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Historic 2 Story Hand-Hewn Log Cabin Next to Yellowstone Park

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Last updated: 07/21/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Gardiner cabin description

Winner of the 2010 Historic Restoration Award from the Montana Historical Alliance , this rare 2 story hand-hewn square log cabin was built in 1907. Austrians used Broad Axes to fashion unbelievable 'compound' dovetail corners locking the logs in place for over 100 years.
The address of the cabin is: 25 Papesh Road, Gardiner, Montana if you want to Google Map it's location.
It is a short 5 MINUTE drive to the North Entrance of Yellowstone Park.

The cabin sits on 42 quiet acres once called 'The Little Trail Creek Ranch.' It once fed tourists in Yellowstone Park. It is only 4 miles north of Gardiner,Montana and the north entrance to Yellowstone. The cabin is not visable from the highway, and has lots of grass, trees and water. Out front sit the mountains of Yellowstone Park and the Yellowstone River. In the back is the Absaroka Wilderness. The old tree stumps that built the cabin are still visable up the cliffs behind the house.

Herds of Elk, Bison,Deer and Bighorm Sheep use our land all year due to the trees and open water from abundant springs.

We like to go to 'The Boiling River' - one of the best natural hot springs in the world! We were married there 26 years ago, and still go with the kids whenever we can. It is only 7 miles from our door, and it's free once inside Yellowstone Park. The spring is closed May and part of June due to high water, but Chico Hot Springs is 22 miles north, and it has wonderful food. On Sunday, you can eat the brunch and swim for free.

For 13 years we fixed up the cabin. It was fun. There are all new appliances, a 6 burner stove with convection oven, new electric and plumbing, and heating. We used antiques and old wood salvaged from train stations and hotels where needed. The old wood in the cabin has a certain 'glow' that comes from age.

During the renovation, I found many items I put into the chinking. Pocket watches, coins, buttons, even a gun--and 3 bullets in the logs [all at waist high level].

There is a steam shower. A 4000 pound Tulikivi woodstove [for use only in winter] uses radiant heat to warm the cabin. It is made of soapstone, which will stay warm a full 2 days after a fire.

There is one bedroom downstairs, and 3 upstairs. A double bed is in the sun room, and the couch downstairs in the Tulikivi room is oddly comfortable for sleeping.
So, if you appreciate the Real Deal -- with history, wildlife, quiet and nature-- welcome to our cabin. You'll find our circle of trees cool and refreshing even on the hottest day.

Don't forget to look at the stars at night. See the Milky Way and watch for shooting stars. A pioneer superstition says, if you see a falling star and say 'money,money,money' before it goes out - you'll be rich! Lay on the grass at night--- it's the perfect place to try your luck.

Hosts- Alex, Beth, and Emma --


Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 1800 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            No renters under 21 without chaparone....moreless

          • Children Welcome
          • Pets Not Allowed

          Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 11-12

          • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

            downstairs one bedroom...moreless

          • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


          • Bedroom 3: 1 double


          • Bedroom 4: 1 king, 1 twin/ single

            Beds on floor. Kids like as basket can lower to kitchen...moreless

          • Sunroom: 1 double

            open room at top of stair...moreless

          • King size bed upstairs above kitchen in bedroom, with single bed in room too. Both beds on the floor, fun for kids, as a basket hangs by a rope down to the kitchen. Queen size bed in 2 separate bedrooms -- one upstairs, one downstairs. Two double beds. One in an upstairs sunroom at the top of the stairs [see picture] and another in a separate bedroom. One single bed in the King bed room above the kitchen. A spare bed --made up and ready...might be used to put all the kids together in the same room. Sleep Sofa (1) Couch is very comfortable.. I often use it. No seam on the mattress -so it's comfortable. Remove back pillows on the couch to make wider....moreless

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

            steam shower too --main floor...moreless

          • Bathroom 2: toilet, tub

            upstairs bathrrom...moreless

          • Steam shower fully enclosed in main floor bathroom. Push on/off button for steam and shower between hot spells. Good in winter. ...moreless

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Dishwasher:

            Soap under the sink for this--individual packets that disolve in the hot water. Bosch brand, stainless steel and quiet. Just throw Cascade Soap Packet into the stainless tub to wash....moreless

