|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
It's impossible for a description to give justice to the Retreat, a custom log cabin that sleeps seven comfortably. All modern conveniences and incomparable views of Flint Creek Valley. You have thousands of acres to wander on, hundreds of miles of trails that disappear into the wilderness, an unchaperoned Western experience as good as it gets. If you like peace and quiet, nature, and privacy, the Retreat is the place to take a deep breath and let yourself be yourself.
The Retreat is part of a retired sheep ranch homestead from the 1930s. The owners live on the ranch but will absolutely respect your privacy. The ranch is no longer a working ranch but it does have horses, donkeys, goats, a Shetland pony, lots of dogs and cats, rabbits, chickens (including roosters) and a tortoise named Morty. They are all friendly except for a banty rooster named Trouble. The roosters might wake you up in the morning but don't feel bad, because the ranch eggs are the best you've ever eaten.
Flint Creek is a two-minute walk from the cabin. We have about a mile of frontage on both sides of the creek and there are honey holes, but we'll leave it up to you to find them. (Otherwise they won't stay honey holes.) Rainbows, browns, cutthroat. Bring any kind of rod. Right now blue-winged olive duns are hatching and the air is filled with swirling blue.
Worried about bugs? Don't be. An occasional mosquito and an occasional tick. The horses have been out since spring and we took a total of three ticks off them this year. We have a few weeks in summer in which the deer flies and horse flies come out but they're not bad. No black flies or swarms of biting gnats like some places we know.
The property is full of wildlife: deer in the meadows, moose in the willows, beaver, muskrat, cranes, wild geese and ducks, owls, hawks, eagles, bobcat, fox, coyote, and tons of small furry things that the rest of the animals eat.
The ranch is also a major crosswords for mountain lions although only the very lucky get to see them. We see one about every other year. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks took a census last year and counted 36 different lions here. They pose no threat to people.
There's an abandoned mine about a half-mile from the cabin. Granite County was the site for a major gold and silver rushes in the 18th and 19th centuries. If you like mining history or like exploring genuine ghost towns and find abandoned miner's shacks next to a hole some poor soul dug into the ground over a century ago by himself. Some of the mines like the one near the cabin were larger scale and their superstructures still stand. You get a strong sense of history when you explore the frayed cables, wrenched iron, chutes, sluices and splintered timbers. You could easily spend a month here exploring our ghost towns and ghost gold and silver mines and mills.
We just bought the cabin and are in the process of upgrading. We've decorated with antiques and western memorabilia. The pictures don't do it justice.
The open floor plan naturally brings everyone together either on the porch waiting for stars to come out or in the living room around the wood stove, or at the dining table. The master bedroom is downstairs and is private. Upstairs in the loft, there are four open bedrooms. (Open means the bedrooms are open to the loft and so have three walls instead of four. Two of the bedrooms have queens and the other two have single beds.
In 2016 we're putting in an outside fire pit so you can sit around a fire at night, any time to year. You can't overestimate the numbers of stars in a Montana night sky.
You may ask if you can bring any pets, and we respectfully ask that you do not. The ranch has a large Maremma (an Italian sheepdog) named Mel who is a guardian dog and protects the property. He doesn't like strange dogs and will try to chase them off. Mel does like people, however.
You'll find the cabin warm, comfortable. We aren't a luxury guest ranch such nearby The Ranch at Rock Creek or the Triple Creek Ranch, which offer any activity you can think of and four-star gourmet cooking for $1,200 and up a night). We figure you can cook for yourself and you know what you want to do. We don't offer guest services and laundry services, but the cabin does have a washer and dryer and dishwasher. What we offer is privacy, as much solitude as you can handle, and nature's wonderland.
We are Ron and Candy Tobias. Candy was a fifth-grade school teacher in Anchorage, Alaska, and later in Bozeman, Montana. Ron was a natural history filmmaker for Discovery and National Geographic for sixteen years and the author of ten books of non-fiction. We realized our dream when we retired two years ago and bought the Krieg homestead in Philipsburg. Ron was born in Newark, N. J. and Candy was born in Detroit, but we're country people at heart and have lived in Montana for thirty years. You'll see us working every day doing our chores around the pens and barn every day.
Ron Tobias purchased this house in 2015
We love this place for the same reasons people like coming here: a) location, b) privacy, c) access.
