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Hand Built Log Cabin in Ponderosa Forest

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The Hermitage, Back Deck on Far Left, Bedroom Dormer Porch with Railing Above

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Last updated: 05/02/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

There is no better way to make your Montana vacation complete than by lodging in and enjoying a secluded, authentic hand made log cabin.

This cabin has been a 38 year labor of love by a carpenter who designed it, cut and stripped over 180 lodgepole pine trees, and set in excess of 390 separate logs to create this beautiful log structure, unlike any you may have seen. From the hand built cabinetry, the masonry work, the hardwood and quarry tile floors, the handrailings, to the one-of-a-kind log spiral staircase, the craftsmanship is apparent and admirable.

The cabin has been decorated and tastefully outfitted with authentic antique furniture and Persian rugs to create a truly "turn of the century" ambiance, but still has a modern kitchen and bath for your comfort. It is situated on the edge a Ponderosa pine forest, full of deer and wild turkeys; it is honestly a joy to hike through the forest and explore.

The Hermitage is licensed and inspected by the state to insure your safety and comfort

Privacy and seclusion is assured, as no other structure can be seen from The Hermitage and it is at the end of a 300 yard private driveway.

Picture yourself sitting on the back balcony with a drink in hand, reflecting on your long day of either fishing or floating, grilling steaks (or your fresh catch) as the sun goes down and observe the deer head back into the woods and the wild turkeys roost in nearby trees. Just before dusk the nighthawks swoop down for your amusement. After dinner on the back deck the stars glow brightly in the crystal clear air and the constellations dance across the sky.

This is the way to really relax and experience a memorable evening, Montana Style.

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Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 1100 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Master Bedroom/Loft...moreless

  • Entertainment Den: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Double Futon...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    New Hide-a-Bed sofa in Daylight Basement w/ Separate Doorway...moreless

  • Little Loft: 2 twin/ single

    2 Air Mattresses for Kids; My Daughter's Favorite Spot...moreless

  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Old west, trapper stories, history, eclectic selection....moreless

  • CD Player
  • Video Library:

    There about 50 in the den. I add some each year....moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    The Hermitage is nestled near a Ponderosa pine forest, with foothills in the distance behind the first meadow. From the top of the property, one has a great view of the Beartooth Range....moreless

  • Village:

    Both Columbus and Absarokee are great little towns, shopping for local made items, farmer's market in Columbus on Thursdays. Nice museum about the area in Columbus....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Water Tubing

Dining

  • Dining:

    I refinished the antique Queen Ann style table and chairs decades ago. They still look OK....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Plenty of sheets for all of the beds....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Antiques throughout; 2 rockers, "new" old secretary, loveseat, and couch. Redwood burl table rests on top of one of the original Persian rugs. ...moreless

  • Telephone:

    I had my land line removed last year because the cell service is pretty good....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Plenty of really nice towels....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    There is a small, elevated grilling fireplace in the dining room area, but I have found it preferable to broil on the back deck....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    There is an antique wood stove in the living room, complete with mica windows....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    An old original Mr. Coffee. I want to get a new one, but this one keeps on working!!!...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Old, well-seasoned cast iron frying pans, an old cast iron Dutch oven. Plenty of pots and pans....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Service for 8; plenty of serving dishes....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    The kitchen is a "galley" style with the sink and cabinets on one side, and the cooking surfaces and microwave on the opposite....moreless

  • Microwave:

    It works!...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Plenty of trash bags, salt, pepper, spices, vinegar and oil, coffee filters....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Newer medium sized....moreless

  • Stove:

    Glass top w/ 4 raised solid heating elements. Easy to clean....moreless

  • Toaster:

    Standard 2 slice unit....moreless

Outside

  • Balcony:

    The deck off of the master bedroom dormer is really a nice feature. The view from above is great, and the deer don't look up, so they walk right into the yard....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Favorite place for all. Glass top table & 4 chairs. Sunrise in the morning, shade in the afternoon...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    The front porch is a nice place to sit and watch the sun drop over the hills....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Out on the back deck....moreless

 

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May 1 - Oct 31, 2015
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$150
$875 $2,500
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2 night min stay
$150
$875 $2,500
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Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Tax Rate 7%

Notes:

Although Montana is one of the few states without a sales tax, the State requires vacation home owners to charge a 7% "bed tax" that is used to fund the rigorous inspections that all publicly available lodging facilities are required to submit to. These inspections ensure your safety and comfort.


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Location

52 Miles
Nearest Airport
Billings, Mt,
6 Miles
Nearest Barpub
307 & New Atlas, Columbus; 5 Spot in Absarokee
8 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Interstate 90
6 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
307 in Columbus, China Wall in Absarokee
39 Miles
Nearest Ski
Red Lodge Mountain
 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1976

About the owner: I am a retired Construction Superintendent, starting out as an apprentice carpenter in 1971 after 4.5 years at Indiana University. In 1976 I bought 10 acres outside of Columbus with the anticipation that I would be able to have a "finished" cabin in about 5 years. That was over 39 years ago, and I am still working on the place. I figure that it will be "completed" the day after I die. I moved away from Montana in 1990 as a result of the poor economy, first to the San Francisco Bay Area, where I stopped by to find a wife, and in 1992, again moved even further away to the Big Island of Hawaii where we still live. I began The Hermitage as a retirement home for myself, but now that I live in Hawaii, I can't decide where to end up, so while i still can, I enjoy them both. The last several years I have been hitting all of the antique stores, outfitting The Hermitage in ever nicer antiques. In 2014 I secured several pieces that really belong in The Hermitage. As space is limited, I find myself "trading up" as far as antiques are concerned. Also in 2014, I bought two Fredrick Remington statues, one busting a bronco, and the other entitled "The Mountain Man." Here in Hawaii i spend my retirement beating back the jungle, tending to my fruit trees, and forever remodeling and building. Here too, the project will be complete either when I sell the place or, as is the case with The Hermitage, the day after I die.

