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Perfectly Located Vacation Rental For Outdoor Enthusiasts And History Buffs!

24 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday home in Anaconda - Smelterview Inn

Great Vacation "Getaway"

Luxurious, custom-designed and built private home with four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a large recreation room in the finished basement downstairs, hand-built furniture and stone fireplace designed by owner, and a magnificent view of the surrounding foothills, pasturelands and Pintlar Mountain Range of the Anaconda-Pintlar Wilderness Area in southwestern Montana.

Ours is a single-level house with vaulted ceilings and a finished basement. Amenities include internet WiFi access, Direct TV, an outdoor jacuzzi, an indoor jacuzzi in the master bedroom, a pool table, Foosball table, wood-burning chiminea, propane barbecue, a large yard and sheltered patio area, and plenty of space for parking your RV or trailers.

If you decide to bring your horses, we have a barn and a five acre paddock to help make them comfortable.

With only a five minute drive to Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, you can enjoy swimming, dining, golf, a relaxing spa day, or take a walk along the Copperway Trail that helps link Butte and Anaconda together in an east-west route through Durant Canyon. Thirty minutes from the house, the Mt. Haggin Wildlife Management and Recreation Area offers an abundance of sporting and recreational opportunities, depending on the season, including hiking, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing.

If your tastes are inclined toward history, you can explore Butte and Anaconda, which, together, form the nation’s largest National Historic Landmark District; or visit the beautifully restored 19th Century buildings and attractions of Philipsburg, or the vintage car museum or the old prison in Deer Lodge less than an hour away. Numerous ghost towns dot the area, and up at the 10,000 foot level of the nearby wilderness area, the crest of the Anaconda-Pintlar Range helps form a small part of the American West’s spine that is the Continental Divide. If you’re lucky, and careful, you might even spot some white-tail deer, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, elk or perhaps other wildlife while you’re out on a hike or a drive.

Go for a scenic drive past Georgetown Lake, or downhill skiing at Discovery Basin, take a Trolley Tour or one of the guided walking tours of Butte's historic district, visit the Mining Museum, take a drive over Mill Creek Pass, visit the Big Hole Battlefield, enjoy the falls at Lost Creek State Park, get your license and fish one of Montana’s blue ribbon trout rivers or streams, or schedule your visit to coincide with Evel Knievel Days or the Montana Folk Festival. Then come back to a cozy home, and maybe an evening swim at Fairmont Hot Springs.

An abundance of historic and recreational activities await your visit, and so do we. If possible, we’d like to be there when you arrive so we can help you get acquainted with our house. If this is not possible, then please give us a call so we can let you know where the key is.

The attached garage is not available for guests, but there’s plenty of room for parking in the driveway.

Check-in is at 4:00 P.M., and check-out is by 11:00 A.M.

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  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome

Russ and Lisa Scherman
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
26 October, 2016
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About Russ and Lisa Scherman

It all started with my great-great grandfather, Hans Henry Peterson, who immigrated from Germany in 1880 and homesteaded a portion of the land that eventually became the family ranch where I grew up. Hans was known locally as the “Sauerkraut King” for his particular sauerkraut, which he cooked with his specific recipe from all of the harvested cabbage! The barrels of sauerkraut were hauled to butcher shops by horse and wagon. From these humble beginnings, he and his children, and theirs, on down to my parents, and the thirteen of us who are their children, built up what is today a successful, multi-generational working ranch. My mother and each of my twelve siblings and their families still live close by!

My husband, Russ, and I built our own beautiful home where we did so we could raise our children and enjoy all the area has to offer, and still be near our large extended family. We have had so many memorable family gatherings around skiing, hiking, fishing, picnicking, snowmobiling, hunting, horseback riding, exploring ghost towns, and following scenic routes on drives that yield one breathtaking view after another. We want to keep our home in our family, and also share its beautiful sunsets and homey atmosphere with those special people who wish to come be our guests here and enjoy our little corner of the world.

Russ and Lisa Scherman purchased this house in 2005

Why Russ and Lisa Scherman chose Montana

My husband, Russ, and I chose this site both for the beautiful scenery surrounding it, and its accessibility. Our home is one mile away from the main ranch house where my mother still lives and all the hands gather for lunch, and just a few minutes from Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, where we like to go for regular swims. Russ is in construction, and I taught school in Anaconda, so the location could not have been better for our work. It is also conveniently located only a couple minutes from Interstate 90 (I-90), which is the main artery we take to Butte, Bozeman, Billings, the Dakotas, Missoula, Spokane, Seattle, or the I-15 junction that threads the Canadian border with the Mexican border and all the U.S. towns and parks between. Yet even with such proximity to Interstate access, the property is still quiet and feels secluded.

