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Spacious Country Living in an Historic Building

Bozeman, MT, USA
  • Barn5560 sqft
  • Bedrooms5
  • Sleeps10
  • Bathrooms5
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

5 Bedrooms, 5.5 Baths, Indoor Basketball, 20 Acres With A Creek (Sleeps 10+)

2013 marked the end of our 10-year project to convert an historic barn into a beautiful residence and small event center. We took our time to do it 'right'.

Carl Gilbert Johnson and his father, Edward Johnson, built this barn in 1915 on the family's homestead. Until 1992, the barn was used in the family dairy business. On site you can still see the creamery with its foot- thick cement walls, a log cabin and numerous farm implements.

When we arrived in 1999 the barn was sagging a bit and leaning slightly, yet had a great feel about it. We put it up on a foundation and eventually decided to convert it into a 5-bedroom house with a wonderful hay loft. It took a long time to renovate, but now it is a place that many can enjoy.

Each bedroom has its own toilet/sink/shower and all bathrooms are ADA compliant. Each shower has grab bars and a granite seat. The large master shower has two shower heads!

The hay loft has an oak floor with two layers of soundproofing so that a basketball dribbled upstairs is hardly noticed downstairs.

The barn renovation includes a combination of original barn wood, warehouse wood, and just-milled, rough-sawn lumber.The baseboard throughout the barn is made of wood salvaged from the corrals that were on site. The bed frames and headboards are made with wood that was growing in the early 1800's.

From the antique decor to the handmade wood beds and the complete kitchen to the WiFi system, the barn is a pleasant combination of old and new. Throughout the barn you will notice the Hilton mattresses, pillows and sheets, the thick cotton towels, and a feeling of home. We have traveled a considerable amount in our lives. Now we want our guests to enjoy the little amenities that make a trip a pleasure and a place feel like home.

The barn is surrounded by 20 acres of pasture and trees that outline Hyalite Creek. From various spots on the property, you can see the seven mountain ranges that define the Gallatin Valley. Around the barn you will find a quarter-mile path that can be used for hiking, jogging, cross-country skiing or star watching.

Through the years we've had many craftsmen help us on this project. Almost to the last man they have said that there was something special about the barn and they enjoyed working on it. We believe that you too will feel the special something this barn offers.


Dean & Kristi Drenzek

Member Since 2013
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About Dean & Kristi Drenzek

Dean is a Wisconsin transplant and Kristi is a native Montanan. We met teaching school on the Blackfeet Reservation near Glacier Park near the Canadian border. We have lived in Bozeman long enough to see our children grow up through Anderson Elementary and Bozeman High Schools. Kristi likes yoga, antiques and lunch with her friends. Dean likes Model A Fords, history and cross-country skiing.

Dean & Kristi Drenzek purchased this Barn in 1999

Why Dean & Kristi Drenzek chose Gallatin County

When we were looking for a house with acreage, we found this property: a great outdoor space, but still relatively close to town. Instead of having a view with city lights, we found a place with a view of starlight. This is a place where you can see fox and deer and eagles; you can cross country ski or take a walk, picnic in a meadow surrounded by mountain ranges, or fish in Hyalite Creek. There are many fine places to sit and chat or take out a drawing pad and record what you see. There are many ways to enjoy the 1915 Barn and its surroundings. You will find your own.

What makes this Barn unique

When you walk into the barn you will enjoy the original 11-foot ceilings made of darkened antique wood. The warm colors used on the walls accent the antique furniture and handmade vintage barn-wood bed frames. The carefully chosen drawings, photos, and maps are decorative and informative. An end of the 14 foot by 60 foot living/TV/game room is a garage door that is a giant 'window' to the world. The kitchen has 20 stoneware place settings and a table space for each. A modern kitchen and laundry will allow you to do things you do at home. The entire barn has a sound system, an intercom and WiFi. We subscribe to DirecTV with over a hundred channels. Each bedroom has a personal sound system- just plug in your mp3, iPod, or computer. Each bedroom also has a shower/toilet/sink and a sitting area. The beds have Hilton brand mattresses and headboards that are handmade from antique barn wood. The hay loft has great acoustics and a sound system. There also is a basketball rim and a hardwood floor in the hay loft. The rounded exposed rafters let you feel the shape of the roof. From the attached deck you can see the 10,000 ft. Spanish Peaks, the Tobacco Root Mountains, Gooch Hill and the Horseshoe HIlls. In the yard and surrounding pasture you will find part of the barn's log wall, horseshoe pits, part of the old corral, a log house, a creamery, old farm implements and a tractor. At the corner of the property is Hyalite Creek. It is a great place to collect your thoughts, catch a fish or just sit and listen to nature. Come find your special place at the 1915 Barn. Visit us at our website below.


