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Braidwater Guest Cottage, a Luxury Vacation Rental

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Braidwater Barn in early fall, encompassing our luxury guest quarters


Last updated: 07/16/2015
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  • Internet:Yes
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  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Welcome to Braidwater. We are located in the Flathead Valley of Northwest Montana, a land of snowy mountains, green forests and wild rivers. Our home is located on the Flathead River, in the middle of valley farmland, yet only minutes from Kalispell. From here you can easily hike in Glacier National Park, ski Whitefish Mountain, see Bigfork village or visit art galleries in Kalispell.

Our beautiful property boasts abundant wildlife, including deer, and many species of waterfowl and raptors. To preserve the environment, our hayfields are managed without pesticides or artificial fertilizers. There is wild river frontage right here for activities all year round, including snowshoeing, cross country skiing, ice skating, bird watching, hiking and fishing. In the summer, we welcome guests to a large organic garden and orchard; Our specialty is red raspberries.

The guest quarters are timber frame construction, with vaulted ceilings, a wood burning stove and old world decorating. The bedrooms boast organic sheets and luxury duvets. The master bedroom features tiffany lighting and a king size bed with a primaloft featherbed. With this plus four bunks in a children’s room, a hideaway full size bed, and a loft, there is plenty of space. The kitchen and dining area are fully appointed and the bathroom finished in slate. There is an indoor trampoline, a small workout area with weights, a Precor elliptical, and an adjacent setup for viewing DVDs while working out. Wireless internet access is provided throughout, including at the outdoor hot tub. With it’s textured walls, tapestries, carved furniture, and beautiful vistas, Braidwater vacation rental provides the magical ambiance combined with modern convenience.

Kalispell itself, 10 minutes away, is the hub of the Flathead Valley, with Whitefish to the north, and Bigfork to the South. The Valley can be accessed by air via Glacier Park International Airport, or through Whitefish by Amtrak train. Kalispell is cosmopolitan beyond its size, containing many art galleries, a wonderful community medical center, and a fabulous symphony orchestra.

Your hosts at Braidwater will be Greg and Gina Nelson. They met at Stanford and married in 1983. Greg is a professional outfitter, custom builder and native to the area. Gina is a local physician. They and their family, can provide all the information and guidance you will need for a wonderful stay. We welcome people of all ages and nationalities. We hope you will join us.

Keywords: Guest house


Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Bunk Area


  • King size beds (1) Has primaloft featherbed and duvet., Double Beds (1) This is a full size futon with primaloft featherbed topper in the loft., Baby Cribs (1) All linens provided., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) This is a full size sofa bed. , Bunk Beds (4) These are two pair of twin bunks....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Guests may use our small home gym with elliptical, weights and DVD player...moreless


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Music Library:

    From classical to Led Zeppelin, with lots of Loreena Mckinnitt in between. ...moreless

  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    A good selection of family friendly sci fi, fantasy, costume dramas, Shakespeare, Jane Austin, children's and educational films....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Cinemas
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • Fitness Center

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Shopping
  • Sledding
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View
  • Water View:

    We are a stones throw from various channels of the Flathead River. You can see and or hear it depending on the season. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming


  • Dining Area


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Linens Provided:

    organic sheets and towels...moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove


  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


  • Balcony
  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    A hot tub is seasonally available. It is outdoors and can seat about 5 or 6....moreless



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HIGH SEASON:  June 1st- September 14th
$250 per night, $1300 per week
LOW SEASON: September 15th-May 31st
$175 per night, $1000 per week
$300 refundable security deposit, Montana 7% Lodging facility tax, 3 night minimum

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Last updated: 07/16/2015
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10.5 Miles
Nearest Airport
Glacier Park International
3.4 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Rainbow Bar
7 Miles
Nearest Golf
Village Greens
21 Miles
Nearest Train
Amtrak in Whitefish
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway 35 or 93
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
28 Miles
Nearest Ski
Whitefish Mountain Resort

Whitewater rafting


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1995

About the owner: Hello, I am Gina Nelson, who, together with my family, live at Braidwater Farm on the Flathead River. I am a Mother, Wife, Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Gentlewoman Farmer, environmentalist, progressive Jew and Craftsperson. A love of our land and the enjoyment of sharing this place with people binds our family. My husband Greg is a artisan builder and an outfitter as well as an experienced mountaineer. Our three children are Echo, who recently earned a Master's in Environmental Sciences at Oregon State University, Forest, an undergraduate in Mechanical engineering at Stanford, and Vale, who is still in high school.

Why the Owner Chose Kalispell:
We bought this land in 1995 because it has been our dream to do so ever since we married in 1983. It is riverside fertile farmland close to town, in the hunting grounds Greg frequented as a youth. We first built our guest quarters and barn, then later built our own house. When our house became finished, we began having guests.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
It is pastoral to wild here, and yet convenient to the activities we do in daily life. We are able to farm, garden, experience the River and have horses, and yet I can get to town and every other area in the Valley very quickly. The architecture and decorating are products of more than twenty years of dreaming, planning, and work. Being here enables me to enjoy their distilled beauty every day.

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  • Braidwater Barn in early fall, encompassing our luxury guest quarters

    Braidwater Barn in early fall, encompassing our luxury guest quarters

  • The bathroom in slate and natural wood

    The bathroom in slate and natural wood

  • Braidwater Farm Hayfields and forest in the fall

    Braidwater Farm Hayfields and forest in the fall

  • Master Bedroom with King size bed, primaloft featherbed, duvet & organic sheets

    Master Bedroom with King size bed, primaloft featherbed, duvet & organic sheets

  • The great Flathead River in winter

    The great Flathead River in winter

VRBO #175011

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