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220 Acres with 3 Cabins, a Private Lake & River to Float/Fish

Bedrooms 5
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

Estate, 5 Bedrooms + Loft, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 15-20)

The book 'How It Looks Going Back' by Doris Knowles Pulis, was written about our property; it is literally a story-book escape. Enjoy your very own cabin-in-the-woods experience---complete with multiple cabins, towering Lodgepole Pine Trees with walking trails, a running river and private lake.

We have hosted many family reunions at Cyara Cabins. With 3 separate fully equipped cabins, lake, woods and 220 acres: its a perfect place/large space to get away from it all and soak up family/friends, nature's clean air and deep colors---and enjoy scads of outdoor recreation. Have canoe races, dive off kayaks or use paddle boats to traverse the lake. Bring your mountain bikes, badminton or fishing poles; or enjoy the 'game room' with ping pong, board games and carpet ball.

A river borders the property, allowing access for swimming, fishing and floating. A big fire pit by the lake offers a place to make s'mores, sing campfire songs and soak up Montana's Big Sky. Enjoy the tree-fort and hammock, walking trail around the lake and to a nearby waterfall.

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orville vander griend
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
April 13, 2016

About orville vander griend

A large, extended family owns this 220 acre property. We have been enjoying a yearly family reunion here for 23 plus years. For most of our children (and certainly the grandparents): this is the best week of their entire year. We anticipate our time together---at Cyara Cabins---all year long. We make plans for butterfly hunting, building tree-forts, making s'mores and setting up bike-and-boat relays. We made a tree-size sling shot once, go at it in ping-pong tournaments and take turns resting in the hammock. We pick flowers and play cards, swim and snap photos; we go on bike rides and long hikes, and enjoy leisurely walks around the lake. We barbecue, grill and picnic. When not enjoying our favorite week of the year (at Cyara Cabins) our families reside, work and go to school in varying locations across the Pacific Northwest (Seattle, Bellingham and Vancouver BC).

orville vander griend purchased this estate in 1992

Why orville vander griend chose Montana

To escape. But not just to escape our busy lives or big cities; we bought it so we could escape TOGETHER. Our family keeps getting bigger---and lives just get busier. We don't always get to spend time together, especially living in different cities. When we go to Cyara Cabins we spend time together, re-tell our best stories and create new ones. Cousins play together, siblings catch-up, parents soak up everyone. Sure, its a few hours from Silverwood Theme Park (good for the drive-to or from), near Sandpoint, ID (so quaint!) and just 3 hours from Glacier National Park BUT we find we want to go straight there, and soak up every minute we have until we have to go home.

What makes this estate unique

Lake is private---exclusive to guests and entirely on the property (catch-and-release fishing in lake). You see no neighbors, the property is large, private and 'all yours' for the duration of your stay. Includes vast acreage, 3 separate cabins and lots of opportunity to walk, boat, bike, swim, fish, cook, read, relax and more. The river is very very good fishing but does require a license to fish there.

If you love nature and wildlife this is your place to spend a week.

The quiet is stunning. The wild life is everywhere(deer, elk, coyote, moose, etc.) Daily we see eagles, osprey, loons, kingfishers, swallows, finch, etc..

Many of our guests say that when you put it all together the property seems very "thin", i.e.very close to God or Heaven.


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)

220 Acres with 3 Cabins, a Private Lake & River to Float/Fish
average rating of 4.428571 based on 7 reviews
Bend, Oregon

A Magical Place!

  • 5 of 5

A cabin on a lake is one thing; an entire lake all to yourself in a beautiful river valley is quite another. That's what Cyara is, and it is a truly magical experience to spend a week there. Peace and solitude to this degree are unknown in today's world. The setting is gorgeous, the cabins are completely charming. There is everything here for adults and children to enjoy an unforgettable vacation. And all is comfortable and convenient, even for city folk! My husband and I love all of Montana but this spot is our favorite. And since our family reunion at Cyara our Los Angeles children love it too. They can't wait to go back and do it all again!

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely...the last best place in Montana!!

