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"Watersong," Luxury Lakefront Alpine Log Home & Guest House on Flathead Lake, MT

Rollins, MT, USA
  • House6000 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps11
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights

Spectacular home; panoramic lake, forest, mountain views nestled in private cove


Watersong is nestled in an isolated cove (Dewey's Cove), which snuggly protects us by keeping some of the harsher Flathead Lake weather and higher waves from reaching us, and allows for more gentler, warmer water. This is one of the amenities that makes Watersong so valuable. Our kids paddle board throughout the cove and dive off our expansive covered boat dock, which can accommodate large boats. Our kids think of the cove as their own large, private swimming pool, and we do not disabuse them of that thought!

Kids, especially, delight in the nearly 200 feet of lakefront, where they cook s'mores and hotdogs on the beach fire pit, then enjoy their feast on two adjoining picnic tables, chairs, chaises and benches. Adults can join in, or relax and supervise from chaise lounges on the lengthy dock.

After a barbecue on the upper deck of the remarkably gorgeous Main Home, you may want to relax in four different lounge areas and enjoy the peacefulness of Dewey's Cove, which not only protects us from stronger winds and higher waves experienced elsewhere on Flathead Lake, but it also offers additional privacy, while still showing off jaw-dropping views of the Mission Mountains, as they stretch toward the heavens with peaks that often stay snow-capped well into the summer.

The Great Room truly is magnificent. It boasts soaring ceilings with an equally tall rock fireplace on which 'Teddy,' a huge trophy elk, with a 6' antler span, shot by a direct, name-sake descendant of one of our country's greatest presidents, lovingly guards his guests, below.

Beautifully furnished, the home features warm, radiant-heated hardwood floors, an upscale gourmet kitchen, complete with Sub-Zero refrigerator, travertine marble countertops, gas range, dishwasher, disposal, bronze fixtures, and other amenities consistent with a higher-end home.

The spacious master bedroom, tastefully decorated in true mountain-lodge style, offers a California king bed, walk-in closet, two dressers and an entertainment center/flat screen smart TV and DVD player. The expansive master bathroom features a sumptuous Jacuzzi bath with a full view of the lake, a walk-in tiled shower, and a vanity counter with two sinks.

The downstairs master bedroom, with a smart TV and DVD player, walk-in closet, is a horse-lover's dream, with the equestrian motif expanding into a full bathroom that features a two separate vanity areas, for added privacy.

Another downstairs bedroom, with a Murphy bed, has built-in cabinetry, complete with a desk that is ideal for those who have some office work to complete. This office work, however, comes with a gorgeous lake view, making it more pleasure than work.

The home also has a downstairs living room with a Smart TV and DVD player, an electronic basketball game, and two twin sleigh beds.

There is a set of bunk beds, with a pull-out trundle, in the loft. The loft also features a small office-library. The loft has a log balcony with slats, so younger children should not use this area.

The home has numerous amenities, including a laundry room with a large washer/dryer, wireless Internet service, a landline, books, four flat-screen Smart TVs for Netflix, DVDs, and much more.

The charming Guest House, which is rented separately for those who have more than eight people in the main house, is uniquely furnished in darling cabin décor. It has a kitchen with dishes and cooking supplies, a full bathroom with shower and tub, a deck to enjoy the spectacular views, and sleeps three, with a queen bed and a pull-out love seat that sleeps one. We emphasize that the Guest House is rented only in conjunction with rental of the Main Home. It is not rented by itself.

As with many mountain-lake alpine log homes, Watersong does not have air conditioning; however, the Main Home has four sets of lovely Pella French doors, plus a screen door onto the laundry room deck. The Guest House has one set of Pella French doors, plus a front screen door. By keeping the screen doors and screened windows open, the home gets a smoothly-flowing current of fresh lake-and-mountain air, augmented by ceiling and other fans. The lower level of the home normally stays cool. The daytime temperatures, however, especially in July and August, can reach into the upper 80s and lower 90s; so, if you are extremely heat-sensitive, please keep this in mind.

We want to ensure that the people who rent from us are respectful of the property and will treat it with the same nurturing care that we do; therefore, before we agree to rent, we will ask you please to tell us about the people who would be staying there, and to confirm that you are there for a private family vacation, and not for a large gathering of any sort. If someone is looking for a venue for a large gathering, with more than four cars, and more than 11 people on the property (without written permission by us), this is not the home for them. Watersong is available for small family vacations, only.

