The Pleasant Pheasant Single/Multi-Family Retreat

The Main Log Home
The Main Log HomeMain house, Bunkhouse, and CabinBackyard viewFront door view towards Yellowstone ParkMain Living RoomMain Living RoomUpstairs Queen Bedroom w/ balconyUpstairs Master King Bed with balconyMain Floor Queen bedroomCreek on our property (no fish!)
3 Reviews

From $314 / night

126 Elbow Creek Road, Pray, MT 59047
The Pleasant Pheasant Single/Multi-Family Retreat
5 bedrooms
19 guests
Varies min stay

Overview Description


Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 3
Sleeps: 19
Type: Home
Per night: $325 - $450
Per week: $2,200 - $3,100
Pets allowed: Yes
Internet: Yes
Description of the Pray vacation home rental
Main Log Home- 5 bedrooms, 3 baths sleeping up to 11.

Bunkhouse- 3 bedrooms, 1 bath sleeping up to 6.

Cabin- 1 bedroom, 1 bath sleeping up to 2.

Located on 20 private acres with amazing views and wildlife, this is the perfect spot for single or multiple families or groups to vacation together but still have privacy. Originally built as a family retreat and operating as a Bed & Breakfast for 10 years, the Pleasant Pheasant is now available for rent. Wonderful for families, sportsmen, reunions, or those simply wanting to enjoy the great outdoors.

Property includes a 5 bedroom, log home with cathedral ceiling, a large outdoor deck, and screened-in porch. The three story home has 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, two full kitchens and two living rooms, sleeping up to 11 guests.

Optional additions include a 3 bedroom, 1 bath Bunkhouse with kitchen & laundry, and a 1 bedroom, 1 bath cabin, sleeping up to 8 additional guests.

Summer rentals are reserved for multiple house rentals only.

Further Details: In the heart of scenic Paradise Valley, we are 17 miles south of Livingston and 35 miles north of Yellowstone National Park. Chico Hot Springs is 10 minutes away. Nearby activities include river rafting on the Yellowstone, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, clay shooting, hunting, dog-sledding, and mountain bike riding. A fly fisherman's paradise, the Valley also boasts three of the world's top spring creeks, all within a ten minute drive.

For added convenience, our on-site caretaker is an exceptional fly-fishing guide. (Rates separate from rental rate.)
Area Information
Car: necessary
In the heart of scenic Paradise Valley, we are 17 miles south of Livingston and 36 miles north of Yellowstone National Park. Chico Hot Springs is 10 minutes away. Nearby activities include river rafting on the Yellowstone, fly-fishing, hiking, horseback riding, clay shooting, hunting, dog-sledding, and mountain bike riding. A fly fisherman's paradise, the Valley also boasts three of the world's top spring creeks, all within a ten minute drive.

Other Activities: sporting clays, river rafting, hayrides

About the owner

Owner Profile


Availability Calendar



Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
Oct 22 2016 Dec 16 2016 $325 $325 $2,200 - 3 Nights
Dec 17 2016 Jan 03 2017 $375 $375 $2,500 - 3 Nights
Jan 04 2017 May 25 2017 $325 $325 $2,200 - 3 Nights
May 26 2017 Sep 30 2017 $450 $450 $3,100 - 6 Nights
Sep 10 2017 Oct 21 2017 $350 $350 $2,400 - 3 Nights
Check In: 4 p.m. Check Out: 10 a.m.
Lodging tax: 7%
Deposits: Pet Fee $45 + Tax Cleaning $200 + Tax Refundable damage deposit $500
Payment Options: PayPal, Personal Check
Other Fees: Holiday rates are slightly higher. Rates are for the 5 bd Main Log Home only, sleeping up to 11 people. Optional (except summer) 3 bd/1 ba Bunkhouse and 1 bd/1 ba cabin can sleep up to 8 more guests. *SUMMER RENTALS- From mid-June through August, must rental all 3 homes (9 bedrooms/5 baths.) The discounted weekly rate for all 3 is $4,500 plus cleaning & tax. Off-season discounts for smaller groups. Please contact us for specials, group, and event rates.



