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Our Basecamp For Adventure In Banff And The Rockies

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

A beautifully designed home in the foothills overlooking the mountains of Banff

It is a beautifully designed ranch house with an equally stunning view of the mountains of Banff National Park. Set on 480 acres of foothills between Calgary and Banff/Canmore, the ranch sleeps 10 people. This is our hiking and skiing basecamp.

THE RANCH HISTORY:

According to the Cochrane Historical Society, our ranch was first created in 1889 and was known back then as 'The Ripley.' The first family that owned it raised Galloway and Hereford Cattle in the valley and had built a house, a stable and lime kiln by what they called 'Ripley Creek', now known as Baymar Creek, which empties into Ghost River. Old First Nations trails cross our ranch as well as old and current wildlife trails. When the Palliser expedition came from the north in 1858 to go through the Banff area, they crossed Deadman's Hill, which essentially is the hill or ridge that our house and our cabin are situated. It was called Deadman's Hill because of a First Nation story of a major battle along the Ghost River (Formerly Deadman's River).

The space:

You will not find another ranch house designed like this. It has massive log beams holding up the roof and floor to ceiling windows on the south and west sides.

The ranch house itself is actually two buildings (main house and the guest house) connected with a large outdoor covered patio space that we call the breezeway.

The main house is a fully open space with logs arranged to form 2 adjacent hexagons, 12 inch thick cement walls that encase floor-to-ceiling windows across the south and west sides of the structure. It has a large wood-burning fireplace in addition to the in-floor heating to create a cozy space when you relax on the couches or the murphy bed. The kitchen is fully functional, with the centre-piece of it being a 15 foot long island. The main house bathroom is stunning with a huge bathtub and shower area and tile throughout.

The guest house contains 4 bedrooms with a total of 3 queen-sized beds and 3 single beds. It has warm cork flooring, its own 1/2 bath and high ceilings. It is much more utilitarian and simple than the main house.

Around the house you will find a rundle stone patio on the southwest side with a firepit and seating around it. Between the two buildings is the 800 square foot breezeway, with a 16 foot long handcrafted wood table with benches (created using timber from the property).

Guest access:

Guests will have access to the ranch house and the land. There is a log cabin on the property, but it is not available for use.

Interaction with guests:

Feel free to ask us any questions that you may have regarding your upcoming stay and suggestions on what to do in the surrounding area.

The area:

The ranch and the area that it is located is the foothills of alberta, the land just before the start of the rocky mountains. The ranch house sits on the top of a ridge about 25 km west of the mountains, which can be seen from the house and many other vantage points across the property.

The area is pristine wilderness and ranch lands, with thick forest foothills covering most of the area except for the bottom of the valley where native grasses are predominant.

There is a significant amount of wildlife that call this area home. This includes black bears, grizzly bears, deer, wolves, cougars, elk, moose, coyotes, badgers, hawks, bald eagles etc.

Just 2 km hike to the north of the ranch house is the ghost river and to the south about 10 km is ghost lake, which is a reservoir with inflow from the bow and ghost rivers.

On a clear day you can see downtown Calgary to the east and if you look to the west you will see a wide swath of mountains, including devil's head and devil's gap, which is the valley leading to Lake Minnewanka of Banff National Park.

Getting around:

our ranch is a rural property so having a vehicle to get to and from the ranch is a must. If you come in the winter, having a vehicle such as an SUV is a very good idea since the drive way is a 2 km long gravel road that is snow plowed, but requires good ground clearance and good tires.

Other things to note:

ATV's, snowmobiles, motorbikes or any off-road vehicles are not allowed to be used at the ranch. It is protected land under the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

More Details

Owner
Claire Steinmann and Michael Bussoli
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 19, 2017

About Claire Steinmann and Michael Bussoli

We are two entrepreneurs that work hard and play hard. We have 4 beautiful kids and love to play at the ranch.

What makes this chalet unique

Our ranch is unique because of its combination amazing world-class views, remoteness, sprawling forest and valley and modern amenities of the unique building itself.

Map

Nearest Airport
75 Kilometres
Calgary International Airport
Nearest Golf
45 Kilometres
Gleneagles Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
7.5 Kilometres
Highway 1A
Nearest Ski
57 Kilometres
Nakiska
Car: necessary

THE AREA: The area is pristine wilderness and ranch lands, with thick forested foothills covering most of the area except for the bottom of the valley where native grasses are predominant.

There is a significant amount of wildlife that call this area home. This includes black bears, grizzly bears, deer, wolves, cougars, elk, moose, coyotes, badgers, hawks, bald eagles etc.

Just 2 km hike to the north of the ranch house is the Ghost River and to the south about 10 km is Ghost Lake, which is a reservoir with inflow from the Bow and Ghost Rivers.

On a clear day you can see downtown Calgary to the east and if you look to the west you will see a wide swath of mountains, including Devil's Head and Devil's Gap, which is the valley leading to Lake Minnewanka of Banff National Park.

