Retreat within a retreat: Dreamy Montana homes with bonus relaxation spaces

The Montana lifestyle is brimming with outdoor recreation, friendly neighbors, clean air and rivers, and astounding scenery. Residing in Montana can feel like a retreat from the stress, hustle and bustle of urban life. Even so, some homes in Montana are elaborate sanctuaries, and have retreats within a retreat. Here are just a few examples. Put your feet up on the desk, put some white noise in your earbuds, and enjoy…

13655 Johnson Creek Trail, Kootenai Estates

This new home in Kootenai Estates is a retreat all in and of itself. This new home welcomes owners and guests with a magnificent rock fireplace, two en-suites, and an office alcove. Sounds and scents of Johnson Creek – which borders this property – are easily enjoyed from the patio. What makes this property a retreat within a retreat? The fact that it is in Kootenai Lodge Estates. The Kootenai lifestyle offers access to the historic lodge, Swan Lake, and river access, a pool, and open space for yard games like horseshoes and volleyball. Kootenai Estates really puts the “treat” in retreat living. 

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1945 Echo Creek Road

This gorgeous craftsman home on Echo Lake outside of Bigfork has it all – incredible views of the Swan Mountains, a neighboring waterfowl sanctuary, all the lake fun you can handle, AND a bonus retreat over the garage. Like the main house, this retreat-within-a-retreat has high-end but comfortable finishes and a private balcony overlooking the lake. This is not the only haven at Echo Creek Road – it also has a stand-alone sauna that – from the outside – resembles an old western saloon. 

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64 Steamboat Way

Every corner of 64 Steamboat Way in Thompson Falls is a retreat within a retreat. The Clarkfork River accents this log home oasis in every direction. It’s impossible to feel stressed in this setting with river views as far as the eye can see. Not only is the home itself absolutely breathtaking, but there are several dedicated sanctuaries on the property. Take your pick, depending on your mood – shall you languish in the riverfront gazebo, or relax in the seating area on the river bank? Can’t figure it out? Not to worry, make yourself at home in the cozy guest cabin while you map out your day of rest and relaxation. 

Nkn Stock Farm Road — Travelers’ Rest

This one-of-a-kind Montana log paradise – aptly named Travelers’ Rest – has so many retreats it’s hard to keep track of them all. Inside the home, you’ll find floor-to-ceiling native rock fireplaces, custom-tiled jacuzzi tubs, a steam shower, a climate-controlled, European-inspired wine-tasting room, and an expansive game room. Once you’ve explored and relaxed in the main home’s quiet and luxurious sanctuaries, you’ll have to decide which outside retreat space to unwind in.

Of course, there is the home-away-from-home guest quarters above the garage. From there, you’ll have to decide if you want to take a dip in the resort-size pool while you stare at the waterfall and decide what to make for lunch in the outdoor kitchen. Maybe you are in a meditation mood. Luckily for you, a meditation area overlooks the spectacular scenic vistas of the Bitterroot Mountain range. Perhaps you’d like to make homemade pizza in the wood-burning outdoor pizza oven on the home’s deck that overlooks a peaceful waterfall? See what we mean – enjoying the many retreats at Travelers’ Rest is challenging, but you’d have OH SO MUCH FUN trying.

Kat Hobza has lived in Montana since she was nine and was raised in the mountains west of Victor, Montana. There, she learned to hunt, fish, shoot competitively, chop and stack firewood, and drive on icy and muddy roads. Kat has over two decades of experience in professional writing, content, and digital marketing and is a marketing consultant for Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty. When she’s not working, she’s either hanging with her hilarious adult kids or soaking up the sun somewhere – a riverbank, a golf course, or her deck. You can contact Kat through her business website, Way Easy Marketing.



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