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Cozy Contemporary Cottage On A Private Wooded Peninsula On Beautiful Swan Lake

Bedrooms 1
Space 850 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6

This contemporary two-story cottage sits among the trees and boasts an amazing view of the mountains and beautiful Swan Lake. A wooded path takes you to a nice swimming beach equipped with a dock and over 200 feet of lackfront to explore. There is one bedroom with a queen bed and a fold out queen futon upstairs so it sleeps four comfortably. One bathroom with a shower and a clawfoot bathtub outside so you can soak in a beautiful private setting while gazing out at the lake. It has a well-stocked kitchen with stove/oven, microwave and dishwasher and there is a barbeque on the deck for guests' use. Cottage is equipped with a flat-screen tv, dvd/vcr/cd players with many movies, music and board games to enjoy. No wi-fi (but you won't want to be looking at a screen while you are here anyway :) There is good cell coverage. On the point of the property there is a gazebo with a swinging double-chair perfect for your morning coffee or evening glass of wine as you watch the beautiful sunset. Swan Lake has great fishing and swimming and it's usually glassy surface makes it perfect for water skiing and other water toys. There is very little boat traffic so you may feel that the entire lake is yours to enjoy. Swan Song is truly a little slice of heaven!

Pam Ponich
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
22 July, 2018

About Pam Ponich

I am originally from Billings, MT and also lived for many years in California where I got my degrees at Stanford and San Diego State. Though I loved the weather and the ocean, I missed the mountains, fresh air and beautiful lakes of my home state so moved to Helena, MT where I have lived for the past 22 years. I am married with two teen-age boys who have become expert water skiers on the 'glass' of Swan and have grown to love it as much as I do. We live year-round in Helena where I am a psychotherapist and entertainer.

Pam Ponich purchased this cottage in 1986

Why Pam Ponich chose Bigfork

My family spent many summers in the Flathead area when I was young and Swan Lake grew to be my favorite place on earth! My parents were some of the earliest performers at the Bigfork Summer Theatre and when I was old enough, I too did professional summer theatre in Bigfork (and many other places). My mom and I scraped our pennies together to put a down-payment on this property when I was in my twenties and later built our little cottage which has hosted many a family gathering. Later my brother joined in as part owner of Swan Song so it is really a family-owned place where we have all made many happy memories. I remember when we first purchased the property, I would sit among the trees, gazing out at the beautiful lake and mountains and think about how very blessed I was to get to own a little piece of heaven. I still think that every time I am there as it truly is one of the most beautiful and special places on earth.

What makes this cottage unique

So beautiful, serene, quiet but with so much to do close by in Bigfork village if you want great theatre, a great meal, or to stroll among beautiful artwork. What I love most about the property is that it stretches out into the lake at a point so it is very private and it truly does have an amazingly beautiful view of the lake and mountains beyond.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Bigfork, Montana

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , Bathtub located outside with berautiful lke view
  • One small bathroom adjoins the master bedroom. Basic bathroom with shower, toilet and sink.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
  • One master bedroom on the ground floor with comfortable queen bed. Double glass doors allow a beautiful view of the lake from your bed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horse riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Cozy Contemporary Cottage On A Private Wooded Peninsula On Beautiful Swan Lake
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 9 reviews

Great family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We had an incredible time at Swan Song. We have 3 little girls (ages 7 and twins at 5) - we all enjoyed relaxing in the cabin, jet skiing and boating on the lake (easy access dock) and even dining at the Terrace Supper Club next door. On our last day there we played a fun little game - between all the nooks and crannies we counted 43 Swans upstairs!

We would love to go back again someday. Beautiful cabin on a beautiful lake!

  • Review Submitted: 21/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Swan Lake is absolutely beautiful! We had a great week.

  • 4 of 5

My family and I (two adults, two teens) had a wonderful stay at Swan Song. Swan Lake is a very nice sized lake and is absolutely beautiful. The Swan Song cottage is on a small hill overlooking the lake. You can enjoy views of the lake from the cottage's deck -- we ate most of our meals on the deck to enjoy the views and the weather. From the cottage, there is a path down the hill to the water. Halfway down the path is a gazebo that sits on a point overlooking the water -- a great spot to sit and read or just sit. The property's lakefront is rocky (not a sandy beach) but quite nice. There is a dock that is in good condition and goes out deep enough that you can jump and swim off the dock, or sunbathe on the dock. We rented kayaks from a nearby business that delivers (convenient!).

The house has one bedroom and one bathroom, both on the lower floor. Our teenage daughters slept on the futon (folds out to a bed) on the upper floor, but this made the upper living area a bit crowded. This house would be plenty big for two people; it worked fine for four people but it was a little bit tight; I would not recommend it for more than 4.

