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Whimsical Cottage On River

Darby, MT, USA
  • House1200 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay5 - 29 nights

Bitterroot River Is A World Class Fly Fishing Destination.

Cottage on the River. About half mile of our own riverfront to fly fish. My family's own private boat launch. This unique property is next to a five star lodge. There are several lakes which you may hike , bicycle or ride horses. Custom kitchen for gourmet cooking. Fabulous down bedding for a comfortable night sleep that only Goldilocks could relate to. You will experience a romantic and adventurous stay here on the West Fork River in Montana. Our home is a jewel on the river in the forest. Always contact me for a special price .


Medicine Woman Inc

Member Since 2015
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Response time:
within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Apr 08, 2018
Why Medicine Woman Inc chose Darby

Location, Location, Location!!!

What makes this House unique

Want one of the best fly fishing spots in the Rockies ? Then stay here at Whimsical Cottage on the River. Want a place that's happy, romantic, private , and different from all the rest ? Then stay here at the Whimsical Cottage on the River. This is a rustic cottage on the river in the forest in a very rural area with abundant wildlife and a variety of all God's creatures great and small. My children loved growing up in nature at our whimsical cottage on the river. This is a fly fisherman's dream to walk outside from your home and cast with your rod.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 1 Huckleberry Mermaid Bedroom
        1 king, Very Romantic with Breathtaking views of both the river and
      • Bedroom 2 Forest Bedroom
        1 twin/ single
      • Bedroom Sunroom Lewis & Clark and Sacajawea
        1 king, 1 double
      • There is a Sleigh Bed in another Room as Well that Santa Claus stayed for years at Christmas.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, tub, shower, Shower and antique claw tub
      • separate shower away from antique tub.

      Location Type

        • Beachfront
          River Front . About half mile of fly fishing access from Home.
        • Mountain View
          View of Piquette and Shook Mountain
        • Near The Ocean
          The cottage property is on the river. About 1/2 mile of riverfront. Fabulous location for fly fishing, kayaking, and river rafting. You can arrive from your raft in the river onto the cottage property
        • Rural
          Wifi for TXT & Internet. Landline, internet via satellite. Downloading movies & uploading photos takes up data. Rural area limited data usage with iphone and computer. No cellphone for calling.
        • Waterfront
          Over 7 acres of secluded river front property. About half mile of river front.


            • Adventure
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Linens Provided
                      Down and alternative bedding. Excellent linen quality.
                    • Air Conditioning
                      Portable in several rooms.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Excellent heater
                    • Internet
                      Wifi . Iphone can txt . This is a very rural area. Cell phones cannot call in or out.Internet is satellite.Data usage limited. Downloading movies and uploading photos will drain data.
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Living Room
                    • Parking
                      Lots of parking. Property river~ 1/2 mile long. World famous fly-fishermen come to our property and love it.
                    • Telephone
                      Landline phone, only to be used for calls in the United States unless you have a phone card for international calls.
                    • Towels Provided
                      Each person has their own color of towel
                    • Washing Machine


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          beautiful wildlife dishes, several patterns of flatware,
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                          Gourmet Kitchen
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                          Gemina oven
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 8 people


                                • Books
                                • DVD Player
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  We are so appreciative to have satellite in this remote area. It can be slow. Satellite data is limited. Downloading movies uploading photos will drain data.
                                • Television
                                • Video Library


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Golf
                                      About 40 miles away , Hamilton Golf Course.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                    • Tennis


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible


                                            • festivals
                                            • forests
                                            • restaurants

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • bird watching
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • paddle boating
                                                • photography
                                                • sledding
                                                • walking

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • massage therapist
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • hunting
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • fly fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • equestrian events
                                                        • hunting big game
                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • mountain climbing
                                                        • rafting
                                                        • skiing


                                                            • This cottage is on a river in the forest.Great fly fishing, many guides are available. Wonderful bicycle areas, majestic hiking in the mountains to lakes. Lots of wildlife including moose, elk, deer, baby fawns,geese, butterflies, chip monks, fox, ermine. . This is a rustic cottage on the river in the forest in a very rural area with abundant wildlife and a variety of all God's creatures great and small.

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              8 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Excellent Home and Hospitality

                                                              Excellent home with awesome setting on the river! We stayed for a week with two teenage daughter-everyone had a great time. Hospitality was great and the home is very well equipped. We wanted a place away from crowds with great fishing and we found both! Great rainbows in the river and many fish were caught during the week. Darby is a neat town and has everything you need. Painted Rocks Lake is just down the road and many hiking trails nearby. First time to Montana and we will be back! I recommend this to families looking for a great house, great views, and awesome fishing!

                                                              Exactly what we were expecting.

                                                              BRENT M.

                                                              We had a great stay while in Montana. Our little cottage was equipped and cozy. No issues with anything. Lots of wildlife right on the property and plenty of beautiful country to see while you drive or hike to the cottage. Very relaxing atmosphere. I would stay there again without question.

                                                              Great Getaway Place

                                                              Mike A.

                                                              My wife and I spent a week and we very much enjoyed our stay. The owner was very gracious and helpful. The cottage was comfortable, well furnished and peaceful. It is in a great location for fishing and we enjoyed seeing lots of wildlife. We are looking forward to returning.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              I loved having you there at the cottage. Thank you for taking care of the birds and all the creatures who came to visit. Your were the perfect guests ! Pleased that you had some good fly fishing .

