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Bert Herndon

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english

4 Bedroom Beautifully Crafted Home On The Swan River

13 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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Flathead Lake House Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths (Sleeps 9)

Just east of the artist village of Bigfork are the mighty Swan Mountains with hiking trails, Jewel Basin and glacier-fed lakes. This 4 bedroom, 3 bath house is comfortably perched on nearly 300 feet of the navigable Swan River. This log ranch home enjoys a commanding view of the water and mountains. This residence is on seven parklike acres with beautifully maintained landscaping and mature native trees. Private dock just steps away from the house. Wrap around decks overlooking the water are on both levels of home are furnished with willow furniture. Bedroom 1 has a Queen bed with private shower bath on the main floor. Bedroom 2 Handmade Bunk bed with full on bottom and twin on top, full shower and tub located on main floor. Lower level has bedroom 3 with king bed with shower bathroom shared with bedroom 4 with a queen bed. Separate family and TV room with satellite TV on lower level. Upper level has a wonderful open floor plan with kitchen, dining table, kitchen nook, and comfortable sitting area.

This charming home has its own boat dock on the 'slow' part of the Swan River, perfect for canoeing, kayaking, or just floating. Across the river is a breathtaking view of the Swan Mountain Range. If you looking for other activities, Bigfork (shopping, five-star restaurants, art galleries and playhouse theater) is nearby. Glacier National Park, Whitefish Mountain, hiking areas are within a hour. Jewel Basin hiking area is literally down the street.

Top tourist attractions include: Bigfork Village with boutique shops, art galleries, Bigfork Playhouse and restaurants, Flathead Lake, Glacier National Park, Kalispell, Whitefish, Bob Marshall Wilderness (many types of outfitters and guides in these areas), National Bison Reserve, Jewell Basin hiking area with mountain-top views, and many small area lakes are nearby for day trips.

Area activities include, but are not limited to:

• Boating and watercraft activities, swimming, sunbathing

• Bigfork Playhouse and Theater, Art galleries and museums, shopping and fine dining

• Sightseeing, wildlife, photography

• Rafting, kayaking, canoeing

• Blue-ribbon fishing and hunting, horseback riding and back-country trips

• Biking mountain biking and hiking

• Art shows, antique car shows, 4th of July parade and festivities, Bigfork Whitewater Festival Days, NW Montana Fair and Rodeo, Dragon Boat races

Make this wonderful place your destination for a serene get-away that captivates your senses and is a destination where you can proudly entertain your family and friends, all making unforgettable, life-time memories of your stay in Montana.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Bert Herndon (Owner)
Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english

About Bert Herndon

Carl and Bert Herndon are long time residents of Bigfork. This wonderful town is where we chose to raise our family. Since the kids are grown, we now 'winter' in a warmer climate but will continue to go back to Bigfork for the summer and fall. Bigfork is a magical village with outdoor activities available for everyone in the village and surrounding areas.

Bert Herndon purchased this house in 2012

Why Bert Herndon chose Flathead Lake

This property is on the 'still' part of the Swan River and has a peaceful serenity to it. The house is full of charm and warmth and is the perfect place to unwind from your everyday life.

What makes this house unique

This property could not be closer to the river.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We are sorry there are no reviews here, but we just purchased this house in November. We did go back to Bigfork for Christmas and decided to stay in the house to see what it was like. It was very pleasant and cozy. The river was beautiful even in the winter! Can't wait for the summer! This is a wonderful house that would be perfect for a summer stay. The boat dock is close and ready for fun. We will do everything possible to make your stay the best.
Dec 2012
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based on 13 traveler reviews

4 Bedroom Beautifully Crafted Home On The Swan River
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews
New Orleans

So relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at River Ranch for a week and did not want to leave. The porches sitting above the Swan River are so pleasant. We sat out there for hours. The kitchen has everything you would need to cook great meals. There are two televisions but we did not turn them on once. Why ruin the ambiance? There is a great walking/running path on Swan River Road that goes several miles up the road except for a brief interruption. Took the kayaks up the river to Swan Lake. This place has everything you would need.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your visit! I'm so glad you had a good time!
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Parker, Colorado

River Ranch Paradise

  • 5 of 5

My family and extended family (4 adults and 3 teenage children and our Westie) had the privilege of staying in this remarkable home July 1 thru July 8, 2015! The photos are wonderful but only skim the surface as to how magnificent this home is! The wrap-around deck is perfect for conversation, wildlife observation (deer, osprey, ducks, geese) and keeping cool during the day. The easy access to the river provided fishing, kayaking and tubing. The kitchen was well-appointed. All the bedrooms and bathrooms were perfect! I really cannot say enough about this home! We look forward to staying again the next time we visit Flathead Lake!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words and I'm so glad you and your family had a wonderful time! Looking forward to a return visit!
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  • 5 of 5

Our family of 6 adults stayed for 2 weeks at this comfortable, cozy, immaculate cabin on the Swan River & had an amazing time. Coffee & cocktails on the back deck, front porch or inside started & ended the days looking at amazing scenery-bald eagles, does & their newborn fawns, fish jumping in the river, sunsets that made purple mountain majesty & stars that shimmered on the water! Days were spent kayaking on the river, biking into town, walking on the river walk, eating & shopping in the quaint town of Bigfork, hiking in Glacier Park, boating in Flathead Lake, driving to Whitefish to explore or just relaxing reading a book or playing cards. Great family time! The Owners were helpful & always available for whatever you need. This is a must vacation for all ages! We highly recommend staying here & will be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Austin, Texas

Bigfort retreat on the Swan River was divine.

  • 5 of 5

We rented this beautiful home on the Swan River primarily as a home base for visits into Glacier National Park. The park was great fun, but the best part of the trip was the time our friends and family spent at the house, kayaking, lounging, playing games, cooking together and hanging out on this AMAZING porch. What a beautiful house, property and overall environment.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I just spent the most glorious week at this magnificent property! Sitting on the porch, gazing at the Swan River, was one of our favorite things to do. We made a couple trips to Glacier National Park, Jewel Basin, local restaurants, etc. Went hiking, horseback riding and kayaking. If you want to get away from it all, this is the place to go. The house is beautiful, comfortable and has everything you need.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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boerne, TX USA

Fun on the swan river

  • 5 of 5

My sister and I and our families have traveled to Montana for the last 7 years. This is the first year we have made it north of Bozeman and it was great!! The nine of us stayed for 5 nights at this fabulous house. Bert was a perfect host and was helpful to us in many ways. Having the river and kayaks to use was a nice activity for all. Hiking in the state is our favorite thing to do and one day we rented a pontoon on Flathead lake and it was beautiful!! Shopping on electric avenue netted some locally made items. My sister is a wonderful baker and the 10 pounds of huckleberries were made into yummy pies, pancakes, danishes and buckles. Hope to come back to the area next year after our trip to Glacier. Can't wait!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Glacier International Airport (FCA)
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
MT 209
Car: necessary

This is the perfect place for outdoor adventure. Hiking, biking, water sports, even peace and quiet are all very close and easily accessible.


Rates & Availability

Bigfork House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
early summer
May 28 2016 - Jun 24 2016
7 night minimum stay
2016 summer
Jun 25 2016 - Jul 8 2016
7 night minimum stay
2016 prime summer
Jul 9 2016 - Aug 12 2016
7 night minimum stay
2016 late summer
Aug 13 2016 - Sep 9 2016
7 night minimum stay
2016 fall
Sep 10 2016 - Oct 14 2016
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 7.0%

Booking deposit of $2000 due at reservation. $1000 will be applied toward rent, $1000 held in security until after rental period. Balance due April 15.

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Flathead Lake House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3112 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • churches
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

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