About the property
- House1000 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 nights
House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 8-10.)
A well kept historic home with a location that is unbeatable! Guests RAVE about our location, with walking distance to great restaurants, evening social life, and breakfast bakeries! The Elliott Guest House is a completely restored home built in 1916. Fine linens (Italian sheets), regional art, and a fully furnished kitchen grace the home. The Elliott Guest House is distinguished as one of the area's first vacation homes. It is a premiere place for flyfishers to stay. We love to host our guests. This is our only home that we manage, so your stay will not feel like a corporate booking or distant management company experience.
We are your premiere weekend getaway in fall and winter.
Our home is ideally suited within walking distance to shopping, restaurants, and live theater. Fish or sightsee during the day (within a 15 minute drive) and come home to a charming home near restaurants and live theater at the end of the day.
For 100 years, we have had the pleasure of hosting expectant mothers, vacationers, extended families from the Livingston-Gardiner-Bozeman area, and yes, even actors from 'A River Runs Through It' and the 'Horse Whisperer'. If only our walls could talk and share with you all of the comings and goings at The Elliott House!
The home is very clean, and the owner pays close attention to details. There are three bedrooms and one bathroom that features an antique claw foot bathtub with shower. A generous supply of books, magazines, and games abounds. Call ahead with your grocery list, and the owner will stock the home for you, book you for massage therapy at the nearby Firehall Fitness Center, or send you a list of yoga classes just one block from the home.
Enjoy the sunny front porch and walk to breakfast just two blocks downtown. Relax in our air conditioning and well kept furnishings.
Keywords: bungalow style home, close to downtown, affordable, historic, flyfishing, Yellowstone National Park, Bozeman, airport accessable, hiking, biking, backpacking, couples, clean, three-bedroom, recreation, retreat, Montana, cowboy, western, Paradise Valley, culture, art, theater, Gallatin, Yellowstone River, Depot Center, convenient, antiques, Victorian style,
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- Response time:
- within one day
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 16, 2018
Kara Stermitz is a fifth generation owner of the Elliott Guest House. Originally built by Kara's great-great grandmother, Sarah Schultz, the home was an early day boarding home for expectant mothers. Kara's great-great grandmother Sarah, a mid-wife, journeyed in her horse and buggy to outlying ranches to pick up expectant mothers. She pampered Mom and Baby, giving them respite they likely would not have again soon. Nowadays, Kara takes great enjoyment in offering the home to her guests as she raises her four children and works as a Marketing Administrator/Operations Manager for Confluence Consulting, a stream restoration and environmental consulting firm in Bozeman, MT. Kara has strong ties to Park County, as her family still ranches near Yellowstone Park. Kara is an avid flyfisher and can talk with you about many excursions and choices in the area. When she is not busy in Livingston, Kara chooses to travel elsewhere to flyfishing adventures!
Owner purchased this House in 1992
Why Owner chose Livingston
Our property is well kept and ideally located for ease during your vacation. You will feel the authentic Montana experience when you stay with us. Kara is a fifth generation Montana girl! Our location is within walking distance to downtown Livingston and also Montana's Rib and Chop House. Enjoy your day our sightseeing, fishing, or hiking, and return at the end of the day to a pleasant walk downtown.
What makes this House unique
The Elliott Guest House is uniquely located in close proximity (within a short walking distance) to shopping, art galleries, a fitness center, the Firehouse 5 Playhouse, Blue Slipper Theater, Montana's Rib and Chop House, and other amenities. Within a 5 minute drive lies the Yellowstone River, and within 15-20 minutes' drive are the Spring Creeks. The Elliott House is meticulously cared for. We offer wifi, cable/satellite tv, laundry facilities, a fully stocked kitchen, and an extensive reading library.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
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.
The Elliot Guest House is the perfect place to stay in Livingston!
This home is well appointed for all types of travelers. The beds are very comfortable. The kitchen has everything you need. The owners are very generous in leaving an assortment of toiletries and detergent so you don’t have to run to the store if something was forgotten. This house is very close to downtown, which is a wonderful place to shop and eat. Chico Hot Sorings, Yellowstone, and Bozeman are all very close. Thanks for letting my girls and me stay!!!!
Owner was easy to work with. Even with 5 adults the single bathroom worked out although getting in and out if the tub/shower can be difficult. Stocked with everything we needed.
We enjoyed hosting Rhonda's group. As a host, I am attentive to our guests' needs, including answering questions prior to guests' stay and working with them on booking and changes that occur. I worked closely with Rhonda to ensure that her reservation was as seamless as possible, with no surprises. The antique clawfoot bathtub is the original bathtub that was in the Elliott Guest House, lovingly restored. It is large and designed for full body soaking. We encourage our guests to review our website photographs in advance to discover if all of the amenities are the right fit for them. I am happy to hear Rhonda's stay was pleasant.
Livingston Historic House
We may have been unfortunate arriving in Livingston in really hot weather. However, the house was very warm and the small window air conditioner was simply unable to cope. Fortunately there was just 2 of us and by closing off two of the bedrooms and using the bedroom closest to the air conditioner nights were tolerable. This is a old house with traditional features including a claw foot bath with a great shower but definitely not easy for this older couple to use. Excellent cable TV but very slow WiFi around 1Mb download so no streaming or big files.
Livingston is a fun town close to Yellowstone with some good dining places including the Rib and Chop House just 2 minutes walk from the the front door.
