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Finest Value in All of Big Sky!

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Space 2,160 sq ft
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 0 - 5 nights

Overview

About the property

Chalet, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

This lovely 2,160 square foot, three bedroom, three bathroom coach home chalet features all the desirable vacation conveniences including high speed internet access and a Bonus Room/ Loft which provides an additional gathering place as well as a queen sleep sofa for additional flexibility. Note: Most residences available for rent in Firelight Meadows do not have this Bonus Room Loft. This residence is exactly an 8 minute drive to the drop off point at the Big Sky lifts and a 40 minute drive to West Yellowstone.

In 2014, Michele and I purchased a second and third residence in Firelight Meadows which are laid out EXACTLY like this one but one is decorated in a colorful Cabin Chic style and the other in a Modern Western motif. Please see VRBO #582804 and VRBO #608472. These residences may be booked separately or together....they are 3 blocks apart in the same residential community as this residence. Both of these new residences were built in the last phase of development and they have a bit more oak trim, a rocked fireplace, and look up-mountain with afternoon sun; otherwise identical to this listing! Checkout all three calendars and bring some extended family or friends!

Please note that in March 2015, Michele and I purchased our fourth and final residence here in the Big Sky Meadow. This new residence is located over on the Meadow Golf Course and it is a bit more upscale with a private swimming pool for summer use. Check it out if you like at VRBO #695730.

Residence 240962 Description:

2016 Update: Finally Finished with the help of our interior decorator, Jodee March who owns the gift shop, Horse of a Different Color in Big Sky. In keeping with our partnership commitment to the families who rent with us, we are pleased to announce that Michele and I have recently concluded making some additional updates to this residence: All new mattresses and bedding, updated artwork, new dining table and chairs, and new furniture in the downstairs living areas and bedroom.

2015 Update: We are pleased to announce that this residence has been recently refurbished with new wood flooring throughout both floors of the residence. We are also adding new furnishings in the living room as well as a few more surprise accents around the fireplace and at other points on the main level similar to our VRBO 608472.

Update Fall 2014: Michele and I replaced all window treatments in the residence and they look fantastic! Also there is a large new, Organic-focused grocery store in the meadow which opened in November of 2014. The name of the grocery is Roxy's! Enjoy.

UPDATE FALL 2013: New 50' Flat Panel HDTV. New Hot Tub! New Tile throughout the entire residence (entry, laundry, kitchen and all bathrooms). Completely re-painted. New theme oriented light fixtures throughout. New black kitchen appliances (fridge, dishwasher, range, microwave).

Upstairs, the large loft with pull-out couch provides a quiet place to read, relax, write, or simply gaze out the window to contemplate a beautiful up-mountain view. The Master Suite has a queen log bed, TV/DVD, enormous closet, and a private bath with double sinks. The upstairs guest bedroom has a queen log bed and a full/single log bunk bed, TV/DVD, spectacular down mountain views, and a private bath. The main floor bedroom has a queen log bed, library, spectacular down mountain view, and a private bath.

The main floor is comfortably laid out with a large kitchen/dining/living room alignment. The kitchen is fully stocked with all necessary cooking and serving utensils. The dining room can be made to seat 8 and there are four barstools which pull up to an elevated kitchen counter. The living room contains a beautiful, elevated slate fireplace, two great couches and the world’s most comfortable reading chair along with a third TV/DVD. The living room ends with sliding glass doors which open onto a concrete terrace with a private hot tub, gas grill, and spectacular down mountain views. The attached garage contains space for one automobile, ample wood for the fireplace, ski and board storage, and a worktable for tuning ski equipment. The inside of the Home was freshly painted in the summer of 2013.

Located in the Meadow Village of Big Sky, this home is close to everything. The base lodge at Big Sky Ski Resort is a brief 8 minute ride from your home. Newly constructed half pipe, jumps and many pre-fab structures make Big Sky a Mecca for snow boarders. During ski season a free shuttle bus runs prescheduled loops between one block from your home and the base facilities at Big Sky. Bars, restaurants, and grocery are just around the corner and a hiking trail to access the famous; Ousel Falls State Park is literally… just across the street. One of the World’s finest cross-country skiing facilities at Lone Mountain Ranch is two miles from your front door and in summer months, the Arnold Palmer designed Big Sky Golf Course is less than a mile away. The Gallatin, Madison, and Yellowstone rivers make Big Sky THE place to be for the fly-fishing enthusiast seeking world class, blue ribbon fishing. Believe it or not, fly-fishing is a “year-round” endeavor.