  • 5 of 5

If you want to visit a place where few people travel…experience minimal noise…enjoy the sights and sounds of wildlife…relax on the front porch overlooking a beautiful lake…sleep in well-appointed cabins…and enjoy the fellowship of family and friends, then Cyara Cabins is the place to be. This was our 4th annual family reunion and this place was voted “Grand Champion” out of the other three locations! We would highly recommend Cyara Cabins for your next event!

Thank you to our gracious hosts for sharing their piece of heaven (on earth)!


  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stevensville, MT

Wonderful place for family reunion!!

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely wonderful place to have a family reunion! Relaxing, peaceful and something to do for all ages!! Children and adults alike...everyone enjoyed the water activities! Fishing, canoeing, swimming, everyone had a blast! Others enjoyed walking, hiking, biking! Cabins were nice and clean! Owners were wonderful to work with!!

I would highly recommend the CYARA Cabins to anyone looking for a beautiful, relaxing place in MT!!

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Caledonia, MI

An Experience of Shalom!

  • 5 of 5

We recently had a delightful experience at your awesome place. We were amazed at the combination of being in a place of pristine beauty and natural splendor along with facilities that are beautifully designed and equipped with every modern convenience. We were there with others so had opportunity to see all three buildings, all in excellent condition and with all the amenities needed for a comfortable stay.

The lovely lake and surrounding trails provided opportunity for exercise and meditation. We especially enjoyed kayaking on the lake.

We trust that the beauty of this place with the comfortable facilities will bless many others as it has us. We highly recommend it!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lynden, Washington

Wild and Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

Exceptional, rare, beautiful wilderness! My husband and I have stayed here twice, both times enjoying the well-appointed, hand-hewn cabins as a launching point for our adventures. From drinking coffee on the porch while resident loons call from the lake, to waterfall hiking, to kayaking on the creek that wraps the property, we enjoyed it all. The owners are wonderful to work with, too.

  • Submitted: May 10, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2008
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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san diego, ca


  • 1 of 5

Cyara is a magnificent place to visit and be "entertained" by Montana's wonders - a river, creek and private lake at your front door. Get up early and go fly fishing on your private lake literally at the front porch. In the afternoon paddle out to the floating dock and read a book while an osprey circles looking for careless trout on the lake. Then take a stroll around the lake or to the river that cuts a semicircle the cabins. Kids can take off their shoes and chase little trout in the shallow creek running next to the cabin - while you watch from the shade of a tree. When it is time for some exercise - drive up one of many forest service roads - no 4X4 required - and then make your way to a pristine mountain lake with trout that rise all day and have lunch. It is a great place to enjoy a secluded piece on Montana at its best.

  • Submitted: May 4, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hiking, waterfalls, fly-fishing; golf course 1 hour away (Libby). Silverwood Theme Park/Waterpark is 2 1/4 hours from property. Glacier National Park 3 hours from property. Catch-and-release fishing in private lake, mountain biking, large-scale water-gun-fights.


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$100/wk/persons>#16 $100 + Tax
Pet Fee $20
$20/pet/week $20 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.0%

$500 deposit to hold reservation. Refundable. Other fees paid at the beginning of rental. I expect renters to pay for damages ( no deposit)

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Troy Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
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  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
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  • Towels Provided ...
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  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
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  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • Each cabin has a bathroom with shower.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen
  • >There are two Queen beds in the new cabin and room for 3 or 4 cots(provided). >There are two Queen beds in the antique cabin plus a standard size sofa bed and room for two cots in each separate bedroom. >The bunk house has a Queen size and three bunks. >The barn loft has three Futons that can become Queen size.There is room for 4 or 5 cots up there as well. Bath and shower up there also.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
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  • Television ...
  • VCR
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  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Private Pool ...
Leisure Activities:
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • swimming
220 private acres, includes multiple cabins, private lake, river that borders 1/2 property for fishing, floating. Three separate cabins, plus a barn with ping-pong, futons, carpet ball, etc. Two paddle boats, swimming dock, 4 canoes, 7 kayaks, excellent fishing in lake and river. All private, great walking trails, fantastic for reunions. All cabins have fully-equipped kitchen, bathroom, BBQ, deck. Also: bikes available, life jackets and linens provided. Bonus: great fire-pit by lake, frisbee course, one golf cart for transportation between cabins.

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