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Swan Lake View Home on 15 acres. Log cabins also available for groups.

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights

About the property

Swan lake view home, 3 BR, two BA. Perfect hub for family reunions & weddings.

The two level Hummingbird House sits at the edge of a sunny tree-lined meadow on 15 acres overlooking idyllic Swan Lake. Comfortable and attractively furnished 3BR, 2BA home, with large dining and living areas, 2 large bathrooms and two levels of porches with lovely Swan Lake and mountain views makes a perfect base for your Montana vacation, family reunion, wedding, or retreat. Home sleeps 7 in beds + couch and a cot the home can accommodate up to two additional people. For large groups, there are 5 individual log guest cabins for rental separately which sleep from 2-5. The entire property sleeps up to 28 persons. If additional lodging is needed for group events, please check out our Swan Lake Cabins website.

The main floor has one bedroom with a queen bed and a bathroom with shower and lots of built in storage; fully equipped kitchen plus a large pantry; spacious dining room with a table that can set up to 10. Dining room could accommodate a second table for larger events. Covered porch with gorgeous views of Swan Lake and the Swan Mountains, perfect for relaxing, reading, viewing wildlife and watching the sun set over Swan Lake.

The upper floor has two bedrooms and a large bathroom with tub/shower and ample storage. One of the upstairs bedrooms has a queen bed and the second bedroom has bunk style beds with a double mattress down and a twin up. In addition, there is a large living area with satellite TV and DVD player. This comfortable gathering area also works well for meetings or retreats, benefiting from abundant windows and an adjoining large covered porch, all with inspiring views.

Private grounds with a picnic table, gas barbecue, and outdoor fire pit.

A large level area with stunning views of Swan Lake and the Swan and Mission Mountains is available to set up for outdoor events with rental of the guest cabins as well as the Hummingbird House.

Hummingbird house is located in the heart of the Swan Valley recreation area just 10 minutes from Bigfork and a scenic 50 minute drive from the West Entrance to Glacier National Park. Just one mile away is the 2+ million acre Flathead National Forest which has myriad recreational opportunities, including boating, swimming, water skiing, fishing, rafting, hiking, skiing, and horseback riding. The Swan River is nearby for tubing or rafting and there are numerous lakes, rivers, and streams available for angling or fly fishing. Or, you can hike or mountain bike right from Hummingbird House.

Nearby Bigfork is an artist village picturesquely set on the shores of Flathead Lake where the Swan River flows into lake. Bigfork is known for the quality of its Summer Playhouse Repertory Theater, fine dining restaurants and numerous galleries and shops. Be sure to check out the famous Flathead cherries which are available from local fruit stands and farmers markets in July and August.

WiFi is available throughout the home and nearly grounds and the home is equipped with satellite TV, DVD, and CD player. Cell phone coverage is available throughout the grounds. The owners live at the edge of the property giving you all the privacy you would like but are available to answer questions or be of assistance if needed.

More Details

Linda Brentano & Charley Orth
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2017

About Linda Brentano & Charley Orth

The property is owned and managed by Linda Brentano, and Charley Orth. We are a married couple with different last names. Linda is a Career and Business Coach who delights in helping people with career and life planning, particularly for the second half of life. Check the Swan Lake Cabins website or ask Linda about upcoming retreats that may be scheduled. Or if you are feeling in need of some recharge time, feel free to ask Linda for help designing a personal retreat or to schedule individual coaching. Coaching can be done while taking a walk or while enjoying the inspiring views from the Hummingbird House porch. Linda can also help with scheduling on-site massage appointments.

Early is his career Charley was trained in Culinary Arts which he enjoys putting to use in preparing delicious breakfasts for cabin guests.

You will also see Charley's special touches as a craftsman in the custom cabinets and special finishing touches in Hummingbird House.

Linda Brentano & Charley Orth purchased this house in 2012

Why Linda Brentano & Charley Orth chose Flathead Lake

Linda's brother, Glen Stout, was the original owner of Swan Lake (Guest) Cabins, which he established in 1996, after moving to Montana from Portland, Oregon. Glen was an iconic figure who was very well known in the area. If you have breakfast or lunch at the very popular Echo Lake Cafe, check out the second stool from the right at the counter as you enter and you will see a little plaque with Glen's name.

