|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Only a stone’s throw from the shores of Beautiful Flathead Lake, sits “Bella Vista.” Designed and completed in 2010, our Exceptional Home offers some of the loveliest views in the valley. This top quality home sits on 2.8 acres and is nicely landscaped with shrubs, trees, and manicured lawns. It is Very Private but you will appreciate how easy and fast it is to get to town.
Wake up in the master suite to a beautiful sunrise spilling over the Swan Mountain Range, with the sun shimmering off the lake surface. Our Spacious Master Bedroom and walk-in-closet is on the main floor, with a “Pottery Barn” wicker sleigh bed. You will feel like a King and Queen in the massive elegant travertine tiled bathroom with a custom shower and a large soaking tub for two.
You will enjoy the main floor of our home as it is very open and cheerful with lots of large windows. The striking Kitchen is well outfitted with cooking at home in mind even though we have quite a few great restaurants in the valley.
Our central vacuum system makes it is a breeze to keep the beautiful hand scraped Hickory Floors clean which are in the kitchen, living room, dining room and master bedroom. Our home is tastefully decorated and is a great place for family gatherings. Next to the master suite is a guest bedroom and full bath that is perfect for children. It is appointed with two hand-carved single beds. Curl up in our cozy living room and watch a movie from our 42 HD Flat Screen T.V. or just gaze at the stupendous alpine-glow sunsets.
Downstairs you will find a very spacious family room with its own full kitchen complete with granite countertops and alder cabinets. Your guests will enjoy the two wonderfully roomy bedroom suites. Last, but not least, is the Forth-of-July room, an ideal retreat room for the person who likes to be out of the way or just sleep in. You can play ping pong, watch a movie or just sit in front of the Hearthstone gas heater enjoying the views. Our home has central heating and cooling and has a very good air filter for the allergy sensitive folks. With two hot water tanks and a circulating pump you will have lots of hot water quickly.
“Bella Vista” was built by us, Robin and Patti Graham, home builders (Rivendell Builders) and authors of the books “Dove” and “Home is the Sailor”. We designed the home to take advantage of the wonderful views of the lake and mountains as they are Truly Magnificent!
We hope to see you soon and we are looking forward to making your vacation the very best.
After a 5 year epic voyage of sailing a small boat around the world and writing the books “Dove” and “The Boy Who Sailed Around The World Alone”, Patti and I left the west coast of California forty two years ago to ride the wave of the “Back to the Land Movement” in Montana. We bought a quarter section of mountain top for $95 dollars an acre, built our log home, grew our own food and raised the gamut of farm critters. We also wrote about our struggles of growing in the Christian faith and our experiences of trying to live simply in “Home is the Sailor”. After 32 years we were missing the water so in 2003 we bought an older cabin on Flathead Lake. After spending our first night there we never spent another at the ranch and have never once looked back. We had come home. Two years later we built and moved into our dream home next door to our lovely historic cabin. After we had a couple of wonderful family “VRBO” vacations in Mexico we decided to list our lake cabin as a VRBO rental. It was a great experience. But as time goes on the wanderlust was creeping back and we wanted to do some more traveling. We sold our lake cabin, built nearby a wonderful 3750 sq. ft. “VRBO” yearly rental, 'Bella Vista', on the hillside overlooking Somers Bay and now are offering our personal home, 'A Delightful Sailor's Home', as a VRBO summer rental as we come and go. We hope you will enjoy the Flathead Valley as much as we do.
Robin and Patti Graham purchased this house in 2010
Our home in Somers is nestled on the northwest side of beautiful Flathead Lake. Flathead Lake is 28 miles long and up to 15 miles wide. The lake’s sparkling waters and miles of tree-lined shore offer unlimited recreational opportunities and wildlife habitat. Overlooking it all are the magnificent Swan and Mission Mountain ranges.
A mile away along the paved walking and bike path is Somers Bay Café, serving great breakfasts and lunches. A 5 minute drive south to Lakeside is the Tamarack Brewing Company, a fun spot to relax and have a great meal and handcrafted ales.
Located 8 miles south of Kalispell, our community is the destination spot for locals as well as tourists. All four seasons, Somers offers something for everyone. Ski the slopes of Blacktail Mountain (only 30 minutes away) to sailing and boating majestic Flathead Lake. We are 30 minutes from Glacier Park International Airport and only 45 minutes from the magnificent Glacier National Park and Whitefish Mountain Resort (Big Mountain).
Whether you are looking to relax or to play we have it all. Stay inside and catch a movie in our comfy home or just observe the spectacular lake views. In the winter and spring go ski, snowboard, snowshoe, cross country ski or snowmobile. In the summer enjoy water skiing, jet skiing, sailing, kayaking, swimming or fishing. Just a quick 10 minute drive away you will also find Eagle Bend Golf Club, one of the best courses in the Northwest. Other areas of interest include the Bigfork Playhouse, Glacier Symphony and Chorale, Hockaday Museum of Art, the Conrad Mansion, and the Central School Museum.
What a delight! Over the past three years my wife and I have rented five different vacation rentals and get back to the Flathead Valley about three to four times a year. This is now our favorite!
This rental is perfect. Nicely located. Pristine views. Well constructed and maintained. Nice amenities. Exquisitely clean and well decorated. The owners I have personally known for about 30 years (having grown up in the Flathead Valley). They are the kindest couple, very responsive, and friendly.
Beautiful home with all the amenities you could ever need. We had two families staying together in this home for a week on a ski vacation. One family upstairs, one downstairs so there was plenty of room and privacy. The hot tub was terrific after each ski day as it sits overlooking Flathead Lake. Barbecue was well used as well! We skied at Blacktail Mountain only a 30 minute drive away each day. I would highly recommend this beautiful house to anyone.
We rented this home for Thanksgiving for our family. It was so wonderful and the amazing kitchen was stocked with everything we needed!! Close to stores but feels like your out in the country:) We have 5 younger children and they loved every minute of our stay! I think the hot tub was their favorite part:) waking up in the morning to the sun shining on fresh snow with the lake view was so beautiful!! If only I had that kind of view every morning. Thank you again for sharing your beautiful home with us!! The memories we made there will never be forgotten.
The perfect home to experience the amazing natural beauty of Montana. We woke up every morning to the beautiful sunrise over Flathead lake and enjoyed our coffee outside on the beautiful deck. On several occasions we saw deer or wild turkey's running through the trees. From the landscape to the interior of the home, everything is placed to create a space of relaxation and tranquility. It was the perfect place to reconnect with family and "re-charge" from the daily busyness of our life. We were close enough to Glacier National Park and spent most of our time hiking during the day, then we would come to Belle Vista and spend the evening soaking our sore bodies in the hot tub :) Robin and Patti thought of everything in making this the perfect vacation rental for families. We look forward to returning to Belle Vista in the future.
Honestly, I cannot say enough good things about Bella Vista. The property, view and amenities far exceeded all of our expectations, and the owners, Patti and Robin, were wonderful to work with in every way. As others have stated, it is a great base camp for seeing the Glacier National Park area. You are so close to every activity, but the idyllic setting is both peaceful and private. The lovely home and grounds are beautiful, clean and very well maintained. We enjoyed our time there immensely and look forward to returning soon! Plan to stay here and you will have no regrets. Bella Vista is truly an AWESOME getaway!
Three families, totalling 12 people, descended upon Bella Vista for one week, starting in mid August. We were looking for things to do, space for our free range 6 children under the age of 7 to roam, and a magical setting. We got what we expected. The place itself was roomier than what appeared in the profile photos, and it was the best stocked vacation rental the majority of us had seen. The valley teemed with things do and great amenities within a few minutes drive, including the swimming area and park at Lakeside, Tamarack brewery and restaurant in Lakeside, Lone Pine State Park and the Conrad Mansion in Kalispell, and the quaint town of Somers. Paddle board rentals were a short walk away at Somers bay, where we are aslo able to fish. We also rented a pontoon boat for a full day of tubing on the lake and travelled a half hour to Big Sky water park which was excellent for all the kids. Take your own barbecue as they have open use grills. If your kids are young and space and noise is a concern, Bella Vista has enough room to spread out, put the kids to bed, then allow the adults to play ping pong, hot tub, enjoy some of the classic movies or games already at the home. We would like to return and thank Robin and Patti for the great experience.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Fall, Winter, and Spring
Sep 3 2016 - Jun 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|one time cleaning fee||$300 + Tax|
Check-in 4pm, Check-out 10am. Exceptions allowed.
Summer; minimum stay is 7 days, Saturday to Saturday