2023 - Volume #47, Issue #1, Page #06[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Grain Bin Vacation Condos“Business has been great,” says Alyssa Helland, property manager of Clark Farm Silos, a Kalispell, Mont., vacation-rental property opened in 2021.
The five “silo homes” were previously 3,500-bu. grain bins on an Idaho farm. The bins were disassembled, hauled to Montana, and transformed into rental homes on the 80-acre Clark farm property. The project was managed by Eli Clark, a graphic designer by trade, who wanted to create accommodations that fit naturally into their farm operation, which includes peas, wheat and canola, and a herd of black Angus cattle.
Each silo home features a loft bedroom with a king bed and one sleeper sofa, a bathroom, a fully functional kitchenette, a cozy patio with a fire pit, and excellent views of the surrounding mountains and Flathead Valley.
“We weren’t sure what to expect when we opened, but we’ve been able to maintain a higher occupancy rate than other rentals in the area,” Helland says. “Our goal is to provide our guests with small-town hospitality, a clean and comfortable space, and plenty of amenities to ensure they have a wonderful stay. We’re thrilled that we’ve received more than 500 five-star reviews in our first year of business. It seems like the market is favorable towards ‘unique venues.’”
Helland says their Clark Farm Silos site is appealing because it’s nestled perfectly between Glacier National Park, the 200-square-mile Flathead Lake, and popular ski resorts near Whitefish, Mont.
“We’ve had couples on their honeymoon, couples celebrating their anniversary, and many other folks just interested in nearby activities including hiking, fishing, boating, skiing, river floating and biking. The silos provide a great getaway for anyone wanting to unwind and de-stress.”
The silo homes are available to book on Airbnb.com and have space for a couple or a couple with a child. Rental price ranges from $150 to $450/day, depending on the season.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Clark Family Silos, 153 Creston Hatchery Rd., Kalispell, Mont. 59901 (ph 406-249-2955; www.clarkfarmsilos.com).
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