Montana ranch retreat boasts gorgeous display of rustic-luxe details


This rustic ranch compound was designed as a recreational base camp for three generations of family by Miller-Roodell Architects, located long the Ruby River Valley in southwest Montana. Multiple structures on the property is family and adventure specifically, including a 6,300 square foot main lodge with a kitchen and living room spacious enough to accommodate a family of 20. 

Also on this site is a fishing cabin, guest house, two bunkhouses and a barn. The structures are situated and designed to create a distinct bond not only with the western ranch aesthetic but the trout stream that runs within casting distance as well.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECT Miller-Roodell Architects INTERIOR DESIGN Peace Design BUILDER On Site Management (main lodge); Yellowstone Traditions (other buildings)


This incredible Montana ranch is used as a working cattle and bison ranch and it also features a world-class trout fishing river that runs right through it. The homeowners commissioned the team to transform their property into a retreat to accommodate their extended family members. This family compound offers an abundance of summer activities, including fishing, hiking and horseback riding.


The wooden architecture employs local materials that makes this expansive rustic ranch compound feel like a historical haven. The windows extend from reclaimed fir flooring to lofty 28-foot ceilings, offering uninterrupted views of Montana’s glorious landscape. Whether hanging out at the mahogany-paneled bar or relaxing in the loft library, guests will enjoy modern family-style comfort at a home away from home.


We begin this tour of a family ranch retreat with the main lodge, which offers everything a group or family could need on a Montana getaway and successfully balances open spaces geared for socializing with the ability to close things off for privacy. The exterior facade is composed of reclaimed logs, made to appear as though it has been on this property for 100 years.


What We Love: This Montana ranch offers a warm and cozy aesthetic to be enjoyed for family gatherings throughout the year. There is so much to love here — color and texture create warmth. This is a home created for comfortable living, and has not forfeited great design to achieve it. We are loving the dark woods and deep colors of the interiors. How fun for this large family to gather in such an incredibly designed home!

Tell Us: What details do you find most appealing in the design of this home? Would this be your idea of the ultimate dream family vacation home? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments!

Note: Take a look at another spectacular home tour that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of the architects of this home, Miller-Roodell Architects: Mountain-rustic getaway boasts breathtaking views of Big Sky, Montana.


Above: The main lodge features three bedrooms, and plenty of space for the whole family to gather, play games and share meals. Interiors are decorated with a mix of antiques and new furnishings. The designer selected a lot of French and Italian antiques, creating an exquisite aesthetic. To add a casual feel to the space, the drapery is a simple burlap.


Above: A game table in the corner of the living room brings in a playful pop of red.


Above: The fireplace is composed of Montana stone, while the mantel is a hewn reclaimed log.









Above: The powder room of this main lodge features a vanity and mirror that are custom birch pieces. A beautiful copper sink adds a luxe feel to this rustic space. The walls are covered in painted ceiling tins. Beautiful wall sconces are metal with white mica shades.


Above: The bedrooms in the main lodge are scaled for cozy comfort. The unique headboard was fabricated from an antique metal gate, while vertical logs are used as posts. Above the headboard are sepia prints of Yellowstone Park’s “Old Faithful”. Next to the bed is a French antique table. Adding a touch of luxe to this space, chenille bedding and wool drapes.


Above: In this guest bedroom, the exquisite trunk is an Italian antique. Grounding the space is a vintage Navajo rug.


Above: This inviting fishing cabin and workspace was once an early 1900s schoolhouse. The original structure is an authentic log cabin, with the addition of a front porch and a dormer for the sleeping loft.


Above: The Montana stone fireplace adds plenty of warmth to this cozy living room in the fishing cabin.


Above: The workspace in this fishing cabin is used for fly-tying.


Above: In this rustic bathroom, a horse-feeding trough is re-purposed as a shower pan, which a tree trunk is used as a towel rack. Adding to the western feel of this space are cowhide curtains and a linen shower curtain.


Above: A rustic bench just outside the fishing cabin provides sweeping views of the Ruby River. This Montana ranch property also showcases breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks, including the Snowcrest Range and Tobacco Root Mountains.


Above: Located across the lake from the main lodge is the guest cabin. The structure is composed of a mix of hand-hewn reclaimed fir and oak logs. The source of the plaster between the logs is American Clay.


Above: The front porch of the guest cabin provides glorious views of the mountains, which can be enjoyed from the vintage hickory rocking chairs.



Above: Vintage Navajo rugs can be found throughout the cabin. The wall sconces are antiques.


Above: This inviting home offers rustic comfort, decorated with a mix of antiques and custom pieces.



Above: The living room fireplace is dry-stacked, and the Harlowton moss rock is indigenous to the area.


Above: The rustic kitchen features reclaimed fir cabinetry. Live-edge reclaimed oak was used for the bar top, while the rest of the countertops are fir.


Above: In the powder room, a rusted metal bucket is repurposed into a vessel sink with outdoor faucets.  The countertop is composed of hewn logs. Walls are clad with reclaimed metal from a barn roof, pressed and flattened. The vintage wall sconces are repurposed from a New York City subway.


Above: The dining room offers rustic-luxe, mixing vintage with new pieces. The dining chairs are Spanish antiques from the 1800s.


Above: The bunkhouses are used for large family gatherings. A focal point of this living room is the beautiful Montana stone fireplace. Grounding this space is a Turkoman rug.


Above: The three-sided sun porch is filled with natural light, offering magnificent views. This space is used as a casual dining spot.


Above: The bunk room can accommodate up to eight guests. Bunk beds are fashioned from trees scavenged on the property.


Above: In this rustic kid’s bathroom, a Kohler sink is inset into a hewn log.



PHOTOGRAPHER Roger Wade / Gordon Gregory

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