Kelly Creek Lodge is the ideal home for those seeking the Montana lifestyle while desiring luxuries andamenities worthy of a world-class resort. Meticulously designed and built, using the finest natural materials,the home is sheltered by towering groves of evergreens and aspens while enjoying breathtaking viewsof the Bridger Mountains and sun-drenched meadows teeming with wildlife.
Neighboring Kelly Creek and the dense forests covering the surrounding foothills and mountains, is theideal habitat for elk, deer, coyotes, foxes, moose, and brown bears. Birds fill the skies while wildflowerscarpet the meadows.
Bozeman, Montana is heralded for its Big Sky, open views,neighboring mountains, pure water and air,numerous trail systems, year-round outdoor activities,sense of community with its University and abundanceof arts, culture, celebrations, and also how quickly onecan escape into rugged wilderness minutes from town.The Bridger Mountains, Green Mountain, and Bang Tailscreate the majestic landscape to the North and East ofBozeman, with towering mountains, lush valley canyonsand undulating foothills. Kelly Canyon, like further-eastJackson Creek, is a gorgeous valley connecting 1-90 eastof Bozeman with Bridger Canyon. Kelly Creek Road is inthe middle of the canyon’s valley, off the main road andnestled into the forested skirts of the mountains.
Within this ideal location and setting, the home’sarchitecture is an ode to traditional lodge design,balanced from one end to the other with symmetricalgables and dormers, arched 2-story-highwindows, and recessed covered porches with stoneexterior walls. The rich redwood lap-siding exterioris accented with sage-forest green trim as well asriver rock stone at the home’s front door coveredporch and side-door covered porch. The 3-cargarage features wood doors with beefy decorativemetal hinges. Perennial flowers beds rim the homeand the cement walkway to the front door. Thelawns, with underground sprinklers, transition tothe meadows and forests with interspersedgroupings of towering trees that open and framethe views of the full-front-range of the BridgerMountains.
Consistency and balance are a hallmark of this home, beginning with the welcoming covered front porchand oversized glass front door with its two side glass windows. The door and windows are surroundedwith wood that has been painted black then finished in a lengthy process of rubbing and distressing it toa timeless, softened quality. This same technique is utilized elsewhere in the home, beginning with therisers and railings of the grand, open staircase to the second floor bedroom suites located in the frontfoyer.
While the all-suites, 4-bedroom, 6,830 square foot home is large, it is also cozy, comfortable, and inviting,with multiple areas for family and friends to congregate and spaces for a person to enjoy solitude.Very much built for Montana, the public rooms have reverse-sawn wood flooring stained a deep walnutbrown, plaster walls in a neutral, pale and soft ocher-mustard color, timber and stone accents, and glassdoors and windows exposing big views of the glorious setting. The woodworking throughout the home ismaster-craftsman-quality, from the custom cherry wood kitchen cabinets to the furniture-like bathroomvanities, and very impressive custom bar in the family/game room.
The stage is set the moment you enter the wide and spacious front hall foyer, whichextends from the more formal living room on the north wing to the French doorsof the south wing Master suite and hall to the east-facing kitchen, creating an easycircular floor plan. Two-story-high vaulted ceilings with upper and lower windowsflood the space with natural light. The foyer’s exterior wall, with its windows andglass door, is a dramatic deep sienna red, adding warmth and mystery. The openstaircase and banister for the hallway connecting the 3 upper floor bedroom suitesis grand and occupies the central length of the foyer.
The front entry’s 2-story-high vaulted ceiling continues into the formal living room, with west windowsto the Bridger Mountains and a north view of the woods. The same large, rounded river rock used forexterior accent walls create the living room’s and adjacent den’s (or dining room) gas fireplaces. The sizeablelog mantle above the fireplace, an imposing and conversational-piece moose antler chandelier, thetimber detailing, along with the views, add to the sense of place—you know are in an alpine setting in theheart and soul of Montana.
