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Historical Guest Quarters on Rock Creek

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Bird's eye view on Valley of the Moon Guest Quarters

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Last updated: 02/20/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2-4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Missoula cabin description

During it's heyday this property, formerly known as The Valley of the Moon Ranch, originally belonged to William McDowell, the Lt. Governor of Montana from 1913 - 1921. Some noted visitors to the property were Theodore Roosevelt, cowboy author Louie L'Amour, and artist Charlie Russell. It is the only historical Rock Creek property available for rent, and one of the few buildings from that historic era that remains standing.

The Valley of the Moon property was later purchased by Bob and Maridell Bandy; Maridell still owns the property with her daughter Bonnie Gilbert and Bonnie's sons now lives in the main quarters of the home as a caretaker. Horses once again roam the 43 acres of lush green fields that remain of the original 1800 acre ranch. The balance of the property was sold to the USFS in the early 1970's leaving the remaining 43 acres fully surrounded by public access property. Rock Creek flows through the Southeast corner of the property. The 'Governor's Hole', a favorite fishing spot around the 3 mile marker of Rock Creek is named after this home, which can be seen across the creek.

Many artifacts remain on the property from its days as a working ranch, including old tractors, plows, sheepherders wagon, buggy house and other outbuildings. The octagon well house, which covers the original hand dug 20 ft deep brick lined well, is still there. Though the water quality is excellent from the hand pump that still works, the hand dug well is no longer used. A deeper, modern well, provides water for the property.

In addition to the old well house, the ice house (an old log structure) still stands on the south of the home. Unfortunately, it suffers from time and deterioration but is a wonderful reminder of days gone by. The interior walls of the ice house were lined with boards that provided a layer of sawdust as insulation to keep the huge chunks of ice collected from the creek in the winter frozen in the summer, and ta-da, refrigeration!

Unfortunately, many years have passed and the Valley of the Moon home has been robbed of some of the former splendor, but renovation continues to unfold the beauty that once was there. The guest quarters is now a beautiful, fully equipped retreat for you to enjoy! The Bandy/Gilbert family (owners of this unique property) hope you will join in their excitement as they work restoring their Valley of the Moon to what it once was.

The 650 sq ft 'guest quarters' with private entrance/porch is attached to the main portion of the home.
1 bath
satellite TV and wireless internet (NOTE: no land line, and limited cell service)
gas grill on rental side porch
wood burning stove
electric range
microwave oven
12 cf refrigerator
1 private bedroom w/1 queen and 1 full
just a short walk to Rock Creek...creek access outside the door
all linens, towels, and cooking utensils provided
no smoking
LEASHED Pets are welcome with $100 damage deposit and $20 pet fee

Get away from it all and come relax in the quiet, peaceful, beautiful countryside setting of Valley of the Moon Guest Quarters. Private, large, yet cozy cabin style living space, with full refrigerator, range, and microwave. Breathtaking views and pine covered mountain vistas. For the nature enthusiast options include, but are not limited to, wildlife photo ops, hiking, hunting, fishing, and horseback riding.

Rock Creek is a fisherman's haven. It is a Blue Ribbon Trout Stream which flows through the Sapphire Mountain Range, and hosts five species of wild trout; Rainbow, Brown, Bull Trout, Cut Throat and Brook trout.

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Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 600 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    this is a shared property, and pets must be leashed at all times ...moreless

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, Beds for 3

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1

    ...moreless

  • Claw foot tub with rain style shower head

Entertainment

  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Surrounded by mountains and rivers...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Hunting Big Game
  • Hunting Small Game
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Water Tubing

Dining

  • Dining:

    If you don't feel like running errands (grocery shopping, etc), contact Ashlie ...moreless

  • Dining Area

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone:

    limited cell service (Verizon only)...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    Renter's have access to their own covered porch with a table and outdoor grill...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter Wonderland
Dec 1 - Mar 31, 2015
2 night min stay
$105
$645 $2,200
Spring is Here!
Apr 1 - May 31, 2015
3 night min stay
$115
$745 $2,250
Blossoming June
Jun 1 - Jun 30, 2015
2 night min stay
$125
$800 $2,400
Summer Fun
Jul 1 - Aug 31, 2015
3 night min stay
$139
$915 $3,539
My Standard Rate
4 night min stay
$139
$910 $3,500
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • cleaning fee $35
  • Tax Rate 7%

Notes:

50% deposit to confirm reservation

balance 1 week before arrival

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Last updated: 02/20/2015
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Location

34 Miles
Nearest Airport
Missoula Montana
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Interstate 90

Car: Necessary

Get away from it all and come relax in the quiet, peaceful, beautiful countryside setting of Valley of the Moon Guest Quarters. Private, large, yet cozy cabin style living space, with full refrigerator, range, and microwave. Breathtaking views and pine covered mountain vistas. For the nature enthusiast options include, but are not limited to, wildlife photo ops, hiking, hunting, fishing, and horseback riding.

 

Manager info


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Photos

  • Bird's eye view on Valley of the Moon Guest Quarters

    Bird's eye view on Valley of the Moon Guest Quarters

  • Stroll along the riverside at Valley of the Moon

    Stroll along the riverside at Valley of the Moon

  • Fishing at 'Welcome Creek' trailhead

    Fishing at 'Welcome Creek' trailhead

  • Make sure to take in great fly fishing!

    Make sure to take in great fly fishing!

  • Take advantage of seasonal horseback riding

    Take advantage of seasonal horseback riding

  • Easy river access for fishing

    Easy river access for fishing

  • Great views eastward

    Great views eastward

  • Relish great views only a short distance from Valley of the Moon

    Relish great views only a short distance from Valley of the Moon

  • Enjoy scenic hikes within walking distance

    Enjoy scenic hikes within walking distance

  • Relax while tubing the Clark Fork

    Relax while tubing the Clark Fork

  • Keep a look out for wildlife!

    Keep a look out for wildlife!

  • 'Welcome Creek' trailhead up Rock Creek

    'Welcome Creek' trailhead up Rock Creek

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  • Bedrooms
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  • Property type
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  • Calendar last updated: 02/20/2015
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