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Best Value in Big Sky Country

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Space 2,160 sq ft
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights

Overview

About the property

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

This lovely 2,160 square foot, three bedroom, three bath coach home chalet features all the desirable vacation conveniences, high speed internet access and a large loft with a new queen pull-out couch. Note: Most residences available for rent in Firelight Meadows do not have this loft/Bonus room space. This residence is exactly an 8 minute and 30 second drive to the drop off point at the Big Sky lifts and a 40 minute drive to West Yellowstone.

Michele and I purchased this residence in Firelight Meadows in 2014 and it is laid out EXACTLY like our first two residences in Firelight Meadows; VRBO #240962 and VRBO #608472. These residences may be booked separately or together....they are 3 blocks apart in the same residential community. Checkout the other calendars if your preferred time is not available here AND/OR....bring some extended family or friends and book all three places at the same time!

Please note: 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 582804 description:

Spring 2015 update: this residence has brand new stainless steel appliances throughout the kitchen and new cupboard pulls so that it will resemble our VRBO 608472. We have also replaced the carpet throughout the residence with wood laminate and there are new furnishings in the lower level.

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 King bed, enormous closet, and a private bath with double sinks. The upstairs guest bedroom has a queen bed and a full/single log bunk bed, beautiful up mountain views, and a private bath. The main floor bedroom has a queen bed, library, beautiful up 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 three bar stools which pull up to an elevated kitchen counter. The living room contains a beautiful, elevated slate and rock fireplace, two great couches and the world’s most comfortable reading chair along with a 50” HDTV. The living room ends with sliding glass doors which open onto a concrete terrace with a private hot tub, gas grill, and beautiful up mountain views. The attached garage contains space for one automobile, ample wood for the fireplace, ski and board storage. The inside of the Home was freshly painted in the summer of 2014.

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 scheduled 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.

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 consumed in 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 {Gluten Free}) 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 an AWESOME, newly developed concrete skateboard park (my oldest son manufactures skateboards and trust me....he knows his skate parks), not to mention two tennis courts, basketball courts, two baseball fields, soccer field, picnic area right along the West Gallatin.

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.

More Details

Owner
Phil Barnhill
Member since: 2009
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
April 15, 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 2014

Why Phil Barnhill chose Big Sky

Our original coach home chalet, VRBO# 240967 was a 'test' purchase to see if our family could really fall in love with the area: It passed the test! We have recently decided to build a greater presence in Big Sky by purchasing two more lovely residences in the Meadow. Why? Because a great deal of year-round recreational activity is developing right in the Meadow as it morphs into Downtown Big Sky AND the combination of the three ski resorts into one resort making Big Sky “The Biggest Skiing in America” will attract more snow enthusiasts to Big Sky to see how lovely it is. Hey…our home state of 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:
  • 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
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs Bunk Room - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Lower Level Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Can be locked off from lower level public space for privacy.
    Master Bath - toilet , shower , Master has a large step-in shower and double sinks
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Lower Level Bedroom - 1 queen , Private Bath that can serve as guest bathroom or locked off.
    Upstairs Bunk Room - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Private Bath with shower tub
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , Walk-in Closet, twin sinks, step-in shower
    Loft - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Two reading chairs, sofa, 50' HDTV
  • Two Bedrooms upstairs: The Master Suite has one king 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 living room. All three bedrooms have attached private bathrooms.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
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
  • 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 afternoon 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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(41 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 4.9512196 based on 41 reviews
5

Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this vacation home last week, during our first trip to Big Sky. It was immaculate! Such a clean and spacious rental house! It had everything we needed! Phil was very helpful and quickly answered any questions we had, as well as, giving us some great ideas to do on our visit. Mariah, the property manager was wonderful, as well! She responded quickly when I texted her. We would definitely stay here again! We highly recommend not only the lovely vacation home, but the wonderful owners and property manager, as well!

  • Submitted: 2-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Chicago, Illinois, USA
5

Cozy home with great views and fantastic location!!

