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Braidwater Guest Cottage, a Luxury Vacation Rental

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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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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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Gina Nelson
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
November 19, 2016
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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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(30 traveler reviews)

Braidwater Guest Cottage, a Luxury Vacation Rental
average rating of 5.0 based on 30 reviews
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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Great place!

  • 5 of 5

My family just vacationed to MT and are so glad we picked this VRBO for accommodations! The host family is very nice and welcoming. The kitchen is stocked with plenty of condiments and utensils so it was nice to only have to buy the major ingredients for cooking. The decorations are very eclectic; by far one of the most unique places we've ever stayed at. We have 3 little boys who enjoyed everything from the horses on the farm to the indoor trampoline! We enjoyed being away from other people and still close enough to drive to fun activities. The only thing I'd say is to be aware that the staircases in the place are open. I struggled with that a little bit with the kids (although my hubby didn't seem to care as much). But we had no incidents thankfully and everyone had a great time. We highly recommend staying here and are hoping to come back ourselves sometime!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful place and accommodating owners!

  • 5 of 5

We were actually there April 5th of 2013.This was a wonderful place for myself and children. It's out of town but yet close enough to get to stores, restaurants, and anything else you'd like to do around the valley. The children enjoyed the indoor space, especially the trampoline! It had everything you'd need to enjoy your stay. The owners were more than accommodating as we had family stuff arise and needed to stay longer than planned. They were kind and understanding. I would recommend this property to any family or friend that needed a quiet, yet convenient place to stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

A wonderful property that offers so much more than just a place to stay. My kids had a blast with the indoor trampoline and foosball table. The Braidwater offers so much indoor space to enjoy, it provided the perfect winter weather retreat!

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
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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

Kalispell House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Low season
Sep 16 2016 - May 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
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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Kalispell House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
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
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
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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