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Riverfront idyll in Shields Valley, just 10 min to Livingston

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

2 bed/2 bath riverfront home, tastefully furnished with acreage & mountain views

This charming, newly renovated and beautifully decorated holiday home lies on the banks of the Shields River, surrounded on all sides by the Absaroka-Beartooth, Bridger and Crazy Mountain ranges. Ideally located for exploring the Livingston area and enjoying many activities all year round. The Shields River Retreat makes a great summer or winter getaway.

The home is perfectly set up for couples, small groups and families. Decorated in a relaxed blend of western and contemporary styles, tasteful furniture, artwork and well-appointed amenities throughout, the Shields River Retreat is an ideal home away from home.

The master bedroom has a queen bed; the second bedroom has two singles. Each bedroom has spacious built-in closets and ceiling fans. The main bathroom has a full-size tub with shower; the second bathroom has a large shower.

The kitchen is exceptionally well equipped, with ample counter space and a large breakfast bar with 3 bar stools, opening to the great room. The great room features a gas fireplace with stonework flanked by magnificent picture windows looking out on a grove of trees, lawn and down to the river with mountain views beyond. The gas fireplace warms the living space and creates cozy ambiance during winter. A comfy leather couch and chairs are perfectly set up to enjoy a good book or movie from our small library. A small writing table by a window nook in the great room provides an ideal space for reading, writing or using a laptop.

The outdoor deck has a new gas BBQ (Weber) and comfortable outdoor dining furniture. The deck is the perfect place for morning coffee, afternoon cocktails and dining alfresco with river and mountain views.

Situated on 7 private acres in the Shields Valley, with private river frontage on the Shields River, the property features many delightful places to relax, explore and enjoy. There are a number of unique out-buildings from the property's previous ranching life - including barns, a bunkhouse and a root cellar. Animal and birdlife are abundant - including deer, black bears, moose, coyotes, wild turkey, Sandhill cranes and bald-headed eagles.

The rental includes all the comforts of a well set up home: Wireless high-speed internet; DISH TV (200 channels); DVD player; Audio receiver (for ipods etc) wired to speakers both inside and outside the house; Laundry room (with deep sink, washer, dryer, iron, ironing board and ample hanging space), Mudroom (with more storage), Kitchen (with electric range and oven, microwave, dishwasher, coffee maker & grinder, blender, mixer, good selection of bake-ware and a large collection of new table and glassware); Linen closet with bath towels, soap and linens. We also provide many extras in the laundry and kitchen like cleaning supplies and kitchen basics so you won't feel like you have to stock the house from scratch for your stay.

We look forward to welcoming you with a gift basket of home made goodies and a complimentary bottle of wine.

More Details

Victoria Schilling
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2018

About Victoria Schilling

We are a young family of four living in paradise..

I am a transplant to Montana from Sydney, Australia via London and New York. Despite having grown up in a large coastal city in Australia, and worked most of my career in the corporate world in big cities, life in the country was the dream - a place to breathe fresh air, take things a little more slowly, appreciate nature, enjoy quality of life and raise a family. My husband is a local - he grew up here, went to school here, runs a business here and his family all still live here.

It was an easy decision for us to start our family life together here, and create a home for our two wonderful children. We love and appreciate where we live and hope to be able to share it with you someday.

Victoria Schilling

Victoria Schilling purchased this house in 2013

Why Victoria Schilling chose Livingston

We have lived on a neighboring property since 2008 and love living in the Shields Valley. A rare opportunity to acquire this particular property presented in 2013 - we knew how great it was from living next door - a diamond in the rough, with river frontage and private river access; an ideal size of 7 acres with interesting original out-buildings and an old ranch house with great bones; as well as an ideal location in its proximity to Livingston and area amenities and attractions, yet still being out of town enough to feel country.

What makes this house unique

The guest house is the original home on the property. After extensive renovations and remodeling the end result is an inviting, comfortable retreat. All on one level it is ideally laid out for easy living.. with a well-equipped kitchen, plenty of counter space, dishwasher and breakfast bar .. opening onto the great room with vaulted barn-like whitewashed ceilings, large picture windows, gas fireplace with stone surround, tasteful furnishings and dining area with French doors opening onto a large outdoor deck. The home is set up as we would like it set up for ourselves, our family and friends, so there are a lot more of the little extras and conveniences that make it even more like a home away from home.

Right on the Shields River, fishing access doesn't get much better. River access also provides easy opportunity for swimming and tubing. With river and mountain views from inside the home and from the deck, country living here is idyllic.