A little 2012 BIG SKY update: Well it finally happened; Big Sky now has a first-run, three screen movie theater in the Big Sky Meadow about one mile from our front door. Adult beverages and food may be brought into the theater. The Lone Mountain Brewery is now serving great, inexpensive 'bar/family' food. An awesome hand shuffleboard court is free and the Montana Lemonade (spiked with two shots of 44 North Mountain Huckleberry Vodka) is wonderful along with an assortment of craft beers manufactured on site.

A little 2013 BIG SKY update: Our entire family was in residence recently (9/2013). As we have done in the past, we took a couple of guides out on the Gallatin river to do some awesome, purist, upstream nymph fly-fishing. We had both great fun and great fishing success and it was as expensive as skiing for a day...or two. Contrary to popular belief, if you go looking for "deeper holes" in the Gallatin, bait-fishing or spin-cast fishing works and requires no waders and no getting into a cold, slick, river. Massively fun for kids of all ages. Please see my daughter's HOG Brown Trout in the pictures section of the website! Our boys also reported that there is a newly developed concrete skateboard park that is as awesome as any park one would find in a major metropolitan area. My oldest son manufactures skateboards and trust me....he knows his skateparks.

The Yellowstone National Park boundary is about 20 miles away and the town of West Yellowstone is about 40 miles south of the entrance to Big Sky. Summer or winter; Yellowstone is a huge hit with both children and adults! Hundreds of miles of unique hiking trails range throughout the entire area both inside and outside the park.

There is simply so much to do and see that it is impossible to cover it all here; however as an interesting update….you may have heard about swinging through the jungles of the South American Rain Forrest….well you can now swing above the skiers and hikers of Big Sky’s Lone Mountain! Two other organizations have also created complex challenge courses: tree stands, cargo nets, obstacles, zip lines etc....great family fun.

Michele and I are pleased to assist you with further information and introductions.

Keywords: Coach Home Chalet

More Details

Owner
Phil Barnhill
Member since: 2009
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
April 17, 2018

About Phil Barnhill

Michele and I live in Minnesota, we have three children, and we have vacationed in Big Sky for more than 15 years. Big Sky is like a great marriage: you will fall in lust with it at first sight, it will grow on you, you will have many adventures, occasional hardships like getting lost while hiking or getting a federal speeding ticket in Yellowstone Park, or hitting an elk with your vehicle, you will create memories and while Michele and I have LOVED going to Big Sky, we have always LOVED going home....until this last trip with the kids in September, 2013. It is inexplicable...but we absolutely did NOT want to come home for the very first time ever. Our hearts are hooked by Montana. God's creation is truly magnificent!

Phil Barnhill purchased this chalet in 2004

Why Phil Barnhill chose Big Sky

This coach home chalet was a 'test' purchase to see if our family could really fall in love with the area: It passed the test! We've had such a great experience that several years ago we also bought 20 acres of raw land just south of Big Sky where we intend to build a second home. Minnesota is beautiful but Montana is awe inspiring....renewing. Normally, it takes an ocean to renew and revive us but we have discovered that if you can get into the backcountry by hiking, fishing in remote locations along the Gallatin, riding a horse or yes...even mountain biking into the Porcupine wilderness, you will be revived. Riding a horse to the fire lookout station on top of Cinnamon Mountain is.....beyond words. You will feel blessed to be in the midst of such wilderness, such grander. We are part of something soooo much bigger than ourselves and our own little world in flatland, flyover territory in Minnesota. Minnesota is wonderful and the boundary waters wilderness is something most folks should experience....Montana is a place everybody should visit at least once.

What makes this chalet unique

We love the family-oriented environment. Big Sky is NOT Vail...it's a quiet Western town that just happens to be at the base of one of America's largest and most majestic mountains. Fishermen freak out over this country and skiers are elated because there are NO lift lines. We can't decide if we like it best in summer or winter. This country has sooooooooo very much to offer...and unlike Minnesota.....NO Mosquitoes! 2013 update: This is the owner's section and it's just Phil talking here....but I have made up my mind. While I LOVE to ski (both ways) and I enjoy an occasional romp on a fast snowmobile down in West Yellowstone....Summers in Big Sky have absolutely stolen my heart.

