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On the Yellowstone River across from Yellowstone Nat'l Park

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,600 sq ft
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 6 nights


About the property

Lodge, 5 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 5 Baths, (Sleeps 8-12)

Rustic elegance with stunning, panoramic views of Yellowstone National Park on the banks of the Yellowstone River. We offer a unique, creative, upscale experience in a premier location for a truly memorable vacation.

Please note.... Being an actual working Art Gallery, you are renting a unique property. For a fabulous gathering space for our guests, you will enjoy our Art Gallery during your stay with huge windows taking in views of Yellowstone National Park. By allowing our guests full use of our Gallery space, we close the Gallery during your stay. Therefore, in our high summer season, we accept guests from Sunday afternoon through Saturday morning - so that the Gallery can be opened on weekends. If your group must stay over Saturday night (for a full 7 night stay or more), we try to be flexible and can often offer that night as a premium night.

This properties breathtaking scenery of Yellowstone National Park called for a glorious space, so we built it...

As artists, we wanted to create something different, tasteful and creative, where our guests could experience the grand views of Yellowstone in a unique way, wrapped in luxury and rustic elegance. High ceilings, huge windows, heavenly beds with down comforters, a gourment kitchen with high end appliances, leather furniture, antiques, original art, creative details....We wanted it all.

We appreciate beauty in nature, architecture, and art and feel more people should have that opportunity. So now, you can experience Yellowstone, nature and wildlife, along with original fine art, in a finely designed, deluxe, comfortable and relaxing space. Designing the building in harmony with nature, we oriented it to the south, to take in loads of sunshine and even provide solar hot water for you too!

Our location is phenomenal - dramatic yet convenient. We are directly on the banks of the Yellowstone River with glorious, panoramic views overlooking Yellowstone National Park and Electric Peak (one of the highest peaks in Yellowstone). Watch sunrise on Electric Peak, wildlife roam through Yellowstone and sunset colors reflect on the Yellowstone River...all right out the windows!

Sitting at the far edge of Gardiner (a very small town), we’re close enough to walk (or ride one of our cruiser bikes! which are provided) to all the amenities...restaurants, groceries, shops, white water rafting, ice cream, pizza, etc.

The convenience of our property will make your vacation feel simplified and relaxed. By road, the Roosevelt Arch - the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park - is just a mile away. The Boiling River is just 2 miles away, where you can soak in the hot springs of Yellowstone. If you'd rather just watch Yellowstone from the deck or out the windows, we offer books, literature, chess, board games and puzzles. For the more adventurous in the family, they can walk up to one of the white water rafting companies in town, where they'll suit you up for a ride down the river - and they can wave to the other family members who are reading on the deck!

We have been enjoying our home, studios and gallery for a couple years now. Many people have come into our Elk River Art Studio & Gallery and commented on what a magnificent space it is and how they would love to sit, with the art around them, and take in those views for a while themselves. We’ve always felt that we have been extremely lucky and that more people should have the opportunity to experience living close to nature as well as with original fine art. It's good for the soul. So it gave us an idea….

We've renovated our Gallery and Studio spaces to accommodate overnight guests in this luxurious, creative setting.

We have found an historic, antique Yellowstone National Park luggage cart and we restored it to become your dining table, (seats 12) complete with antique pack saddles with custom made pendants that will be your dining chandelier.

Your gourmet kitchen has high end appliances - We are so excited to offer our guests the expereince of cooking on a Lacanche range (simply the VERY best we believe - made in France and brought to us via ocean freight, so you can experience a range like no other!), a Subzero refrigerator/freezer and dishwasher drawers, too. There are soapstone countertops, antique hutches, and island seating. Fully stocked with pots, pans, glasses, dishes, etc, all you’ll need to bring is the food. (OR, the refrigerator can be stocked in advance, or catering arranged, with a bit of prior notice.)

If you'd prefer some outdoor cooking, the gas grill on the deck overlooks Yellowstone National Park and the Yellowstone River. You can fish in the river and grill them on the deck!

