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Spectacular views from the wrap-around porch. Abundant wildlife and birds.

Spectacular views from the wrap-around porch.
Abundant wildlife and birds. View with morning coffee Fully equipped cheery kitchen; barbeque on back deck. Spacious kitchen Dining area with a view Comfortable living room with a view. Spacious master suite--deck overlooks emerald pond. Main floor queen bedroom Upstairs queen bedroom Awesome fly fishing Your own tennis court Enjoy quiet times together on four ponds, clay tennis court & entire ranch. Two pristine spring creeks & N. Fork Blackfoot for outstanding fly fishing. Ovando mountain and the southern edge of the Bob Marshall Wilderness area Spectacular sunsets Some real ranch history and stories More fishing and hiking Cool off with a dip in the emerald pond. Another spring creek Crystal clear waters. Panoramic views Winter fun for the whole family. Creeks never freeze. Your own winter wonder land. Come see for yourself.

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Last updated: 04/16/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Ovando chateau / country house description

This historic 1880's hand hewn log home is the combination of the original homestead house and a barn that were completely renovated by the family in 2002. While the logs & ranch ring with history the facility is first class.

Our third generation, operating ranch includes the North Fork of the Blackfoot River, two spring creeks and four ponds that hold native trout waiting to challenge fishermen. Guests have exclusive access to these waters and the ranch. The storied Blackfoot river is nearby and other rivers are an easy drive. The ranch is located between Montana's two major national parks and the Bob Marshal wilderness is north of the ranch. We are happy to share our bit of heaven as well as generations of stories! Many of our guests just enjoy the peace & quiet of the ranch & it's surroundings. Lots to enjoy besides the fishing! Please see our khomestead.com website for more information & pictures.

Keywords: Luxury Log Home on beautiful working ranch

Property Type

      • Chateau / Country House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Suitability

          • Non Smoking Only:

            Smoking on wrap-around porch allowed....moreless

          • Wheelchair Accessible
          • Children Welcome
          • Limited Accessibility
          • Pets Not Allowed

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Catering Available:

            Local caters available for picking up groceries, cooking & local grown vegetables & eggs available...moreless

          • Refrigerator
          • Microwave
          • Dishwasher
          • Kitchen
          • Cooking Utensils

          Amenities

          • Clothes Dryer
          • Linens Provided
          • Washing Machine
          • Gas Fireplace
          • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer

          Other Amenities

              • Mountain bikes, wide open beauty; Exclusive access to entire ranch,including four ponds, two streams & river....moreless

              Communications

              • Mobile Phone:

                Cell phone coverage is available in parts of valley....moreless

              • Telephone:

                Many areas of W. MT local, no charge....moreless

              • Free Long Distance:

                Calling card available if needed....moreless

              • Dialup Access

              Outdoor Features

              • Deck / Patio:

                Wrap arround porch provides 480 degree view....moreless

              • Balcony:

                Overlooks spring fed crystal clear pond....moreless

              • Outdoor Grill

              Location & View

              • Mountain View:

                Northern expansive mountain view of Bob Marshall Wilderness...moreless

              • Waterfront:

                Natural ponds & forest-home of many birds & wildlife....moreless

              Activities

              • Sailing
              • Cycling
              • Fishing
              • Wind-Surfing
              • Water Skiing
              • Mountain Biking
              • Cross Country Skiing
              • Kayaking
              • Snowmobiling
              • Rafting
              • Hiking
              • Jet Skiing
              • Golf
              • Boating
              • Wildlife Viewing
              • Horseback Riding
              • Museums
              • Restaurants
              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Hunting
              • Swimming
              • Tennis
              • Antiquing
              • Sight Seeing
              • Sledding

              Other Activities

                  • Working ranch setting with spring creeks and ponds. Excellent hiking and biking and river fishing close by. Many western MT sites and recreational opportunities within easy driving range....moreless
                   

                  Reviews

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                  • First impression - WOW! and it got better from there!

                    First impression - WOW! and it got better from there!

                    • Guest Miriam L. (-)
                    • Date of stay 09/13/13
                    • Review Submitted 09/16/13
                    This isn't just a vacation rental - it's an experience! What a fantastic property! Views in every direction. Excellent fishing and recreation and to top it off - a beautiful handcrafted masterpiece of a home! LOVED it! Would go back in a heart beat and will recommend it to others for sure! What a great place to unplug, get off the grid and do what you're supposed to do in Montana - enjoy the serenity and beauty! A+++++

                    Recommended for: Families with teenagers, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+, girls getaway.

