blackfeet Guide and wild upland bird hunting available with or without a guide. Mountain biking, hiking, wind surfing, site seeing and much more. The East side has it all!

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