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Fly Fishing. Skiing. Family Retreat.

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The house from the bottom of the pond


Last updated: 04/28/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:10
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

4 bedrooms + family room (Sleeps 9-10) with 3 full baths and incredible viewss

The Bold Fisherman Ranch provides the ultimate escape yet perfect place for discovery. The house sits amidst 75 acres on the Gallatin River in the center of some of the world’s best fly fishing rivers with easy access to the Gallatin Highway as well as privacy and quiet for the ideal Montana retreat. Just 12 miles/20 minutes south of Bozeman, it's also 20 minutes from Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) with readily available rental cars and shuttles to the property.

Perfectly situated between Big Sky Ski Resort and Bridger Bowl (40 minutes to each), 1 hour from Livingston and the Paradise Valley, and 1.5 hours from West Yellowstone or Gardiner, the western and northern gates to Yellowstone National Park.

The property features a 4 bedroom, 3 bath home, fully furnished and equipped; a stocked trout pond immediately outside the home; and ¼ mile frontage on the Gallatin River, one of Montana’s renowned fly fishing rivers. Caretakers live on the property and are available for guidance and assistance, as well as maintenance. While close to the Gallatin Highway, the home and property afford incredible privacy, beauty, peace and quiet.

The house:

• Private and quiet, with views of the pond, 85+ year old barn, Gallatin River, and the Spanish Peaks of the Gallatin Range of the Rockies. Abundant wildlife.

• Sleeps up to 10

• 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths (one master bedroom with king; one bedroom with queen; one bunk room with double bed on bottom; twin on top and twin trundle bed; one family room with queen pull out couch, 2 twin futons and a queen airbed). Linens provided.

• Stone fireplace with firewood provided

• Full kitchen with microwave, dishwasher, 2 refrigerators (one downstairs), fully equipped

• Gas BBQ Grill

• Eating areas indoors and on outside decks

• Phone service, wireless internet access, flat screen TV with satellite connection; CD player and Ipod dock

• Double paned windows and baseboard heating throughout

• Washer/dryer

• Mudroom for flyfishing and ski equipment

• Decks and covered porch

The property:

• 75 acres with private access from Gallatin Highway

• ¼ mile river frontage on the Gallatin River; trout pond; meadows, springs, row boat for pond, easy access for fly fishing

• 85+ year old barn

• Outdoor fire pit for evening camp fires, weather and drought conditions permitting

• Caretaker family living on property for guidance, concierge services, help and maintenance

• Views of the foothills and Spanish peaks beyond the pond and river

• Winter cross country skiing out the door

• Wildlife seen from the windows of the house include: many varieties of ducks, geese, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagles, Sandhill Cranes, and other birds, deer, fox, beaver and the very occasional moose and bear

The vicinity:

• 12 miles and 20 minutes from Bozeman with access to all shopping needs, The Museum of the Rockies and local restaurants, bars, cultural events and movie theaters. Bozeman is a town of 37,000, home of Montana State University (10,000 students) and is the center of the Gallatin Valley.

• 20 minutes from the Gallatin Valley airport with easy rental cars; pickup can be arranged with property caretakers.

• ½ mile from The Gallatin Gateway Inn (hotel and restaurant) and the small community of Gallatin Gateway (get your bison burger fix at the locally popular Stacey’s Grill!)

• 40 minutes from Big Sky Ski Resort, Lone Mountain Ranch (a Nordic ski resort and summer dude ranch) and Bridger Bowl

• 1 ½ hours from the western and northern entrances to Yellowstone National Park

• 1 ½ hours to Virginia City (the original state capital of Montana, restored to its 1800’s condition)

• Floating on the Gallatin and Madison Rivers

• 1 hour from Three Forks, Montana, the site of Lewis and Clark’s camp at the convergence of the Gallatin, Jefferson and Missouri Rivers; and the Madison Buffalo Jump (a Shoshone site for buffalo hunting)

• Easy driving distance to dozens of trailheads for day hikes and backpacking in the Lee Metcalf Wilderness Area/Spanish Peaks, Gallatin Canyon, Hyalite Canyon and other areas

• Winter access to cross country ski trails

• Fly fishing river guides on adjacent property and available through local contacts

Caretakers live on the property and are available for consultation, guiding, airport pickup and dropoff, concierge services and maintenance. Arrange for the house to be stocked with groceries and other necessities prior to your arrival if desired. They will also make arrangements for fly fishing guiding, float trips and instruction in advance of arrival.


Member since: 2012

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/28/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 2700 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 10
  • Children Welcome:

    Children are welcome; the house is near an unfenced pond and has river access....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Pets are largely discouraged though small dogs with good control may be considered. ...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Limited Accessibility:

    The house is two stories and the entry is two steps up from ground level. The main floor is wheel chair accessible and has the Master Bedroom and bathroom....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

    Master bedroom on main floor with attached Master bath ...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 3: 1 bunk bed


  • Bedroom 4: 2 sleep sofa /futon


  • The Master bedroom features the following: a walk-in closet with built-in dressers, king bed, deck with views of the pond and river, attached master bath (also the bath for the main floor) with shower and bathtub with jacuzzi and steam. Bedroom 2 is downstairs with attached bath and walk-in closet with built-in dresser and a view of the pond. Bedroom 3 has a bunk bed (double on the bottom, twin on top) and built-in closet and dresser space. Bedroom 4 is a family room with sleeper sofa and stored futons. All bedrooms have views of the pond and meadow beyond....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub, shower, jetted tub


  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom 3: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Master bath has full tub with jets and steam bath; a separate shower; ceramic tiles and wooden cabinets. The other two bathrooms are downstairs. Bathroom 3 is shared with Bedrooms 3 and 4. Bathroom 2 is attached to Bedroom 2. Downstairs baths have linoleum floors and wooden cabinets; full tub/shower combination in each....moreless