Each bedroom (there are 5 total - 4 attached and one unattached) has luxury linens with down comforters and down pillows and each has a private bath. In the Studio Suite, this sky lit bedroom has a king bed and windows overlooking Yellowstone National Park.

In your Gallery living room, simply enjoy the art and the Yellowstone views out the large windows - or use the drawing table/game table for family board games and puzzles (supplied).

For a luxury camping experience (commonly termed “glamping” these days), we’re creating an oasis by the river - included in your rental. At the river's edge and tucked into the riverbank, made from river rock, driftwood and screened in on one side, it’s the perfect way to experience sleeping close to nature. You'll hear the sounds of the river, and watch the stars in the “big sky”.... all while in a cozy bed with lamps and books on your bedside. The space can be used as a quiet ‘out post’ for the more adventurous couple or as a unique family camping experience. It’s complete with one luxury queen and 2 twin beds (bunks).

Let your creativity spark, let nature soak in, surround yourself with beauty and art, experience a new adventure, allow yourself the time and space to relax. Yellowstone National Park is an amazing place and your memories will last a lifetime – so we want to make it a truly unique experience for you. The way life in the Rocky Mountains should be – creative, artistic rustic elegance, close to, and in harmony with nature.

We're excited to share our spectacular mountain home with you. There's A LOT to experience in Yellowstone (we certainly love it!) and we'd be happy to point you in the right direction to help make it a vacation of a lifetime for you.

Your hosts,

Shirl & John

Keywords: Luxury vacation retreat on the Yellowstone River, mountain & river views, upscale private home, adjacent to Yellowstone National Park

More Details

Shirl Ireland
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 12, 2018

About Shirl Ireland

My husband and I are artists living, working and raising 2 children at the edge of Yellowstone National Park. We enjoy living with wildlife and nature surrounding us. We get outside every chance we get - I pack up my easel and paint in Yellowstone often and in our 'spare time' we hike, cross country ski, canoe and kayak.

Why Shirl Ireland chose Gardiner

We literally searched for years looking for 'the spot'. We are artists fortunate enough to live where ever we'd like and being surrounded by natural beauty is important to us. It doesn't get much better than this....the property is south facing with glorious views of Yellowstone National Park on the Yellowstone River. Yellowstone National Park was the world's first National Park - and there's a reason why. It's AMAZING! You could never be bored there is so much to see - from wildlife, to geysers, to awe-inspiring landscapes. Plus we're at the edge of a wonderful, friendly small town. We can walk to the grocery store, and Yellowstone National Park, too! Hiking, skiing and soaking in the hot springs are just minutes away. AND, we're close enough to take advantage of Livingston and Bozeman, Montana - a couple great towns with good vibes and bigger amentities. You can get to lots of art, outdoor activities and shopping after a beautiful drive up Paradise Valley (aptly named!). For a little longer day drives, Jackson Hole and the Tetons, Red Lodge Montana (over the Beartooth Mountains) or Cody Wyoming make for a couple great 'loops' through Yellowstone. That's why we call our spot 'the center of the universe'.

What makes this lodge unique

Not too many places on this Earth have what we have. How many people can watch a wolf pack hunt, eagles and osprey catch fish, bison herds graze, elk swim and twin pronghorns born - right from their dining room window? We've seen all of that and more. We watch Electric Peak (one of the highest mountains in Yellowstone Park), as the sun rises it turns a beautiful 'morning pink' with the soft sounds of the river in the background. We watch the sun set and turn the river to a ribbon of orange, then at night, with the moon above, the river again comes alive and sparkles with the moons reflection. And we see shooting stars right from our bedroom, in Montana's 'big sky'.

We want our guests to not only experience this tremendous natural beauty, but also to surround them with art and a creative spirit. On vacation, when you have the time to take it all in, the sparks may rub off...and we'd love to be responsible for igniting your creativity or creating a memory of a lifetime!


