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Sentinel Pine in BigFork

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The Sentinel Pine is one of the last truly great estates of the Old West.  Its six buildings are located on 30 acres with 2300 feet of waterfront on Swan Lake. We can accommodate up to 25-30 guests for dinner and overnight.   We have six acres of manicured lawns, plus a baseball field, tennis court, and a full range of sports equipment and fields.

The Sentinel Pine is available for rental to select groups from mid-June through mid-September on a weekly basis (depending on availability we may accept shorter stays).  Our guests have access to the entire estate as we do not rent individual buildings.

 Located in the northwest part of Montana, just ten minutes from the charming town of Bigfork and less than an hour from Glacier National Park, it is also easily accessible by commercial airlines.  We offer spectacular accommodations and amenities in one of the loveliest private settings in America. 

Bigfork, less than 15 minutes from the Sentinel Pine, is one of the most charming towns of the Old West.  On the shore of Flathead lake, the largest freshwater lake in the western half of the United States, this quaint town offers several dozen restaurants- - many of which are nationally- known and featured in major travel magazines- -and is an artists’ haven  with a multitude of galleries and shops. The Bigfork Playhouse is one of the country’s finest summer-stock playhouses.  Bigfork, and its sister town Whitefish 40 minutes north of it, are true “jewels” of the West.

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house rental amenities

When you choose the Sentinel Pine as your Swan Lake vacation rental choice, you and your guests will have complete access to the entire estate. We offer the following activities and amenities:

 We offer the following activities and amenities:


  • On-site caretaker
  • Kitchen facilities in three buildings
  • Large dining areas
  • 2 TVs, s DVDs
  • 2 BBQ grills
  • 2 Washer/dryer facilities
  • Swimming
  • Walking trails
  • Tennis court and equipment with basketball area
  • 4 Boat docks and diving board
  • 3 Kayaks
  • Rowboat
  • Baseball field with batting cage, can accommodate other field usages
  • Volleyball area
  • Swimming and diving board
  • Fishing equipment
  • Water skiing and tubing equipment

activities and attractions in BigFork Montana

Nearby activities and amenities include:


  • Flathead Lake tour boats
  • First class golf courses
  • Glacier National Park
  • Horseback riding
  • Glacier Park
  • Browsing Bigfork, Whitefish, and Kalispell
  • Geat summer theater
  • Outstanding restaurants
  • Hiking and walking trails
  • Flathead Lake fishing
  • Parasailing
  • Whitewater rafting
  • Spa services
  • Art galleries
  • Fine dining in over 30 area restaurants
  • Helicopter tours
  • Bicycle rentals
  • Boat rentals on Swan Lake

vacation rental rates

Rates vary by season, duration of stay (7 day-July & Aug minimum), and other factors.
As low as $75 per day for 25 guests ($1875. minimum per day, higher in July and Aug)
We do not rent individual buildings
Open June 20th through September 10th only

Please contact us directly for rate details and availability
References required

Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

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"Where dreams come true"

Review submitted: October 7, 2013   Date of arrival: July 12, 2012

Sentinel Pine
Where dreams come true

Our daughters have fond memories of their enchanted life growing up on Swan Lake, which included special times at Sentinel Pine. Swan Lake is as romantic and beautiful as it sounds, so when they both were planning their weddings (just 20 days apart) it was natural that they would want to stage their events on their beloved Swan Lake.

During the first wedding my five sisters and their families and my father stayed at Sentinel Pine, which provided a perfect setting for our first family reunion in four years, with lots of fun on-site with volleyball, baseball, tennis, croquet, swimming, diving, and kayaking along with long laughter-filled meals and lively cribbage games capped off by musical performances by family members at the Main Lodge. Unlike other resorts where previous reunions were held, our family had the place to themselves, so it truly felt like one big happy family.

Our second daughter’s wedding was held at Sentinel Pine on a perfect summer day – 70s and sunny – a typical August day on Swan Lake. Family and close friends were seated lakeside during the ceremony held against Nature’s stage - beneath towering pines, next to a sheet of emerald water that slid into rugged mountains topped by endless blue skies. Afterwards guests enjoyed a casual yet beautiful reception in the shade of scented pine trees. A tent served as a bar and sitting area and tables perched above the lakeshore as an outdoor dining room. Family and close friends stayed at Sentinel Pine, which extended the fun of the wedding into a fun-filled vacation week.

At the end of summer we had new family members and a boatload of new memories. All made in a place where dreams really do come true.

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"...This was a fantastic location and facility"

Review submitted: October 7, 2013   Date of arrival: August 8, 2013

As a point of reference our family holds a family reunion every three years and recent excursions have included an Alberta lake property, a fishing lodge in the Ontario Muskoka area and Mayan Riviera. The property on Swan Lake was a huge hit and in comparison financially was a great deal and matched our family’s character to a tee.
Jim McGrath was excellent to deal with and answered any questions promptly, encouraging us to stop in prior to the actual booking of Aug 1-8 to check things out and plan the sleeping arrangements for our large family. This step was critical in helping us make the proper decisions as many guests arrival was staggered over two days.
We were all enthralled by the rustic nature of the property and enjoyed examining all the nuances of the wall decorations. We held an anniversary dinner in the main lodge and easily sat all 30 of us around the table, a bit tight but that is what family is all about.
During the day we would pretty much all be down at the boat dock using a ski boat we had rented privately or lounging around the water. My five year old daughter got up skiing on her first attempt and we all cheered like crazy as she skied by the boat dock.
During the evening we congregated at the lodge having fantastic family time, which is the key to the gatherings as the majority are scattered across Canada and even as far as Asia. There were cards games galore and Robert the caretaker was a magician at having fire wood there to burn and removed the garbage as if he was invisible.
All in all this was a fantastic location and facility and we would recommend it to anyone looking for quality private time as a family who don’t mind cooking your own meals and spending time outdoors.

Helpful votes: 1 / 1


Beautiful lakeside comfort for every need and age

Review submitted: December 3, 2012   Date of arrival: August 5, 2012

Without a doubt one of the most enjoyable, unique and memorable places our extended family has ever stayed. There were enough activities to keep us all busy throughout the day, while there were also ample areas in which to relax in quiet. The town of Bigfork was easily accessible by car, yet not so close to impact our feeling of "getting away from it all".

It was the perfect balance of comfort and nature, and the daily activities could be molded to fit any age–from my 15-month-old daughter to my 86-year-old grandmother: Morning walks around the property; peaceful mid-morning kayak rides; lazy lunches on the dock; afternoon crafts on the lawn; delicious dinners in the lodge; post-dinner kickball games on the field; and lively card games into the wee hours.

The amazing on-site caretakers knew the property well, beautifully maintained everything inside and out, respected the privacy of all the guests, but were still readily available when we needed things. The owner was great in getting our trip planned, professional and trustworthy in all financial dealings, and flexible as to our large group's needs.

Will definitely plan a future weeklong stay there for a future family reunion. A+ in every regard!

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 3 / 6


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