  • Beds

  • 1 King Bed
  • 3 Queen Beds
  • 2 Twin Beds
  • Features

  • Balcony
  • Full Kitchen
  • High Speed Internet
  • Porch
  • Deck
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Linens Provided
  • Screened Porch
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Pet Friendly
  • View (Mountains)
  • Appliances

  • Alarm Clock
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • Blender
  • Gas Grill
  • Oven
  • Telephone
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Hair Dryer
  • Refrigerator (Full)
  • Toaster
  • Coffee Maker
  • Ice Maker
  • Stove
  • Washer/Dryer
  • DVD Player
  • Iron
Other Vacation Rental Amenities
Horseshoes, near Chico, on-site fly-fishing guide
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Reviews (3)

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Carlton Erickson

A paradise in Paradise Valley

Carlton Erickson

35 miles north of St.Paul, Minnesota, USA

A paradise in Paradise Valley

August 25, 2016

Our family (parents, 4 children & spouses, 11 grandchildren) spent a wonderful week in this bucolic paradise. It is so wonderful that you will be sorely tempted to never leave to see the amazing nearby sights. But if you can tear yourself away, hiking to the Pine Creek falls (1+ mile each way) gives you a gorgeous goal. Mountain bikes for riding are available to rent in Livingston with numerous nearby challenging trails. Chico Hot Springs is about 10 miles away and a worthwhile half day (thermal pools) but can also include horseback trail rides. For the sapphire gem hunters, Gem Mountain and Philipsburg are a few hours away. And, of course, there is Yellowstone, for all its wonders, just to the south... The Pleasant Pheasant is a wonderful place for families. We found the three buildings to be ideal (the grandparents could even get some peace and quiet with our own separated place). The accommodations, kitchens (4), living areas and particularly the porches are to be used every morning and evening. It lacks for nothing. No sirens, no tire squealing, just peaceful. The TV does not have to be turned on (though they are available) and Internet (if you choose) is good. You won’t be sorry you stayed there - you will be sorry you have to leave! We were.. And we’d be happy to talk with potential renters if they have questions. Ericksons from Minnesota.

Todd C.

Truly Awesome MT Vacation Property!

Todd C.

Southwest MT

Truly Awesome MT Vacation Property!

August 18, 2016

We rented The Pleasant Pheasant for a 19-person family reunion, and there was more than enough space for everyone. Houses are charming and very comfortable, and the property is in a fantastic location within the famous Paradise Valley -- stunning mountain views and close proximity to Yellowstone National Park, Chico Hot Springs, fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing, et al. Highly recommend The Pleasant Pheasant for your MT vacation getaway!

Paul F Yenter

Family get together

Paul F Yenter


Family get together

July 23, 2016

Had 17 family members down to a 6 month old and everything went well for us! Children enjoyed two days in the park and poking around the towns and area

Owner Supplied Testimonials

Each summer we take our 4 kids (ages 13, 12, 11 and 9) somewhere different. This year we decided to check out Montana and I can honestly say it was one of our best trips yet!!! The Pleasant Pheasant is truly a home away from home - it has every comfort imaginable and the views and scenary are too beautiful for words. We had an action packed trip with day trips to Yellowstone, white water rafting, horse back riding, hiking and a trip to the caverns. The house is convenient to everything and we always loved coming "home" and relaxing on the front porch while the kids played in the creek and ran around on the fields. At the end of our week none of us wanted to go was the vacation of a lifetime and i highly recommend it to anyone wanting a week in paradise!!!

