If your idea of tranquility is a turnkey wellness spa and residence set in the Montana wilderness, look no further.
Built in 2008, this European-style health resort looks right at home in the mountains with its giant log beams, cedar siding and stonework. The 30-acre fenced horse property outside of Eureka, Montana, has access to the rainbow trout-filled Grave Creek and is bordered on three sides by U.S. Forest Service land.
Relic’s Retreat, as the complex is known, is the fulfillment of the dream of German entrepreneur and avid motorcyclist Arndt Klinksiek. The property, some 13 miles from the town of Eureka, has been used by spiritual leaders, celebrities and even Navy Seals for a variety of health and yoga retreats.
The name was inspired by the fossils embedded in the wall fountain inside the entrance of the main building.
The compound includes a main lodge, a matching caretaker’s lodge, a heated garage with loft storage and stables. The most unusual feature of the property, however, is the in-ground log sauna house with a grass roof. Resembling a Hobbit-hole, the sauna includes an indoor fireplace and an outdoor shower.
The central 2,256-square-foot main residence and wellness center takes in views of Krinklehorn Peak. The Northern lights are visible on clear nights in late fall, winter and early spring.
The structure is entered through a portico built of massive logs perched atop stone bases. A stone raised-hearth fireplace is at the center of an open-concept living, dining and kitchen area with an eat-at peninsula, stainless appliances and wood cabinetry. Vaulted wood ceilings open to the second-story loft.
The deck has a hot tub, an outdoor fireplace and an expansive lounging area.
The wellness center facilities include two bathrooms, two dressing rooms, a massage room, a tanning room, two wet and dry saunas, a media room, a wet bar, a gym, an indoor hot tub and an outdoor pool.
In addition to the three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in the main building, the caretaker’s lodge has another bedroom, an office and two bathrooms set above a shop. There’s a two-stall stables, with hay and tack rooms, near an 8,611-square-foot riding arena.
The compound has a total of four bedrooms and nine bathrooms within 7,023 square feet of living space.
Hiking, fishing and cross-country skiing are among popular outdoor activities in the region. The Glacier Park International Airport is about 60 miles away.