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The Riverhouse on the East Fork of the Bitterroot

Sleeps12
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8-12) - River front.

Are you going to finish your coffee on the deck while watching elk graze across the river as the sun peeks over the Sapphire Mountains, or are you going to step off the deck and catch that 18 inch Westslope Cutthroat feeding at your feet? Life is full of tough choices.

The Riverhouse is first and foremost OUR vacation home. That's why you'll find lots of statements like this in our reviews

"It is obvious that the owners CARE GREATLY about their space"

"Every single considerate option was included"

"The house was immaculate"

"the owners go above and beyond in their commitment to their guests"

"they appreciate their guests and care about the quality of their stay"

Whether your day is filled with fishing, hiking, snowshoeing, downhill skiing at Lost Trial Powder Mountain - 16 miles away, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, browsing antique shops, exploring small town Montana, visiting The Big Hole National Battlefield, tracing Lewis & Clark’s steps without leaving the property (what a great history lesson for young and old alike), exploring The Nez Perce Trail (also on the property), horseback riding, enjoying a good book, or a napping on the deck while listening to the river gurgle at your feet... you’ll love coming home to The Riverhouse and an evening that’s likely to include sites of big horn sheep, deer or elk.

Then s’mores at the campfire next to the river and the sight of more stars in one night than you’ve likely seen in a life-time. Leave your 'Sounds of Nature' white noise maker at home, crack the sliding door, and nod off to the sounds of the river just a 33 feet from your King Size 'Select Comfort Sleep Number Bed' in the master bedroom. You might be treated to owls hooting the evening away or Coyotes singing you to sleep from Coyote Gulch (yes, that's the name of the gulch) across the river.

The Riverhouse is a unique experience, away-from-it-all, yet in the middle of everything the Bitterroot Valley and Mountains have to offer. So close to all of the activities you want to experience in the Bitterroot Valley and the surrounding mountains, yet once you enter the grounds, you’re away from it all - ready to enjoy the river, the mountains directly across the river, the wildlife, and the peace and serenity of The Riverhouse.

Whether you're looking for relaxation, wildlife viewing, fishing, or hiking you can do it all and more right here at The Riverhouse and still be only minutes away from everything the Bitterroot Valley, Bitterroot Mountains and Sapphire Mountains have to offer.

If you're the adventurous type you'll want to wade across the river and hike to the top on Coyote Peak or take your four wheel drive up to the top of Sula Peak and take in the awesome views of the Bitterroot Valley and the surrounding mountains.

You'll love the extra touches that make The Riverhouse your home for a few days, a week, or a month. Touches like:

* The huge deck that starts 18 inches from the river bank.

* King Size Sleep Comfort Sleep Number bed in the master bedroom. Ever wonder what it was like to sleep in perfect comfort? Find out while you're at the Riverhouse.

* Fitted bottom sheets. Don't you hate it when you stay in a hotel and you're ready to jump into bed and you end up remaking it because the bottom sheet comes untucked?

* Large soft snuggly bath towels.

* Snuggly comforters – Grab a comforter and a deck chair for cozy star gazing.

* Themed decorating that highlights local history and the great outdoors of Montana (The Lewis & Clark trail, Nez Perce Indians, Big Sky country, and of course fly fishing.

* Enjoy the themed bedrooms. The second bedroom with the deck overlooking the river has a cowboy and cowgirl theme. The 3rd bedroom has a Montana wildlife theme.

* Give yourself a history lesson and study the wall maps and artwork that show that Lewis & Clark likely had lunch right on the property. The Nez Perce trial runs right through the property also.

* Outdoor fire pit

* Comfy deck chairs

* The balcony off the 2nd floor bedroom with its wonderful view of the river and Sapphire Mountains. You'll very likely see deer, elk and big horn sheep from the balcony.

When we started looking for a vacation house as a fly fishing base in Montana and our Realtor sent us information on The Riverhouse, I literally said, “O-MY-GOD Patty, You have to see this.” It's location, right on the East Fork, with its great dry fly fishing... and its close proximity to a half dozen world class rivers and dozens of great creeks blew me away!

Then we found out about Lost Trail Powder Mountain skiing 16 miles away - all of the great wide Montana sized trails (if you're used to skiing the mega resorts with huge crowds you won't believe how much room you have to yourself).

