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The Barnsion Upper Room-Western Luxury-Rest-Reunions-Retreats-Horses Welcome

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,700 sq ft
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Sleep up to 9, 3 bedroom, 2 bath,jetted tub, decks, views, rustic elegavt deco

What is the Barnsion?

The Barnsion setting is on a large central Montana ranch sitting between four mountain ranges. You have 360 degree views awaiting you with all the sights, sounds, and smells you would expect on any working cattle, sheep, grain, and haying ranch. It would not be uncommon for several hundred cattle or a couple thousand sheep to be trailed through the yard. The machinery and equipment scattered nearby are not props for a bed and breakfast, but the necessary tools and equipment needed to operate the main agriculture businesses on Miller Ranch. The sheep herder wagons, visible here, are still utilized occasionally for seasonal help during calving and lambing time and have been a part of the history of the ranch dating back to 1977 for this generation and a life time of the preceding generations.

The idea for the 'Barnsion' was birthed from a wish to build a horse barn within close proximity of our home and the need for a woodworking shop. It seemed very logical to combine the two ideas with a common roof and wall. Hosting visitors is a big part of our lives, so our dreaming took the approach to add on a room for guests. After planning these areas on the ground level, it seemed a waste to build this without utilizing the upper level possibilities. One idea led to another and we have the 'Barnsion'. The main beams for the construction of the ' Barnsion' were salvaged from a demolition site and the front porch logs were pieced together from the remains of 60-70 year old power poles taken down on the ranch. The entire building is heated from waste oil from our mechanical shop and collected from the surrounding area.

The name 'Barnsion' came from the nickname the locals called it during construction. It seemed a cross between a barn and a mansion. We are not aware of any other structure with this name or built like this building, therefore we have the one and only original 'Barnsion'


'Upper Room'

The Upper Room has a large, cozy, open living-dining area finished with wood prepared on the site or in the local area. Relax in western decor in front of the fireplace and enjoy a view of the ranch and all the mountain ranges. The rustic pine cabinets are furnished with everything you will need to prepare and enjoy your favorite meals. Have a cup of fresh ground coffee roasted for us locally at Snowy Mountain Coffee.

The 'Upper Room' has three uniquely designed bedrooms, which have either king-sized pillow top beds or super twin single beds, providing versatility for couples, singles and children. One bathroom features unique western decor with full bath and shower. The Upper Room has full laundry facilities and outdoor decks in the front and back to provide spectacular views, fresh air and relaxation.

Up the handmade fir stairway you'll enjoy a view of the mountains while relaxing in the jetted tub in the Southwestern decorated suite.

Another unique and special room with comfortable recliners overlooks the kitchen, fireplace, and living area and gives a panoramic view of the Crazy Mountains while you use the internet, play a game, or enjoy your favorite book.

Additional sleeping accommodations in the 'Upper Room' include a hide-a-bed in the living room and a twin bed tucked away above the stairs. With 3 twin air beds, the 'Upper Room' will accommodate up to twelve adults. For younger children we have a Pak N Play and a child play area available.

'The Shed'

The 'Shed', located on the main floor of the building, is another western themed suite. The Shed has a full kitchen, a California King pillow top bed, a full bath and a log loft with two full beds, which can accommodate up to 6 more guests. 'The Shed' can be rented in conjunction with The Upper Room to accommodate up to 18 guests. This is listed under a separate VRBO listing. The VRBO listing # is 577278

Under certain conditions we may also consider opening up a private area in our home nearby with two more bedrooms and a private bathroom, a walk in shower and jetted tub. If you have a large group, this could provide accommodations for up to 4 more adults, with a queen bed, king bed, and baby crib. This can be utilized with either the Upper Room or the Shed.

With all these rooms we have beds for up to 22 adults at the location.

Outdoor Kitchen, Fireplace, Gazebo, Archway, and Patio

Summer shade, an outdoor sink, sandstone rock countertops, barbecues and grills, archways, deck tables and chairs, evening romantic lighting, a crackling fire and the smell of food make this place a one of a kind piece of art with a function.

This space may be available for our guests with advance permission. Many nights we would be glad to share this with you or allow the use of this space by yourselves.

This has been a favorite place for private parties and small weddings. Occasionally you might hear music coming from here as the sun sets and the cool evening breeze makes the fire needed. The sunsets from here in the summer months are breathtaking looking up at the Crazy Mountains and the Musselshell River Valley. It really doesn't get much better than this.


On the south side of The Barnsion is a tack room, fresh year around water, a round corral, and a beautiful fir barn with stalls filled with fresh shavings from the wood shop next door.

