Located conveniently close to the town of Hamilton, The Bitterroot River Sporting Ranch, known locally as the Fetch Inn Ranch, is a 661.84-acre premier river ranch that provides the seclusion and recreation more typical of remote ranch properties. Hamilton, the Ravalli county seat, is a 5-minute drive from the main house. It is a full-service community with a town population of approximately 4,500, however it serves a larger area population of approximately 30,000 people. This historic town was settled by Marcus Daley, one of the Copper Kings, and has retained its original charm with quaint shops, restaurants and galleries. Hamilton is home to a great general aviation airport that is capable of landing corporate jets.
Acreage: This beautiful stretch of land rolls out and up from the main Bitterroot River from an elevation of 3,500 feet to roughly 3,700 feet at the western edge.The Bitterroot River Sporting Ranch consists of approximately 661.84 acres in 8 parcels of which 200 acres can be irrigated. All of the irrigation equipment pertinent to this property, which consists of machine, laterals, and hand line, are included in the sale. The balance of the ground is pastureland and riparian area. There are 22 separate water rights included with the sale; more details are available with the broker.
Live Water: The Bitterroot River Sporting Ranch boasts 1½ miles of the Bitterroot River, a river ripe with possibilities for enjoyment. Wide enough to float and shallow enough to wade fish, this river can be explored nearly year-round. One can catch a 15-inch cutthroat in the river, where there are roughly 1,000 trout per mile in its upper reaches. Brown and rainbow trout are also common in the waters around Hamilton. The ranch has three ponds, a reflection pond by the main house, an irrigation pond stocked with fish and a wildlife pond.
Improvements: Entry is through the maple-lined paved roadway that circles a reflection pond to approach the main house. The home consists of approximately 6,000+ sqft and was built in 1990, and completely remodeled and updated by the current owners in an elegant rustic motif that is suited to Montana. Step through the massive 9-foot alder door and enjoy a grand vista of the Sapphire Mountain Range through picture-frame windows stretching from the great room into the formal dining room. A wood-burning fireplace of stacked stone is located along the south wall of the great room. Circle sawn fir floors compliment the design along with niches to display artwork. The dining room can easily seat 14 people, and the kitchen is outfitted with top of the line appliances including two dishwashers, an oven, range and two copper sinks. For convenience, the home boasts a large walk-in pantry with an extra refrigerator and a butler’s pantry off the dining room with a felt-lined silver room. Located at the southern end of the house, the large master bedroom has expansive windows overlooking a pond, meadow and the southern Bitterroot and Sapphire Mountains. Included in this suite is the master bath with a jetted tub and glass shower and large walk-in closet with a dressing table. The main floor includes two guest suites, each with private baths. Downstairs, the family room has an inviting atmosphere with a wet bar and fireplace. Connected to this is a workout room with a bath and a steam shower.
Additional housing includes a 2-bedroom “lodge,” built in 1986, and designed for guests with a Wolf range, fireplace and laundry facilities. The hunting lodge, built in 1955, contains 5 bedrooms and 2 baths. Offering price is $10,200,000.
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