ACTIVITIES: In the winter you can snowshoe, cross-country ski, hike, sled, ice fish at Ghost Lake, go alpine skiing at one of the area hills such as Sunshine Village, Lake Louise, Norquay, or Nakiska. In the summer, you can hike, go boating, rafting, sight seeing, and many more adventurous activities.

Amenities

Bighorn No. 8 Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Main House Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower
    Guest House Bathroom - toilet
  • The Guest house bathroom is a half bath.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • SW Bedroom - 1 queen
    South Bedroom - 1 queen
    East Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Main house Bed - 1 murphy bed , Queen Sized Murphy Bed
    Kids North Bedroom - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed
  • The bedrooms of the guest house are very simple. The main house bedroom is a murphy bed that is pulled down from the set of cabinets.
Entertainment:
  • Stereo
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
We require each guest of our home to clean and tidy our home so that it is returned to the state that they received it in. There are cleaning supplies provided.

Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
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average rating of 4.733333 based on 15 reviews
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5

Gorgeous home in a remote location

  • 5 of 5

We loved the home and had such a lovely time hiking around the property, cooking and playing cards by the dining room table. The house is stunning, and is very cool the way the sleeping quarters are separated in an identical unit that connects to the main home. There was no tv, and there were cameras IN the home. Three. Other than that, it was a lovely stay and the owners were very nice. We did have a hard time finding it, like everyone else!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Stunning home enveloped in breathtaking views

  • 5 of 5

Let me begin by saying, as jaw dropping as the photos of this property are, they do not even come close to doing it justice. This is truly the perfect marriage of luxurious style and rugged wilderness. The homes design and décor are extraordinary, the architecture will leave you in awe and not wanting to leave ( trust me it was a struggle to get back on the plane ) On top of this, the views from different points amongst the 480 acres ( plenty of exploring to keep your wild spirit alive ) will have you breathless. Perfect panoramic views of the Canadian Rockies from just outside the door. Aside from the pure perfection of the home and property, the owners are phenomenal to work with. They made everything so easy; Provided everything we could possibly need or expect and were extremely friendly and prompt in communications. For all of these reasons, I am already planning my next trip to Tacansina Ranch. And if you are vacationing, looking for an event venue or just a weekend get away, I 100% recommend booking this mountain paradise.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

Middle of nowhere, but great time with my mates.

  • 4 of 5

This property is wonderful and unique. Everything was great. The only criticism would be: lack of a BBQ, and about an hour drive from Canmore.

Also, the lack of timely communication with the landlord was concerning. But everything worked out great.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Fantastic location! Would love to go back :)

  • 5 of 5

This is truly a unique and luxurious location. Miles from anywhere, this remote getaway was perfect for our family Thanksgiving Reunion. Everything you need, games for the kids, lots of space for visiting, stunning construction.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Amazing stay for a relaxing weekend with family/friends

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here with our families during our wedding weekend. We had a wonderfully relaxing time here and did not have to worry about carrying little items for the weekend like plates, cutlery, wine glasses, etc. There's a full kitchen, for anyone who plans to stay longer, and amazing views from the cottage. The weather was good when we stayed, so sitting in the backyard for a bonfire and the breezeway for an outdoor meal (they have a huge outdoor dining table that can fit about 10-12 people), was an amazing way to spend time with our families. Besides natural views, the cottage has stunning interior design (the pictures don't do justice to the large windows) and a lot of space for kids. We look forward to returning here for more family gatherings/reunions and hopefully for a longer period!

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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3

Amazing property, but very poor experience dealing with the owners

  • 3 of 5

The property is gorgeous, in the middle of nowhere, yet equipped with all the modern technology you need. Surrounded by forest with the view of the mountains around, simply stunning. The area is quite far, about 40 min from Canmore or about an hour from downtown Calgary, but it's totally worth it. Also, it should be noted that at the time of booking (Dec 2015) we were advised of a significant "event" fee for bigger groups, which was quite discouraging, but we think understandable.

The only small problem we had with the property was to figure out the lighting and heating system, but for only a two nights stay it wasn't that much of a hassle. The owners did not provide any manual or guidance on how to use it.

But the whole experience is dragged down by the owners themselves.The biggest hurdles were in communication with the owners (Claire). Not responding to emails in a timely manner or even to follow up emails. The directions to the ranch are not very clear and could be improved, plus it would be great to have some instructions for the lights and heating. They provide a major contract with a list of instructions on how to clean up, which is great, but they could improve on the information provided.

At the end, the damage deposit ($2000) was also late to be returned, and it took multiple emails back and forth, including several follow-ups, to get the process going. To our major disappointment, Claire suddenly charged us 3% "PayPal processing fee" without prior notification or any agreements to the fact. At the end, she did return us the remainder of the damage deposit and we have resolved our issues.

Overall we'd recommend this property but if not improved, take a little extra time to find the right directions to it and be ready to wait and follow-up while dealing with the owners. The property is well worth it.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $24.33 per person per night
Damage Deposit $1,622.19

Rental agreement must be filled, signed and returned at time deposit is paid in order to confirm booking. The house must be returned to us after your stay in the clean state that you received it.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.