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Last updated: 01/09/2017
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:12
  • Bedrooms:5
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Five bedrooms, 3 baths and huge yard with volleyball sandcourt and firepit!

As all our friends and family know, for the best view and family parties in Gardiner, there’s no better than “The McLaughlin Place”. We are known for 4th of July parties and summer dances, volleyball games and apple cider making in the Fall. Kids love building sand castles or playing volleyball in the sand court, playing Frisbees among the apple trees, having a sing-along around the fire pit, or watching the horses in the corral. Our deck has enough shade to make it comfortable to have breakfast, lunch or dinner on it most summer days.
The kids are all grown and gone and so we want to share our home with you and your family. We think you’ll like our other frequent visitors - Bighorn sheep, elk, deer and bison wander by on the other side of the fence. Our property extends up the mountainside to a Forest Service road up on top, making for a interesting hike as you can walk down the road back to town.
We have an incredible view of Electric Peak with its varying moods depending on the weather and season. We can’t see much of Gardiner from our house but the grocery store is only a couple blocks away. We are at the end of the driveway so there is no through traffic here. As you arrive you'll drive past our corrals and tack shed, remnants of the guest ranch that operated here in the 1940s. There are numerous outbuildings on the property- a root cellar, well house, shop/garage and wood shed that are, unfortunately, not available to our guests, but interesting to look at. The house has been added onto and partially remodeled over the years. It holds 12 people comfortably with 5 bedrooms and 3 baths. The basement bedroom has a CA King bed and its own bathroom. There are three bedrooms on the main floor. The master bedroom has a CA King bed and an attached bathroom. The other two bedrooms each contain a Queen size bed and share the main bathroom with the “attic” bedroom which holds 4 twin beds. The kitchen is very small but fully equipped to handle preparing food for large crowds. It has a full size refrigerator with ice maker and water dispenser in the door, gas range, dishwasher and all the dishes, pots, pans and utensils I use to feed large crowds. There is also a small pantry/linen closet that has larger serving dishes and supplies. The dining room has an oval to accommodate 12 people, but we highly suggest and prefer eating out on the deck. The deck is covered with black mesh, making even the noon sun pleasant. Most summer days we eat all three meals out on the deck, usually staying out long enough that its dark and we can plug in the strings of white lights that stay up all year. There is a grill on the concrete garage apron for your use. The living room has a TV with Dish Network and a DVD player. In the buffet underneath are two drawers of dvds. WiFi internet is available throughout the house. We get excellent Verizon cell service on our whole place as well. There is a large, full, toy box in the coat closet with numerous board games in the shelves above it.
Just off the kitchen is a porch with a washer,dryer and laundry sink. The huge grassy yard is perfect for all kinds of playing and running. In order to maintain the lawn there is an automatic sprinkler system that will be watering some part of the yard most of the time to keep it all green. There is also a vegetable garden. We will be on the property gardening or mowing and ready to visit or answer any questions most days, if you're not out touring Yellowstone Park.
Like most Gardiner residences, we don’t feel the need to have air conditioning. Opening the house up at night and closing it during the day keeps it quite comfortable. Fans are available if needed.

If this property isn't quite big enough, check out our other house too-#144262 'A Stone's Throw' managed by Mountain Vistas Management.
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Member since: 2014

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 01/09/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 2200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 12

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Main Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

    This bathroom has double sinks....moreless

  • Basement Bathroom: toilet, shower


  • Master Bathroom : toilet, shower



  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library


  • Family
  • Sports & Activities


  • Churches
  • Duty Free Shops
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View
  • Village

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    The dining room seats about ten. The deck is the best place to eat though!!...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill


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from 6 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2017
Jun 17 - Aug 19, 2017
7 night min stay

My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
  • Cleaning $150
  • Tax Rate 10%


Half of the total is due upon reserving. The balance is due 2 weeks prior to check in. Total payment includes

*Rent $3000 or $3200 for Summer 2017

*10% Lodging Tax

*$150 cleaning fee

*$300 refundable security deposit which will be refunded 14 days after leaving if there is no damage or excess cleanup. Reservations made less than 60 days in advance require full payment.

No refund of reservation deposit if cancelled less than 60 days prior to the Check-in Date

100% minus $25.00 fee if cancelled 60 days prior to the Check-in Date

Owner's cancellation policy:

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

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Last updated: 01/09/2017
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87 Miles
Nearest Airport
Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport

Car: Necessary

The McLaughlin Place is less than a mile away from Yellowstone National Park's north entrance.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2003

About the owner: We've lived in Gardiner for over 30 years. The “mountain madness” overtook us while working at Roosevelt Lodge in Yellowstone Park during our college years and we fell in love with one another and this area.

Why the Owner Chose Gardiner, MT, USA:
This place is so tucked away we didn't really know it existed for the first twenty years we lived here, but of all the places in Gardiner, most people here will agree this is the best! Our 20 acre piece is all that’s left of the original dude ranch that Dan Bigelow operated here. The guest cabins are on the neighbor’s property to the East and the corrals and tack shed are still home to our horses and their gear. It was called the Yellowstone Trails Ranch and entertained guests in the 1940s.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 01/09/2017

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  • Front of house and deck. July 2015

    Front of house and deck. July 2015

  • Big horn sheep resting beside volleyball court.

    Big horn sheep resting beside volleyball court.

  • Master bathroom

    Master bathroom

  • Living room

    Living room

  • Living room looking into dining area and kitchen. Green bedroom behind door.

    Living room looking into dining area and kitchen. Green bedroom behind door.

  • Kitchen sink

    Kitchen sink

  • Basement bathroom

    Basement bathroom

  • Front of house and deck. July 2015

    Front of house and deck. July 2015

  • View from deck. July 2015

    View from deck. July 2015

  • View of Electric Peak from our house. The log cabin is our tack shed.

    View of Electric Peak from our house. The log cabin is our tack shed.

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • The green bedroom

    The green bedroom

  • Dining room

    Dining room

  • Tiny (but efficient) kitchen looking at washer and dryer on back porch

    Tiny (but efficient) kitchen looking at washer and dryer on back porch

  • Well used/loved volleyball court

    Well used/loved volleyball court

  • Basement bedroom

    Basement bedroom

  • Laundry room/ back porch

    Laundry room/ back porch

  • West end of house. July 2015

    West end of house. July 2015

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Monday, January 30, 2017

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