Amenities

Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation chalet rental in Big Sky

Property Type:
  • chalet
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2160 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:
  • Downtown ...
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower , Master has a large step-in shower and double sinks
    Upstairs Bunk Room - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upstairs Guest Suite has combo tub/shower
    Lower Level Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Can be locked off from lower level public space for privacy.
  • Linoleum is gone. Brand new tile floors in ALL bathrooms 9/2013! New theme lighting in all bathrooms! Lighted makeup mirror in the Master bathroom.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Upstairs Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Walk-in closet, twin sinks, step-in shower
    Lower level bedroom - 1 queen , Beautiful and on the main level. Tub/shower combo
    Upstairs Bunk room - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed , Upstairs/Queen and Twin/Single Bunk beds, private Bath
    Loft - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Two reading chairs, sofa, 50' HDTV
  • Two Bedrooms upstairs: The Master Suite has one queen and a huge walk-in closet suitable for a crib. Upstairs guest suite has both a queen and a bunk bed. Loft is upstairs. Third suite is downstairs located just off of the livingroom. All three bedrooms have attached private bathrooms.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
EVERYBODY wears a helmet when skiing or boarding at Big Sky and Moonlight. The three connected resorts are audaciously maintained and spectacular. Please do not overlook the beautiful and upscale Moonlight Basin main lodge which is open to the public and has a complete spa, pool and exercise facility plus a bar, fireplace and dining room. The Big Sky base lodge is quite serviceable but ordinary (though I am hearing rumors of a pending upgrade). Do not miss the upscale restaurant/bar located on the mountain...a bit expensive but oh sooo worth it! Our place is just a spacious awesome place to hang...not fancy but comfortable and comforting with lots of early sunlight and a killer view through the deck doors. 8 minutes from the Big Sky base lodge and 35-45 minutes from West Yellowstone. Enjoy!!!!!!!

Reviews

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Finest Value in All of Big Sky!
average rating of 4.87234 based on 47 reviews
5

Big Sky

  • 5 of 5

Loved this property. Stayed for a week with 6 adults and there is plenty of room. Everything was great. Would stay here again. Mariah (property manager) was very nice & professional.

  • Submitted: 17-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Eva we much appreciate your business and your nice review. The most important element of your comment is that you would come back again and that, Eva, is our singular objective,to deliver an experience worthy of a return visit. Thank you also for the nice comment about Mariah whom we adore. Best... Phil & Michele
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5

Cozy, Comfortable and convenient!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 10 days to ski Big Sky and snow shoe. The condo was very clean and cozy! It was spacious enough for two families and everyone was able to have their own space. The garage was stocked with plenty of dry firewood! It is an easy 10 minute drive to the mountain with exceptional skiing! The arm of the hot tub broke, we notified the manager and she had it fixed immediately.

One piece of advice: Grocery shop in Bozeman before driving to Big Sky. The grocery stores in Big Sky are expensive!

  • Submitted: 9-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Amazing

  • 5 of 5

This was place was amazing. I was looking for a place to stay with 7 of my other friends. I wanted something that was close to the mountain, had enough beds to fit all of us and I hoped for a hot tub. This place exceeded our expectations. The pull out sofa was a big plus, the fireplace was perfect, and we were so pleased to see how pristine the hot tub was.

The owners, Phil and Michele are quick to respond to any questions you have. They also give great recommendations on everything from where to get food to what activities to try (snowmobiling through Yellowstone!). Mariah, the property manager was great in assisting with any questions I had about the house.

Everyone had an amazing time!

  • Submitted: 7-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nikki, Thank you for sharing your experience with future renters who, like Michele and I when we rent through VRBO, love to look at the reviews! We have a team effort dedicated to providing a pleasing experience like the one you described; an experience you and your friends deserve to enjoy based on your faith in our offering. Thanks for letting us know that we are hitting the mark! Best... Phil, Michele, and Mariah....
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5

Much better than expected!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic stay at this property - close proximity to town, the mountain and other activities we undertook. Property was spacious, well maintained and when we had issue with hot tub temperature it was rectified same day! We tended to stay home at night and cook, with a few beers in hot tub the the fireplace going .. after a great days skiing what better way to relax.. do not underestimate the mountain .. it provides skiing for all levels and is seriously better than Vail, Beaver Creek and other locations we have been. We will back and hopefully staying at this property again. Against recommendations we drove from Vail to Big sky and back .. what a great experience - we saw and stayed in different towns on the way and took a different route back ... we also did snowmobiling in Yellowstone - simply the highlight of all our trips

This property is the best value in all the locations we have stayed ... and we have been chasing the snow for the past 20 years!

