The Cottage is the newest lease on life for what was once an old bunkhouse behind our historic 1895 Victorian Farmhouse, on our working farm, Farmstead Hollow (farmsteadhollow.com). Two beautiful miles outside of Hamilton MT, the drive into the Bitterroot Mountains to the cottage is one of stunning views and well maintained, easy to access asphalt roads.
We have completely gutted and remodeled the bunkhouse (including a brand new heated slab floor), reinventing it as a charming 850 sq/ft house. The Cottage has a full kitchen and bathroom, including washer and dryer, and is fully functional, comfortable, and ready for guests. On the ground floor is the master bedroom with a comfortable Queen bed. Upstairs in the loft are an additional three twin beds.
The Cottage is tucked in behind our house, accessed by it's own driveway. There are no windows on the side of The Cottage that faces our house, while the sides that look out onto our peaceful pasturage are nearly entirely window - so the feeling is of seclusion and privacy.
A small privacy fenced yard completes the cozy retreat theme.
Our barnyard is home to a menagerie of farm animals. The Cottage is separated and well fenced off from the busy goings on of the livestock and their caretakers, but at certain times of the day, animal sounds might be heard from the patio and yard area and perhaps even from inside of the cottage.
We personally love the sounds of baaing sheep, clucking hens or grunting pigs, and hope that the occasional animal call that drifts over to the cottage yard brings a smile to our human guests.
The animals are locked up in the barns at night and kept safe and quiet until 7:00 am each morning. Breakfast time on the farm can be a flurry of joyful (demanding) animal hustle and bustle - including our rooster Rolly, who likes to start his days with a flurry of self-important crowing. It usually lasts a minute or two, then he's over it except for a rare crow here or there throughout the day.
Evening feeding times are a similar event, before everyone is closed in the barn for a quiet night.
We have one distant neighbor - the only part of his house that can be seen from The Cottage is an upstairs attic window.
Very flexible check-in and check-out times.