Secluded Swan Family Home on Beautiful Flathead Lake
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- Minimum stay:4 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Polson house description
The Swan Family Home is Flathead Lake-front property, perched above the water in a woodsy, private, and quiet setting. Watch the kids from the many decks as they swim from the private, gravel beach. Listen to the circling osprey and the waves on the shore. Enjoy campfires and 'smores' on the beach with the kids.
Influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright, the home was designed and built by an artist-engineer and includes a 24-foot by 22-foot studio room which provides an additional living area. The interior has unique, handcrafted features: stone fireplace, curving spiral stair, and picture windows to follow the changing light. Two of the bedrooms have their own decks.
The unique character and charm does not mean you have to suffer. The year-round home is comfortable with central heat, AC, and modern appliances: Full kitchen with double oven, 5-burner electric range, microwave, dishwasher, washer/dryer, all cooking and eating utensils, and bed linens furnished. Gas BBQ. Wireless Internet. There is a two-car garage, and a shed with wood for that morning fire with your coffee.
Come enjoy the beach, the wild animals, and the quiet: canoe, swim, and relax to the sounds of the water.
Renting Sunday to Sunday.
- 2700 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13, Beds for 12-13
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Coffee Maker:
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Wood Stove:
- Wood Fireplace:
- Towels Provided
- Clothes Dryer
- Linens Provided
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- DVD Player
- CD Player
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Medical Services
- Wildlife Viewing
- Mountain Biking
- Cross Country Skiing
- Live Theater
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Bird Watching
- Gambling Casinos
ReviewsWrite a review
Absolutely beautiful!!! Well worth it. Spent alot of time on the water and on the dock. The house was the perfect size for all 10 of us. Nice to have all the necessities. I even baked a birthday cake and found the cake pan. It was secluded but not far from town either. Only problem was the wasps were out in full strength on the dock. I had an allergic reaction. Maybe they like margarita's and beer also. He, he.I definitely recommend this place. Thanks Mac.
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 08/11/13
- Review Submitted 08/21/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, girls getaway, romantic getaway, families with young children, age 55+, families with teenagers.
"Mr. Swan" - So, I think I'm okay w/calling you "Mac" now! We had such a fabulous experience staying at your home. We found everything we needed to be comfortable. All the kids (ages 20, 17, 13, 6, 6 AND 6) found something to do and enjoy. We came to think of the deer as our family pets! We especially enjoyed the seclusion of the bay and the way in which it is protected from the wind. I had to work a few hours each day but didn't mind doing so because I had such great surroundings. We look forward to staying at your home again!
- Guest MaryPat Cheng (Bellevue, WA)
- Date of stay 08/06/07
- Review Submitted 08/06/07
Guest comment entered by owner
Karen, Mary, Ken and I look forward to our 2006 season with the additions and improvements that follow: We have updated in response to our guests' suggestions: DSL wireless should be up and running for our first summer guests. We upgraded the cooktop to the smooth style (5 burners), installed new carpeting in the lower-level bedroom, changed out the double beds for queens and replaced sheets with 600 count cotton. Future improvements in no particular order: window treatments in the "big room" and a larger south deck for more seating near the barbeque. I already have the parts for overhauling the bbq with new burners just as soon as the weather warms. Thanks to all of our guests for helping us to improve the experience for those that follow. We look forward to hearing from you all. If you are considering staying with us this year, please feel free to call for the latest. Mac Swan
- Guest N/A
- Date of stay 02/20/06
- Review Submitted 02/20/06
Regarding your rental, we just treated it like it was our own....and had a tough time giving up the "adoption!" You probably don't hear this from everyone but I was awed by the woodworking details, the numerous homemade built-ins and the obvious craftsmanship that went into the home's construction. (Don't tell Mary I told you that, she thinks I'm nuts)! The soul of its builders and family still remains and we feel fortunate to have been able to share this special place! I am attaching a photo of your "pet" deer which apparently love eating from your flower beds, shrubs and trees! They also enjoy the property!! Scott
- Guest Scott & Mary Benton (Salmon, Idaho)
- Date of stay 09/29/05
- Review Submitted 09/29/05
Guest comment entered by owner
We are delighted to announce to our guests that the Swan Family Home has moved into its permanent ownership: Mary Swan and her son Ken Rand, along with Mac and Karen Swan are committed to maintaining the unique atmosphere and quietude that we have enjoyed on the lake. Since Ken's grandparents acquired the property in 1952 until now, Cat Bay has been a special retreat from the cares, concerns, and worldly cares of the work-a-day world. We are delighted to be blessed with the opportunity to share this special place with others. Each season just like each guest brings experiences memorable and new. Please book early.
