A huge 400-acre ranch in Montana is asking for $6.75 million
Kokopelli Ranch, a sprawling retreat set on over 400 acres in Montana which has been in the same hands for nearly three decades is on the market for $6.75 million.
The property, located 20 miles from historic Philipsburg, was listed last week by Deke Tidwell, a Hall and Hall property partner.
“It’s a beautiful house, a beautiful location in a spectacular setting,” Mr Tidwell said. “It’s timeless.”
The sellers, Liz and Richard Willett, said they purchased the property in 1994 and built the 7,700+ square foot large log custom residence there.
The ranch, which Ms. Willett named after the Native American fertility deity, is surrounded by other large ranches, including one owned by artist Kelly Clarkson.
“We sited the house so that from the top of Mount Warren it doesn’t stand like a lighthouse,” Ms. Willett said. “It’s nestled in the landscape, I hate the idea of spoiling the landscape. Kokopelli Ranch completes it.
The Willetts, originally from Britain, fell in love with Montana in the 1980s. “My husband came here first, and when he drove me to East Fork Valley, he said it was the most beautiful place he had ever seen. I was a city girl – when I arrived I didn’t even have jeans.
Mr. Willett, a retired entrepreneur, and Ms. Willett, a retired restaurateur, spent three years designing and building the house, which is made of logs salvaged from an Oregon wildfire.
The residence, which is perched 300 feet above East Fork Road, offers spectacular views of the Pintler Range and the East Fork Valley.
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The house, which has five bedrooms, six full bathrooms and a powder room, is designed to entertain. In addition to a living room with a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and a dining room with a dramatic bay window, there are guest suites that have separate entrances, laundry rooms, bathrooms and sauna.
“I love to cook and the kitchen is one of my favorite spaces,” Ms. Willett said. “It works, it’s practical. We give many, many parties.
The property also has a two-stall barn with a tack room, vet room, paddocks, wash station, bathroom, and washer and dryer.
“It’s wonderful riding country – you can ride forever,” she said. “It’s right next to a wilderness area. Just hiked there with friends.
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Philipsburg, home to approximately 850 residents, is home to the Ranch at Rock Creek, a luxury resort designed as a 19e-century family home. Another popular attraction is the Discovery Ski Area, which is about a 40-minute drive away.
The Willetts, who are over 80, are downsizing and plan to spend more time with their grandchildren, who live in France, Canada and Australia.
“We will of course miss the ranch,” Ms Willett said, adding that they and their horses will be staying in nearby accommodation. “It’s a magical place to live.”