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Mark and Renae Neilson

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english

Charming Log Home Near Swan River!

9 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Flathead Lake Cabin Rental Photos and Description

Cabin, 4 Bedrooms + Bunk Area, 3.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

We wanted to create a piece of heaven for our large family and this home is it! You'll see the deer and turkeys stroll through the yard at any time of day. This cabin, situated on seven + acres is located across the road from the Swan River which offers great fishing and inner tubing, has become a favorite summer activity for local residents as well as travelers near and far. Wherever you go, it always feels cozy return to the cabin.

We know you'll enjoy your home away from home surrounded by the beauty of Bigfork.

Keywords: fly fishing cabin, private, large, Bigfork, Swan River, river access, Loon Lake access

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Mark and Renae Neilson (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Mark and Renae Neilson

We have six children, who are mostly grown with eight grandchildren. We have a cleaning business here in Bigfork that we have run since 1999 after farming in Idaho for 23 years.

Mark and Renae Neilson purchased this cabin in 2003

Why Mark and Renae Neilson chose Flathead Lake

Every season of the year provides its own unique charm and beauty here.

What makes this cabin unique

This home is just a short walk from Swan River, and borders state land. In addition, just a short stroll through the woods brings you to the beautiful Loon Lake. Our favorite family activity has been taking float tubes down Swan River which access is just adjacent to our driveway.


based on 9 traveler reviews

Charming Log Home Near Swan River!
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Beautiful home, peace and quiet!

  • 5 of 5

This is a large, beautiful home in a gorgeous setting! The beds were comfortable and linens very clean. We were visited by chipmunks, turkeys, deer, squirrels and the neighbor dog Purdy! She seemed to know just when the barbecue was lit and we enjoyed her sweet spirit very much. We enjoyed our peaceful stay and would recommend it to anyone.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Salt Lake City, UT

Excellent Montana Cabin

  • 5 of 5

As others have mentioned, this is a beautiful log cabin. The pictures do not do it justice. There is a large great room with beautiful views on the main level which leads out to a beautiful deck. We enjoyed having our coffee out there every morning and wine in the evenings. The house and yard is very well maintained, clean, and stocked with everything you might need to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Very comfortable beds (not sofa beds) and spacious bedrooms that will sleep 11-12 people but there is plenty of room in the walk out basement to throw a few more kids on the floor. There's also one room with a crib if you are traveling with tiny ones. There's a full bath on every floor of this 3 level home with an extra shower in the laundry room. Having 4 showers came in handy since we were traveling with teenage girls. We also located the leafs to the dining room table and were able to seat all 11 of us comfortably for family dinners. Watching the deer and the turkeys in the yard and having the fresh garden and eggs just added to the rustic charm of this beautiful home.

This home is about 10-15 minutes outside of Bigfork and North Flathead Lake with an approximate 40 minute drive to entrance of Glacier National Park. It took us about 1 hour and 10 minutes to get to Lake McDonald Lodge within the Park. There are lots of places to fish, swim, tube, horseback ride, boat and raft both within the national park and closer to the cabin. The swan river is just across the road from the cabin and has a great place to enter the river for tubing/swimming. The owners Mark and Renae were very accommodating and did everything possible to make our stay as welcoming and as comfortable as possible.

Whether you are 3 or 88, you will enjoy this beautiful Montana Cabin.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Barbara, California

Wonderful Place

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from probably the best vacation of our lives. We visited Glacier National Park, Whitefish and Bigfork. Our entire group went white water rafting and filled our days with activities. However the most memorable moments took place in the evenings when we returned to our wonderful huge cabin (Cabin of the Swans) that we rented for the week.

The cabin has a huge Great Room where everyone can gather and a large outside deck off of it.

All of the bedrooms are good size. The place is squeaky clean and it is fully stocked with anything you would ever need. The owners are the nicest and most gracious people you will ever meet.

There were five children in our group and it was fantastic for them to experience this great scenic rural location. There were dozens of deer that came through the property as well as wild turkeys.They also would check out the chicken coupe for fresh eggs daily. There was a large fenced garden and they were allowed to pick fresh raspberries. They are all city kids so this was a wonderful experience. Everyone was outside most of the time. We fished in both the river across the street and in the lake which is a five minute walk. They also went tubing in both. A few rode the two bikes briefly and almost everyone played co-Ed touch football on part of the large grassy area.

In short, if you are looking for a great vacation and a wonderful place to stay in Montana - this would be it.

D. B. Richards

Santa Barbara, Ca

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  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rexburg, ID

A little piece of heaven!

  • 5 of 5

This VRBO was perfect for our family reunion! The home was extremely clean and had lots of space for everyone to spread out. The rooms were spacious and the beds were very comfortable. The location is ideal. It's a private setting that was really city noise, yet close to Kalispell, Flathead and Glacier Park. Each morning we would wake to deer and turkey in the yard as we would collect the eggs from the chicken coop. Great experience for young and old. This is a beautiful setting that allowed us to visit with everyone in the evenings while enjoying many adventures during the day. June was the perfect time of year to visit, temperatures were comfortable while the crowds in the park were minimal! No matter what you want to do, hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, floating, fishing, shopping, etc., its all in close proximity and some of the most serene county in the northern hemisphere. Truly breathtaking! Mark and Renae are the perfect hosts! Very kind and take such pride in keeping everything in perfect order. It was wonderful to have met you and visiting your home was a blessing for our family.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent Vacation Home

  • 5 of 5

This log home is one of the most beautiful homes our family have stayed in. The entire house was tastefully decorated and extremely clean, the kitchen was large and spacious, the beds were very comfortable and warm. The yard was huge, clean and the air was so fresh. We enjoyed the peace, quiet and rest away from the big city life. The deers and wild turkeys that came into the yard was a welcome site. The lettuce, herbs and peppers from kitchen garden was great to have at hand. Our experience was awesome and we will definitely hope to come back again.

Renae and Mark, thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us, we can see your home was built with love and care.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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idaho/utah seasonal [retired]

montana golf bunch 8/2012

  • 5 of 5

overall everyone had a wonderful time. weather was hot? had great time golfing in polson and columbia falls. very comfortable home w/ plenty of space to stretch out and enjoy the forest. loved all the deer, wild turkeys etc which visited us? thank you to the owners for sharing their home w/ us. wonderful log home w/ a great setting right by the meadow. i would rent here again, maybe bring my family together for a few days. retired person from idaho/utah.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bigfork Cabin Rental Rates

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Jun 15 2016 - Sep 15 2016
3 night minimum stay
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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning fee $300 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.0%

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Flathead Lake Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 11 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Queen size Beds (4), Baby Cribs (1), Bunk Beds (1) Full sized bed (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
fishing near the Swan River, innertube floating, canoeing. huge yard,chickens providing fresh eggs daily, berry and vegetable garden, room for parking large vehicles

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