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Quiet Retreat on Hanson Doyle Lake 15 Minutes from Whitefish

Whitefish, MT, USA
  • House2300 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps9
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay5 nights

House, 4 Bedrooms + Library, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

Peaceful 10 acre forested retreat on quiet 11 acre spring-fed lake. The house is on 2 levels with 4 bedrooms, 2 baths and a small rustic cottage with 1 bed. This is a comfortable, well appointed country home; light and open, surrounded by forest, hills and the lake. Windows look out in every direction.

The main area on the 2nd floor includes a large, fully equipped kitchen adjoining a small deck with a gas grill. Also on this level is the living room and dining room with a wood stove (electric heat is also throughout the house), high wood paneled ceiling and a large deck. A queen size bedroom, twin bedroom, office with computer, and bathroom complete the upstairs.

Downstairs is a queen bedroom, small bedroom with a twin and trundle bed, library with satellite TV-DVD and a hide-a-bed sofa, laundry, and the 2nd bathroom. Outside is a fenced garden with the small cottage which sleeps 1. The back door opens to a deck and a large hot tub with high powered jets.

Open meadows around the house are for running and playing or watching deer and birds and night=time stargazing. The lake is private, shared by 4 other houses, mostly wooded with areas of wetlands, undeveloped and natural. A dock provides great swimming, sunning, and bird watching, or cross country skiing in the winter. It is linked to 2 more small lakes accessible by canoe from the dock. Northern pike are easy to catch with lures and a half mile walk leads to another lake that the Forest Service stocks with trout. Miles of Forest Service roads lead into a gentle wilderness. Tally lake, with a public campground and sandy swimming beach is an 8 mile bike ride (or drive) away.

If you have a larger group consider combining with the neighboring Lodge at Griddle Cake Lake #77149 on VRBO.

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Michael Fanning

Member Since 2008
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english, french
Calendar last updated:
Apr 13, 2018
About Michael Fanning

Mike retired from a career as a mathematician and manager at Boeing 22 years ago. Jill did graduate work in psychology at The University of Chicago but 3 kids defined her role for years. She is also a painter and has been a spiritual teacher for 20 years.

Michael Fanning purchased this House in 1991

Why Michael Fanning chose Whitefish

Our life is focused outdoors. We ski, x/c ski, snowshoe, hike, mountain bike, float rivers, paddle our lake, fish, swim, bird, backpack, and golf. Mike has lived in Europe and Japan and has travelled all over the US. He has skied for 65 years at most major resorts. There is no place that fits us like the Flathead Valley. We've tried it all and the only way we'll leave the valley is when our ashes blow over the connental divide.

What makes this House unique

The peace and quiet. The numerous birds and animals. The gentle waters of the lake for swimming. The forest service roads for walking, snowshoeing, and skiing. Being 15 minutes from town, 30 minutes from my favorite ski area and 45 minutes from Glacier Park


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
        • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (3), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)


        • 2 Bathrooms

            Location Type

              • Lake
              • Lake View
              • Lakefront
              • Rural


                  • Away From It All
                  • Family


                      • Guests provide their own meals


                          • Linens Provided
                          • Activities Guide
                          • Alarm Clock
                          • Basic Soaps
                          • Broadband Access
                          • Ceiling Fans
                          • Clothes Dryer
                          • Computer Available
                          • Firewood
                          • Free Long Distance
                          • Garage
                          • Hair Dryer
                          • Internet
                          • Laundry Soap
                          • Air Conditioning
                          • Local Maps
                          • Local Restaurant Guide
                          • PC
                          • Paper Towels
                          • Parking
                          • Parking Off Street
                          • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                          • Telephone
                          • Toilet Paper
                          • Towels Provided
                          • Washing Machine
                          • Wireless Internet
                          • Wood Stove


                              • Kitchen
                              • 4 Ring Stove
                              • Coffee Maker
                              • Cooking Utensils
                              • Dishwasher
                              • Freezer
                              • Grill
                              • Blender
                              • Microwave
                              • Oven
                              • Pantry Items
                              • Refrigerator
                              • Stove
                              • Toaster


                                  • Dining Room


                                      • Audio Tape Player
                                      • Books
                                      • Books for Kids
                                      • CD Player
                                      • DVD Player
                                      • Music Library
                                      • Satellite / Cable
                                      • Stereo
                                      • Television
                                      • VCR


                                          • Bicycles
                                          • Binoculars
                                          • Canoe
                                          • Deck / Patio
                                          • Inflatable Boat
                                          • Outdoor Grill
                                          • Outdoor Grill Gas
                                          • Terrace
                                          • Walkway to Water
                                          • Wood Deck

                                            Pool / Spa

                                              • Hot Tub
                                              • Jacuzzi
                                              • Outdoor Hot Tub


