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The two level Hummingbird House sits at the edge of a sunny tree-lined meadow on 15 acres overlooking idyllic Swan Lake. Comfortable and attractively furnished 3BR, 2BA home, with large dining and living areas, 2 large bathrooms and two levels of porches with lovely Swan Lake and mountain views makes a perfect base for your Montana vacation, family reunion, wedding, or retreat. Home sleeps 7 in beds + couch and a cot the home can accommodate up to two additional people. For large groups, there are 5 individual log guest cabins for rental separately which sleep from 2-5. The entire property sleeps up to 28 persons. If additional lodging is needed for group events, please check out our Swan Lake Cabins website. www.SwanLakeCabins.com The main floor has one bedroom with a queen bed and a bathroom with shower and lots of built in storage; fully equipped kitchen plus a large pantry; spacious dining room with a table that can set up to 10. Dining room could accommodate a second table for larger events. Covered porch with gorgeous views of Swan Lake and the Swan Mountains, perfect for relaxing, reading, viewing wildlife and watching the sun set over Swan Lake.
The upper floor has two bedrooms and a large bathroom with tub/shower and ample storage. One of the upstairs bedrooms has a queen bed and the second bedroom has bunk style beds with a double mattress down and a twin up. In addition, there is a large living area with satellite TV and DVD player. This comfortable gathering area also works well for meetings or retreats, benefiting from abundant windows and an adjoining large covered porch, all with inspiring views.
Private grounds with a picnic table, gas barbecue, and outdoor fire pit.
A large level area with stunning views of Swan Lake and the Swan and Mission Mountains is available to set up for outdoor events with rental of the guest cabins as well as the Hummingbird House.
Hummingbird house is located in the heart of the Swan Valley recreation area just 10 minutes from Bigfork and a scenic 50 minute drive from the West Entrance to Glacier National Park. Just one mile away is the 2+ million acre Flathead National Forest which has myriad recreational opportunities, including boating, swimming, water skiing, fishing, rafting, hiking, skiing, and horseback riding. The Swan River is nearby for tubing or rafting and there are numerous lakes, rivers, and streams available for angling or fly fishing. Or, you can hike or mountain bike right from Hummingbird House.
Nearby Bigfork is an artist village picturesquely set on the shores of Flathead Lake where the Swan River flows into lake. Bigfork is known for the quality of its Summer Playhouse Repertory Theater, fine dining restaurants and numerous galleries and shops. Be sure to check out the famous Flathead cherries which are available from local fruit stands and farmers markets in July and August.
WiFi is available throughout the home and nearly grounds and the home is equipped with satellite TV, DVD, and CD player. Cell phone coverage is available throughout the grounds. The owners live at the edge of the property giving you all the privacy you would like but are available to answer questions or be of assistance if needed.
Located on 15 acres of woods and meadows in the heart of the Swan Valley recreation area....moreless
10 minutes from Bigfork artist village with its renowned Summer Playhouse repertory theater, galleries, shops and restaurants. Sample local Flathead cherries from Farmer's fruit stands in summer....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
Cross Country Skiing
Hunting Big Game
Hunting Small Game
Spacious dining room with lots of windows with gorgeous views of lake and mountains. Dining table seats up to 10 with space for second table. Large covered porch for outdoor dining and relaxing....moreless
Seating for 10 people
Iron & Board
Dishes & Utensils
Lovely fully-equipped kitchen with gas range, plus large pantry for food storage.
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Located 10 minutes from Bigfork and 50 minutes from Glacier National Park. Just one mile from the 2+ million Flathead National Forest, a lesser known gem where you can enjoy unspoiled nature without the crowds. Golf Digest has named the Flathead Valley as a top 50 golf course Destination with 9 Championship courses within a 45 minute radius.
Bigfork is picturesque village nestled along the banks of the Swan River and the stunningly beautiful Flathead Lake. Bigfork is well known for its Summer Playhouse repertory theater, galleries, shops, restaurants, Eagle Bend championship golf course, and as a base for outdoor recreation and adventure sports.
In the nearby village of Swan Lake you will find the popular Laughing Horse restaurant and one of the best swimming beaches in the area. August is a wonderful time to visit Swan Lake to enjoy the Huckleberry Festival.
The area is also well known as a fisherman's paradise with its host of lakes and rivers which are home to pike, trout, bass, kokanee salmon, and many other species. 170 species of birds frequent the Swan Valley and this area is home to more species of large mammals than anywhere in the lower 48 states. In spring and fall, the area is also amazing for mushrooming, including our favorite, Morels. Wildflowers are another wonderful gift of the area with a wide variety growing on the property. May and June are the best time for Wildflowers on this property with the season arriving later at higher elevations.
Year Purchased: 2012
About the owner: The property is owned and managed by Linda Brentano, and Charley Orth. We are a married couple with different last names. Linda is a Career and Business Coach who delights in helping people with career and life planning, particularly for the second half of life. Check the Swan Lake Cabins website or ask Linda about upcoming retreats that may be scheduled. Or if you are feeling in need of some recharge time, feel free to ask Linda for help designing a personal retreat or to schedule individual coaching. Coaching can be done while taking a walk or while enjoying the inspiring views from the Hummingbird House porch. Linda can also help with scheduling on-site massage appointments.
Early is his career Charley was trained in Culinary Arts which he enjoys putting to use in preparing delicious breakfasts for cabin guests.
You will also see Charley's special touches as a craftsman in the custom cabinets and special finishing touches in Hummingbird House.
Why the Owner Chose Bigfork: Linda's brother, Glen Stout, was the original owner of Swan Lake (Guest) Cabins, which he established in 1996, after moving to Montana from Portland, Oregon. Glen was an iconic figure who was very well known in the area. If you have breakfast or lunch at the very popular Echo Lake Cafe, check out the second stool from the right at the counter as you enter and you will see a little plaque with Glen's name.
In 2012, Linda and Charley purchased the cabin property from her brother's estate. Linda and Charley had long dreamed of having a Bed and Breakfast/ Retreat Center where Linda could do coaching and facilitate retreats and Charley could put his passion for cooking and craftsmanship to work. It felt like we were being called to move to Montana from Oregon to build on Glen's tradition with our unique backgrounds and interests.
We have been heartily welcomed by the Bigfork community and are delighted to steward this very special property and attend to the needs of our wonderful guests. We are still amazed by the beauty of this very special part of Montana.
The Unique Benefits at this House: Hummingbird House is located on a a very versatile property and can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. In addition to serving as a vacation rental, the house can be rented to serve as a hub for a family reunion, wedding, or other special event with rental of the cabins to provide additional lodging for up 16-20. There is a lovely level bench overlooking Swan Lake which is available for outdoor weddings or special events. The outdoor area has great access, space for parking and is completely screened from the rest of the property and from the roadway. The outdoor venue area is only available with rental of the entire property including Hummingbird House and the 5 log guest cabins. The property is also available as a venue for other facilitators to host workshops or for corporate retreats or business meetings.