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Comfortable House With Kitchen On The Chena River. Family Friendly.

Bedrooms 4
Space 970 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

The House Is Located On 3 1/2 Acres On The North Side Of The Chena River.

While the unit is advertised for a number of people, it is great for a couple as well. We bought a two bedroom log cabin in the 60's. In 1974 we built a two story addition to accommodate our six children. At the time we wired and plumbed one bedroom so it could someday be a kitchen. The downstairs of the addition consists of a double garage, sun room and dining room. The upstairs is where guests are welcome. It has four bedrooms, sitting area, kitchen and porch. We have rented it monthly for many years but this time it was vacated we decided to do it as a VRBO. We live in the cabin downstairs.

Also on the property is a cabin that the original owner built for his parents and a barn that we built for our children and converted to a house when they were grown. We did bed and breakfast in them in the 1990's. At the time we registered the name Riverside Retreat. After a few years we decided to rent them on a monthly basis to have more time to play and travel. We can no longer do some of the things we used to do so are doing VRBO in the cabin too. We enjoy marrying people. We also enjoy sharing the space we have taken for granted for so many years. It really is a special spot.

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Martha and Robert Roth
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
12 September, 2018

About Martha and Robert Roth

In January of 1962 my husband was drafted out of a general practice residency in Sacramento and sent to Ft. Wainwright. At the time we had two small boys and I was teaching half day kindergarten. I had to give notice so we didn't arrive until March. Originally we paid our way up so we wouldn't have to stay longer than 18 months. We then extended so that we could live on post. Meanwhile, my husband fell in love with the hunting and fishing so we extended until they finally told him he had to either get out of the Army or take another assignment. The Army would give us a free move back to Oregon, our original home, within a year. So, we moved to a little one bedroom house on five acres. By then we had three boys so built a triple level, youth size bunk bed for the kids and slept in a hide-a-bed in the living room. The year ended and we're still here.

Bob practiced family medicine until retirement. Early on he learned to fly and had many adventures in his Super Cub. He completed the Yukon 800 boat race 6 times and won once. Now that he can't do these things, he raises bees and we play duplicate bridge. While Bob was busy working and playing I had time to get into trouble on my own. I quit teaching after my first year in Alaska and loved staying home with the kids. A neighbor and I once started a booth at the Fair to sell spaghetti for the swim team. It turned out to be a 15 year commitment, The Farmhouse Cafe, that served everything from hamburgers and Hunters Stew to eggs the chickens laid in their cages. When the last two children were in high school I took a class to become a realtor. This seemed interesting, especially since an older son who taught in the Bush was moving to Fairbanks with his young family and would soon be needing a house. They bought the first one I showed them. About 20 years ago I bought an 8 unit efficiency apartment with another son because of the real estate connection. Many more stories but out of room

Martha and Robert Roth purchased this house in 1969

Why Martha and Robert Roth chose Fairbanks

While we were living in the little house a neighbor came to collect money for another neighbor that plowed the snow. When they went to California to get braces for their daughter they asked if we would like to rent their bigger house. So in 1966 we moved. The next summer there was a big flood. The basement was filled with water and there was 10 1/2 inches in the living room. They owned the lot next door and wanted to build their dream house there so we negotiated to buy the house. They borrowed money on this house to finance the new house so, though we agreed on a purchase price, we paid rent until the financing on their new house was completed. Then we bought it. It's a wonderful place to live.

What makes this house unique

It is close to town and the University. The location on the river is a delight. Through the years there have been dozens of picnics at the river. Last summer our daughter had her 20th high school reunion, and of course the picnic was here. They picked up canoes and kayaks from Pioneer Park to add even more fun. It is casual and homey. We put new carpet in the upstairs last year. It has a big garden and lots of privacy.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Fairbanks

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 970 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 single bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double bed , Some things stored in here but it can be use if needed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
It is located close to Fairbanks so there is access to a multitude of activities.


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Comfortable House With Kitchen On The Chena River. Family Friendly.
average rating of 4.7045455 based on 44 reviews

Beautiful place!

  • 5 of 5

Extremely friendly hosts. Charming home. Excellent Wifi. Fun Alaska decor.

  • Review Submitted: 02/08/2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lots of Alaskan ambience

  • 4 of 5

Great location on the river for rafting etc. Owners were very friendly. Would have preferred more privacy.