Gardiner Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Monument View
  • Mountain View
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Studio Suite - toilet , shower
    Gallery Suite - toilet , shower
    Yellowstone Suite - toilet , shower
    Montana Suite - toilet , combination tub/shower
    River Bed Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • Studio Bath offers hand made ceiling tiles, stone tile show, antique vanity, leaded glass windows and antique lighting. Gallery Bath offers a large walk in stone tile shower with convertible hand held showerhead, natural stone sink and handmade light fixtures. Yellowstone Bath offers a curved glass shower with glass floor tiles, limestone walls and antique crystal lighting. Montana Bath offers an antique vanity with heart shaped stone sink, antique tin wainscoting and a tiled tub /shower with glass door. River Bed Bathroom offers a walk in slate tile shower with a hand painted ceiling mural with river rock details and an antique vanity and sink.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Studio Suite - 1 king
    Gallery Suite - 1 queen
    Yellowstone Suite - 1 queen
    Montana Suite - 1 queen
    River Bed - 1 queen , 1 bunk bed
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 queen
  • All with luxury linens, down comforters and private baths.... Studio Suite, skylit king bedroom with windows overlooking Yellowstone National Park and the Yellowstone River. Gallery Suite has expansive views of Yellowstone and the River with an in room air conditioner. Yellowstone Suite, features sliding french doors onto the yard and huge windows for great views of Yellowstone National Park and the Yellowstone River, complete with a window seat. Montana Suite, features a private bath with tub and 'old west' antiques. River Bed - our 'outpost' by the edge of the Yellowstone River.... Accessible down a walkway from the main house - unattached and private. Great for a couples getaway, an adventurous spirit or family 'glamping'. Complete with a luxury queen and 2 twin beds (bunks). We offer all the luxury in our 'outpost' - down comforters and down pillows, electricity and glorious views of the river and sky!...with a full private bath in the main house. Sorry, but it is not meant for the handicapped, unsupervised small children or the sedentary. Some physical exersion is required for the experience. (1) Sleeper sofa available in the Main Lodge
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 bicycles
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
There is a 3% Gardiner Summer Tax - money taken in in June through Septmber ONLY will incur this tax. Because of the seasonality, it does not fit into the VRBO template and therefore, MAY need to be added.


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(16 traveler reviews)

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On the Yellowstone River across from Yellowstone Nat'l Park
average rating of 4.75 based on 16 reviews

Spectacularly Creative Home, Gorgeous Views of Yellowstone... with a wonderful host!

  • 5 of 5

When we arrived, we were given a great tour of the space by our host. We were amazed from the very beginning! The spectacular view was breathtaking. And we were immediately inspired by all the original art around us. We knew it was going to be a wonderful week - and it surpasses even our expectations. Our family voted unanimously that is was our best and most unique accommodations we have even stayed in - and we are all very well traveled. Needless to say, we loved it and will be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Fabulous - in EVERY way!

  • 5 of 5

The accommodations are superb with comfortable beds and a top notch kitchen - and the views are breathtaking! So creative and artistic with original art everywhere. Inspiring both inside and out. Otters swam by in the River, eagles were fishing, bison and elk passed by on the other side of the River and we watched the lunar eclipse and millions of stars right out the windows. The quiet of the off-season was just what we needed. We will be back...

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wonderful to hear that you enjoyed the comfy beds and great kitchen so much - and of course, the 'breathtaking' views! The quiet off-season certainly can be renewing. Thanks so much for the 'glowing' review.
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Great place!

  • 5 of 5

Elk River Lodge exceeded our expectations, it was a great place. Our hosts Shirl and John very very helpful and nice. The lodge is beautiful and unique, with a super location on the Yellowstone River near the entrance to the park. For us this is the only place to stay when you are in this area. 5 Stars! It was a very pleasant and comfortable place to relax at the end of the day with a beautiful of the river and park.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate the great review - and the time and effort you took to submit it! That's a wonderful compliment.... that we are the 'only place to stay when you are in the area' :) And of course, we like the 'beautiful and unique' descriptive words for our lodge, too! Glad you were all comfortable and enjoyed our Yellowstone views and our 'super location'. Thanks for the 5 stars!
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This Gallery Lodge is extrordinary!

