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Retreat at the Front Door of the Rockies - Glacier Gateway

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths with close up Mountain Views

PRIVATE and peaceful! The property is in the middle of trophy hunting and fishing areas, Lewis & Clark Forest are just a few minutes from the house and gateway to the Bob Marhsall Wilderness, Glacier National Park and the Boone & Crockett's Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch. This house has the best view of the mountains on the entire property and offers the most private and tranquil setting. Enjoy this warm and enveloping home with all of the modern conveniences and amenities!

The house is a Single Family Dwelling, in the carriage house tradition, located in a very private setting. There are 2 bedrooms (1 room with a firm California King bed that will sleep 2 and 1 room with a firm Queen bed that will sleep 2), plus a queen sofa bed in the living room that will sleep 2. 1 roomy bathroom with a full walk-in shower and 1 powder bath room. The kitchen is outfitted with all the modern conveniences - microwave oven, dishwasher, range and refrigerator and small appliances, like crockpot, mixer, etc. We have a comfortable dining area and living room. High speed WiFi and 'Direct' Satellite service (offers music stations, too) for a flat screen TV viewing, landline phone for local calls. Forced air heating and air conditioning. Very comfortable and roomy for 6 people. Due to no dogs allowed in the main living area, it is dog hair and dander free for those with allergies and asthma brought on by animal allergies.

View the Rocky Mountains Sawtooth Range looking west and the rolling prairies and buttes to the east. Spectacular sunrises and sunsets. The house is set on a hill among limber pines and fir trees with the living room windows facing the Sawtooth Mt. Range. The Teton River flows east out of the canyons and across the bottom of the property's north border. We are within 3 minutes drive of the South Fork Canyon and 5 minutes to the West and North Fork Canyons, leading into the mountains and numerous trails, with 100's of miles of hiking and horse trailheads.

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Diana Arnold
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
June 18, 2018

About Diana Arnold

Unlike most vacation rentals, we did not buy this property. This is a family owned property passed down through 4 generations to the present owner, whose great grandparents homesteaded the ranch in 1919 raising both sheep and cattle. Originally, it was the Bar-Lazy K-Triangle, but since we no longer raise livestock, it's known as the Moore Homestead. There is a sign inside the gated entrance, stating the name of the property, to help visitors identify where they are.

The area is a Hunter's Paradise, but there is no hunting allowed on the property, although we are extremely close to state and federal lands where hunting is allowed. There is a meat processor in town, 30 miles away on the far south end.

For the fisherman, the waterways have cutthroat (catch and release only), rainbow, brooke and brown trout. The lakes and reservoirs have perch, walleye and trout.

Diana Arnold purchased this chateau / country house in 1919

Why Diana Arnold chose Choteau

This property is situated in a dramatically beautiful setting, rather like straddling two different worlds. Set in the foothills of the Rockies; to the west sits the Rocky Mountain Sawtooth Range and to the east are the rolling prairies and buttes. Two distinctly different eco-systems. The canyons are made of glacier carved granite and have the look of Yosemite National Park on a smaller scale with a variety of conifers and aspen and hanging Alpine valleys.

We are extremely close, just minutes from the Lewis and Clark National Forest and the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Our area is the 'Gateway' to Glacier National Park and the Boone & Crockett's Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch. This uniquely beautiful area has inspired many a writer and artist and has been included in numerous books and novels. The late Pulitzer Prize winner, A.B. Guthrie, (whose lands borders ours), was inspired by the area and it's western history to write many of his stories. ('The Way West', 'The Big Sky', the movie script for, 'Shane', among them.) Other books made into movies based in the area were 'The Horse Whisperer' and 'Legends of the Fall'. Maybe your artistic side will be inspired, too!

Historically, this area is the site of fossil finds, Native American hunting grounds, Lewis & Clark Expedition, cattle & sheep ranches and wheat & barley farmers.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

This area of Montana is unique in it's eco-system and sparsely populated land, no crowds! The close up views of the mountains; watching the colors change throughout the day, on those rock and slab behemoths, creates its own enchantment.

Ripe with wildlife in the area, hunters, fishermen and photo enthusiasts will LOVE this area!

