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Family, Pet Friendly Property,Close to Glacier, Mtns/Meadow/Creek Views/Beautifu

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Large and smaller Apikuni looking East over creek, meadows, mountains, wildlf


Last updated: 04/15/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:12
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Guest House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

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.

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Member since: 2005

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 04/15/2017

Property Type

  • Guest House
  • 3000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 12
  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome:

    We have a gate to protect small children and keep them off the stairs per parents request....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    one can smoke outside on the decks with care to pick up butts and not to leave on the lawns or trails...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Its important to check with us. Pets need to have their own sleeping bed and groomed. No pets on furniture or beds. Both places have stairs....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Concierge


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    ON different occasions we have helped guests get their disabled parent or child into the house. Once in the house the home is accessible....moreless

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 10-12

  • 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. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, tub, shower

    located on main floor...moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub, shower

    located upstairs...moreless

  • The larger house has two full bathrooms and laundry as needed. The smaller house has 1 bathroom with a shower....moreless

Other Amenities

  • We have a lovely gazebo and we host small weddings and/or other anniversary events....moreless


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


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Water Parks

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

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

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    To the east is Desert Mountain and behind it the Great Bear Mountain. To the north are the peaks of Glacier Park....moreless

  • Rural:

    we are located 3 miles from the nearest town. Horses and cattle graze in the meadows. The fields are open to stroll in. Elk, moose, and deer frequent the woods and meadows nearby....moreless

  • Ski-In:

    x-country skiing and snowshoeing right out the front door...moreless

  • Ski-Out:

    x-country skiing and snowshoeing right out the front door...moreless

  • Water View:

    South Abbot Creek flows in front of Apikuni with beaver ponds near by...moreless

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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage:

    We do have a garage available if needed...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    We live somewhat off the grid and so our speed is not what you might be use to in the city...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker:

    We have a coffee grinder for drip coffee, a coffee maker and a K cup option...just let us know....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    The kitchen is well appointed complete with spices, pantry, and many cooking utensils. It is easy to work out of and is next to the deck. ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf:

    West Glacier golf course is within 10 miles and t time is usually available...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$2,000 $7,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $100
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • hskp $75
  • Tax Rate 7%


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).

We ask for a 50% deposit when the booking is placed with the balance due at the time of stay. We prefer personal checks, however Visa and MC are accepted. We only refund the deposit if there is a family emergency and we can re-book the properties. We make every attempt to do so. We encourage guests to take out vacation insurance if they think their booking is iffy.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 04/15/2017
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25 Miles
Nearest Airport
Glacier Park International / Kalispell area
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Martin City
8 Miles
Nearest Golf
West Glacier Golf Course
8 Miles
Nearest Train
Amtrak at Belton Stage, West Glacier, Mt.
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Hiway 2 East
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
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.


Owner info

About the owner: 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 the Owner Chose Martin City, MT, USA:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this Guest House:
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.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 04/15/2017

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  • Large and smaller Apikuni looking East over creek, meadows, mountains, wildlf

    Large and smaller Apikuni looking East over creek, meadows, mountains, wildlf

  • Apikuni Grande showing 3 floors and decks

    Apikuni Grande showing 3 floors and decks

  • front yard showing metal art

    front yard showing metal art

  • beaver ponds with wild geese south of the gazebo

    beaver ponds with wild geese south of the gazebo

  • gazebo overlooking beaver ponds

    gazebo overlooking beaver ponds

  • South Abbot Creek flowing in front of house

    South Abbot Creek flowing in front of house

  • South Abbot creek in front of Apikuni

    South Abbot creek in front of Apikuni

  • view to the north from smaller Apikuni

    view to the north from smaller Apikuni

  • double bedroom large Apikuni

    double bedroom large Apikuni

  • den area

    den area

  • kitchen in smaller Apikuni

    kitchen in smaller Apikuni

  • queen bed and covered deck smaller Apikuni

    queen bed and covered deck smaller Apikuni

  • Apikuni deck facing east overlooking creek, meadows, mountains and wildlife

    Apikuni deck facing east overlooking creek, meadows, mountains and wildlife

  • entrance to Apikuni Grande

    entrance to Apikuni Grande

  • gazebo


  • gazebo near beaver ponds

    gazebo near beaver ponds

  • view from inside the gazebo...perfect place for a small wedding or party

    view from inside the gazebo...perfect place for a small wedding or party

  • bridge across South Abbot to the meadows

    bridge across South Abbot to the meadows

  • flowers along the creek and another bridge crossing

    flowers along the creek and another bridge crossing

  • looking off the decks during a thunderstorm

    looking off the decks during a thunderstorm

  • sitting area in front of fireplace with den in background

    sitting area in front of fireplace with den in background

  • den area

    den area

  • living room area with futon and entrance to bath in smaller Apikuni

    living room area with futon and entrance to bath in smaller Apikuni

  • view out windows from smaller apikuni

    view out windows from smaller apikuni

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This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Monday, April 24, 2017

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