6 Bedroom, 4 Bath, Sleeps Up To 19 - only 20 feet from the water!
About Brendan Schilling
The Indian Bay property is a family-owned home built on land purchased in 1956. It has undergone many changes in the last 60+ years, including the building of the current home in 2005. Nana, the daughter of the original owners, lives upstairs in the home part of the year; her myriad children, grandchildren, and friends all visit whenever possible. You might meet Nana during your stay, as she visits to check on the property and plants, but she is quiet and will not disturb your visit - unless you need some advice on local points of interest! Nana makes outstanding jams, jellies, and syrups. My name is Brendan, and I am the grandson of the original property owners, as well as the favorite son (well, the only son) of the current owner 'Nana'. My grandparents and my mother, aunts, and uncles worked for nearly 10 years starting in 1956 cutting trees, leveling a spot for the original home, and carrying boulders by hand to preserve the shoreline and build paths around the property before the original cabin was built. Until then, the summer home was nothing more than a large tent. The original cabin still exists, preserved within the walls of a more modern structure built next door by my aunt and uncle a few years ago. I grew up at 'the lake' and vowed that I would do whatever possible to make my childhood experiences available to my own children in the same way my grandparents and Nana did for their own children. Though we live in Arizona now, my family and I still visit several times a year to check on Nana, as well as swim, fish, and play in the wonderfully cool, clear waters of the lake.
Brendan Schilling purchased this House in 1956
Why Brendan Schilling chose Polson
This property has been family-owned for as long as nearly any other property on the lake. When the original property owners passed away, their children kept the property intact within the family when two of the siblings purchased the remainder portion from the family in order to build permanent residences. Family, cousins, and third- and forth-generation friends all live and play within an easy walk of the property. As a grandchild of the original owners (I am Nana's son) I recall getting out of school in early June and making the drive to the lake shortly thereafter, staying each summer until a week before school started. After a summer spent barefoot, shirtless, and usually without a haircut, I felt more like I was being trapped rather than returned to society when it was time to scrub up and put on new shoes for school. I vowed to give my own children the same experience, which is why we siblings convinced Nana to build a home where she could retire quietly and yet still accommodate the large family that wanted to visit. The home was built in 2005 as two complete homes, with full kitchens upstairs and downstairs, as well as duplicate laundry facilities, dining areas, and the like. We tried to plan for a time when Nana would be able to live in peace and comfort, yet open the door for friends, family, and guests in a scaled manner. Simply by closing a door at the top of the stairs yields two complete homes where privacy can be maintained; and opening that door yields a family home where as many as 30 family members have slept in a single night! Please understand that this is indeed a year-round home for the owner; yet, we want to make it available for as many other people as possible to experience the idyllic summers that we had as kids. Enjoy!
What makes this House unique
The southern half of the lake is on tribal land and therefore has a unique set of regulations aimed at preserving this incredible natural resource. The Confederated Salish, Kootenai, and Pend d'Orielle Tribes have worked closely with the State of Montana as well as Canadian government representatives to preserve and restore that natural waterways that flow from the Glacier-Waterton International Peace Park (the actual full name of what is commonly known as Glacier National Park). Mining, construction, farming, erosion and runoff - all are being addressed in order to continue Flathead Lake's stirling reputation as a lake of unparalleled beauty. Living and vacationing on the southern half of the lake reveals many benefits. If you plan to fish the lake, you need only purchase a tribal fishing permit which costs less than a state non-resident permit. The towns of Polson, St. Ignatius, Ronan, Arlee, and others are steeped in the Tribal tradition of a deliberate and slower-paced lifestyle that is well-suited for a vacation. Tribal culture and history is on display as a living museum where you are allowed to touch and participate. Shops, restaurants, and other facilities tend to be small, family-owned businesses where the owners often work the tables and counters. And, if you desire more upscale experiences, there are several to be had in newer restaurants, golf courses, and shops that are starting to pop up (yet somehow still blend in). Access to the Missoula airport is an easy 75 minute drive; as is access to the Kalispell airport near the north end of the lake.
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
Daytime, family-oriented events only please
Please, no smoking.
Service animals only
Perfect for combined families with kids!
Max guests:19 (sleeps up to 15 adults)
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Not sure where to start! This property made our last weekend of summer an unforgettable one. The house is new, clean and amazing. You can’t beat views from the backyard swing watching the sun come up and go down. The kids loved the little pebble beach and all the floaty toys and there was plenty of life jackets, goggles, swim shoes. Nana was a sweet lady who wasn’t watching over us to see if we did anything wrong. She was there all weekend and only saw her twice and enjoyed chatting with her. We will definitely be back in the future!
Thank you for your visit, and for trusting us to be your destination for your time away! We do hope to see you again - and there will always be plenty of floaties for the kids!
Beautiful spot on the lake- awesome views and evening sunsets!!
Everything was great thanks so much
Another Great Stay
This was our second stay at this property. Everything is as advertised and better. They have done a superb job of having a great place with everything you need. Hopefully we will get to visit Nana again on a future visit.
Nana’s Lake House is the Highlight of our Summer Every Year!
We travel a lot and Nana’s Lake House is our favorite! We rent every summer and is truly the best Lake house! Great for large groups that love to spend time outdoors.
The home was great and the owners terrific!
Best vacation ever!
The property was just PERFECT, and the home supplied so so many extras that we didn’t expect. This family nailed the details, finding the place and checking in and all was SUCH a breeze. Everything was SO clean and the outdoor space was so comfortable and perfect for our family. The kids had the best time and we can’t wait to come back. Nana was SO nice and helpful and we felt right at home! Thank you so much!
Thank you for your kind words! We do indeed try very hard to beat expectations, and I am thrilled that you felt that we did! Our housekeepers are an important part of the team as well, and their hard work really shows. Nana really enjoyed meeting your family and absolutely adored your kids. Please let us know if we can host you again. We appreciate how you put your trust in us to make this a special week that you will not forget!
Boat launch in Polson, 5 miles by water to our dock.