This is a private high-end, family home; so, for guests who want a raucous party or a large gathering, this is not the home for them. Neither is it a home for small children; however, for those adults with children who are mature enough to respect the property of others, and who want to experience the serenity of nature at her aesthetic best, this most definitely is the place for you.

We want to make certain that your vacation experience is optimum by ensuring that the home, and the terms and conditions of renting it, are a good fit for your vacation needs as well as for us. Please review a sample Rental Agreement for the Main Home and Guest House, which we have provided on this site. If you cannot find them, please let us know, when you inquire about the property, and we will ensure that you get them.

If, after reviewing the Rental Agreement(s), you want to proceed, you can let us know and we can move forward with a Customized Rental Agreement, tailored to your specific needs, which we will email to you. Those who have rented from us in the past have given many glowing 5-star reviews, mentioning not only the beauty of the property and views, but also how easy we are to work with; so, if you have any questions or concerns, please let us know. We, also, are happy to send pictures.

The property is located along a private drive--guarded by two 20' totem bears--which leads you to the home, to which you will want to return every year.



Glacier National Park is but an hour away. The quaint towns of Lakeside, Bigfork, Polson and Sommers are close by and offer shopping, marine rental, and a variety of dining experiences. Bigfork boasts a professional summer theater, galleries, golfing, fun nightlife, and wonderful restaurants. The larger city of Kalispell is only 30 miles to the north, and extends the best of urban experiences, tempered with the ambience and feel of a smaller mountain community.

You also will not want to miss Whitefish, a uniquely upscale resort town with high-end galleries and restaurants, surrounded by breathtaking mountains and, of course, some of the best skiing in the world.

Legendary newsman, the late Charles Kuralt, once called Glacier National Park's "Going to the Sun Highway," the most beautiful road in the world. Travel it and you will see why. With pristine forests, pure mountain lakes, and over 700 miles of trails; and, of course, the glaciers, you won't want to miss Glacier National Park.

All of these sites, literally, are in our backyard, and none is over an hour away.

Just two miles south of Watersong is the Rollins General Store. It looks from the outside like it came straight out of the Frontier West, and that's because it did! For quick food items, it’s convenient and is locally owned by friendly folks who are glad to tell you just how lucky you are to be in God's Country. The General Store also serves as Rollins' Post Office.

Watersong is a luxurious lake home you never will want to leave. Looking from the home toward the deep, magical waters of Flathead Lake, the largest fresh-water lake in the western U.S., you realize that people come from all over the world to experience the beauty of Montana mountains and lakes, and that there are none more scenic than from the decks of this spectacular home.

Watersong provides the best of the outdoors enjoyed within the comforts of fine living. It is nature's perfect antidote to the chaos of our everyday world. Start each day with your favorite warm beverage, walk down to the dock, which extends well into the lake, and greet the sun as it gently rises over the mountains. It's a vision to last you a lifetime, and it's a life-changer.

MAIN HOME: We prefer no more than 8 overnight guests in the Main Home, but will consider more on a case-by-case basis. For more than 8 guests in the Main Home, there will be a charge of $600 per person, for up to 11 guests, per week. For more than 8 overnight guests, renters are encouraged to rent the Guest House. The Main Home features 2 master bedrooms (one on the main level and one on the lower level), each with its own master bath; a loft with 3 bunkbeds; 2 sleigh beds and1full bed; 2.5 baths. Main home rents for a minimum of six nights, leaving on the seventh day: $4,500 + $400 cleaning fee + 7% Montana Lodging Tax + $1,000 refundable damage deposit.

GUEST HOUSE: Our darling Guest House rents only to those who already are renting the Main Home, and who have more than 8 overnight guests. It does not rent separately to those who are not renting the Main Home. The Guest House features: One queen bed; one love seat fold-out bed; full bath; kitchenette; deck with jaw-dropping views; beautifully decorated in cabin motif. Rent for six nights, leaving on the seventh day, is $2,000 + $300 cleaning fee + 7% Montana Lodging Tax + $800 ref


Shelley Van Atta

Member Since 2011
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About Shelley Van Atta

Shelley worked in higher education for over 20 years. Larry has been one of Montana's top, award-winning financial advisors for nearly 40 years. We have two grown sons and a daughter who plays basketball for Montana State University Billings, where Larry also serves as a trustee. We live in Billings, Mont. We are native small-town Montanans (Larry was raised on an eastern Montana ranch, Shelley in Laurel) who love our state and delight in seeing others enjoy it as well. Shelley is retired and writes for several magazines.

