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Perfect Getaway! Your Secluded Forest Retreat Awaits!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,660 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bathroom, 8 Sleeps

Nestled within 2 forested and private acres, Scouts Forest Retreat is truly a unique, luxury mountain getaway experience unlike anything else on VRBO. It is also our home :-)

Located just 7 miles west of beautiful downtown Whitefish, 8 miles from Tally and Whitefish Lakes, 15 miles from Whitefish Mountain Resort and approx. 30 easy miles to the West entrance of Glacier National Park, nature and the great outdoors await you.

At over 1,700sf, this luxurious 3 bdrm, 2 1/2 bath contemporary custom home comes complete with a gourmet kitchen with brand new appliances, solid hickory kitchen cabinets with black granite countertops, an open floor plan with large dining room, radiant floor heating, and slate floor on lower level and in all bathrooms.

Downstairs, cozy up with a book, watch TV or play games in front of the fireplace (ours is electric - it's a great heat source with no fire hazards or mess to clean up after!). The brand new comfy living room sofa folds out into a queen sleeper (sleeps 2) and there is a nice 1/2 bath. Upstairs, you'll find 2 guest rooms (queen bed sleeps 2, adult twin bunks sleep 2) with adjacent full bath. A spacious master en suite with king bed rounds out the upstairs complete with solid slate shower and jacuzzi tub. Perfect for soaking and unwinding in! If you need to stay connected, you’ll have high-speed wireless internet throughout the house.

The house sleeps up to 8, so if you have a larger group, consider combining with our adjoining Luxury Loft (sleeps 4-6). For more details on that listing see VRBO Listing #660303.

PLEASE NOTE: While the adjoining loft has it's own separate entrance and rooftop deck, it is attached to the house and shares the laundry room space. The loft may be rented out to other guests during your stay and you may hear them from time to time using the laundry room and also enjoying their time at Scouts Forest. House guests have exclusive access to the entire back garden area and this is not shared with the loft space.

Nestled in a wooded wonderland, Scouts Forest truly is a nature lover's paradise. White tail deer, elk, wild turkeys and even an occasional bear or moose visit from time to time. Outside, relax with a glass of wine and enjoy star gazing from your own private, patio deck surrounded by giant rock cliffs and adjacent woods. Our neighborhood is quiet and serene with horse ranches and organic farms next door. If you're looking for a true retreat-style experience with quiet solitude and a wonderful spot to read, write or just relax, this is the place for you. (If you want to host lot's of loud parties, we're sorry, but this is probably not the best choice.)

Outdoor adventure awaits with an abundance of local activities to enjoy. Start with hiking or mountain biking on the trails nearby, dust off those chaps and go horseback riding at an area dude ranch just 5 miles up the road, explore the wonder of nearby Glacier National Park, go whitewater rafting, or take an exhilarating dip in Whitefish or Tally Lake. For the more adventurous, ride a Zip Line through the trees, race on the Alpine Slide or navigate the Aerial Adventure Park on Whitefish Mountain.

If you enjoy shopping, trendy restaurants, spas and a vibrant nightlife, downtown Whitefish is only a short 7 mile jaunt. We'll have a list of places for you to explore, as well as maps upon arrival.

We look forward to welcoming you to as our guests and to all that Montana has to offer!

More Details

Steve and Jen
Member since: 2014
Speaks english, french, german, spanish, czech, norwegian
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
19 June, 2018

About Steve and Jen

Growing up on a ranch in Montana, Jen cultivated a special affinity for nature and the great outdoors. She's traveled the world as a stage performer, voice-over artist, arts educator, writer and film producer. Steve, hails from jolly ole Scotland originally, and works as a technology consultant. Jen and Steve met in Slovakia while Jen was on a Fulbright teaching assignment and proceeded to take a whole year to explore the world together. They were married in 2011 on Lake MacDonald in Glacier National Park (a true Scottish-American wedding!).

Travel is their passion (along with dark chocolate, golf, skiing and their Jack Russell pup, Lucy). Montana is in their hearts and a place they return to often. They love hosting and sharing this beautiful place with folks from all over the world.

Why Steve and Jen chose Whitefish

Nestled in a wooded wonderland, Scouts Forest truly is a nature lover's paradise. White tail deer, elk, wild turkeys and even an occasional bear or moose visit from time to time. Outside, relax with a glass of wine and enjoy star gazing from your choice of private patios or roof-top deck, surrounded by giant rock cliffs and adjacent woods. Our neighborhood is quiet and serene with horse ranches and an organic farm next door. If you're looking for a true retreat-style experience with quiet solitude and a wonderful spot to relax and reconnect with those you love, this is the place for you. (If you want to host lots of loud obnoxious parties, we're sorry, this is probably not the best choice.)