The property has all the benefits of a country retreat, yet is barely 10 minutes' drive to the historic town of Livingston with all its amenities, services, outfitters, shopping, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, museums and galleries; 40 minutes to the larger town of Bozeman and Bozeman Yellowstone International airport (BZN); barely an hour's drive to Yellowstone National Park; and 40 minutes to the nearest ski field.


Livingston House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Shower is large
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Bedrooms have large built-in closets and ceiling fans.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Cell phone is necessary for phone communications. A cell phone booster enhances signal strength.


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Riverfront idyll in Shields Valley, just 10 min to Livingston
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews
McCaysville, Georgia

A piece of Paradise in Paradise Valley

  • 5 of 5

Riverfront idyll in Shields Valley was absolutely perfect! The owners have thought of everything needed to make the house comfortable. The location, on the Shields River, was close to Livingston, but still away from everything. Wildlife, was around the property every day.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wow great property

  • 5 of 5

This is a terrific vacation house. It is has been completely updated and is very comfortable. Both the living area and outside deck encouraged relaxation. It has a relatively private location with abundant wildlife and the Shields river nearby, yet is sufficiently close to town. Victoria and Stuart are warm hosts and provided everything, and I mean everything you could need. We could not have been more pleased with our stay and look forward to returning.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Eugene Oregon

Fantastic Place

  • 5 of 5

This is the best property we have ever stayed with Home Away or VRBO. That is saying a lot as we have rented many times before and never have we had a bad experience. This place is better than the pictures. The owners are so nice and attentive. They have a real special place here. My wife and I just loved the living room and kitchen area. And though I would have never thought about not having one the service area in the back of the house that housed the washer and dryer was enormous and a real convenient after a long day fishing. You can not go wrong staying here.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Louisville KY

Just Right !

  • 5 of 5

Our family chose this property because of its rural setting yet close to Livingston, MT.

It is a great location. Quiet, with the Shields River only steps away. A lot of wildlife in a idyllic setting.

The Yellowstone River is only two miles away.

The house was super clean and very well provisioned with all of the necessities. The living area is very

comfy and inviting and is a great place to gather.

Victoria and Stuart are such nice people and we look forward to seeing them again.

The Bryan Family

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here for 2 weeks! It wasn't long enough!! I could move in. But to keep this brief, Victoria has thought of everything and provided so many details to make a stay comfortable and easy. The house is spotless, so nicely decorated and beautiful outside as well. Some of the extras were a cooler, coffee filters, paper towels, toilet tissue, dish and bath soap to name a few! Victoria provided a beautiful gift basket with wine, home made jams, cookies, a MT dish towel, coffee and grocery tote! I could go on and on. We went to Yellowstone 3 times and included Teton National Park on one of the visits. We also went to the Custer Battlefield and many other wonderful drives. We explored Livingston, Bozeman ( museum of the Rockies), Beartooth Hwy,drive up to Ringling through Wilsall and Clyde Park. My point is this location is good to see so much of Montana and the northwest corner of Wyoming. I miss it already!!!! Thank you Victoria and Stuart. Please say hello to Your beautiful grandchildren. Folks, you need to stay here! It's wonderful!

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful vacation home

  • 5 of 5

This is my third time booking with VRBO. They have all been great but this place is the best. The house was very clean, modern, comfortable and well equiped. The location was perfect for visiting Yellowstone National Park and other places in Montana. The home is situated in the country and is very private. Some mornings we would see a family of mule deer. Victoria is great and would respond promptly to any inquiries. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Various bars in the historic town of Livingston
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Livingston Country Club
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Various restaurants in historic Livingston
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Bridger Bowl
Car: necessary

Situated on the northeast bank of the Shields River the property is accessed across a private bridge on Hwy 89 North. The property has views of the Absaroka-Beartooth and Crazy Mountain Ranges.

First class wade fishing on the Shields River can be found right out the door. Excellent fishing, rafting and kayaking also on the Yellowstone River, publicly accessible just 2 miles from the property plus abundant fishing options at nearby spring creeks, fisheries and rivers.

The property is a scenic 65 mile drive from the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park, and just 35 miles from Chico Hot Springs in Paradise Valley.

Many local outfitters offer horse riding, trail rides, zip line, whitewater rafting etc, all within reasonable driving distance.

In winter downhill skiing is available 40 miles away at Bridger Bowl or a little further afield at Big Sky Resort. Cross country skiing is also possible right on the property.

The property is 10 miles from the historic country town of Livingston, Montana which offers an abundance of amenities and interest including restaurants, bars, coffee shops, antique stores, galleries, music and art festivals, a summer farmer's market and more.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 7.0%

Refundable security deposit of $500 held for damages until after departure.
Cleaning cost included in rental rate.
Please note, we do not accommodate pets at this property. Thank you.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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