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king
      • Bedroom 2
        1 king
      • Bedroom 3
        1 king
      • Bedroom 4
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 5
        1 queen
      • Five Bedrooms - 3 have king sized beds - 2 have queen sized beds mattresses are Hilton Hotel mattresses each bedroom has a shower/toilet/sink. each bedroom has a sitting area.


      • 5 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 4
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 5
        toilet, shower
      • Each bathroom has a toilet, a sink and a shower. The shower has one control for water temperature and one for volume. Each shower has a seat and a grab bar.

      Location Type

        • Rural
          The 1915 Barn is located on 20 acres just southwest of Bozeman, an easy 8 to 10 minutes from town. So, while the property feels removed, it is still very conveniently located.


            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Sports & Activities


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Iron & Board
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Garage
                      one car
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Radiant floor heating throughout
                    • Internet
                      WIFI throughout
                    • Fitness Room / Equipment
                      The hayloft has a regulation height basketball rim and a ping pong table.
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                      A couch and four stuffed chairs including one rocker and one reclining chair
                    • Parking
                      For dozens of cars
                    • Telephone
                      Local/Long Distance telephones provided.
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Place settings for 20
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Ice Maker
                        • Kitchen
                          Equipped as a home would be. There are 20 stoneware place settings.
                        • Microwave
                        • Pantry Items
                          Paper towels, zip lock bags, foil, cling wrap and salt and pepper
                        • Refrigerator
                          Refrigerator/Freezer with a water and ice dispenser. An extra refrigerator is located in the Pool Table room.
                        • Stove
                          5 burner gas stove with a standard and convection oven and a warming drawer.


                            • Dining
                              Actually counting tables and counter, up to 30 could be served at one time.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 20 people


                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                  Indoor Basketball (half court) Ping pong table Slate pool table Numerous board games Horseshoes Badminton Wiffle Ball Ladder Ball Bocce Ball Hiking/jogging/skiing trail
                                • Ping Pong Table
                                • Pool Table
                                  Valley Cougar slate table
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  DirecTV with over 100 channels
                                • Stereo
                                  The hayloft has its own sound system. Each bedroom can play music from your iPod/laptop or you can listen to music from the living room TV.
                                • Television
                                  a 36' screen


                                    • Balcony
                                      The second floor features an 8 feet by 12 foot deck with a peeled log railing.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      The second floor features an 8 feet by 12 foot deck with a peeled log railing. There is a 8 foot by 22 foot deck outside the master bedroom.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      About 3 acres of yard with a 1/4 mile hilled loop for hiking, jogging, etc.
                                    • Outdoor Grill


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • limited accessibility
                                          The downstairs is totally accessible. All bathrooms are ADA compliant.


                                            • live theater
                                            • autumn foliage
                                            • cinemas
                                            • coin laundry
                                            • festivals
                                            • forests
                                            • library
                                            • churches
                                            • museums
                                            • playground
                                            • pond
                                            • recreation center
                                            • restaurants
                                            • waterfalls

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • horseshoes
                                                • antiquing
                                                • eco tourism
                                                • gambling casinos
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • bird watching
                                                • photography
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • sledding
                                                • walking

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • Babysitter
                                                    • fitness center
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • laundromat
                                                    • massage therapist
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • rafting
                                                        • basketball court
                                                        • equestrian events
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • fly fishing
                                                        • freshwater fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • golf privileges optional
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • hunting
                                                        • ice skating
                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • mountain climbing
                                                        • mountaineering
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • roller blading
                                                        • sailing
                                                        • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                        • ski lift privileges
                                                        • ski privileges optional
                                                        • skiing
                                                        • snorkeling
                                                        • spelunking
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • tennis
                                                        • water tubing
                                                        • whitewater rafting
                                                        • wind-surfing

                                                          59 Reviews


                                                          Latest reviews

                                                          Great space for large group, especially with kids

                                                          andrew h.bismarck, nd

                                                          I have utilized vrbo for multiple stays, metro, the beach, short stays during road trips, etc. The 1915 barn is a unique spacious, up to date, clean home to spread out and enjoy exceptional accommodations. We had a family gathering over New Years with multiple young kids that enjoyed the basketball court, ping pong and pool table (and college bowl games on satellite TV). We spent the days at bridger bowl and had large family meals with use of the well kept kitchen. I rarely visit the same place twice but would easily entertain a summer stay here as well.

