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The 1200 foot Alpine Cottage can accommodate up to six persons and is reminiscent of a Swedish country house. (For larger groups, also check our other units located on the same property—Alpine House: Listing 134160, and Glacier Chalet: Listing 451634). The living room/dining room has a vaulted ceiling and skylights, and nearly floor to ceiling windows reveal a majestic view of a mountain meadow surrounded by forest and mountain peaks in the distance. The pine walls surrounding the living room and dining room are hand painted with mountains, flowers, and birds, making it look like an artist's cottage. Two couches (one a sofa bed) and an overstuffed chair in the living room make a cozy place to relax and visit. An arched doorway leads to a fully equipped kitchen with an arched window between the kitchen and dining room. French doors from the dining room open out to a large deck with grill and deck chairs, the perfect place to relax and take in the stunning view of mountains and wildlife.
Up the stairs from the living room, the cozy pine walled loft bedroom has twin beds, skylights, a sitting area, and a balcony window that opens out to the living room below with a view to the meadow and mountains.
The master bedroom includes a queen bed hung about with romantic white linen curtains and a small chandelier over the bed. A glass door leads into a private bathroom with a whirlpool bathtub. The hallway from the master bedroom leads to a second full bathroom, complete with stackable washer/dryer.
Melissa and I (Clyde) take pleasure in providing a wilderness retreat where people can unwind, enjoy nature, and come closer together. The Alpine Cottage is a quality place where this can happen.
Melissa lived in this area for about 20 years and loves the mountain wilderness. Her favorite spot is Lake McDonald, by Apgar Village, a short drive from the retreat.
The floor to ceiling windows of the Alpine Cottage face toward a meadow just on the other side of the lawn. Moose sometimes graze in the meadow. The large deck with BBQ is great for a gathering with family or friends.
My group of 14 shared the attached, larger house with a family group of 10 for a reunion. Some camped outside (plenty of room), kids slept on couches, etc. I was not aware the two houses were attached and, in fact, the larger house basement bedrooms are under the smaller house. This worked out fine for us but I would not have liked it as much if we were adjacent to strangers. Description of location is OK but be prepared to get lost the first time you arrive. No sign to house on main road, by the mailboxes. Be sure to get there in daylight, it is completely dark and rural at night (just the way you want it, unless you are trying to drive around and find it). We had to drive out and rescue lost relatives who arrived after dark.
Place was squeaky clean and well appointed. We had plenty of dishes and the kitchen was great but we ran out of garbage bags in both houses (only about 3 were provided) and had to go buy some. Plumbing worked well. Beds were great. Night is silent with only the forest sounds. No particular view but the area had been tastefully developed and not junked up. Plenty of parking space.
I would recommend this property to friends or relatives but only if they were prepared to take both houses at once. The thought of being next to a partying, younger crowd (or vice-versa) is horrible. Glacier Park is 8 miles or so, as well as local towns and stores, etc. These were easy drives even in peak season but the traffic in the park itself is heavy throughout the day. We got up early (in the park before 9am) to get parking spaces at the trailheads for our hikes. Had bad experiences with the park shuttles---too much waiting.
We had several problems/surprises with this stay. We expected the VBRO app to have directions to get to the house or at least an address, which was not found on the site. We had to call the owner for the information as we were trying to find the house ( and being very familiar with the area, we were very surprised by this). Despite booking our stay online, there was some confusion and the house was locked when we arrived. We had to call the owner again, and even though we had just spoken with him, we had to call more than 4 times over 30 minutes before we were able to reach him. Once we were able to get in, several things that were listed as provided were not. When we have stayed at other VBRO properties, things like soap or coffee filters were also provided, but that was not the case at this location, so anticipate that very little is provided here and your expectations will be met. As mentioned before, this cottage is attached to the larger house on the property. If that house is rented, expect to wake up when they do. Even using white noise, we were unable to avoid earlier mornings if the other house was up. We left a message for the housekeeper in regards to the thermostat seeming to be stuck resulting in an overly warm house and to our knowledge recieved no response. Lastly, due to bear activity, we were unable to put the trash in the identified area, and the 2ndary location was locked so we ended up leaving it in the house. Each of these things were minor in the whole scheme of things, but when added up, result in a less than wonderful stay. The house itself is cute, the location was precisely what we wanted, and overall met our needs of a bed to sleep on, a kitchen to cook in, running water and a roof over our heads.
kitchen was well equipped. Everything was very comfortable and beautifully appointed. Easy drive to Glacier. My only complaint was that a large group stayed in the adjoining house and noises from that group were easily heard. They stayed up quite late and made sleep difficult. The water had a very strong odor and was a rusty color. You did not smell clean after a shower.
We loved our stay at the Alpine Cottage. The property was beautifully decorated, clean and maintained. Everything that we needed was in the kitchen. The setting was private and there was enough room for our 3 kids and Grandma to be comfortable. We enjoyed relaxing on the deck in the evenings. Also, an easy drive to West Glacier National Park where we spend the majority of our trip. Clyde and Melissa were easy to work with and provided us with great information to prepare us for our stay.
This house has a fantastic location for those wishing to visit Glacier National Park--about as close as you can get without being in the park. It is very clean, comfortable and has a relaxing, cozy feel. The setting is beautiful and the house very well maintained, with a well appointed and serviceable kitchen. As one of the reviews said, it can get a bit loud in the early AM if the Alpine House is occupied, although this wasn't a major problem. Also, you might want to bring your own drinking water, as the tap-water in the area has a lot of minerals in it. Overall, we had a terrific time and enjoyed our stay at this serene forest retreat.
We had a wonderful time at the Alpine Cottage...it's exquisitely decorated, completely stocked with whatever we needed and so comfortable. We have twin three year old girls and they loved staying in the loft where there was a secret nook that was their very own. It was quiet and close to so much. It would be a perfect place for a family or for a romantic get away. Loved our time. We will be back!!!
Mountain Cleft Retreat is surrounded by national forest. Wildlife is abundant, especially in the Spring. Two forks of the Flathead River merge nearby where you can find a locally favorite fishing spot. Glacier National Park property is about 3/4 of a mile away as the crow flies. The West Entrance to the park is just 8 miles by road.
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3 night minimum stay
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