Submitted: Aug 13, 2010 Stayed: Jun 2010

We had a wonderful time visiting Montana and we couldn’t have been happier with the house. The house was beautiful and was as comfortable as home. Everything we needed was right there. Margie, you did a great job thinking of all the little details. Our children especially loved all the freedom they had on your property to run and explore! This was our first visit to Yellowstone Park and we were truly amazed at the beauty and wildlife. Everything was so conveniently located from the house. We are planning when we get to come back next time!

Thank you, Valerie and David Langman

Submitted: Aug 26, 2010 Stayed: Jun 2010

What a great place to stay. Could not have asked for a more perfect place. Gorgeous view any time of the day. Loved the sunrise, sunsets and the rolling in of the clouds. The cool evening breezes and most comfortable bed I have ever slept in. The resident dog was a joy to have around. Perfect location to where we wanted to go. Spent time in Yellowstone, Bozeman, Beartooth and Livingston. Everything we needed was there. I definite home away from home. Beautifully decorated and well organized.

Family vacation included my family of 4, my mother in law and my parents. Everyone loved it and gave it high marks. Thanks for opening your home to us, Marge

Submitted: Oct 15, 2010 Stayed: Aug 2010

The house and setting were all we could ask for in a rental. We took our families to spend a week here and loved the area the house was located and the wildlife we could see from the front door. It was close to all the places we wanted to visit and was a welcome site in the evenings when we returned. The rooms were great and the decorations in each so beautiful. Since we commandeered the whole house having four families combined the amount of space was great! We were all able to come together and share meals while having space to be on our own. My husband was insistent on a log cabin both inside and out and this fit the bill totally. The owners were so helpful and friendly and I would suggest this rental to anyone. Can't wait to go back!

Submitted: Jul 28, 2011 Stayed: Jul 2011

This property was perfect for our family reunion, consisting of 7 adults and 6 teenagers. We used both the main house and the bunk house and had plenty of space. The house was comfortable and decorated beautifully. The views out every window were stunning. There is plenty to do in the area and the owners were very helpful in giving us suggestions. Some of the activities we took part in were rafting with Wild Wild West in Gardiner, local hikes to beautiful waterfalls, horseback riding with Bear Paw Outfitters, Chico Hot Springs, Yellowstone,and Livingston Roundup Rodeo. Evenings were spent playing outside games in the large lawn and relaxing on the porch. We made wonderful memories and were glad we chose the Pleasant Pheasant.

Submitted: Aug 2, 2011 Stayed: Jun 2011

If you are looking for the right place to stay with fabulous views and ease of access to all this area offers, then you might just consider the Pleasant Pheasant! We had a very relaxing time here with our family of four, grandmother, and also aunt and uncle from England. Plenty of space for everyone, two porch swings, plus seating on the deck facing the Absoroka Mountains. There are lawn toys for the large yard, and pool toys to take to nearby Chico Hot Springs. The drive to the North entrance of Yellowstone is about a 45 minute drive, and please be aware that this area is FULL of deer that like to cross roads in the blink of an safely! There is gas and groceries in nearby Emigrant, a short 10 minute drive away, with the Howlin' Hounds Cafe across the street, a great place for breakfast and lunch, and they have serval box lunch varieties to go. Also nearby is Pine Creek Cafe which is an eclectic little place that has live music, and serves elk and buffalo. Bear Paw Outfitters is just down the road as well, and is highly recommended to those who care about safety, and they also own and break their own horses (they are not leased for the season like most). The cabin is quiet, and is out in the middle of 20 acres, so you have a lot of privacy, and 360* views. There is no air conditioning here, but the ceiling fans and evening breezes take care of that. The kitchen is small but functional, and there is an additional kitchen available downstairs that is much larger. Fishing in the area is great, especially if you like to fish on your own without hiring a guide. The best thing to do is get out and talk to people on the river, as we found that going to the fly shops only gave us recommendations for all the same spots, all full up with anglers who were given the same information. The sunsets from the property are amazing, and there are plenty of day drives that are close enough to make coming back from the crowds a real treat in the evening. Yellowstone is a definite 3-5 day trek if you choose to see most of the main features. The North entrance is the way to go if you want to stay outside of the park. With a 7 day pass we saw most everything, and highly recommend Mammoth, Norris, Old Faithful and Canyon Falls if you are limited on travel time. Take advantage of the hikes in the area and day trips to Virginia & Nevada City- great ghost towns! Livingston is great for shopping, and not as touristy as Gardiner. Kind and helpful owner. Thank you, Margie!

