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Elegant Wild Swan Retreat Center

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 2,400 sq ft
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Large Craftsman Style Home Set Against The Magnificent Swan Mountains.

Nestled between tall evergreens and situated against the Swan Mountain Range of the Northern Rockies, sits this lovely craftsman style “Retreat Center.” This unique Arts and Crafts style structure accommodates small families or couples on destination vacations, family reunions, unique experiences, and/or 4 day retreats.

We invite people to retreat from their every day lives into the wilderness and forested sanctuary we have created at the foot of the Swan Mountain Range. We encourage our guests to unplug from their urban lives so that they might reconnect with their best selves, their loved ones and their source of inspiration. Our natural sanctuary is ideal for reflection and introspection and to reset intentions for answering your soul’s calling. We're especially interested in providing a peaceful and inspirational space for those pursuing creative projects and a desire to connect with the natural world and to one another.

This Retreat Center provides three spacious private bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a kitchen, an entry foyer, and a very large great room. Originally built as a yoga room, the great room boasts wood floors, a stone fireplace, and beautiful craftsman style windows with huge views of alpine glowing mountains. Guests will also enjoy a fully equipped gourmet kitchen. Two full bathrooms include showers and a two person size sunken tub in the master bath. There is a laundry room with a sink, counter, washer and dryer attached to the smallest bedroom. From the great room and master bedroom, there is access to a large covered patio to enjoy outside dining with incredible panoramic views of the mountains. Beyond the porch is a large lawn and pathway to our waterfall studded pond. Wireless Internet service (the fastest in our area via a dedicated transmitter tower) and online streamed Netflix movies are also available to guests on two large flat screened television sets (1 in master bedroom and 1 in great room).

On the same property, a few steps away, there is an additional guest house we call the Treehouse (see VRBO listing #470944) that accommodates up to 2 adults and 2 children.

Directly behind the property, guests will find immediate access to mountain trails they may access with a State Land day use permit. And just a minutes drive away there is access to rafting put-ins along the Swan River. Guests are also invited to share the beautiful surrounding grounds, a lovely waterfall studded pond, tree swings, hammocks, and mountain bike trails. Our nine year old son is a wonderful little host and loves to show visiting children all the cool things this property has to offer, especially hunting for Morels in May. Guests may also like to visit with our goats, chickens, and special livestock guardian dogs (just beware of the electric fence), and to sample our fresh eggs. To avoid any conflict with our guardian and companion dogs, and to avoid predation by wildlife, we do not allow dogs or other pets onto our property.

We are offering a special Family Connections Package for families looking for a uniquely connective Montana experience, which combines outdoor adventure, wilderness survival skills, deep nature connection, and methods to open up family communication and strengthen connections between family members. Families will participate in this guided experience for 2 days in wilderness areas off property, then will have time to debrief, relax, enjoy new connections and strengthen new communication skills in the comfort of this beautiful retreat home and surrounding lush grounds. An additional fee of $1,500 per family member, up to $5000 maximum, is charged for this experience, and rental rates are reduced to $225/night during and following this experience for up to 5 nights. Memorial Weekend is the first weekend we are offering this experience, but Family Connection Weekends may be scheduled throughout the year. Please contact owner for more information.

More Details

Owner
Lisa Gilbert
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
100%
Calendar last updated:
18 July, 2018

About Lisa Gilbert

Originally from Southern California, we purchased this property to create a quiet self sufficient and sustainable life for our small family. We are raising goats, chickens, livestock guardian dogs, and organic fruits and veggies. We love to share our special sanctuary with other like minded people and to collaborate with other Montana businesses that offer unique and special experiences. We have worked very hard to have and keep a Conditional Use Permit from the County to be able to share our property with people looking to peacefully retreat in this special place.

Lisa Gilbert purchased this chateau / country house in 2011

Why Lisa Gilbert chose Bigfork

This property is incredibly special and uniquely showcases the majestic qualities of each season. We love the variety of wildlife traversing the land, including deer, elk, moose, foxes, bobcat, raccoon, squirrels, bald eagles, ducks, geese, hawks, cranes, herons, owls and many other birds, most notably the wild swan. White Tail Deer tend to be the most common but are the most lovely and peaceful sighting. Occasionally, bear, wolf, and mountain lion are seen but our big guardian dogs keep these larger predators off our property. This property is not appropriate for parties or large groups of people.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

A cascading waterfall, reflective pond, large rock scape gardens, surrounding forest, and the back drop of the Swan Mountain Range offers a sacred space for family or organizational gatherings. The gorgeous mountain range, surrounding forest, cascading waterfall, reflective pond and large rock scape gardens provide magical photographic opportunities, especially during sunset when the sun casts an amazing panoramic alpine glow.

This enchanted venue accommodates a variety of events; from family reunions, and small workshops, to a simple romantic get-away or a family vacation destination.

We fell in love with this beautiful private property, the wilderness setting, and its unique craftsman style structures, and you will too!

Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house rental in Bigfork, Montana

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Must be looking for a quiet retreat to reconnect with loved ones or source of inspiration. Not a party house. Please see Rental Agreement 4 all terms.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , bath (no shower) , Wonderfully deep sunken 2 person tub
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 large double bed
  • Additional accommodation for additional guests in queen size futon and full size sofa bed in Great Room.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • ski
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
We are offering a special Family Connections Package for families looking for a uniquely connective Montana experience, which combines outdoor adventure, wilderness survival skills, deep nature connection, and methods to open up family communication and strengthen connections between family members. Families will participate in this experience for 2 days mostly in wilderness areas off property, but then will have time to debrief, relax, enjoy new connections and strengthen new communication skills in the comfort of this beautiful retreat home and surrounding lush grounds. An additional fee of $1,500 per family member, up to $5000 maximum, is charged for this experience, and rental rates are reduced to $225/night during and following this experience for up to 5 nights. Memorial Weekend is the first weekend we are offering this experience, but Family Connection Weekends may be scheduled throughout the year. Please contact owner for more information.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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average rating of 4.818182 based on 11 reviews
5

Beautiful property and so peaceful

  • 5 of 5

Property was amazing and the retreat was even more amazing. We will be staying again next year for the same weekend and can’t wait to rest and relax at this beautiful location.

Only items would be maybe directions in km for CDN visitors, and a few more bigger pots in the kitchen. Especially since we will cook a big pasta meal before each race. Also a recycling container would have been useful.

Thanks again and we will see you all next May!

  • Review Submitted: 18/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very pleased that we have the opportunity to share our special place and that you enjoyed it so much! If you can believe it, the only recycle-ables here are paper and cardboard. We don't have any locations near us that will accept bottles or plastics. Such a bummer. We have updated the kitchen with larger pots, a pasta claw and scissors. Thank you for your recommendations. See you next year!
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5

Wonderful holiday trip!

  • 5 of 5

Our family very much enjoyed our stay. Lisa and Monica went above and beyond to make our holiday a nice one. Due to terrible planning on my part that had us arriving after the stores closed on Christmas Eve, Lisa offered to put a duck and turkey in the fridge for us and made a shopping trip to get us basic supplies to get through Christmas. They even offered us a tree if we wanted one for the holiday. We were hit with a snowstorm while here and our car got stuck in the driveway the night before we were to leave. They called and had the driveway plowed in the morning so we made it to the airport on time. Amazing! We were all sad to leave, including the teenagers. The home is beautiful and we would definitely stay again. Thanks Lisa and Monica for a relaxing and memorable visit.

  • Review Submitted: 11/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Elegant and quiet!

  • 5 of 5

Great location and owners were very accommodating. Great place for family

  • Review Submitted: 28/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Amazing place to unwind

  • 5 of 5

Lovely place to retreat and unwind. Not that far from Big Fork. Great views of the mountains.

  • Review Submitted: 06/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Forest Bliss

  • 4 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay at the Wild Swan. The setting was perfectly serene. Most of our time was spent on the back patio enjoying the mountain view or else just relaxing in the great room. The house has incredible custom finishes throughout and felt very homey. All of the beds, bedding and pillows were extremely cozy. The only thing we found a little inconvenient was there is no garbage receptacle on site which means that you have to pack all of your garbage out with you when you leave. We had a pickup so it wasn't that big of a deal but if you had a car/SUV it would be another story. Other than that, we wouldn't change a thing! We would certainly stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: 16/09/2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

modern conveniences and world class views.

  • 5 of 5

Escape the summer heat and enjoy cool mountain breezes and fresh air. The owners of the wild swan have provide an amazing home for your enjoyment and will treat you like family. My 2 year old son and I greatly enjoyed this home for 2 weeks and can't wait to come back!! Best of all was allowing my son to start making the same Montana memories I have from my own childhood summers here. Such a magical place to unplug, relax and reconnect!! The best of Montana - modern conveniences and world class views.

  • Review Submitted: 14/09/2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Glacier International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Rocky Mountain Roadhouse
Nearest Ferry
47 Miles
Glacier National Park
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Eagle Bend Golf Club, Eagle Bend Drive, Bigfork
Nearest Train
39 Miles
Whitefish Train Stn, Whitefish, MT
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 83
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Showthyme Restaurant, Electric Avenue, Bigfork
Nearest Ski
23 Miles
Blacktail Mountain Ski Area, Lakeside, MT
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
Flathead Lake beach, Wayfarers Park
Car: necessary

Our property borders Flathead National Forest with immediate access to mountain trails on which guests will enjoy hiking, horseback riding, dirt biking, ATV riding, or cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. Our property is also ideal for birding, mushroom hunting, shed and shed hunting.

We are also within 1 mile of the Swan River ideal for either calm river rafting or a little bit of rapids further up! Only minutes away, one can stroll through Bigfork Village shops, boutiques and galleries, take in a live show at the Bigfork Summer Playhouse, or listen to live music above the river at Slitters Park; hike or bike the Swan River Nature Trail or numerous trails in the Jewel Basin Wilderness Area; boating or other water sports on Flathead Lake; golfing at Eagle Bend Golf Course; and fishing in Swan River or Flathead Rivers and Lake.

Also within 45 minutes, guests will enjoy Big Sky Water Park, Glacier International Park, Bob Marshall Wilderness Area, and skiing Blacktail Mountain or Whitefish Mountain Resort.

Other nearby activities include horseback riding, alpaca trekking, bird watching, hunting, boat tours, and much more.

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday chateau / country house in Bigfork, Montana

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Early Summer
1 Jun 2018 - 31 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
AU$385
From
AU$399
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
AU$2,365
AU$7,333
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest
 
Late Summer
1 Aug 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
AU$372
From
AU$385
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
AU$2,365
AU$4,731
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
AU$338
From
AU$358
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
AU$2,298
AU$6,083
 
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add AU$27 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$202.76
Property Damage Protection AU$106.78
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$540.68

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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