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'Willow Haus' Creek-side Home

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,377 sq ft
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

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.

More Details

Craig Schiedermayer
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 19, 2018

About Craig Schiedermayer

Craig Schiedermayer, manager of Willow Haus Rentals, is the 2nd of 6 sons of Gene and Joan Schiedermayer (the real owner). Craig currently lives in Helena, MT. Brothers Scott and Andy Schiedermayer, who live in Philipsburg, take turns acting as Caretaker of the property. Craig and his brothers are using Willow Haus Rentals as a source of income to pay property taxes and maintain the entire 206 acre estate.

Craig Schiedermayer purchased this chateau / country house in 1990

Why Craig Schiedermayer chose Philipsburg

Dad loved the beauty and serenity of Willow Creek. He loved dogs, cows, horses, and just about any living creature. He loved the land, and bought it piece-meal, stitching together the 206 acres we have today. Dad put the land into a conservation easement so that it could never be subdivided.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

You will enjoy the beauty and serenity of this place too. Sit on the back deck and listen to the babbling sound of Willow Creek, and perhaps go catch a fish for dinner.


Philipsburg Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1377 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Willow Haus Rules are attached to Rental Agreement form. All members of Renters group must agree to follow the Rules.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , main floor bathroom, with tub/shower combination
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Loft bathroom, with toilet and sink
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , main floor bedroom, with double bed and dresser.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , main floor bedroom, with double bed, desk & chair, shrank
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Open Loft - one queen, one double, one single bed in nook
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • photography
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
Seating for 4 at kitchen island. Seating for 5 more at side table, on folding chairs, or in living room.


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'Willow Haus' Creek-side Home
average rating of 4.0 based on 5 reviews

Philipsburg Gem

  • 4 of 5

This old, awesome ranch house was perfect for our weekend stay in Philipsburg. My husband caught fish right in the stream that flows through the backyard. We spent most of our time on the back balcony watching the sunsets, deer, and elk wander in the fields. Our dog was entertained for hours chasing gophers. Close drive to Philipsburg for sapphire mining at Gem Mountain. Great shops and eateries downtown, too! The Willow Haus is and older home and a little rustic, but it was so peaceful out there, and the Schiedermayer family was very nice and welcoming. If you want an authentic Montana experience, this is the place to stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sleepless in Phipsburg

  • 3 of 5

Sleeping arrangements were not the best for a large group. Five beds but only one room with a door. Nobody got any sleep ; otherwise the house was great

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Other large groups have happily stayed at the Willow Haus in the past, and have never complained. The house description states that the upstairs is an open floor plan, and the photos clearly show that it is one open loft. We've updated the description to make it clear that only one of the downstairs bedrooms has a door, and we will update the photos to show this fact.
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Beautiful, quiet location close to P-Burg & Discovery!

  • 4 of 5

Our stay at Willow Haus was very enjoyable. The accommodations were clean and comfortable for four couples, and we had a great time over New Years relaxing by the fire, playing board games and skiing up at Discovery. Temperatures dropped below zero and the majority of the house stayed cozy and warm. It was great to be close enough to Phillipsburg to pop in for a beer at the brewery and grab a bite to eat, but still far enough removed that it felt like we were in a secluded cabin - but with amenities! This spot is a great value and I would highly recommend for anyone looking for a weekend getaway near Phillipsburg or along Rock Creek. It was especially nice to be able to bring our dog with us too!

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very happy with our stay!

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our family weekend getaway at Willow Haus. The wood stove was lit and the house warm when we arrived late the first night. The home had all we needed and then some even coffee, tea and cocoa, which we didn't expect. It was cozy and fit our needs very well and we would recommend it to others. Craig and Scott were very easy to work with and very accommodating as well.

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A great country getaway

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time at the Willow Haus! We were three couples and one infant. The owners had several nice touches- a high chair and playpen, there was plenty of refrigerated spring water for us since the well can have an iron taste, plenty of supplies to pick up after our dogs, and the wood was fully stocked and the fire place was stoked waiting our arrival. One thing to know is the house is outside of cell service, we saw it as a real getaway. Be sure to that everyone in your party has detailed directions as the montana backroads can make you second guess the way. The downstairs toilet tends to run but once filled Scott advised us to just turn off the valve until next use. The place is very comfortable, homey, and clean! The valley it sits in is beautiful, a little bit of a drive to Discovery Ski area but we just enjoyed the views. Phillipsburg was super fun to visit and the Willow Haus would be a great place to stay for fishing and hunting. Scott, the care taker is a classic Montana fellow, you can't find a nicer or more helpful guy!

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2015
  • Stayed: February 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
85 Miles
Nearest Barpub
14 Miles
The Sunshine Station, outside Philipsburg, MT
Nearest Motorway
39 Miles
Hiway 90, at Drummond, MT
Nearest Restaurant
14 Miles
The Sunshine Station, outside Philipsburg, MT
Nearest Ski
29 Miles
Discovery Ski Area, downhill & cross-country
Car: necessary

Closest Local Services & Businesses are located in the town of Philipsburg, MT, 14 miles away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $10
Refundable damage deposit $200

1) Your reservation is not complete until you the renter have completed, signed, and returned the Rental Agreement form to the property Manager, who will also sign it and return a copy to you. This doubly-signed Rental Agreement is a legal document which gives both you the Renter and the property Manager certain legal rights.

2) The "Refundable Damage Deposit" is required. Your refund will be reduced for any damage you cause or excessive mess you leave behind. Also $25 of this will be withheld if you fail to wash and put away your dishes before leaving. Smoking inside will forfeit your entire refund. Note that even though it is only a $200 deposit, you the renter are responsible for the full extent of any damages your rental group may cause. By signing the Rental Agreement, a legal document, you agree to these terms.

3) The "Property Damage Protection" fee is optional insurance, which covers you for at least $1500 in additional damage.

4) See Rental Agreement for details regarding Payment and Cancellation Policy. Some people ask why Winter rates are so much higher - it's because of the high heating cost during winter months, and because of the extra effort and expense of de-winterizing the house before check-in, and re-winterizing after checkout. Also note that week-long rentals will cost the lesser of $1000 or 7 x $Nightly Rate for the season.

5) Because the VRBO system is unable to calculate the correct rental rate based on the number of extra people (beyond 4) or number of pets (beyond 1), any extra rental charge will be handled separately between Manager and Renter once the Rental Agreement has been completed and sent to the Manager.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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