The SpaceThe 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. Guest AccessGuests have the full use of the cabin, porch, and surrounding grounds. Interaction with GuestsWe are on the property from time to time during Spring, Summer, and Fall in our own Main cabin. If we're away we can be reached in Helena on our home ph(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). The NeighborhoodThe 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. Getting AroundThe Sun Canyon road to the ranch is good but there are very few roads on The Front and no public transportation. You arrive by car and you're on your own. The road to Gibson Lake and the Bob Marshall trailhead seven miles west is paved in the National Forest, our western property line. Other Things to NoteThe ranch is 18 miles northwest of the little ranching town of Augusta, home of the largest one-day rodeo in Montana. We are at the very edge of the Lewis and Clark National Forest and a good road leads to Gibson Lake that borders the Bob Marshall Wilderness.