Welcome to Bickerstaff Booksellers at Quigley Cottage

Bickerstaff Booksellers evolved from the Quigley Cottage Bed and Breakfast. An idea was hatched to accommodate a need which became a goal and ultimately a reality. The name Percival Bickerstaff is an imaginary character created to compliment the Old English flavor. This character is someone you imagine could be the proprietor of a quaint little bookstore in London on Charing Cross Road. Dave and Davee Letford have always been avid readers and lovers of books, especially old books. They believe the printed word is an amazing gift that is fading away due to our ever-changing modern technology. Their collection of books continued to grow to mega proportions, yet the desire to add to it never diminished. Out of necessity and lack of additional space, they reluctantly decided to part with some of their collection. Bickerstaff Booksellers – a labor of love, a love of books and the joy of sharing them with others.


We are excited to tell you all about traveling to the beautiful Flint Creek Valley and the many possibilities you will encounter. Quigley Cottage is a quaint English style cottage located in the heart of scenic, historic, Philipsburg, Montana.

Philipsburg is the halfway stopping point between Glacier and Yellowstone Parks.

Sapphire mining, fishing, hiking, shopping, music, good food and drink and fun await you. Bickerstaff Booksellers, located in Quigley Cottage, offers an incredibly unique, inspiring bookstore experience.

Located in scenic, historic Philipsburg, Montana which offers:

  • Award winning brew pub The Philipsburg Brewing Company, offering a delightful selection of microbrews  
  • Live theater at the oldest operating theater in Montana, The Opera House.
  • Many quaint shops with handmade quilts, unique gifts, antiques, and collectibles.
  • One of the largest candy stores in the northwest with uncountable treats and temptations.
  • Numerous homes and buildings restored and listed on the National Historic Register.
  • The Granite County Museum and Cultural Center with an authentic replica of an underground silver mine, created and designed by some of the old miners still living in the area.
  • Within driving distance of numerous old west ghost towns, including Granite, just up the mountain behind town.
  • Sapphire mining at Opal Mountain, Gem Mountain and The Sapphire Gallery.
  • Beautiful scenery, snowcapped mountains, blue ribbon trout streams, mountain lakes, and abundant wildlife.
  • And most importantly…Montana hospitality at its very best.

In addition, to the above activities, you can enjoy any number of other outdoor excursions such as:

  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • 4 Wheeling
  • Horseback riding
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Picnicking
  • Exploring numerous area Ghost Towns
  • Big Game Hunting
  • Skiing at Discovery Basin, just 20 minutes away.
  • Snowmobiling
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Ice skating right in the middle of town      
  • We are located approximately halfway between Yellowstone and Glacier Parks 
  • Discover Highway 1, The Pintler Scenic Route, which takes you off Interstate 90 for a beautiful drive through the mountains past Georgetown Lake, right into Philipsburg.
Contact us if you are looking for something special.