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Bedrooms 1
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Our hand-built log cabin sleeps 4-6 people in comfort.

The cabin we call THE WINTER PALACE is our most cozy, luxurious one. Its name originated one big winter when it kept us warm and toasty during a run of 20 below weather.

The LIVING ROOM has a cushy recliner, a hand-made rocking chair, and a full-size super comfy couch with matching pillows in American Indian motif. There is a modern, windowed wood-stove and a hand-made desk with mirror and table lamp. Etchings and lithographs adorn the walls and bookshelves are loaded with good books. Tall, old-fashioned, handmade windows give plenty of light and great views of the wild mountains and a chandelier and kerosene lamps warm your nights.

The KITCHEN has a new electric range and oven and an ample refrigerator and microwave. A vintage pie safe contains a complete set of cups, glasses, dishes and bowls, and a full set of cutlery. Pots, pans and skillets, a chopping board, and a variety of utensils are ready to use along with a set of knives, a coffee maker, and an espresso unit. There are twin sinks, cupboards for storage, and a table for four with straight back chairs.

The BEDROOM is a rustic charmer with two Queen beds with luxurious mattresses, crisp linens, warm blankets and down comforters. It has a sturdy woodstove, a chest of drawers, and a built-in closet for clothing.

The BATHROOM has a glass enclosed shower, a toilet, a sink with cabinet and mirror, a full-size storage cabinet, and a ventilation window.

The GYM has a Universal exercise machine, a free weight set, and a bench.

Our SAUNA is a point of pride, with a woodstove heater and polished oak benches that easily seat six. It has an insulated ceiling paneled in cedar, an air-tight double-paned window and electric light. The floor is masoned mica schist as is the wall behind the exhaust chimney. It's the height of luxury on cool evenings.

All rooms are carpeted, or have decorative rugs, or both. Windows are snugly fitted and can be opened as desired. Log walls are clean and polished and the roof is insulated to be cool in summer and warm in winter.

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We have two other accomodations for overflow bookings: The Bunk House and Jim’s Summer Place. Both are sturdy, hand-built, comfortable log cabins, situated up in the quiet woods above the main cabins but without the cushy amenities of the Winter Palace.

The Bunk House has a small kitchen with an old Monarch woodstove, and a living room/bedroom with a bunk bed and full size mattresses, a comfy large chair, a chest of drawers, and a small, efficient wood stove to take the chill off spring or fall mornings. There is no running water but there is a functional outhouse. Guests whose parents or friends are in the Winter Palace will use the facilities there.

Jim’s Summer Cabin is similar in layout but without the bunk beds. It has a small kitchen with a microwave, and the bedroom holds one Queen bed, suitable for two kids or an adult couple. Again, there is no running water or indoor toilet, but occupants can use Winter Palace facilities.

We don’t advertise these cabins for rent but either or both can be had with bedding and towels for $150 per night (three night minimum) or $700 per week.

More Details

Paul Edwards
Member since: 2014
Speaks english, french, spanish, tagalog
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 20, 2018

About Paul Edwards

Paul and Helen Edwards, and our son Jason, own the ranch and the five pioneer-built log cabins. For most of the year we’re at the Ranch or at our home in Helena and can be reached for reservations at one or the other.

Paul Edwards purchased this cabin in 1991

Why Paul Edwards chose Lewis and Clark County

It had always been my dream as a writer to have a place in the Wild Rockies as far from the turmoil of urban madness as possible. We scoured Northwest Montana and, having seen a couple of dozen remarkable properties, knew this was the one for us. It has been all we hoped for and more, and every day at Stecker Ranch nourishes our spirits.

What makes this cabin unique

The ranch is on the Sun River, directly below the soaring crags and ramparts of the Rocky Mountain Front. Our cabins, surrounded by Doug Fir and Limber Pine forest, are in de facto wilderness where grizzly forage and elk bugle in the rut, and Canada geese make sky music in the fall. The confusion and cares of modern city life are far away and there are no neighbors. At the ranch you feel the joy, peace and serenity of true wild country, and you might imagine that you are living in the land as it was when only the Blackfeet set their lodges here pursuing the vast herds of buffalo.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cabin rental in Lewis and Clark County

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Noon / Check-out: 4:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The bathroom has a glass-enclosed shower, plenty of cabinet space, and well as a sink and mirror.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 queen
  • Two luxuriously comfortable queen beds grace this delightful bedroom. There is a large closet for clothing, a rocking chair for reading, a wood stove, and a chest of drawers for anything else.
  • Books
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Ski & Snowboard
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Words are Not Enough--Beautiful Views and Cozy Cabin

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our week stay at the "Winter Palace." The owner, Paul Edwards, has been a most gracious host and wonderful to work with before, during, and after our stay. We were able to stop and escape our busy lives to re-energize our batteries. Being from the deserts of New Mexico, the Rocky Mountain Front and green everywhere was absolutely beautiful and a wonderful change of scenery. The wilderness area being adjacent to the property allowed us to hike nearby. The cabin lived up to its reputation of warm and cozy as the West's unusual weather struck while we were there, raining for most of the time. But the cabin's wood stove kept us warm and the collection of literature and a deck of cards kept us entertained. Wildlife was limited due to the weather, but one day before the rain, a beautiful Bald Eagle soared overhead checking us out when we walking around in front of the cabin. If we ever make it back to Montana, we will definitely stay at the cabin again.