Submitted: Aug 18, 2011 Stayed: Aug 2011

What a beautiful location and property! The Pleasant Pheasant was an attractively decorated home in Paradise Valley (how appropriately named!). We loved driving past beautiful ranches and fields of deer, cattle and horses to get to our home away from home. It was a great location for our family of 10, something close-by for everyone. Our party spent time fly fishing in local rivers and creeks, hiking on local trails, horseback riding, soaking in Chico hot spring pools, and 3 days in Yellowstone. Margie has been helpful with any questions we have had. We hope to visit again someday!

Submitted: Aug 31, 2011 Stayed: Aug 2011

We had such an awesome time!! Your home is very beautiful and accommodating. Jason and Amanda were gracious hosts and very informative. We saw just about as many animals coming/going to your home as we did in the park, including eagles, ospreys, mule deer, elk, antelope, rabbits. It was a vacation of a lifetime especially for my brother and sister-in-law. Montana is so breathtaking. My boys and I drove to Virginia City one day and we explored Livingston too but spent most of our time in Yellowstone. Oh, went on hike you recommended to the waterfalls too and Chico's.

It had snowed before we got there and just made the whole experience so incredible. And, on last night, the most spectacular double rainbow appeared almost directly over your house! A final goodbye to us.

Submitted: Jun 11, 2012 Stayed: May 2012

Our extended family just returned from a week-long trip to the Montana/Yellowstone area and booking this vacation home was the best decision we made! The house is on a beautiful property, has tons of room and all of the amenities you could ever need. Those that had to do some work on the trip were happy to have the wi-fi available.

The property is super clean and well looked after. It is full of charm and personality.

It's about a 45 - 50 minute drive from the house to the north entrance of Yellowstone and about 40 - 45 minutes to the Bozman airport - basically right in the middle. You are a quick 15-20 minute drive from Livingston where you can grocery shop or go out to eat.

The owner is also extremely nice and helpful. All around a fantastic property that I highly recommend.

Submitted: Jun 26, 2012 Stayed: Jun 2012

Our family stayed for a week at the Pleasant Pheasant. We had the best time! We rented the home and two cabins - all were lovely, comfortable and well appointed. We had 18 in our party and there was plenty of room. The kitchens have everything you need - great pots/pans, knives, pantry items, etc... We spent so much time on the porches visiting, eating. Their is a lovely breeze that blows through the main home and smells so good. Beautiful surroundings, amazing views, dramatic sky. We would definitely go back! We rafted the Yellowstone, rode horses at Bearpaw Outfitters, at dinner at Old Faithful, hiked to Pine Creek Falls, but truly the best fun was just hanging at the PP. Margie was very helpful and a delight to work with.

Submitted: Aug 19, 2012 Stayed: Jul 2012

Our family gathered at the Pleasant Pheasant to celebrate our 50th anniversary. The accommodations were wonderful with room for all 18 of us in the main cabin and the bunk house. Both places were great with extra amenities. We had a great time together and would recommend the Pleasant Pheasant for anyone. Margie, the owner, was great to work with.

Submitted: Aug 8, 2012 Stayed: Aug 2012

My family thoroughly enjoyed their stay at the Pleasant Pheasant. It has all the amenities that you could need for a perfect Montana vacation. The views are absolutely amazing and the fishing nearby is incredible. Close to Chico and Pine Creek Cafe!