  • Review Submitted: 12/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We do apologize that they didn't have more privacy. Three of our children and their families were visiting during the time these guests were here. The weather was great and the seven children, from 2 to 11, filled the yard with play. They love being together and it only happens every other year.
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Great Location

  • 4 of 5

This is located on the banks of the Chena river with wonderful water views. The kitchen and common space (foyer on top of stairs) are quite small for a large group to sit down together for any activities or meals. We were a group of 9 people and found having one bathroom to share was a challenge. The host was friendly and there is a large yard with toys for kids to play in. Overall we had a good experience. Would recommend for small (4-6) groups.

  • Review Submitted: 10/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice hosts. Wonderful stay.

  • 5 of 5

We loved it here. Very nice property and very kind hosts.

  • Review Submitted: 06/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Friendly owners, great view of the river.

  • 5 of 5

Great place for our stay in Fairbanks, the views of the river were fabulous! We really enjoyed being able to cookout right by the water and watch the boaters go by as we dined at the picnic table.The owners were wonderful, easy to work with, very helpful to us while there. The cabin was comfortable and great location to get to everything we wanted to do. Only reason I would give 4 stars instead of 5 is that it does need to be updated as furniture and appliances were a bit old, towels in kitchen were very worn. I did mention this to the owners and they seemed happy to be made aware of it. I would definitely stay here again and recommend to others.

  • Review Submitted: 29/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place with nice owners, had a pleasant stay in Fairbanks!

  • 5 of 5

Great time in Fairbanks, the place is welcoming and cozy. Owners are very nice people, offered help with all the questions.

Nice backyard in the back of the house with a river access. Upstairs has 4 rooms, kitchen and a bathroom. Next time we are in Fairbanks, we are booking it again!

  • Review Submitted: 21/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Fairbanks International
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Alaska Railroad
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
George Parks Highway
Car: recommended

One thing we’ve learned in a year of doing VRBO is to be sure of your arrival and departure information before you reserve our home, Check in is at 3 PM and departure 11 AM unless the house is vacant on either side of your stay. Quite a few guests have had to stay in a hotel for a night because they get in at 1 AM and someone else is in there, or have to leave by 11 when their plane departs at 1 AM, or something like this.

Recently, in our second summer, a guest said someone told her she shouldn’t even come to Fairbanks. Because of this she only booked two nights for her group. They were in the midst of a long road trip. Once here she could see how much there is to do and would have like to stay longer. The next group, also not familiar with Fairbanks, arrived after several days on the road and said they like the house so much they might not even go out. After a good night sleep they did venture out but two days barely lets you get your feet wet--or snowy.

We face South on the North side of the Chena River about two miles from the University of Alaska. Iver Lane ends beside our house on the Chena River. There is a little fire pit on the river which can be used for picnics and duck feeding.

We are close to Creamers Field, Pioneer Park, the Riverboat Discovery, the University of Alaska and their wonderful museum, the auto museum and many other interesting places. Fairbanks is an amazing little town with activities from dog mushing to theater. The aurora is often visible in winter. In summer there is near total daylight. Chena Hot Springs is a wonderful day trip.

We have lived here since 1966. It was originally a two bedroom log cabin. We had six children so built a two story addition. The downstairs of the addition has a double garage, sun room and dining room. The upstairs has four bedrooms, bathroom, a kitchen and sitting area. This is the area where we welcome visitors to stay. We still live downstairs.

As the pictures show, this wouldn't be desirable for people opposed to hunting. Bob has enjoyed hunting his whole life. Mardee was raised on Bambi and not excited about it. However, she had done some shooting in high school and killed one moose and two bears on three shots to show she could. Then she resigned.

We have a large garden that the local first graders have picked each fall for the last 16 years. Visitors are welcome to 'eat from it' in season. Many ducks live on the river and love to be fed. There is a fence along the river in front of the house but there are two openings to the river. Children aren't allowed to go to the river without an adult unless they are good swimmers.

The Summer Art Festival has been going on for over twenty five years. Each March Ice Alaska has attracted people from around the world. This year we have the Arctic Winter Games.

A word of warning, we came to Fairbanks in 1962 for 18 months and haven't left yet!


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house around the Fairbanks

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning AU$102.91

I would like to communicate with visitors by phone or e-mail before they come in case there is anything special to share.

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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