This 1,500-acre ranch won us over immediately with its phenomenal location on a private road 10 miles from the ski resort community of Big Sky (plus the private Yellowstone Club resort) and 30 minutes from the blue ribbon fly fishing of the Madison River in Ennis, Montana. The recreation opportunities at the expansive ranch include hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, hunting and fishing in a private, spring-fed trout pond right out the back door. While the comforts of civilization are nearby, the wild is just as accessible via a 3-mile property border with the Lee Metcalf Wilderness.
The ranch includes a 3,900 square-foot, two-bedroom, 2.5-bath main house with stunning mountain views, a three-sided rock fireplace and an overall design aesthetic that combines rustic wood and lodgepole beams with modern finishes. The house features a private master wing with access to a deck and hot tub. In addition to the main house, the ranch has a restored historic schoolhouse, which serves as a two-story guesthouse. Nearby is a party barn built from antique barnwood and boasting 18-foot cathedral ceilings with a bunkroom for additional lodging. The lower level of the barn serves as a stable with two stalls and a 10-acre paddock connecting to a large pasture. An off-the-grid hunting cabin is also included in the sale. This is a year-round recreational gem hits the elusive note of being remote, yet entirely accessible.
· Elk Meadows Ranch [Official listing]
· Modern Yellowstone Club Home Lets You Taste the Good Life for $6.9 Million [Curbed Ski]
· The 38 Essential Ski Town Hotels, July 2015 [Curbed Ski]