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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

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Gina Nelson
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 23, 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 Glacier Country

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


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(33 traveler reviews)

Braidwater Guest Cottage, a Luxury Vacation Rental
average rating of 5.0 based on 33 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: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are pleased you had a great time !!! The Nelsons
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Michigan and California

This was the highlight of our month long road trip!

  • 5 of 5

This property is amazing; a beautiful location close to West Glacier. My son loved the fishing and we all loved the cabin and surroundings. The indoor trampoline was over the top fun for the kids. However, the most exceptional part of the whole visit was the kindness and hospitality of the hosts, Gina and Greg, and their family. Their generosity and friendliness was just so heart warming. Greg went out of his way to help my son have fun, set him up to fish on their pond, showed him around endlessly and played croquet with him.

The cabin was beautiful, comfortable and unique. We would love to return. The kitchen was better equipped than any other rental I've stayed in, with lovely heavy bottom pans, and had all the little things, like a cheese grater and citrus squeezer. The beds were very comfortable and my daughter and I had a fine time reading, curled up on the couch and loveseat. All in all, an exceptional stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Helena, MT

Hospitality is now spelled "Braidwater"!

  • 5 of 5

My family just spent an amazing weekend at Braidwater. We all agreed that this was one of the most enchanting places we have ever had the pleasure of staying. Uniquely styled with living on 3 levels allowed for my wife and I to enjoy time in the kitchen while our boys sprawled out with books and games elsewhere.

Days were spent on the Flathead River and exploring small burgs around the Valley. Meal time was a cinch as the kitchen had every implement imaginable - even a french press for a perfect cup of coffee. After hours as a family with teenagers, the foosball table and ping-pong were a great trade for the typical TV and iPods. There was even a trampoline that was available!

The icing on the cake for Braidwater though are its hospitable owners. Gina and Greg have a knack for knowing when to check in and when to maintain privacy. They were knowledgeable about activities our kids eagerly enjoyed - and their son lead the charge on providing instruction on a few new activities to our family!

We left Braidwater feeling relaxed, rengaged with each other, and enthused about the beautiful place that is Montana's Flathead Valley. Thanks Gina and Greg for a great stay and for such genuine hospitality. You made us feel welcome and Braidwater felt like home.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Kalispell, MT 59901

Great Reunion

  • 5 of 5

I had a great time with my teammates and the cabin and property were beautiful and really gave us a place to relax and enjoy ourselves and have fun! we grew closer as a team and really got to know one another. The cabin was well kept and had great history to it. The setting was lovely and Gina was very helpful and nice. We all had a wonderful time jumping off onto the trampoline and we had fun practicing our cheer and routines and now hold a lot of memories and moments while also exploring the grounds. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a relaxing and fun time with their family or friends and I will definitely be going back myself.

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Family Reunion/Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at Braidwater Ranch in August 2015. We had an amazing stay that exceeded our expectations. Our hosts Greg and Gina were charming and informative about the Flathead Valley. The Cottage is so much better than pictured on the site. Our 12 year old son had fun jumping on the trampoline and sleeping in the bunk beds. Our 21 year old daughter loved the upstairs bedroom with luxury appointments. My husband and I were amazed at the details everywhere we turned. The upstairs deck was perfect for enjoying a good book or glass of wine. The kitchen was well stocked with everything we needed for cooking and the available laundry facilities were a bonus. The location is perfect for exploring Glacier National Park, Flathead Lake, Bigfork, Whitefish, Big Mountain and the Swan Valley. We would recommend Braidwater Ranch to our closest friends and family. I would rate it higher than 5 stars if I had the option. You can't go wrong with a stay at Braidwater Ranch.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was amazing! The barn was located within reasonable distance to every wonderful Montana experience we had hoped to have. Everyone was comfortable and snug at night and with the well stocked supplies in the kitchen we were able to cook and enjoy great meals together! The indoor trampoline, huge manicured lawn, garden and river areas kept the kids exhausted and added to our much needed family time. The hospitality offered to our family was exceptional and accommodating, we quickly felt comfortable and welcomed. Braidwater is amazing and truly one of a kind!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you and thanks for leaving the place in such good condition !
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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

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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

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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