Valley of the Moon Homestead
Historic Lodging on the Creek
Get away from it all and come relax in the quiet, peaceful, beautiful countryside setting of Valley of the Moon Homestead. Private, yet cozy cabin style living space, with the comforts of home. Breathtaking views and pine covered mountain vistas. For the nature enthusiast options include, but are not limited to, wildlife photo ops, hiking, hunting, fishing, and horseback riding.
During it’s heyday this property, formerly known as The Valley of the Moon Ranch, originally belonged to William McDowell, the Lt. Governor of Montana from 1913 – 1921. Some noted visitors to the property were Theodore Roosevelt, cowboy author Louie L’Amour, and artist Charlie Russell. It is the only historical Rock Creek property available for rent, and one of the few buildings from that historic era that remains standing. The Valley of the Moon property was later purchased by Bob and Maridell Bandy, and the Bandy’s daughter, Bonnie Gilbert, now owns this unique home and offers both the Governor’s quarters and the guest quarters for rent.
Horses once again roam the 43 acres of lush green fields that remain of the original 1800 acre ranch…the balance of the property was sold to the USFS in the early 1970’s leaving the remaining 43 acres fully surrounded by public access property. Rock Creek flows through the Southeast corner of the property. The “Governor’s Hole”, a favorite fishing spot around the 3 mile marker of Rock Creek is named after this home, which can be seen across the creek. Many artifacts remain on the property from its days as a working ranch, including old tractors, plows, sheepherders wagon, buggy house and other outbuildings. The octagon well house, which covers the original hand dug 20 ft deep brick lined well is still there…and though the water quality is excellent from the hand pump that still works, the hand dug well is no longer used. A deeper, modern well provides water for the property. In addition to the old well house, the ice house – an old log structure which has been re-purposed as a wood shed – sits to the south of the home and is a wonderful reminder of days gone by. The interior walls of the ice house were lined with boards that provided a layer of sawdust as insulation to keep the huge chunks of ice collected from the creek in the winter frozen in the summer – and ta-da, refrigeration!
The Bandy/Gilbert family…owners of this unique property… are anxious to share it with you, and excited to offer it as a “work in progress”…they hope you will join in their excitement as they plug away in their efforts to restore their “Valley of the Moon Homestead” to what it once was.
More about the Homestead
The “Governor’s Quarters” boasts a unique river stone fireplace, an antique wood burning cook stove (no longer in use), a fully equipped galley kitchen, spacious dining room, 3 bedrooms (each with a queen bed), and 1 bath. This unit can accommodate 3 couples or 3 singles.
Maximum occupancy 6.
$195.00 per night plus & 8% Montana tax
The 650 sq ft “Guest Quarters” with private entrance is attached to the main portion of the home. 1 bath, wood burning stove, electric range, microwave oven, 12 cf refrigerator, 1 private bedroom w/1 queen and 1 full bed. This unit can accommodate 1 couple or 2 singles.
Maximum occupancy 2.
$150.00 per night plus & 8% Montana tax
Wireless internet, satellite TV, Verizon cell phone booster, shared laundry room, and a gas grill on the shared porch. Just a short walk to Rock Creek with private creek access outside the door.
All linens, towels, and cooking utensils provided
PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS NO LAND LINE IN EITHER UNIT.
Pets welcome with $100 damage deposit and $20 pet fee
25% early season (April and May) discount available
NOTE: Minimum Stay Required.
Valley of the Moon Guest Quarters Testimonials
“The place is as beautiful as advertised and a wonderful get away for anytime of the year. Very private and secluded but only a short drive from the interstate. The caretakers were very accommodating, but respected our privacy, we will definitely return.”