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Hand Built Log Cabin in Ponderosa Forest

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,100 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

There is no better way to make your Montana vacation complete than by lodging in and enjoying a secluded, authentic hand made log cabin.

This cabin has been a 38 year labor of love by a carpenter who designed it, cut and stripped over 180 lodgepole pine trees, and set in excess of 390 separate logs to create this beautiful log structure, unlike any you may have seen. From the hand built cabinetry, the masonry work, the hardwood and quarry tile floors, the handrailings, to the one-of-a-kind log spiral staircase, the craftsmanship is apparent and admirable.

The cabin has been decorated and tastefully outfitted with authentic antique furniture and Persian rugs to create a truly "turn of the century" ambiance, but still has a modern kitchen and bath for your comfort. It is situated on the edge a Ponderosa pine forest, full of deer and wild turkeys; it is honestly a joy to hike through the forest and explore.

The Hermitage is licensed and inspected by the state to insure your safety and comfort

Privacy and seclusion is assured, as no other structure can be seen from The Hermitage and it is at the end of a 300 yard private driveway.

Picture yourself sitting on the back balcony with a drink in hand, reflecting on your long day of either fishing or floating, grilling steaks (or your fresh catch) as the sun goes down and observe the deer head back into the woods and the wild turkeys roost in nearby trees. Just before dusk the nighthawks swoop down for your amusement. After dinner on the back deck the stars glow brightly in the crystal clear air and the constellations dance across the sky.

This is the way to really relax and experience a memorable evening, Montana Style.

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Michael Janovsky, Owner
Member since: 2006
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
11 June, 2018

About Michael Janovsky, Owner

I am a retired Construction Superintendent, starting out as an apprentice carpenter in 1971 after 4.5 years at Indiana University. In 1976 I bought 10 acres outside of Columbus with the anticipation that I would be able to have a "finished" cabin in about 5 years. That was over 39 years ago, and I am still working on the place. I figure that it will be "completed" the day after I die. I moved away from Montana in 1990 as a result of the poor economy, first to the San Francisco Bay Area, where I stopped by to find a wife, and in 1992, again moved even further away to the Big Island of Hawaii where we still live.

I began The Hermitage as a retirement home for myself, but now that I live in Hawaii, I can't decide where to end up, so while i still can, I enjoy them both.

The last several years I have been hitting all of the antique stores, outfitting The Hermitage in ever nicer antiques. In 2014 I secured several pieces that really belong in The Hermitage. As space is limited, I find myself "trading up" as far as antiques are concerned. Also in 2014, I bought two Fredrick Remington statues, one busting a bronco, and the other entitled "The Mountain Man."

Here in Hawaii i spend my retirement beating back the jungle, tending to my fruit trees, and forever remodeling and building. Here too, the project will be complete either when I sell the place or, as is the case with The Hermitage, the day after I die.

Michael Janovsky, Owner purchased this cabin in 1976

Why Michael Janovsky, Owner chose Columbus

Ever since I moved to Montana, everyone always spoke about the beautiful Stillwater Valley, the Absarokee region in particular. When an old friend of mine bought a place up on the undeveloped Upper Hawk Valley Road, I fell in love with the forest, the seclusion, and the wildlife.

There are several Montana Fishing Access Sites within a few miles along the blue-ribbon trout stream that is the Stillwater River. Also, as I was really into white water rafting and kayaking, and the Stillwater and Yellowstone are just great.

What makes this cabin unique

I took great pains to design and build The Hermitage with a goal in mind that it would be "time zone transitional," that it would take one out of the 21st century and gently transport you back to a simpler, slower time. When I'm up there, I make an effort to sit and relax in various areas, since each room has its own ambiance.

The living and dining room is furnished with "Old West/Settler late 1800's" in mind, while the den is more "Trapper/Indian Style." The basement, with its sofa/hide-a-bed, in done in old barn boards, with a old barbed-wire display and rusty gold pan and has a great wood burning stove. It also has two large windows, as well as a separate exterior door.

there is a guest book at The Hermitage and I go through it each season, and it seems to be a consensus that meals and relaxing with a cup of coffee on the back deck is a favorite pastime. Numerous honeymoon couples have chosen to begin their lives together visiting The Hermitage, and other guests spend their time reading and recharging. The change in scenery, actually, the relocation back to another century has its own therapeutic effects.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This was the perfect get-away cabin. There is no place like this to bring two people together without the interruptions of everyday life. My favorite part of the cabin was the back deck. There were several things we saw and enjoyed but sitting on the deck, drinking coffee was absoultely beautiful.

We will remember this vacation our entire lives and may always look for the peace, solitude, and pure romantic setting that this cabin has.

Thank you so much for making this cabin available to strangers. It is so beautiful. When we walked in, we were in awe and it exceeded the expectations. The pictures of the cabin were very accurate & its as unique as I hoped.

