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2 to 6 nights $295.00/night summer, $195.00 winter, free cross country

Essex, MT, USA
  • House1800 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps7
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 7)

Nestled amid mountain views at the southern tip of Glacier National Park. Enjoy scenic drives to Logan Pass and Many Glacier area. This newly renovated historic railroad house is a perfect place for those seeking to enjoy the activities and beauty of the area. Winter use free cross country pass for groomed trails.

Just steps from the historic Izaak Walton hotel, you can feel the energy of passing Amtrack trains from the nearby overhead walking bridge, before enjoying one of many available activities. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy nearby hiking, white water rafting, trout fishing, horseback riding, golfing, cross country skiing, or snowshoeing.

The newly renovated Essex Mountain House provides classic character with modern conveniences that is perfect for individuals or families. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Keywords: Glacier Park, Izaak Walton, Scenic, cabin,

mountain, Essex, adventure, Nordic skiing,

fly fishing, hiking, railroad enthusiast, Amtrak, river rafting


Pat and Tod O'Connell

Member Since 2012
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Response time:
within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Apr 16, 2018
About Pat and Tod O'Connell

Pat and I moved to Essex MT in 2003. We had both worked in Glacier Park for 4 years in the late 60's and later went to the U of MT in Missoula. We both love the Glacier Park area and moved back here from St. Paul after the kids left the house. They found us shortly thereafter and come out frequently to visit. Pat and I love the mountains and the 4 seasons and enjoy going into Glacier hiking and animal watching. Tod O'Connell

Pat and Tod O'Connell purchased this House in 2010

Why Pat and Tod O'Connell chose Essex

The Essex Mountain House was formerly owned by the Great Northern Railroad and used by the roadmaster years ago. It was moved to this site, I'm told, 30 to 40 years ago. We liked the look, layout and history of the place and bought it and updated the house including wiring and plumbing kitchen and baths while keeping its character. We and many guests are really happy with how it turned out.

What makes this House unique

Totally updated large kitchen, laundry and a full bath upstairs and downstairs make this 2 story house great for families and groups. A big yard on a double lot allows plenty of room for bbq's and relaxing on the property. Use the fire pit and BBQ in the summer. Essex is located half way between East and West Glacier and across the highway from the Walton entrance to Glacier Park. We're near the Amtrak train platform so there's great train viewing also. This house shown in Great Northern Historical papers.


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 3
        1 queen, 1 twin/ single
      • Queen size Beds (3) Three queen size beds with new mattresses and pillows, One twin bed with new mattress.


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Towels and soap provided for our guests.
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower
      • Two - one upstairs with a shower and one downstairs with a tub and shower.

      Location Type

        • Mountain View
          View into Glacier Park. Bordered by forest and Great Bear Wilderness.
        • Ski-In
          Cross country ski trails close to doorstep. Winter of 2015/2016 a cross country ski pass for Izaak Walton ski trails has been purchased for use by those staying at the Essex Mountain House.
        • Water View
          Borders the middlefork of the Flathead River


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Living Room
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      auxillary electric heat in most rooms with main floor gas heat.
                    • Internet
                      Free wifi
                    • Linens Provided
                      Towels, sheets, pillows, pillow cases and blankets are provided.
                    • Gas Fireplace
                    • Parking
                      Parking in front of house
                    • Parking Off Street
                    • Telephone
                      Free local calling (Flathead County) calling. Use your phone card, collect call for long distance or text/email.
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                    • Free Wifi


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          Silverware, pots and pans, dishes and glassware, slow cooker, blender, etc are provided.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Most everything needed to prepare all meals for 7 people
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                          New gas range, microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator and new hichory cabinets.
                        • Microwave
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                          new gas range
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining Area


                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                  cards, cribbage board, and miscellaneous board games.
                                • Music Library
                                  Music channels available on Direct TV
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Direct TV.
                                • Television
                                  Direct TV
                                • Video Library


                                    • Bicycles
                                      Rental available at Izaak Walton Hotel.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Large yard with portable fire pit and tables
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Propane BBQ grill (not available in winter due to snow conditions).
                                    • Ski & Snowboard
                                      Groomed cross country trail not far from door at Izaak Walton Inn. Ask about free ski passes for groomed trails - available for winter 2015/2016 for guests staying at Essex Mountain House.


