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4 Seasons of Beauty

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

Cabin, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

This peaceful straw bale home is a retreat from a busy lifestyle . It is nestled in the foothills of the Sapphire Mountains in Montana's Bitterroot Valley, only a 35-45 minute drive from Missoula.

Situated on 20 acres of land with majestic ponderosa pines and a vibrant display of wild flowers all around the cabin. Inside, you'll find the comfort of natural wood and wide windows sills that display the view of snow-capped peaks of the Bitterroot range. From sunrise to sunset, you will bask in the immense landscape - inviting you to savor meals on the deck, take a walk on nearby trails, or nap with the summer breeze carrying the scent of pines. The abundant natural light and open floor plan create a feeling of relaxed spaciousness inside.

This unique home was a built by the owner, Rosemary, and her community of friends over the course of several summers. She was a teacher at the time and had a vision of creating a sustainable energy efficient home. She lived out of a teepee the first few summers and recalls the mourning doves cooing and keeping her company during the 7 year process. It was a labor of love that was finally completed in 2000. Straw bale construction is known for it's energy efficiency qualities and many renewable materials were used in the process.

When you're ready for adventure, culture, dining out or shopping, the surrounding area offers multitudes of opportunities. You can enjoy an active day in the forest, on the river, or shopping and take in some local music in Missoula; then return quickly to your serene mountain sanctuary. Information about outdoor and city activities are convienently located inside.

When you're spending a quieter day at the cabon and on the land in the hills, you're only a 15-minutes away from Florence, where you can shop for groceries and other necessities, or savor a delicious meal at cafe Fierenze.

This cabin has all the comfort you need to live the mountain life for a few days or a few weeks. This magical getaway is tastefully furnished with cozy new beds, comfortable seating, a fully equipped kitchen, a new state of the art wood stove, a barbecue and deck furniture. While wifi is not available Verizon and AT&T cell service is accessable. This spot is designed to ensure you have a relaxing and fun vacation.


The nearby Bitterroot River is perfect for fishing, swimming or boating. Local outfitters offer guided fishing, rafting, kayaking and canoeing trips, or you can rent equipment nearby. For land lovers, dozens of hiking and biking trails wind creekside through scenic canyons in the Bitterroot and Missoula valleys. A fun wildlife reasearch center only miles away is a great day trip, In the winter, the crisp Montana outdoors beckons you to snowshoe, cross-country ski or downhill ski at your choice of areas located within one and a half hours drive; or right outside your door when there's snow.


Is a thriving university town full of shops and restaurants. Local favorites include Saturday morning farmers' markets and weekend music, arts and crafts festivals. Right in the heart of downtown, the riverside Caras Park hosts outdoor live music and food events. A Carousel for Missoula is another popular downtown destination for kids of all ages. Museum lovers will want to check out the Missoula Art Museum and the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula.


From the Missoula airport, you'll drive down the beautiful highway 93 with spectacular views of mountain peaks. You'll head east into the hills, winding through forests and meadows to your mountain haven. The cabin is located off a county maintained dirt road (all-wheel drive is recommended October through May) for the last mile.


Quiet, cabin, straw bale, sustainable home, Bitterrroot, mountains, mountain views, Missoula, four seasons, outdoor activities, natural light, spacious landscape, nature trails, BBQ, vacation rental, retreat, winter retreat.

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Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 24, 2017

About Rosemary

I fell in love with Montana the first time I saw it back in 1978 when my mother, brother and I were visiting a sister who was working in West Yellowstone. The beauty of the land spoke deeply to me so I decided to make Montana my home. That decision, combined with buying the land in 1990 and building a straw bale house there in 1994 have been some of the best decisions of my life.

Rosemary purchased this cabin in 1990

Why Rosemary chose Bitterroot Valley

I purchased the property to build a meditation retreat center, which was the site's initial use for several summers. I chose the location because of the awesome views and the peaceful and healing energy of the land. I built the house with the help of friends and family. It's a very special place to me and to friends who have stayed there over the years and I'm happy to make it available for others to discover its healing magic and peaceful beauty.