Everything was in good working order. The house is not "luxurious" but it was very comfortable and everything works. There is a dishwasher but not a clothes washer or dryer.

The town of Big Fork is about 10 miles away. Big Fork is small, but the downtown has a few nice shops and restaurants. There is a theater that stages plays in the summer -- we went and had a great time. Big Fork also has a "full-size" grocery store and pharmacy just outside the downtown, so you can get whatever you need. It is 10 miles to Big Fork but it is an easy drive.

Besides Swan Lake itself, several day hikes are easily accessible from this house. We did the Holland Falls day hike and it was well worth the 45-minute drive (each way).

The house is well equipped with cookware, dishes, books, DVDs, even paper towels and toiletries and some food staples. In fact, my one complaint about Swan Song is that the house might be *too* well equipped -- it felt a bit cluttered. It was great to find ketchup already in the fridge, but we didn't need four (yes, four) bottles of ketchup waiting for us. The library of books and DVDs is great, but LPs and cassettes just take up space. The number of dishes, mugs, etc., is excessive for a group of 2-4 guests. However, on balance, it was really nice that we didn't have to bring all these with us.

  • Review Submitted: 08/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy Treetop Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at this cabin. I loved how the upstairs felt like a treehouse! That was probably my favorite part. The cabin had everything my family needed. We brought our own boats, enjoyed the water, the gazeebo, deck and all the games. The neighbors are close, but you cant see them. The spot is nice and private.

  • Review Submitted: 06/09/2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cute, cozy place for our small girls getaway!

  • 4 of 5

Pam, the owner was quick to respond when I had questions surrounding booking the cabin. The cabin is a small walk from the water Uphill, not directly ON the lake.

The cabin was stocked with everything we needed as far as kitchen utensils, towels, blankets and even shampoo. The bed and futon were very comfortable!

The lake is gorgeous, bring your own water toys. They have two boats but they only fit one person each. They have music, movies and books...not much variety in music, I would bring my own cd's we never turned on the tv. They had games and puzzles which we enjoyed immensely. Our group consisted of 5 women who went to college together. We had a blast!

Such a beautiful and peaceful area of Montana, I would definitely come back!

Only 4 stars because the parking area was small and difficult to maneuver especially with more than one vehicle.

  • Review Submitted: 01/08/2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Don't rent of wanting this for the boat dock/beach

  • 1 of 5

The house is fairly shown but the property is not. The boat dock is 100 or more feet down the side of a cliff that is not an easy path to walk. There is not 200 ft of usable beach and it has large rocks all over. The dock is secured with a cable to a tree and to a rock. On this date there was only 8 feet of dock in deep enough water for a boat. Unless you want your boat to hang into the lake several feet. If you have a v-drive or direct drive you can only dock forward and with your nose on rocks. When we arrived the beach was a mess with steel poles large boards and ropes. The items there were completely disheveled and unsafe. There is nowhere to put your boat trailer either so you will have to find other arrangements for that and your vehicle if it is a large SUV or truck. We could not use this property for any beach or boat use, which was our entire reason for going, and we were denied any refund at all. Unfortunately site unseen was an expensive loss to us, especially since they are charging top dollar because of the location (beach and dock). Because we were not able to cancel 30 days ahead we lost every penny. Even though the information listed was not full disclosure of what we would encounter when we arrived. Also, you can barely see the water from the cabin so it is a walk to enjoy the view of the lake. Pictures were added of the beach and lake after we complained and the description was changed but unfortunately that was too late for our family. There was total unwillingness to work out any solution.

  • Review Submitted: 29/08/2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Cool & Relaxing Lake Space

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a wonderful week in Swan Song especially kayaking and our reading time on the shore with quick plunges off the dock to cool off. Close to Bigfork for a nice break from cooking…Showthyme for dinner and Pocketstone for breakfast and the Raven in Woods Bay for a burger and beer! Will come back nest year!

  • Review Submitted: 17/08/2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Terrace Bar and Supper Club
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 83
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Terrace Supper Club
Car: not necessary

Swan Lake is one of the most beautiful and serene lakes in the area. Small enough that there isn't a lot of boat traffic, yet large enough for any kind of boating, amazing water skiing, jet skiing, fishing and swimming. Swan village with small boat rentals is minutes away as is the charming village of Bigfork which boasts fabulous restaurants, shopping, art galleries, live theater, a great golf course and a marina on Flathead Lake. There are beautiful day hikes and backpacking opportunities all around and gorgeous Glacier National Park is a short drive away. In the winter there is fantastic downhill skiing at Blacktail above Flathead Lake and Big Mountain in Whitefish as well as opportunities for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit AU$539.2

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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