Ready to leave the hubbub behind? This idyllic 13-acre retreat is set above the Lake of the Woods in Bigfork, Montana.
If you’ve never heard of the lake, that’s not by accident. In fact, it’s a big part of the appeal.
The quiet lake encompasses 61 acres and sits at an elevation of about 3,000 feet. Lot sizes are generous. Neighbors have elbow room.
Anglers have been known to reel in a trout or two from the clear waters. Porch sitters come to understand why they call Montana Big Sky Country.
A wraparound deck along two sides of the back of the house extends views from the two-story house, which is clad in planed lumber and chinking for an updated take on a log cabin look.
The porch hangs over a terrace on the lower level. From there, lawn leads to a stone-wall sheltered patio with a bonfire pit. All that’s missing are the skewers and marshmallows. Beyond that sits a hot tub.
The interiors have a sophisticated Montana aesthetic with heavy wood ceiling beams, white walls and wood floors. The exposed beams and wood-framed windows unite the look of the open-concept living, dining and kitchen area.
Floor-to-ceiling glass doors and side panels, as well as windows in the peak of the roof, frame the vista of the lake, woods and distant mountains. A stone fireplace with a hearth and bench seating creates a focal point for the living area.
The kitchen features a center island with bar seating. Deep blue cabinetry, a subway tile backsplash, a farmhouse sink and stainless-steel appliances complete the look.
The main floor primary suite has a window seat and a door to the wraparound deck. The connecting bathroom contains a hammered black metal tub and a separate shower.
Downstairs is a family room, another bedroom, a bunkroom with built-in storage and beds for eight, a laundry room and a bathroom. There are a total of three bedrooms and three bathrooms within the 2,480 square feet of living space.
The forested site slopes down to the shoreline and the lake’s pristine waters.
It’s about a 15-minute drive into the northwestern Montana town of Bigfork. Set on the much larger Flathead Lake, with more than 200 square miles of water, Bigfork has plenty to do with restaurants, art galleries and live theater.
Among local outdoor activities are golf, hiking and mountain biking. Downhill and Nordic skiing are also within easy reach.
Glacier International Airport is about 21 miles from the property.