Montana Farm Stay and Vacation Rental
Whether a short weekend getaway or a week-long adventure to the Bitterroot Valley of Western Montana, ABC acres offers two newly built and well-appointed vacation rental homes for your well-earned respite from the everyday – the Guest House and the Gate House.
Both rental homes were constructed with health and wellness in mind for the resident – built with no VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) both inside and out, non-toxic spray foam insulation, HEPA filtration for high quality interior air all season long, and ‘Alive Water’ systems to reinvigorate and re-energize water at all points of use…these speaking to the underlying theme of healthy environments which pervade throughout the farmstead.
The Guest House
The Guest House was built in 2014.
4 bedrooms and 2 ½ bathrooms, an interior of about 1800 sqft.
- Comfortable living/dining space, and a large well-equipped kitchen.
- Prime location, great porch/views, and satellite DirecTV service.
The Guest House is situated in the heart of the farm. Positioned alongside the seasonal waterway, the implement shed, and in close proximity to the goat barn, livestock paddocks, and owners’ residence, the Guest House pays witness to many daily activities of the farm.
As a guest of the farm, and from the comfort of the West-facing porch, you may witness osprey fishing for trout in the waterway, farm staff running pasture irrigation, elk & deer grazing the pastures at dusk, any number of processes that go into the design and earthwork of a fully-functioning Permaculture system, and much much more.
Our family’s favorite vacation so far! The Gate House was impeccably maintained and was so comfortable for our family. It was the perfect place to call home for the week. We also enjoyed walking the property and finding our way to the river. It was the best mix of relaxation and privacy, yet being close to so many activities and areas to enjoy the beauty of Montana.
The Gate House
- The Gate House was built in 2015.
- 2 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms, an interior of about 1200 sqft.
- Comfortable living/dining spaces, and spacious well-equipped kitchen.
- Pet-friendly, along with private/fenced yard and attached single-car garage.
The Gate House offers a bit of separation/privacy despite being just a moment’s walk to the heart of the farm. An East-facing front porch if for your coffee and sunrise, a patio on the North side is situated alongside the newly planted fruit orchard, and on the South side a recently added pergola provides shade if for taking in the sweeping Valley views and/or an outdoor celebration….complete with bbq grill, picnic table, and fire pit.
Watch as June-bearing strawberries explode, late summer blackberries climb the fence, and fall apples and pears adorn the trees….all fresh/organic edibles for your tasting pleasure.
A Visit with ABC acres
Summer days in the Valley are long, warm, and full of activity, followed by cool nights to comfortably cap off an eventful day. Visit Lake Como for a swim, experience the world-class fly-fishing of the Bitterroot River, or head into the hills to hike, bike, ATV, or ride horseback – every direction you look there are mountains and canyons loaded with trails waiting to be explored.
On the farm there is also no shortage of Summertime activity/workings – farm staff running irrigation amidst their constant hustle maintaining various plantings/projects/livestock, vacationers from across the globe coming/going, farm tours, feedings, and other hands-on activities taking place on a daily basis.
Fall brings crisp temperatures, frosty mornings, and snow-capped mountains, ushering in the Autumn leaves of red and gold. The farm is exploding with all its colors, geese overhead, and an abundance of harvesting options all of which available from ABC acres’ Farm Shop to offering natural/healthy products and gifts of all kinds.
The plethora of Summertime events in each small town of the Valley continues in the form of Fall festivals and celebrations showcasing the history, culture, and artists of the area…. parades, rodeos, art shows, music, and beer, there is something for all ages and interests. And as for hunters, opening day is one of the biggest events of the year…the Bitterroot Valley is a special place to track down big game and waterfowl.
Although many sites and sounds of the farm are amidst their slumber, an entirely new scene and opportunity emerge during the Winter months. Crisp morning walks, spectacular sunrises/sunsets, elk and deer grazing in the pastures, all surrounded by frosted farm meadows and snow-covered mountains. And despite its shelter between those Bitterroot and Sapphire Mountain ranges, and thereby avoiding some of the harsher winds and negative temperatures, there is no shortage of snow in the Valley and it quickly transforms into a Winter playground.
Skiers and boarders can take their pick from Lost Trail Powder Mountain at the southern end of the Bitterroot Valley or Montana Snowbowl just north of Missoula, and there are numerous cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling opportunities peppered throughout the area.
Piglets, kids, and calves, oh my! Certainly a favorite time on the farm, baby animals abound whilst temperatures warm and the Valley awakens with new life. The Bitterroot River swells with melted snow and gentle rains, whilst flowers, trees, pastures, and grass begin to show their true colors after a long/cold winter. Enjoy an afternoon walk around the farm, taking in the many fragrances of fruit tree blossoms, all the while counting the number of migrating birds returning to their Summer farm home.
Snow remains in the mountains if for a last ski fix of the season, and the River and trailheads are opening in a case to get a jumpstart on the fishing/hiking/biking periods ahead. Likewise, the Valley’s small towns and streets are enlivened with events, weekly farmers’ markets and shops opening their doors with the latest in local crafts produce, and goods.
On Farm Activities
System Specific Farm Tour
Self-Guided Farm Walk
Full Farm Tour
- Nature Observation Walk
- Work-along Experience
Complimentary On-Farm Activities**:
Self-guided tours and access to extensive Permaculture earthworks and ongoing projects (detailed map provided, and informational kiosks throughout the property).
Abundant walking paths, rest areas, and scenic vistas.
Bitterroot River access.
Livestock and wildlife viewing/photography.
Randomly scheduled ‘Movie Nights’, and ‘Fridays at Five’ socials.
Crater Garden recreation & picnic area.
Family Fun Playground.
Additional (for purchase) Activities, Products, and Services**:
Fresh Eggs, and Pasture-raised Beef, Pork, and Poultry Sales, all ℅ ABC acres.
A variety of other farm-fresh goods ABC acres (eg. jams, jellies, honey)
Hour with the Farmer ℅ ABC acres – customizable discussion to cover specific topic(s) of your choosing.
Farm Tour ABC acres – customizable excursion by foot w/ the Farm Management and/or Owner, visiting multiple project sites and discussing regenerative permaculture practices, including behind the scenes interaction with livestock and food production systems.
Child & Adult Farm School Programs – access to ongoing activities being offered at ABC acres’ Educational Building, home to seasonal festivals, workshops, classes, and Riverstone School (www.riverstoneschoolmt.org).
Fly Fishing Guide Services.
ATV and Snowmobile Services.
Scenic Rafting and Boat Trips.
Guided Hikes, and Mountain Biking, Rock-Climbing.
Hunting Access and Hunting Guide Services.
Snow skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing.
Professional Photography outings and instruction.
Child Daycare services.