About Bozeman Cottage
Since 1998, Bozeman Cottage Vacation Rentals has been the link for thousands of visitors to a collection of unique vacation rentals in the incredible town of Bozeman, Montana. If you’ve already discovered the comforts of staying in a house versus a hotel then you already know that there’s nothing like having your own fully equipped house located in a quiet neighborhood. If you have never explored this non-motel option before you’ll be surprised at the comparable price for a simply incomparable lodging experience – there are no kids running up and down the halls (unless they are yours), nobody else’s TV to listen to thru the wall, or shower to wake you up at 5am. To boot, you get your own yard, kitchen, and all the benefits of a house. My hardest job is convincing first-timers that you really can stay in a nice house at roughly the same price, oftentimes less, than one of the nicer hotels. The limited number of Bozeman rentals represented provides bulletproof service while offering a handful of accommodations (as well as conveniences of credit card processing and keyless entry). You’ll sleep better and go home with Montana memories you’ll want to remember! I work in renewable energy and strive to make the houses, and maintenance of them, as efficient as possible. I put about 2000 miles per year on my electric bike servicing and supplying the houses. I also rent regular town bikes so you can leave the car parked and truly enjoy Bozeman – I even deliver the bikes to you using a custom bike trailer! See the Bike Rentals page on this web site to browse and reserve. Visit the Vacation Rentals page
to see availability and descriptions of these fun Bozeman properties. Study the FAQs below and feel free to e-mail or call with any questions you may have, and don’t forget to read the guest reviews on each rental page, too.
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Kids Activities:
The Bozeman Public Library has kids programs which are very popular. For outdoor education, Montana Outdoor Science School runs year-round programs for ages pre-kindergarten to teen, highly recommended – check out their class schedule on the web. During summer, Bogart Pool located on S Church Ave has lots of things going on. The Montana Raptor Center
has great offerings for kids and adults. Each Sunday from 3-4 in the summer the have free programs that are sure to be intrigue locals and visitors alike. How long has Bozeman Cottage been in business?
Since 1998, starting with just one house and gradually expanding to include all the Bozeman rentals on the web site. What day of the week do reservations start?
Any day you want, no rules about that because it’s ridiculous to make people start their vacations on a specific day of the week. A one week reservation means staying 7 nights, ie. arrive on Saturday, leave the next Saturday. What is the minimum stay?
All houses have 7 night minimums during Summer and holidays unless the reservation is made within 30 days of arrival. If shorter gaps are created in between two other reservations you can reserve them at any time (in other words, two week-long reservations with say, 4 nights in between, can be booked during Summer or Christmas even if it’s far in advance). How do I make a reservation for Bozeman rentals?
The whole reservation process can be done online and usually confirmed instantly. Simply click the arrival date on any of the calendars and you will be walked through the entire process. A 25% reservation deposit holds the reservation. What payment methods are available? Credit Cards
: Payable online, or I can process payments using your Visa, Mastercard, Discover card information. Checks
: Any type of check. DWOLLA
: Now accepting Dwolla
electronic payments. This is similar to Paypal in that you set up an account and link your bank account, except this company doesn’t support the $50B/year credit card industry. How much of a damage deposit is required?
I have switched mainly to using damage insurance policies which cost you $45 and cover up to $1500 in damage with no deductible. There is still the option of giving me your credit card number or paying a refundable damage deposit, just let me know which method you prefer. If using a credit card, I only charge the card if needed. I’ve had so few instances of needing to do that, but the insurance policies are the best way in my opinion. What is the cancellation policy?
Any cancellation made 60 days or more before the scheduled arrival date will receive a full refund of the reservation deposit, less a $75 cancellation fee plus actual credit card fees (2.5% of the transacted amount). Any cancellation made within 60 days of the scheduled arrival date shall be subject to a forfeiture of the Agreement payment(s), unless the Manager is able to re-rent the Premises for the reserved dates at an equivalent rate. What is the 7% bed tax? This tax is included in the rental rate, except where noted.
