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Braidwater Guest Cottage, a Luxury Vacation Rental

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Bunk Area, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 10)

Welcome to Braidwater. We are located in the Flathead Valley of Northwest Montana, a land of snowy mountains, green forests and wild rivers. Our home is located on the Flathead River, in the middle of valley farmland, yet only minutes from Kalispell. From here you can easily hike in Glacier National Park, ski Whitefish Mountain, see Bigfork village or visit art galleries in Kalispell.

Our beautiful property boasts abundant wildlife, including deer, and many species of waterfowl and raptors. To preserve the environment, our hayfields are managed without pesticides or artificial fertilizers. There is wild river frontage right here for activities all year round, including snowshoeing, cross country skiing, ice skating, bird watching, hiking and fishing. In the summer, we welcome guests to a large organic garden and orchard.

The guest quarters are timber frame construction, with vaulted ceilings, a wood burning stove and old world decorating. The bedrooms boast organic sheets and luxury duvets. The master bedroom features tiffany lighting and a king size bed with a primaloft featherbed. With this plus four bunks in a children’s room, a hideaway full size bed, and a loft, there is plenty of space. The kitchen and dining area are fully appointed. There is an indoor trampoline, a small workout area with weights, a Precor elliptical, and an adjacent setup for viewing DVDs while working out. Wireless internet access is provided throughout, including at the outdoor hot tub. With it’s textured walls, tapestries, carved furniture, and beautiful vistas, Braidwater vacation rental provides the magical ambiance combined with modern convenience.

Kalispell itself, 10 minutes away, is the hub of the Flathead Valley, with Whitefish to the north, and Bigfork to the South. The Valley can be accessed by air via Glacier Park International Airport, or through Whitefish by Amtrak train. Kalispell is cosmopolitan beyond its size, containing many art galleries, a wonderful community medical center, and a fabulous symphony orchestra.

Your hosts at Braidwater will be Greg and Gina Nelson. They met at Stanford and married in 1983. Greg is a professional outfitter, custom builder and native to the area. Gina is a local physician. They and their family, can provide all the information and guidance you will need for a wonderful stay. We welcome people of all ages and nationalities. We hope you will join us.

Keywords: Guest house

More Details

Gina Nelson
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 13, 2017

About Gina Nelson

Hello, I'm Gina Nelson. Our family has the good fortune to live at Braidwater Farm on the Flathead River. I'm a practicing Obstetrician Gynecologist. I, like the other members of our family am a naturalist, a sportsman, and most of all a maker. Our love of our land and the enjoyment of sharing this place with people binds our family. My husband Greg is a artisan builder and an outfitter as well as an experienced mountaineer. Our children are daughter Echo and son in law Brian, both biologists, and sons Forest and Vale, who are engineers.

Gina Nelson purchased this house in 1995

Why Gina Nelson chose Kalispell

We bought this land in 1995 because it has been our dream to do so ever since we married in 1983. It is riverside fertile farmland close to town, in the hunting grounds Greg frequented as a youth. We first built our guest quarters and barn, then later built our own house. When our house became finished, we began having guests.

What makes this house unique

It is pastoral to wild here, and yet convenient to the activities we do in daily life. We are able to farm, garden, experience the River and have horses, and yet I can get to town and every other area in the Valley very quickly.

The architecture and decorating are products of more than twenty years of dreaming, planning, and work. Being here enables me to enjoy their distilled beauty every day.


Kalispell House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Bathroom is in slate with etched glass door. I has a shower over tub arrangement.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • King size beds (1) Has primaloft featherbed and duvet., Double Beds (1) This is a full size futon with primaloft featherbed topper in the loft. Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) This is a full size sofa bed. , Bunk Beds (4) These are two pair of twin bunks.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water tubing


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Braidwater Guest Cottage, a Luxury Vacation Rental
average rating of 4.974359 based on 39 reviews

Amazing hospitality and super fun property. Heaven is in Montana we now know!

  • 5 of 5

Holy cow! Our family had an amazing stay at the Nelson property. Kids thought it was Heaven! Their grounds are absolutly amazing. Thank you so much for showing us around the incredible garden. We can not say enough about how great an experience this was. Loved it all, thank you.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are pleased you had a great time !!! The Nelsons
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Alpharetta Georgia

We loved the property! It was just what we needed!

  • 5 of 5

The Nelsons were fantastic host and the property was everything we hoped for! It is quiet and peaceful and my wife and enjoyed everything about the property.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Madison, Wisconsin

Beautiful setting, great value, terrific hosts.

  • 5 of 5

The owners are extraordinarily nice people who live in a beautiful house on the property and made us feel very comfortable. The property itself is a lovely Montana farmstead that has been created with obvious devotion to aesthetics and the environment. The rental is part of a larger building that is used to store guide gear, but is quite private. The layout is a bit unusual (kitchen on first floor, bedrooms and LR above), but the place is interestingly and charmingly furnished, and very comfortable. If it matters to you (it didn't to us), be aware that there is no TV or dishwasher. The only structural issue that may be of concern to some, is that the two staircases to the upper floor have no hand rails. Unless you are unsteady on stairs, this is not an important issue. I would definitely return here should the occasion to travel to this part of Montana was in the offing.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful respite after full days in Glacier

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful setting. The kids love the trampoline. Everything we needed was right there. Great way to end our fun filled days In Glacier National Park.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

Two families had a restful and fun trip to the cottage. Everything was in order and it was nice to get some laundry running too. They even helped out with a small tubing adventure, just a bonus to the whole stay. Thanks again!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Hide Away

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful time with a big group of grown kids and a couple of grandchildren. The house was away from the hustle of the city but close enough to have the conveniences we needed. Kids had fun on the trampoline and ping pong table in the evening. The house is well stocked and is uniquely decorated. The hosts were warm and helpful.

The few things we would change are having stair rails on the stairs (scary with little kids), adding a second bathroom, and some air conditioning in the loft. We were able to work around these inconveniences and would go again given the opportunity.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10.5 Miles
Glacier Park International
Nearest Barpub
3.4 Miles
Rainbow Bar
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Village Greens
Nearest Train
21 Miles
Amtrak in Whitefish
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Highway 35 or 93
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Nearest Ski
28 Miles
Whitefish Mountain Resort
Car: recommended

Whitewater rafting is 30 minutes away, but inner tubing, scenic floating and fishing are right here.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 7.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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