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Glacier National Park Wilderness Retreat (Mountain Cleft)

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,900 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Houses, 9 Bedrooms + Lofts + Den, 7 Baths, (Sleeps 12-28).

Mountain Cleft Retreat, next door to Glacier National Park, is the perfect choice for your next 'escape the world' getaway. This secluded wilderness refuge is a quiet and lovely European style house set in the magnificent Montana mountain wilderness. A charming twenty-acre paradise, it is located just one mile from the wild and scenic Flathead River where the North Fork and Middle Fork converge, a popular spot to fish, whitewater raft, kayak, or canoe. Retreat accommodates up to 28 when the Alpine House, this listing, is combined with the Alpine Cottage, listing 451633, and the Glacier Chalet, listing 451634, on this same property. (See property diagram in photo section, next-to-last photo). Check with owner for availability of Alpine House.

The retreat is just eight miles from the West Glacier entrance to Glacier National Park. Breathtaking mountain views, wilderness solitude, abundant wildlife, herb and flower gardens, forests and meadows, combined with private, beautiful accommodations and every comfort to make you feel relaxed, revitalized, and pampered.

The retreat's secluded alpine wilderness location, bordering Flathead National Forest and Glacier National Park, affords frequent opportunities to observe wildlife. Bear, moose, and deer are frequent visitors here, so be sure to bring your camera!

The Alpine House is one of 3 units onsite. The Alpine House has a sleeping capacity of 16. As indicated above, when combined with the Alpine Cottage and Glacier Chalet, the retreat can sleep 28 or more. Whether you are a family on vacation, or a larger group such as a family reunion or other special occasion, Mountain Cleft Retreat can serve your needs.

Bedrooms include a king, queens, and bunk beds, as well as sofa beds. Private bedrooms have beautifully hand-painted wall art, down comforters, and decorator linens. The den has a gas log fireplace, a large sheepskin rug, comfortable fireplace chairs, and two couches. The den exits to a beautiful private garden with grill, and umbrella table and chairs for relaxation and eating.

A fully equipped kitchen and dining facilities are available for guest use. We also provide high-speed wireless Internet.

Upon entering the Alpine House, stairs and an arched doorway transport you to the spacious, romantic Old World style king bedroom suite with down comforter, bedroom library, and reading chair. The handsome corner wardrobe provides a place for clothing, and windows on both sides of the room look out onto the surrounding Montana woods. This room has an elegant private bathroom with 2-person whirlpool tub.

A few steps up from this bedroom is the Great Room with cathedral ceiling, living room with overstuffed red velvet furniture, a two story stone fireplace with a gas log fire, and a full bathroom. A balcony off the Great room overlooks the front flower gardens. Graceful arched doorways, stained glass windows, hand painted wall art, tapestry rugs, an iron chandelier, and skylights makes this room a breathtaking hideaway.

Stairs up from the Great Room take you to an upper loft, a combination library/bedroom/business center, with a queen sofa bed, desk, skylights, and windows overlooking spectacular mountain, forest, and meadow views.

Washers and dryers are available in the retreat for guests to use as needed.

Keywords: House/Retreat

More Details

Clyde Morgan
Member since: 2007
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 17, 2018

About Clyde Morgan

Melissa and I (Clyde) take pleasure in providing a wilderness retreat where people can unwind, enjoy nature, and come closer together. The Alpine Cottage is a quality place where this can happen.

Why Clyde Morgan chose Columbia Falls

Melissa lived in this area for about 20 years and loves the mountain wilderness. Her favorite spot is Lake McDonald, by Apgar Village, a short drive from the retreat.

What makes this house unique

Whether you're looking for an unforgettable family reunion, or a delightful vacation for a smaller group, we have the place for you.


Columbia Falls House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Alpine Old World Suite Bath - toilet , shower , jetted tub , This ensuite bath is with the Alpine Old World Suite bedroom
    Great Room Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Lower Level Bath - toilet , shower
  • Four additional bathrooms are in Alpine Cottage (Listing 451633) and Glacier Chalet (Listing 451634).
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Alpine Old World Suite - 1 king , Has ensuite luxury bath with 2 person whirlpool tub
    Queen Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Queen Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Queen Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Red Room - 2 bunk bed , Two sets of bunk beds and large floor space
    Upper Level Loft - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Semi-private with queen sofabed
    Lower Level Den - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen sofabed
  • King size beds (1) The Old World Suite has a King bed., Queen size Beds (3) Three bedrooms have queen beds., Baby Cribs (1) We have 1 crib which can be used in most bedrooms., Sleep Sofa or Futons (4) Loft has a queen sofabed. Den has queen sofabed., Bunk Beds (2) A large bedroom with two sets of bunkbeds for a maximum of four single beds. (4 additional bedrooms are in Alpine Cottage [Listing 451633] and Glacier Chalet [Listing 451634]).
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 5 garden chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
The retreat has a business center equipped with wireless internet access, and a color printer/scanner/copier. Robes, slippers, down comforters, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, water bottles, Montana reading materials, board games, and seasonal editions of 'Flathead Living' magazine. Down near the 'barn' (consult the facilities diagram in the photos section) you will find a campfire area with supplied wood. It's a great place to gather the family or to enjoy some quiet time watching the flames jump and listen to the fire crackle.