Why the Owner Chose Absarokee:
Ever since I moved to Montana, everyone always spoke about the beautiful Stillwater Valley, the Absarokee region in particular. When an old friend of mine bought a place up on the undeveloped Upper Hawk Valley Road, I fell in love with the forest, the seclusion, and the wildlife. There are several Montana Fishing Access Sites within a few miles along the blue-ribbon trout stream that is the Stillwater River. Also, as I was really into white water rafting and kayaking, and the Stillwater and Yellowstone are just great.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
I took great pains to design and build The Hermitage with a goal in mind that it would be "time zone transitional," that it would take yo out of the 21st century and gently transport you back to a simpler, slower time. When I'm up there, I make an effort to sit and relax in various areas, since each room has its own ambiance; the living room is "Old West/Trapper," while the den is more "Trapper Style." The basement, with its sofa/hide-a-bed, in done in old barn boards, with a old barbed-wire display and rusty gold pan. there is a guest book at The Hermitage and I go through it each season, and it seems to be a consensus that meals and relaxing with a cup of coffee on the back deck is a favorite pastime. Numerous honeymoon couples have chosen to begin their lives together visiting The Hermitage, and other guests spend their time reading and recharging. The change in scenery, actually, the relocation back to another century has its own therapeutic effects.


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Photos

  • The Hermitage, Back Deck on Far Left, Bedroom Dormer Porch with Railing Above

    The Hermitage, Back Deck on Far Left, Bedroom Dormer Porch with Railing Above

  • Living Room with Antique Funiture & Persian Rug, Redwood Burl Table,

    Living Room with Antique Funiture & Persian Rug, Redwood Burl Table,

  • Inside Front Door with Buffalo Skull, Beaver Pelt, Skins & Old Traps

    Inside Front Door with Buffalo Skull, Beaver Pelt, Skins & Old Traps

  • Art Deco Buffet, 27" TV, DVD Player & Stereo Above

    Art Deco Buffet, 27" TV, DVD Player & Stereo Above

  • Back Deck Bar-B-Que, Showing Railing; Note View off of the Back Deck

    Back Deck Bar-B-Que, Showing Railing; Note View off of the Back Deck

  • Queen Anne Mahagony Dining Room Set, Note Oak Flooring & Woodwork

    Queen Anne Mahagony Dining Room Set, Note Oak Flooring & Woodwork

  • Kitchen Area, Cabinets on Left, Cooking Surface on Right; Sorry for the Clutter

    Kitchen Area, Cabinets on Left, Cooking Surface on Right; Sorry for the Clutter

  • Patio Set on Back Deck, A Favorite Place for All; Surrounding Forest in Back

    Patio Set on Back Deck, A Favorite Place for All; Surrounding Forest in Back

  • "New" Antique Secretary; Really Sweet

    "New" Antique Secretary; Really Sweet

  • Kitchen, October, 2014

    Kitchen, October, 2014

  • "New" Antique Commode in Upstairs Dormer

    "New" Antique Commode in Upstairs Dormer

  • Spiral Stairway in Den, Basement Below, Master Bedroom Above Bathroom Door Right

    Spiral Stairway in Den, Basement Below, Master Bedroom Above Bathroom Door Right

  • Bathroom Vanity, Turn of the Century Wallpaper, 1928 Medicine Cabinet

    Bathroom Vanity, Turn of the Century Wallpaper, 1928 Medicine Cabinet

  • Fireplace and Wood Stove, Quarry Tile Floor, Kitchen at Far Left

    Fireplace and Wood Stove, Quarry Tile Floor, Kitchen at Far Left

  • Basement Sofa-Sleeper, Antique Table, BarnBoard Wainscot & Tile Floor Throughout

    Basement Sofa-Sleeper, Antique Table, BarnBoard Wainscot & Tile Floor Throughout

  • Small Buck in Front Yard

    Small Buck in Front Yard

  • Inside Second Floor Bedroom Dormer, Note Ram's Skull & Antique Fixture Above

    Inside Second Floor Bedroom Dormer, Note Ram's Skull & Antique Fixture Above

  • Queen Size Bed in Master Bedroom, Second Floor,Antique Table & Pitcher & Bowl

    Queen Size Bed in Master Bedroom, Second Floor,Antique Table & Pitcher & Bowl

  • View from Master Bedroom to Small Loft Above Living Room Note Railings & Logs

    View from Master Bedroom to Small Loft Above Living Room Note Railings & Logs

  • Nice Addition to Corner

    Nice Addition to Corner

  • Quarter-Sawn English Oak Cabinet in Den by Sliding Glass Door to Back Deck

    Quarter-Sawn English Oak Cabinet in Den by Sliding Glass Door to Back Deck

  • Mounted Beaver, Antique Lamp, Remmington  Bronze on Antique Marble Library Table

    Mounted Beaver, Antique Lamp, Remmington Bronze on Antique Marble Library Table

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  • Bedrooms
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  • Bathrooms
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  • Property type
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Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
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  • Calendar last updated 05/02/2015
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