                                                          Spectacular barn conversion in ideal setting

                                                          A guest from Rapid City, SDRapid City, SD

                                                          We spent the Christmas holiday with extended family at the 1915 Barn. The setting was idyllic with the barn, falling snow, and mountain view! Dean and Kristi were helpful in finding a Christmas Eve service, sledding hills... anything we needed. The Barn is so spacious yet cozy. The kids LOVED the basketball court in the hay loft - brilliant! Thank you for a great holiday!

                                                          Fantastic Lodging!

                                                          Karen S.

                                                          We absolutely loved our Thanksgiving weekend at the 1915 Barn. The basketball court was enormous fun and the luxurious bedding so appreciated. We look forward to a return trip to Bozeman & the 1915 Barn.

                                                          I have nothing but wonderful things to say about our stay at the barn!

                                                          Talia W.

                                                          Our stay at the barn was fantastic. It’s a beautiful establishment. It was clean and cozy and all around a wonderful place for our group for a long weekend. The owners were fantastic and I have nothing but great things to say about the whole experience.

                                                          Fantastic for a group!

                                                          Eric C.

                                                          I organized a fishing weekend / bachelor party for my brother-in-law and 13 of his friends. We chose The Barn to stay at and it was the perfect choice. Kristi was very helpful and easy to work with. Our fishing guides had no issues picking everyone up from the site and there was plenty of room for folks to relax and enjoy the activities offered on site.

                                                          Perfect Fall Weekend

                                                          Jennifer S.

                                                          We really enjoyed our stay at the 1915 Barn and working with both Dean and Kristi. I was only able to open the message in the Home Away app once and no one else in our party could get the app to work at all. Our stay was fantastic. Luckily all necessary information was communicated to us via email as the app did not work for us.


                                                          Bozeman, MT, USA

                                                          The 1915 Barn is located in the Gallatin Valley (surrounded by six mountain ranges) just south of Bozeman, MT. Bozeman is home to Montana State University, the Museum of the Rockies and Taylor Planetarium. It is also within an hour of world-class ski areas including Bridger Bowl, Bohart Ranch, Big Sky Resort and Moon Light Basin. During the winter at The 1915 Barn, we also have over 2 miles of groomed cross country trail in our meadows. At sites nearby, you may also snowshoe, ice climb, snowmobile, ice fish, sleigh ride and sled. In the summer months, activities including rafting, kayaking, paddle boarding, spelunking, rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, fly fishing, lake fishing, are a 20 to 60-minute drive away. Bozeman also boasts four museums, a ballet company, an opera company, the local symphony, numerous concerts, theaters, and plays, breweries, antique shopping, and numerous local restaurants for your dining pleasure. Within day-tripping distance, you can retrace the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, explore the Lewis and Clark Caverns, or visit Virginia City, an old mining town which is itself a living museum. So whether you're up for an outdoor adventure, an historic tour, or a local cultural presentation when vacationing, the Gallatin Valley has much to offer. Additional information can be found on our website.

                                                          Rates & Availability

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                                                          Weddings and special events may be held at this venue with the purchase of lodging (3 nights minimum). Event/Party/Meeting: Up to 40 people $400 41 - 80 people $800 81 - 120 people $1200 Wedding- Reception: Up to 40 people $800 41 - 80 people $1600 81 - 120 people $2400 General notes: - Maximum of 120 people per event. - Tables and chairs are included for all events. - For parties of more than 40 people, porta-potty rental is required. We will arrange for the rental. The cost is $90 per unit. - Quiet hours begin at 11:00 pm. - There are indoor as well as outdoor spaces in which to host your event. We will provide the venue and you come up with the vision. - Please contact us at 1915barn@gmail.com or 406-585-0244 with questions or to schedule a visit.

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