These spaces may be available for guest’s enjoyment, with special permission. Ask us about bringing your horse and taking trail rides around the ranch without having the restraints of staying on a specific trail and explore the natural beauty and fresh air.

Around the Ranch:

Every season brings a time for new experiences around the ranch. Calving, lambing, irrigating, haying, harvesting, weaning time and shipping to market are normal activities here. Although it would be difficult to guarantee, there is always something happening on Miller Ranch that you may want to experience.

Fishing, Hunting, Bird watching, Photography:

Whitetail deer are normally seen on the ranch and there may be the seasonal chatter of nesting Sandhill Cranes or the clear distinct song of the Western Meadowlark. The American Fork Creek runs through the ranch and the Musselshell River is nearby. They have smart Brown Trout and, with the proper licenses, may be available for your enjoyment. The Musselshell Valley and the local mountain ranges are known to have many whitetail deer, antelope, mule deer, game birds, bear, lion, and elk. If you like to use a gun, bow, or hunt with a camera, it can probably be done from here. Public hunting may be open nearby on the Montana Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks' block management parcels or 30 minutes away in one of the mountain ranges.

Bicycles and ATV's:

Bicycles are always welcome and ATV's are welcome with some reservations. There are times when we cannot have an ATV moving through the livestock or riding on the hay ground. I am sure we can find a suitable place for you to enjoy here on the ranch. Many experienced riders may want to enjoy the open trails in the United States Forest Service only about 30 minutes away.

Hiking and Walking:

Take a walk to the creek and enjoy yourself without having the restrictions of a designated trail. Enjoy the sunrise with a hike in the fresh Montana air. Because it may change daily, please ask us where it would be safe to explore.

Horses and the Stable:

Ask us about bringing your horse and taking trail rides around the ranch without having the restraints of staying on a specific trail and explore the natural beauty and fresh air.

Rest, Relaxation, Restoration:

Friends staying at the 'Barnsion' have told us the best part of this experience was the peaceful atmosphere, enjoying the beautiful views, and the rest, relaxation and restoration from the pressures of life.

There is a saying in Montana, 'If you don't like the weather right now, just hang on it will change soon!' We have seen 90 degree temperature swings in two days due the Chinook winds that blow through our area. The weather in Central Montana can change quickly.

It is always pleasant inside these accommodations with air conditioning for the hot months and a cozy fire in the stove for the cooler months. You may be looking for a place to write, read, study, play games, quilt, or get away from a crazy fast paced life. Every group or family will have specific goals and ideals. We will try to do our best to accommodate all your desires.

Endless Possibilities:

Because our location is nearly the geographic center of Montana, our guests will be within a day’s drive from any site Montana. Yellowstone Park is a day trip from here. Within two hours drive from here you can enjoy just about any cultural or recreational activity the state has to offer. Whether skiing at Bridger Bowl or Showdown, snowmobiling, rafting, fishing, hunting, or site seeing, the list could go on endlessly.

Several major airports are within two hours, making it easy to fly in and drive here without major traffic.

More Details

David and Renee Miller
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 6, 2018

About David and Renee Miller

Hi there, we are David and Renee Miller and we love living in Central Montana! We were married in 1975 and moved to Harlowton in 1976. Renee started working at her career as a banker that year and David formed Miller Ranch the next year which is a family ranching partnership. Thirty-eight years later we still love living here on the ranch.

We continue these responsibilities today as well as working other ventures and businesses. We are the parents of two grown children, have six grandchildren and have lived in our present home on the ranch since 1981. “The Barnsion' dream started in the fall of 2011.

We are located in the heart of the BIG SKY country so we are close to the mountains, but love the Musselshell River Valley and the wide open spaces all in one place! We look forward to sharing the Barnsion with you, as you experience your own time under the big skies of Montana, where clean air, bright stars and that wild west adventure await you!

Although we work very hard at business, we know that faith, family, friends, and fellowship are our priorities of life.

'As we age' it seems more important to live and eat healthy. Part of the master plan is to build a greenhouse that can be heated year around and provide fresh vegetables for ourselves and guests. The compost is on site and the power, water, and heat tubing have been run underground in preparation for this exciting project.

A riding arena is also planned where guests can spend time exercising or training their horse or warming them up before going on a trail ride.

Why David and Renee Miller chose Harlowton

The original idea for the 'Barnsion' came at 3:00 am in the morning while visiting relatives in Idaho. I drew a sketch of the external view of the building, as I saw it, and started dreaming about exactly how to build the structure and eventually settling on a proposed floor plan.

