Big Timber is the county seat for Sweet Grass County and provides most of the services for the area including a paved and lighted jet strip. Daily commercial air service is available in Bozeman and in Billings. These two cities offer the most extensive air service in Montana. Greycliff is equidistance from Bozeman and Billings, both about 73 miles.
Acreage (Deeded & Leased)
Additional Purchase Options
- South Unit (14,050± deeded, 559± BLM and 55± State acres) - $20,000,000
- North Unit (14,133± deeded, 1,051± BLM and 1,263± State acres) - $12,000,000
At just over 10,000 square feet on three levels, the main home consists of six bedrooms, seven bathrooms and two half baths. Harkening back to the early days of the finest of Western lodges, the main level is replete with a grand entrance opening into a magnificent great room with the “classic” lodge fireplaces on either end of the room. In the entry, an ornate log staircase climbs upstairs to four bedrooms with private baths including the master bedroom suite. The main guest bedroom suite is on the first floor at the opposite end from the kitchen, breakfast nook and screened-in porch.
A beautiful spiral staircase flows down to the lower floor where a wine cellar/tasting room, sauna, massage room and billiards/game room offer a variety of fun and relaxation. The attention to detail, elegant design and construction of the home are exceptional and completely appropriate for the setting, evoking a Western lodge flavor. The use of stone and wood inside and out creates a rugged warmth that one expects in a Western ranch home. The private setting is ideal and the views are spectacular looking out across the verdant meadows to the Yellowstone River. The compound is tucked in a protected treed setting providing a sense of “place” although allowing incredible views of the magnificent Absaroka Mountains to the south and the rugged foothills to the north. Finally, within walking distance from the lodge and surrounding buildings, nestled in a meadow amongst cottonwoods and overlooking the Yellowstone River, are the four cabins perfectly situated to take in similar views of the river, mountains and foothills. The owner’s compound is extremely well maintained, ready for a new owner to move in and begin enjoying the ranch immediately. It should be noted the personal household furnishings in the owner’s home and guest cabins are not available for purchase and shall be retained by seller.
The working improvements are truly too numerous to mention individually and all best-in-class. Three hired men’s homes and a bunkhouse provide plenty of housing for employees necessary to run the cattle and farming operations. The ranch manager’s house is separate from the main ranch compound and is beautifully situated on a bluff overlooking the Yellowstone River. It is extremely well appointed and once served as the owner’s home. The machine sheds, shops, horse barn, open-sided sheds for machinery storage, corrals, scale and a 520-foot feedlot would be the envy of any producer. These improvements are, as well, carefully maintained and clearly indicate that this ranch is a “showplace” of working cattle ranches.
The ranch has a 25-year land lease for a 25-megawatt wind farm located on a remote section of the northern part of the property. The wind farm, consisting of 14 turbines, will begin generating power in early 2018 with expected revenue to the ranch of $175,000 to $225,000 per year. Additional information is available upon request from the offices of Hall and Hall.
Therefore, it is not uncommon to have long periods with almost no boat traffic. For the wildlife enthusiast the property and the region surrounding it are home to the broad diversity of wildlife that southcentral Montana is famous for. Whitetail and mule deer, antelope, black bear, mountain lion and many other smaller mammals reside on the ranch, with a resident herd of elk roaming in the foothills. A variety of waterfowl, upland birds, raptors, cranes, songbirds and herons also call the ranch home. A portion of the ranch along the river is currently licensed as a State of Montana Shooting Preserve for one to enhance and enjoy the upland bird hunting characteristics of the property. Hunting, hiking, safari rides, horseback riding, bird watching and mountain biking can all be enjoyed on the property.
Current management is in the process of re-farming many of the irrigated and dryland fields in the bottom to get them producing at maximum levels. This clearly is to the benefit of the next owner who will be able to reap the rewards of the farming for years to come.
With the diversity of the lands and operation, there are a variety of scenarios that one may implement to run the ranch in a manner that is consistent with an owner’s goals and objectives. The current owners have stressed a balance between the cattle, farming and wildlife. As an example, one could run fewer cows and keep weaned calves in the feedlot through the fall, turning out in the winter on the frozen irrigated fields feeding long hay and run ranch-raised yearlings on grass the following summer. Or, as mentioned earlier, sell excess forage produced from the irrigated cropland. Or, graze some of the pivots for first-calf heifers or yearlings. The point is, clearly the Hobble Diamond Ranch offers some management options that are not available on many Northern Rockies ranches. We would enjoy the opportunity to further share our thoughts regarding the operating scenarios that might be available depending on your goals.
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