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Beautiful Log Home Overlooking Flathead Lake. Book 2018 now!

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,300 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cherry Creek Retreat in Montana is a 7-acre parcel perched above one of the highest points of Flathead's East Lake Shore. The Bigfork property is near Glacier Park and surrounded by Flathead Valley beauty on all sides. Behind are tall forested mountains. In front is expansive Flathead Lake with excellent fishing. On each side are quaking Aspens. In between are cherry and apple trees, an old red barn, 3 trout ponds and beautiful Cherry Creek. Minutes away is Flathead Lake with boat access at Yellow Bay State Park, Woods Bay and Bigfork. Boat & kayak rentals and guided fly-fishing are available. The 3-story hand crafted post & beam log home has spectacular views from all rooms. Three decks flow from large rooms with french doors. Wood floors, rock work & custom art add further beauty. In addition there are three overflow cabins. This property is perfect for family reunions & weddings. Sleeping capacity is 22.

Pictures and Rental Information: This land has been in our family for 30 years and the small cabins on it have been fun to stay in for our vacations. In 2005, after much planning, we built our dream retirement home but cannot move in it yet so we have put it on the vacation rental market. The experience has been satisfying as we make contact with each family staying and all have been very happy with the place. Each season has its own beauty. Spring time has cherry blossoms and lilacs, Summer the slow, beautiful sunsets and ripe fruit, Fall the golden leaves and Tamarak trees. Winter is blanketed with snow. The scenery is breathtaking, even spiritual. You will love it! To book, check availability on calendar here and send us an email. We will answer all questions and if property is available, send you a rental agreement with details of our rental policy. For summer dates, plan to book 9-12 months ahead as these popular weeks fill early.


More Details

Penny or Jim
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2018

Why Penny or Jim chose Bigfork

Grandpa Jim was raised nearby and had a dream to find the perfect property on the Flathead Lake before he retired in the 1970s. He knew the land well and what he wanted. It was to be a place with it's own natural spring, a view of the lake, good for growing cherries and putting in fish ponds, bordered by forest, close to town but with the feel of being in nature. He found this place and it is indeed special! We fell in love with it ourselves years ago, and the feeling only grew over the years. Now we know others feel the same. Since we've built the Log House and let the property be used as a vacation rental, we hear from so many, "This place is heaven on earth!"


Bigfork House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , This bathroom is on the second (main) floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 3rd Floor bathroom has restored old-fashioned tub
  • Bathroom 1 is wheelchair accessible Bathroom 2 is quaint with hand painted wildflowers on restored cast iron, free standing antique tub. Bathroom 3 is in the overflow cabin next to log home.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • 1st Floor Study with queen bed - 1 queen
    1st Floor Bedroom - 1 queen
    Second Floor Bedroom - 1 queen
    3rd Floor Loft - 2 queen , Has one queen bed below and also Kid's Loft queen
    3rd Floor Bedroom - 1 queen
  • First floor rooms look out onto back of property with view of Cherry Creek, pond, Aspens, fruit trees, barn and mountains. Kitchenette with sink and entertainment room is also on first floor. The Second floor is the main living space with main kitchen, family room, large walk out deck, one bedroom, one bathroom. Third floor Loft has the most spectacular 360 degree views, a walk-out deck with seating, high open-beamed ceilings and a Kid's Loft with log ladder above. Third floor bedroom also has walk out balcony with seating. There is a bathroom on 3rd floor also.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
The living room is part of the Great Room which flows into the dining area and a large wrap around deck. On the deck are two tables including a large hand crafted farm table to sit 12. This table may be moved indoors for large groups. Chairs can be moved about so that seating capacity in any of these areas is expanded. On the first floor is a large room with television, stereo, games, futon-sofa, another sofa and kitchenette. There is also outdoor seating in different locations including at picnic tables and around a fire pit.


