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family, pet friendly property,close to Glacier, mtns/meadow/creek views/beautifu

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type guest house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

large home 10 min fr Glacier overlooking homestead, mtns, creek, meadow

We have two beautiful places to offer. They can be rented together or separately. We call the bigger place Apikuni grande (sleeps 6-8) and the smaller place the Apikuni condo (sleeps 2-4). The main decks and windows face south and north and so their is privacy between the two places. Please email or call regarding availability in the smaller place as the vrbo calendar reflects bookings in the larger unit.

The name Apikuni has meaningful history and was chosen because of this. It is Blackfeet in origin and was the name given to James Schultz who lived with the Blackfeet in the 1890's and lobbied his friends back East to set aside the Glacier area as a national park. In addition there are waterfalls in Glacier Park bearing this name as well as purplish geological rock formations.

Our properties are absolutely unique and attractive given their location. We are only two miles from the main highway and not far from restaurants, groceries, pharmacies, banks and all the other 'things' we need. Yet, the property is surrounded by the owners family homestead, national forest and wilderness.

Apikuni Grande (3 bed/2 bath) can sleep 6 to 8. It has 3 bedrooms upstairs (a queen, two singles, a double), nice living room area with a couch, a full bath and small kitchenette. The main floor is an open with a fireplace and sitting room; a step down den area complete with a couch, piano, and additional sitting areas; a large kitchen and dinning area that opens onto a large deck overlooking South Abbot Creek, many meadows, and beautiful mountains. A full bath is also located on this floor as well. The den area can be separated off for additional sleeping if needed.

There is a gas BBQ grill on the deck, a stunning mountain gazebo beyond the gardens on the beaver pond, and trails throughout.

Apikuni condo, built over the shop area, is located near the main house. It consists of an open living room area separated from the kitchen with a sitting counter. There is a futon couch in the living room that can be made into an additional bed. Off the living room to the west is a bedroom area with a queen. This space opens on to a covered deck that overlooks an attractive rock garden, South Abbot Creek, the meadows and mountains beyond. While sitting on the deck, one enjoys the sounds of the nearby creek and many birds nesting along its banks. This same creek can be heard babbling through open windows in both houses, helping lull one into deep sleep.

The owner resides on the bottom floor of this beautiful 3 story home and has separate entrances and living quarters. Marion and family can provide you with all the detail information you will need to make your vacation meaningful and manageable. There is a lot to do in Glacier country and she can help you negotiate the many choices. We have discovered the enormity of the area and its many attractions can be overwhelming for people visiting for the first time and will be glad to help out. We have extensive knowledge of the region having lived here for over 60 years. During these years we have hiked most of the trails, traveled most of the roads, fished most of the lakes, rode horses into the mountains of the park and nearby wilderness areas, and have extensive history ourselves as settlers.

More Details

Marion K Foley
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2018

About Marion K Foley

Hi! I am a native Montanan and attended the state Universities. I was able to use my education by serving on School Boards, College Boards and through community service. After retirement, I took over managing our family homestead and building our vacation business. During these years I also built partnerships with many local organizations and businesses, helping develop better services for guests visiting our area.

I have four grown children and two wonderful, active grand kids. They pitch in when I need help and together we enjoy a Montana lifestyle. Two of my adult children have disabilities and through their efforts, I have learned a great deal about humility and the beauty of family.

Why Marion K Foley chose Martin City

My property was a gift from my Irish parents who came to this area after WWll. Together they made a living in timber and ranching. While Dad was in the woods working in the camps and harvesting timber, mom was buying land and cattle, and running the books. Over the years they acquired the homestead my property is a part of, and timber lands to the north. In their older years, they incorporated the property and passed the legacy on to my generation. The next generation grew up here as well, and now the fourth generation enjoys running in the meadows, riding horses, and catching trout in the streams as they strengthen their wings to fly.

What makes this guest house unique

We love our home and built it from our hearts. It is warm and inviting, expressing a combination of south by northwest themes and colors. Wood is used throughout and the rock in the fireplace was quarried not far away. The deck is grand to enjoy with an early morning sun to drink coffee in and shade by the afternoon for an evening meal. At night, the stars come out and cover the heavens. inviting one to be a part of the universe. Not far away, beyond the gardens, is our Montana gazebo overlooking beaver ponds. When sitting here, all you see are the ponds, the sky, forest and flowers while listening to the creek flowing a few feet away. Its easy to forget everything else.

In the past year we have built some 3 miles of trails west of the home in the forest and clearings. The trails encompass massive 500 yr. old cottonwood trees where the Great Horn owls nest, young bears climb, and elk and deer browse. These trails offer a wonderful glimpse into the local habitat and are accessible from the house.


Martin City Guest House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • guest house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , located on main floor
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , located upstairs
  • The larger house has two full bathrooms and laundry as needed. The smaller house has 1 bathroom with a shower.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
  • There are 4 full bedrooms in the larger house: two are queens, one has two singles,, and the fourth is a double. In addition there are two couches that work well to sleep on and extra space in the den/music room for a queen blowup. There is one bedroom in the smaller house with a futon for additional sleeping.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
We have a lovely gazebo and we host small weddings and/or other anniversary events.


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family, pet friendly property,close to Glacier, mtns/meadow/creek views/beautifu
average rating of 4.5555553 based on 9 reviews

Great option for a large group of people

  • 4 of 5

Our group had everything we needed for a 3 day weekend. There was plenty of room for our group of 14. One night we were able to have an anniversary party in the yard for about 25 people which was great. I would highly recommend this property for a larger group.

