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Quiet Retreat on Hanson Doyle Lake 15 Minutes from Whitefish

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

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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Whitefish House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • 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
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (3), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • 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
  • 1 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • 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:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting


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Quiet Retreat on Hanson Doyle Lake 15 Minutes from Whitefish
average rating of 4.928571 based on 18 reviews

Amazing people, great value, great location.

  • 4 of 5

Amazing people, great value, great location.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wayland MA

Wonderful Montana setting

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect place for families to stay in the Flathead vall

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous stay / everything we needed / great location

  • 5 of 5

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!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Riverton Utah

Fantastic vacation experience

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quiet, Peaceful Setting

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
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Michael Fanning
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french
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Calendar last updated:
January 16, 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

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Mike & Jill,

Thank you so much for doing this with your retirement home! How lucky we are!

It was really great to e-mail with you prior to our stay, and by looking around your house, you seem like people I would like to get to know! Thanks you for all the maps you left (we used the kid's map quite a bit and you may have to make a new one for the next group).

We caught 4 large pike, saw 2 turtles, something brown and furry in the water, a mother doe and fawn on your front lawn, several herons, a falcon, and dozens of very brave hummers.

Your property is beautiful and though I'm not much of a snow bunny, I imagine it is a winter wonderland.

Thank you once again and I imagine we may see you again.
Aug 2009
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Nearest Airport
21 Miles
Glacier Park International
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Whitefish Montana (several bars)
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Whitefish Lake Golf Club
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Whitefish Montana
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Several in Whitefish
Nearest Ski
17 Miles
Whitefish Mountain Resort
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Tally Lake
Car: necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $160
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 7.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 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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