The Willow Haus is a 2-story creek-side home, situated in beautiful ranch country along Upper Willow Creek, approximately 13.5 miles from the town of Philipsburg, Montana. It is part of a larger estate having 206 acres of land, along with the Dome house and garage on top of the hill, all of which is part of a wildlife conservation easement. The Willow Haus has front and rear decks for enjoying the fresh air. The rear creek-side deck has a propane barbecue and picnic table. Inside is a full kitchen with refrigerator/freezer, electric stove, microwave, dishwasher, and center island. Cupboards have cookware, dishes, and eating utensils for 9+ people. In addition to the kitchen, the ground floor has 2 bedrooms, each with a double bed (but only the back bedroom has a door); a full bathroom with tub/shower; a laundry room with washer and dryer; and a living room with wood stove, couch and chairs, and TV/VCR player for playing movies.
[Please note that the washer is not available for use during the winter.]
The upstairs has an open floor plan (i.e., it is one big loft), with a double bed and a queen bed at opposite sides of the house, a single bed in a curtained nook, a bathroom with sink and toilet, and a front balcony. Altogether there are 5 beds, but can sleep 9 people since 4 beds are double or queen beds. [Note that the base rental rate covers the first 4 people.] There is also plenty of floor space for sleeping bags, but bring your own.
During the Summer, sightseeing, fishing and hiking are popular. Nearby Philipsburg has a bank, grocery store, hardware store, gas station, bars, churches, and the Sapphire Gallery and Sweet Palace. Enjoy an afternoon screening for sapphires at the Sapphire Gallery, and indulge your sweet tooth with homemade fudge at the Sweet Palace. Back at the Willow Haus, Willow Creek has great native cutthroat trout. The Willow Haus property includes 1/4 mile of trout stream for fishing with a Montana fishing license. Willow Creek flows into Rock Creek, a famous blue-ribbon trout fishing stream, only a few miles drive away. Bring your own fishing gear. Many great hikes and lakes in the Anaconda-Pintler mountains are within an hour's drive from the Willow Haus. In the Fall, big game hunters frequent the area. Always check the current Montana hunting regulations first when planning to hunt, and always ask landowners permission first. In the Winter, down-hill skiing can be enjoyed at the Discovery Ski Area, and snowmobiling and ice-fishing are popular at Georgetown Lake. Bring your own skis or rent them at Discovery. At the end of a long day of outdoor recreation, enjoy the warmth of the wood stove, while you read a good book, play cards or a board game, or watch a video. A small collection of books, games, and videos is provided, but don't forget to bring your own favorites. Please note that there is no land phone, no internet access, and no commercial TV available at the Willow Haus. Also, cell phones typically do not work there, so it is a quiet getaway from modern civilization, although only a 20-minute drive to Philipsburg.