                                        • restaurants

                                          Leisure Activities

                                            • bird watching
                                            • scenic drives
                                            • sight seeing
                                            • sledding
                                            • walking
                                            • wildlife viewing

                                              Local Services & Businesses

                                                • laundromat

                                                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                    • kayaking
                                                    • cross country skiing
                                                    • fishing
                                                    • fly fishing
                                                    • freshwater fishing
                                                    • hiking
                                                    • hunting
                                                    • cycling
                                                    • mountain biking
                                                    • mountain climbing
                                                    • mountaineering
                                                    • rafting
                                                    • skiing
                                                    • snowmobiling
                                                    • whitewater rafting


                                                        • Large yard on double lot with mountain view. Plenty of room to use the gas barbeque in the back yard. Freestanding firepit available.

                                                          House Rules

                                                          Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                          Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                          Cancellation Policy

                                                          100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                          52 Reviews


                                                          Latest reviews

                                                          Wonderful house. Great location. This is Montana!

                                                          Christopher B.Missoula

                                                          Thank you so much for sharing you Home with us.

                                                          Great House

                                                          John h.

                                                          We had a great time this house is in a great location !!!thanks Tod and Pat !!

                                                          10 years of September visits and all of them great!

                                                          Bob O.

                                                          Our men's group from Minneapolis-St. Paul went out to Tod and Pat's mountain cabin last week for the 10th consecutive year, and despite unexpected rain and a little snow, had a great time. Caught trout while it snowed on Two Medicine Lake, rented a pontoon boat for fishing trip on Swan Lake, and hiked and fished nearby Stanton Lake. The rain and cooler weather greatly improved the forest fires situation, so we could hardly complain. And, as usual, our hosts and the cabin were delightful. It's up for sale now for $299,000, and I wish I could buy it, but maybe the next owner will continue to rent it, so we can return.

                                                          Perfect for us!

                                                          Sindia J.

                                                          We stayed here for a few days as an intended stop on the Amtrak Empire Builder route. The location and set-up of the house worked well for the 4 adults in our party, with room to spare. We enjoyed having a few meals we made ourselves and the flexibility to explore our surroundings and experience some local restaurant as well. Thanks to the owner's Tod and Pat for recommendations on places to visit.

                                                          Very nice place to stay

                                                          Dan H.Canton

                                                          The smoke from forest fires dampered our visit, however, the rental was fantastic. The cabin was very clean and had everything you need including a good book to read. The best part of this rental for us was the owner. He lives right down the street and he and his wife couldn't have been more gracious and accommodating. This rental will not disappoint.

                                                          So convenient and nicely supplied place to stay

                                                          JENNIFER L.

                                                          Off the beaten path and interesting place to stay. Highly recommend it.


                                                          Essex, MT, USA

                                                          Spectacular viewing for train enthusiasts. A quarter mile to Glacier Park, and half mile to Great Bear wilderness. Excellent cross country skiing and snowshoeing in winter. Great hiking and sightseeing in the Glacier Park mountains. Area wildlife includes, mountain goats, bear, moose, elk, wolves. Recommend the Skyline trail from Logan Pass. Ask about complimentry cross country ski passes for Izaak Walton trails.

                                                          Rates & Availability

                                                          Additional information about rental rates

                                                          Tax Rate

                                                          Summer 6/1 to9/30, 2018 stay 2 to 6 nights $295.00 per night plus MT lodging tax, no cleaning fee. Weekly rental $1865.00 plus tax. 10/1/18 to 5/31/18 (winter) $195.00/night plus tax. Across street from Glacier Park for great hiking and sightseeing. Great Cross Country skiing in winter. Groomed cross country trails at nearby hotel with free ski pass available for guests at Essex Mountain House. 50% deposit refundable up to 30 days prior to arrival and not refundable thereafter.

                                                          52 Reviews
                                                          Wonderful 4.9/5
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