  • Submitted: 24-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great stay as always

  • 5 of 5

another great trip- 3rd time staying here. fantastic as always!

  • Submitted: 25-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Joe. Always glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay. This year was a bastard because of the fires and smoke due to our severe drought and the blanket of heat that settled on us in July. Glad to know your time with us was enjoyable al the same. Best, Paul
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Amazing Cabin and Property

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I brought our nearly 1 year old son here for our first vacation away from home. It couldn't have been a more perfect place to get away from it all and relax. We enjoyed meandering around the property, exploring the adjacent public lands, and even were able to see the northern lights! The cabin stayed nice and cool in the middle of a July Montana heat wave. It was really hard to get motivated to leave the comforts of the cabin during the day to get out and explore the surrounding canyons. We hiked the Dearborn River to Devils Glen, and a couple smaller hikes along the Sun River. The cabin has great rustic charm, but all the amenities to make your stay comfortable. The cast-iron cookware was in the best condition I've ever seen in a rental. Thanks for letting us stay Paul, we look forward to returning.

  • Submitted: 20-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Tyler. We are delighted that you and your wife had a rewarding stay. It's critical to us that our guests have the vacation that matches their expectations and so glad to know that was the case with you. We'd love to see you again, any time. Best regards, Paul
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Majaestic and Cozy Cabin - 360 Views!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at Paul and Helen’s cabin for our 10-day honeymoon. It was absolutely sensational! The hospitality that Paul and Helen provided exceeds the expectation of anyone who has frequented VRBO in the past. They were prompt in communication, a joy to deal with. We were welcomed with champagne, fresh flowers and chocolates in celebration of our honeymoon and a smoldering fire, so to warm the cabin for our arrival. There was a wood pile that was fully-stocked outside and they even brought a stack of wood into the cabin for their 2 wood burning stoves. The sauna, beds/pillows are a luxurious amenity to come back to after hiking out in the mountains all day. They also provide a plethora of reading material and games. It even snowed a good 7 or so inches during our stay, so we were able to experience the true meaning behind their name; “The Winter Palace”. A very cozy cabin for adventure seekers or those who just wish to “turn off” from the world and relax. Truly a trip of a lifetime. We cannot thank Paul and Helen enough for all that they did!

  • Submitted: 7-Nov-2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, Kyle! Beautiful, gracious review. So glad you felt as you did and let the world know it. The best to you and yours, Paul
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  • 5 of 5

Second stay here. Have been in the summer and early fall and had a wonderful trip both times. Clean and well maintained cabin, high speed internet, and a great owner. Plenty to do close by. Highly recommend!!

  • Submitted: 7-Oct-2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy cabin on the Rocky Mountain front

  • 4 of 5

Lovely location, cozy cabin - clean and well maintained. The owners were very helpful and super prompt with information, answering questions etc. We enjoyed ourselves very much!

  • Submitted: 21-Aug-2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Great Falls International/Helena Regional
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Sun Canyon Lodge
Nearest Golf
50 Miles
Choteau Country Club
Nearest Train
100 Miles
East Glacier National Park
Nearest Motorway
18 Miles
Montana 287
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Sun Canyon Lodge
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Teton Pass Ski Resort
Car: necessary

The ranch, on The Rocky Mountain Front under soaring Castle Reef and Sawtooth Mountain, is near the Sun River trailhead entry to the spectacular Bob Marshall Wilderness.

The wild country all around us is as Lewis and Clark found it. Biologists call it The American Serengeti. Every animal and bird that they saw still lives here, free and wild, excepting only the buffalo. Elk roam our hills and calve on the adjacent Sun River Game Range, and grizzly forage through in Spring and Fall. Black bear and mountain lion roam and den in the forest around us, and both Whitetail and Mule deer abound. Despite the shameful de-listing of the wolf, our mountains aree refuge for them and their calls are still heard in our back country.

The property is bounded on the north by the Sun River--a Blue Ribbon Trout Stream--home to big Rainbows and lunker Browns as well as beaver, Canada Geese and many water birds.

Bluebirds nest here in Spring and four species of hummingbirds spend the summer, as do Swifts and Swallows. Golden and Bald eagles hunt the prairies and fish the rivers and lakes.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cabin rental in Lewis and Clark County

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$132.69

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 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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