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Enchanted Romantic Get-away Or Small Family Destination

Bedrooms Studio
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 - 30 nights


About the property

Large Craftsman Style Studio Set Against The Magnificent Swan Mountains.

Nestled between tall evergreens and situated against the Swan Mountain Range, sits this lovely craftsman style guesthouse, we call our “tree house.”

Guests will enjoy this magnificent peaceful space amongst the tree tops, as a romantic get-away or a small family retreat destination. Come enjoy a spell of 30 days or more in a quiet mountain home. Shorter stays will be available soon.

Guests will find a comfy queen size bed, thick queen size futon, a cozy loft for children to play, read or sleep, a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, a therapeutic steam shower, washer and dryer, and a large deck to enjoy outside dining with incredible panoramic views of the mountains and its wildlife residents. Wireless Internet service and online streamed Netflix movies are also available to guests.

Just outside the door, guests will find immediate access to mountain trails and nearby access to rafting put-ins along the Swan River. Guests are also invited to share the beautiful surrounding grounds, a lovely waterfall studded pond, tree swing, hammock, and private mountain bike trails.

We also encourage our guests to visit with our goats, chickens, and special livestock guardian dogs (just beware of the electric fence), see our four-season greenhouse, and sample our fresh eggs and any of the organic fruits and veggies grown on our property.

This property is incredibly special and uniquely showcases the majestic qualities of each season. On any day one can spot a variety of wildlife traversing the land, sightings could include deer, elk, moose, foxes, bobcat, raccoon, squirrels, bald eagles, ducks, geese, hawks, herons, owls and many other birds, most notably the wild swan. White Tail Deer tend to be the most common but are the most lovely and peaceful sighting. Occasionally, bear, wolf, and mountain lion are seen but our big guardian dogs keep these larger predators off our property.

We invite people to retreat from their every day lives into the wilderness and forested sanctuary we have created at the edge of the Swan Mountain Range. We encourage our guests to unplug from their urban lives so that they might reconnect with their best selves, their loved ones and their source of inspiration. Our natural sanctuary is ideal for reflection and introspection and to reset intentions for answering your soul’s calling. We're especially interested in providing a peaceful and inspirational space for those pursuing creative projects and a desire to connect with the natural world.

More Details

Lisa Gilbert
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 19, 2017

About Lisa Gilbert

Originally from Southern California, we moved to this 20 acre property to create a quiet self sufficient and sustainable life for our small family. We are raising goats, chickens, livestock guardian dogs, and organic fruits and veggies.

Lisa Gilbert purchased this chateau / country house in 2011

Why Lisa Gilbert chose Flathead Lake

This property is incredibly special and uniquely showcases the majestic qualities of each season. We love the variety of wildlife traversing the land, including deer, elk, moose, foxes, bobcat, raccoon, squirrels, bald eagles, ducks, geese, hawks, herons, owls and many other birds, most notably the wild swan. White Tail Deer tend to be the most common but are the most lovely and peaceful sighting. Occasionally, bear, wolf, and mountain lion are seen but our big guardian dogs keep these larger predators off our property.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

We fell in love with this beautiful private property, the wilderness setting, and its unique craftsman style structures, and you will too!


Bigfork Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Therapeutic Steam Shower
  • Nice bathroom with therapeutic steam shower.
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Studio w/bedroom - 1 queen , 2 sleep sofa /futon , 2nd queen size futon is in small upper loft.
  • Bedroom area with a comfy queen bed divided from living area by a built-in bookshelf. 1 queen size plush futon in living area, and 1 full size futon mattress in loft for children.
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
A complimentary dozen of fresh organic eggs may be available during your stay.


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average rating of 4.892857 based on 28 reviews

This stay was just awesome. The tree house is first rate in every respect.

  • 5 of 5

If you want a secluded environment off the main road but with all of the conveniences this is it. We had a great time and would highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Surrounded by beauty!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place. Stunning natural surroundings, and friendly and helpful hosts.

Our family of three spent 5 nights at the Treehouse recently - and never wanted to leave! During the days, we explored Glacier National Park and Flathead Lake (and even went to the rodeo in Kalispell), and in the evenings we relaxed on the deck or watched a video in the Treehouse. One night we walked out on the fire road behind the house to watch the sunset turn the sky pink and orange; then watched bats swooping over the pond in the twilight while our daughter swung on the huge swing. And every morning, we ate delicious eggs from Lisa's own hens!

The area is full of fun and interesting things to do - we hiked, kayaked, picnicked, swam, and paddleboarded; saw elk, deer, bison, and antelope at the Bison Range; took a boat tour, and even stepped over into Canada. We had delicious meals in Big Fork and sampled buffalo jerky, local beers, Flathead cherries, and huckleberry taffy.

