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Gorgeous Handcrafted Montana Log Lodge on Madison River

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 5,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 8-12)

Sweeping Mountain views and gorgeous river vistas abound in this Lodge of a cabin that is a true definition of 'away from it all'. Every vista is breathtaking starting with your coffee and a sunrise on the back porch overlooking the Madison river where you will see fly fisherman trying to tame one of the best trout rivers in the world with their talent. The cabin with it's warm and inviting logs and wood floors has a vaulted great room with a large stone fireplace that warms your experience as you take in the wildlife from it's cozy refrain. Large porches for relaxing and an outdoor kitchen keep you one with nature but the modern amenities of the indoor kitchen may keep you cooking inside with the most modern appliances and all the comforts of home to rustle up meals for your cowpokes. With 3 bedrooms one of which is a large master with private balcony and loft for a cozy workspace and an additional loft bed and full basement there is plenty of room for all your cowboys and girls. Wi-Fi and huge screen tv's are at the ready for your indoor crowd too. Sunwest Ranch is a private ranch with gorgeous homes and unparelleled views of the nearby mountain ranges. At 5000+ feet you will feel on top of the world and a part of the mountain and seeing wildlife like herds of Elk and an occasional Moose make this a place like no other. There is plenty available to do with snowmobiling, hiking, floating the river, nearby lakes to fish or picnic by as well as Antiquing in historic Virginia City and of course day trips to Yellowstone National park and Big Sky offer fun things to do no matter what time of year! The Montana experience is truly 'BIG' and having your own cabin on top of the mountain doesn't get much bigger.

Keywords: Montana Madison River View, Ranch, Hunting lodge, cabin, mountain lodge, fishing lodge,

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Kim Smith
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 21, 2018

About Kim Smith

Gary and Kim Live in Tallahassee Florida and we LOVE to fish! Gary found this wonderul ranch while visiting his daughter Lauren while she went to college in Montana. A day trip brought him upon Sunwest ranch and he was absolutely 'hooked' (little fishing humor) and began about the business of building his little dream lodge which turned into a BIG dream lodge and a lot of trips from Florida to Montana and every bit of vacation there for the next couple of years! We absolutely fell in love with the country, the river, the mountains, breathtaking views and yes the fishing although fly fishing the Madison is lifelong learning experience! As an insurance broker and a Nurse/advocate we are on the go all the time...being able to get away from it all and really be away was important and we cherish the time. Gary's dream cabin became a love of our whole family (for us that's 7 kids and now grandkids) and the kids each have their own favorite thing about Montana and Sunwest whether it's the tubing on the Madison, the hiking, fly fishing in yellowstone or down in the ponds on the ranch, each one of them loves this place and we hope they are able to enjoy it for generations to come. One of the funnest experiences we enjoy the most is bringing new people to the cabin whether family or friends and letting them absorb it in and enjoy the peace and serenity and beauty of the blue montana sky, snow topped mountains (even in july sometimes) or seeing the Elk have their calves at the rivers edge or come through the yard. We hope that you enjoy this little piece of heaven here on earth!

Kim Smith purchased this house in 2005

Why Kim Smith chose Cameron

Sunwest is located perfectly on the Madison and is close to Ennis Mt where there are activities and festivals and grocery/restaurants etc. It's nice to be a short drive from Yellowstone National park and Big Sky for skiing and snowmobiling as well as Virginia city for antiquing and it's history. So many people in Fl buy cabins in Georgia or N. Carolina and we just really saw that by the time we could drive to those places from nearly anywhere in the US we could get on a plane and be in Montana and be in a place like no other. The Madison Valley is absolutely gorgeous and the views of the ranges and rivers and wildlife were so breathtaking we never ever tire of seeing them in every different season. We wanted a vacation place that was like no other and that is what the big blue sky state offers.

What makes this house unique

Being able to have your coffee on the deck watching herds of Elk pass through your yard and go out the back door and hike in millions of acres of BLM land or walk down to the Madison river and fish every day is really tremendous. Tucked away in the side of the mountain and as a part of nature is very much food for the soul.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed in your wonderful mountain lodge last summer over the July 4th time frame and absolutely loved it! The mountains are breathtaking and overlooking the river each day was a great way to start and end our adventures out to Yellowstone, Ennis, Big Sky fly fishing and Virginia City. The lodge is spacious yet cozy and we so enjoyed spending time away from everything here.