Montana does not have a sales tax, but the bed tax has been in effect since 1987. Businesses who provide lodging must collect the tax and forward it to the Montana Department of Revenue on a quarterly basis. Proceeds from the tax are transferred to the Montana Heritage Commission for the preservation of its historic properties; the university system for a Montana travel research program; the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks for the maintenance of facilities in state parks; the Montana Historical Society for signage and maintenance of historic sites; and the Department of Commerce for tourism promotion and for the promotion of Montana as a location for the production of motion pictures and television commercials. What are the benefits of renting a house vs. a hotel room or B&B?
A house provides a livable space with all the amenities needed for cooking and entertaining family and friends, yet provides more privacy compared to a hotel room. You have to make your own breakfast, but the kitchens are stocked with non-perishable goods as well as all the pots/pans/appliances you’ll need. You also get to escape the hotel environment and location, oftentimes being able to walk downtown or in some cases there are bikes to borrow (Bohart, Peach, & Garden Cottages). Having your own yard is a real plus, as well. The Bohart Guest House also has chickens for entertainment and eggs, vegetable gardens, a raspberry patch, cherry tree, and maybe an apple tree. How is it that renting an entire house can be so affordable?
Hotels in Bozeman are relatively expensive, which opens the niche for alternative lodging to compete. With one room at the Holiday Inn, Comfort Inn, etc etc running at over $900/week and more standard hotels at about $500, I commonly have a hard time convincing first timers that there is nothing wrong with my properties. They are very well kept, exceptionally clean, and equipped with high quality beds/mattresses/linens/towels. You’ll notice from the independently posted reviews that many, many people are more than satisfied and return repeatedly. Reviews for each house are linked from my Main page. What airport do I fly into for Bozeman?
Gallatin Field, airport code BZN, located just 8 miles from downtown Bozeman. If you have trouble getting flights into Bozeman or find them expensive, try Billings, Helena, or Butte (140, 90, and 80 miles away, respectively). When should I visit Bozeman for Fishing, Hiking, Skiing, and Yellowstone?
FISHING SEASONS – As for fishing, a great pre-runoff season sneaks into late March and April, before the rivers swell with snowmelt. Mid June is when the waters usually clear up again and stay nice thru the fall except for thunderstorm runoff. Late July – mid August can be slow fishing due to higher river temperatures. Fall fishing can be excellent during Indian summers right up thru Thanksgiving. The Lucky Dog Lodge and the Gallatin River Cabin, just west of Bozeman, are perfect for fishing from the house on the West Gallatin. For those of you looking to hone your skills and go out with a guide, see links below. Need the latest fishing report?
WEATHER – The most colorful time of year to visit is mid May to mid June when the tulips, iris and lilacs are in bloom. It’s a moist time of year with dramatic swings in the weather which is always exciting. July is the hottest month with temps in the 90’s commonly as the countryside fades from green to brown. August – October is great for cooler temperatures, hopper fly fishing, and lots of local produce. SKIING – In November we start accumulating our winter’s snow and the best skiing usually kicks in sometime in January and lasts into April. YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK – During winter I would highly recommend a snowcoach tour with Alpen Guides
out of West Yellowstone, MT. They have awesome historic coaches and will truly educate you about park ecology and geology. They’ll get you into the park early in the morning before the snowmobiles. There is great cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the north part of the park between the Mammoth and Cook City entrances, and no snowmobiles there because the road remains open. During summer, the possibilities are endless – just go! What is the busiest time of year in Bozeman?
July is the busiest month to visit so I recommend making housing & air reservations for July by March or April. The Sweet Pea Festival is always the first weekend in August which is very popular also for it’s outdoor arts exhibits and music performances. Christmas and MSU’s graduation are also good times to book far in advance. How do I find the house?
