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Private Wooded Setting, 8 Minutes from airport or shopping, 60- 5 STARS, Auroras

Bedrooms 1
Space 800 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

A Private Woods, Close to Town, Full kitchen, Luxurious & Spacious !

Perfect for the short term traveler. Please read our reviews before you look elsewhere, to see how our guests feel. Our place is more than just the apartment, it is the location, and the beautiful surroundings in the grounds around it. Flower gardens, a lawn with ornamental shrubs and trees, a small deck and grill, woods all around the perimeter for privacy, a walking or running trail right from the back of the property, a small greenhouse to sit in for a peaceful cup of tea. This beautiful 800 sq.ft. one bedroom apartment has all new furnishings and is comparable to a private hotel suite, but better. There are many EXTRAS that are included such as FREE wi-fi and cable TV, laundry, fully equipped kitchen, extra Winter gear- parkas, boots & gloves for guests' use, fresh garden herbs for your use, an outside grill, that if you figure that into your cost elsewhere, it is actually less expensive to stay here. (Winter gear would cost up to $250 + if you bought it yourself) Private separate entrance on the ground floor. One bedroom with queen sized bed, all new bedding & new premium mattress. Also another smaller room with a twin sized bed, in addition two very comfortable airbeds if needed. Apartment can accomodate up to 4 people,. Free wi-fi Internet, flat panel TV with free cable, office/den in apartment with FAX/copier. Full bathroom includes washer & dryer, hair dryer, shampoo & conditioner. Fully equipped kitchen with all dishes, pots & pans, cooking utensils, basic spices, etc. Morning coffee and tea is provided. There is an outside grill on a small deck near the greenhouse for your use. There is a walking or running or biking trail, right from the back of the property onto the trail. Our place is conveniently located near the University of Alaska Fairbanks, (3 miles), and 8 minutes from the airport, 8 minutes from shopping. The rental is the entire ground floor, of almost 800 sq ft, we live up above in the upper two floors so that we are available to make sure all your needs are met.

The view from the window is a mix of spruce, birch and aspen trees. Flower gardens, including iris and lilacs, and an herb garden and greenhouse are on the property. In the Summer, we are close to the botanical garden at UAF, and in the Winter, if the auroras are out, they are very likely to be seen right over our house, with no city light pollution to dilute them. For extended stay, we can talk about a Monthly rate. Generally for anything over a month, we need to get references from your current landlord or other references. Have a great journey!

More Details

Carol or Les Smallwood
Member since: 2012
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
18 June, 2018

About Carol or Les Smallwood

Les & Carol Smallwood, have been residents in Fairbanks, Alaska, for over 28 years. This home you'd be staying at has been built by Les. The year purchased just indicates the year we purchased the piece of land it sits on. Located among aspen and spruce trees, the apartment suite is on the lower lever and was just remodeled. We have two dogs (all friendly and will not bother you), we love our location and privacy and hope you'll consider staying with us. We look forward to making your stay memorable.

Carol or Les Smallwood purchased this apartment in 1991

Why Carol or Les Smallwood chose Fairbanks

This piece of property is a total of 2.5 acres that was purchased by Les Smallwood in 1991, and then he began the process of clearing the woods and building the house you see today on it. We picked this part of town because it is near the University, doesn't have a lot of commercial business cluttering and hiding the natural beauty of the area, it is private and quiet, and it is still very close and convenient to everything in town. It is also located within the best schools' districts in the city, ensuring that our kids would go to the best public schools available.

What makes this apartment unique

Living with woods all around means privacy, and that you may get visits from the local moose. The air is fresh, and the water tastes good right out of the faucet, no filtering needed. If you are here in the Summer, the days are long and beautiful. In the Winter, the auroras are clear and strong, without any city light pollution. (Credits for the video tour we made to show you the place: video by Les Smallwood, music "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by John Story, music editing by Chantel P. )


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment rental in Fairbanks

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Conservative Water Use - in other words, don't run water excessively or unnecessarily.
  • Please remove shoes right inside the door.
  • Please use the fans when cooking or showering.
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 with full sized tub and shower, towels provided, shampoo & conditioner, bath soap provided
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1/ queen bed - 1 large double bed , Lots of room in here for small children to sleep on a airbed
  • Queen size Beds (1) Premium new queen mattress, and the smaller room, which doubles as an office for the business traveler, also has a twin bed in it.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • video player
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • rock climbing
  • ski
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
Morning coffee & tea is provided, visitors guides and local knowledge available, please query if shuttle from airport is needed


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Private Wooded Setting, 8 Minutes from airport or shopping, 60- 5 STARS, Auroras
average rating of 5.0 based on 61 reviews
Gilbert, Arizona, USA

Cozy & Well Equipped!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at the Aspen Woods rental! The owners, Carol and Les, made sure we had everything needed for a great stay - including extra boots, parkas and gloves for our chilly aurora-seeking nights. Would definitely recommend it to others and would gladly book again on our next trip to Fairbanks!

