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Spacious Country Home Ideal For Family And Friends

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Explore Western Montana From This Comfortable 3 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom Vacation Hub

Bass Creek Vista

This spacious country home provides an ideal setting for families and friends to truly enjoy the mountains, valleys, waterways, and towns of Western Montana.

The home features 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a fully-equipped galley kitchen with adjacent dining area, laundry room with new washer and dryer, and 2 living areas, one w/smart TV. Satellite TV service and Internet access are available. Central air conditioning and heating makes the summer months cool and inviting, and the winter months warm and cozy.

The rates quoted are for an occupancy of 6 guests, including children one year or older; additional fees will apply for groups of more than six guests total. Please contact the owner to make arrangements to include additional guests. Travelers are asked to review the owners' Rental Agreement attached to their reservation and ask for clarification if needed.

You are invited to make this comfortable, accommodating home your vacation hub, then come back and take it easy in a peaceful setting with a view of mountain peaks from the deck. The property includes 2.5 acres located 15 - 20 minutes south of Missoula, home of the University of Montana and divers sights, sounds, and opportunities for shopping, eating, and recreating.

Day trips by car, motorcycle, bicycle, and afoot abound. North from Missoula, head through the Mission Valley to the towns of Polson and Bigfork, and savor the beauty of Flathead Lake. Head west from the town of Lolo to Lolo Pass and beyond and take time to hike to Jerry Johnson Hot Springs. Travel south through the Bitterroot Valley as far as Lost Trail and Chief Joseph Passes while enjoying the grace and majesty of the Bitterroot peaks. Venture east to historic Butte, setting for the Montana Folk Festival in July, or the delightful town of Phillipsburg, home of the Sapphire Gallery. For bicyclists, the scenic Bitterroot Trail extends from Missoula through Hamilton and provides a safe, paved surface to explore the Bitterroot Valley. The Trail is minutes away from home. Hikers may choose from dozens of well-marked, scenic trails along the Bitterroot Range.

The rivers, streams, and lakes of western Montana are renowned fisheries. In addition, they provide myriad opportunities for boaters, rafters, canoeists, and kayakers. Any number of local businesses would love to outfit and/or guide water adventure-seeking visitors. This home is a 20 minute walk to the Bitterroot River where guests can stroll and fish along the river’s channels in Chief Looking Glass State Park. Guests are invited to take advantage of the large yard and grounds around the house to watch for deer, wild turkeys, ducks, and the occasional fox. Evenings around the fire pit and stargazing are a perfect end to an exciting day. This home away from home awaits you!

More Details

Marlene Baughman
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2018

About Marlene Baughman

I'm Marlene (my nickname). My husband, Mick, and I own this vacation rental in addition to pursuing careers as a pharmacy technician and insurance adjuster specializing in heavy equipment losses. We live next door to this rental and are available to our guests before and during your stay to help make your vacation as comfortable as possible. We can be available as needed, but are very respectful of our guests' privacy.

We love gardening and landscaping (when we have time), campering, motorcycling, golf, hiking, biking, skiing, family and friends. I have practiced yoga for more than half my life with local instructors as well as maintaining a personal practice.

We have a 7-year old Australian Shepherd, the alpha dog in our family, an ancient cat, and (at last count) eleven chickens.

Marlene Baughman purchased this house in 1989

Why Marlene Baughman chose Florence

Convenient location, beautiful home and property, a ton of opportunities to recreate!

What makes this house unique

We love the view from the deck, the kitchen/dining area, the warmth in winter, the coolness in summer, the brisk fall air, and the promise of spring.


Florence House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Additional fees will apply for more than 6 guests.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • 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
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Personal shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Downstairs master bedroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Upstairs master bedroom
    Bedroom 4 - This small upstairs alcove can fit a single air mattress.
    Bedroom 5 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , The futon is located in the upstairs lounge area.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , "Guest" bedroom
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
We have added a Pack and Play and a booster chair to accommodate our younger guests.


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Spacious Country Home Ideal For Family And Friends
average rating of 5.0 based on 28 reviews
Spokane Washington

Beautiful surroundings, hospitable sweet touches to make us feel at home. And Marlene was fabulous!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful surroundings, hospitable sweet touches to make us feel at home. And Marlene was fabulous!

Whether it was technical issues, or arriving late due to a sudden appendectomy, or asking about possible road trip information, Marlene was there! With a smile, a hug and great information. When we all meet again next year, we will definitely hope that Marlene's place is available. I so highly recommend this listing! I promise won't be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Judy and Paula were a delight to host - open, friendly, respectful, and conscientious. And, it was a pleasure to be able to make recommendations for a day trip through our beautiful valley. My home was spotless when they checked out and there was a beautiful primrose on the dining table. Thanks ladies, and I hope to meet you again and again.
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Fit Our Needs Perfectly!

  • 5 of 5

Plenty of space, very well maintained. Marlene was very attentive to every need from the first inquiry we submitted to the day of our departure. We highly recommend this rental.

  • Submitted: Dec 13, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean, comfortable, beautiful home

  • 5 of 5

Best VRBO we have stayed at. Equipped with everything we could possibly need, arrived to freshly baked cookies, safe environmentally friendly cleaning products, extra soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, feminine products, and anything else you might run out of. There was a nice large kitchen table for our family and it felt like home. The views from the house were spectacular as well. We will absolutely stay here again when visiting in the future!

