Hand Built Log Cabin in Ponderosa Forest(18 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Property type:Cabin
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
About the Property
Cabin, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)
This cabin has been a 38 year labor of love by a carpenter who designed it, cut and stripped over 180 lodgepole pine trees, and set in excess of 390 separate logs to create this beautiful log structure, unlike any you may have seen. From the hand built cabinetry, the masonry work, the hardwood and quarry tile floors, the handrailings, to the one-of-a-kind log spiral staircase, the craftsmanship is apparent and admirable.
The cabin has been decorated and tastefully outfitted with authentic antique furniture and Persian rugs to create a truly "turn of the century" ambiance, but still has a modern kitchen and bath for your comfort. It is situated on the edge a Ponderosa pine forest, full of deer and wild turkeys; it is honestly a joy to hike through the forest and explore.
The Hermitage is licensed and inspected by the state to insure your safety and comfort
Privacy and seclusion is assured, as no other structure can be seen from The Hermitage and it is at the end of a 300 yard private driveway.
Picture yourself sitting on the back balcony with a drink in hand, reflecting on your long day of either fishing or floating, grilling steaks (or your fresh catch) as the sun goes down and observe the deer head back into the woods and the wild turkeys roost in nearby trees. Just before dusk the nighthawks swoop down for your amusement. After dinner on the back deck the stars glow brightly in the crystal clear air and the constellations dance across the sky.
This is the way to really relax and experience a memorable evening, Montana Style.
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Member since: 2006
- 1100 sq. ft.
- Max. occupancy 6
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Considered
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6
- Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- DVD Player:
- Away From It All
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Gambling Casinos
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Mountain View:
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Cross Country Skiing
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Rock Climbing
- Water Tubing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 6 people
- Living Room:
- Towels Provided:
- Wood Fireplace:
- Wood Stove:
- Coffee Maker:
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dishes & Utensils:
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- Deck / Patio:
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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $200
- Tax Rate 7%
Although Montana is one of the few states without a sales tax, the State requires vacation home owners to charge a 7% "bed tax" that is used to fund the rigorous inspections that all publicly available lodging facilities are required to submit to. These inspections ensure your safety and comfort.
Owner's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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There are numerous "day trips" that many previous visitors have mentioned in the Guest Book; a trip to Custer Battlefield, about 2 hours; Red Lodge is a great town 39 miles away, and going up the Beartooth Switchbacks to the lookout is a must, if not all the way to Cooke City.
River sports are great in Stillwater County, fishing, floating, or just taking a dip, from small mountain streams to the Stillwater and Yellowstone Rivers, Stillwater County has it all.
Many previous guests have written about walking the road above and property surrounding The Hermitage, seeing wild turkeys and deer, and just enjoying the Ponderosa forest.
Year Purchased: 1976
About the owner: I am a retired Construction Superintendent, starting out as an apprentice carpenter in 1971 after 4.5 years at Indiana University. In 1976 I bought 10 acres outside of Columbus with the anticipation that I would be able to have a "finished" cabin in about 5 years. That was over 39 years ago, and I am still working on the place. I figure that it will be "completed" the day after I die. I moved away from Montana in 1990 as a result of the poor economy, first to the San Francisco Bay Area, where I stopped by to find a wife, and in 1992, again moved even further away to the Big Island of Hawaii where we still live. I began The Hermitage as a retirement home for myself, but now that I live in Hawaii, I can't decide where to end up, so while i still can, I enjoy them both. The last several years I have been hitting all of the antique stores, outfitting The Hermitage in ever nicer antiques. In 2014 I secured several pieces that really belong in The Hermitage. As space is limited, I find myself "trading up" as far as antiques are concerned. Also in 2014, I bought two Fredrick Remington statues, one busting a bronco, and the other entitled "The Mountain Man." Here in Hawaii i spend my retirement beating back the jungle, tending to my fruit trees, and forever remodeling and building. Here too, the project will be complete either when I sell the place or, as is the case with The Hermitage, the day after I die.
Why the Owner Chose Stillwater County, MT, USA:
Ever since I moved to Montana, everyone always spoke about the beautiful Stillwater Valley, the Absarokee region in particular. When an old friend of mine bought a place up on the undeveloped Upper Hawk Valley Road, I fell in love with the forest, the seclusion, and the wildlife. There are several Montana Fishing Access Sites within a few miles along the blue-ribbon trout stream that is the Stillwater River. Also, as I was really into white water rafting and kayaking, and the Stillwater and Yellowstone are just great.
The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
I took great pains to design and build The Hermitage with a goal in mind that it would be "time zone transitional," that it would take one out of the 21st century and gently transport you back to a simpler, slower time. When I'm up there, I make an effort to sit and relax in various areas, since each room has its own ambiance. The living and dining room is furnished with "Old West/Settler late 1800's" in mind, while the den is more "Trapper/Indian Style." The basement, with its sofa/hide-a-bed, in done in old barn boards, with a old barbed-wire display and rusty gold pan and has a great wood burning stove. It also has two large windows, as well as a separate exterior door. there is a guest book at The Hermitage and I go through it each season, and it seems to be a consensus that meals and relaxing with a cup of coffee on the back deck is a favorite pastime. Numerous honeymoon couples have chosen to begin their lives together visiting The Hermitage, and other guests spend their time reading and recharging. The change in scenery, actually, the relocation back to another century has its own therapeutic effects.
- Primary: (808) 963-5439 Owner's Home Phone
- Secondary: +1 8087690920 Owner's Cell Phone
Links to more information:
The Hermitage, Back Deck on Far Left, Bedroom Dormer Porch with Railing Above
Living Room with Antique Funiture & Persian Rug, Redwood Burl Table,
Inside Front Door with Buffalo Skull, Beaver Pelt, Skins & Old Traps
Art Deco Buffet, 27" TV, DVD Player & Stereo Above
Back Deck Bar-B-Que, Showing Railing; Note View off of the Back Deck
Queen Anne Mahagony Dining Room Set, Note Oak Flooring & Woodwork
Kitchen Area, Cabinets on Left, Cooking Surface on Right; Sorry for the Clutter
Patio Set on Back Deck, A Favorite Place for All; Surrounding Forest in Back
"New" Antique Secretary; Really Sweet
Kitchen, October, 2014
"New" Antique Commode in Upstairs Dormer
Spiral Stairway in Den, Basement Below, Master Bedroom Above Bathroom Door Right
Bathroom Vanity, Turn of the Century Wallpaper, 1928 Medicine Cabinet
Fireplace and Wood Stove, Quarry Tile Floor, Kitchen at Far Left
Basement Sofa-Sleeper, Antique Table, BarnBoard Wainscot & Tile Floor Throughout
Small Buck in Front Yard
Inside Second Floor Bedroom Dormer, Note Ram's Skull & Antique Fixture Above
Queen Size Bed in Master Bedroom, Second Floor,Antique Table & Pitcher & Bowl
View from Master Bedroom to Small Loft Above Living Room Note Railings & Logs
Nice Addition to Corner
Quarter-Sawn English Oak Cabinet in Den by Sliding Glass Door to Back Deck
Mounted Beaver, Antique Lamp, Remmington Bronze on Antique Marble Library Table
This listing was first published here in 2006.
Date last modified - Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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