Submitted: Aug 20, 2012 Stayed: Aug 2012

My husband, I and our two kids stayed here with another couple and their four kids over Thanksgiving week. We had the greatest time. The house is huge, and the layout couldn't be more perfect for multiple families. Our friends stayed on the bottom floor with the full kitchen, we took the top floor and the mail floor kitchen, and the bedroom on the mail floor also went to our friends. Everything you can think of is there, as far as pots, pans, utensils. Spices and etc were there, and when we needed something in a pinch on Thanksgiving Day, the caretakers the next house over were happy to hook us up. The beds were all so comfortable, great linens, (I usually pack my own sheets, but never took them out of my luggage) Plenty of towels, too. Wi-fi was great, because I kind of panic when I am out of reach. Cell reception was great. Satellite television was awesome too. The men went out hunting all day, and left the women and kids at home, and we had plenty to do. Books, games, movies, all there. This place would be amazing in the summer with the screened in back deck with the grill. We didn't get to use it, but I want to plan a trip someday and go back when it is warmer. About a 40 minute drive south to Yellowstone too! This is how we want to vacation from now on. LOVED this house, it is beautiful and clean, and layed out perfectly. Couldn't ask for a more perfect first experience. Thank you for having us!

Submitted: Jan 17, 2013 Stayed: Nov 2012

Sometime ago (Sept '11), my family (wife and four kids then aged 11, 7, 7 and 5) stayed at The Pleasant Pheasant. With a change of jobs, I have just re-read my email to Margie after we got back to Australia. This is what I said:

The Pleasant Pheasant will always be in our memories. It is such a fantastic location and cabin. For a family looking for a taste of Montana - we couldn't recommend it more highly. It is hard to describe the sense of space and majesty you feel when you are there. The two mountain ranges are breathtaking and constantly changing colours and feel. A storm rolled in one night and all we could do was stare as clouds rolled down the mountains.

As for the log cabin, what can I say other than we felt right at home, which was exactly what we were after.

The kids loved the freedom to be themselves, exploring in Elbow Creek, running around and around the cabin, watching a snake crawl across the yard and deer visiting for breakfast.

The drive to Yellowstone National Park was a trip in itself. The Park is huge. I knew it was big but wow! I doubt you could explore what you wanted to in a lifetime. The kids are now Junior Rangers.

An afternoon dip at Chicco with the kids was just what the doctor ordered. We also went to the Snowcamp (?) trail head but the kids wouldn't get out of the car until we promised the bears were all gone.

Livingstone and Bozeman were both fabulous day trips. Dinner at Montana's Rib & Chop House in Livingston was a highlight. One day the kids parked themselves in the kids' library section of the library in Bozeman (after finding the best candy store in town). Museum of the Rockies was amazing. The kids are also now Bobcats' fans and we have photos and hats to prove it.

I won't say goodbye but farewell as I hope you will let us stay again. We will definitely be back. We are already looking at You Tube videos of winter in Bozeman and we are keen for the kids to ski at Bridger and Big Sky. We look at the real estate pages and dream of owning a place in Paradise Valley."

Yes. We will be back

Submitted: May 21, 2013 Stayed: Sep 2012

Everything was better than hoped. The location was secluded with gorgeous views, The property was well kept, clean, equipped as needed, including the kitchens of which there were three. This allowed 3 different families to maintain their own schedules.

The location is very convenient for access to Yellowstone National Park.

Some of our group took an all day fishing trip, that was 3 hours away.

We did a half day horseback ride which was very close.

The owner was very helpful during the negotiation process and the planning phase. She had a list of suggested activities in the area, which was very helpful.

