Elk Suite athe Rocky Mountain Front Retreat; large LR area, 2 BRs; sleeps 6
Aki and Laura Lintunen
- english, finnish
About Aki and Laura Lintunen
We built on the 'old homestead' about 20 years ago, with a major addition and total renovations completed over the last year, to create the Rocky Mountain Front Retreat. Family members have been spending time there, in all seasons, for many decades.
Aki and Laura Lintunen purchased this Chateau / Country House in 1992
Why Aki and Laura Lintunen chose Choteau
The property has been in the family for 5 generations; however, the Rocky Mountain Front Retreat is a modern and comfortable place in the 'last best place' on the Rocky Mountain Front which is part of the Crown of the Continent. We are now excited to share the experience with discerning travelers who are looking for something unique.
What makes this Chateau / Country House unique
There are very few places to stay located on the Rocky Mountain Front. It is sparsely populated with plenty of wildlife viewing, including mule and white tail deer, elk, many varieties of birds, black and grizzly bear, chipmunks, rabbits and squirrels. The Rocky Mountain Front Retreat is nestled between the Lewis and Clark National Forest and Bob Marshall Wilderness to the west and the Pine Butte Preserve and the Great Plains to the east.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Lots of room to play indoors and outdoors.
HOUSE RULES 1. Use: The Property is intended to be used for light recreational use. Motor vehicles are only allowed on established gravel roads to access the Property. 2. Good neighbors: Parties or other noisy activities are not permitted on the Property. Rocky Mountain Front Retreat is located in a rural agricultural/residential neighborhood and the Homeowner takes great care to maintain good relations with neighbors. 3. Children and others in need: The adults in the rental party are fully responsible for the children and others in need in the group. 4. Good order: The Guest agrees to keep the property and all furnishings and supplies in good order. 5. Gates: The Moore homestead where the Rocky Mountain Front Retreat is located is used for cattle grazing in the early and late summer periods (except for the area behind the fence surrounding the Rocky Mountain Front Retreat). During these periods the gates must be left closed to keep the cattle out from the immediate vicinity of the Rocky Mountain Front Retreat as the cattle can cause damage to the building and services. Follow the old rule for rural travel: leave all gates the way you found them! 6. Firearms and outdoor fires: The Rocky Mountain Front Retreat is part of the historic Moore homestead. Firearm discharge is prohibited on the Moore homestead. Outdoor fires are also prohibited. 7. Smoking and pets: Smoking is not allowed on the Property (except on the outside concrete patio) and pets are not allowed on the Property except with prior agreement between the Guest and Homeowner. 8. Appliances: Only use appliances for their intended uses. 9. Utilities: Please use the utilities, such as propane and electricity reasonably. Our rental fees are based on reasonable use. No long distance calls are to be made from the telephone except with a calling card or collect. 10. Parking: Parking is limited to 2 vehicles except with prior agreement with the Homeowner. Vehicles are to be parked in the front gravel parking area only. Parking on the grass or other vegetation around the building is not permitted. 11. Housekeeping: There is no daily housekeeping service. While linens and bath towels are included in the Property rental, daily maid service is not included in the rental rate. We do not permit towels or linens to be taken from the Property. 12. Water and Septic system: Rocky Mountain Front Retreat is on a well and septic systems. The septic system is very effective; however, it will clog up if improper material is flushed. DO NOT FLUSH anything other than toilet paper. Also, please do not use products with bleach or other products that may affect the effectiveness of the septic system. Water to the property is provided by a deep well. Water is a precious resource in this arid country so please use it reasonably so the well can keep replenished for ongoing use. 13. Animals and Insects: The Rocky Mountain Front is part of a wilderness eco system in a potentially harsh climate; that is part of its attraction! Wind, sun, rain, snow, wild animals (such as bears, mountain lions, elk and deer), mice, squirrels, chipmunks and insects are a part of that system. The most common animals and pests that may find their way into the Property include ants, flies, mosquitoes, and even mice (if the doors are left open for example). Please keep the screens closed on windows and doors while enjoying your stay but that will not necessarily eliminate all occurrences of pests or animals. 14. Access: Under normal conditions the Rocky Mountain Front Retreat is accessible by paved road except for the last mile which is gravel and a ‘two track’ road closer to the Property. In the event of extreme weather such as snow storms that block access, Guests need to use their judgment to park along or close to the Teton Canyon Road (paved road) which is normally plowed by the county when possible and then walk/ski in to the Property. It is approximately 1 mile from the Teton Canyon Road to the Rocky Mountain Front Retreat, which can be dangerous in extreme conditions. Caution should be used up to the point of seeking shelter in Choteau or other location if it is not possible to safely access the Property (e.g. whiteout conditions). These risks are part of staying in the ‘last best place’ on the Rocky Mountain Front. Please ensure there is sufficient food and water with you on your travels and at the Property to last beyond any extreme weather event. In an extreme case at the request of the Guest the Homeowner (including property manager) will attempt to work with the Guest (long distance) to seek the assistance of appropriate machinery to dig up access at the cost of the Guest. 15. Condition when leaving unit: Please: • wash dishes before you leave • put all garbage in the bins in the unit and make sure the lid is on tight • remove sheets and pillow cases and leave them on the bed they were on 16. Storms: If there is a storm or other extreme climate event, no refunds, always subject to reasonable administration fees, will be given unless: • The state or local authorities order mandatory evacuations of the area and/or • The day that the authorities issue a mandatory evacuation order of the area, at the request of the Guest we will refund: Any unused portion of rent from a currently registered guest; Any unused portion of rent from a guest that is scheduled to arrive, and wants to shorten the stay, to come in after the evacuation order is lifted; and Any advance rents collected or deposited for the portion of a reservation that is scheduled during the evacuation order period.