Shelley Van Atta purchased this House in 2010

Why Shelley Van Atta chose Rollins

Larry and I have wanted a home on Flathead Lake all our lives. We have travelled extensively and agree wholeheartedly that this is the most beautiful place we ever have seen. Under the expansive azure skies of Montana's "Big Sky Country,' we have found our 'Last Best Place,' right here, in Dewey's Cove, on Flathead Lake. We look at the giant teeth of the magnificent Mission Mountains, with their white caps scratching the belly of heaven, and turn our eyes to the incomparable Flathead Lake, one of the 300 largest natural lakes in the world, and we know we had found paradise. Once you are here, we feel confident you will agree. When 'Watersong' became available, we were so excited. It is a stunning home, in a magnificent setting. This is our family's vacation home, and we want to share it with people who will appreciate it, respect it; and, we hope, become part of our annual 'family of friends,' returning every year. This is not a home for large parties and raucous frivolity. It is a place to enjoy the tranquility of nature at her pure best. Even if Watersong is not the right property for you, please consider renting another home on Flathead Lake. We have travelled extensively, and continue to feel that there is no more gorgeous area than here. With that said, wherever your vacation travels may lead you, we hope they will lead you to Watersong's front door, for a family adventure that will include a hearty Montana welcome! Warmest regards, Shelley & Larry Van Atta

What makes this House unique

We like to boat, swim, drive around the lake, and go for quiet meals in the area villages, which boast their own brand of originality. Each has its individual charm; the people are friendly and welcoming. Our kids like to jet ski, water ski, go water-tubing, boating, plus swim and paddle-board in the calm waters of Dewey's Cove, right off our dock. In the evening, we barbecue on the upper deck of the home, then bring the food down to the beach, after which the kids will light a fire in the open fire pit and cook s'mores. We often sit on the extensive dock and watch the sun set. There is a bald eagle that frequents a certain tree on our property, and geese that live on our shore. White-tail deer come into our front yard nearly every evening. What a Montana treasure! My favorite thing to do, however, is to enjoy a good book while sitting either on the upper deck of the home or on the boat dock, savoring the gentle, pine-filled breezes of Dewey's Cove, appreciating the backdrop of those magnificent Mission Mountains; and, of course, drinking in the view of the most gorgeous lake in the world.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
      • Master bedroom 1
        1 king, California King bed, spacious master bedroom, walk-in closet
      • Master bedroom 2 (Horse motif)
        1 queen, Full bathroom, extra vanity area, walk-in closet
      • Bedroom 3 with Murphy Bed
        1 double, Built-in custom cabinetry with desk and bookshelves
      • Twin Sleigh Beds
        2 twin/ single
      • Loft Bunkbeds with Trundle Bed
        3 bunk bed
      • Guest house for renters of main home
        1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon, Guest house: $2,000 + $300 cleaning + 7% MT bed tax
      • 1 California king-size bed in upstairs master bedroom; 1 queen-size, four-poster bed in downstairs bedroom; 2 sleigh beds downstairs; 1 Murphy bed that sleep 2 in downstairs bedroom; 1 set of bunk beds with pull-out trundle in loft. For those who already are renting the main home, a darling guest house is available. Rent is $2,000 + $300 cleaning fee + 7% MT bed tax + $800 refundable damage deposit.


      • 3 Bathrooms
      • Guest House
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Master Bathroom-Main Floor
        toilet, shower, jetted tub, Jacuzzi has spectacular views of the lake.
      • Master Bathroom-Lower Level
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Montana hand-made bronze tiles, raised copper sinks
      • The expansive master bathroom features a sumptuous Jacuzzi with a full view of Flathead Lake, a vanity counter with two sinks, and a tiled walk-in shower.

      Location Type

        • Beach View
        • Beachfront
          Nearly 200' pebble beach
        • Lake View
        • Lakefront
          Nearly 200' of lakefront with pebble beach
        • Mountain View
          Panoramic views of Mission Mountains
        • Water View
        • Waterfront
          Nearly 200' of lakefront.