I will email you directions to your house. There is a map link for each house on the house’s web page and in the directions emails, so you can bookmark or print that map and bring it with you. Cab drivers can find street addresses usually, but will not know where the houses are by name (like, “Where is Bohart Guest House?”). You must bring all necessary information with you to find your house – you may not be able to reach me when you arrive. The directions and keyless door code you receive by email are bulletproof. If you have questions about arrival then call or write to me before you leave home. How do I check-in, and at what time?
All Bozeman Cottage houses have keyless entry locks, so all you need is your own personal code for the lock and the directions to the house. This way you can arrive whenever you want and you don’t need to find me OR a key to get in. Keyless entry also means you don’t have to keep track of keys and everyone has access to the house if you split up during the day. I’ll come by sometime during your stay just to put a face to the name. Check-in is at 4pm. Larger houses need more time to be cleaned and during busy seasons we commonly have people leaving in the morning and the next party arriving the same afternoon. If not, then we can usually flex the check-in/check-out times. How do I check-out?
Check-out time is 10am. Just collect your belongings, stripping the beds is appreciated, pick up the house and lock the door. We’ll take care of all the cleaning and laundry and as long as there is no excessive cleaning or damage, your damage deposit will not be charged. What is the Pet policy?
Pets are welcome at most of my properties with an extra daily charge and damage deposit. By the same token, if anyone in your party has severe pet allergies I will most likely have to refer you to other, usually new, houses which are kept allergy free. Please tell me ahead of time if you plan on bringing your pet, as this doesn’t make the best surprise. I have found that the best pets are the ones who are lucky enough to travel instead of stay home locked up in the yard or the kennel. Help me to keep this impression! How many people work at Bozeman Cottage?
One. Paul House, native of Bozeman. I don’t keep very traditional hours but you will notice we get things done quickly and as easily as possible. I also publish this web site which is why it’s always up to date and organized simply without a bunch of fancy, frilly web features. Any suggestions for the site? email me. How did this business get started?
I had always surmised that a niche business existed which provides accommodations superior to local hotels. Even before the internet came to be, my calculator told me that financially this should work, and it has. For the first 3 years I just had my own Bohart House, then thru hometown connections I gradually took on other properties and let the business grow slowly. It is not, nor should it be, my main job, and for this reason it is still fun. My education is in geohydrology and I mostly work in sustainable energy integration
– solar thermal, biofuels, electric bikes and lawnmowers, and anything else that is simpler and more efficient than the status quo. I see the energy predicament we are in as an opportunity to be creative. In Bozeman, having just one profession is both difficult and silly. The cost of living is high, wages low, and therefore creativity is very helpful in living a healthy lifestyle. Is there public transportation in the area?
Yes there is as of 2006. A free Streamline bus network serves Bozeman, 4-Corners and Belgrade, including a Big Sky shuttle. Bozeman Area Bus Information Internet?
Yes, all of our rentals have wireless internet access, the password will be emailed to you with the keyless entry code when you book your stay. Babies?
A vacation rental is ideal lodging for young families; children can explore much more inside and outside without waking strangers next door, wandering the halls of the hotel, or disappearing into another lodger’s room. Children 0-18 months in age are completely FREE in all Bozeman Cottage rentals. Some of our rentals come with cribs or they can be requested. Please check individual rental descriptions or let us know if you need anything extra for your family. Are there supplies and utensils for cooking?
Along with linens and locally made bath soap, Bozeman Cottage rentals are fully equipped with pots/pans, cooking utensils, spices, dry goods (flour, sugar, etc), and come with hometown roasted coffee. Another reason you can save so much by staying in a vacation rental instead of a hotel/motel is that you don’t need to eat out for all your meals, cooking is possible in all of our rentals. I calculate you would be spending at least $25-$50 per person, per day, to eat out. Cooking your own meal can be $10-25 per person, and gets cheaper the larger the party. Besides, even Bozeman’s spectacular eating destinations won’t always top your recipes.