A person can have as much quiet and serenity as they need or as much activity as they can handle, depending on what the vacationer's needs and abilities are. If you are looking to 'just getaway', this vacation home is the perfect retreat for your needs! This is the most private and tranquil spot on the entire ranch! For indoor times, there are books, games, wireless Internet access and satellite TV. Updated furniture and appliances completes the comfort level!

Close by are 100's of miles of mountain trails for hiking, lake fishing, fly fishing, small game and big game hunting - both bow and rifle, bird watching and numerous scenic vistas for photo and other artistic opportunities.

The town of Choteau offers a museum, antiques shop, a theater, golf, bowling (not open for a quarter of the year, during summer), A small museum of the area's history, restaurants and eateries. A small town 10 miles north of Choteau, named Bynum, offers a dinosaur museum and a very reasonably priced rock shop with many unique finds.

If you are a rodeo fan, periodically, there are rodeos held at the Choteau Fair Grounds. A fiddler's contest in the summer and an art auction in the fall. The Choteau Visitor's Center has numerous brochures and information. The U.S. Forest Service also has a building in town, where anyone can gather maps and information on what to do and where to go in the mountains and for hunting and fishing regulations.

This is an all year lodge though the weather is variable: be prepared for possible extreme conditions in the winter, late fall and spring. A 4-wheel drive vehicle is advisable.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"An amazing stay on The Front. Had a wonderful time on long walks, hunting for upland birds, fly fishing. A special time was had by all, we are sad to leave."
Oct 2014
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation chateau / country house rental in Choteau

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • NO cleaning/skinning/gutting of fish or animals anywhere on the property, NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • If you pass through a closed gate, be sure to close it behind you. Closed gates mean there are cattle on the property.
  • DO NOT FLUSH anything other than toilet paper. No feminine products, disposable diapers, paper towels, etc. Also, do not use products with bleach.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Spacious, sink vanity for personal item storage & heater.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , A toilet and sink vanity.
  • A window and a bathroom fan in each bathroom provide circulated air for the comfort of the user.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , California King bed, Sleeps 2 with firm mattress
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Sleeps 2, Firm mattress.
    Living room sofa bed - 1 queen , Queen sofa bed will sleep up to two people.
  • Each bedroom has a closet and a dresser for personal storage, dual nightstands, reading lamps and an alarm clock. We, also, have a Graco Pack & Play for babies. Let us know your needs at the time of booking for set up, pack & play are not stored inside the living quarters.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
The ceiling fans, forced heating and air conditioning maintain your comfort level.


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Retreat at the Front Door of the Rockies - Glacier Gateway
average rating of 4.894737 based on 23 reviews

Great views and wildlife

  • 5 of 5

Definitely a do over for us. Wonderful clean house with stunning views. Our "Hidden" Lake hike is a must do there. Wonderful property and we've stayed at some great places in MT. Thanks Diana!

  • Submitted: 19-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the energetic review! That hike is a top fave and glad you could enjoy it.
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San Diego

Nice accommodations

  • 4 of 5

The kitchen is very nice with some lovely dishes as well as anything you would need to prepare a meal. The home is tastefully decorated with vintage items as well as many interesting accent prices. The owner was really nice to work with and helpful too. She seems to be a very genuine and sincere person which is a rarity these days. Thank u.

  • Submitted: 15-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review.
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Chicago, IL

Perfect Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home with beautiful views. Kitchen fully stocked, including spices and condiments, even bottled water. Home was clean and comfortable. Beds comfortable, clean. Laundry room, bathrooms, kitchen, dining room and living room- all good and clean, well stocked. This home lacks nothing. Great views! Owners very understanding and accommodating. I will definitely come back!!

  • Submitted: 20-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review and glad your stay was comfortable. Yes, the view is one of the best features of this vacation rental, ...I can't remember anyone not mentioning it. Hope the rest of you trip was as enjoyable.
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Everything You Need

  • 5 of 5

This cabin is one of the most well stocked VRBO's I have ever rented. The kitchen has every tool or pan we wanted, which is helpful since this is definitely a cabin in a scenic area - why would we want to go to a restaurant! We 5 adults had plenty of space for sleeping and relaxing. The table provided a good spot for family games and we used the barbecue both nights. Diana was quite helpful with information about the area and provided good notes around the house about where to find supplies and how to make things work. In addition to kitchen utensils, we found a nice supply of "extras" like salt, pepper, coffee filters, oil, condiments and drinking water. We would definitely recommend renting this cabin.