Look at the pictures. Meadows, wetlands, a trout stream, and mountains with unimpeded views for miles. Ron no longer wears a watch (but Candy does). The rhythm of time is different here: the sun and the wind do most of the talking. Everyone watches the weather because moisture means good crops, fatter cattle, and if you're really lucky, an extra hay cutting. This is beef country. Ranchers are some of the most genuine people I know. As well as some of the most conniving, stab-in-back people you'll ever meet. What makes the culture here so essentially western is that people are what they are up front, for good or bad. Things may not always what they appear to be, but you learn to count on people as they learn to count on you.
As children, both Candy and Ron longed to go west and inevitably they did, and that's where they found each other and this place on Flint Creek. The benefits are spiritual. At a resort, people will ask you, "what do you want to do?" Here, no one asks you to do anything. People come to recharge their spiritual batteries; to take time to watch a bald eagle float on a riser in the sky above you or sit on the bank of an oxbow on Flint Creek and watch the cranes.
If you're an outdoor person, this is heaven. Hunt, fish, ski, snowshoe, ride horses or 4-wheelers, bird, hike, explore, all as good as you can imagine. There's no road west of the cabin for sixty miles.
Yet you're close enough to enjoy Philipsburg, (pop. 820) a feisty little town with "The World's Biggest Candy Store", great barbecue, a real soda fountain and lunch counter, and its own craft brewery. You can pan for sapphires from a local sapphire mine at Gem Mountain. The gravel is so rich you'll find small sapphires for sure. Our daughter Nancy found a 4.8 carat blue sapphire in one bag of gravel.
As a former filmmaker, I got to travel the world extensively, and of all the places I'd rather live, this is it. Think Thoreau Henry David Thoreau, Isaac Walton, Teddy Roosevelt, John Burroughs, and Liver Eating Johnson. This is the best the West has to offer.
My family of 5 (2 adults and 3 children - ages 13, 11 and 9) loved staying in this log home - it is beautiful! The kids enjoyed the loft and were each able to have their own bedroom and space to play. The game table upstairs was a popular place for the kids. In addition, the kids really loved all of the animals. Ron and Candy were so gracious in allowing the kids to pet the animals.
The farm fresh eggs were also wonderful. We enjoyed cooking our meals in the well equipped kitchen and eating them out on the picnic table on the porch. There are hardly any bugs, which made being outside very enjoyable.
It is so private and peaceful! My husband and I loved fishing Flint Creek. It was fun to walk down to the creek and then walk up and down stream fly fishing. We caught a few larger trout and several small ones. Our kids liked driving their battery operated 4-wheelers to the river and playing in the creek.
We also just love Philipsburg and all of the fun family activities. We liked exploring the Granite Ghost Town outside of Philipsburg - the drive is so pretty. The kids love eating at Up in Smoke and then going to the Sweet Shop / Candy store. We also had so much fun digging for sapphires at Gem Mountain. We also liked driving past Gem Mountain and fishing the smaller mountain streams and having picnics with the kids. The cabin is decorated beautifully and is well stocked with games and books to read. Missoula is close by and a great place to visit, especially on Saturdays for the People's Market.
We definitely are looking forward to staying there again sometime. Our kids are missing the animals and are wishing we were going back this Fall. I would highly recommend this home. Ron and Candy are the perfect hosts and truly do respect your privacy, but are also there to help in any way they can.
I've stayed here twice now and am amazed by how pretty it is. We were here late October both times during the hunting season, this year the cabin very comfortably housed 5 of us. The fishing in the creek was spectacular and was like a post card of a trout stream, we caught cutthroughts and Browns to 12 inches. Ron and Candy are the greatest hosts and their collection of animals is charming. They also graciously helped one of our party get his vehicle out of the snow when he got caught by surprise and Candy treated us to home baked muffins and fresh eggs from her hens. This place is great in the fall and would be spectacular in the spring and summer, a beautiful valley between two ridges with lots of wildlife.
If you're looking for a slick package of attractions, then this isn't for you. If you want to go to a place that's quiet and escape all the distractions and you enjoy nature, we're just for you, located in the heart of Flint Creek Valley.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event Price|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£80|
|Property Damage Protection||£47|
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.