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Best Value in Big Sky Country

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Bedrooms 3
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 5 nights

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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.

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Phil Barnhill
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
21 October, 2016
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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 Montana

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.


based on 26 holidaymaker reviews

Best Value in Big Sky Country
average rating of 5.0 based on 26 reviews

Exactly as advertised. Spacious and clean. Very responsive owners.

  • 5 of 5

We loved the space, the bedrooms and sitting rooms are set up for maximum flexibility. Mostly outside enjoying the beautiful Big Sky area, but when home both kids and adults had plenty of space. Easy walk to restaurants when we didn't use the grill for cooking. Kitchen well appointed. Hot tub was surprisingly nice in the evenings as it was just starting to get cool. Would absolutely rent from Phil and Michele again if we go back to Big Sky in either winter or summer.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lauren, thank you for your lovely review! We are glad that our residence was a great "base camp" for your Big Sky activities. Summer or winter, Big Sky/Yellowstone Country is a great place to make enduring family memories! All the best.... Phil & Michele
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Very nice property right in the mountains

  • 5 of 5

Great experience. Phil and Michelle were very communicative and were willing to share lots of information about Big Sky and surrounding areas. Very positive experience!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Ellie. Michele and I have believed that our residence is only a "base camp" for the larger experience in Big Sky and Yellowstone Country and to that end, we want to help our rental partner optimize their experience in Big Sky by sharing the information we have learned over the past two decades of visiting there. Best, Phil & MIchele
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The Perfect Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had the most wonderful stay at your property. Everything was there as promised. The furnishings were beautiful, comfortable and more than enough room for our family. We have three collage age children, having 2 living spaces, 3 bathrooms and that wonderful hot tube was perfect. We were about 45 minute from the west entrance to Yellowstone , 2 minutes from downtown Big Sky and 15 minutes from the Sky resort. Thank you for taking such great care of us.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sherlyn, What a great review. Supporting a great family experience is our number one joy. We supply the base camp, Big Sky and our Maker supplies the Great Outdoors, and you complete the circle with your family and participation in all that is offered! Please come back and see us again! Phil, Michele and Mariah
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Perfect place for family time.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time. The location was perfect. We spent time in Big Sky and Yellowstone.Everything was clean and well organized. The rooms are large and we felt right at home.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Susie! Feeling right at home is our objective. We are pleased you had a great time in Big Sky/Yellowstone Country and that you had a great Base Camp in our residence, which we now hope you consider to be "yours" anytime you desire to return! Phil & Michele
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Relax or Explore--a great home base

  • 5 of 5

This property is comfortable and well maintained. I had a few questions/observations when we first arrived and the owners quickly responded and put us in contact with the property manager. She responded quickly and was friendly and full of information about the area. The village of Big Sky is small and interesting. Big Sky is about an hour from West Yellowstone, so you should plan your visits to the Park. There is river rafting, horse back riding, fishing, and hiking in very close proximity. The condo was private and spacious and nicely decorated. It was a joy to be there and we would love to return some day.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Bev. Michele and I are glad you had a great experience with your family and we look forward to hosting you when you return to Big Sky! Mariah is indeed a wonderful Property Manager!
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Beautiful Townhome for our stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week in Big Sky and this was the first time we used the VRBO website. What we saw on the site was exactly what we got. It was warm and inviting and made home away from home easy. The house was a perfect fit with more than enough room for the 6 of us. The 3 bedrooms and pull-out bed was perfect. The kitchen and bbq was easy to use and it made cooking easy. The weather was amazing, cool in the morning, nice in the afternoon and cool in the evening. It was about 37 degrees when we left on June 22nd. My little one loved the hot tub as it gave him some room to burn even more energy at the end of the day.

Big Sky was about an hour from everything, which was perfect. We spent a day in Bozeman exploring a museum and the city and spent 3 days down in Yellowstone and West Yellowstone with more to see than we could have imagined. The local restaurants were amazing, we highly recommend Gallatin Riverhouse BBQ. They had a great bar, great food and inside and outside games. The restaurant is right on the river with plenty to look at. I would certainly stay at the house again and would certainly visit Montana again.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Eric and Family, spectacular! so glad that you had a wonderful experience both in Big Sky/Yellowstone Country and in our residence as your Base Camp for exploration of the many resources and activities in the area and that you expanded the great memory bank of family fun! Love, Phil & Michele Barnhill
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Big Sky Resort Ski Area
"With a unified ticket combining access to three resorts which are fully interconnected; Big ..."
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!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chalet in Big Sky, Montana

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Spring/Summer Fall 2016
1 May 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Winter 2016/2017
1 Nov 2016 - 30 Apr 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Spring/Summer/Fall 2017
1 May 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
5 night minimum stay
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My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Hot Tub Clean and Fill £49
Property Damage Protection £48
One Time Cleaning Fee £172
Tax Rate 10.0%

The VRBO damage deposit 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.
We would consider splitting the rent into two payments; but our standard operating procedure is to collect 100% in advance. Cleaning fees are moving upward in Big Sky; great dependable labor is difficult to find and difficult to manage. Our places are spotless. Thank you.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chalet in Big Sky, USA

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2160 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • resort ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs Bunk Room - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Lower Level Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Can be locked off from lower level public space for privacy.
    Master Bath - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Master has a large step-in shower and double sinks
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Lower Level Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Private Bath that can serve as guest bathroom or locked off.
    Upstairs Bunk Room - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Private Bath with shower tub
    Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Walk-in Closet, twin sinks, step-in shower
    Loft - 1 Sofa bed/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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • 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
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
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!!!!!!!

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