- Guest Mac Swan
- Date of stay 01/03/05
- Review Submitted 01/03/05
We really enjoyed our stay at the vacation home of Mac and Karen Swan in Polson, Montana this past Sept. We went after Labor Day, less crowded in the parks, and the weather was wonderful with just a hint of fall in the air. The home is very comfortable and charming and built as a labor of love by Mac's father year's ago. It is on a secluded cove and very peaceful if you are looking to escape the pressures of "city" life. Mac and Karen greeted us upon arrival and made us feel very welcome from the start. We stayed for a week and it was a wonderful setting for a family reunion for our extended family living in the west. Each night we would have a campfire by the lake, roasting marshmellows and catching up. We would love to go back to Polson in the future and stay at the Swan Family Home when we do. Bill and Jackie McCormick St. Louis, Missouri
- Guest Bill and Jackie McCormick (St. Louis, Mo.)
- Date of stay 10/08/04
- Review Submitted 10/08/04
We spent a week at the Swan Family Home last summer and had an absolutely wonderful time. It is located on a secluded bay and we had the feeling there was one else around, even though the town of Polson is just a few minutes away. Having rented a number of properties in the past, we found the home to be very well equipped (including a hair dryer in every bathroon and a canoe at their private dock). Mac and Mary went out of their way to be great hosts. It's too bad it's a two-day drive from home. Otherwise we would be frequent visitors.
- Guest Dick and Stephanie (San Diego, California)
- Date of stay 04/22/04
- Review Submitted 04/22/04
The Swan House is great place to just relax and enjoy nature at it's best. The house offers all the amenities of home plus+++....the lake, deer, warm water of flathead lake. Mac and Karen are great hosts of this beautiful place to just enjoy!!..Everything was there, including that last tissue to dry that tear on checkout day!!.....Enjoy
- Guest Steve and Kathy1 (-)
- Date of stay 07/23/03
- Review Submitted 07/23/03
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Sep 5 - Jun 5
4 night min stay
|My Standard Rate
4 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $500
- Tax Rate 7%
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- Nearest Airport: Missoula or Kalispell at 65 Miles
- Nearest Train: Whitefish, MT at 70 Miles
- Nearest Motorway: U.S. Highway 93 at 9 Miles
- Nearest Beach: Flathead Lake at 0.05 Miles
- Nearest Barpub: Swanees at 9 Miles
- Nearest Ski: Blacktail Mountain at 40 Miles
- Nearest Golf: Polson Golf Course at 12 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Swanees at 9 Miles
About the owner: Owners: Mac and Karen Swan and their children, Isaac and Mariah; Mary Swan and her son Ken.
Why the Owner Chose Polson:
One of the unique areas on Flathead Lake, Cat Bay is particularly remote with the old-time feel of Montana the way it used to be. We offer modern amenities in a quiet setting. You'll wish you could stay on and on.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Built as a family project over years, the original cabin was framed in 1957, bedrooms and bath added in 1964, garage, studio and third bedroom and bath completed in 1969. Entryway completed in 1972. The Swan Family has enjoyed these three timbered acres away from the cares of the world, the clear waters lapping against the gentle gravel beach, the calls of the osprey overhead and communing with the animals who make their home here too. Bliss is lingering over coffee on the sunny morning deck--fledgling hawks casting quick shadows through the timber during their flight lessons to the knock of pileated woodpeckers on the pines.
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L. to R. Studio, & Bedroom, LR, kitchen & stone turret, upper bedroom
Location on Flathead Lake, courtesy of NASA
Cat Bay from the beach
Spring Before Full Pool--Our View North from the Beach
October -- House above and left of sailboat mast.
Battleship Island and Sailboat
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Date last modified - Tuesday, February 18, 2014
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