The history, right here - the wildlife, right on the property, in the river, and across the river - A great wonderful 'Real Montana Home Cooking' restaurant only a mile away - and all that the Bitterroot Valley and surrounding mountains have to offer... The minute we drove onto the grounds of The Riverhouse, Patty and I knew this was our second home.

When we bought the Riverhouse I expected to spend a lot of time fishing those other world class rivers and streams close by, but after fishing up and down the river right off the deck, I seldom go anywhere else. I’ve fished all of the famous rivers in Montana and scores of creeks, and it doesn’t get any better than up and down the river right here at the Riverhouse.

FISHING - NO WARM WATER CLOSURES!!!!!

In the 14 years that we've owned the Riverhouse the river has never been closed because of warm water. The Montana Department of Wildlife often closes rivers all day or in the afternoons due to warm water. This doesn't happen on the East Fork of the Bitterroot. The elevation at the Riverhouse is 4,000. Even on the hottest summer days the temperature gets into the 40s at night. The water coming to the house comes from even higher and cooler temperatures. The East Fork has not had any warm water closures in the 14 years that we've owned the house.

NICE COOL NIGHTS FOR SLEEPING ALSO.

Please remember, it is always illegal to keep any cutthroat trout on the East Fork - and to keep this one of the best places to fish in the world, please practice catch and release with all fish.

Remember what Lee Wulff said in 1938, “A good game fish is too valuable to be caught only once. Releasing the fish is your gift to other anglers.”

If you need a fishing guide, just ask us.

We're sure you'll love The Riverhouse like we do.

Give us a call, see phone number below - Pacific Time.

Please call between 8am and 10pm pacific time.

Keith & Patty Lee

P.S. I've started mountain biking since we bought the Riverhouse. My favorite ride is to drive to the Crazy Creek campground, 4 miles away, and then bike up a mile or two and fish. It is beyond awesome.

More Details

Owner
Keith Lee
Member since: 2006
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
100%
Calendar last updated:
20 July, 2018

About Keith Lee

The picture here is of Keith and Patty snow shoeing at the Big Hole Battlefield - a forty minute drive from the house. They have snowshoes you can use for free at the Battlefield. Keith and Patty have two kids and two grandkids, who all love the Riverhouse. They love the water and live on a lake near Seattle.

Keith Lee purchased this house in 2004

Why Keith Lee chose Conner

When we started looking for a vacation house as a fly fishing base in Montana and the Realtor sent us information about the Riverhouse, I said, “O-MY-GOD Patty, you have to see.”

If you like to wade fish, it simply does not get better than this. Simply step off the deck a toss a line.

It's location, right on the East Fork of the Bitterroot with its great dry fly fishing... and its close proximity to a half dozen world class rivers and dozens of great creeks blew me away! Then we found out about Lost Trail Powder Mountain skiing 16 miles away - all of the great trails (if you're used to skiing the mega resorts with huge crowds you won't believe how much room you have to yourself). The history, right here on the Lewis and Clark and Nez Perce trial - the wildlife, right on the property, in the river, and across the river - a wonderful 'Real Montana Home Cooking' restaurant only a mile away - and all that the Bitterroot Valley and surrounding mountains have to offer... The minute we drove onto the grounds of The Riverhouse, Patty and I knew this was our second home.

When we bought the Riverhouse I expected to spend a lot of time fishing those other world class rivers and streams close by, but after fishing up and down the river right off the deck, I seldom go anywhere else. I’ve fished all of the famous rivers in Montana and scores of creeks, and it doesn’t get any better than up and down the river right here at the Riverhouse.

I was shocked at how good the fishing was and then I realized it’s not easy to get on the river right around The Riverhouse unless you own property, or know someone who does, or rent our house, so it’s likely during your stay you will not see another angler.

What makes this house unique

Most guest tell us that spending time on the deck 18 inches from the riverbank with the Sapphire Mountains in the background is their favorite time at the Riverhouse. Their next favorite - taking in the same views from the second story or the cathedral windows of the house. Others like being just 16 miles from Lost Trail Powder Mountain and coming HOME after a day of skiing. Still others enjoy the dozens of hiking trials within a few minutes drive and then again others are in awe of the wildlife.

Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Conner, Montana

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 23
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
General:
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , Private deck overlooking the river and mountains.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed , Master bedroom with slider to deck. Sleep Number Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 large double bed , 1 bunk bed , Heavy duty bunk bed. Top bunk is appropriate for adult.
  • Bedroom #1 King Size Select Comfort Sleep Number Bed - Bedroom 2 and 3 Queen size Beds. Two couches in great room. Also, queen size inflatable bed.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • video player
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • ski
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming

Reviews

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The Riverhouse on the East Fork of the Bitterroot
average rating of 4.9423075 based on 52 reviews
5

Beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

The Riverhouse was the perfect choice for us. It had everything we were looking for. It was a very comfortable and well equipped home. With soothing sounds from the rippling water to the beautiful mountain views it was the perfect place to relax. And the wildlife we saw was amazing. Bald Eagles and deer were daily sightings. We took the advice from the owners and drove the East Fork Road and we saw a Big Horn Sheep standing on a ledge by the road.

Overall, this was a great place to stay! And we would love to stay here again and next time I will bring my fishing gear!

Thank you for a great vacation!

  • Review Submitted: 24/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed you stay Charles. We're looking forward to having you back.
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Clovis, CA
5

Great place to go and relax

  • 5 of 5

The view from the back porch is stunning

  • Review Submitted: 18/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Indiana
5

Peace and Tranquility

  • 5 of 5

This spot was perfect for my husband and I..the house was very clean and cozy. The river flowing by the deck was just perfect. The fishing was good as well. We fished right below the house and even adventured up river some. The mountains surrounding the rental are simply gorgeous.. a eagle flew up the river one evening while we were setting on the deck. A baby mule deer strolled through the yard one morning and the different birds are a joy to watch. Simply put: I give this rental 👍?🏼?👍?🏼? Thank you Mr & Mrs Lee for sharing your beautiful place with us..

  • Review Submitted: 14/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Penny. It was great having you. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. Keith
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5

all amenities and the river make this house a great placed to stay!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five relaxed at the Riverhouse in early June. Though the weather was less than desirable, the cozy house with a superb view of the river and hill/mountain made us feel like we were outside even when we weren't. We roasted smores on the fire pit, practiced fishing on the river, and took advantage of the stocked-with-staples kitchen and cooked meals at home. (We also had the best bbq ever at the recommended restaurant up the road.) The host, Keith, gave us all instructions needed and was very responsive to our questions. It was a great get-away!

  • Review Submitted: 27/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the nice words Elke. We enjoyed have you. We're blessed to have 3 really good restaurants within 4 miles of the house. One, only a mile away.
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5

Outstanding

  • 5 of 5

This overall experience with Mr. Lee was outstanding. All emails were answered quickly and completely, all directions to the property and how to access the property were detailed and complete. The house was clean, as advertised and the view along the Bitterroot was spectacular. I would highly recommend this property.

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  • Review Submitted: 15/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Fantastic location!

  • 5 of 5

Listening to the river was the best - very soothing. Will have to return when the flow is down to do some fishing off the patio.

  • Review Submitted: 16/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Missoula
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Rocky Knob
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Hamilton Golf Club
Nearest Train
80 Miles
Missoula
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 93
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Rocky Knob
Nearest Ski
16 Miles
Lost Trail Powder Mountain
Car: necessary

You'll want to take incredibly scenic drives up the East Fork Road, 5 minutes away, and explore beautiful East Fork of the Bitterroot Valley in the Sapphire Mountains. You'll also want to drive up the West Fork Road - 5 minutes away on the other side of the Bitterroot Valley, and see the picturesque painted rocks and Bitterroot Mountains that surround you along the way. Be sure to visit The Big Hole National Battlefield - another wonderful drive through the Sapphire mountains to the Big Hole Valley. You'll also want to set aside a day to explore Darby, a quaint old west town 14 miles north on hwy 93, and don't miss historic downtown Hamilton. Most of all you'll want to enjoy the sounds of the river, the deck and the mountains from the deck right here at the Riverhouse.

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Conner, Montana

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
July 2018
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
AU$462
AU$2,773
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$14 per night, per additional guest
 
Aug-Sept 2018
1 Aug 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
AU$435
AU$2,610
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$14 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter 2018-2019
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Mar 2019
2 night minimum stay
AU$299
AU$1,794
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$14 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
AU$462
AU$2,773
AU$11,092
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$14 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit AU$339.83

Rates are for 4 guests. $10 per night per guest over 4.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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