  • Submitted: 18-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review, we're glad you all had a great weekend! -Dan & Diana
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Cincinnati, OH

Excellent property

  • 5 of 5

I booked this property for a vacation for my 17 y/o daughter, 13 y/o son, girlfriend and me. My goal was to find a nice remote place that still had modern amenities for when we got back from a day of hiking, sightseeing, etc.

This property was in excellent condition. For use by us renters was the two-car parking pad, entering into the downstairs where there was a full bath, washer/dryer, and place to leave our shoes. We then go up the stairs to the family room and kitchen. Finally there were the two bedrooms. There was also a half-bath upstairs and a pantry.

The kitchen was stocked very nicely, including bottled water, plenty of cooking utentils, pans, etc.. What was nice was that the owners also stocked the kitchen with those things that you hate to have to buy if you're going to cook/eat in---ketchup, mustard, mayo, salt and pepper, flour, vegetable oil---all this was already found so we didn't have to worry about that.

Despite being there in mid-July, we rarely found a need for the a/c. Large windows with a nice cross-draft kept us cool overnight.

Every room was nicely-decorated, lots of lights, and ceiling fans. It really was like being in our home away from home!

No real criticisms. The water does have a bit of a sulfur smell, but that is to be expected this far out in the country. And again, the owners provided us with plenty of bottled drinking water. The nearest town is 20 or so minutes away, so assess what you need, what the owners already have, make a list, and do one trip. There is a grill (barbecue as I believe it's called in the west), however I couldn't get it quite as hot as I prefer for the steaks we were grilling. The steaks cooked fine, just not seared to my preference. Small issues, indeed! ( :

We all loved the property, and I would not hesitate recommending it to a family of four, and I will definitely consider it the next time we plan a trip to Montana! Thanks for everything!

  • Submitted: 1-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your detailed review and happy our place provided everything you needed.
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Best view of Montana!

  • 5 of 5

Great home, with a view that can not be beat! Well stocked kitchen and all the comfort of home. With high summer heat, the AC did great and kept us cool. We so enjoyed the Choteau Fourth of July parade, steak fry and rodeo! The hike to Hidden lake is second to none! The area is beautiful, and this home puts you in it!


  • Submitted: 10-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad to hear the house lived up to your expectations! We aim to please.
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Great Falls, Montana
Nearest Barpub
25 Miles
Several in town of Choteau
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Choteau Golf in town
Nearest Motorway
18 Miles
Highway 89
Nearest Restaurant
25 Miles
Several in town of Choteau
Nearest Ski
13 Miles
Teton Pass Ski Area on the North Fork Teton Rd.
Nearest Beach
14 Miles
Eureka Resevoir
Car: necessary

Because of our unique location, this property acts as a central hub to many different areas and activities for nearly all ability ranges. A Hunter's Paradise and a Fisherman's Bliss, the gateway to the Lewis & Clark Forest, the Bob Marshall Wilderness, Boone & Crockett's Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch and Glacier National Park.

The property is located 25 miles NW of the town proper of Choteau, in the foothills of the Rocky Mountain Front, straddling the mountains to the west and the rolling prairies and buttes to the east (where the antelope roam).

The town of Choteau is 80 miles south of East Glacier (Gateway to Glacier National Park area) and about 60 miles NW of Great Falls, Montana. We're also about a 2 hour drive north of Helena, Montana and a 3 1/2 hour drive from Missoula. The mountains and forests start 2 miles from the house. It's a 43 mile drive to the Boone & Crockett Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch. (Check it out on the insider guide) If you bring a passport, it's approximately a 3 hour drive to Waterton National Park in Alberta, Canada.

Locally, we hike the mountain trails of the Lewis & Clark Forest and the Bob Marshall Wilderness, use the Teton River and Eureka Reservoir to fish and do other water activities. We always carry a camera for wildlife photo opportunities.

We close down for the winter, the weekend before Thanksgiving in November thru Mid-June.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation chateau / country house rental in Choteau

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Manditory cleaning fee C$159.23
Per extra guests C$19.9 + Tax
Pet Fee C$132.69

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest. Rates are subject to change.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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