  • Books
  • DVD Player:

    DVD player attached to TV....moreless

  • Games
  • Music Library:

    Limited CD's available....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    DISH satellite service...moreless

  • Stereo:

    Ipod dock and CD players in living room and family room....moreless

  • Television:

    Flat screen TV is in downstairs family room/Bedroom 3....moreless

  • Toys
  • Video Library


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Waterfront:

    Private Gallatin River access and frontage....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining:

    Cherry wood dining table seats 6-8 comfortably....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    Large stone fireplace with hearth is the gorgeous feature of the living area....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Base board heating. The house is well insulated and very warm in winter. A ceiling fan in living room helps distribute heat from high ceilings downward....moreless

  • Internet:

    Wifi available throughout house....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Linens for all beds provided....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Open living area with high ceilings, fireplace, views of pond, river and mountains. Two couches, upholstered bench and arm chairs. ...moreless

  • Parking:

    Outdoor parking immediately outside house....moreless

  • Telephone:

    (4) Phone is set up for local calls only. Cell phone coverage is excellent....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Full laundry room with washer/dryer and laundry sink....moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Kitchen is fully equipped as house is used by family for extended holidays....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Kitchen is open to dining area and living room with large counters and four stools for eating....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items:

    Basics are available....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    (2) Main refrigerator is in the kitchen and another is in the downstairs tackle/mud room as an extra. Each has attached freezer....moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Boat:

    Small rowboat is on the pond's edge and can be used on the pond....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    House has deck on 3 sides with outdoor table for eating. Separate deck is off Master Bedroom....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Ski equipment not available. The house is 45 minutes from Big Sky Resort/Moonlight Basin, Lone Mountain Ranch Nordic Ski Area and Bridger Ski Area....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


Write a review 4.8
from 24 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
MSU Graduation
May 1 - May 15
2 night min stay
Peak Season
Jun 1 - Sep 15
2 night min stay
$2,275 $6,750
Dec 20 - Jan 2
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$1,625 $6,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Pet Fee $100
  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Cleaning fees vary by number & season. Max $300
  • Tax Rate 7%


All renters must be accompanied by at least one person 25 years or older on premises.

Cleaning fees vary depending on season and number of guests.

Pet policy: pets will be considered on individual basis, with additional fee of $100 for each pet. Renters will be responsible for any and all damage.

Manager's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting manager when booking

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Last updated: 04/28/2017
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Manager info

Year Purchased: 1990

About: This property has been owned by our family as a retreat for 25 years. Originally Chicagoans, we now live on both coasts. The second generation of our family now owns the ranch and is offering it as a vacation rental. The caretakers have lived on the property for 16 years and are available for guide services in the area, as well as any other needs.

Why Gallatin Gateway, MT, USA:
The Bold Fisherman Ranch was originally bought as a fly fishing retreat, but it quickly became a family gathering place given the beauty and serenity of the property. When you can pull yourself away, the ranch is in close proximity to the area's wonders, including the Gallatin River, the Spanish Peaks, Big Sky, Bridger and Yellowstone National Park. Twenty minutes from Bozeman, it offers a perfect combination of easy access to shopping and amenities with privacy and the feeling of a rural retreat. The trout pond and river access make it a rare property for both fly fishing afficianados and lovers of Montana beauty.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Traveling down the drive from Gallatin Highway, one enters the ranch and quiet and beauty descend. The views from the house include the fishing pond, an 85+ year old barn, expansive meadows bordered by the Gallatin River, and the Spanish Peaks in the background. Wildlife abounds, and the sky changes constantly: as beautiful on clear days as when clouds roll across the sky. We frequently see deer, fox, bald eagles, herons, ducks, sandhill cranes and more from the house. We never tire of the views and the sound of the river flowing through the bottom of the meadow, whether gathering by the stone fireplace in winter, or hanging out on the expansive deck in summer.

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/28/2017

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  • The house from the bottom of the pond

    The house from the bottom of the pond

  • Dining area

    Dining area

  • Living Room looking towards dining area and kitchen

    Living Room looking towards dining area and kitchen

  • View of barn and house beyond from lower meadow (pond is out of photo to right)

    View of barn and house beyond from lower meadow (pond is out of photo to right)

  • Master Bed

    Master Bed

  • Queen bed room with on suite full bath and walk in closet.

    Queen bed room with on suite full bath and walk in closet.

  • Bonus room. Queen pull out couch, desk/ office space and television.

    Bonus room. Queen pull out couch, desk/ office space and television.

  • Gas range, toaster, toaster oven, coffee grinder & brewer

    Gas range, toaster, toaster oven, coffee grinder & brewer

  • View of Spanish Peaks from the deck

    View of Spanish Peaks from the deck

  • House view from meadow

    House view from meadow

  • View from Dining Area to deck

    View from Dining Area to deck

  • View from Living Room window

    View from Living Room window

  • Master Bedroom. King bed, walk in closet and on suite bath with jacuzzi tub.

    Master Bedroom. King bed, walk in closet and on suite bath with jacuzzi tub.

  • Master bed showing private deck.

    Master bed showing private deck.

  • Queen bed

    Queen bed

  • Twin bed on top, double below and twin pull out trundle bed under. Two closets

    Twin bed on top, double below and twin pull out trundle bed under. Two closets

  • Hearth in main level sitting area

    Hearth in main level sitting area

  • View of the Spanish Peaks from the house on a stormy winter day

    View of the Spanish Peaks from the house on a stormy winter day

VRBO #446516

This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Friday, April 28, 2017

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