  • 5 of 5

Our family (2 adults, 4 teenagers) loved staying here for our first Big Sky ski trip. Great location, house is as pictured, very roomy, big kitchen, beds and linens are comfy, house is cozy, relaxing hot tub w/pretty views... wonderful house to rent! The Barnhill's thought of everything and we felt they truly wanted us to have a great experience during our visit, this is what makes them great hosts! They shared their list of favorites and tips as soon as we booked to make our trip planning easier and more enjoyable. Thank you Phil and Michele for sharing your home via VRBO, we look forward to staying again!

  • Submitted: 28-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thannk you Tiffany! We are always sooooo appreciative when folks take time to invest in us and in future guests to write a nice review like yours! The FIRST place we look is at pictures when we rent a VRBO and the second place we look is at the reviews. Thank you, thank you , thank you. Can you believe the snow in Big Sky! I bet our guests in August will be able to build snow men and women at the tram summit this summer! Tiffany, please come back and stay with us again! All the best.. Phil & Michele
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Proctor, MN
5

Very comfortable and spacious

  • 5 of 5

Our family enjoyed our stay, loved the hot tub and fireplace. The kitchen had everything we needed for making meals and the gas grill was great for barbecuing. Would definitely stay again!

  • Submitted: 2-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wonderful news Brenda! It's interesting that the last three reviews all mentioned the hot tub (which is professionally maintained by Nordic Hot Tub....drained, refilled and rebalanced after EVERY guest). We ALWAYS look at real estate when in Big Sky and we notice something interesting: virtually none of the new construction allows for a hot tub. It seems, at least in Town Center, that a hot tub will be a wonderful feature. Interestingly, being High Desert, Big Sky can be 88 degrees during a summer day, and still hit 53 degrees at night which makes for GREAT SUMMER hot tub soaks! Phil & Michele (We should say, summers are interesting because it can also be 80 degrees at night during some weeks.
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5

Great Home

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay. The home was exactly as described. We enjoyed the hot tub after a long day of skiing. We would definitely rent this unit again.

  • Submitted: 23-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are sooooo right about the hot tub! We like to jump in at night and turn out all the lights and turn the jets off and just look at stars and listen to the coyotees (and thank God for the wonder of it all). Big Sky is bigger than all of us! Phil & Michele....come again Yvonne!
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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
4

Home away from home.

  • 4 of 5

The residence was well situated. Two minutes from town and all the restaurants, shops and groceries. Regards The mountain itself, Big Sky, was only ten minutes away by car. The house was comfortable and roomy and did not lack any of the amenities. We made use of the hot tub and the fire place, making our stay a wonderful experience. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: 15-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Martin! You would certainly be welcome to come again! Phil & Michele
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Greenville,SC
5

Great condo, spacious, wonderful furnishings!

  • 5 of 5

My wife, daughter, and 2 grandchildren had a wonderful skiing week. 455 Firelight is a great Town

Center location and the Barnhills and Mariah were perfect hosts!

  • Submitted: 4-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jerry! It is iteresting that you comment about our residence being part of Town Center and that shows how much Town Center has expanded! Back in the day when we first purchased in Firelight, there was NO Town Center! We must admit, it is wonderful to be able to walk to where the action is! Best... Phil & Michele and thanks for the shout out for Mariah who is like a daughter to us! Mariah, you do an exquisite job!
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Location

Nearest Airport
36 Miles
Bozeman Yellowstone Airport (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 Theatre located in the Meadow. No more trips to Bozeman just to see a movie! You can eat in the theatre and enjoy your favorite child OR adult beverage while watching the movie. Our 50' Flat Screen HDTV has over 80 pre-recorded, family-friendly movies. Something for kids of all ages.

We can get you in touch with the most fantastic, elite traditional fly-fishing guides in Big Sky; HOWEVER....for you non-purests we have developed a WONDERFUL relationship with a local Chef who LOVES to take folks bait fishing on the Gallatin. Very Cost effective and extremely fun for everybody. Waders and wading in a fast river is NOT necessary when bait fishing. By the way...when bait fishing you catch real HOG fish. Really should give this a try!

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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
 
Regular Ski 2018
Feb 2 2018 - Apr 30 2018
4 night minimum stay
C$294
C$2,055
C$8,805
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
C$287
C$2,010
C$8,614
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$274.36
Damage Insurance C$75.29

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.

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