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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.

A highlight of the Schoolhouse features:

*Horseback rides and zip lining available on property.

*Whitewater rafting on the nearby Yellowstone River.

*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 camping mats (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 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 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
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Dialup Access
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & 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
  • festivals
  • 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 4.928571 based on 42 reviews

Perfect Getaway From the Stresses of City Life!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I are from Los Angeles and we were looking for a mountain retreat to get away from it all. We found this adorable schoolhouse that had been converted into a delightfully cozy cabin on the Stermitz Ranch outside of Gardiner, MT. The ranch exceeded our expectations. It had plenty of open space, horseback riding and hiking. Stacy, Rob, Luke and the ranch hands were very friendly and accommodating - made us feel at home. The scenery was spectacular - rolling hills and mountains, meadows, wild flowers, trees, horses and blue skies. We would come back in a heartbeat! We highly recommend checking this place out, as it should be on anyone’s “short list”.

Craig and Maria

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A great home base for family vacation in Montana!

  • 5 of 5

As a family with young kids (6 and 8) who LOVE horses, the Stermitz ranch school house was perfect. The house was spotless, well furnished, and big enough for a family of 4, including a kitchen to support eating-in (small fridge, so don't over buy before going). It is cozy, perhaps a bit small if you have older kids, but perfect for couples or families with small kids (there are 2 other properties that are also available). We took advantage of the trail rides and our kids visited the horses EVERY day. A new foal was born the night we arrived! The ranch hands - Luke and Cecelia - were extremely patient with the kids and Cecelia was great with them during the trail ride. The kids loved watching them bring in the horses from the pasture every morning! We visited Yellowstone on a daily basis and took us about 20' to get to the north entrance. Less convenient than staying in down town Gardiner or at a park hotel, but we wouldn't trade it for anything. Being off the beaten path is our preferred vacation style and this was perfect. We really appreciated the unique history of the ranch and the information available from Stacy and Rob. Stacy was communicative and accommodating - you can tell the family takes pride in their property. We would absolutely recommend staying at the Stermitz ranch!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cornish NH

We loved our stay in the Montana high country!

  • 5 of 5

The schoolhouse was just as featured. The scenery was beautiful! The amenities were complete as listed. The wranglers were great!

The only issue we had was the shower did not get very hot and the space was a bit tight for 3 adults, but we managed.

I loved reading the history of the school house and it’s restoration. We never met Stacy and Rob but we felt that we knew them through the schoolhouse history and restoration project.

Overall we loved our schoolhouse stay.

The Clifford’s,

New Hampshire

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet escape

  • 5 of 5

We loved the schoolhouse! It was a peaceful, quiet, device free get away for our family.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Incredible scenic retreat

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here at the end of our girls trip after running two half marathons and traveling/exploring through Tetons and Yellowstone. We absolutely adored staying at the schoolhouse. We took advantage of scheduling a horseback riding session for two hours, then settled into our place, enjoying the scenery and remote beauty, free of distraction. There were a couple of baby horses who were adorable to watch as they pranced about the other horses. The scenery of the ranch is vast and breathtaking. We loved the historical pictures, books and history of the ranch and schoolhouse. We also were impressed by the great use of space and found the whole experience very comfortable and enjoyable. I would totally stay here again and highly recommend this location.

Stacy was very responsive thru the process of booking this location and she came and greeted us on arrival, making us feel very welcome.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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School House experience

  • 5 of 5

Old School House stay was a wonderful experience

Lots of character and everything you could ever want was available. Very peaceful and Stacey and Rob came to meet us and said they were only a phone call away. Thanks for letting us experience a part of history.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Bozeman, MT
Nearest Barpub
12 Miles
Gardiner, MT
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Chico Hot Springs
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Nearest Ski
75 Miles
Bridger Bowl
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Yellowstone River
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

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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