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Our Basecamp For Adventure In Banff And The Rockies

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Space 148 m²
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

A beautifully designed home in the foothills overlooking the mountains of Banff

It is a beautifully designed ranch house with an equally stunning view of the mountains of Banff National Park. Set on 480 acres of foothills between Calgary and Banff/Canmore, the ranch sleeps 10 people. This is our hiking and skiing basecamp.

THE RANCH HISTORY:

According to the Cochrane Historical Society, our ranch was first created in 1889 and was known back then as 'The Ripley.' The first family that owned it raised Galloway and Hereford Cattle in the valley and had built a house, a stable and lime kiln by what they called 'Ripley Creek', now known as Baymar Creek, which empties into Ghost River. Old First Nations trails cross our ranch as well as old and current wildlife trails. When the Palliser expedition came from the north in 1858 to go through the Banff area, they crossed Deadman's Hill, which essentially is the hill or ridge that our house and our cabin are situated. It was called Deadman's Hill because of a First Nation story of a major battle along the Ghost River (Formerly Deadman's River).

The space:

You will not find another ranch house designed like this. It has massive log beams holding up the roof and floor to ceiling windows on the south and west sides.

The ranch house itself is actually two buildings (main house and the guest house) connected with a large outdoor covered patio space that we call the breezeway.

The main house is a fully open space with logs arranged to form 2 adjacent hexagons, 12 inch thick cement walls that encase floor-to-ceiling windows across the south and west sides of the structure. It has a large wood-burning fireplace in addition to the in-floor heating to create a cozy space when you relax on the couches or the murphy bed. The kitchen is fully functional, with the centre-piece of it being a 15 foot long island. The main house bathroom is stunning with a huge bathtub and shower area and tile throughout.

The guest house contains 4 bedrooms with a total of 3 queen-sized beds and 3 single beds. It has warm cork flooring, its own 1/2 bath and high ceilings. It is much more utilitarian and simple than the main house.

Around the house you will find a rundle stone patio on the southwest side with a firepit and seating around it. Between the two buildings is the 800 square foot breezeway, with a 16 foot long handcrafted wood table with benches (created using timber from the property).

Guest access:

Guests will have access to the ranch house and the land. There is a log cabin on the property, but it is not available for use.

Interaction with guests:

Feel free to ask us any questions that you may have regarding your upcoming stay and suggestions on what to do in the surrounding area.

The area:

The ranch and the area that it is located is the foothills of alberta, the land just before the start of the rocky mountains. The ranch house sits on the top of a ridge about 25 km west of the mountains, which can be seen from the house and many other vantage points across the property.

The area is pristine wilderness and ranch lands, with thick forest foothills covering most of the area except for the bottom of the valley where native grasses are predominant.

There is a significant amount of wildlife that call this area home. This includes black bears, grizzly bears, deer, wolves, cougars, elk, moose, coyotes, badgers, hawks, bald eagles etc.

Just 2 km hike to the north of the ranch house is the ghost river and to the south about 10 km is ghost lake, which is a reservoir with inflow from the bow and ghost rivers.

On a clear day you can see downtown Calgary to the east and if you look to the west you will see a wide swath of mountains, including devil's head and devil's gap, which is the valley leading to Lake Minnewanka of Banff National Park.

Getting around:

our ranch is a rural property so having a vehicle to get to and from the ranch is a must. If you come in the winter, having a vehicle such as an SUV is a very good idea since the drive way is a 2 km long gravel road that is snow plowed, but requires good ground clearance and good tires.

Other things to note:

ATV's, snowmobiles, motorbikes or any off-road vehicles are not allowed to be used at the ranch. It is protected land under the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

More Details

Owner
Claire Steinmann and Michael Bussoli
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 19, 2017

Amenities

Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation chalet rental in Bighorn No. 8

Property Type:
  • chalet
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 148 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Main House Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower
    Guest House Bathroom - toilet
  • The Guest house bathroom is a half bath.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • SW Bedroom - 1 queen
    South Bedroom - 1 queen
    East Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Main house Bed - 1 murphy bed , Queen Sized Murphy Bed
    Kids North Bedroom - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed
  • The bedrooms of the guest house are very simple. The main house bedroom is a murphy bed that is pulled down from the set of cabinets.
Entertainment:
  • Stereo
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
We require each guest of our home to clean and tidy our home so that it is returned to the state that they received it in. There are cleaning supplies provided.

Location

Nearest Airport
75 Kilometres
Calgary International Airport
Nearest Golf
45 Kilometres
Gleneagles Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
7.5 Kilometres
Highway 1A
Nearest Ski
57 Kilometres
Nakiska
Car: necessary

THE AREA: The area is pristine wilderness and ranch lands, with thick forested foothills covering most of the area except for the bottom of the valley where native grasses are predominant.

There is a significant amount of wildlife that call this area home. This includes black bears, grizzly bears, deer, wolves, cougars, elk, moose, coyotes, badgers, hawks, bald eagles etc.

Just 2 km hike to the north of the ranch house is the Ghost River and to the south about 10 km is Ghost Lake, which is a reservoir with inflow from the Bow and Ghost Rivers.

On a clear day you can see downtown Calgary to the east and if you look to the west you will see a wide swath of mountains, including Devil's Head and Devil's Gap, which is the valley leading to Lake Minnewanka of Banff National Park.

ACTIVITIES: In the winter you can snowshoe, cross-country ski, hike, sled, ice fish at Ghost Lake, go alpine skiing at one of the area hills such as Sunshine Village, Lake Louise, Norquay, or Nakiska. In the summer, you can hike, go boating, rafting, sight seeing, and many more adventurous activities.

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation chalet rental in Bighorn No. 8

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
CAD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Fall Pricing
Oct 16 2017 - Dec 18 2017
2 night minimum stay
C$550
From
C$750
Fri,Sat
C$3,800
C$15,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add C$30 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter Pricing
Jan 9 2018 - Mar 31 2018
2 night minimum stay
C$550
From
C$750
Fri,Sat
C$3,800
C$15,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add C$30 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
C$700
From
C$900
Fri,Sat
C$4,200
 
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add C$30 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee C$30 per person per night
Damage Deposit C$2,000

Rental agreement must be filled, signed and returned at time deposit is paid in order to confirm booking. The house must be returned to us after your stay in the clean state that you received it.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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