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Thanksgiving Special! Stunning Views/Hot Tub/Wildlife/Privacy/Outdoor Grill

Bedrooms 3
Space 269 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Stunning Views/Hot Tub/Outdoor Grill/Custom Log Home/Wildlife/Privacy

Welcome from The Adventure Couple!

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• The best majestic mountain views in the valley including Trapper Peak and the Continental Divide from every room and expansive decks. 360 degrees.

• Private Hot Tub

• Wildlife right on the property

• Outdoor grill with 1200+ sq. feet of outdoor decks including comfy couches/chairs and dining table. GREAT OUTDOOR LIVING.

• An architect designed, luxury log home crafted like the beautiful classic lodges of the west.

• Luxurious 'heavenly' king beds with down duvets & featherbeds

• Convenient access to National Forest on three sides.

• Convenient to downhill and cross country skiing.

• Close access to the Bitterroot River and West Fork fly fishing.

• Gourmet Kitchen with espresso/cappuccino machine.

• Large Greatroom and panoramic Dining Room

• Huge River Rock Fireplace

• As much privacy as you want. Only minutes from town and activities yet exclusive.

We own and spend time between three homes;

Need to accommodate more friends and family? Then rent both the log home and our log cabin. Or want something smaller? Then just rent the cabin.

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Want to go to the beach? Check out our beach home.

Luxury Beach Home:

Our log home is equal parts luxury western lodge, private relaxing retreat and grand adventure headquarters mixed with a majestic dose of inspiration.

As The Adventure Couple, we have worked in luxury adventure travel all around the globe including two decades in the American West. So when we decided to create our perfect vacation home, we knew we wanted a special retreat. We wanted to create a unique experience blending our knowledge of the finest lodges and resorts from over 100 countries around the world.

Starting with an architect designed, custom log home, we drew inspiration from luxury boutique resorts like Relais and Chateau and Small Luxury Hotels of the World. So the home is outfitted with the finest bedding, hand crafted western furnishings from top designers, a unique selection of indigenous art from around the globe and award-winning nature photography.

To find the right place to turn our vision into reality, we emailed our “house resume” to real estate agents across the West and then drove through the Rocky Mountains from New Mexico to the Canadian border – exploring mountains, forests, valleys and rivers along the way. And when we first laid eyes on the Bitterroot Valley, we knew “this was it.”

The Bitterroot Valley had everything we were searching for – stunning scenery, millions of acres of national forest and wilderness, unlimited adventure activities, super friendly people, quaint towns, good restaurants; And all of those things minus the crowds.

Within this special valley, we carefully chose a location to build our lodge because not all home sites are equal. We discovered a location that benefits from an extraordinary amount of sunshine, absolute privacy and abundant wildlife - combined with stunning, 360-degree mountain views including the Continental Divide and Trapper Peak – the highest mountain in the range. The home is crafted to take advantage of the majestic views and wrapped with over 1200 square feet of decks.

Come and enjoy the best, majestic views in the valley and a luxury western Montana experience in this architect designed 2800SF luxury log home on 23 acres. Enjoy the log home as a relaxing retreat, romantic getaway or perfect base for year-around outdoor activities including hiking, blue ribbon fly fishing and skiing. Perfect for families, friends and couples wanting a visually stunning, relaxing, private and inspiring location. The home sits near National Forest land on three sides and is minutes from the Bitterroot River. Watch wildlife right on the property including elk, deer and bald eagles.

You've found the perfect place – relax on over 1200 square feet of outdoor decks with 360-degree majestic mountain views, a huge river rock fireplace, 8 person hot tub and pro home theater. Every night, look for shooting stars and satellites. The star watching is incredible!


We took the Heavenly Bed and made it better, crafting what we call our most comfortable bed in the world. Pacific Coast Super Loft down comforters, Pacific Coast Luxe Loft feather beds, sumptuous pima cotton blankets, high thread count Egyptian cotton sheets (7oz premium flannel in the winter) and designer Western bedding sets all resting on Serta Luxury Edition double pillow top mattresses. You won’t want to get out of bed.

No need to fight over bedrooms because all three are large and outfitted with luxurious, king size beds. From all the bedrooms, you have amazing views of the Bitterroot Mountains and Trapper Peak - the highest peak in the range.

The custom designed master bath features an open shower with rain shower-head and a large, integrated Jacuzzi tub. When you are done, wrap yourself up in a fluffy spa-style, oversized bath sheet.


We love to cook, have dined at Michelin starred restaurants around the globe and have outfitted the kitchen to be a chef’s dream including commercial grade cookware and a gas Jenn-Air cooktop and range with convection and downdraft. The kitchen is fully outfitted with toaster, blender, food processor, dishwasher, microwave and large refrigerator. We even include a stocked spice rack.

Enjoy the espresso/cappuccino machine, Keurig machine and coffeemaker including fine espressos, coffees and tea. All included.