This property is a bit like a Bed & Breakfast as the owner and family live on site.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our favorite place to stay on the entire trip!

  • 5 of 5

We wanted a real Montana experience, and that is just what we got at Apikuni. From the long driveway through the woods; to the greeting from three, mellow, old dogs; to a beautiful and eclectically decorated home; to fresh flowers throughout; to the babbling creek; to a deck overlooking freshly mown hayfields and the distant hills. Apikuni Grande had the bedrooms, beds, and bathrooms for we six women to spread out and have our own spaces. It was neat and tidy. We relished mugs of coffee on the deck each morning, and glasses of wine each afternoon after busy Glacier hiking days. Marion and her sweet family were on site and responsive to help with any needs. All the while, they were pretty much invisible; we felt like we were truly by ourselves at this lovely Montana retreat. If you want the perfection of many of the “corporate-owned” VRBO’s around Glacier, this is not the place for you. If you want a real Montana experience and getaway, this is perfect. Our only regret is that we didn’t have more days to hunker in here. We would definitely return and will recommend.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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West Linn, OR U.S.A.

Perfect Place to Enjoy a Visit to Glacier National

  • 5 of 5

We loved this place!!! It was off the beaten path but close to the park entrance at West Glacier. The house was spacious, clean and comfortable. We had everything we needed. The kitchen could use a little upgrading but we were perfectly comfortable with it the way it is. Most of all we enjoyed meeting and getting to know the owner, Marion and her family. They are very special people and we felt very blessed by the time we spent with them! (The dogs were great, too!) We would highly recommend this to our friends and family.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A very relaxing time

  • 4 of 5

What a wonderful venue for a relaxing family vacation. Marion and family were so hospitable to us and were so helpful with local knowledge about, hiking trails that are off the beaten path, where to eat, shop etc... Marion is a wonderful host that has a lot of knowledge about the local history that when asked is glad to share. Wonder hosts and wonder accommodations need I say more????

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Houston, Texas

beautiful homes for families w olde children

  • 3 of 5

The home was beautiful but not safe for small children. Marion is s wonderful host. Her living quarters are on the first floor with the rental on the second and third floor. The two areas are only separated by a cloth covered wood frame over the stairs and a rod iron gate st the top of stair case. There were gates available for the other stairs but the were not helpful because they were tension gates which a child could push loose. The listing stated it had a washer and dryer it that was not exactly correct. The appliances are in the owners area. She was more than willing to do our laundry it we were not comfortable asking except for my daughter who who had been camping w her family for a week befor joining us. The listing also said air conditioned, there was one window unit upstairs. There were multiple beautiful knock knacks, collectible, personal items, medications and scissors easily accessible for the children. I would recommend the home for all adult groups or families with older children.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Glacier family treasure

  • 5 of 5

I stayed for a week with family including five adults and three grandchildren ages 8-12. It was like a children's paradise as they were welcome to use play equipment, gardens, gazebo, fields, and woods for playing when we weren't hiking Glacier. There are even horses on the property and two resident children. The house was complete for everyone's needs, with kitchen equipment, dvds, lots of books and games. We used the d class and barbecue also. The owner was on the propert but it did not feel intrusive at all. It was a relaxing atmosphere. The house is only a ten-minute drive to the park so daily access was easy. For our family the Foley house was a special experience.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Glacier Park International / Kalispell area
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Martin City
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
West Glacier Golf Course
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Amtrak at Belton Stage, West Glacier, Mt.
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Hiway 2 East
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Lion Lake or Hungry Horse Reservoir
Car: recommended

There are several attractions in the area listed on the Columbia Falls Chamber of Commerce web site. This chamber group represents all of the local businesses in the gateway area to Glacier National Park and does a nice job of updating various attractions.

In addition, we know of many special places not listed in the local literature. These include what we call our own private places in the Park and outside of it, that are not heavily used, but equally appealing as the main attractions...and perhaps more so because they are void of crowd energy. Outside of the Park and close to our location are several wonderful trails that we help maintain. Some of these were used to pack supplies into lookouts back in the 1930's; others are along creek bottoms and beaver ponds. We know of accessible roads to mountain tops and lookouts, all within 30 minutes of our place. These offer incredible panoramic views of Glacier Park and surrounding mountains. And for those of you traveling with pets, you can take them along with no hassles.

There are little known Forest Service trails with information explaining the complexities and beauty of our local forests. Within a miles is a Western Larch tree over 1000 years old and a grove of monarch cottonwoods, half this age but just as large and majestic. These softwoods are home to the Great Horned Owls in the area. Nearby are beaver ponds with blue heron, loons, owls and many small fur bearing mammals. Catch and release the small brook trout.

We love to pick huckleberries and have many of our own secret patches. If you are interested, let us know and we can spend an afternoon picking huckleberries: listening to the birds while loosing oneself in the woods. Time is suspended and one feels the elemental harmony of real connectivity. Later, you can eat the berries on yogurt, in pancakes, or make a batch of jam to ship home and enjoy in the winter...remembering the day you became one with the wilderness.

We are retired now and can take the time to share these adventures and help you create your own. We have an intimate knowledge of the area and enjoy sharing our insiders gifts with those from the outside. Let us make suggestions and offer our services where we can.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Property Damage Protection $59
hskp $75
Pet Fee $100
Tax Rate 7.0%

The smaller Apikuni costs $215 per night. If both places are rented together, the combined rate is $500 per night.
We do not charge a damage deposit. We ask that guests point out any damage and attempt to resolve the problem immediately. If damage is not reported, we will pursue additional charges. Overall we have never had to do this and appreciate the care with which people treat our home(s).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.