                                                  • live theater
                                                  • autumn foliage
                                                  • cinemas
                                                  • forests
                                                  • library
                                                  • churches
                                                  • museums
                                                  • playground
                                                  • pond
                                                  • restaurants
                                                  • water parks

                                                    Leisure Activities

                                                      • bird watching
                                                      • eco tourism
                                                      • horseback riding
                                                      • scenic drives
                                                      • shopping
                                                      • sight seeing
                                                      • sledding
                                                      • walking
                                                      • wildlife viewing

                                                        Local Services & Businesses

                                                          • ATM/bank
                                                          • fitness center
                                                          • groceries
                                                          • hospital
                                                          • laundromat
                                                          • massage therapist
                                                          • medical services

                                                            Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                              • kayaking
                                                              • cross country skiing
                                                              • equestrian events
                                                              • fishing
                                                              • fly fishing
                                                              • freshwater fishing
                                                              • golf
                                                              • hiking
                                                              • hunting
                                                              • ice skating
                                                              • cycling
                                                              • mountain biking
                                                              • mountain climbing
                                                              • mountaineering
                                                              • rafting
                                                              • skiing
                                                              • snowboarding
                                                              • snowmobiling
                                                              • swimming
                                                              • tennis
                                                              • whitewater rafting

                                                                House Rules

                                                                Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                                Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                Cancellation Policy

                                                                100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                14 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                Amazing people, great value, great location.

                                                                Dave B.

                                                                Amazing people, great value, great location.

                                                                Wonderful Montana setting

                                                                Tom S.Wayland MA

                                                                We rented this house for a week-long visit to Glacier National Park with our three grown children (20s-30s). It provided the perfect place to relax and unwind after a day hiking in the mountains. The setting is quiet and private, with only a few other houses on this private lake. The house had everything needed, and more, and the owners take care to provide plenty of helpful info as well. A bonus was the AC unit in the MBR, helping to cool down the room from the hot daytime temps. The lake and hot-tub were a great way to ease the hiking aches late in day, or to wake up with a pre-breakfast swim as the sun rose! The location is convenient to Whitefish and not too far from Glacier -- we went every day but one. We would highly recommend this property and hope we can return sometime in the future!

                                                                Perfect place for families to stay in the Flathead vall

                                                                Aislinn M.

                                                                Our third year at the Fannings' did not disappoint! This home perfectly meets the needs of a family ranging from ages 4 to 70. Not too far from Whitefish or Kalispell with plenty of recreation close by. This year's trip included a trip to Libby to walk amongst the giant cedars, 4th of July in Polebridge and paddle boarding Bowman Lake, an overnight backpacking trip to Ole Creek in the park, and general nonsense in "our" lake right outside the back door. We can not say enough great things about this home, it's owners, or its location. What a treat!

                                                                Fabulous stay / everything we needed / great location

                                                                Kathy T.Where do you live?

                                                                My husband and I travel to Montana every year on vacation. For most of these trips, we've used VRBO to rent an entire home that can sometimes cost less than one room / bath at a national park.

                                                                This home was an exceptional value for the money. It's quite spacious, with 4 bedrooms, 2 baths and all the amenities - including a wonderful large hot tub which came in very handy for easing sore muscles after a long hike.

                                                                The views were beautiful and the wildlife seemed to visit almost daily; tom and hen turkeys, and a doe with fawn. Seeing the fawn prance around the tom turkeys (obviously wanting to play) and they wanting nothing to do with it was hilarious.

                                                                And, I even caught an 18 inch northern pike out of the lake from the dock just using worms as bait.

                                                                The best review is one that says, I can't wait to stay there again. And, I can assure you, we will!!!

                                                                Fantastic vacation experience

                                                                Archie M.Riverton Utah

                                                                We found this home to be ideal for our family. We enjoyed canoeing on Hansen Doyle Lake and enjoyed the wildlife and the beautiful surroundings. The area was peaceful and relaxing. We made it to the Whitefish Huckleberry Festival and enjoyed a few trips to Glacier National Park. We enjoyed family meal times and conversations on the decks of the home. After a day of hiking relaxing in the hot tub really soothes those muscles. I highly recommend this property.

                                                                Quiet, Peaceful Setting

                                                                Teri H.

                                                                We just returned from a wonderful week and are so very relaxed. The home was very clean and comfortable. The setting was out of the way and beautiful. We enjoyed many things about our visit most especially the fishing which was great, and the wildlife viewing right from the balcony each day. Everything we needed was there, from a kitchen supplied with all the condiments and utensils for cooking up great meals to soap and shampoo in the two full baths. We highly recommend this get away!


                                                                Whitefish, MT, USA

                                                                Peaceful, quiet solitude. Bird and animal viewing. Hiking, mountain biking & cross country skiing right out the door. Swimming, canoing and fishing on the lake. Town of Whitefish is 15 minutes away with Restaurants, cinema, theater, etc. Whitefish Mountain Resort with downhill skiing is 30 minutes away. Glacier National Park is 45 minutes away.

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