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Beautiful Log Home Overlooking Flathead Lake. Book 2018 now!
average rating of 4.9130435 based on 23 reviews
McLean, VA

Great Home

  • 5 of 5

Great home less then 10 miles south of Bigfork, a quaint town on Flathead. Home is relatively new, in very good condition with full amenities as listed. Four bedrooms allow large group to spread out. Wonderful lot proximate to US35, just a few miles to local beach (Yellow Bay) and with its own orchard trees and ponds. No A/C (which is fine in Montana) and no cable, but otherwise everything you'd need.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2007
  • Stayed: July 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. Want to let others know we did break down and get cable TV & wireless internet in 2008 & have had it since. Still, the best part is the great outdoors!
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19 4

Beautiful house and property

  • 5 of 5

Loved our stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Morgan! We are glad you enjoyed your stay. We love being with family in this beautiful place and are happy to hear of others also enjoying themselves. May the rest of your Summer and upcoming Fall be good to you. Jim & Penny Schibsted
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Great place, great location

  • 4 of 5

Our crew had a great time while staying at this property. It was a perfect fit for us and very accommodating. The house was clean and comfortable.

We look forward to coming back again!

  • Submitted: May 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jennifer. I'm glad you had a good time! Penny
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Amazing Property!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week with family and it was a great holiday. The property is beautiful,very well kept and the view is amazing. The owners and the property manager were helpful. We hope to come back in the future!

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Modesto, California

Wedding week September 2015

  • 5 of 5

My family and relatives from England were completely thrilled with our week-long visit to this beautiful and accommodating retreat. The view itself was enough. The kids loved the fish pond, including my "big kid" husband. The facilities were ample for our needs. We even made all the appetizers for my nieces wedding and hosted a family party with all the trimmings. It was truly delightful and we were sad to leave. Highest recommendations!

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Utah, United States

Beautiful Flathead Lake View Cabin

  • 4 of 5

This was an amazing cabin! The cherry trees were not only abundant but the fruit was delicious! We loved the creek and ponds and the children especially enjoyed feeding the fish. We even spotted a vole living next to the creek in the bank! There were plenty of beds and the kitchen and gathering areas were great. We found the views to be spectacular from the deck and enjoyed watching the bats fly around at dusk. The only minor drawbacks are that a lot of the bedding is quite worn, the basement has a cat odor that is slightly annoying, and there are only two bathrooms. But that being said, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay here, even when the skunk surprised us in the garbage can. It was an adventure and we would recommend this place to anyone.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very glad you enjoyed your stay! As a follow up to some type of smell in the basement, our property manager did notice a smell and all carpets were then professionally cleaned. We were up there last month and confirmed with her and renters since that all is smelling nice now :)
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Kalispell / Glacier Park
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Nearest Train
43 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Flathead Brewery & Islands
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Yellow Bay State Park
Car: recommended

Cherry Creek Retreat of Flathead Lake is off Highway 35 in Bigfork, Montana. It sits atop a hill providing spectacular lake and mountain views. A beautiful lake swimming and boat launch area is 3 miles down the highway at Yellow Bay State Park. The fishing on this lake is excellent. Other local attractions include the village of Bigfork, Wayfarer's State Park, Glacier National Park, Bob Marshall Wilderness, Jewell Basin hiking trails, Blacktail and Big Mountain Ski Resorts, Crane Mountain snowmobile trails, Mission Mountain

Winery, Bigfork Summer Playhouse, art galleries and restaurants, Wood's Bay shore front restaurants and brewery, Eagle Bend, Big Mountain & Buffalo Hill golf clubs, Conrad Mansion Museum, University of Montana Biological Station and writer's workshops, Wild Horse Island Boat Trips, Flathead and Glacier Raft companies. Hiking trails abound, including one from our property up the mountain behind!

Other Activities: Big Fork art galleries, picking Flathead cherries and other fruit


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $250
Damage Deposit $500

House cleaning rates for groups 1-9: $140 10-16: $200, 17-22: $260
For larger groups there are three smaller cabins that sleep 10, making total sleeping capacity 22.

Overflow Cabin Rates: (Rates are based on 1 week or portion thereof): Cedar Cabin that sleeps 4 is $250. Cabin with kitchen, bathroom, living room and bedroom for 2 is $400/week. Loft unit that sleeps 4 is $200/week.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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