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Quaint country stucco house on the Bitterroot River

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 bedroom stucco farmhouse on a working ranch with breathtaking views

This house has 1 bedroom/1 bathroom on the main floor with a queen size bed, 2 bedrooms upstairs (one with a king bed and the other with 2 twins). The home is fully equipped with everything you need for a memorable stay. During your stay you have 2400 acres of private land to hike, bike, ride horses or ATVs, picnic, and fish the blue ribbon Bitterroot River (which is the West boundary of the ranch).

John and Jani Meuchel
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 July, 2017

About John and Jani Meuchel

John and I grew up in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley and it will be our home forever. The saying, 'there's no place like home' is so true and we feel so blessed to live in such an amazing area.

John and Jani Meuchel purchased this house in 1946

Why John and Jani Meuchel chose Bitterroot Valley

My dad moved to this property as a boy when the neighbors in town complained of 'too many hound dogs'. He purchased the ranch from his parents in 1965 and my grandmother continued to live in this house for many years. We thought that many guests would enjoy the beautiful scenery and tranquility of the ranch that I was blessed to enjoy as a child.

What makes this house unique

This home was built in 1939 and is located on a working ranch and the views from the large living room windows are incredible. You'll enjoy many of the original features of this home. One of the many attractions is the fishing access right out the front door.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Hamilton in Ravalli County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • 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
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • Racquetball
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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Quaint country stucco house on the Bitterroot River
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

Wonderful time

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful time, relaxing, fishing, and visiting family

  • Review Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
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Comfortable home on the Bitterroot River

  • 5 of 5

We came to Hamilton and stayed at this great house overlooking on one side, the river, and on the other horse pastures that usually had beautiful and friendly horses.

The night we arrived , Jani invited us to a cookout on their ranch that they hold every year to raise money for local schools

Everyone was friendly and very generous in their bidding for auctioned items.

This started our vacation on a good foot. We felt like part of the community.

There were 3 of us staying at "Grandmas house". The house is very comfortable and the beds were wonderful. It had everything we needed for our stay. Easy to find and away from noise and traffic. Wildlife can be see down Old Darby Road or along river.

We definitely will come again!

Thank you Jani and John for the opportunity to stay on Old Darby Road again.

It brought back many wonderful memories and we made even a few more on this trip.

Debra DeLuca

  • Review Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect country house, Jaw-droppingly beautiful surroundings

  • 5 of 5

My father, two brothers, and I visited Montana for the first time and stayed three nights near the beautiful Bitterroot River. Jani and John were fantastic hosts, and happily shared local knowledge and access to the thousands of pristine acreage on their family ranch. We hiked up the large hill behind the house, walked along and explored the river which is in your backyard, grilled out while we watched the sun set over the snow covered mountains, and watched the stars appear as we sat next to the camp fire. It is only an hour away from Missoula, and about 1.5 hours away from white water rafting on the Lochsa River (in nearby Idaho, we used Lewis and Clark Adventure Rafting). We would love to return to this house and surrounding landscape which exceeded our very high expectations!

  • Review Submitted: May 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

Had several days at this perfect riverside house with family. Perfect location for fishing the bitterroot and surrounding smaller waters and placed conveniently between Hamilton and Darby where you can find great fly shops, restauarants, breweries and groicery stores . Enjoyed morning coffee at the gazebo overlooking the river and ended the day with a camp fire with the ranch mountains as our backdrop. The views on your walk up old darby road are some of the best in the valley. Add to all this that the owners are great with pre-trip communication and we got a chance to meet John and he was even more generous with his time and advice in person . Wonderful people and a wonderful property. We will be back . Thanks again John and Jani

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect house and perfect location for a getaway

  • 5 of 5

This home and the surrounding ranch are beautiful! With a river, horses grazing, and a great mountain view out EVERY window it is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy nature. The nice sized comfortable home, with great bedrooms and decor, has everything you need to make you feel at home and John and Jani are very friendly and accommodating. This home has been in the family for years and the owners have put time and energy into making it a great place for others to enjoy!

Just bring your clothes and food and everything else is provided.

There are several quaint towns within 15 minutes for shopping, groceries, and eating. Lake Como is only about 15 minutes away and it has great hiking and water access.

I highly recommend this lovely home for anyone who wants to have a relaxing experience in rural Montana.

Thank you to John and Jani for making this year's Sister's Trip great! Nic, Liz, and Michelle

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Home with beautiful views of Bitterroot.😊

  • 5 of 5

We loved this rental!!!!It was beautiful,quaint,and had everything we needed close by.The river was amazing and John was an absolute gem taking the time to come and teach my boys how to fly fish.They have found a new hobby and a new love because of his patience and guidance.Jani was so sweet and easy to talk to about any problems I encountered at the house.We already are trying to figure out when we can come out again to visit.Jani your grandmothers home was truly a blessing to us and we will hold this house,you and John close to our hearts.Thanks again. P.S. I mentioned to John about the rug in the hallway that you may want to just do away it as I slipped and fell,my husband and both my boys slipped on it also.Beautiful touch but a bit unsafe for anyone walking down the stairs.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Missoula, MT
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Hamilton Golf Course, Hamilton, MT
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Highway 93
Nearest Ski
38 Miles
Lost Trail Ski Resort


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Hamilton, Montana

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2 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Tax Rate 7.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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