Unique lodging options in unique space

Co-proprietors Jon Hansen and Kate Juran stand outside the front door of Juransen Manor, the first floor of which they offer for short-term, furnished rentals to visitors to downtown Dillon. M.P. Regan photo

 

In its old-school way, Juransen Manor offers visitors to Dillon a new kind of lodging experience.

The fully furnished first floor of the Victorian-style home built in 1906 is available for short-term rentals on a nightly or weekly basis.

“We’ve done some month-long rentals, but don’t like to rent it out for too long because we hate to say ‘no’ to people who are passing through town and want to stay there for the night,” said Kate Juran, the co-proprietor of Juransen Manor with her partner, area rancher Jon Hansen.

“And it’s because I like to go there myself—to hang out with friends, write reports, hold board meetings,” said Juran, who has served as the local program director for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) since shortly after a CASA board member came into Patagonia, where Juran works part time, asking about potential candidates for the position at the nonprofit advocacy group that represents children in court.

“It’s a nice, quiet space. The way it’s laid out, it’s like a big circle, so it has a good flow and good feel to it,” said Juran, of the approximately 1000-square foot downstairs, which can comfortably accommodate four adults—or even the family of 11 that has come to stay there the past few Thanksgivings.

“It’s furnished with a lot of nice things, things I grew up with, like old family furnishings and art work by my great-grandmother. I really wanted to make it feel like a home,” said Juran, noting the first floor includes a full kitchen, dining room, living room, parlor, bedroom, a half bathroom and a full bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub.

“Juransen Manor is a terrific place to stay,” said Dr. John Micha, who has lodged there at least a half-dozen times during his trips to the area to oversee local real estate investments for his Old Town Improvement Group, a pension fund he founded to serve the dozens of employees of his California gynecologic oncology practice.

“I love the home that it’s in. The historic woodwork and glasswork and design are beautiful. And they have made it very comfortable,” added Micha, who said the temperature during one of his stays in Dillon dropped to 20 below outside but remained “toasty” inside Juransen Manor due to its ornate radiators, one of which curves around the edge of its circular turret space.

“It’s a very big place for the money. And it’s in a great location.”

Situated on South Pacific Street, Juransen Manor stands only a few blocks from downtown Dillon shops in one direction and the University of Montana Western campus in the other.

 

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