Several tried to discourage me and stated 'What in the world are you doing building a giant box out here?' and another comment was 'You have really gone crazy now'. I must say I understand more what Noah must have gone through when the Lord told him to build the 'Ark'.

The world renowned architects and draftsmen and their plans were left out and small sketches proved to be enough for the talented builders we had. When you put several creative people together, you come up with many good ideas.

We are so grateful for everyone that helped us build this building and learned from everyone that helped us. We could not have accomplished this without you.

What makes this barn unique

If you are willing to cook for yourself, you can enjoy all the benefits of the larger dude ranches at a fraction of the price.

We have lots of options to accomodate a single person, a couple for a romantic weekend or enough room to accomocate up to 22 people for weddings, retreats or family reunions.

If your plans include horses, you can bring your own horse who will have a place to stay as well.

Everything in 'The Barnsion' is handmade, no factory look, totally unique!

The atmosphere is laid back and peaceful here. No city traffic, sounds, or chaos here.


Harlowton Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Main Upper Room Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Tall shower and ceilings and a custom built vanity.
    Loft Bathroom - toilet , jetted tub , Southwestern decor. Custom made Pine vanity,
  • Bathrooms are both in unique western decor. The upstairs bathroom has a hand painted Mexican sink and a large window so you can enjoy the jetted tub while viewing the mountains.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Cinnamon Room - 1 king , Western charm, lots of architectural details walk in closet
    Tucson Room - 1 king , Spacious master bedroom, sliding glass door opens to deck
    Southwestern Suite - 1 king , Romantic loft suite with jetted tub in adjacent bath
  • The 'Upper Room' has three uniquely designed bedrooms, which have either king-sized pillow top beds or pillow top super twin beds, providing versatility for couples, singles, and children. Additional sleeping accommodations include a queen sized hide-a-bed and a twin bed tucked away above the stairs. Three air beds are available for additional guests wherever needed. A Pak N Play and a children's play yard are also available.
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water tubing


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average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

Beautiful place!

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of 20 or so cyclists who were delighted both with the accommodations and with the good company for hosts, David and Renee. They gave us access to their BBQ and beautiful outdoor dining area and then added a generous meat dish to the evening.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lewistown, MT

Corporate meeting

  • 5 of 5

We had a corporate meeting there this week. Excellent facility and well cared for. Very gracious hosts. Our group die was 12 and had plenty of room! Thanks!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing Rental!!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a reunion at the Barnsion. The rental was beyond what we expected, very clean and the attention to detail in the accommodations was amazing. The setting is beautiful, peaceful and so relaxing! We were planning on leaving part of the time we were there and spending a day in Billings, but instead we decided to stay at the Barnsion and enjoy the rental as much as we could. The hosts, David and Renee, were wonderful and went above and beyond what we expected in accommodating us in this beautiful part of Montana. We have rented from VBRO several times before, but our overall experience with this rental was the best. Thanks David and Renee for a wonderful time!!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Barnsion

  • 5 of 5

My family thoroughly enjoyed the “barn” – absolutely beautiful accommodations! The owners were gracious, even to seasoning and smoking our supper and then joining us for the meal. They made arrangements for horses and some mountain trail riding. The river is close by for fishing. Will be back again soon to enjoy your little piece of heaven on earth.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We went with extended family of 12. Very comfortable accommodations and grounds! We loved waking up to the sights and sounds of a working sheep ranch. We rode horses in the nearby wilderness and enjoyed a fine meal on their patio overlooking the ranch. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Near Great Falls, MT

Spectacular stay! Spectacular scenery!

  • 5 of 5

I gathered with 3 friends & our horses for a long weekend at the Barnsion Upper Room. Our accommodations were excellent, for horse & human. The hospitality was superb. We had lovely places to ride and then could relax and visit in one of the many beautifully decorated areas inside or out. We would love to go back again as soon as possible.

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
85 Miles
Billings Logan International Airport BIL
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Harlowton, MT
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Jawbone Creek Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Harlowton, MT
Nearest Ski
111 Miles
Bridger Bowl Ski Area


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $79
Cleaning fee per stay $100

Deposits will be totally refunded(less the insurance fee) for cancellations received 31 days or longer before the check-in date.
Deposits are non-refundable for cancellations received 30 days or less before the check-in date.
Horse Boarding Fees are $20/Day
All Guests must sign a Barnsion, LLC Rental Agreement
RV Hookup for Guests only are $30/Day
The seventh night is always free.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.