"Never have I felt so welcome. Homemade bread, local coffee and the home was unbelievable. Sitting on the back porch we witnessed the birth of elk and pronghorn. Quick drive to the park entrance. It was a short walk to eat or have a night with the grown ups. The house was clean, smoor’s in the fire pit and enough room to cook and feed 13 people with ease. We plan a return trip in the fall at some point. It’s was a great place and the host were beyond accommodating.” -Michel
After a day in Yellowstone Park and the surrounding area, coming back to the guest lodge to call home base is a total treat. The beautiful setting above the Yellowstone River, and the rustic comfort of the lodge create a relaxing, inviting space that pulls you in. Shirl designed the home to be flooded with natural daylight and there are stunning views from almost every room. The recycled beams and barn wood have stories to tell of homesteaders that originally settled the west. The colors and wood floors are soothing and mellow.
John and Shirl designed the guest lodge with casual comfort in mind. As plans came into shape on graph paper Shirl continually prioritized the views and the connection to the landscape in her designs. Being sure you could see Electric Peak from the kitchen island, could you see the mountains while lying in bed at night, were the windows aligned for the best views of the mountains? Every detail was thought over, the choices contemplated, and the building composed as if music. She positioned the windows to take advantage of evening breezes, the traffic flow had to provide easy access to the back deck, and the colors had to go with the outside palette of Yellowstone.
They wanted to use recycled material throughout the house to create a connection with Montana’s past history. Some of the posts John collected are old gates from a horse coral that witnessed the daily work of a Montana ranch. The ceiling rafters were log walls from a homestead on the eastern plains of Montana, shaped by the elements of the west. The barn boards once protected an old hay barn in the Shields Valley from the driving wind and weather. The materials have stories, a past, a soul.
Built for a group, the open floor plan has a great flow while offering stunning views with the sounds of the river. Eagles fly by at eye level, the elk and deer are always moving through the property, sunrise and sunsets on the mountains can be stunning, and rainbows are common after summer rains. Of course being owned by artists means the home is full of original art inspired by the area. Shirl’s fantastic oil paintings grace the walls of the home and there are bronze sculptures by John that come alive in the natural daylight. Settle in to a comfortable couch and contemplate the images of wilderness - both inside and out!
This beautiful lodge can accommodate 12 guests with one additional toddler or infant. There are 5 private bedroom/bathroom suites in over 3,700 square feet with WiFi throughout.
The bedrooms all have high-end mattresses with high thread count linens, down comforters and fluffy down pillows. All rooms have different personality with calm, mellow colors, nice furnishings and of course Shirl's paintings. You'll sleep well in the guest lodge!
The common areas have rooms for a large group with a spacious modern kitchen made for multiple cooks, a huge dining table with views of Yellowstone for inspiring group dinner conversations, and seating/conversation areas that are comfortable, roomy and inviting.
The property’s location is phenomenal! It is dramatically built into the bank above the Yellowstone River, and Yellowstone Park is directly on the other side…we’re neighbors. It is also at the edge of the small mountain town of Gardiner, MT…charming, friendly and eclectic. It’s a short walk to local restaurants, the great local Gardiner Market, and you can even walk to the park entrance to inspect the historic Roosevelt arch. Businesses in town offer all kinds of fun adventures for guests including river rafting, wildlife tours, horseback rides, fly fishing trips, sleigh rides, ski rentals and more.
Gardiner is a very walkable little mountain town and we encourage you to get out and walk - or bike! We offer several bicycles for our guests to use around town, whether to the grocery store or just cruising....
A perfect 'home away from home' for your Yellowstone adventures.
Shirl’s place is beautiful and literally on the edge of Yellowstone. Everything was great and she was responsive and easy to work with. We even got to see her gallery and studio.” -Katherine