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Glacier National Park Wilderness Retreat (Mountain Cleft)
average rating of 4.5 based on 20 reviews

Clean and exactly as promised

  • 5 of 5

We were extremely happy with our stay. The master suite is fantastic. Three other bedrooms very nice plus a room with many bunk beds. Excellent large dining table which was perfect for our group. Somewhat odd floor plan with a large bathroom two levels up from most of the bedrooms. Very nice outdoor space including patio and fire pit. Very convenient to West Glacier.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
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Wonderful visit to beautiful Montana!

  • 5 of 5

We had a group of 12 stay here over Labor Day weekend and we couldn't have been happier. The house is large and can easily accommodate a large group. The location of the house feels like you are in the middle of nowhere, yet only a 15 minute drive to the park and a grocery store. We saw deer and even a little black bear right on the property. I highly recommend staying here, everything was just wonderful!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Time at Mountain Cleft Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week in the Alpine House at Mountain Cleft Retreat. We were a family of 11 that found the house very comfortable for all of us. We found the house to be fully equipped with all the features that we would have wanted. We appreciated meeting Clyde and Melissa several times during the week. We spent most of the week in the park--absolutely gorgeous! The weather was unseasonably warm but we were able keep the house sufficiently cool during the day especially in the four bedrooms downstairs.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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weird floorplan, cold wet basement bedrooms, hot loft

  • 2 of 5

Glacier national park is amazing, we had a wonderful time. The house was adequate for our needs, but had a odd setup. There are 4 rooms in the basement that are cold and damp. We hesitated to turn the heat on because it was 100 degrees in the loft upstairs. The room with the bunk beds, as well as the loft, have no doors. You are sharing the house with other people that may be above or below you. There are 3 bathrooms 1 in the basement for 4 bedrooms, one in the beautiful master suite and one for the loft area. We asked for more toilet paper for the basement, and we were questioned about our usage, we bought our own. After we left we were accused of stealing a bumper sticker left on the dining room table. Overall, the house was clean and the area is beautiful. We would come again, but pick a different place to stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 2 of 5

We stayed here for a combined family vacation. When we arrived we did not have any water. Throughout the week the water was "fixed" but showers had to be taken one at a time which is extremely inconvenient when we had 16 people staying at the cabin. We cleaned the whole cabin before leaving and still have not received our deposit back after attempting to contact the owner multiple times.

  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Little Rock, Arkansas

Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We came up for a week to stay at Glacier National Park. We had 8 people (4 adults and 4 kids), and some additional relatives joined us for part of the stay, renting out the smaller part of the house as well. We have stayed at multiple properties through VRBO over the years, and this was the best maintained property we have stayed with. Everything was in good shape, clean, and worked well. The bed in the master bedroom was so comfortable! We had plenty of space and the boys enjoyed the bunk bed room (complete with a basket of wooden blocks). The house was quiet, the property is surrounded by woods and there is no appreciable road noise (there is an occasional train, and though I could hear it, it was not loud enough to be bothersome). The kitchen is small but we cooked a full dinner for 52 people in it one night without a problem, and the dining table fits quite a few around. The patio and deck areas provide good outdoor seating as well. There was plenty of space, so everyone could find somewhere to have some quiet time when they needed it. The house is 10-15 minutes from West Glacier, it was an easy drive and our host provided directions to the park from the house. Columbia Falls is 15 minutes away if you need a grocery store. The property is also about 5 minutes from the middle fork of the flathead river, which you will pass over on your way to Glacier. It is very cold water! but people do rafting/canoeing and swimming there (we found Lake McDonald in Glacier Park had warmer water). Overall I would definitely recommend this property if you have plans in Glacier National Park, or the surrounding area.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Glacier International Airport (Kalispell)
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Glacier View Golf Club (near West Glacier)
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Amtrak Station at West Glacier
Nearest Restaurant
12 Miles
Several in Columbia Falls
Car: necessary

Mountain Cleft Retreat is surrounded by national forest. Wildlife is abundant, especially in the Spring. Two forks of the Flathead River merge nearby where you can find a locally favorite fishing spot. Glacier National Park property is about 3/4 of a mile away as the crow flies. The West Entrance to the park is just 8 miles by road.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $79
Cleaning Fee $250

If you wish to charge your stay using American Express, please contact the owner directly.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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