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4 Bedroom Beautifully Crafted Home On The Swan River

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,112 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths (Sleeps 9)

Just east of the artist village of Bigfork are the mighty Swan Mountains with hiking trails, Jewel Basin and glacier-fed lakes. This 4 bedroom, 3 bath house is comfortably perched on nearly 300 feet of the navigable Swan River. This log ranch home enjoys a commanding view of the water and mountains. This residence is on seven parklike acres with beautifully maintained landscaping and mature native trees. Private dock just steps away from the house. Wrap around decks overlooking the water are on both levels of home are furnished with willow furniture. Bedroom 1 has a Queen bed with private shower bath on the main floor. Bedroom 2 Handmade Bunk bed with full on bottom and twin on top, full shower and tub located on main floor. Lower level has bedroom 3 with king bed with shower bathroom shared with bedroom 4 with a queen bed. Separate family and TV room with satellite TV on lower level. Upper level has a wonderful open floor plan with kitchen, dining table, kitchen nook, and comfortable sitting area.

This charming home has its own boat dock on the 'slow' part of the Swan River, perfect for canoeing, kayaking, or just floating. Across the river is a breathtaking view of the Swan Mountain Range. If you looking for other activities, Bigfork (shopping, five-star restaurants, art galleries and playhouse theater) is nearby. Glacier National Park, Whitefish Mountain, hiking areas are within a hour. Jewel Basin hiking area is literally down the street.

Top tourist attractions include: Bigfork Village with boutique shops, art galleries, Bigfork Playhouse and restaurants, Flathead Lake, Glacier National Park, Kalispell, Whitefish, Bob Marshall Wilderness (many types of outfitters and guides in these areas), National Bison Reserve, Jewell Basin hiking area with mountain-top views, and many small area lakes are nearby for day trips.

Area activities include, but are not limited to:

• Boating and watercraft activities, swimming, sunbathing

• Bigfork Playhouse and Theater, Art galleries and museums, shopping and fine dining

• Sightseeing, wildlife, photography

• Rafting, kayaking, canoeing

• Blue-ribbon fishing and hunting, horseback riding and back-country trips

• Biking mountain biking and hiking

• Art shows, antique car shows, 4th of July parade and festivities, Bigfork Whitewater Festival Days, NW Montana Fair and Rodeo, Dragon Boat races

Make this wonderful place your destination for a serene get-away that captivates your senses and is a destination where you can proudly entertain your family and friends, all making unforgettable, life-time memories of your stay in Montana.

More Details

Bert Herndon
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 24, 2018

About Bert Herndon

Carl and Bert Herndon are long time residents of Bigfork. This wonderful town is where we chose to raise our family. Since the kids are grown, we now 'winter' in a warmer climate but will continue to go back to Bigfork for the summer and fall. Bigfork is a magical village with outdoor activities available for everyone in the village and surrounding areas.

Bert Herndon purchased this house in 2012

Why Bert Herndon chose Bigfork

This property is on the 'still' part of the Swan River and has a peaceful serenity to it. The house is full of charm and warmth and is the perfect place to unwind from your everyday life.

What makes this house unique

This property could not be closer to the river.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We are sorry there are no reviews here, but we just purchased this house in November. We did go back to Bigfork for Christmas and decided to stay in the house to see what it was like. It was very pleasant and cozy. The river was beautiful even in the winter! Can't wait for the summer! This is a wonderful house that would be perfect for a summer stay. The boat dock is close and ready for fun. We will do everything possible to make your stay the best.
Dec 2012
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Bigfork House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3112 sq ft
  • 2 stories
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


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4 Bedroom Beautifully Crafted Home On The Swan River
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews

A wonderful retreat

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I were able to take a wonderful getaway in October to this beautiful house.

Its a wonderful place to spend a quiet week. The house itself is immaculate and extremely cozy. While it was certainly more house than just a couple of people would need (it could house 8 or 10 people), the owners did a great job keeping it cozy despite the roominess - if that makes sense.