The great room is the social hub of the house and has a 2 1/2 story high cathedral ceiling, massive river rock fireplace, fine leather furniture and pub table. The house layout lets you gather together or enjoy as much privacy as you like.


The dining room comfortably seats six with sweeping 270 degree panoramic mountain vistas. It doubles as a fantastic sun room in the mornings or game room in the evenings. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and listen to the sounds of nature. Watch the sun set over Trapper Peak and the Continental Divide.


The media loft offers a Denon pro home theater system with a 60” plasma HDTV and Bower & Wilkens reference speakers for fantastic sound clarity and surround. Sink into the huge double leather sofa that we call The Mitt. Also included is a Wii gaming system and a large DVD collection. Incredible for movies, sports or enjoying your favorite show. Stream music from your favorite device and turn it up as loud as you like. There’s no one around but you.


There are over 1200 sq. ft of decks including two different comfy lounge areas and and a granite dining table that seats six. And, of course, a gas grill. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner; and breathtaking sunrises or sunsets. After dinner, you can slip right into the large, 8 person hot tub and watch the nightly star show - highly recommended.


South of Darby MT, and only 5 miles up Rye Creek Road. Easy access to town, the river, restaurants, shopping, grocery, post office but once you're at the home, complete privacy. It’s the best of all worlds.

WINTER: 45 minutes to both Lost Trail and Chief Joseph ski areas. Cross country or snow shoe from the house or go up Rye Creek, N. Rye or Moonshine. Majestic views from the hot tub and a huge fireplace. A perfect winter getaway.

SUMMER (summer is booking fast!): you will run out of time before you could do everything! Including blue ribbon fly fishing, hiking, cycling, mountain biking, tubing, white water rafting, wildlife viewing and a wilderness area the size of Switzerland. And awesome views from the decks and hot tub.

FALL: falls colors along the river, blue ribbon fly fishing, crisp nights, top trophy elk and deer hunting (no hunting allowed on property), great hiking and majestic views from the decks and hot tub.

SPRING: is a gorgeous time of year in the valley. The river is lush and beautiful but snow still clings to the highest mountains. The days are temperate and sunny and nights are cool and crisp. Wildlife is abundant. The trails, rivers and lakes are open and fly fishing is excellent.

WE HOPE THIS SPECIAL PLACE STEALS YOUR HEARTS THE WAY IT HAS OURS. Sincerely, Ridlon & Carin Kiphart, The Adventure Couple


• Incredible sunset and star watching - right from the hot tub

• Great downhill and cross country skiing and snowmobiling

• Blue ribbon fly fishing

• Wildlife viewing, on the property

• Hiking/Walking/Mountain Biking from your doorstep

• Salmon River kayaking, rafting and canoeing, 1 hr

• Shopping and antiquing, 15 minutes to Darby, 25 minutes to Hamilton

• Restaurants and brew pubs in Hamilton and Darby

• Some of the best elk and deer hunting in the lower 48, 10 minutes away (fall)

• Big Hole National Battlefield & Lewis and Clark Trail, 45 minutes away

• In home massages in front of the fireplace!

Keywords: Log Home, Western Home, Western Lodge, Mountain Home

More Details

Ridlon & Carin Kiphart
Member since: 2010
Speaks english
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
December 9, 2017


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Darby, Montana

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 269 m²
House Rules:
  • 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
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Custom bedding, Egyptian and Pima cotton, down duvets
    The Lodge Room - 1 king , Custom bedding, Egyptian and Pima cotton, down duvets
    The Map Room - 1 king , Custom bedding, Egyptian and Pima cotton, down duvets
    Den and Library - 4 twin/ single , 2 x Full size daybed with full size trundle bed.
  • King size beds. Huge, luxurious king size beds in every bedroom.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • jetted tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • 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:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • ski lift privileges
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Over 1000 square feet in decks and outdoor living space. Outdoor dining and living areas. Exceptional views and wildlife on property. You can hike or ride mountain bikes from the doorstep and the wildlife viewing can be fantastic.


Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Missoula MT (MSO)
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Darby MT
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Hamilton MT
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Darby MT
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Lost Trail Powder Mountain
Car: necessary

We are on the doorstep of millions of acres of National Forest and National Wilderness with views of the Continental Divide, Bitterroot Mountains, Sapphire Mountains and Pinler Mountains.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Darby, Montana

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring 2018: up to 8 people
Mar 3 2018 - Jun 1 2018
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2018: up to 8 people
Jun 2 2018 - Aug 31 2018
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$225.16 + Tax
Property Damage Protection C$101.64
Refundable Damage Deposit C$643.3
Tax Rate 7.0%

Please add $175 cleaning fee.

COUPLES (2 PEOPLE) SPECIAL RATE! Good for Spring and Fall 2018, $250/NT.
GOOD DURING October and November 2017 PLEASE INQUIRE.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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