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Historic 2 Story Hand-Hewn Log Cabin Next to Yellowstone Park

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cabin, 4 Bedrooms + Sunroom, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

Winner of the 2010 Historic Restoration Award from the Montana Historical Alliance , this rare 2 story hand-hewn square log cabin was built in 1907. Austrians used Broad Axes to fashion unbelievable 'compound' dovetail corners locking the logs in place for over 100 years.

The address of the cabin is: 25 Papesh Road, Gardiner, Montana if you want to Google Map it's location.

It is a short 5 MINUTE drive to the North Entrance of Yellowstone Park.

The cabin sits on 42 quiet acres once called 'The Little Trail Creek Ranch.' It once fed tourists in Yellowstone Park. It is only 4 miles north of Gardiner,Montana and the north entrance to Yellowstone. The cabin is not visible from the highway, and has lots of grass, trees and water. Out front sit the mountains of Yellowstone Park and the Yellowstone River. In the back is the Absaroka Wilderness. The old tree stumps that built the cabin are still visible up the cliffs behind the house.

Herds of Elk, Bison,Deer and Bighorn Sheep use our land all year due to the trees and open water from abundant springs.

We like to go to 'The Boiling River' - one of the best natural hot springs in the world! We were married there 26 years ago, and still go with the kids whenever we can. It is only 7 miles from our door, and it's free once inside Yellowstone Park. The spring is closed May and part of June due to high water, but Chico Hot Springs is 22 miles north, and it has wonderful food. On Sunday, you can eat the brunch and swim for free.

For 13 years we fixed up the cabin. It was fun. There are all new appliances, a 6 burner stove with convection oven, new electric and plumbing, and heating. We used antiques and old wood salvaged from train stations and hotels where needed. The old wood in the cabin has a certain 'glow' that comes from age.

During the renovation, I found many items I put into the chinking. Pocket watches, coins, buttons, even a gun--and 3 bullets in the logs [all at waist high level].

There is a steam shower for use in winter. A 4000 pound Tulikivi wood stove [for use only in winter] uses radiant heat to warm the cabin. It is made of soapstone, which will stay warm a full 2 days after a fire.

There is one bedroom downstairs, and 3 upstairs. A double bed is in the sun room, and the couch downstairs in the Tulikivi room is oddly comfortable for sleeping.

So, if you appreciate the Real Deal -- with history, wildlife, quiet and nature-- welcome to our cabin. You'll find our circle of trees cool and refreshing even on the hottest day.

Hosts- Alex, Beth, and Emma --


More Details

Michael. Alexander Sirr, wife Beth Sirr
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 16, 2017

About Michael. Alexander Sirr, wife Beth Sirr

I am 64, we have an 20 year old daughter who goes to school in Bozeman. My wife is a nurse practitioner. I like to work on old things, fix them up. It helps me go to sleep at night, thinking about the next project.

Michael. Alexander Sirr, wife Beth Sirr purchased this cabin in 1993

Why Michael. Alexander Sirr, wife Beth Sirr chose Yellowstone Country

I fell in love with the area during my first job in the park 30 years ago. My wife and I met there 2 years later, and married after a 3 month romance.

For 13 years we worked to bring this cabin back. I hope you can see the effort in the pictures provided.

What makes this cabin unique

We have, lots of wildlife including Bighorn sheep, Elk, and the occasional Wolf or Bear. We like hiking, cross country skiing in winter, and always going to the hot springs. You really get the Big Sky feeling at our place. Best Hot Springs in all of North America.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Liebe Alex, Beth and Emma,

Wunderbar! Simply wonderful, to enjoy staying here in your Yellowstone Cabin. We learned how not to lose the remote control- and shared happy times with our loving and beloved relatives. Many thanks.