          • Stove:

            New 6 burner Propane [gas] stove. Electric convection oven. Heartland Stove from Canada...moreless

          • Pantry Items:

            See free condiments in antique glass bookcases standing in kitchen...moreless

          • Kitchen:

            Harvest table [see picture] will seat 10 people....moreless

          • Dining:

            Antique Harvest Table - see picture...moreless

          • Toaster
          • Refrigerator
          • Microwave
          • Seating for 10 people


          • Wood Fireplace:

            Soapstone Tulikivi Wood stove [From Finland 4800 pounds] for use only in Winter. Must talk to me about 'How to use.' Picture book to show how to use at the cabin....moreless

          • Living Room:

            see pictures - two couches, may also move in more chairs. Movies in stacking bookcase....moreless

          • Washing Machine:

            front loader - Tide capsule wash packets provided....moreless

          • Wood Stove:

            See picture-- for use in Winter only...moreless

          • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
          • Linens Provided
          • Towels Provided
          • Hair Dryer

          Other Amenities

              • Enclosed steam shower in first floor bathroom, No Land line Phone--- your cell phone should work. WiFi Internet. Free natural hot spring, Boiling River, 7 miles away in Yellowstone Park [it is only 1/4 mile walk from unmarked parking lot] Chico Hot Spring 22 miles north. We have 42 acres to explore, old barn and sheds, an easy walk down to the Yellowstone River and fishing too , lots of wild animals--see Elk play on our 'Video' and the brightest stars you've ever seen. Yellowstone river has public access for fisherman and rafting 2 miles away... the river flows across the road from our land. Yellowstone park is very close, the entrance is 4 miles drive from here. It is a very easy drive to town --3.6miles-- for grocery, restaruants, shops if you want them. You will save lots of money cooking at home. 2 miles north of cabin and outside town is The Lighthouse Restaurant - cheaper,better, and BYOB. ...moreless


              • Music Library:

                Antique hand 'wind up' phonograph... kids have never heard them! Lots of sound with no electricity. ...moreless

              • Video Library:

                Bookcase holds DVD,VCR,tapes and books...moreless

              • Games:

                In living room...moreless

              • Books
              • CD Player
              • Stereo
              • DVD Player
              • VCR


              • Telephone:

                You will need to use your own cell phone. We have no land line connection....moreless

              • Wireless Internet:

                Your laptops will work by Wi-Fi service to the cabin....moreless

              • Internet

              Pool & Spa

                  • Sauna:

                    Not really a sauna -- it is a steam shower. Good in Winter....moreless

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Deck / Patio:

                    Front Porch for sitting outside....moreless

                  • Outdoor Grill


                  • Away From It All
                  • Family
                  • Historic
                  • Romantic
                  • Sports & Activities

                  Location & View

                  • Water View:

                    Land overlooks the Yellowstone River...moreless

                  • Mountain View:

                    Yellowstone Park front view....moreless


                  • Restaurants
                  • Rafting
                  • Hiking
                  • Hunting Big Game
                  • Hunting Small Game
                  • Mountain Climbing
                  • Mountaineering
                  • Equestrian Events
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Cycling
                  • Swimming
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Fishing
                  • Kayaking
                  • Rock Climbing
                  • Fly Fishing
                  • Ice Skating
                  • Skiing
                  • Whitewater Rafting
                  • Cross Country Skiing
                  • Snowmobiling
                  • Water Tubing
                  • Medical Services
                  • Museums
                  • Churches
                  • Library
                  • Playground
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Eco Tourism
                  • Walking
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Ski Privileges Optional
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Boating
                  • Shopping
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Sledding
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Groceries
                  • Laundromat
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Hunting


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                  from 18 traveler reviews
                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  High Season
                  Jun 26 - Oct 15, 2014
                  3 night min stay

                  Rates are based on 10 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

                  Winter Season
                  Oct 16 - May 14, 2015
                  7 night min stay


                  Additional information about rental rates


                  • Insurance $59
                  • Cleaning Fee $150
                  • Tax Rate 7%


                  Summer Season Rates: May 15th to Oct 15th. No damage deposit. Insurance $59. Full refund minus $50 re-booking fee if cancelled 90 days before check-in date. No refund or cancellations if 60 days prior to check-in date. Mandatory 7% Montana Bed Tax added to rental fee. Cleaning fee $150. Check in Time 4PM. Check out Time 10AM.

