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Perfect for two! Less than half mile from Yellowstone. 'Downtown' location.

Bedrooms Studio
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Studio, 1 bathroom, with peaceful yard.

Our sweet backyard cottage is nestled among the fruit and flower trees of the yard. It is easily within walking distance to the grocery store, coffee, shopping, restaurants, post office, and local arch park events. It is at the north entrance to Yellowstone Park, as is all of Gardiner. The cottage is in the heart of town and also shielded from the main street by the owners' home. The yard is shared with the owners but privacy is afforded by the trees. The owners' home was built in 1930 and its cottage was built in the 1940s by former owners, the Eastons. It is believed that their intent was to rent the cottage to visitors of Yellowstone, making it a very early vacation rental in this town. The cottage is a perfect fit for two people who want to day trip to northern Yellowstone, book local activities like rafting, biking, horseback riding, and return to a simple, basic, clean environment to relax. Our guests note that the well cultivated green and floral landscaping add to the charm and character of their experience. The stucco cottage still has the details of its early history with the old style door knobs and kitchen cabinets. There is a comfortable queen bed, sitting area with DVD player & movies (no television service), eating area, full but small kitchen, and full bathroom. It is clean, well cared for, and you are welcome!

We keep our reservation calendar updated to the minute and our description on this page accurate. So if you're reading this page and Lilac Cottage sounds like a good fit for you and if the dates you want are open on our calendar and you have no questions, you are welcome to book directly without contacting us (use Instant Booking option). Just follow VRBO's process with your credit card. We'd be in touch immediately upon booking. If you do have specific questions not answered here, please call or email Eleanor.

More Details

Eleanor Stone
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 24, 2018

About Eleanor Stone

Tom and Eleanor Stone came to Yellowstone Park in the late 70s and early 80s, met and were married here. They worked in the interior of the Park for a number of years and then settled in Gardiner in 1989. They raised their two daughters in Gardiner. Outside of work in Yellowstone Tom enjoys gardening, fly fishing, reading, and traveling when able. When not working, Eleanor's life revolves around family, friends, and food and she's been active in the community. They have been hosting family and friends in the Lilac Cottage for years and are happy to open it to newcomers and folks who want to enjoy the area.

Eleanor Stone purchased this cottage in 1995

What makes this cottage unique

We love our home and cottage because of its location. It is handy to go out the door to run errands or explore, and yet this downtown property has a surprising ability to tuck you away. We love the old fashioned comfort of this historic property.

We purposely keep the nightly rate of Lilac Cottage reasonable for this area. The reason is that we think that the additional 10% taxes (7% state and 3% local) plus the $40 cleaning fee and now the new VRBO Service Fee add enough to your charges! We are making our rate fair in comparison to vacation rentals in the area and even to Gardiner motels.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Gardiner, Montana

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 24
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Follow checkout list that is on the welcome letter in Cottage.
  • Entrance gate needs to be closed and latched each time that you exit/enter the property.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • STUDIO - 1 queen , The main room has a bed area and sitting area.
  • Queen bed sleeps 2.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting


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Perfect for two! Less than half mile from Yellowstone. 'Downtown' location.
average rating of 4.884058 based on 69 reviews
Huntington Beach, CA

The Lilac Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Already miss the Lilac's blooms! Can't say enough good about our stay. Elenor and Tom have thought of everything to make your stay as comfortable as possible. It was nice to know they are right there IF NEEDED but give you all the privacy you need.

Location is PERFECT to the park entrance and Gardiner is a fun little town to explore. GO and ENJOY! We did.

  • Submitted: 17-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dayton, Ohio USA

Cozy and Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

The Lilac Cottage was an excellent place to stay for the two of us. It had all that we needed to be able to stay comfortably for the three days we were there. The Stones added many extras in the kitchen and pantry that made cooking and enjoying morning breakfast easy. There were games, books and DVD's on the shelf to help us pass the time when we were rained in on one of our days there. Eleanor was also very helpful in sharing information regarding Yellowstone and the surrounding area. The little yard was lovely with the lilacs and flowers, and had we had better weather, we would have most definitely sat outside and enjoyed it. If we ever go back to this area we would definitely stay at Lilac Cottage again!

  • Submitted: 23-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect, little home away from home

  • 5 of 5

Eleanor and Tom were wonderful hosts. There for you if you need them, but never comprised our privacy. The cottage is wonderful - even spotted an elk outside the kitchen window one morning. The cottage was VERY well stocked: games, movies, kitchen stuff including spices, blankets, etc., and nice outdoor seating area. Easy walk to grocery and Catholic church. Reserved parking spot. Incredible location - just north of the north entrance to Yellowstone.

  • Submitted: 15-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming cottage: Favorite place we stayed in Montana/Wyoming

  • 5 of 5

The Lilac Cottage is a gem and we were lucky enough to be there at the height of the lilac bloom. No matter the season, you will love your stay here. Eleanor has thought of everything you might need while away from home, and though you are just a few steps from her back door, you also feel very secluded. Gardiner is a lovely town and restaurants, shops and grocery store are all within easy walking distance. Our three days here were a highlight of a highlight-filled 16-day trip!

  • Submitted: 12-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fayetteville, AR

Wonderful Place

  • 5 of 5

Everything was great about this place. Tom and Eleanor were very welcoming but also respected our privacy. Eleanor has stocked it better than I've ever seen a place and we have using VRBO for years. We were lucky and were there during the blooming of the lilacs and they were breathtaking. She even has handmade lilac soap for guests to take home. It was very clean and just the right size for us but it is small so more than two would probably not be comfortable. Great location for Yellowstone. Would love to stay again some time.

  • Submitted: 6-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Eleanor and Tom could not have been better hosts. We lived the little cottage with all the lilac trees. It smelled amazing all day. The park entrance is a 5 minute drive away. The cottage felt very private and we had very thing we needed. Thank you again!!!

  • Submitted: 28-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
85 Miles
Bozeman, MT
Nearest Golf
55 Miles
Livingston, MT
Nearest Restaurant
Yellowstone Grill
Car: recommended

Yellowstone Park's north entrance is one mile from your door. Rafting is across the street. Arrangements for horseback riding, mountain biking, cookouts, fly fishing, hiking guides and much more are across the street. Great places to eat and coffee are on the next block in either direction.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Gardiner, Montana

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season
May 1 2018 - Sep 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
Shoulder Season
Oct 1 2018 - Oct 15 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$53.08

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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