The adjoining den is a wonderful place to relax while still being a part of the kitchen or living room activity.The room could also serve as a dining room for those wanting an additional place to eat other thanthe farmhouse kitchen or the big outside mahogany wood deck. Glass doors open to the deck from boththe den and kitchen, creating yet another circular flow for people to move from space to space with ease.
The kitchen, on the east side of the home andoverlooking sunny meadows, undulating hills andmountains, and thick forests, has many specialtouches that imbue it with its farmhouse feel, whilestill being state-of-the-art. The custom cabinetryincludes an old fashioned plate display rack andfurniture detailing such as hand-turned dowel legssupporting the granite two-tiered island with barseating. The farm-style sink with recessed bay windowsis a perfect spot to watch the neighborhoodmoose with her calf in the backyard. The counterhas a backsplash of Arts and Crafts tile with decorativeacorn and pine motif. Chefs will appreciatethe 6-burner cook top, double wall ovens, Sub Zerorefrigerator, beverage refrigerator, and the 3 largepantries, each with double wood doors.
The informal dining area in the kitchen allows for large gatherings, and the glass doors to the sizeableentertaining decks--both covered and open-- assures that al fresco dining is simple. The covered deck,with its wood burning fireplace with slate tile surround and an art tile mosaic of an etched bear ramblingthrough the woods, extends the season for enjoying the backyard. It is essentially an additional roomwith multiple spaces for furniture and games such as ping pong. It’s easy to grill for a crowd with thepowerful exhaust hood over the grill and lots of room dining tables and sitting areas. Landscaping boulderssurrounding parts of the deck and terracing the hillside create fun places to sit and to explore.
The carpeted Master Suite, on the Southside of the home, has the same two-story vaulted and angled ceilingas the grand entry hall and formal living room. An double-story arched window, matching the livingroom’s, opens up the western views of the Bridgers. The spa-like bathroom and walk-in double closetsinclude all the touches and materials one hopes for, including travertine marble, unique granite that has atree-like pattern in the veining, custom double vanities resembling fine furniture, and windows overlookingnature’s beauty. The glass-side shower is fit for a king.
The residence’s upper floor, accessible from the grand staircase, is comprised of three carpeted and spaciousbedroom suites, each with full baths, and finished to the same high level utilized throughout theentire home. The first bedroom was the home’s original master suite prior to creating the new main floormaster. All three bedrooms enjoy wonderful views, natural light, and include large closets.
The home’s lower, walk-out level, is all about having fun. For starters, there’s the big screen theater, modeledafter a real theater with tiered seating insuring you can watch movies in comfort with unobstructedviews. Continue your entertainment by going to the Game Room and Bar, at the end of the hall. A potbelly stove warms the space, while glass doors open to the lawns. There is plenty of space for the pooltable and quiet seating away from the activities to watch TV or have a conversation. The centerpiece ofthis amenity-filled, very spacious room is the custom bar, with double counters of polished wood, a mirroredback wall framed with old fashioned glass-fronted double-door cabinets, furniture-style cabinetry,a copper bar sink, wine racks, beverage refrigerator, microwave, and a dishwasher. People of all ages willenjoying sitting at the bar and feeling like they have stepped back in time.
The lodge’s “Back of the House” is as well appointed as the public and private spaces. A wide, mainfloor,back foyer connects the den to the laundry room, mud room with generous coat closets, stairsto the 2nd upper level space, a powder room , and the 3-car attached, heated, garage which includesan extra-large bay for big trucks or a boat, a dog bath, built-in storage, and a workshop. The back hallhas convenient doors to both its front covered porch and to a patio connecting to the back entertainingdeck.
The carpeted “Bonus Room” above the garage is finished and ready to be utilized in any number ofways. Large enough to create a caretaker’s or guest quarters, the room is bathed in natural light fromits 3 dormer-style windows facing the Bridger Mountains. The vaulted and pitched ceiling has timberbeam detailing, and the plaster walls are trimmed with wood.
The home is in move-in condition and must be seen to be fully appreciatedas there are too many details and stunning views to ever fully describe.