We hope to visit again for ski season and to see Yellowstone in the winter. We would definitely recommend your lodge to anyone wanting the full Montana ranch and visit experience.

Thanks for sharing your home!
Jul 2011
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Cameron House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Master has large shower and Hand hammered copper tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , BR shared by hall bedrooms has full shower and tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Downstairs bathroom
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Outside hall bathroom near outdoor kitchen
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Cowboy bedroom has tv closet area and views of back woods
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , River room bedroom has tv and private porch overlook to rive
    Loft - 1 queen , loft has queen bed and overlooks main room
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master has flat screen tv walk in bath closet copper tub
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2) three sleeper sofas also available
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
Grand Cooper Bathtub in Master Suite, Huge flat screen in entertainment room, gas fireplace downstairs, Log fireplace upstairs, Balcony overlooking Madison River, Sunroom, access to SunWest ranch amenities


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Gorgeous Handcrafted Montana Log Lodge on Madison River
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews
Kalamazoo Mi

Tyler, Makeya, Kanlie and Tyler R

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at this cabin was absolutely amazing! We stayed for over a week and had a fantastic time enjoying the views and cozy feel of this place. You can't beat being this close to Yellowstone National Park and Big Sky ski resort while also having a private getaway place to stay after having a day full of fun. The cabin was clean, warm and cozy, everything that we could have asked for in a winter stay in beautiful Montana. Would absolutely come here again and again! Also the renters Kim and Gary we so nice and helpful recommending places and things to see while staying at their amazing log cabin.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful house with gorgeous setting

  • 5 of 5

Great place for family reunions and special occasions. Lots of room to roam around inside and out. Never felt crowded even with 9 of us. Great view of Madison River; so quiet, safe and peaceful. Visited Ennis, Verginia City, Yellowstone Park, Grand Teton, Mesa Falls, West Yellowstone and so forth. Viking stove and burner top worked like magic, hot tub was a nice bonus. Owner Kim was wonderful and very flexible to work with. Wish we could have stayed longer. It was hard for us to leave. Would definitely go back and stay again when the right opportunities present themselves. Thanks for the wonderful memories.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Jacksonville, FL

Beautiful Home and Location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this home in June/July. The weather was wonderful, cool at night and in the morning and sunny and warm during the day. This beautiful house is roomy and can easily accommodate 12 – 14 people. In addition to the fully equipped kitchen, there are 3 bedrooms on the main floor, a loft bedroom, and a basement area that has bunk beds and sleeping sofas. The living area on the main floor and the basement area were wonderful for family time - plenty of seating and large screen TV's. During our stay we went fly-fishing on the Madison River; took an overnight trip to Jackson Hole where we went to the rodeo; went to Yellowstone where we saw Old Faithful as well as moose and buffalo roaming along near the road; and we visited Ennis on July 4th for their parade and car show. This home was the perfect destination for relaxation, sightseeing, and the Big Sky experience.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Baker, Montana


  • 5 of 5

Our hunting group stayed in this awesome "cabin" last fall and we were very impressed to a man with the no expense spared yet still rustic feeling to this house. Everyone had their own space, with all the modern amenities of today's lifestyle. We plan on staying in it again this fall. We totally recommend it. The listing photos really do not show how nice this cabin really is. The owners have been fabulous to visit with and Very helpful with any and all questions we had.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2013
  • Stayed: October 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much Les for this kind review! I am updating with newer pictures now and please send me your dates and I will block the calendar for your group for this years outing! The ranch staff even commented as to how wonderful your group was and we are so glad your trip was enjoyed by all!
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Bozeman Mt
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Ennis and others in vicinity
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
Big Sky Ski resort
Car: recommended

Access to Sun West Ranch amenities, Madison River fishing and tubing, Wildlife abounds Elk, Moose, Bald eagle frequent sights. Close to Big Sky Skiing, West Yellowstone snowmobiling, Yellowstone park, Ennis Rodeos and festivals and world class trout fishing in the Madison River with nearby access to other fine fishing rivers


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $250 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 6.0%

Guests must sign in at ranch office upon arrival and agree to follow rules of the ranch for duration of stay.
Must sign rental agreement at booking, 1 vehicle included in rental additional vehicles are a charge of $50.00 each vehicle and r3enter must notify owner of this in advance.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.