  • 5 of 5

We were so excited to get to Montana, and the ElkriverGallery Lodge!! The beauty of it's location on the Yellowstone River is enhanced by the sound of the rushing water. Lodge accommodations are very comfortable in the four bedrooms and common areas--the "glampingroom" by the river is delightful and proved to be an excellent sleeping spot for our three teen boys. Shirl and John's artwork is displayed throughout the lodge, so can be enjoyed at every turn. Each room has been furnished in unique design with antique and reclaimed pieces indigenous to the Montana area. Although we were too busy for cooking during our stay---the kitchen is a dream! Since we were not preparing meals we explored the town of Gardiner and immediately found favorite places for food and drinks, reasonably priced.

Our family of 10 found the Gallery Lodge to fit our needs perfectly and to be a great location for fun! In addition to our daily excursions into Yellowstone, we enjoyed rafting and wolf tracking with local guides. We looked for many months for a location to celebrate family and our 50th wedding anniversary---here at the Elkriver Gallery Lodge, it was awesome! Thank you to our hosts!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: How nice of you to take the time to write such a nice review...Thank you. We certainly enjoy hearing that the Gallery Lodge was the perfect backdrop for a very special celebration with your family! That makes all our efforts worth it :) Glad you all appreciated the art, details and design of the space - and even the teens appreciated 'glamping' in the River Bed! Great to know the whole family made wonderful memories here. And, thank YOU for being such wonderful guests!
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Fantastic home - this is where you want to stay

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family (11 people) stayed here to visit Yellowstone and had a wonderful time. We were three generations (ranging in ages from 2 -72) and everyone had a great time. Yellowstone was fantastic (saw bison herds, elk, pronghorn... even a grizzly) and enjoyed river rafting right past the house (we waved at those who stayed behind). The house itself is tastefully done with a superb kitchen and we especially enjoyed eating outside next to a "campfire". You can see the Roosevelt arch entrance from the house and it's a quick 4 minute drive to get there. Owners are responsive and courteous. Loved our time here.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you all had such a wonderful time... 2 to 72 is quite a span! We do try to make it a tasteful and comfortable place for all ages. Great to know you all enjoyed your meals here, along with the close proximity to Yellowstone. And, of course, we really appreciate that you took the time to submit a glowing review :)
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It was absolutely wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

Our family was so very excited about heading out west to experience Yellowstone and it's wild life. This beautiful home was perfect for our family of 8!! The younger girls really enjoyed the open air river house (bunk beds)....a real treat. The rest of us stayed in the house. We love the design, decor, artwork and especially the view. Breathtaking to wake up and see the mountain range of Yellowstone and hear the river roaring. The hosts, Shirl and John were so helpful before and while we were there. I would highly recommend this home and hope we can return one day. Lisa and Glenn

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank for your the review - much appreciated! We certainly loved meeting all of you and hope you return one day as well...
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*Soaking in the Hot Springs - 'Boiling River', a natural feature in Yellowstone National Park, is just 2 miles away and Chico Hot Springs Resort, with fine dining, is a scenic 30 minute dirve.

*Photography...since Yellowstone National Park is right out your windows!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

We ask our guests to check-in on Sunday and check-out on Saturday for a 6 night stay. This gives us part of the weekend to accommodate our art patrons. Since you will be reserving the Gallery along with it's guest accommodations during your stay, you are welcome to enjoy the Gallery space privately during that time. If you do absolutely require a Saturday night stay, please ask. We will do our best to accommodate, if possible.

For cleaning, we give our guests a choice.... Included in your rental is the laundry service. We always strip all beds, and launder all used towels and linens at the end of your stay. For general clean up (kitchen, baths, floors, etc.), you are welcome to clean up behind yourselves leaving the home as we found it OR we can schedule a cleaning service for your check-out date for an additional $150. Your choice.

Some stays will incur the Gardiner Summer Resort Tax of 3% - on deposits and final balances received June through Sept.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund