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1916 Schoolhouse near Yellowstone-horse rides,zip lining, rafting, hiking

Bedrooms 1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Cabin, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

Take a step back in time and delve into the rich history of the area. Our 1916 Schoolhouse is located on the historic Stermitz Ranch in beautiful Cinnabar Basin, Gardiner, Montana. This is the original location of the school, which provided a much needed learning place for the children in this rural area - many of whose families immigrated to the area to work in coal mines.

In 2009-2010, the schoolhouse was completely renovated to preserve the structure and maintain the historic integrity of the building. Many of the original items are on display for all to enjoy.

From the moment you drive to the schoolhouse on the hill, you will be amazed by the breathtaking views. Once you set foot inside, you are in for a relaxing vacation. The schoolhouse boasts several tall windows, each with spectacular mountain views - aspen trees and wildlife abound. Watch deer, elk, and the occasional moose graze in the meadow out the front door. Bears, wolves, and coyotes are sometimes spotted on nearby hills and fields.

Experience what life is like on a western ranch. We raise American Quarter Horses, and generally have at least one new foal every summer. Last summer our cabin guests were fortunate enough to witness the birth! The ranch is also home to chickens,pigs,cows,dogs, and cats. Have farm fresh eggs delivered to you upon request- our sons charge $5/dozen and offer free delivery.

A highlight of the Schoolhouse features:

*Horseback rides and zip lining available on property.

*Whitewater rafting on the nearby Yellowstone River.

*Farm fresh eggs delivered.

*Hiking/cross-country skiing from the front door.

*King size bed with luxurious linens.

*Mountain views from every window.

*Beautiful location on the historic Stermitz Ranch.

*A scenic 20-25 minute drive to Yellowstone National Park.

*2 twin convertible beds (with bedding)are perfect for kids.

*Cozy seating area with a charming propane fireplace.

*Carefully appointed details such as a tin ceiling, original wood floors, old school desks and books, a chalkboard, etc.

*Heated slate floor in the bathroom.

*Kitchen with a full size range.

*Opportunities for children to interact with animals.

*Western ranch experience.

Do you have a larger group, or planning a family re-union? Ask about our other cabin rentals on the ranch! We also have a large covered pavilion with picnic tables - perfect for those large family gatherings.

We look forward to meeting you.

Your hosts,

Stacy and Rob Stermitz

Keywords: Studio, cottage, school house, cabin

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Stacy Stermitz
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
March 13, 2018

About Stacy Stermitz

My husband, Rob and I feel extremely blessed to live in such an amazing place. We are fortunate to raise our 4 sons, who are the 5th generation, here on the historic Stermitz Ranch. Rob works full time as a Landscape Architect in Yellowstone as well as managing the ranch operations. Stacy is a full time mom and manages the vacation rental properties and the horseback rides. We enjoy working on renovation projects together, generally on the weekends as time allows. The schoolhouse is our third complete renovation on the aging ranch buildings. The next project will be the original homestead house built in 1910. We have enjoyed the challenges that each building brings, and look forward to the day when all of the original structures have been restored and preserved!

Stacy Stermitz purchased this cabin in 1900

Why Stacy Stermitz chose Gardiner

After Rob and I both graduated from college and got married, we decided that this was the ideal place to raise our kids. We both share a deep appreciation for the outdoors and the history of the area, and the proximity to Yellowstone Park makes it ideal. We just love the story of how his family came to be here. Rob's great grandfather, Joseph, was born in Slovenia, Austria in 1862 and worked in the coal mines from the age of 9. He later immigrated here from Slovenia with his wife and two children in 1892, following the promise of work in coal mines in Montana. When they arrived he found that no work was to be found. Joseph used his last $10 to buy a shotgun so that he might feed his family. While here, a fire broke out in the Cokedale mines. Joe helped put out the fires and was noticed by the mine boss who asked 'who is that good worker?' Someone explained that it was an immigrant who couldn't find work. The mine boss then said 'Put that man to work. Anyone who works that hard for no pay should get a job.' The family, along with the addition of three more children, moved to the ranch in Cinnabar Basin in 1900. They purchased the the original homestead of Bob Dixon. Their house consisted of a dirt roofed dugout built by Dixon. Later, when the mine closed in 1910, the lumber was brought from the hospital building in Aldrige to construct a log and lumber house. Rob's grandfather was born here in 1910. He later attended this school. In 1935, Rob's grandfather married Gladys Elliott, who was one of the teachers at this schoolhouse. Their son, Jim, also attended school here and continues to live here on the ranch with his wife Lorayne.

