Saddle Peak House is a breathtaking modern vacation villa in Topanga Canyon above Los Angeles, overlooking the Santa Monica Mountains and the Pacific Coast.
How would you describe The Camp at Gash Creek in a nutshell?
The Camp at Gash Creek offers an authentic Montana experience while still being very comfortable. It’s like a little haven. It feels like you are in the wilderness but without being too remote.
How did it all start? What was the inspiration for the property?
We are based in Lancaster, Philadelphia and decided to do a family gap year to live in Montana from the summer of 2019 to the summer of 2020. It was one of the best decisions we have ever made as a family, even though around half our time away was during the pandemic. In fact, we probably timed it well!
Before we went, we already had an idea to buy a property, perhaps a cabin in a wooded area of upstate New York. But we loved Montana so much — it felt like home — that when it was time to leave, we decided we would look for something there instead. But it’s quite hard to get properties in Montana now as everyone wants to be there. My husband’s boss told him about his neighbour who was selling this property, so we got to see it privately.
It’s nine acres and backs onto forested state lands. You have the wilderness in your backyard. It feels remote as you can’t see any other properties but our neighbours are in fact fairly close. At first, we were going to do a tiny cabin (and might still do this) but then my husband suggested glamping tents. I found some inspiration on Instagram and my husband designed the tents (he’s really great at putting things together) using canvas that was custom made at a Montana outfitter.
On the property, there was already a bathhouse as the previous owner had started a project. So we had plumbing and electrics. We want to create a place where families can go to be together, unplug and experience the wilderness. There is no Wi-Fi!