Laid-Back Hideaway Near Canyon Ferry Lake
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- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Winston mobile home description
Nestled among cottonwoods and cattle ranches outside Helena, Montana, the D Bar W (shorthand for 'the 'Double-Wide') is a no-pretense, all-you-need, nothing-you-don’t basecamp for adventures on nearby Canyon Ferry Lake or in the Elkhorn and Big Belt Mountains.
The D Bar W vacation rental is tucked down a dirt road in the Beaver Creek area of Winston, Montana (population 334)– just a few miles off the well-traveled Highway 12/287 yet an area that only a handful of locals know about. Peaceful and secluded, what the D Bar W might lack in style it makes up for in authenticity: a real, working landscape steeped in agriculture, dark night skies that make for exceptional stargazing, and easy access to some of the Montana’s best lake recreation, fishing, and hunting.
The two of us reside on-site (though out of sight of the D Bar W), along with our friendly golden retriever Ozzie, horses Evie and Tuffy, and a small flock of chickens (who have been known to stock the fridge of arriving guests with a sampling of their work). We feel lucky to live here, and believe this is little area of Montana is a really special place.
We would welcome you to stay with us! –Katy and Tim Peterson, Hosts
Luxury, no. A good night’s sleep with some nice touches, yes.
The D Bar W is a 1970s era doublewide with some of the finishes to prove it (avocado fixtures, seashell-shaped bath sinks, a faux fireplace...). Vintage feature aside, the D Bar W tends to pleasantly surprise visitors with its bright, spacious, and nicely appointed interior. There’s a small collection of Tim’s antlers and horns that have outgrown our home next door. And it has the things that Katy’s mom taught her make for a comfortable stay: nice towels, soft sheets, a good game or two, and a waiting campfire pit.
+Secluded rural Montana setting alongside seasonal (May to mid-July) creek
+3.5 miles to Canyon Ferry Lake (White Earth Campground and boat ramp)
+2 bedroom, 2 bath
+Sleeps 3-6: master bedroom with queen bed and bathroom en suite; second bedroom with full bed; queen futon in living area
+Covered front porch with gas BBQ grill
+High-quality linens and plush towels, all 100% cotton
+Down-alternative duvets (duvet covers freshly laundered for new guests)
+Board games and DVD player
+5 minute drive to Big Bull Bar (good bar food) and Winston Store (essentials) in Winston, Montana
+30 minute drive to Helena; 1 hour 15 minute drive to Bozeman; 3 hour drive to Yellowstone National Park
+Pet-friendly: Well-behaved and sociable dogs welcome with arrangements — please inquire
+Great choice and plenty of space for anglers, boaters, and hunters
- Mobile Home
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Non Smoking Only
- Children Welcome
- Pets Considered
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 3-6
- Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Catering Available:
- Dining Area Seats:
- Cooking Utensils
- Washing Machine
- Clothes Dryer
- Linens Provided
- Parking Off Street
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- DVD Player
- Deck / Patio
- Outdoor Grill
- Sports & Activities
- Mountain Biking
- Jet Skiing
- Water Skiing
- Water Tubing
- Horseback Riding
- Bird Watching
- Scenic Drives
- Wildlife Viewing
- Nearby activities and attractions include: +Fishing, boating, sailing on Canyon Ferry Lake +Nationally-renown single-track trail system in Helena (perfect for mountain biking, trail running, or hiking) +World-class fly fishing on the Missouri River north of Helena +World’s foremost ceramic arts institution, the Archie Bray, in Helena +Nearby public lands for hiking and hunting +Scenic drives and small-town shops, galleries, museums, microbreweries, golf courses, and rodeos in all directions +Check out our blog (at canyonferrydbarw.com) for more info– we’ll do our best to update it with our favorite places and local outings....moreless
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The D-W was the perfect stay for us
The D-W was the perfect stay for us
I was traveling with my two young sons and we had a blast at the D-W. Katy and Tim provided great hospitality amenities for the stay: everything from a loaf of fresh Montana bread (yum), bocce, to soft bath sheets. The property is very private, with an authentic Montana feel, yet close to the reservoir and the Winston Store. Highly recommended and we'll come again.
- Guest Jean C.
- Date of stay 08/20/13
- Review Submitted 08/29/13
Quiet location in the trees, easy Lake access!
Quiet location in the trees, easy Lake access!
We stayed at the D-Bar-W for two nights while passing through with our boat, having decided to test the waters on Canyon Ferry. What a pleasant surprise. Really nice quality touches that made you forget you were staying in an older doublewide!! Who knew?? Spacious, super clean, cozy, unbelievably peaceful setting. Even though the owner's home was through the trees, it was private and it felt like we had the whole place to ourselves. We grilled our dinners on the front porch and enjoyed the fire pit under the stars both nights. The lake fishing was good, and it was an easy 5 minute trip to the boat ramp. We would definitely stay here again.
- Guest Kelly P. (Bozeman, MT)
- Date of stay 07/15/13
- Review Submitted 07/31/13
Recommended for: Pet owners, age 55+, families with young children, adventure seekers.
Nightly Rate (two-night minimum stay) 2 guests: $100/night + 7% Montana Lodging Tax 3-4 guests: $140/night + 7% Montana Lodging Tax 5+ guests: $180/night + 7% Montana Lodging Tax Weekly Rate 2 guests: $600 + 7% Montana Lodging Tax 3-4 guests: $840 + 7% Montana Lodging Tax 5+ guests: $1,080 + 7% Montana Lodging Tax
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
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- Nearest Airport: Helena Regional Airport at 21 Miles
- Nearest Motorway: Highway 12/287 at 3 Miles
- Nearest Beach: White Earth Campground, Canyon Ferry Lake at 3.5 Miles
- Nearest Barpub: Big Bull Bar at 4 Miles
- Nearest Golf: Fox Ridge Golf Course at 18 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Big Bull Bar at 4 Miles
Year Purchased: 2007
About the owner: The two of us purchased our place not far from the shore of Canyon Ferry Lake, Montana, in 2007. Tucked through the trees away from our house is a very well cared-for doublewide that we've given a facelift for friends, family and visitors. We've even been known to slip away over there to get away from the endless work associated with keeping a rural property (complete with horses, chickens, and endless clearing of downed Aspens from the woods!) going. We'd welcome you to stay with us! --Katy and Tim Peterson, owners
- Primary: 406-925-9950
D Bar W welcomes visitors with pink flamingos and party lights!
Entrance to the D Bar W
The view from the front porch
Fully-equipped kitchen with coffee maker, microwave and dishwasher.
Sitting room with queen-size futon
Canyon Ferry Lake, 3.5 miles from the D Bar W
The drive to Canyon Ferry passes along alfalfa fields and grazing cattle.
The drive in to the D Bar W
Gather around the firepit for evening s'mores or cocktails.
Game table in the living room, adjacent to the dining area.
Fully-equipped kitchen connects to dining area.
Bedroom no. 1 (master bedroom)
Bedroom no. 2
The drive out of the D Bar W
Boat ramp at White Earth Campground on Canyon Ferry, 3.5 miles from the D Bar W
The day use area at Canyon Ferry is the perfect put-in for canoes and kayaks.
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Date last modified - Thursday, September 12, 2013
2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
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