            • Away From It All
            • Family


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Living Room
                      The Great Room features a 30-foot rock fireplace, with a massive elk, shot by the decendent of one of America's greatest presidents, overlooking the guests; a 2nd livingroom is downstairs.
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Radiant floor heat
                    • Internet
                    • Linens Provided
                      Each bed has two extra sets of sheets, many of which are lodge-themed, featuring moose and bear.
                    • Free Long Distance
                    • Parking
                      Because the property is located on a private drive, and privacy is paramount, no more than four vehicles are allowed on the property unless permission from the owners is obtained.
                    • Telephone
                    • Towels Provided
                      Plenty of bath, hand, and beach towels, and washcloths.
                    • Washing Machine
                    • Wireless Internet


                        • Kitchen
                          Dishes & eating utensils upper-end cookware and fully stocked kitchenware in which to cook and entertain Gas 4-burner range Oven
                        • Catering Available
                          Provided in area towns
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          Upper-end cookware & cooking utensils
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Charming lodge-style and western-themed dishes; nice serving dishes; food storage; fully-stocked kitchen in which to cook and entertain: blender, food processor, Belgian waffle iron, Ninja Bullet, etc
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Freezer
                          small freezer on SubZero
                        • Ice Maker
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                          4-burner Jenn-Aire
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              Large dining room table seats 10; breakfast table seats six
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 12 people


                                • Books
                                  Extensive library in loft, with more books in bookshelves throughout the home.
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                  DVD players attached to all TVs in Great Room, master bedroom, downstairs livingroom, horse-themed bedroom, guest house
                                • Game Room
                                  Electronic basketball hoop.
                                • Games
                                  Board games and cards.
                                • Music Library
                                • Stereo
                                  CD player
                                • Television
                                  Flat screen, Smart TVs in the Great Room, master bedroom, downstairs livingroom, horse-themed bedroom, guest house; all have DVD players; extensive library of DVDs, Netflix. No cable or satellite TV.
                                • Toys
                                  Indoor basketball game
                                • Video Library
                                  Extensive DVD library


                                    • Balcony
                                      balcony in loft--watch small children
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Children on upper deck need to be carefully watched; deck also on guest house
                                    • Lanai / Gazebo
                                      Guest house
                                    • Outdoor Grill


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • jetted tub
                                              Master bath


                                                • museums
                                                • churches
                                                • festivals
                                                • health/beauty spa
                                                • library
                                                • live theater
                                                • marina
                                                • cinemas
                                                • playground
                                                • recreation center
                                                • restaurants
                                                • theme parks
                                                • water parks
                                                • winery tours

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • paddle boating
                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • boating
                                                    • gambling casinos
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • horseshoes
                                                    • miniature golf
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • photography
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • shopping
                                                    • sledding
                                                    • walking
                                                    • wildlife viewing

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

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

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • racquetball
                                                            • basketball court
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • equestrian events
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • fly fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • golf privileges optional
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • hunting
                                                            • ice skating
                                                            • jet skiing
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • mountain climbing
                                                            • mountaineering
                                                            • paragliding
                                                            • parasailing
                                                            • pier fishing
                                                            • cross country skiing
                                                            • rafting
                                                            • rock climbing
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                            • ski lift privileges
                                                            • ski privileges optional
                                                            • skiing
                                                            • snorkeling
                                                            • snorkeling/diving
                                                            • snowboarding
                                                            • snowmobiling
                                                            • sound/bay fishing
                                                            • spelunking
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis
                                                            • water skiing
                                                            • water tubing
                                                            • whitewater rafting
                                                            • wind-surfing


                                                                • Extensive, covered boat dock, with Adirondack chairs on upper deck of the home for viewing Flathead Lake and Mission Mountains. Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake in the western U.S., is spectacularly beautiful, especially with the backdrop of the Mission Mountains to complete the view. People come from all over the world to experience the beauty of Montana mountains and lakes, and there are none more scenic than here.

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                                  16 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Beautiful home!

                                                                  Kelly T.

                                                                  We cannot say enough great things about our vacation at Watersong. The owner, Shelley, was very thoughtful and accommodating and made sure everything was perfect for our stay. From the moment we walked in the door we knew we picked the right vacation home. In addition to the beautiful log cabin home, the gorgeous views and great location on the lake are picture perfect! We would highly recommend this house to anyone looking for a relaxing getaway in a setting that can't be beat!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you, Kelly! I want everyone's experience at Watersong to be the best. My heart warms when I hear from good people like you that I succeeded. I am looking forward to your return visit!

                                                                  Spectacular Lake Home!

                                                                  sandra M.

                                                                  Beautiful log lake home on one of the best lakes in America. Owners were very cordial and attentive to our every need. Amenities were fantastic. Highly recommend!!!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  I loved the pictures you sent me of you and your family having fun on the lake and elsewhere. Having you, John, and your lovely family at the house was a delight. I already am implementing your emailed suggestions, which I thoroughly appreciate. No matter how hard I work on the house to make it as perfect as possible, there always is room for improvement. Please know that I am grateful for your ideas, and I hope to see you all again, soon!