  • Review Submitted: 25/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review of our place! We really enjoyed meeting you both and your local friend here, as well! We were happy to provide a few extras to make your stay more comfortable! It's fantastic that you saw the auroras, had a bunch of fun local day trips, and we really enjoyed dining with you all on one evening. Please stay with us again, whenever you are in Fairbanks! Carol & Les
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Great comfortable place with awesome hosts

  • 5 of 5

Has all you need in the kitchen plus many extras. Hosts go out of their way to make your stay enjoyable.

  • Review Submitted: 13/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful setting, wonderful hosts!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a fantastic stay here during our brief trip to Fairbanks. Great location --

not far at all from the airport, but plenty of seclusion, and well within day trip driving distance of a number of fun things to do -- including seeing the aurora borealis! The hosts are extremely accommodating. There is plenty of extra winter gear, the apartment was very spacious, comfortable, and clean, and there are two beds that are very comfy! (The second bed in the guest room came in handy when my husband wouldn't stop snoring one night! :-) ) Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: 11/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much, Lauren, for the very thoughtful review! We appreciate it and would be happy to be your hosts if you are able to travel North to Fairbanks again. We're so glad you had a great visit here! Carol & Les
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Great, cozy cottage in the woods!

  • 5 of 5

We went to Fairbanks to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary and see the Northern Lights! The lights were not visible from the house, but Ester Dome (viewable from there) was only 20 minutes driving distance. We had the bottom floor of the house to ourselves and it was equipped with anything and everything you might possibly need, right down to the agave syrup for my tea! The power went out briefly while we were there, but Carol and Les have a full sized generator that kicked on to make sure we were snug and warm. It snowed consistently while we were there but Les kept the driveway plowed and prepared for us. Carol was also a wealth of knowledge about nearby activities. If we ever go back, I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: 25/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Christine, Thank you for your very nice review. We're glad you were vey comfortable and were able to see the Northern Lights. But I need to clarify a couple things you mentioned. First, the rental is a completely separate private 800 sq ft apartment suite, not just the ground floor of a house. Secondly, you could have seen the auroras from our house, if the aurora activity was higher then a 2 on the night you viewed them on which means they are low on the horizon, and further North. The photos we have on our page are taken right over our house. You mentioned to me that you drove to Murphy Dome, not Ester Dome which is only 5 miles away from here, 10 minutes actually. You actually drove to Murphy Dome, which is much farther away. We did have a snowfall of at least a foot at one time, causing power lines to fail area- wide, not just at our location. You were lucky to stay here where we have a large generator, to take care of any emergencies. Most other places are not as well prepared. We even have extra parkas and boots in the closet for our guests to use if needed for when guests are out viewing auroras or other Winter activities. Thank you again, I'm glad you guys had a great anniversary, and trip! Maybe we'll see you in the summer, we enjoyed meeting you and would be happy to host to be your hosts again! Carol & Les
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  • 5 of 5

This is an amazing place that we stay. My parents and I have an unforgettable experience in Fairbanks. Carol and Les are very nice, and gave us many suggestions. Their place is warm that just your home. They have all the equipment, furnitures and daily supplies that we need. Also, here is close to airport, downtown, or some grocery store. So! It’s very convenient.

  • Review Submitted: 23/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Gilbert, AZ


  • 5 of 5

The property was impeccable! Beautiful inside and out. Carol and Les really made our experience unforgettable. They were so helpful with recommendations and even called when snow fell to make sure we rented a safe car. They rock! I cannot say enough wonderful things about them and their propery.

  • Review Submitted: 21/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your great review! We're glad we made your visit here special, and that you had such a good time! Have a nice Spring and come back and see us sometime in the summer, we'd love to have you return! Carol & Les
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Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Fairbanks International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Miles
The Blue Loon
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Fairbanks Golf & Country Club, on Farmers Loop Rd
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Alaska Railroad
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Parks Highway
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Lemon Grass -Thai
Car: necessary

We are located near the University of Alaska Fairbanks, on the west side of town, only 8 minutes from the airport, 10 minutes from shopping, yet still secluded, private wooded setting. In the Summer, we are very close to the botanical garden, and the UAF Large Animal Research station with musk ox and caribou, (reindeer). In the Winter, the auroras can be seen going right over our house!


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday apartment in Fairbanks

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer Sun
25 May 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
2 night minimum stay
Autumn Aurora
15 Sep 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$27 per night, per additional guest
1 Dec 2018 - 10 Feb 2019
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$20 per night, per additional guest
Winter Aurora
11 Feb 2019 - 31 Mar 2019
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$27 per night, per additional guest
1 Apr 2019 - 30 Apr 2019
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$20 per night, per additional guest
Long Summer Nights
1 May 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$27 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$100.79

More than a 30 day stay is negotiable, also an extended stay of more than 2 weeks is negotiable. The rates are based on a 2 person occupancy, each extra person is an additional $15 per night. Borough bed tax 8%

NO PETS are allowed, since we have to keep it allergy free for everyone. Please be conservative with water use, do not run water unnecessarily. That simply means to not let the water run when not being used.
Check in time is usually not before 3pm, unless a prior arrangement has been made with owner.
Check out time on departure day is 11am, unless there is a prior arrangement with the owner.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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