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Secluded Swan Family Home on Beautiful Flathead Lake

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,700 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms , 2 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

The Swan Family Home is Flathead Lake-front property, perched above the water in a woodsy, private, and quiet setting. Watch the kids from the many decks as they swim from the private, gravel beach. Listen to the circling osprey and the waves on the shore. Enjoy campfires and 'smores' on the beach with the kids.

Influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright, the home was designed and built by an artist-engineer. The interior has unique, handcrafted features: stone fireplace, curving spiral stair, and picture windows to follow the changing light. Two of the bedrooms have their own decks.

The unique character and charm does not mean you have to suffer. The year-round home is comfortable with central heat, AC, and modern appliances: Full kitchen with double oven, 5-burner electric range, microwave, dishwasher, washer/dryer, all cooking and eating utensils, and bed linens furnished. Gas BBQ. Wireless Internet. There is a two-car garage, and a shed with wood for that morning fire with your coffee.

Come enjoy the beach, the wild animals, and the quiet: canoe, swim, and relax to the sounds of the water.

Renting Saturday to Saturday

Keywords: House

More Details

Mac Swan
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 3, 2018

About Mac Swan

Owners: Mac and Karen Swan; Mary Swan and her son Ken. We grew up on Flathead Lake and have lived and worked in Montana throughout our lives.

Mac Swan purchased this house in 1957

Why Mac Swan chose Polson

One of the unique areas on Flathead Lake, Cat Bay is particularly remote with the old-time feel of Montana the way it used to be. We offer modern amenities in a quiet setting. You'll wish you could stay on and on.

What makes this house unique

Built as a family project over years, the original cabin was framed in 1957, bedrooms and bath added in 1964, garage, studio and third bedroom and bath completed in 1969. Entryway completed in 1972. We finished an extensive updatingl in 2017 with new flooring, counter tops, sinks and faucets.

The Swan Family has enjoyed these three timbered acres away from the cares of the world, the clear waters lapping against the gentle gravel beach, the calls of the osprey overhead and communing with the animals who make their home here too.

Bliss is lingering over coffee on the sunny morning deck--fledgling hawks casting quick shadows through the timber during their flight lessons to the knock of pileated woodpeckers on the pines.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We are delighted to announce to our guests that the Swan Family

Home has moved into its permanent ownership: Mary Swan and her son

Ken Rand, along with Mac and Karen Swan are committed to

maintaining the unique atmosphere and quietude that we have

enjoyed on the lake. Since Ken's grandparents acquired the

property in 1952 until now, Cat Bay has been a special retreat from

the cares, concerns, and worldly cares of the work-a-day world.

We are delighted to be blessed with the opportunity to share this

special place with others. Each season just like each guest brings experiences memorable and new.

Please book early.
Jan 2005
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Polson House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Quiet hours from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed , ladder entry; furnished with clean sleeping bag only
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    The Big Room - 1 queen , 4 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (4), Twin or Single Beds (4), Child Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snowboarding
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Quiet, Gravel beach, Canoe, Fire-pit, Decks, Patio, Central heat and AC, Washer/Dryer, Dish Washer, Fireplace with complimentary wood, Parlor stove, Wireless Internet, Library, Each full bath has its own water heater, thermostatically controlled heat, and window, No Pets, No Fireworks, No Smoking


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Secluded Swan Family Home on Beautiful Flathead Lake
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Fourth of July vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing vacation at the swan home. Mac was a wonderful host and has an amazing property. There were six adults and eight children and there was plenty of room for everyone. The dock is great for people of all ages to swim from. I would definitely stay here again as would everyone in my family.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Summer vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at the Swan home. Mac and Karen met us and showed us around the property, making us feel very welcome. The house is fully equipped, nothing fancy, just comfortable. The lake is beautiful, we took canoe jaunts to explore the lake. We spent hours swimming, reading, relaxing by the water. Mac and Karen gave us a ride around the lake in their boat, which was an extra treat. It was perfect. I hope we can return for another vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Absolutely beautiful!!! Well worth it. Spent alot of time on the water and on the dock. The house was the perfect size for all 10 of us. Nice to have all the necessities. I even baked a birthday cake and found the cake pan. It was secluded but not far from town either. Only problem was the wasps were out in full strength on the dock. I had an allergic reaction. Maybe they like margarita's and beer also. He, he.I definitely recommend this place. Thanks Mac.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bellevue, WA

"Mr. Swan" - So, I think ...

  • 5 of 5

"Mr. Swan" - So, I think I'm okay w/calling you "Mac" now! We had such a fabulous experience staying at your home. We found everything we needed to be comfortable. All the kids (ages 20, 17, 13, 6, 6 AND 6) found something to do and enjoy. We came to think of the deer as our family pets! We especially enjoyed the seclusion of the bay and the way in which it is protected from the wind. I had to work a few hours each day but didn't mind doing so because I had such great surroundings. We look forward to staying at your home again!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2007
  • Stayed: August 2007
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Salmon, Idaho

Regarding your rental, we...

  • 5 of 5

Regarding your rental, we just treated it like it was our own....and had a tough time giving up the "adoption!"

You probably don't hear this from everyone but I was awed by the woodworking details, the numerous homemade built-ins and the obvious craftsmanship that went into the home's construction. (Don't tell Mary I told you that, she thinks I'm nuts)! The soul of its builders and family still remains and we feel fortunate to have been able to share this special place!

I am attaching a photo of your "pet" deer which apparently love eating from your flower beds, shrubs and trees! They also enjoy the property!!


  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2005
  • Stayed: September 2005
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St. Louis, Mo.

We really enjoyed our sta...

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at the vacation home of Mac and Karen Swan in Polson, Montana this past Sept. We went after Labor Day, less crowded in the parks, and the weather was wonderful with just a hint of fall in the air.

The home is very comfortable and charming and built as a labor of love by Mac's father year's ago. It is on a secluded cove and very peaceful if you are looking to escape the pressures of "city" life.

Mac and Karen greeted us upon arrival and made us feel very welcome from the start. We stayed for a week and it was a wonderful setting for a family reunion for our extended family living in the west. Each night we would have a campfire by the lake, roasting

marshmellows and catching up.

We would love to go back to Polson in the future and stay at the Swan Family Home when we do.

Bill and Jackie McCormick

St. Louis, Missouri

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2004
  • Stayed: October 2004
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Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Missoula or Kalispell
Nearest Barpub
9 Miles
Glacier Brewing Co.
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Polson Golf Course
Nearest Train
70 Miles
Whitefish, MT
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
U.S. Highway 93
Nearest Restaurant
9 Miles
Hot Spot Thai
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Blacktail Mountain
Nearest Beach
0.02 Miles
Flathead Lake
Car: necessary

Birding, Canoeing, River Rafting, Golfing, Located on the historic Flathead Indian Reservation, National Bison Range is one hour south, Glacier National Park is two hours north, Peaks of the Mission Mountain Wilderness are omnipresent


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 7.0%

Quiet hours from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m.
We prefer payment by personal check.

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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