3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Sleeps Up To 14 - only 20 feet from the water!
About Brendan Schilling
The Indian Bay property is a family-owned home built on land purchased in 1956. It has undergone many changes in the last 60+ years, including the building of the current home in 2005. Nana, the daughter of the original owners, and her two terriers Teddy and Lucy live in the duplex-style home year-round; her myriad children, grandchildren, and friends all visit whenever possible. You will probably meet them during your stay, though their presence will be almost exclusively upstairs. They are wonderfully friendly, and Nana makes outstanding jams, jellies, and syrups. My name is Brendan, and I am the grandson of the original property owners, as well as the favorite son (well, the only son) of the current owner 'Nana'. My grandparents and my mother, aunts, and uncles worked for nearly 10 years starting in 1956 cutting trees, leveling a spot for the original home, and carrying boulders by hand to preserve the shoreline and build paths around the property before the original cabin was built. Until then, the summer home was nothing more than a large tent. The original cabin still exists, preserved within the walls of a more modern structure built next door by my aunt and uncle a few years ago. I grew up at 'the lake' and vowed that I would do whatever possible to make my childhood experiences available to my own children in the same way my grandparents and Nana did for their own children. Though we live in Arizona now, my family and I still visit several times a year to check on Nana, as well as swim, fish, and play in the wonderfully cool, clear waters of the lake.
Brendan Schilling purchased this House in 1956
Why Brendan Schilling chose Polson
This property has been family-owned for as long as nearly any other property on the lake. When the original property owners passed away, their children kept the property intact within the family when two of the siblings purchased the remainder portion from the family in order to build permanent residences. Family, cousins, and third- and forth-generation friends all live and play within an easy walk of the property. As a grandchild of the original owners (I am Nana's son) I recall getting out of school in early June and making the drive to the lake shortly thereafter, staying each summer until a week before school started. After a summer spent barefoot, shirtless, and usually without a haircut, I felt more like I was being trapped rather than returned to society when it was time to scrub up and put on new shoes for school. I vowed to give my own children the same experience, which is why we siblings convinced Nana to build a home where she could retire quietly and yet still accommodate the large family that wanted to visit. The home was built in 2005 as two complete homes, with full kitchens upstairs and downstairs, as well as duplicate laundry facilities, dining areas, and the like. We tried to plan for a time when Nana would be able to live in peace and comfort, yet open the door for friends, family, and guests in a scaled manner. Simply by closing a door at the top of the stairs yields two complete homes where privacy can be maintained; and opening that door yields a family home where as many as 32 family members have slept in a single night! Please understand that this is indeed a year-round home for the owner; yet, we want to make it available for as many other people as possible to experience the idyllic summers that we had as kids. Enjoy!
What makes this House unique
The southern half of the lake is on tribal land and therefore has a unique set of regulations aimed at preserving this incredible natural resource. The Confederated Salish, Kootenai, and Pend d'Orielle Tribes have worked closely with the State of Montana as well as Canadian government representatives to preserve and restore that natural waterways that flow from the Glacier-Waterton International Peace Park (the actual full name of what is commonly known as Glacier National Park). Mining, construction, farming, erosion and runoff - all are being addressed in order to continue Flathead Lake's stirling reputation as a lake of unparalleled beauty. Living and vacationing on the southern half of the lake reveals many benefits. If you plan to fish the lake, you need only purchase a tribal fishing permit which costs, on average, one fifth the price of a state non-resident permit. The towns of Polson, St. Ignatius, Ronan, Arlee, and others are steeped in the Tribal tradition of a deliberate and slower-paced lifestyle that is well-suited for a vacation. Tribal culture and history is on display as a living museum where you are allowed to touch and participate. Shops, restaurants, and other facilities tend to be small, family-owned businesses where the owners often work the tables and counters. And, if you desire more upscale experiences, there are several to be had in newer restaurants, golf courses, and shops that are starting to pop up (yet somehow still blend in). Access to the Missoula airport is an easy 75 minute drive; as is access to the Kalispell airport near the north end of the lake.
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Loved it! So beautiful and relaxing! Fantastic family value with all the comfort extras for our use & enjoyment, and felt just like home! Will be back SOON! Thank you for a lovely stay!
Wonderful family getaway.
Nana’s House provided all you could desire in a vacation home. The house has everything needed to enjoy a Montana vacation. The beach toys were all well used by the kids in our party who spent hours in the water. Nana is delightful lady, friendly but not obtrusive. I definitely see us returning.
It was wonderful to see you and your growing family again this year! I can't tell you how good it feels to have folks come back to stay - if there is ever anything we can do to make your next stay even better, don't hesitate to ask!
Little slice of Heaven on Earth!
We had the best time at this magical place. It was absolutely perfect for relaxing and having fun. Every single detail has been thought of and taken care of, you don't need to do a thing, just sit on the dock and soak up the beauty all around you. Nana is awesome she made us feel so welcome and right at home, she truly enjoys having people there and she loves to see you enjoying yourself and your time at this wonderful lakeside property.
It was wonderful to have you and your extended family for a visit! Nana enjoyed talking with you, and loved seeing the kids have such a great time. Please keep us in mind for your next visit - we would love to have you!
Best House on the Lake
We love going to this house every summer. It was our second year in a row and we will be back every chance we get.
Thanks, Casey! We love having you as a guest, and we are looking forward to your visit next year!
Couldn't have been more comfortable and we all felt right at home
The pictures on the site do the property justice. We were completely impressed with home, property, beach...dock...it was amazing. This is a very scenic and prime location on Flathead, I grew up in Flathead and know the entire lake, highly recommend this home. The owners litterally provide everything you need, check in first before going shopping for food or lake accessories. You will not be disappointed with this choice of VRBO.
Thank you for the wonderful feedback! We are honored that you chose our home as part of your summer family gathering. Nana really enjoyed meeting you and your family - and thank you for the repairs to the swing! We hope to see you again soon.
Great Family Getawawy!
This was a great house with warm hospitality, and a crystal clear lake!
Our kids had a blast, swimming, and doing cannon balls off the dock, while we joined in as well and then relaxed on the swing and watched.
The house had everything we needed- comfortable beds and a nice kitchen and great movie selections for the nights.
Couldn't have been any better!
Boat launch in Polson, 5 miles by water to our dock.