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Can’t say enough great things about this property!
My husband and I planned a last minute trip to Montana to spend a few days with our daughter in Glacier and surrounding area. Although we left each morning and returned for showers and a good nights sleep - Elk could definitely be a destination in itself. It was so clean (and I’m picky) and comfortable. We weren’t cooking but it is stocked with everything imaginable! We stopped in Choteau visitors center and picked up great maps of the trail system nearby and the Wilderness area down the road was gorgeous. The drive to Glacier ( st Mary’s entrance took about two hours with gas stop and some construction delay but it was a beautiful drive). We have a VERY long list of things we wished we had time for - loved being away from the crowds. Absolutely plan to return!! We did have some confusion finding the right drive because our GPS took us “around” the back way and the drive we needed to use had several standing water issues that thank goodness weren’t any deeper as we were in a small rental car! But once we knew where to go - it was easy in and out even with the water. Thank you for a beautiful stay!
Well appointed, clean, and great owners!
Fantastic spot. Hope to come again
We had an amazing stay at the Elk Suite. We stayed three nights over our 29th anniversary and had a wonderful visit. This place is the perfect place to stay to explore the Rocky Mtn Front and all the spectacular views. We had such a good time we wished we had stayed a week and are already planning a future visit. The location is gorgeous, we just can't get enough of the landscape on the Front. We loved spending time sitting overlooking the mountains and spotting for animals in the nearby fields. The place was peaceful, private and quiet. The house could not have been more comfortable and spotlessly clean, what a treat to enjoy on our vacation. The suite had everything we needed to make delicious meals and sleep well on incredibly comfortable beds. It enabled the two of us to completely relax away from our harried life at home. The interior is cozy and provides lovely spaces to relax and enjoy the view from the wall of windows in the living room/kitchen area. The suite is super bright and the sunsets are unbelievable. Truly a fantastic rental that we look forward to frequenting more in the future. This rental is perfect! Thank you for renting your home to us!
Very nice lodging in a great part of Montana
This is a nice two-bedroom cabin, with good kitchen facilities and a cozy living room for visiting and enjoying the mountain scenery. The property is scenic in its own right, and the location along Montana's Rocky Mountain Front offers (with a few mile drive to the west) great opportunities for hiking and exploring America's public lands in this dramatic landscape and its very important wildlife habitat. And, if you take the opportunity to enjoy this fine lodging in this exceptional area, please also consider supporting Montana organizations working to make sure these lands are conserved for all Americans to continue to enjoy in the future.
Amazing house in the mountains
A really fantastic property, well maintained and privacy so you can enjoy a quiet vacation.
This majestic, scenic property is located on the historic Moore Homestead, founded in 1919. It overlooks the Saw Tooth Range of the Rocky Mountain Front. It is close to the trail head for Ear Mountain and has about 1,000 miles of trails in the close by Lewis and Clark National Forest and Bob Marshall Wilderness. It is truly a part of the 'last best place' on the Crown on of the Continent.
The homestead is located only a 1/2 mile from the Teton River, and is adjacent to the original A.B. Guthrie Jr place, the American Pulitzer Prize author of The Way West, and Big Sky, among other books. Guthrie noted that he returned to his place facing Ear Mountain after publishing these novels as it was his 'point of outlook on the universe.'
Also close by is the Old North Trail where, according to many, the original inhabitants of North America traversed in the safety of the shadow of the rocky mountains.
Egg Mountain one of the largest finds of dinosaur eggs is just down the Bellview Road. Remember Jurassic Park? The scientists were digging at Egg Mountain at the beginning of the movie.
Nature's Conservancy is conserving and protecting large areas of land in the area, including the Pine Butte Preserve, which is the only place where Grizzlies roam from the mountains to the great plains. They also work closely as part of the community on common interests, such as the awareness and management of noxious weeds identification and control.
Often the only sounds heard are created by nature. Watch the birds dip and dive among the ancient jack pines, feasting on the pine cone nuts. Little chipmunks and rabbits are amusing to watch as they run along and hide among the rocks close by. Deer often forage in the area, sometimes coming within feet of the windows in the Retreat.
The Rocky Mountain Front Retreat is located at close to 5000 feet above sea level on the edge of wilderness, yet close to amenities. A variety of interesting walks and hikes are nearby; something for nearly all age and ability levels. Choteau is 23 miles away and Great Falls is 75 miles away.
Glacier National Park is about 1 1/2 hours away and Missoula is just over 3 hours away.