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Perfect for two! Less than half mile from Yellowstone. 'Downtown' location.

Bedrooms Studio
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

Studio, 1 bathroom, with peaceful yard.

Our sweet backyard cottage is nestled among the fruit and flower trees of the yard. It is easily within walking distance to the grocery store, coffee, shopping, restaurants, post office, and local arch park events. It is at the north entrance to Yellowstone Park, as is all of Gardiner. The cottage is in the heart of town and also shielded from the main street by the owners' home. The yard is shared with the owners but privacy is afforded by the trees. The owners' home was built in 1930 and its cottage was built in the 1940s by former owners, the Eastons. It is believed that their intent was to rent the cottage to visitors of Yellowstone, making it a very early vacation rental in this town. The cottage is a perfect fit for two people who want to day trip to northern Yellowstone, book local activities like rafting, biking, horseback riding, and return to a comfortable environment to relax. Our guests note that the well cultivated green and floral landscaping add to the charm and character of their experience. The stucco cottage still has the details of its early history with the old style door knobs and kitchen cabinets, and offers a comfortable queen bed, dining area, kitchen, and full bathroom. It is clean, well cared for, and you are welcome!

We keep our reservation calendar updated to the minute and our description on this page accurate. So if you're reading this page and Lilac Cottage sounds like a good fit for you and if the dates you want are open on our calendar and you have no questions, you are welcome to book directly without contacting us. Just follow VRBO's process with your credit card. We'd be in touch immediately upon booking. If you do have specific questions not answered here, please call or email Eleanor.

More Details

Eleanor Stone
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 June, 2017

About Eleanor Stone

Tom and Eleanor Stone came to Yellowstone Park in the late 70s and early 80s, met and were married here. They worked in the interior of the Park for a number of years and then settled in Gardiner in 1989. They raised their two daughters in Gardiner. Outside of work Tom enjoys gardening, fly fishing, reading, and traveling when able. When not working, Eleanor's life revolves around family, friends, and food and she's been active in the community. They have been hosting family and friends in the Lilac Cottage for years and are happy to open it to newcomers and folks who want to enjoy the area.

Eleanor Stone purchased this cottage in 1995

What makes this cottage unique

We love our home and cottage because of its location. It is handy to go out the door to run errands or explore, and yet this downtown property has a surprising ability to tuck you away. We love the old fashioned comfort of this historic property.

We purposely keep the nightly rate of Lilac Cottage reasonable for this area. The reason is that we think that the additional 10% taxes (7% state and 3% local) plus the $40 cleaning fee and now the new VRBO Service Fee add enough to your charges! We are making our rate fair in comparison to vacation rentals in the area and even Gardiner motels.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Gardiner in Park County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Queen bed sleeps 2.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(45 traveller reviews)

Perfect for two! Less than half mile from Yellowstone. 'Downtown' location.
average rating of 4.866667 based on 45 reviews

Couldn't have asked for a better stay!

  • 5 of 5

The property was in a wonderful location, and had everything we could have possibly needed! Elenor was very kind, and even had some ice cream in the freezer for us! It was a perfect girls weekend in Yellowstone/Gardiner. Though there are plenty of restaurants we could walk to, we decided to walk to the nearby market one night and made dinner in the cottage. Elenor had it equipt with everything we needed to cook!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks and so glad you 2 enjoyed the stay!
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Beaver Falls, PA

Convenient cottage close to Yellowstone.

  • 5 of 5

We loved our second stay at Lilac Cottage. Eleanor and Tom will see to any need that you may have but also respect your privacy. The cottage is super clean and very well stocked. Also there is easy access to Yellowstone from the cottage and a reserved parking space.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Portland, Oregon USA

Eleanor was great and her cozy cottage was perfect for us.

  • 5 of 5

The location was perfect, the cottage was darling and Eleanor was the greatest!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you and it was so nice to meet you. We sure enjoy having the cottage for all of our traveling guests to enjoy! We strive to be a good deal in this beautiful area.
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Lilac Cottage was Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

Everything about our stay at the Lilac Cottage was great! From our first contact with lots of helpful information and great directions we both were so impressed and wish we'd planned more days there. We stayed at the lovely cottage for 3 nights and the location is so convenient, a very short distance to Yellowstone's North gate in Gardiner, MT. The cottage was clean and comfortable and with absolutely everything we could possibly want. The kitchen had anything you'd need if you wanted to stay in for meals, but there was also a great list of restaurant recommendations and other places to go and things to see. There were maps and guide books and games and great selection of books and DVDs. The bed was so comfy with luxurious sheets and plump pillows, the bathroom was spotlessly clean and the towels so thick. We really felt pampered. Eleanor was nearby and available if you had questions, but respects your privacy too. I will definitely stay again if we go back to Yellowstone and I would absolutely recommend it to friends and family!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tom and I are so glad you loved your stay in the cottage. On our VRBO page we try to represent the cottage exactly how it is in our write up and in our photos. When guests take the time to read it and know it suits them, it's a great match. Glad you enjoyed it! Please come back!
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Amazing stay!

  • 5 of 5

Eleanor was great and very accommodating, room was clean/tidy. We were located within walking distance of everything in Gardiner and were blown away by the beauty of the surrounding area. The cottage supplied everything we needed and was quiet and close to our vacation destinations. 10/10.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 3 of 5

The place was very clean. But for what we paid per night, I should take out the trash.

The owners never really made any attempt to introduce themselves. In previous stays, the owners were cordial and friendly.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I’m so sorry that we didn’t meet your expectations for greetings! Tom and I were both happy to meet you and help you with directions and early breakfast out ideas. As explained in all of our correspondence, we try to stay out of our guests’ way and we are here or reachable if guests need something and to answer questions. I understand that for travelers seeking a more personal experience with owners, that our style of hosting wouldn’t fit such an expectation. While other property owners require checkout tasks, our sole request is that trash be removed on your way out and left at the garage. We always aim to be one of the least expensive, well equipped, and cleanest places to stay in the Gardiner area.
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2 5


Nearest Airport
85 Miles
Bozeman, MT
Nearest Golf
55 Miles
Livingston, MT
Nearest Restaurant
Yellowstone Grill
Car: recommended

Yellowstone Park's north entrance is one mile from your door. Rafting is across the street. Arrangements for horseback riding, mountain biking, cookouts, fly fishing, hiking guides and much more are across the street. Great places to eat and find coffee are on the next block in either direction.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Gardiner, Montana

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High Season
1 May 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Shoulder Season
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
High Season
1 May 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Shoulder Season
1 Oct 2018 - 15 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £30.92
Tax Rate 10.0%

During the Shoulder Season, the $40 cleaning fee is deducted from your quote at the time of booking. The $40 cleaning fee is applied to High Season only.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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