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect place.

  • 5 of 5

This place was perfect for our stay. My friend and our kids were attending concerts in Missoula. Even though it is 20 minutes outside of Missoula it was not a problem. For the most part it was easy to find. Just be aware of Apple maps. they had me go to the wrong address on the right street. Marlene was friendly and willing to help in any way. There was 3 bedrooms with a futon in the upstairs general area. The house was clean and well kept.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Best Vacation Rental Ever

  • 5 of 5

We have rented a number of vacation rentals and by far this one has been the best. Marlene and Mick's property is wonderful. The house is very inviting. It has plenty of room for a fairly large family but we only had 3. Everything in the house and on the grounds is so clean and they provide so much of the necessities (not just a starter amount). From toilet paper and paper towels to detergent and soap, nothing was left out. The furniture was comfortable and the linens were plush and plentiful. We arrived to a plate of delicious cookies and were treated to fresh pressed apple cider later in the week. The location is perfect. Missoula is minutes away and the surrounding smaller towns are even closer. The purpose of our visit was to spend time with our son, daughter-in-law, and 2 precious granddaughters. They were just a very few minutes away in Florence, MT. We plan to make this our "place to stay" when coming to Montana if at a all possible. I cannot truly express what a wonderful experience we had in this home. I would highly recommend this rental to anyone looking for accommodations in this area. Come and see for yourself! Thanks again, Marlene and Mick! Hope to see you again fairly soon!

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Johnnie for your time spent reviewing us and the vacation rental. Enhancing our guests' vacation stays is one of our top goals in providing this space and creating a family-friendly atmosphere. We enjoyed meeting you, Jerry, and Carolyn and appreciate the care you took of the place while you stayed. You and your family definitely left some very positive energy for us and our future guests!
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Beautiful home with amazing owners

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home in a central location to access fishing, hiking, and a bunch of activities. Very welcoming and kind home owners. My family and I highly recommend this VRBO.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
MSO (Johnson/Bell Field)
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Lolo Peak Brewery
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Whitetail Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
U. S Hwy. 93
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Caffe Firenza
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Snow Bowl
Car: necessary

"Bitterrooters" of western Montana are very partial to their neck of the woods. The uncommon majesty of the Bitterroot and Sapphire Peaks inspired Lewis and Clark and settlers who followed (including us). The Bitterroot River and its main feeders, The West Fork and East Fork of the Bitterroot River are fisheries for cutthroat and rainbow trout, and provide extensive stretches of scenic waterway for floating. Hikers and backpackers find miles of back-country trails to explore, pick huckleberries, and wade or dunk in the creeks along the trails. Bicyclists will love the Bitterroot Trail connecting Missoula and Hamilton. As it parallels Hwy. 93, a rider is nearly always in view of the mountains and foothills. Check in with Adventure Cycling in Missoula for the latest in cycling western Montana and...beyond.

In addition to the ranching and farming tradition that was the basis for settlement in the Bitterroot, the area is a haven for artists of all genres. Shops and galleries offer locally crafted visual, wearable, and functional art.

We live to ski, whether it's Alpine, cross-country, or back-country. Snowbowl in Missoula (30 miles), Discovery Basin in Anaconda(120 miles), and Lost Trail Pass (60 miles) on Hwy. 93 are popular destinations for locals as well as visitors to western Montana. Powder Mountain at Lost Trail Pass is our favorite for the powder and atmosphere. X-Country aficionados head east from Lost Trail Pass to Chief Joseph Pass for some of the finest tracking available.

The University of Montana and Grizzly football are institutions in western Montana, and this home is close enough to allow fans to enjoy a Grizzly rout, then return home to continue the celebration. Live music - all genres - flourishes in Missoula and the Bitterroot Valley. The Top Hat Lounge in Missoula books some of the most eclectic acts to be enjoyed many nights of the week. The Wilma Theatre, also in Missoula, books well-known artists throughout the year. Our newest outdoor venue, the Kettle House Ampitheatre, seats 4000 along the Blackfoot River during the summer season. And, in Hamilton, the Performing Arts Series treats locals to music of the world stage. The River City Roots Fest takes place in Missoula in August just as students return and we all need a reason to take to the streets to listen and dance to some amazing bluegrass and funk.

Our hospitals, St. Patrick (a Providence Institution) and Community Medical Center in Missoula, are a Top 50 Heart Center and Maternity Center respectively. Marcus Daly Medical Center is a small, but caring hospital in the town of Hamilton. There is a highly respected health clinic in Florence less than 5 miles from this home. We would love to work with patients and families to enhance healing.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50

Rates are based on a maximum of six guests age one year or older. Arrangements may be made to accommodate additional guests and this must be done at the time of booking. Extra person(s) charges will apply and these fees will be collected prior to the stay.

The Montana State Resort Tax of 7% is included in the quoted rates. In addition, vacation rentals in Ravalli County in Montana are subject to a $1.00/night tourism promotion fee included in the quoted rates.

Guests must sign a rental agreement prior to check-in unless owners approve signing upon check-in.

Rates may be revised seasonally and periodically and will affect requests but not confirmed bookings.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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