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

Bedrooms Studio
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 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 simple, basic, clean 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. There is a comfortable queen bed, sitting area with DVD player & movies (no television service), eating area, full but small 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 (use Instant Booking option). 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 an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
25 April, 2018

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 in Yellowstone 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 to Gardiner motels.


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

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 24
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Follow checkout list that is on the welcome letter in Cottage.
  • Entrance gate needs to be closed and latched each time that you exit/enter the property.
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • STUDIO - 1 Large Double Bed , The main room has a bed area and sitting area.
  • 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
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Perfect for two! Less than half mile from Yellowstone. 'Downtown' location.
average rating of 4.870968 based on 62 reviews

Perfect cottage

  • 5 of 5

The first amazing thing of the Lilac Cottage is the smell of lilacs as you walk up to the front door. The cottage was very clean with everything we needed for our stay. Our hosts were fabulous! Even offering us their binoculars and bear spray for our trip into Yellowstone. Gardiner is a great little town with several restaurants to choose from. The grocery store in town was perfect to get items for us to make dinner in the cottage as well. If we ever get the pleasure of going back to Yellowstone we will definitely be staying at the Lilac Cottage.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words and we're so glad you enjoyed the Lilac Cottage, Gardiner, and Yellowstone! Whether or not our guests see or meet us, we like to offer resources to make the most of their time in the Park. The website links we provide in advance, the Cottage and town information in the Hospitality App from Homeway/VRBO, and a well stocked Cottage can all help. Hope you can return! (I think May is the best time for that Lilac scent!)
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Perfect accommodations

  • 5 of 5

This was such a perfect little place to stay during our visit to Yellowstone. 5 minutes to the park entrance- can't beat that! The cottage itself was very inviting and comfortable-it had everything we needed and more. Eleanor was so kind, helpful, and pleasant despite our late evening arrival. Decorated adorably-attention to detail evident. Would definitely recommend this place and will hope to stay here again if we ever get the chance to make it back to this neck of the woods.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Jon & Lucy

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay! This is a perfect location; very clean and comfortable, with everything we needed. We will certainly stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just what I was looking for

  • 5 of 5

Cozy, quiet cottage with a host who thought of everything, plus an absolutely stunning setting. Loved it and hope to return.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Great space for a couple. Kitchen had everything we needed including a couple of coolers for use in the park. Bed was very comfortable which is unusual for vacation rentals. Great location too. We walked to grocery and restaurant.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We can't wait to come back!!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first experience with a HomeAway and it set the bar so high! This is the cutest little cottage with everything you could possibly need. Eleanor and Tom have thought of it all: directions, maps, food suggestions, DVD's, books, toiletries, a massager (great after hiking!!), several cooler sizes, robes, hair dryer - there's nothing you could want that they didn't have available in the cottage! They also included nice little extras: ice cream, candy, small boxes of cereal in the pantry for us, and a lilac soap (that smells amazing!!!!). I truly could not have expected any more out of our stay and we cannot wait to come back. The location in respect to Yellowstone is perfect - easy access to the park. There are also a number of restaurants, coffee, ice cream and shopping spots close by. Thanks for such a fabulous stay!

  • Review Submitted: 13-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much and we DO hope you can come back!
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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 coffee are on the next block in either direction.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £28.71

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.