                  Winter Season Oct. 16th to May 14th. 7 night minimum stay. $2375/week.

                  Cancellation policy:

                  100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.

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                  Last updated: 07/21/2014
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                    Yellowstone Park View View on map

                    Property on 42 acres, looks across the Yellowstone River to Electric Peak [18,000 feet] in Yellowstone Park. Also facing "Devils Slide" , a vertical red Triassic Shale verical stripe up the mountain. Go up dirt road one quarter mile. Property not visable from Highway 89.

                  80 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  Bozeman Montana
                  4 Miles
                  Nearest Barpub
                  Blue Goose
                  2 Miles
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  Lighthouse Restaurant

                  Car: Necessary

                  Hot Springs!! My wife and I went to the Boiling River on our wedding day, 26 years ago... and we still go every chance we can. The Boiling River is the highest flow natural hot springs in the USA... one of the best in the world! Closed due to high water May and part of June. Don't miss it... bring your swim suit.

                  Chico Hot Springs is a historic spa, with great food. Go on Sunday for the morning brunch-- and swim for free.


                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 1993

                  About the owner: I am 62, we have an 20 year old daughter who goes to school in Bozeman. My wife is a nurse practitioner. I like to work on old things, fix them up. It helps me go to sleep at night, thinking about the next project.

                  Why the Owner Chose Gardiner:
                  I fell in love with the area during my first job in the park 28 years ago. My wife and I met there 2 years later, and married after a 3 month romance. For 13 years we worked to bring this cabin back. I hope you can see the effort in the pictures provided.

                  The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
                  We have, lots of wildlife including Bighorn sheep, Elk, and the occasional Wolf or Bear. We like hiking, cross country skiing in winter, and always going to the hot springs. You really get the Big Sky feeling at our place. Best Hot Springs in all of North America.

                  Contact us

                  Speaks: french, english

                  Guestbook comments from the owner

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                  • kitchen entrance

                    kitchen entrance

                  • new appliances - Heartland 6 burner stove, Bosch dishwasher, Vestfrost refrig.

                    new appliances - Heartland 6 burner stove, Bosch dishwasher, Vestfrost refrig.

                  • upstairs bedroom door from top of stair

                    upstairs bedroom door from top of stair

                  • Yellowstone Park in front yard.

                    Yellowstone Park in front yard.

                  • Sun Room bed upstairs

                    Sun Room bed upstairs

                  • pond--the mountain is in Yellowstone Park -18000 feet.

                    pond--the mountain is in Yellowstone Park -18000 feet.

                  • back yard--- trees --- fire pit

                    back yard--- trees --- fire pit

                  • Firehole River in Yellowstone

                    Firehole River in Yellowstone

                  • Bighorn Sheep in the Fall

                    Bighorn Sheep in the Fall

                  • Upstairs bedroom, twin and king beds, good for kids

                    Upstairs bedroom, twin and king beds, good for kids

                  • Upstairs Bedroom

                    Upstairs Bedroom

                  • Downstairs Bathroom

                    Downstairs Bathroom

                  • Tulikivi Wood stove with Bake oven from Finland.

                    Tulikivi Wood stove with Bake oven from Finland.

                  • stairway


                  • trees and sheds

                    trees and sheds

                  • kitchen


                  • Den main floor

                    Den main floor

                  • Living Room - blue couch comfortable for sleeping. Mattress is one piece.

                    Living Room - blue couch comfortable for sleeping. Mattress is one piece.

                  • main floor bedroom

                    main floor bedroom

                  • Upstairs Bedroom

                    Upstairs Bedroom

                  • Upstairs Bathroom

                    Upstairs Bathroom

                  • Upstairs Bath

                    Upstairs Bath

                  • Downstairs Shower

                    Downstairs Shower

                  • Upstairs Full Bed in Sunroom

                    Upstairs Full Bed in Sunroom

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                  This listing was first published here in 2012.

                  Date last modified - Monday, June 30, 2014

                  $339 - $375 per night (USD)

                  4 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 12

                  View calendar: Updated 07/21/14
                  Minimum stay: 3-7 nights
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