In 2012, Linda and Charley purchased the cabin property from her brother's estate. Linda and Charley had long dreamed of having a Bed and Breakfast/ Retreat Center where Linda could do coaching and facilitate retreats and Charley could put his passion for cooking and craftsmanship to work. It felt like we were being called to move to Montana from Oregon to build on Glen's tradition with our unique backgrounds and interests.

We have been heartily welcomed by the Bigfork community and are delighted to steward this very special property and attend to the needs of our wonderful guests. We are still amazed by the beauty of this very special part of Montana.

What makes this house unique

Hummingbird House is located on a a very versatile property and can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. In addition to serving as a vacation rental, the house can be rented to serve as a hub for a family reunion, wedding, or other special event with rental of the cabins to provide additional lodging for 16-20. There is a lovely level bench overlooking Swan Lake which is available for outdoor weddings or special events. The outdoor area has great access, space for parking and is completely screened from the rest of the property and from the roadway. The outdoor venue area is only available with rental of the entire property including Hummingbird House and the 5 log guest cabins. The property is also available as a venue for other facilitators to host workshops or for corporate retreats or business meetings.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

Swan Lake View Home on 15 acres. Log cabins also available for groups.
average rating of 4.875 based on 8 reviews

Best property in the development

  • 4 of 5

Perfect house for grandparents and grown children with THEIR children!

As the rental for 5 days was very expensive, I will point out my impression of a couple of items.

There was no hairdryer in the downstairs master bathroom.

The kitchen sink did not hold dish washing soap more than a few minutes. The strainer/basket does not hold water.

I do not know if it a mandatory thing NOT to have an in sink disposal, but disposing of coffee grounds, etc. tends to

be tedious when trying not to let anything slip into the sink!

On the positive side, the "fire circle" outside was awesome! We loved this and enjoyed the outside every evening. We even indulged

in marshmallow roasting with the youngsters.

Thank you, we truly enjoyed our time in Montana!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're very glad that you and your family enjoyed your stay. Thank you for letting us know about the missing hairdryer which enabled us to replace it for future guests. Had you let us know during your stay we could have readily replaced it. Regarding your preference for a garbage disposal, homes outside cities have to be served by private septic systems which are not suited for garbage disposals.
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Beautiful Views in a Peaceful Environment

  • 5 of 5

I was looking for a house near Kalispell, Montana, for a small family reunion. I had not seen my brother in over two decades and had never met his 20 year-old son. My sister, her husband and their dog spent a day driving from the Seattle area to Kalispell and it was a heartwarming reunion. Gosh how time flies! We found the Swan Lake Cabins easily from the directions Linda provided and Hummingbird House was waiting for us when we arrived that evening, so warm and inviting. The grounds were beautiful and the house was everything we expected and more. Our time together was very relaxing and we had a wonderful time getting to know each other again. The property provided good privacy, and though the Office was immediately under the Hummingbird House, we hardly knew anyone else was around. When we plan our next reunion, we hope that we can stay in Hummingbird House again, and I would definitely recommend Swan Lake Cabins to all those looking for a peaceful and beautiful place to relax with family and friends.

Thank you Linda, for making our stay so memorable!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased to hear that our Hummingbird House and grounds exceeded your expectations for your small family reunion. Your recommendation of our cabins and Hummingbird House is very much appreciated. We would be delighted to have an opportunity to serve you again. Thank you!
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Beautiful Property with Lovely Owners who Strive to make your Stay Wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were recently married at the Swan Lake Cabins property. We first rented the Hummingbird house but also snagged the Cowboy (cabin 5) for a little more privacy, away from our group. The stay was wonderful and the Hummingbird house served as our hub where all the meals were served and had plenty of room for single grandparents and our adult children. The rest of our party was able to rent the additional cabins (cabins 1-4) and Linda and her husband made sure we had everything we needed. The property is nice and secluded, beautiful and oh so peaceful. We had our ceremony overlooking the lake and had plenty of room to set up a small family dinner not too far from the ceremony site. We look forward to visiting again soon and will share photos as soon as we get them back!