What makes this cabin unique

The ranch is ideally located in the remote mountains of the Gallatin National Forest, while still being a close drive to the many wonders of Yellowstone National Park. We enjoy watching the abundant wildlife, hiking and skiing from our back door, and taking a horseback ride up the scenic mountain trails that the ranch has to offer. Being in the great outdoors is what this property is all about! Experience what life is like on a western ranch. We hope that you will enjoy it as much as we do.


Gardiner Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Ski-In
  • Ski-Out
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Dialup Access
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1), Baby Cribs (1) A "Pack-N-Play" is available upon request., Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) Twin floor matts can be easily moved to any spot in the room.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Toys
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • ski lift privileges
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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1916 Schoolhouse near Yellowstone-horse rides,zip lining, rafting, hiking
average rating of 4.9142857 based on 35 reviews

Lovely unique property with outstanding views and all the conveniences one could want.

  • 5 of 5

Would definitely recommend the Schoolhouse.

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very special place

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at the Schoolhouse last week for 4 nights. It is a very special place, almost like a museum. It is very obvious Stacy and Rob put lots of time and thought into renovating the cabin. It's very clean and well stocked and the views are amazing. The cabin is decorated with many things from the original schoolhouse including lots of pictures. There is a book on a table at the end of the bed that tells the history of the schoolhouse including the renovation, be sure to read it.

While I hate to say anything negative there are two things I feel I should mention. First, the scenic drive up to the cabin is about 4 miles uphill on a gravel/dirt road that has lots of curves and is only wide enough for one car to pass at times. The last several hundred feet is a very steep dirt road with lots of ditches. Most of the time we were there it was somewhat muddy because it rained and snowed. The second thing is, as Stacy clearly states, there is no cell service or WIFI while at the cabin. What I didn't realize is there isn't any cell service while in Yellowstone either so I had very, very limited service the four days we were there. The only place to get service is in the town of Gardiner near the entrance of the park.

All in all I do highly recommend the cabin and would stay again if we are ever in the area.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A great unplugged getaway

  • 5 of 5

My wife, two boys and I loved our stay at the ranch! The schoolhouse was perfectly decorated and wonderfully comfortable. Being unplugged for 5 days is just what we needed to recharge and enjoy life from another perspective. The drive up to the ranch through the canyon was breathtaking, and once on top of the mountain, they got even better. Our horse ride was awesome and the guides were so helpful and friendly. Don't miss the zip lines either! A rush for sure!!

Thank you!

The Richards Family

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Heaven in the Mountains

  • 5 of 5

A truly unique experience. The schoolhouse was an amazing place to stay. The decor include many original features from the time it was used to teach the local children. Close to Yellowstone, Livingston and Bozeman, but secluded and in some of the most beautiful country in the world. The owners are very friendly and we took a back country horse tour with them that was a blast! We would stay here again in a second but would consider one of their larger accommodations next time as we were a group of four

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What an experience!

  • 5 of 5

Rob and Stacy have created a space that welcomes, is fully equipped with anything you'd need, is totally comfy, and has a setting that is beyond beautiful. We are so very glad that we had the experience of staying at The Schoolhouse!

We are both educators and so The Schoolhouse intrigued us, but when we walked in, it was truly a "WOW"! To see all the history, as well as the amazing way Stacy and Rob put it all together was quite powerful. I'll always remember sitting on the porch, in the rocking chair, surrounded by the beauty that is the Stermitz Ranch.

If you do give yourself the gift of staying on the ranch, be sure to take advantage of the trail ride!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceeded our expectations! Fantastic decor and atmosphere. Great to unplug and refresh.

  • 5 of 5

We loved the 1916 school house. Pictures don't do justice to the decor and beauty. Highly recommend this as a wonderful compliment to a Yellowstone vacation.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 10.0%

High Seas(6/15-9/30)5 nt min.$250/.Low Seas(10/1-6/14) 2 nt min.$200/night.
E-Mail Us for Lower Rates During Off-Season /nt(2 Nt Min.) 50% Deposit Secures Reservation - Remaining Balance Due 2 weeks prior to arrival.Full Refund Minus $50 Re-Booking Fee if cancel 60 + Days Prior to Check in.No Refunds for Cancellations Less Than 60 Days Prior to Check in.7% tax. Add 3% for credit card use

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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