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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 3 - 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
Speaks: english
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
July 8, 2017

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 Yellowstone Country

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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On the Yellowstone River across from Yellowstone Nat'l Park
average rating of 4.6363635 based on 11 reviews

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: Jun 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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Salem, NH 03079 USA

Fantastic Accommodations on Yellowstone River!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I, his sister and her husband and my daughter and her fiancé stayed for three days in July of 2016. We had planned to visit Yellowstone not realizing that three days was not long enough not only for the park but also to enjoy the house! Being from Boston, we especially loved the décor which was so unique and rustic - and fit the landscape so well. Great river vistas! We fished in the Yellowstone River (after obtaining the appropriate permits) and caught two trout (we brought rods)! The furnishings and beds were very comfortable. Nights were cool and we were lulled to sleep by the sound of the river. Bathrooms were distinctive with creative shower enclosures and imaginative sinks. We were delighted with the house's proximity to the north entrance of Yellowstone and with the town of Gardiner. Loved every minute! Shirl and John were great hosts leaving a much appreciated box of cookies and a couple of pastries on day two of our stay! (They didn't last long). House was clean; appliances were new. Would recommend this rental. Expensive, yes - but worth it. We are planning to return!!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you "loved every minute" - that's our goal! We want to give our guests something above and beyond - for a really special Yellowstone experience. We'll look forward to seeing you again Martha...
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Ellicott city, MD

Yellowstone at its best

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the River Lodge in June 2016 during a trip to visit Yellowstone. My husband and I, and our three adult children, were joined by another couple with their daughter – for 8 adults, the lodge was very comfortable. It has a rustic luxury feel with amazing painting drawing and sculptures. All the lighting is custom made! Large windows face the Yellowstone river as well as the deck and garden.

We enjoyed the kitchen and the Lacange range with nice pots for cooking elaborated meals. We loved the “glamping”. John and Shirl are very helpful hosts. We follow their hiking suggestions even up to Grand Teton National Park!

In short, the property is amazing and a perfect location to explore Yellowstone National Park.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have (and do!) put a lot of efforts into the property and it is wonderful to hear our guests call it "amazing", enjoy all the art and creativity we put into it and have such a fabulous Yellowstone vacation! Thank you so much for your time to write such a great review.
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Worth Every Penny! A Perfect Vacation Home!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed in this home during our early summer trip for 14 days. We've used VRBO before and knew that it was definitely the right choice for us as much of the park hotel accommodations aren't very classy or spacious. This home exceeded any expectations I had and especially given how many people were in our group (9), it was completely cost effective for us if you consider what the cost would have been to stay in a hotel per person.

The home is in stellar condition. Every detail is there to make you feel like you are in a world class establishment. The owners are very friendly and helpful and answered any questions we had about the property and the park. They even came by to pick up our trash daily which was such a nice convenience given how many people we had and the trash we generated cooking for ourselves.

Highlights: Excellent decor, extremely comfortable bedding, plenty of places to relax, great ambiance with the water in the backyard, amazing views, plenty of showers with hot water, gorgeous kitchen with virtually every cooking tool needed, grill in the backyard with a picnic table and s'mores/firepit area, great wifi so we could get work done, and awesome location to boot (less than a mile for the park entrance, and 1/3 of a mile from grocery store).

The price is expensive comparatively to other accommodations but it's worth every penny if you have the money to spend. I wouldn’t stay anywhere else!

Tip - fly into Bozeman if you are planning to stay in Gardiner. We really enjoyed our brief trips to the city 1.5 hours away (much, much closer than other airports).

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Home and Great Location

  • 5 of 5

The home is incredibly beautiful, all the custom work is just amazing and it overlooks the Yellowstone River, and Electric Peak and Sepulchre Mountain beyond the Yellowstone. It is very clean, well maintained and decorated wonderfully. The small cabin right on the river provided two excellent nights of sleep during my week there with the sound of the running water making for the best sound to fall asleep to. The location is perfect for forays south into Yellowstone NP which is just beyond the river. We had a group of 12, 10 adults and 2 children, and had plenty of room. And the owners are super nice and great to talk to for ideas on where to hike, fish and places to visit in the park. We will definitely be going back, it's just a matter of time!!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ellicott city, MD

Yellowstone Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This is an absolutely beautiful house in Gardiner, Montana just minutes from Yellowstone National Park. My family and I (there were seven of us in total) just got back from Shirl and John's lovely home there. It is truly hard to find any negatives about this place. There was something for all of us from my 13 year old cousin, to a young couple in their late 20s-early 30s, and to the rest of the family between 45-50s. Shirl and John (the owners) even helped us plan our daily adventures in Yellowstone giving us plenty of ideas for our weeks stay based off our interests. We went everywhere from the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, to the Grand Prismatic, the Mammoth Hot Springs, The Yellowstone Lake, Lamar Valley, Hayden Valley, and multiple local day hikes as recommended by Shirl and John. We felt like we accomplished and saw so much, however, there was still so much more to see. Not to mention the abundant wildlife we saw from grizzly bears, black bears, bison, elk, mountain goats, long horned sheep, prong horns, and the potential to see so much more.

The house itself was also beautiful. Each room provided a spectacular view of the river and the mountains. The weather was for the most part perfect and air contioning was usually not missed. My family and I absolutely loved cooking on their electric AND gas stove/oven combination. The artwork around the house was stunning. Each living and communal space in the home was perfect for family gatherings at the end of our adventurous days, not to mention the amazing dining room which had plenty of room for everyone.

My one suggestion would be to bring or have supplied lighter bed linens for the summer considering there is no air conditioning.

All in all, getting to stay at the Gallery Lodge was an absolute treat and I would absolutely recommend to any and everyone. It was the perfect getaway so close to Yellowstone and set in the quaint and charming town of Gardiner where EVERYONE was so nice and helpful.

Thank you Shirl and John! We will hopefully be back in the winter months this time!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

Gardiner Lodge Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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2017 summer season
May 15 2017 - Oct 15 2017
6 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 7.0%

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
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