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Patty Hoover

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

Experience the Beauty and Serenity of the Big Horn Mountains

24 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Big Horn National Forest Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), cots, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-10

Story is, in keeping with its name, a storybook-like community, nearly hidden by Ponderosa Pines, Hawthorns and greenery in the summer and generally covered in a blanket of snow in winter.

You will enjoy staying in this 1,500 sq. foot re-purposed old Piney Creek General Store and the Waldorf A' Story restrunt. It's been said that we were a 'place with an attitude'...and that attitude is a philosophy of enjoying the quality of life that Story has to offer. We couldn't let the mystique die, so our previous establishment was re-purposed into this lovely guest haus that is available for year round rental.

It has the ambiance of places long ago with worn, rustic floors, rock walls, flagstone dining room floor and a bar built from an extra LARGE Ponderosa beetle killed tree, but with all the modern conveniences. You will also find coffee, homemade bread and wine

You will take great pleasure from the antiques and all the paraphernalia on the walls which will keep you entertained for well as an abundance of games.

View the sunrise from the most awesome huge rocking chairs produced right here in Story while you rock away the hours on the front porch. Sunsets behind the mountains are just as spectacular. There is a stream on the property with places for you to sit and enjoy your early morning coffee...or mimosas.

You will snuggle into your queen size bed in the bedroom that was formerly the wine room and is decorated as such. Our old beer room contains bunk beds covered with old quilts made by each of our grandmothers. There is also extra sleeping for two on the futon and reclining couch. If needed, cots can be provided.

History of the area is waiting to be explored since we are so close to the Bozeman Trail. You will find Ft. Phil Kearney, The Wagon Box Fight Site and the Fetterman battlefield, all of which experienced a portion of the Indian Wars. Custer's Last Stand is just an hour away.

Wildlife is in abundance. Deer will walk up to you and eat right out of your hand. You might also experience a sighting of moose, elk, antelope, black bear, mink or mountain lions. A few bunny rabbits and robins nests too boot

Hiking and snowshoeing are two ways in which you can obtain exercise and observe the most beautiful wild flowers. Another option is to four wheel up beautiful Thornerider or Penrose Park. Winter time allows for snowmobiling

Hunters and fisherman will love the amount of room and the closeness to several lakes and perfect hunting well as the perfect kitchen to cook up the fish that do jump on your line.

Ladies will love it for the various organizations they are involved in like quilting groups and book clubs with ample room to spread out and work on their projects.

Restaurants and a grocery store are within walking distance, as is the Post Office (right next door) so you can mail those postcards back home. The library is located conveniently right across the street for books and DVD's. Our DVD player is also set up to stream from Netflix...even kiddoes movies.

Several events occur year round, but the summer is full of excitement. You will find reenactments of fight scenes and one of the biggest Rodeo's around is held in Sheridan the second week of July every year. This week long celebration holds fun for everyone.

Drop by sometime. You're always invited to be our guest at what was once the Piney Creek General Store...and the Waldorf A'Story...that isn't any it is better. We believe that Wyoming has some of the most beautiful scenery in the US of A...and we know you will agree with us.

Keywords: unique old general store and restrunt turned into a Guest Haus, commercial kitchen, huge dining room, family style. Children must be included in total guest count when using instant quote for accurate rates.

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  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Patty Hoover (Owner)
Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

About Patty Hoover

Dick and Patty Hoover are the retired owners of the Piney Creek General Store and the Waldorf A' Story Restrunt. We live next door to the Guest Haus. Relocated here from Dallas, Texas for a slower pace of traffic and life in general.

Patty Hoover purchased this cottage in 1993

Why Patty Hoover chose Big Horn National Forest

We choose Story as a place to live permanently...because we enjoy the beauty and serenity of the place. Not very many people or cars...but still close enough to a big place when you need it.

What makes this cottage unique

The Guest Haus is right on a stream with places to sit and drink your morning coffee. Slow paced, great for relaxing or doing as much as your little heart desires. Large dining room for big families and a great commercial kitchen set up.


based on 24 traveler reviews

Experience the Beauty and Serenity of the Big Horn Mountains
average rating of 4.875 based on 24 reviews

It was as advertised.

  • 5 of 5

It's a neat little place, lots of character. Clean and homey. Would stay there again. The owner stopped by, enjoyed a glass of wine with us and shared some local lore.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you guys enjoyed your camaraderie in the mountains and were able to obtain the antelope that you came for. Always great to go down memory lane of a place you used to live. Come back again and we can enjoy some more wine together and you can hunt some elk
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You've never stayed in a place like this

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at the Waldorf A Story. It is in a beautiful location in the small town of Story, WY near Big Horn National Forest. It is the most unique place I have ever stayed with a great history. The owner was very helpful will all of my questions and answered them quickly. I would love to go back sometime.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you enjoyed yourself at our Waldorf A' Story Guest Haus. I am just so sorry that we could not be here to meet your personally but do hope that you return some day.. Two days is just not enough time to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Big Horns.
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Hilton Head, SC

Mountain Peace

  • 5 of 5

Very interesting and comfortable place to stay. Beautiful area for sightseeing, fishing, golfing and Indian War history investigation. Owner was very helpful and accommodating.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad the two of you enjoyed not only our quant little guest Haus but by staying a month you were really able to explore the historical as well as beautiful surroundings. Not to mention a great place to have your family members come to visit you!. Hope we can see you again sometime in the future . Patty and Dick
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  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed this property immensely. It was great for our young children who enjoyed exploring inside and outside of this property. I think the words charming and eclectic describe this property best. The owner left wine and homemade bread for us upon arrival which was a treat! We loved exploring the area and the location of the property to surrounding points of interest. Our kids especially enjoyed making s'mores by the fire pit outside. We know we will remember the Waldorf always.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Monica - we are so happy that you and your family could join us. It is such a peaceful, beautiful place to stay. We believe the fire pit is a great addition to our vrbo rental and hope many other guests get to enjoy the experience. Come see us again. Patty and Dick
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Denver, Colorado

Stay at the Inn

  • 5 of 5

We always have a great time when we stay here. It is a great place with great owners.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lori - we are always so happy to have your and your extended family stay with us. Next time lets get a rip-roaring fire going in the fire pit and roast some smores~! See you soon Dick and Patty
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The Story in Story

  • 4 of 5

Fascinating place to stay. Spacious, well equiped, comfortable and intriguing. Every square inch holds an item of interest. Convenient for our week of exploring the Big Horn Mountains. Don't miss Piney Creek Pottery while visiting the area.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always happy to hear how unigue and interesting everyone finds our location to be. You can just spend hours looking at everything on the walls, the books, the knick knacks that all tell a story. Of course, you would hate to miss the surrounding creeks, mountains and greenery by staying inside. Perfect base for exploring the Big Horns and their surroundings. Come again soon.
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20 Miles
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Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
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Nearest Golf
17 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Hwy 90
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
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Car: necessary

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Story Cottage Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 6.0%

When using instant quote children must be included in the number of guests to reflect accurate pricing.

Rates are subject to change until final confirmation. Check in at 3:00. Check out at 10:00AM.

100% refund if cancelled prior to 30 day check in. 50% refund if less than 30 days. $35.00 cancellation fee.

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100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Big Horn National Forest Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Large bathroom with a glassed in rounded shower and plenty of towels
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 bunk bed
    Convertible bed(s) - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Couch reclines on both ends can also provide cots if needed
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa and a double sized Futon(1), Bunk Beds (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • snowmobiling
Great place for hunters! Don't forget - if using instant quote children must be included in the total number of guests.

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