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“Still a most outstanding B & B” 5 of 5 stars
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PO Box 159, PO Box 159, Saint Ignatius, MT 59864   |  
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“Still a most outstanding B & B”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We visited Mandorla a couple of times in the '90s, and found it to be a most lovely B & B, set in the wonderful Mission Valley. It's a place never forgotten, so, after a family vacation on a guest ranch about two hours away, my wife and I returned again, after a decade and a half, to find it an even more delightful place. Mara has done a fabulous job of modernisation; the accomodation is at a splendid level and the hospitality is superb.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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BigSky10, Owner at Mandorla Ranch Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, July 23, 2014
Thank you again for making your third trip - but the first in this century! - to Mandorla Ranch. It was really great to see you both. I much appreciate your nice feedback on the Sun Room. Best regards, Mara
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Aurora, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

My husband and I were married at the Mandorla Ranch this summer. The grounds were absolutely beautiful and the views spectacular! Our room was top notch, with everything we needed to make our stay comfortable. The view from our room was great, we could see the rose garden just outside our window and the mountains off in the distance. Mara made us feel right at home and breakfast was delicious each morning. I couldn't have asked for a better location to have had our wedding, it really was truly amazing!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BigSky10, Owner at Mandorla Ranch Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
Thank you for your review. It was really our pleasure to be chosen as the host venue for your wedding. What a team of great supporters you had from groomsmen and bridesmaids to family in creating a truly special ceremony and one awesome celebration. Looking forward to having you and your husband back for an anniversary in the future!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

After 30 years I made a trip back to the Mission Valley in Montana to see if it was still as beautiful as I remember. The unspoiled beauty has not changed.

The Mandorla Ranch was breath taking and Mara made me feel right at home. I stayed in the luxurious Tristan Suite with spectacular views from several directions. If you want a more rustic feel, the best view at the ranch is from the room in the barn loft.

Hobo (their Lab and perimeter guard) took a break from chasing deer and wild turkeys to sit at my feet as I sipped a glass of wine enjoying the view.

Breakfast and conversation was great. At Mara's suggestion, I topped it all off with a trip to McDonald Lake.

I can't wait to bring my husband and daughter back for a longer stay.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BigSky10, Owner at Mandorla Ranch Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, August 24, 2013
Thank you for your review. It was really nice to meet you and great fun to hear your stories of the Mission Valley and Allentown Restaurant from years back. Looking forward to your return with your family next time!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

Mandorla-IS-AMAZING! You have to see it to believe that a place this wonderful exists. If you are thinking about visiting Missoula, Flathead Lake, Glacier National Park or Whitefish, a stay at Mandorla Ranch is absolutely worthwhile.

AREA: The nearest towns are St. Ignatius and Ronan, and it's close enough to get to the other places I mentioned above, but Mandorla is in a world of its own. It's off the beaten path and quiet with some of the most stunning scenery you will ever see. The Mission Mountains are in the backyard and the Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge (bird watching) is in the front yard. Missoula is 1 hour; Glacier National Park or Whitefish are 2 hours. I love that it's near everything you want to see without being touristy.

HOUSE & ROOMS: We stayed in one of the rooms in the main house, with a full-sized bed. We loved the antique furnishings, comfortable bed and the feeling of being in a well-loved home. Everything was very clean and fresh with all the basic amenities you'd expect at a nice hotel. Next time, we’ll get the fabulous four poster king room with the jetted tub, fireplace and rose garden view. (This time it was occupied by a couple of honeymooners who were just married on the ranch.) The entire house is beautifully decorated and built by hand. This means hand-carved wood finishes, hand quarried stones, and custom everything. Each room in the house is positioned to offer a view, so we felt we had our own personal sanctuary. The owners’ collection of treasures from international travels makes every room seem special. It's like staying with worldly friends who have a glamorous Western compound. We kept pinching ourselves at our luck in finding Mandorla.

BREAKFAST: The breakfasts were delicious: french toast, eggs, fresh fruit. We had something different each day, and we liked the atmosphere of casual elegance with cloth napkins, pretty pottery and china. It was great to talk with other guests and learn about their plans for the day.

RANCH GROUNDS: Mandorla is positioned to capture the most magnificent sunsets, which happened every night without fail. It was tough to choose where to unwind: breakfast on the patio in front, afternoons lounging in the hammocks looking at mountains and forest, evenings watching sunsets on the deck, nighttime looking at the stars. But then, we also wanted time to wander in the orchard, sit in the rose garden, walk the trails, watch the horses play and look for wild turkeys and deer - all on the grounds of the ranch. We hardly used the satellite TV or wireless but it was good to know they were there.

ACTIVITIES: It's a short 10 minute drive to McDonald Lake which is a great place to walk, swim, canoe or picnic - before you go, don't forget to get a permit from the Flathead Reservation. We had a fun horseback ride at Cheff's Ranch which is just around the bend. We visited St. Ignatius Mission to see the hand painted frescos. At The National Bison Refuge we saw a huge herd of buffalo just wandering around next to the car. The funny thing is, after we left Mandorla, we visited Yellowstone National Park (about 5 hours drive) where piles of tourists were stumbling all over each other to see buffalo. Meanwhile, back at Mandorla Ranch we had the Bison Refuge all to ourselves! I had one of the best 90 minute massages ever with Barbara at Reflections Salon & Spa in Ronan. We drove 2 hours along the river to the Hiawatha bike trail in Idaho, an incredible ride through miles of trees and mountain vistas on flat, easy terrain. Lastly, we enjoyed the scenic 1-hour drive along Flathead Lake to Big Fork where we had a wonderful meal at Grille 459.

A FEW POINTERS - the house and main rooms are all air conditioned, but the one barn room is not. Most of the time, it doesn't matter because Montana mornings and evenings are cool. You need a car here, there's no way around that, and the drive to the ranch requires some travel on unpaved, but well-graded roads. For your time outdoors, bring bug spray, walking boots, a jacket, a hat and sunblock. If you go to Glacier, remember that it can get 'scarf and gloves' cool at any time. There's a good grocery in Ronan for snacks and provisions and a few close restaurants where you can grab a bite, but for a more formal meal, you've got to go into Missoula or Big Fork. I don't recommend the drive back from Whitefish at night unless you're cool with a REALLY dark desolate road. The other routes are fine at any time.

I could go on and on gushing about Mandorla. It was the best of the West, rustic and luxury rolled into one. I can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BigSky10, Owner at Mandorla Ranch Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, August 14, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed review. Seeing Mandorla Ranch through your eyes was a treat and most insightful. Looking forward to your return next year!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

My wife and I, and our two twenty-something daughters stayed at Mandoria during a two-week Montana/Wyoming safari in August. We stayed at a number of beautiful, high-quality lodges and bed and breakfasts. But Mandoria was in a class of its own.

The setting, under the Mission mountains and looking across the Ninepipes lake and wildfowl reserve to the National Bison Park, is glorious. The house is equally impressive, built with love and great attention to detail by the owner. The hospitality is extraordinary -- Mara is a delight, very knowledgeable and helpful, and also sensitive to giving guests their space. The rooms are luxurious and tastefully furnished. The breakfast, too, was superb.

We are people who have travelled many parts of the world. Mandoria Ranch is not only by far the best place we stayed in Montana and Wyoming, but equal to anything we have experienced anywhere.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BigSky10, Owner at Mandorla Ranch Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, August 14, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to provide your comments and review. It was terrific to read that Mandorla Ranch received such excellent marks on your evaluation. Serving your wonderful and gracious family was indeed a pleasure.
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Address: PO Box 159, PO Box 159, Saint Ignatius, MT 59864
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