What makes this house unique

Outside you can relax on your choice of several patio/seating areas, a deck with a comfortable swing seat, or by a large firepit where you can enjoy evening campfires or s'mores - all set against the backdrop of your own 40ft mountain waterfall. There is also a horseshoe pit and area for lawn games.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Whitefish

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1660 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • 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 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1- Downstairs Guest - toilet
    Upstairs Guest Bathroom - toilet , bath with shower , bath (no shower)
    Master Bathroom - toilet , shower enclosure , jacuzzi
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Queen Guest Room - 1 large double bed
    Living Room - 1 sofa bed/futon , Sofa has brand new queen sleep mattress as pullout
    Twin Guest Room - 2 single bed , 1 bunk bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • long term rentals available
  • limited accessibility ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horse riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • ski
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting


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average rating of 4.923077 based on 13 reviews
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Gorgeous and Comfortable Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Jennifer and Steve's home is even more beautiful than the VRBO photos show. The house is very tastefully decorated, sheets, blankets and towels all of high quality, the kitchen is well-stocked with cookware and most cooking utensils. and the outdoor gas grill is great. The garden patio has several great seating areas and would be a great place to host a party of up to 10-15 people. The drive into Whitefish takes about 10-15 minutes, but one never tires of the scenery along the way. Jennifer was great about answering all our questions very promptly. We would gladly return to this home!

  • Review Submitted: 21/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Guys! It was a pleasure hosting you and your family. You are welcome back anytime and we're glad you enjoyed it! Jen & Steve
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Scouts Forest

  • 5 of 5

This was a great house to stay in for a relaxing vacation. It was clean, pleasantly decorated, nice linens, beds comfortable and had all the amenities you would want. The kitchen was great for preparing our meals and then being able to eat outside in the peaceful environment with the waterfall and watching the wildlife. It doesn't take more than 10 min. to get into Whitefish. Jen was great to get back with us quickly for any concerns during the stay. They thought of everything that might be needed for our stay. We would highly recommend Scouts Forest.

  • Review Submitted: 31/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You guys were awesome! Thanks for being such great guests and taking care of our property like it was your own. You're welcome back anytime. Jen & Steve
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Tranquil, comfortable, an oasis

  • 5 of 5

Extremely comfortable and well maintained. Can't wait to go back !

  • Review Submitted: 03/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much, Paul, we enjoyed having your group. You're welcome back anytime! Jen & Steve
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Great house, great stay

  • 5 of 5

The house is beautiful and so well maintained. Really top-notch. Everything in it from the amenities in the kitchen, the artwork on the walls, to the towels in the bathrooms has obviously been chosen with care and good style. The yard and patio area are just as beautiful and a real treat to spend time relaxing on. I highly recommend this house and would definitely stay there again!

  • Review Submitted: 08/09/2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent Well Appointed Get Away House

  • 5 of 5

This house turned out to be the perfect house for our family of four (all adults) vacation. The house's is rustic theme throughout added to the get away from it all experience. The furniture is plentiful and very comfortable. The upstairs bedrooms are also well appointed and the beds are super comfortable which makes for a great night sleep after some strenuous hiking in Glacier National Park. The house has a terrific backyard with plenty of chairs and tables, a horse shoe pit and first class grill. The location is very convenient to the restaurants and shops of downtown Whitefish. Jennifer was there when we arrived to make sure everything was in order. The house was ready at check in time and was very clean. I highly recommend this property to all travelling to the Whitefish/Glacier National Park area of Montana.

  • Review Submitted: 19/08/2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure hosting you and your family and we are glad you enjoyed your time at Scouts Forest. You are welcome back anytime!
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Hard to say with words how amazing this home is. Exactly as described and more! Highly recommended.

  • 5 of 5

Our family absolutely loved staying here and looks forward to when we can go back! We saved the address in our GPS as "Montana Home Base" and it truly felt like home. Jen and Steve's attention to detail was amazing. They truly went above and beyond. In all of our travels, this is without a doubt, the finest (and our new favorite) place of lodging. The home is beautiful on the inside and outside as well. We literally felt like we were staying at a place that you see in magazines or on HGTV. It really was that nice. It was so enchanting to go to sleep and night and wake up in the morning hearing the calm and soothing sound of the splendid waterfall in the backyard. We like to cook some of our meals when we vacation and my wife was blown away with how well stocked the kitchen was. Obviously, we bought our own food, but every kitchen utensil that we needed was available. We loved the fact that the house is in a secluded and quite area yet very conveniently located near Glacier International Airport, Glacier National Park, and all the other wonderful things to do in the area. We saw a beautiful doe in the backyard and one evening while driving back to our "home away from home" we saw a bald eagle flying proudly overhead. There is a plaque in the kitchen that says, "This is our happy place" and I couldn't agree more. The photos and descriptions are honest and spot-on. Book with confidence and you will not be disappointed!

  • Review Submitted: 28/07/2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: And we loved having you guys! Thanks for enjoying Scouts Forest and taking such good care of it and we hope you come back very soon!
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Nearest Airport
19.3 Miles
Glacier International Airport
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
The Great Northern
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Whitefish Golf Course
Nearest Train
7.5 Miles
Whitefish Train Depot
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Hwy 93 West
Nearest Restaurant
4.8 Miles
StillWater Fish House
Nearest Ski
15.1 Miles
Whitefish Mountain Resort
Nearest Beach
5.7 Miles
Whitefish Lake State Park
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Whitefish

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2018
15 Jun 2018 - 16 Sep 2018
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit AU$677.25
Property Damage Protection AU$134.1
Cleaning Fee AU$284.45

Rates are subject to change and your booking is not complete until the reservation is confirmed. Please refer to our Rental Agreement (sent to you with your booking confirmation) for full details of terms and Conditions.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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