Submitted: Jun 8, 2013 Stayed: Jun 2013

The pictures of the Pleasant Pheasant don't do this retreat justice. My extended family of 17, 6 being 2 to 10 years old, had an absolutely fantastic vacation here. We used the main house and the bunkhouse and all family members had individual spaces as well as a terrific common area in the house and decks. We were suprised with the extra space in the lower level, and how nice the bunkhouse was. Everything is supplied in the house and we really did not need to bring anything except food. The surrounding yard is all grass and fenced in - perfect for ball games that do not need adult supervision. We enjoyed white water rafting, horse back riding, and many visits to Yellowstone. The views all around the retreat were fantastic if you like mountains, sunrises and sunsets. We are planning to return as soon as possible as it is a 14 hours drive, but the whole family agrees this spot is perfect in every way.

Submitted: Aug 1, 2013 Stayed: Jul 2013

When we first arrived I was already blown away by the view! Then we went into the house and was blown away again, it was beautiful and couldn't have imagined a better place to get married and spend time with our family and friends. Margie was great. She answered all my questions and gave recommendations for places to eat and things to do. Jason the caretaker was also super helpful and very, very nice. He answered any question we had and also gave us great tips on things to do around the house. I would recommend to anyone that this is the place to stay, we are already planning a trip back!!

Submitted: Oct 7, 2013 Stayed: Sep 2013

Just returned from a family reunion, the Pleasant Pheasant was sheer perfection for our group! The retreat could not have been located in a prettier location. The home and cabins were very clean, well appointed and tastefully decorated. We spent our days in Yellowstone and would meet for family dinners at 8, exchanging stories about the park. I would recommend this property for many reasons - you won't be disappointed. We hope to go back, now that Montana is now on our "favorite places" list. I could not get enough of the spectacular views!! Thank you - it was WONDERFUL!

Submitted: Jul 7, 2014 Stayed: Jun 2014

What a beautiful place! We had a family get together with 17 family members present. Our family's came from Spokane and Tacoma, Washington, Nevada, and Iowa. We had an amazing time at The Pleasant Pheasant, and there was nothing we needed except our food. We enjoyed visits to Yellowstone Park, white water rafting, hiking, a scenic float with the small kids, and just enjoying the beautiful scenery surrounding the home.

Submitted: Aug 4, 2014 Stayed: Jul 2014

Wonderful, wonderful place. We loved our family Christmas vacation in this beautiful, comfy home. Could not have found a better place. I recommend staying here to everyone!

Submitted: Feb 4, 2015 Stayed: Dec 2014

Everything about this place is perfect! The location is ideal in that it is conveniently located between Livingston and Yellowstone. A trip to the grocery store is only 15-20 minutes away and Yellowstone is less than an hour away.

The kitchen was fully stocked with every cooking tool you can think of and there was nothing we needed that couldn't be found in the house.

This is a great choice for multiple families staying together since the layout of the house and additional buildings allow for privacy.

The grounds and interior were immaculate and the views were breathtaking!

The only negative thing we could say about the place was that it's awesomeness made leaving even more difficult!

Submitted: Aug 16, 2015 Stayed: Jun 2015

What a wonderful vacation, our family stayed at “The Pleasant Pheasant” after Christmas and found everything to be much more than we expected. The location is magnificent with a view of the mountains out the oversized cabin windows and during our trip daily we watch elk grazing on the mountain side. The cabin/house is extremely clean and is fully equipped with everything we needed from good quality towels, sheets and the kitchen had everything and more then we anticipated. Our family consisted of my husband and I along with our two daughters, their husbands and children for a total of ten of us. The place was perfect, plenty of room for everyone. After a day in Yellowstone Park and a dip at Chico Hot Springs (only 15 min away) the whole family returned to the cabin to relax, visit, play games and be together. One of the best family vacations we have had. Much better then all of us in different private room at a hotel.

Margie the owner of the home was so pleasant to work with and very helpful with not only information about the home but she gave us ideas for extra activities for the kids, sent us links to maps and local attractions. They even had a sled for the kids to use!

If you are looking for a vacation at “The Pleasant Pheasant” you will be very pleased.

Enjoy Donna McDonald

Submitted: Jan 7, 2016 Stayed: Dec 2015

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