  • Submitted: 12-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow... thank you Keith! I have to admit, I have a few tears of joy reading your message... I'm a sort of mushy old guy. Yes Big Sky is lilke a FANTASTIC fishing hole, you want to enjoy it but you NEVER tell anybody about it for fear it will become overrun! I asked a guest who stayed in PEAK week between Christmas and New Years what their longest wait in line was and I was even shocked to learn: "7-minutes!" I truly believe that Big Sky is THE best VALUE in all of USA Skiing. Here's the real secret: It's even better in the summer! Best, Phil & Michele
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5

Awesome Large Townhouse that felt like home

  • 5 of 5

Was looking for a place for myself and three buddies to call home for a few days while we traveled to big sky. Debated about shelling out more money to be right next to the mountain. We are glad we ended up choosing this place. Plenty of room to spread out and relax. 3 bathrooms help speed things along. All 4 of us looked forward to soaking in the hot tub after a long day of skiing. Great communication from Phil and Mariah without being overbearing. Restaurants and grocery are a quick trip by car during winter. Probably walking distance during summer. Would recommend to anyone looking for a comfortable place to call home. Comfortable beds and quiet area.

  • Submitted: 2-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Will! Michele and I look at all new real estate being constructed in The Meadow and Town Center and truly, at 2,160 Sq Ft, and with 3 bathrooms and bedrooms, we simply do not see new stuff coming on the market as nice as these places and amazingly, the new places do not seem to have hot tubs. Thank you for staying with us and we are sooooo glad that you also had a wonderful experience in Big Sky Country! All the best.. Phil & Michele... Mariah too!
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Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our family enjoyed your condo while we were in Big Sky. We snowboarded and went snowmobiling in West Yellowstone. Hiking Ousel Falls was also a highlight. This Chalet is in a perfect location to do all of the above. Everything was very clean and well equipped. Hot tub was a plus after a long day of fun in the snow. Having three bedrooms with three full bathrooms attached is really nice. Gives everyone their privacy. Beds were very comfortable. Having the loft for the kids to have their own space was a plus too. Thank you for a awesome stay at your Chalet and we will be back I am sure.

  • Submitted: 15-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gail... reading your review is like a cool drink of water on a hot summer day... so nice, so refreshing! Ahhhhh the LOFT, you are so correct; all of our places have lofts but not all places in Firelight Meadows have lofts! The loft is truly a bonus space that affords not only an additional pull-out but just as you so nicely mentioned, another place for folks to hang out. Glad you will be back. We are blessed to have had you stay with us! All the best.. Phil & Michele
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Location

Nearest Airport
36 Miles
Bozeman (BZN)
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
About 10+ restaurants and bars around the corner
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Around the corner right in the Meadow
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
About 10+ restaurants and bars around the corner
Car: recommended

Enjoy the Big Sky Zip Line on the mountain! Big Sky now offers a brand new 3 screen Movie Theater located in the Meadow. No more trips to Bozeman just to see a movie! You can eat in the theater and enjoy your favorite child OR adult beverage while watching the movie. Our new 48' Flat Screen HDTV has over 80 pre-recorded, family-friendly movies. Something for kids of all ages.

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation chalet rental in Big Sky

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Winter Ski 2017/18
Mar 4 2018 - Apr 20 2018
4 night minimum stay
C$315
C$2,208
C$9,461
 
 
Spring 2018
Apr 21 2018 - Jun 7 2018
4 night minimum stay
C$189
C$1,321
C$5,661
 
 
Summer 2018
Jun 8 2018 - Aug 31 2018
4 night minimum stay
C$290
C$2,030
C$8,701
 
 
Fall 2018
Sep 1 2018 - Nov 18 2018
4 night minimum stay
C$189
C$1,321
C$5,661
 
 
Early Ski 2018
Nov 19 2018 - Dec 20 2018
4 night minimum stay
C$290
C$2,030
C$8,701
 
 
Holiday Season 2018/19
Dec 21 2018 - Jan 2 2019
5 night minimum stay
C$442
C$3,094
C$13,260
 
 
Winter Ski 2019
Jan 3 2019 - Apr 20 2019
4 night minimum stay
C$315
C$2,208
C$9,461
 

Additional information about rental rates

One-time Cleaning Fee C$215.3 + Tax
Hot Tub Clean and Fill C$56.99 + Tax
Property Damage Protection C$74.72
Tax Rate 13.0%

The VRBO damage deposit waiver insurance of $59 is required so that we do NOT have to collect a refundable, cash damage deposit and this is a wonderful benefit for all stakeholders.
If asked, Michele and I are delighted to split the proposed rent into two payments; 65% at reservation with the 45% balance due 100 days prior to first rental night.
For your protection, we obey the local health ordinance to drain, fill, and re-balance chemicals in our hot tubs prior to every short-term rental. Your hot tub, like our residence is spotless! Nordic Hot Tub of Big Sky professionally maintains our tubs. Call the owner, Dale, and confirm: 406-995-4892. Thank you.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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