We have stayed in over 50 VRBO/Homeaway homes in the US, Europe and Australia this is the first time I have written a 3 star review. Unfortunately when I look back at the owner's description and compare it to our experience I think it's fair to say this historic house did not live up to our expectations.
Livingston experienced an UNUSUALLY warm July 2017. We had not seen temperatures exceeding 90 degrees for so many days on end for decades. We were all melting! Most rental properties in our area have no air conditioning, due to the fact that it is rarely needed (with the exception of possibly 2 to 3 weeks). We are one of the few homes to have an air conditioner, which is located in our dining/living room area. Additionally, many homes do not have WIFI. Some areas in Paradise Valley and near Yellowstone Park are inaccessible to service altogether, while others choose not to offer service as there are many internet cafes close by. (Within two blocks of the Elliott House are several internet cafes and a public library with internet access.) I work for a global software firm and have worked out of The Elliott House for extended periods. I have not found the speed of the WIFI to be an issue. This is a high outdoor enthusiast area, with our guests out and about and not predominately tuned in to media. We encourage you to visit our museums, sight-see, rent a bike, or visit a live theater in the evenings. We have two wonderful live theaters, both within walking distance to The Elliott House. We host dozens of guests each year and those happy and satisfied rarely post and contact us personally with gracious comments about how our pricing, location, and amenities are an excellent value. We enjoy hosting!
The house was quaint and has a bit of history to it.
There was three people in our group. My wife, my sister-in-law and me. We found the house quaint and enjoyed the fact that it had a bit of local history attached. The bed was a bit cramped for my wife and I, but we managed. The only knock I had was the bathroom. There is a shelf above the lavatory that I nearly banged my head on every time I went to rinse my mouth or splash my face. I couldn't lean forward without nearly hitting the shelf. The tub is an old claw foot style, which I'm not new to, we had that same type of tub in one of our early homes for years. The problem is, this one is set up with a shower and between no room to maneuver without nearly pulling the shower curtain down or tripping over it.
As our website shows, there are two queen sized beds in two rooms. They are standard sized queen beds. The clawfoot bathtub in our bathroom does have a shower. Nearly all of our guests prefer a shower. It is set up to shower in, with a shower curtain that pulls around the bathtub. There is nothing unusual about this set up, and the bathroom was configured by a plumber with years of experience. So, nothing with a band-aid or patched together, here! The shelf is configured to set your shaving items, cosmetics, or nighttime skin regiment above the sink and placed well above the sink as our website photos display.
We enjoyed our stay at the charming Elliott House. We appreciated the personal touches and the homey feel.
I did discover, though, that I am a fan of modern conveniences. Showering proved to be a bit of a challenge in the period-correct tub (although I admit the bathroom decor was very cute!); wrestling with the curtain was comical.
For couples traveling together, the second bedroom didn't bode well for husband and wife to sleep together: no big deal--I baled and slept in "the kids' room" on the bottom bunk, and slept just fine!
It was great to have everything within walking distance. However, living in Michigan as I do, it was a bummer that all the shops closed up at 5 as we never got off from any rivers we fished until later. (Which has NOTHING to do with the quality of the Elliott house, but something to keep in mind as a traveler).
All things considered, I would certainly recommend staying at the Elliott House if the Livingston/Gardner/Bozeman area is your destination. No farther than 45 mins from ANYTHING you'd care to experience in Momtana's fishing Mecca.
Oh! And nice fish on your fb page! Congratulations!
We always enjoy hosting our guests and are glad to receive feedback.
The second bedroom discussed below has been shared by couples previously, and the third bedroom mentioned has three extra beds, and certainly not set up as a "kids room".
The antique clawfoot bathtub contains a shower with both an exterior and interior shower curtain that fully wraps around the bathtub, a very standardized set up for this style of bathtub. We chose to retain this bathtub in the Elliott Guest House as it was the original bathtub in the home, and as such is very large for bathing and soaking. Antique clawfoot bathtubs such as this are a rare find.
We accomodated this guest's need to arrive early, as they called four hours in advance of arrival time and wanted to get into the house early. We were able to do so. They had also forgotten their access code to the home, so that was sent again after the party was in route on the airplane.
We look forward to continue sharing our home with our guests.
Outstanding Property and Unbeatable Value
Of the many VRBO properties I've rented, this place ranks at the very top. It's meticulously clean, well furnished with many antiques, quiet, and with bookshelves filled with Montana books. The charming bungalow is two-blocks from Livingston's vibrant Main Street and its bookstores, coffee houses, public library, museums, and restaurants. The owner runs a tight ship which means that when you arrive, the place will be in A+ condition. I thoroughly enjoyed my 2-week holiday here and will definitely book another visit. Incidentally, Yellowstone NP is less than an hour drive from Livingston. Historic Virginia City and Nevada City are about 90 minutes from the rental property. In short, this property is a great rental for the price. You won't find a better value.
Our home is uniquely close to theaters, art galleries, dining, the Yellowstone River, and other fine amenities. You can safely walk downtown after a day of enjoying the outdoors. Montana Rib and Chop, one of our best eateries, is a short walk down the alley.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Our standard rates are $145 per night for two; $20 each additional person per night. We require 3 nights minimum stay. Children ages 6 and under stay free. During the winter months, we offer a monthly rate for parties interested in renting the home for 30 days or longer. For shorter stays during the winter months, our standard rates apply at $145 per night for two.