                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 0/0

                  • A Great Stay in a Charming Location

                    A Great Stay in a Charming Location

                    • Guest Pam (United States)
                    • Date of stay 08/26/13
                    • Review Submitted 09/07/13
                    My husband and I stayed here for 6 days and loved it. We loved the well designed house, the 500 acre ranch, the horses, the front porch, the crystal clear ponds, the mountain views, the quiet, the serenity, the wildlife and the ability to rest, relax and recuperate. This is one of our favorite VRBO rentals - it was exactly what we were looking for. Jon and Diane, the owners, are warm and welcoming and made our stay special. This place is a real gem. Don't miss a chance to stay.

                    Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway.

                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 0/0

                  • Serenity in a beautiful place

                    Serenity in a beautiful place

                    • Guest Jakob (NYV)
                    • Date of stay 06/28/13
                    • Review Submitted 07/08/13
                    Western Montana paradise indeed! We stayed for a week in the beautiful cottage. The property is amazing end to end. Starting with the farm, set in a beautiful rolling meadow with water all around and lots of farm roads and trails to explore. The house itself is a treasure. The sheer craftsmanship is amazing. It's something you really don't see very often anymore. It's lovingly restored and furnished with a gentle hand and impeccable attention to detail. It's also brilliantly functional, with a large kitchen, two good sized bathrooms. The wrap around porch means you can follow the sun. The views are stunning in every direction. The thermodynamics of the house are great also. It keeps you cool on a 100 degree day and warm when the evening chill comes around. Finally Jon and Diane are great people. We really enjoyed our time together and to meet some of the folks around the farm. Looking at the operation in action brought me right back to my childhood. We found the location a wonderful base for exploring Western Montana. Glacier NP is a day trip. So are other great destinations like the bison range, the old prison or a trip to the reservation. Mostly though we stayed close by checking out the near towns and hiking in the close hills. But above all that was just staying at the ranch. It's hard to beat having a cold beer on the porch of one of the nicest places I've had the pleasure to visit.

                    Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, sightseeing, families with young children.

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                  • Beautiful Blackfoot Retreat

                    Beautiful Blackfoot Retreat

                    • Guest Jane (New Orleans)
                    • Date of stay 09/15/12
                    • Review Submitted 10/11/12
                    My husband and I spent 10 nights at the Homestead in late September. It’s a beautifully built, spacious and comfortable cabin on a 500-acre ranch. The views from every room are wonderful - of meadows and mountains. The property and house are as described, but the photos don’t do it justice. You will find better information at the Krutar website. There are fishy-looking spring creeks on the property, and the North Fork of the Blackfoot borders the ranch. We enjoyed fishing on the ranch, but we had much better luck on the Big Blackfoot which we floated with a guide on three days. Some believe the Blackfoot to be the most beautiful of Montana’s great trout streams. We wouldn’t disagree (having fished the Madison, Missouri, Bighorn, Big Hole, Bitterroot, etc.) and we would add that the trout (all caught on dries) this September were plentiful and hungry. Great fishing. We wondered what we’d do for 10 days on what we consider a very isolated piece of land. We had no trouble filling our days - with fishing, of course; hiking on the ranch property; driving to buy farm eggs from a nearby potter, where we filled a suitcase with her lovely, river-hued bowls. We drove to nearby Browns Lake and to the more beautiful Coopers Lake, exploring the area. We cooked most meals at home as the restaurant offerings were poor. Little Ovando is worth a few visits, and we had a good lunch and excellent breakfast at The Stray Bullet. The small grocery is fairly well-stocked for its size. But the main attraction of Ovando is the Blackfoot Angler where one can hear the latest fishing report, and pick up some can’t-miss flies. And last, but certainly not least, we enjoyed visits with Jon Krutar, and learning from him about Montana ranch life. He and his wife live on the ranch, and were most helpful with our questions and requests. We highly recommend The Homestead for a fishing vacation, or for a get-away-from-it-all vacation in a true Montana setting.

                    Recommended for: Families with teenagers, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway.