What makes this cabin unique

As a lover of the outdoors and wildlife, I appreciate being surrounded by natural beauty at the cabin. Often, I see deer quietly chewing grass, hawks soaring overhead and the most amazing sunsets. The elk herd sometimes passes through the property from the nearby Welcome Creek Wilderness area. I enjoy hiking right from the doorstep, through the forest and meadows. On hot days, I head down to the Bitterroot River to swim or watch birds at the nearby Lee Metcalf bird refuge. The quiet solitude of the place has inspired friends who are artists, musicians and writers to spend time there, creating.

The cabin's remoteness as well as it's close proximity to services in Missoula's city center make it an ideal getaway for any length of time.


Florence Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , Clawfoot Tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Toilet and sink
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • whitewater rafting


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(41 traveler reviews)

4 Seasons of Beauty
average rating of 4.780488 based on 41 reviews

Scenic view of Bitterroot Range. Peaceful retreat.

  • 5 of 5

Everything you need to be comfortable.

  • Submitted: May 13, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice place, great view

  • 3 of 5

Overall the house was neat and tidy with a beautiful view.. Unfortunately, there was a sewerage problem within 24 hours of our arrival. The owner had gone out of town, making it difficult for us to get a resolution in a timely manner. We ended up having to leave and find other accommodations for the rest of our time there. We were there for a special memorial for my brother who had passed away and dealing with all those emotions along with the situation at the house was a bit difficult. Having to go to the bathroom outside and not being able to use the water all of Saturday and Saturday night was a huge inconvenience for us.

We will say that if the problem had been resolved Saturday morning, we would have stayed at the house. Once Rosemary was aware of the problem late Sunday, she was very understanding and apologetic, even refunding us our money. It was further off the main road than we thought and having wi-fi would be a plus.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am very sorry this happened during your vacation. As soon as I arrived back to town I called a professional roto-rooter from Missoula and he found the clog and flushed it through with a huge machine. The issue has been resolved and again I apologize for this inconvenience.
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This property is beautiful and charming.

  • 5 of 5

The property has a wonderful view, is very peaceful and charming. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The only complaint, it wasn't long enough. We should have stayed an additional 2 days. The town of Florence provided everything we needed for groceries and dining experiences. We took advantage of the wonderful hikes in the Bitterroot valley a short drive from the property. We also enjoyed our evenings hanging out on the deck and dining at the property. Would highly recommend this property to anyone wanting to check out this lovely area of Montana.

We were also delighted to have the opportunity to meet you Rosemary.

Thanks for a great experience and sharing your home.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peace and quiet.

  • 5 of 5

Great property. Wonderful view of the Bitterroots. Peaceful and quiet. Thanks Rosemary!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Slice of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our three days, wish we could have spent more time on the property. We enjoyed the peace and quiet, beautiful view and the daily visits from the locals. We had a whitetail doe and her fawn, elk herd with cows and cute! The home as clean and comfortable. The beds were very comfy. Rosemary was very accommodating and the rental process was very easy. If we get back to Florence, we will definitely stay here again. Thank you for

sharing your lovely home. Almost forgot, we had a rain shower the morning we left and got to enjoy a spectacular rainbow over the Bitterroot Mountains!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great retreat

  • 5 of 5

Excellent place! It was a perfect accommodation for our small retreat and gave us all the space we needed for socializing and working on projects. The wood-burning stove worked great for heating the whole house on a cool and rainy weekend. We walked the trail on the property and along the nearby roads, and also walked the trails at the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge just 15 minutes away by car. If you want some seclusion with a small group this is a great place.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fly fishing in the nearby Bitterroot River, Lee Metcalf Bird Refuge, cross country and downhill skiing is close by.


Rates & Availability

Florence Cabin Rental Rates

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May 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

more than 4 people $25 + Tax
Pet Fee $50
cleaning $85 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 7.0%

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