A couple of practical things to bring:

* shoes such as tevas, keens, or watershoes that you can wear in the many streams and lakes

* earplugs, if the barking of the livestock dogs and the crowing of the rooster might keep you awake (we slept great)

No need to bring:

* bear spray (there's one at the Treehouse to borrow)

* linens, including swim towels

The house is comfortable, clean, and private, with a beautiful view of the Swan Range mountains. And best of all, Lisa's family is warm and friendly, ready with local tips and wisdom.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Slice of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

Over the top impressed! The accommodations were clean, cozy, romantic and just what we needed. I can't imagine why anyone would not want to stay here.

Nestled in the woods at the base of the Swans the Treehouse surroundings were very peaceful and quiet. The location was perfect; a nice launching spot for all of the hiking and play time we were after. The deck made for a restful dinner spot after a long day of adventures and there was plenty of room for us to enjoy a few dinners with our guests. The owner's really know how to lay the foundation for a great experience and we will definitely stay here again. What are you waiting for?

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceptional Montana home!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the tree house was exceptional! The kindness and hospitality displayed by the owners was very appreciated. We notified Lisa that we were going to be arriving much later than anticipated and she went out of her way to make up the futon and turn on outside lights to assist us. We arrived in the middle of the night and had the treat of waking up and seeing the gorgeous Montana view the next morning, and we enjoyed their complimentary fresh eggs for breakfast. The tree house was a very comfortable home away from home after busy days of kayaking on Swan River and hiking and sightseeing at Glacier National Park. Thank you for sharing your lovely home; we look forward to returning one day!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Breathtaking Mountain Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We were 4 adults and 1 child staying at this property. It was perfect. It was secluded, but not far from shopping in Big Fork. The way the tree house was built and decorated was absolutely breathtaking, capturing all the amazing views. We especially enjoyed the open living, fabulous composite deck for evening meals and morning coffee, and the incredible rainwater/steam shower. Everything was a delight! I would definitely stay here again and recommend it to others. Oh, and the fresh dozen eggs upon arrival were scrumptious! What an incredible bonus that was for morning breakfasts.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Little Piece of Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the treehouse with our two young children. We were pleasantly surprised to find toys supplied for both of our children, and accessories for our baby such as a changing pad. It was in a perfect location to escape the town and enjoy the scenery, yet close to a variety of activities. We explored Big Mountain in Whitefish and spent a day in Glacier. The treehouse is absolutely beautiful inside, very clean and the owners think of everything you may need. We were a little bummed that we did not get to experience any farm fresh eggs, but still had a very enjoyable trip. We highly recommend this place for any family vacations, and even romantic getaways.

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  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind words! We love to share our place with people who can appreciate it as we do! I'm truly sorry about the lack of eggs. We are down in the numbers of our chickens and they just don't seem to be laying as much as they used to, so you happened to catch us between cycles. Hopefully, next time you come, we will have plenty for you to enjoy!
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Glacier Park International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Rocky Mountain Roadhouse
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
Atanaha Center (Theta Healing/Weddings)
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Eagle Bend Golf Club, Eagle Bend Drive, Bigfork, M
Nearest Train
39 Miles
Whitefish Train Stn, Whitefish, MT
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Showthyme Restaurant, Electric Avenue, Bigfork, MT
Nearest Ski
23 Miles
Blacktail Mountain Ski Area, Lakeside, MT
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
Flathead Lake State Park, Bigfork, MT
Car: necessary

Our property borders Flathead National Forest with immediate access to mountain trails (with permit) on which guests will enjoy hiking, horseback riding, dirt biking, or cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.

We are also within 2 miles of the Swan River ideal for either calm river rafting or wild rapids further down! Only minutes away, one can stroll through Bigfork Village shops, boutiques and galleries, take in a live show at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse, or listen to live music above the river at Brookies Cookies or Sliter Park; hike or bike the Swan River Nature Trail or numerous trails in the Jewel Basin Wilderness Area; boating or other water sports on Flathead Lake; golfing at Eagle Bend Golf Course; and fishing in Swan River or Flathead Rivers Lake.

Also within 45 minutes, guests will enjoy Big Sky Water Park, Glacier International Park, Bob Marshall Wilderness Area, and skiing Blacktail Mountain or Whitefish Mountain Resort.

Other nearby activities include horseback riding, alpaca trekking, bird watching, hunting, boat tours, and much more.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $85
Damage Insurance $59
Damage Deposit $200

If our treehouse is booked on the dates you are seeking, please see the Cabin in the Woods VRBO Listing #485999 for availability. It has similar characteristics in terms of rustic feel, privacy and is surrounded by woods too.

The treehouse studio and the surrounding grounds may be reserved for weddings or special events at a flat rate of $3000.00.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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