                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 3/3

                  • Great fishing, beautiful views, amazing home

                    Great fishing, beautiful views, amazing home

                    • Guest mtnrin (Missoula, MT)
                    • Date of stay 06/14/12
                    • Review Submitted 06/26/12
                    This was a truly relaxing family getaway. We had planned on leaving and exploring the area each day but in the end we never had to leave the homestead. The house provided all amenities and the property offered great fishing, relaxing, a lawn for the little one to play in and something to do for everyone. We will definitely return. Thank you!

                    Recommended for: Families with teenagers, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+, families with young children.

                    Owner response: Thanks folks for the kind review. We look forward to your return. We enjoyed sharing the ranch with all of you. Enjoy the 4th & the rest of the summer.

                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 2/2

                  • Charlie

                    Charlie

                    • Guest Charlie (Houston, TX)
                    • Date of stay 04/01/12
                    • Review Submitted 04/04/12
                    The property is accurately described as a paradise. The cabin (house is a more accurate description) is exceptionally clean and well maintained. Staying there is like owning your own Montana Ranch. The owners are helpful in every way.

                    Recommended for: Families with teenagers, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, people with disabilities, sightseeing, age 55+, families with young children.

                    Owner response: Thanks Charlie for your kind comments.

                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 2/2

                  • Our Montana Vacation

                    Our Montana Vacation

                    • Guest Laura (Tunnel Hill, Georgia)
                    • Date of stay 07/05/11
                    • Review Submitted 08/14/11
                    We are a northwest Georgia family that went online to find a cabin near Missoula to be close to our trout fishing guide we had hired. We were blessed to find this cabin, and the family that owned it. The day we were leaving I looked up and saw my 19 year old son writing in the guest book. I emailed Jon, the owner, and asked him to let me know what Lane said. I felt like Lane's review could not state my feelings any better. Lane is a football playing, mountain biking, hangin out with college friends type of kid. This is what he wrote: Dear Jon, Putting this place in words is almost impossible. Everywhere you look is an amazing sight, from the snow capped mountains to the wind blowing across your fields, and all the wildlife right in front of the cabin. We truly enjoyed every moment out here, and I think I can speak for my family when I say this trip will never be forgotten. Thank you for showing us around, making us feel at home, and teaching us the Montana way. It is tough to leave this six star ranch, and we will miss you and your wife. I hope we can come back out here again! We wish you and your family health and properity. Once again, thank you for the experience of a LIFETIME.

                    Recommended for: Families with teenagers, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+, girls getaway.

                    Owner response: Laura- Thanks very much. You guys are wonderful. Undoubtedly you were the best guests all summer! Sorry you had so much trouble getting the VRBO stuff to work. It finally did & with your & Lane's words I shall never need another review. I noticed you included girls getaway! If the rest of the family cannot make it out, you & your pals come out & we shall show them a good time with the growlers & Trixis!! Best to all! Jon & Laddy

                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 2/2

                  • Winter Wonderland

                    Winter Wonderland

                    • Guest John & Judy (Ashland, Oregon)
                    • Date of stay 12/22/10
                    • Review Submitted 04/19/11
                    Our family (kids and grandkids) spent Christmas week 2010 at this historic lodge near Ovando, in the valley of the Blackfoot River. What a magnificent setting for a family holiday! In this private world, the surrounding pastoral fields were buried in a thick blanket of snow, so that we could head out on snowshoes or cross-country skis right from the porch and explore to our hearts' content. It was a wonderland of white, changing through the day; we caught the alpenglow on the peaks to the north as the late afternoon sun faded. Even in the cold, the property's spring-fed streams and pools remained open; the reflections of the homestead and the mountainous backdrop made for postcard-quality photos -- still etched in our minds. In spite of the remote setting, the beautiful finishing of the historic log cabin + barn complex left nothing to be desired -- a fully equipped kitchen, a great room for gathering -- plenty of room to erect and trim a huge Christmas tree. We were warm and cozy for lots of celebratory meals, singing and games. Truly a reunion to remember. The property was spotless and ready to enjoy when we arrived, and the host and hostess were very accommodating. I can't imagine a lovelier spot for a winter gathering than this lodge in Ovando.

                    Recommended for: Families with teenagers, adventure seekers, sightseeing, age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway.