The views from the deck are incredibly relaxing.. and the lake/river itself is wonderful. Since we were there in October so it was too cold to swim, but I bet that would be great on a hot summer day. Instead my wife and I spent a bunch of time in the kayaks the place has - paddling up and down the river or trying to catch a fish with the rods also at the house.

I should also say that the town of Bigfork is a beautiful little town - a great place to stroll about for a day or two. Also, its great that it's only 45 min or so to Glacier National park - and a pretty drive at that.

All in all, I am happy I was able to spend the time at this beautiful house in a great corner of America.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the visit! Also, so glad you were able to relax and enjoy! That is the best thing about this house - the opportunity to just relax.
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Best Vacation Ever

  • 5 of 5

The photos on the website do not do the property justice. The River Ranch is perfectly appointed in a beautiful setting. We were fortunate to rent the house for one month and were sad to leave. The owner of the house lives locally and was always available whenever we had any questions or needed local recommendations for shopping, restaurants, entertainment and sightseeing.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I will work on the pictures. Thank you so much for visiting! Fun to share my little town with you!
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Wonderful, peaceful setting

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 had a great week on the river. The location is superb - close to town, but a feeling of being remote. We loved the views of the river and the mountains. You will find the house very well equipped with whatever you need, and it is beautifully maintained. We especially enjoyed the kayaks.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location, Location, Location

  • 5 of 5

My wife has always said that the most important feature of a house is its location. With that in mind we have to give Bert's rental property on the Swan River a five star rating. All of the other features of this house were simply pluses that added to the enjoyment and experience of our stay in Bigfork, MT. Clean, well furnished, comfortable beds, and a great layout made our stay that much more enjoyable. You won't be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thank you so much for your kind words!
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Beautifully located with lots of space for 6 adults and two teenagers. Lovely memories created here.

  • 5 of 5

The location was so serene. Spent a lot of time on the porches watching the ducks, deer and bald eagle and beautiful sunsets and full moon risings. The dock was fun fishing for pike for my son and grandson, as well as the kayak fishing. Trips into Kalispell, Whitefish and Glacier completed the venue. The house was tastefully decorated and comfortable. Berts suggestion for Jewel Basin was acted on by the two real fisherman. It was a most memorable vacation! One our whole family will never forget. Many thanks!!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thanks, so glad you had a great time!
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Beautiful Home; Perfect Location!!

  • 5 of 5

Our family (5 adults and 3 children) stayed at this large log cabin home for a week in June, 2016. The home is beautifully finished with 4 large bedrooms, 2 large family rooms, a very large kitchen and a huge, elevated deck on the Swan River. Bert Herndon has done a great job outfitting the home with absolutely everything visitors will need (lots of dishes, cooking utensils, blankets, towels, cleaning supplies, etc, etc). There is a dock and 4 kayaks (and lifejackets) which can be used on the Swan River. The river has a very mild current so paddling upstream is quite easy, even for our 11 year old granddaughter. There is also some baseball equipment and a large grassed open area to play ball or other outdoor games. There is also a ping pong table. Lots of deer come out near dusk. Bert met us when we arrived and was quite helpful providing suggestions of places to go and activities. The cabin is located about 5 minutes from Bigfork which has a very well stocked grocery store, hardware store, a quaint downtown with unique shops and a playhouse ... there was no reason to drive into Kalispell. It is a 45 minute drive to Glacier National Park. My wife and I couldn't speak more highly about this home, its location or our experience ... it exceeded our expectations!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for coming to visit the Valley.
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Glacier International Airport (FCA)
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
MT 209
Car: necessary

This is the perfect place for outdoor adventure. Hiking, biking, water sports, even peace and quiet are all very close and easily accessible.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 7.0%

Booking deposit of $2000 due at reservation. $1000 will be applied toward rent, $1000 held in security until after rental period. Balance due April 15.

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Please note the price is for six occupants. Additional fees are charged for extra guests but a maximum of eight guests is allowed. No more than two cars on site. Guests should be advised that we ABSOLUTELY DO NOT RENT to guests who plan to party or make loud noise. Only approved guests are allowed on site. We live in a very quiet neighborhood and our neighbors comfort is of utmost importance to us as owners.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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