Thanks again and hope to come back.
Sep 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Columbus in Stillwater County

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • The bath at The Hermitage does not have a bathtub. It is rather spacious.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Master Bedroom/Loft
    Entertainment Den - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Double Futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , New Hide-a-Bed sofa in Daylight Basement w/ Separate Doorway
    Little Loft - 2 Single Bed , 2 Air Mattresses for Kids; My Daughter's Favorite Spot
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski
  • water tubing


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Hand Built Log Cabin in Ponderosa Forest
average rating of 4.5555553 based on 33 reviews

Beautiful and Cozy

  • 4 of 5

The view was unbelievable. I am from GA so I really wanted something secluded with a view and this was perfect for that. We celebrated two of my friends graduations from Montana state and both of their birthdays! The beds were super comfy and we slept 5 with room to spare. I loved how it really was a cabin in the woods with all the animals on the walls. Deff would recommend again.

  • Review Submitted: 09-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

Three of us stayed in the Hermitage this past week and we all loved it! The furnishings and the decor of the cabin are very unique and beautiful. The view and setting were absolutely breath taking. The cabin setting on the mountain is close enough to towns for anything that you may need. We hiked the mountain and were able to take advantage of the beauty of nature surrounding it. Each day we were greeted by deer and Walter the squirrel and were even able to see a bear off in the distance. The serenity and peacefulness is just what these three guests needed in our vacation get away. We will definitely be returning and would highly recommend the Hermitage to anyone! Michael and Lucille are extremely accommodating and answered any and all questions we had ~ thank you so much for making our annual vacation one we will remember always!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rustic at it's best

  • 4 of 5

Loved the craftsmanship, the seclusion and it is very quit. Next time I am bringing the grand kids.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A place to get away from it all...

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful cabin in the woods! Great views! Secluded yet close to surrounding towns. Would stay again!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Remote cabin is the perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in the cabin was fantastic. The space slept our family of four with two teenagers very nicely. The cabin is remote enough where you won't have any neighbors on top of you, but Columbus is a short hop away and has everything you may need. The cabin is well stocked with necessities and kitchen to cook with. Morning coffee out on the deck provides a great and relaxing view. The daytime temps were in the 90's while we were there but the cabin remained comfy without AC.

We highly recommend hiking the Beartooth range nearby if you're into hiking. Absolutely great scenery and trails. The fly fishing was also great this time of year.

The road up to the cabin is denoted a Jeep trail and the driveway is long and probably not friendly to low clearance cars. We brought our Tacoma and had no issues but we noted that our Hybrid car would probably not have fared well! Crossovers, trucks and SUVs will do just fine.

Cell service was very spotty which was a bonus for us!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceeded expectations!

  • 5 of 5

Two girlfriends and I reunited for a weekend after not having been together as a trio for 35 years! We wanted to find someplace remote so that we only had each other and great conversation rather than dealing with the distractions of daily living. (In fact, none of us had cell service while there. For us, it was an unexpected benefit!) We had a tremendous time, partly because we had such a great home base. We had plenty of room and storage to cook our own meals (and keep the wine chilled!), sit and visit/laugh for hours, and we each had our own bed/pull-out-sofa/futon to collapse into at the end of the night.

The space is darling. It's beautifully crafted, clever, quaint and open. I was a little concerned about it not having air conditioning, especially since this is one of the hottest Julys we've had in recent years, but it really wasn't too bad. We made good use of fans to bring in the cool air at night, and it stayed pretty comfortable the whole time.

Michael's instructions were meticulous, and I felt very attended to; he was quick to respond whenever I had a question. If we ever have a need for a quiet weekend away from the noise again, I won't hesitate to book The Hermitage.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I carry an AT&T connected phone, and I have had reasonable cell service for the last several years. The Hermitage once did have a landline, but I had it removed since the cell service was adequate. It also seems that previous guests had acceptable service; maybe there was maintenance going on during your visit.
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Nearest Airport
52 Miles
Billings, Mt,
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
307 & New Atlas, Columbus; 5 Spot in Absarokee
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Interstate 90
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
307 in Columbus, China Wall in Absarokee
Nearest Ski
39 Miles
Red Lodge Mountain

There are numerous "day trips" that many previous visitors have mentioned in the Guest Book; a trip to Custer Battlefield, about 2 hours; Red Lodge is a great town 39 miles away, and going up the Beartooth Switchbacks to the lookout is a must, if not all the way to Cooke City.

River sports are great in Stillwater County, fishing, floating, or just taking a dip, from small mountain streams to the Stillwater and Yellowstone Rivers, Stillwater County has it all.

Many previous guests have written about walking the road above and property surrounding The Hermitage, seeing wild turkeys and deer, and just enjoying the Ponderosa forest.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Damage Deposit £150.58

Although Montana is one of the few states without a sales tax, the State requires vacation home owners to charge a 7% "bed tax" that is used to fund the rigorous inspections that all publicly available lodging facilities are required to submit to. These inspections ensure your safety and comfort.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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