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

37 Reviews
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Overview

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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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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Owner
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?

Reviews

4.9
based on 37 traveler reviews

The StoneHouse! Lake Frontage, GNP E. side, St. Marys, Many Glacier
average rating of 4.864865 based on 37 reviews
5

Great location for day hiking in GNP

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at the StoneHouse. The house is solidly constructed, very comfortable, and the decor was authentically Montana (not that I am any expert being a New Englander). I have traveled a lot for work and pleasure, but I don't think I have slept in a more comfortable bed away from home. The kitchen had everything we needed, and the rest of the house was well-stock with necessary supplies. The location is very quiet, which allows for a very restful sleep, especially after a long day hiking in the park.

WE LOVED THE STONEHOUSE. This is a beautiful house in a gorgeous part of the country. We hope to return in the future when we can spend more than a week.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you stayed with us and enjoyed your experience at the Stonehouse. There are so many adventures yet to be discovered in this amazing area of Glacier country. We are looking forward to your return. David & JJ
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Tuscaloosa, AL
5

Outstanding views and location!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4, all over the age of 16 found the upstairs area of The Stonehouse to meet our every need. We had access to the washing facilities downstairs allowing us to pack more efficiently. Our vacation goal was hiking in Glacier NP and this home was the perfect place for my 2 sons, my husband and me. David was a great help and easily accessible for any questions. It was as close to unplugged as we get and that made it even nicer. No TV, minimal wifi and cell service but enough to communicate with work and family if needed. Access to GNP was outstanding. We're early birds so we hit the trails early around 7:30 (no crowds and plenty of parking). The Stonehouse is located on the Eastern side and very close to both St Mary's and Many Glacier entrances. It's only about 45 mins to Waterton. We would usually finish our hikes around 2 allowing easy seating at any of the lodge dinning areas where the food is very good, especially Many Glacier. Then we would head back to The Stonehouse, rest, enjoy the Lake out back and then savor the beautiful GNP panoramic sunsets out front or through the outstanding picture windows in the house. We always felt connected to the beautiful setting of GNP. The house is well stocked, the bedding is comfortable and the shared single bathroom upstairs is large. The decor is tasteful. Reflecting on the trip, we all consider our stay and GNP experience our favorite of the several national park trips we've taken. GNP stole our hearts. The Stonehouse and David helped make that happen.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this lovely review! We are grateful that you experienced many Glacier Park adventures It is amazing country here on the east side of the Divide- wild, expansive, majestic and always changing. We glad you enjoyed your stay at our little cabin and hope you will stay with us again. David & JJ
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Taneytown, Maryland
4

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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5

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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4

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

BEAUTIFUL HOME IN REMOTE SETTING WITH GORGEOUS MOUNTAIN VIEWS

  • 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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Map

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.

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Rates & Availability

Babb House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Fall
Sep 15 2016 - Nov 1 2016
3 night minimum stay
$300
$2,000
$7,500
 
 
Spring
Apr 1 2017 - Jun 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
$300
$2,000
$7,500
 
 
Summer
Jun 15 2017 - Sep 14 2017
4 night minimum stay
$450
$2,950
$10,000
 
 
Fall
Sep 15 2017 - Nov 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
$300
$2,000
$7,500
 
 
Winter
Nov 2 2017 - Mar 31 2018
2 night minimum stay
$250
$1,700
$6,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Babb House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ski-In
  • Ski-Out
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Games
  • Stereo
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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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