What makes this house unique

My husband, Russ, designed our beautiful home, as well as several of its furniture pieces, and the stone fireplace. Russ has excellent taste and a keen eye for combinations of material, lines of sight and detail, so our home is rustic, but also classy and elegant. Each window offers a uniquely beautiful view. In fact, with the contours of southwestern Montana’s landscape as a backdrop, all the views, whether from the inside or out of doors, are incredible and change constantly, depending on the light and time of day. Yet, from our place, one can be in any one of several nearby towns within fifteen minutes to an hour, or at the trailhead to a recreation area or local park in similar time. This unique combination of magnificent views and convenient accessibility adds to the overall relaxing feel of being on retreat, nestled into a quiet location.


based on 24 holidaymaker reviews

Perfectly Located Vacation Rental For Outdoor Enthusiasts And History Buffs!
average rating of 4.875 based on 24 reviews

Beautiful, cozy home in a quiet setting.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in your beautiful home. There was plenty of room for our family get-together - large enough for everyone to be together as well as have some private space--wide open great room, large kitchen, beautiful patio areas, and game room downstairs. We visited, went for walks, played games and went swimming at Fairmont. Thank you for sharing your home with us, Lisa and Russ!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We had a beautiful large and comfy home . Everything was there what we needed

  • 5 of 5

We all enjoyed the stay. It was quiet and the view beautiful. The boys ( 5 yrs and 3yrs enjoyed the horses close by. Close to Fairmont Hot Springs where we all enjoyed.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Minutes from fairmont great family experience.

  • 5 of 5

Unique Montana home with hand wrought accents. Very inviting and comfortable even for large groups. We enjoyed having two levels to accommodate both early and late risers. Plenty of space and fun for kids. Would stay here again in a heartbeat. Very nice owners.

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

I rented this property for my son and his three friends for a short fishing and golfing vacation. The accommodations were perfect and its location suited them well. Russ and Lisa have a beautiful home and the amenities could not have been better. I enjoyed their warm hospitality and kindness towards my son and friends. It was a perfect stay and a perfect vacation!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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NICE !!!

  • 4 of 5

This is a great place to stay, cozy, a real home effect. Pictures on website are actual. Owners were at the home to greet us, had lots of information about the home, and area. Owners are very helpful with ideas where to ATV, Eat, Shop and visit. Lots of room for 8 or more.

Thank-you Russ and Lisa for a wonderful stay.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful, peaceful place

  • 5 of 5

We hosted one night of a family reunion here, three hours after checking in. It could not have been a more perfect venue. Lisa showed us around and made sure we had enough tables (there were 36 of us) and chairs. The kitchen was well equipped. Having both outdoor space, and indoor space worked out really well. One family member played the piano for us. Several of the younger members enjoyed the foosball and pool tables. The adults congregated outdoors and in for 'do you remember' conversations. It was the opening night of our reunion and it really made it special. Our kids and grandkids stayed with us which was also perfect. There were enough beds and bathrooms to accommodate all 8 of us. In short, Lisa and Russ's home made our vacation very special.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Butte, Montana
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Fairmont Hot Springs
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Fairmont Hot Springs
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Fairmont Hot Springs
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Discovery Basin
Car: necessary

Our location offers endless opportunities for golfing, fishing, horse riding, hiking, cross-country skiing, downhill, swimming, biking, museums and historical cities. We have a private location to enjoy barbeques and sunsets or go site-seeing! It is a breathtaking area everywhere you go within minutes or and hour!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Anaconda, Montana

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2 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £48
Refundable Damage Deposit £164
cleaning £82
Tax Rate 7.0%

If there are more than 8 adults a fee of $10.00/per person nightly is required.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Anaconda, USA

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi , the jetted tub is in the master bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , This bathroom is located downstairs close to bedroom.
  • There are 3 bathrooms. Each bathroom is a full bathroom (i.e., with commode, vanity, and combination tub and shower). Bathroom 1: (ground floor, Master Bathroom) 1 toilet, vanity, combination tub & shower; 1 stand-alone shower; separate jacuzzi-like jetted tub in Master Bedroom Bathroom 2: (ground floor, Guest Bathroom) 1 toilet, vanity, combination tub & shower Bathroom 3: (downstairs, near Bedroom 4) 1 toilet, vanity, combination tub & shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Bedrooms: 4 bedrooms. Each bedroom sleeps 2. All four bedrooms sleep 8. Beds for 8. Bedroom 1: (ground floor) 1 king bed, includes Master Bathroom and separate Jacuzzi-like jetted tub Bedroom 2: (ground floor) 1 queen bed, shares bathroom with Bedroom 3 Bedroom 3: ground floor) 1 queen bed, shares bathroom with Bedroom 2. Bedroom 4: (downstairs) 1 double, adjacent bathroom. Opens to large recreation room. The Master Bedroom is very roomy, even with the king-sized bed frame that Russ designed and built. The Master Bathroom is off one side of the Master Bedroom, and has great morning views. On the other side of the Master Bedroom, a Jacuzzi-style jetted tub faces another beautiful view. Glass doors provide outside access to the private yard where another Jacuzzi is located. The two additional bedrooms down the hall from the Master Bedroom have a full bathroom in between. In the finished basement downstairs, a fourth bedroom and bathroom are located.
  • Books
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Golf
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • 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
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Racquetball
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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