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to have you and your family here for your lovely intimate wedding. We are delighted that our vacation home, cabins, outdoor venue and grounds worked well for everyone. We appreciated the creativity and heart reflected in your ceremony and decor. Thank you for taking the time to share about your experience. Best wishes!
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Relaxing View of Swan Lake

  • 5 of 5

We recently visited the Big Fork area and stayed here for our 3 night weekend trip. We enjoyed the house very much. It is a very nice, clean house with beautiful views. It was relaxing and comfortable. We didn't have any problems, if we did, we were able to contact Linda and get a very quick response.

The only suggestion we might have was to have an additional couch/loveseat in the sitting area for more comfortable area to sit. We do plan on coming back to the area next year, and hope we can stay here again.

Thanks so much!

  • Submitted: May 11, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to share about your experience staying in our Hummingbird House. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay. Based on your suggestion, we have added additional seating in the main floor living/dining area. We look forward to your return.
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Perfect size and layout for three couples to share

  • 5 of 5

We were three couples sharing the home before and after a float fishing trip on a nearby river. We "drew straws" for who had the double/bunk bed room, but all the rooms were well sized and comfortably appointed. Bed mattresses were good quality, as were linens. The kitchen was well stocked and Linda had left some of dry good "leftovers" such as plastic sandwich bags for use, handy when we packed sandwiches for a hike. We ate dinner in Big Fork at Showthyme, which was a nice recommendation. Very happy with the accommodations and rental experience, we'd stay there again and recommend it to others.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to share your experience regarding staying in our Hummingbird House and how it fit with the activities you had planned. Reviews like yours can be so helpful to other travelers considering our property. We appreciated your enthusiasm on arrival and are very pleased to learn how well the home fit your needs. We hope to see you again.
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Missoula, Montana

Bonnie Dux

  • 5 of 5

Several friend on a couple day vacation and we had a great time. Lodge was very clean, homey and nice accommodations. Loved the convenience of Big Fork play house and view of swan lake. Thanks for the opportunity to spend a relaxing vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bonnie, Thanks for sharing about your stay last summer. We are delighted that our Hummingbird House worked well for your group. It was a pleasure to have you stay with us, and we hope that you are able return to enjoy another season of plays at the Bigfork Playhouse. Thanks! Linda & Charley
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Glacier International
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Rocky Mountain Roadhouse
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Eagle Bend Golf Club
Nearest Train
45 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
Montana Hwy. 83
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Terrace Supper Club
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Blacktail Mountain
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Swan Lake
Car: necessary

Located 10 minutes from Bigfork and 50 minutes from Glacier National Park. Just one mile from the 2+ million Flathead National Forest, a lesser known gem where you can enjoy unspoiled nature without the crowds. Golf Digest has named the Flathead Valley as a top 50 golf course Destination with 9 Championship courses within a 45 minute radius.

Bigfork is picturesque village nestled along the banks of the Swan River and the stunningly beautiful Flathead Lake. Bigfork is well known for its Summer Playhouse repertory theater, galleries, shops, restaurants, Eagle Bend championship golf course, and as a base for outdoor recreation and adventure sports.

In the nearby village of Swan Lake you will find the popular Laughing Horse restaurant and one of the best swimming beaches in the area. August is a wonderful time to visit Swan Lake to enjoy the Huckleberry Festival.

The area is also well known as a fisherman's paradise with its host of lakes and rivers which are home to pike, trout, bass, kokanee salmon, and many other species. 170 species of birds frequent the Swan Valley and this area is home to more species of large mammals than anywhere in the lower 48 states. In spring and fall, the area is also amazing for mushrooming, including our favorite, Morels. Wildflowers are another wonderful gift of the area with a wide variety growing on the property. May and June are the best time for Wildflowers on this property with the season arriving later at higher elevations.


Rates & Availability

Bigfork House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring 2017
May 1 2017 - Jun 22 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jun 23 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Fall 2017
Sep 5 2017 - Oct 5 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Departure cleaning fee $150
Pet Fee $25
Tax Rate 7.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Bigfork House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Mountain View
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Large bathroom with lots of custom cabinet storage.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Large bathroom with custom cabinets and lots of storage.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , On main floor with peaceful wooded view.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed , On upper floor, double mattress down; twin mattress up.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Upper level very nice with lake and meadow view.
  • Main Floor Bedroom: Queen bed. Easily accessible. Peaceful wooded views.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting

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