P.S. Congratulations on the Sirr Family Award for Exellence in Restoration. You guys are Great!
Sep 2012
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Gardiner Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , steam shower too --main floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , upstairs bathrrom
  • Steam shower fully enclosed in main floor bathroom. Push on/off button for steam and shower between hot spells. Good in winter.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , downstairs one bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , Beds on floor. Kids like as basket can lower to kitchen
    Sunroom - 1 double , open room at top of stair
  • King size bed upstairs above kitchen in bedroom, with single bed in room too. Both beds on the floor, fun for kids, as a basket hangs by a rope down to the kitchen. Queen size bed in 2 separate bedrooms -- one upstairs, one downstairs. Two double beds. One in an upstairs sunroom at the top of the stairs [see picture] and another in a separate bedroom. One single bed in the King bed room above the kitchen. A spare bed --made up and ready...might be used to put all the kids together in the same room. Sleep Sofa (1) Couch is very comfortable.. I often use it. No seam on the mattress -so it's comfortable. Remove back pillows on the couch to make wider.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Enclosed steam shower in first floor bathroom, No Land line Phone--- your cell phone should work. WiFi Internet. Free natural hot spring, Boiling River, 7 miles away in Yellowstone Park [it is only 1/4 mile walk from unmarked parking lot] Chico Hot Spring 22 miles north. We have 42 acres to explore, old barn and sheds, an easy walk down to the Yellowstone River and fishing too , lots of wild animals. Yellowstone river has public access for fisherman and rafting 2 miles away... the river flows across the road from our land. Yellowstone park is very close, the entrance is 4 miles drive from here. It is a very easy drive to town --3.6miles-- for grocery, restaurants, shops if you want them. You will save lots of money cooking at home. 2 miles north of cabin and outside town is The Lighthouse Restaurant - cheaper,better, and BYOB.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
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Historic 2 Story Hand-Hewn Log Cabin Next to Yellowstone Park
average rating of 5.0 based on 42 reviews

Fabulous house!

  • 5 of 5

Great old house, lovingly restored. Looks smaller than it feels inside. Great views of the valley. Close proximity to Gardiner, but far enough away to enjoy wildlife visits. Would certainly rent again!

  • Submitted: May 18, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a group of 7 adventuresome women who spent a week in the fabulous house while exploring Yellowstone. The house itself was clean, comfortable, well stocked and perfectly located. We were close to the town of Gardiner and the entrance to the park. We enjoyed cooking in the large kitchen and relaxing in the living room. Every night we had a herd of elk in the yard. A bonus for us was discovering a bear in the side yard munching apples in the middle of the night! We tried to get some good photos, but our lights spooked him and he scampered away. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay there and highly recommend it for girls groups and families. Mike, the owner was very accommodating.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It is a fabulous place to stay! Lots of room, great decor and a beautiful setting. We had a

  • 5 of 5

Time and would love to come back again. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Great location close to North Entrance of Yellowstone

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 3 nights in August with our family and extended family (11 total). We loved the cabin and enjoyed having a central place to return to each night after exploring Yellowstone. Our only complaint was that our stay was way too short! We appreciated all the fun details that they had taken care of, bear spray, a grill, the basket to the loft, and even the fire pit. (we didn't have an opportunity to use it due to fire ban) We also were thankful that there wasn't a huge list of things we needed to take care of before we checked out at the end of our stay. It was so nice to not strip beds, start laundry etc... It's enough of a challenge getting 11 people packed up and out the door. It was also nice to meet Mike the last day and have a chance to chat for a bit before continuing our adventure!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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we loved it

  • 5 of 5

Everything at the cabin was great!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Pewaukee, WI

Amazing Cabin

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed here for three nights on our recent Yellowstone vacation. The house is amazing! You can tell that a lot of thought went into the restoration project and it was fun to see things like an old fashioned can opener and pencil sharpener on the wall. My 9 year old loved the upstairs bedroom that has a basket that can be raised and lowered from the kitchen. The beds were comfortable and the kitchen was well stocked with all the basics that you would need. Views are amazing!!! We weren't able to use the firepit due to the high fire risk while we were there, but we did enjoy wandering around the property. There was a herd of elk on the property every day (we counted 31, including 11 babies). Our last night there, we were glued to the windows for over and hour just watching them...they were literally within feet of the house! The owner came over on the last day when we were loading our vehicle and he was very nice to visit with. We were sad to go and wish we would have stayed at this location longer than three nights.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Bozeman Montana
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Blue Goose
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Lighthouse Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Yellowstone Park View
Car: necessary

Hot Springs!! My wife and I went to the Boiling River on our wedding day, 30 years ago... and we still go every chance we can. The Boiling River is the highest flow natural hot springs in the USA... one of the best in the world! Closed due to high water May and part of June. Don't miss it... bring your swim suit.

Chico Hot Springs is a historic spa, with great food. Go on Sunday for the morning brunch-- and swim for free.


Rates & Availability

Gardiner Cabin Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season
May 15 2017 - Oct 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Insurance $49
Tax Rate 7.0%

Summer Season Rates: May 15th to Oct 15th. No damage deposit. Insurance $49. Full refund minus $50 re-booking fee if cancelled 90 days before check-in date. I do not refund the "Service Fee" charged by VRBO. No refund or cancellations if 90 days prior to check-in date. Mandatory 7% Montana Bed Tax added to rental fee. Cleaning fee $125. Check in Time 4PM. Check out Time 10AM.
Winter Season Oct. 16th to May 14th. 7 night minimum stay. $2375/week.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.

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