                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 2/2

                    • Guest Jack Collishaw (Helena, Mt. 59601)
                    • Date of stay 08/20/09
                    • Review Submitted 08/20/09
                    Jon, After two years of securing a weekend at your hideaway we finally made it. Thank goodness we didn't miss on our second year. The weather was rough but that only added to the beauty and we look to return in the fall or winter to further enjoy your beautiful work or may I say labor of love. Thank you for the opportunity to spend a couple of evenings here and we hope to see you and your family again.

                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 1/1

                    • Guest Eric Stoneman (Libertyville Illionois)
                    • Date of stay 08/20/09
                    • Review Submitted 08/20/09
                    The Krutar cabin is perfect! Our group fished on the property as well as several surrounding rivers, creeks and lakes. It's a perfect home base for fishing in this beautiful part of Montana. The owner of the cabin, Jon Krutar, was a pleasure to spend time with. Whether it was tips on fishing or history of the area, Jon is fantastic. He made us feel like we were part of the family. We are already working on booking our trip for 2010. The Krutar cabin is a tue hidden gem.

                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 1/1

                   
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                  Last updated: 04/16/2014
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                  Location

                  • Nearest Airport: Missoula at 55 Miles
                  • Nearest Motorway: Highway 200 at 0.5 Miles
                  • Nearest Barpub: Ovando at 5 Miles
                  • Nearest Restaurant: Ovando at 5 Miles
                   

                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 1949

                  About the owner: My family purchased our 500 acre ranch in 1949. It has been a love affair ever since. Most small ranches in this area have been purchased for summer trophy ranches. Instead our family has restored the original homestead home into a vacation rental. We enjoy sharing the home as well as the ranch. Guests have exclusive use of the spring creeks, ponds, & access to the N. Fork of the Blackfoot that runs through the ranch. I am happy to tell guests the history of the valley & our 63 years of toil on the ranch.

                  Why the Owner Chose Ovando:
                  Has been in family for 65 years so it is our roots. Rental income is allowing us to keep ranch operating. Enjoy sharing it with many fine guests.

                  The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House:
                  Tranquil, beautiful environs Exquisitely renovated 1880 homestead home Close to small MT towns Border collie Laddy & I may stop in for coffee & chat during our daily walk. Lots of history about the west & MT. Local crafts, grass fed beef & fresh vegs. & eggs available.


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                  Speaks: english

                   

                  Photos

                  • Spectacular views from the wrap-around porch.
Abundant wildlife and birds.

                    Spectacular views from the wrap-around porch. Abundant wildlife and birds.

                  • Fully equipped cheery kitchen; barbeque on back deck.

                    Fully equipped cheery kitchen; barbeque on back deck.

                  • Dining area with a view

                    Dining area with a view

                  • Spacious master suite--deck overlooks emerald pond.

                    Spacious master suite--deck overlooks emerald pond.

                  • Upstairs queen bedroom

                    Upstairs queen bedroom

                  • Your own tennis court

                    Your own tennis court

                  • Two pristine spring creeks & N. Fork Blackfoot for outstanding fly fishing.

                    Two pristine spring creeks & N. Fork Blackfoot for outstanding fly fishing.

                  • Spectacular sunsets

                    Spectacular sunsets

                  • More fishing and hiking

                    More fishing and hiking

                  • Another spring creek

                    Another spring creek

                  • Panoramic views

                    Panoramic views

                  • Creeks never freeze.

                    Creeks never freeze.

                  • View with morning coffee

                    View with morning coffee

                  • Spacious kitchen

                    Spacious kitchen

                  • Comfortable living room with a view.

                    Comfortable living room with a view.

                  • Main floor queen bedroom

                    Main floor queen bedroom

                  • Awesome fly fishing

                    Awesome fly fishing

                  • Enjoy quiet times together on four ponds, clay tennis court & entire ranch.

                    Enjoy quiet times together on four ponds, clay tennis court & entire ranch.

                  • Ovando mountain and the southern edge of the Bob Marshall Wilderness area

                    Ovando mountain and the southern edge of the Bob Marshall Wilderness area

                  • Some real ranch history and stories

                    Some real ranch history and stories

                  • Cool off with a dip in the emerald pond.

                    Cool off with a dip in the emerald pond.

                  • Crystal clear waters.

                    Crystal clear waters.

                  • Winter fun for the whole family.

                    Winter fun for the whole family.

                  • Your own winter wonder land. Come see for yourself.

                    Your own winter wonder land. Come see for yourself.

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