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Glacier Park Lodging - 3 to 6 nights $230.00/night summer, $160.00 winter

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Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights

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Essex House Rental Photos and Description

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.

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

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Pat and Tod O'Connell
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 23, 2016
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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 Glacier Park

The Essex Mountain House came up for sale in 2010. It 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 when it came up for sale. It was in need of TLC so we totally updated the kitchen and bathrooms and did a lot of finish work while retaining the a lot of the old character. We're both 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. Essex is located half way between East and West Glacier and across the highway from the Walton entrance to Glacier. We're near the Amtrack train platform so there's great train viewing also.


based on 34 traveler reviews

Glacier Park Lodging - 3 to 6 nights $230.00/night summer, $160.00 winter
average rating of 5.0 based on 34 reviews

Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful vacation spot. Just down the road from the historic Isaak Walton hotel, this VRBO rental was perfect for our needs. Beautiful location, very comfortable, and well stocked. It's close to the East or West entrance to the park. Tod and Pat are wonderful hosts and were very responsive to our needs and provided lots of information about the area. I would definitely recommend the rental and plan to return.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Missoula, Montana, USA

Comfy location for Glacier Park touring

  • 5 of 5

This comfy, spacious, well equipped home was a perfect headquarters for touring Glacier Park! We brought our new Canadian family (our daughter's brand new in-laws and aunt/uncle) here to show them Glacier Park after our daughter's wedding. It has the perfect location on the south side of the park to tour the east and west sides and do the Going to the Sun Road. We have cross-country skied at Izaak Walton before but were looking for a place where we could be together. This home has been beautifully restored and modernized and has a great yard with a fire pit in the back to enjoy star gazing and marsh mellow roasting. Couldn't have been happier!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Shelly, Thank you for taking the time to write your very favorable comments about the Essex Mountain House. Pat and I are very happy that you had a great time here and on your Glacier Park trails and sightseeing. Congratulations to the newly weds and the rest of the year be great for all of you. Please come back when you can. Pat and Tod
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Fredericksburg, Texas

Our mini vaca

  • 5 of 5

This was a charming and cozy home and was just right for our family mini vacation. Our host was friendly and helpful with Glacier Park info. The trains were surprisingly enjoyable and our granddaughter loved waving at the passengers on the Amtrak. We stay at this home again. So book it and enjoy.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Carolyn, Wow. Thanks a lot for the compliments. It means a lot both personally and for the Essex Mountain House business. It was great to meet you and we are glad to have had you stay with us. It is really great when our customers enjoy the stay here as you did. Please come back if you can. Thanks again. Tod and Pat
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Living in History

  • 5 of 5

WOW!! What an experience! Once you step into the Essex Mountain House one can feel the love and labor that Todd gave this historical structure. The house was very clean and perfect for 4 seniors from South Georgia. The upstairs bedroom had a big comfortable bed and with open windows, you could hear and feel the cool wind rustling thru the trees. We only had two nights here but it restored our strength and renewed our love of the "good old days". Can't wait to return!!Todd was great to work with and wasn't upset with our 10PM arrival!! Many thanks Todd!!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you and the mustang sailor for the very kind comments and especially for staying at the Essex Mountain House. As you are aware, most people read comments by other customers and Pat and I not only appreciate the comment but your taking the time to write it. Hope you have a great rest of the summer and come back when you can. Tod and Pat
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Top notch experience!!

  • 5 of 5

House is clean , well stocked, conveniently located near hiking and skiing. Tod went way out of his way to make us feel welcome. Already have plans to reserve this house!!

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great. Simple check in & great accommodations,

  • 5 of 5

My experience was super- I try to rent this house every year

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Kalispell (FCA)
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Izaak Walton Hotel
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
West Glacier, East Glacier
Nearest Train
0.2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
US Hwy 2
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Izaak Walton Inn, Halfway Motel
Nearest Ski
0.3 Miles
Cross Country in Essex and Marias Pass
Car: recommended

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

Essex House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Oct 1 2016 - May 31 2017
1 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Standard pricing
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

no cleaning fee! $0
Tax Rate 7.0%

Summer 2016 stay 3 to 6 nights and get reduced rate of $230.00 per night plus MT lodging tax. Weekly rental $1540.00 plus tax. 10/1/16 to 5/31/17 (winter) $160.00/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 ski pass available for guests at Essex Mountain House.

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Essex House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Two - one upstairs with a shower and one downstairs with a tub and shower.
  • 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.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • 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.

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