                                                                  Absolutely gorgeous lake house

                                                                  Carolyn C.

                                                                  The house, the lake, and the overall property were absolutely stunning. We enjoyed peaceful mornings on the deck overlooking the lake, swam off the dock during the day, and roasted marshamallows in the evening. The house has everything you need and the owners were very responsive, attentive to detail, and an overall pleasure to deal with. I highly recommend this as a vacation destination and hope to return next year.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you, Carolyn, and I look forward to your return visit!

                                                                  Excellent Vacation

                                                                  Michael K.

                                                                  This home is off the charts , the views , the home, and the area is a must see. You will be thrilled with this home. I will go back here again in the future.

                                                                  Michael K.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you, and please come for a return visit!

                                                                  Another amazing vacation at Watersong

                                                                  Tronda Q.

                                                                  We were blessed to spend another glorious week at Watersong this year. We chose to come back again over all other destinations and this has to be the very best place on Flathead Lake. Everything about this home and magnificent waterfront location is spectacular. The home is beautifully built and decorated, well equipped and creates the perfect ambiance of a Montana vacation. The local boat company delivered our boat and kayaks which makes it so easy. All we had to do was show up and relax. There is a wonderful horse ranch about 25 minutes away called Artemis Acres. The trail ride was so great we did it twice and they treat their horses well. We talk about Watersong frequently and now that we've spent two summer vacations there we hope to visit in the winter sometime. Thank you to the lovely owners for another memorable and fantastic family vacation!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you so much for these kind words. You and your family are dream guests. I love the updates you send about the fun you are having there, and wish you could return every year...okay, twice a year would not be too much for me. 😊 Please, please come back next summer!

                                                                  Spectacular Home and Location

                                                                  Tronda Q.

                                                                  We cannot say enough good things about this gorgeous home and perfect lakefront location. Our family agreed it was tied for best vacation we have ever taken and we've experienced some pretty special vacations over the years. It was everything we had hoped for. The home is truly lovely and well cared for. The flat wide waterfront location on a quiet bay with amazing views makes it a very special spot on the lake. The home sits in a private neighborhood with only a few other lovely homes surrounding and is protected by a 30 acre private park to the back. The day we arrived we were greeted by 8 deer who lived in the rolling meadow lawn of the neighbors yard and we enjoyed watching them during our entire stay. The local boat company delivered kayaks, paddleboards, and a boat to our dock and picked them up when we were finished. We never had to go anywhere except to the grocery.

                                                                  The owners are lovely and were over the top in providing history about the home, the area, and places to go. They were easy to work with and very prompt in communication and returning our deposit.

                                                                  The ambiance of this place makes the perfect Montana vacation. We cannot wait to visit this wonderful place again!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you for your lovely review. Having you with us every year is not enough...twice a year? 😊


                                                                  Rollins, MT, USA

                                                                  Kalispell is only 30 miles to the north; Polson is 23 miles to the south; and the charming town of Lakeside is only six miles away. Just the drive to these places is worth the trip to see the magnificent views, speaking of which, Glacier National Park is but an hour away, The quaint village of Bigfork is just around the lake, where you may enjoy live professional theater during the summer. Each town offers a variety of activities, some of which are unique to the area. Skiers: Blacktail Mountain is approximate a 40-minute drive and Whitefish Mountain is just under an hour away. Watercraft of all kinds may be rented in Lakeside, which is only six miles away.

                                                                  Rates & Availability

                                                                  Taxes and fees are additional

                                                                  Additional information about rental rates

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                                                                  Pet Fee
                                                                  Additional Guest Fee
                                                                  Damage Insurance
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                                                                  A darling guest house is available to rent for those who already are renting the Main Home. The Guest House is for rent ONLY to those who already are renting the Main Home. It does not rent by itself. For renters of the Main Home who have more than eight overnight guests to accommodate, the Guest House is a renting option. It is beautifully decorated in a lodge- and cottage-style theme. It has a kitchen, a full bath with shower and tub, a queen-sized bed, a pull-out sofa, and a deck that boasts spectacular views. $350 per night (for two people-$100 extra for three people); $300 cleaning fee; $59 VRBO Damage Insurance; 7% Montana bed tax; $800 refundable damage deposit.

                                                                  16 Reviews
                                                                  Wonderful 4.8/5
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