                                                              Majestic Fly Fishing and Charming Cottage on River

                                                              Jean P.California

                                                              So majestic fly fishing and views of mountains on this riverfront are stunning.This home is special for a family, friends, or a romantic getaway. We are coming back again! Our raft was able to be launched on and off the river just a few feet away. How is that for location and convenience. Several lakes are close by the home such as Baker Lake, Painted Rocks, Lake Como. Hiking up to Trapper Peak is a challenge. The decor of the home is charming, bedding, kitchen equipment , and dinnerware are surprisingly wonderful. We are coming back again for our annual vacation in Montana.

                                                              Terrible experience

                                                              Tiffany H.Chandler, AZ

                                                              While on first impressions, the location looked beautiful and the cottage was unique, it turned out to be a horrible experience. There was mice feces all around the house, as well as in the beds. Even after having to clean it up ourselves, we still found fresh feces. When addressed with the owner, we were told that that's part of being in the country setting, and they showed up without any warning, and went into the house without our knowledge, to simply place traps. Which was not ideal with having a 3 year old with us. The addition room downstairs, seems to be a DIY home project, as it's not insulated, doesn't have proper windows, and gets extremely hot during the day, and cold at night. There was a portable a/c unit, but it wasnt even hooked up. Another thing in which they stopped by with no notice, to "fix". We had a bat get into the house twice because of the space that was not correctly sealed off, between the original house and the DIY room addition. In the evening, an over abundance of knats and mosquitos could get into the house, since the house was not properly sealed. As it was advertised, there was supposed to be a working TV with satellite. (Something that was appealing, to keep our toddler occupied during down times) After the first day or so, we informed the owners it wasn't working. We tried troubleshooting ourselves, but nothing would work, and the only response we got was that we needed to call the satellite company . ( Aside from the satellite company refusing to deal with us since we weren't on account, we have advised the owner SEVERAL times that it was the TV and not the cable). Needless to say, none of these issues were sufficiently addressed.

                                                              We felt very uneasy that they would just come and go with little to no notice, especially with all of our belongings there. They also allowed their friends to park in front of the cabin, without any notice to us. We had to ask why there was a truck parked in front, when we returned from fishing. On top of all of the issues with sanitation, and the property not being as expected, we had to leave for a family emergency. While it was not required, the owner was unwilling to work with us on even a partial refund. We left the house much cleaner than we found it, and would think they would be understanding. We understand that's not required, but it really was the Icing on the disappointing vacation. We have lived in the country, for over 8 years, and never had issues with mice.Terrible experience!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              I was taken by surprise by this review because I had received numerous complimentary texts by T.H and her husband all week including " The cottage is very cozy and this is absolutely beautiful. We appreciate all your help and guidance."

                                                              1. I initially gave them a deep discount on their reservation due to their personal circumstances even though this was Labor Day week and county fair week, which is during our peak season. Additionally, I gave them a partial refund for their inconvenience and family emergency within 24 hours after their departure.

                                                              2. I received both verbal and written permission for the two times I went to install more curtains in the sun-room and add an extension to the portable air cooler. There were written instructions . I also, brought roasted local coffee, a large Montana rib-eye steak, and fresh produce from the farmer’s market.

                                                              3.The sun-room is now actively undergoing repairs for the small gaps. This is a rustic cottage on the river in the forest in a very rural area with abundant wildlife and a variety of all God's creatures great and small.

                                                              4. There are other rooms in which to sleep, this couple chose the sun-room.The cottage gets professionally cleaned before the arrival of each guest.

                                                              5. This riparian property is about a half mile long on the West Fork of the Bitterroot River. There are few river access points from which to launch a raft. As good neighbors, we allow some of the community to launch a raft from our property. We have both supplies for our animals and personal supplies in our out buildings; we, or our maintenance staff must have occasional access.

                                                              6. On the day before their departure, and after seven days of use, T.H’s husband informed me that the television had stopped working. I asked him to call the satellite company, as I was involved in a community event and could not be physically there . He again contacted me and explained the television still was not working. The next day, after a 200 mile journey, I installed a new television.

                                                              7.I had near daily requests from these guests relating to where to go and what to do., and I detailed the easily accessible hot springs, lakes, fishing, and fly fishing guide raft contacts. I texted them photos and directions throughout the week. They responded daily with compliments about how much they enjoyed each of them. This is a premier fly fishing property, and many people, including famous world class fly fishermen, have enjoyed our Whimsical Cottage on the River.

                                                              Quiet and relaxing...

                                                              Mindy G.

                                                              The cottage was welcoming and comfortable, and the setting was absolutely beautiful. We saw elk, moose, deer and other wildlife right off the sun-porch. The owner was quick to remedy any minor issues we might have had, and the cottage had all amenities we needed. We would definitely stay here again.


                                                              Darby, MT, USA

                                                              There are numerous lakes, hot springs, other fly fishing areas, river rafting, fly fishing, majestic views on hikes.

                                                              Rates & Availability

                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Cleaning Fee
                                                              Pet Fee
                                                              Damage Deposit

                                                              $150 credit towards utilities per month. Any other addition for the month will be paid by tenant.

                                                              8 Reviews
                                                              Excellent 4.4/5
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