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'THE SHIRE HOUSE' QUIET COUNTRY HOME

David or Kathryn Johnson

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Sleeps11
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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'THE SHIRE HOUSE' QUIET COUNTRY HOME

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4 Bedroom home with inspiring views

This is a great home for a family trip or gathering. The home has 4 bedrooms and 2 full baths. The 2 1/2 story design allows for 2 bedrooms on the main floor and 2 in the daylight basement. The basement also has a spacious family room with a pool table and games and puzzles and a Karaoke machine. The main floor has a cozy living room with windows floor to ceiling looking out on the birch forest toward Pioneer Peak and the Knik Glacier. The open kitchen/dining area features a solarium room. There is also an open loft with massive beams and rustic wood ceiling. In-floor heat is quiet and comfortable if heating is needed. There are several bookcases filled with books of all kinds if you like to read.

The kitchen is fully equipped. There is a gas grill on the back deck and outdoor table and chairs for barbeques on nice days. .

The property is pet friendly and great for families with kids.

The home is nestled in the woods far away from busy roads so you can enjoy the peace and quiet with lots of room for family fun. The full length covered front porch is a wonderful setting for morning sun and the back deck is secluded and looks out over the lawn area to the surrounding thick forest.

The property is very private and secluded yet only 15 minutes from the town of Palmer

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Suitability:
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only

David or Kathryn Johnson

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David and Kathryn Johnson have lived in Alaska since 1996. We built the home mostly ourselves with help from friends, kids and a few paid professionals. Dave is an independent insurance agent and Kathryn is a biologist. Both are aspiring amatuer horse trainers working with Guinness, a 4 year old Percheron draft horse.

We both have been Alaskans for a long time, it just took us until 1996 when we moved here to realize it. We enjoy hiking, biking, skiing. We have traveled around the state and realize with every advaenture how much we still have to enjoy. From Denali to Kotzebue to Kodiak to Haines, Alaska continues to amaze us.

David or Kathryn Johnson purchased this house in 2006

We built our home in the Bodenburg Butte area of Palmer because of the beautiful quiet rural environment. The farms and hayfields and horse pastures are surrounded by spectacular mountains and dense forest areas. Moose are common and we have seen bear and wolf tracks on our hikes to the nearby Matanuska River. We want to share the beauty and uniqueness of the area with others who might appreciate it. With the kids grown and gone, we built an apartment above the detached garage so we could still enjoy our property but better utilize the big home to share with others.

The home is the perfect family fun location. From the family/game room in the lower level to the open loft it has lots of room for fun. The old fashioned covered front porch looks out over the fields and on to the mountains and provides a constantly changing inspiring vista. Our home is arranged so that guests can easily enjoy various activities without getting in each other's way.

Sleeps11
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Pay with confidence
Pay with confidence
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Reviews

4.7
based on 11 holidaymaker reviews

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'THE SHIRE HOUSE' Quiet Country Home
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 11 reviews
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'THE SHIRE HOUSE' Quiet Country Home
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p424017vb
+ 907 223 6508
Palmer Alaska
5

BEYOND FANTASTIC!

  • 5 out of 5
We rented this house with another couple and it was perfect. They took the downstairs bedrooms and bath, we had the main floor beds and bath. And with the upstairs loft, it was easy to find private time.
The kitchen/dinning room area was great for meals and socializing. The back porch with the grill made for another special area. Having the washer and dryer made me realize I had way overpacked!
The property is beautiful, overlooking the pasture with the Butte and mountains in the distance. The horses were a treat to watch while having coffee on the front porch.
Dave and his wife are kind and thoughtful, and conversations with both are easy and informative.
The house is even more beautiful than the pictures. We felt very fortunate everyday that we were able to stay, and very sad when we had to leave.
When we return to Palmer we have already decided to stay here. It was close to everywhere we wanted to go, and a pleasure upon returning "home".
We absolutely loved it, if I could rate it 10 stars I would do so without hesitation! Thank you!
  • Review Submitted: 29-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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'THE SHIRE HOUSE' Quiet Country Home
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p424017vb
+ 907 223 6508
Palmer Alaska
Homer, AK
5

GREAT WEEKEND COMPLETE WITH SLED RIDE

  • 5 out of 5
This is the second time my women's hockey team has stayed at this house, and we will continue to year after year. The house is very large with plenty of room for a big group. It's in a beautiful location not too far from Palmer. The owners are wonderful and willing to do anything to make your stay enjoyable. This year that meant a sled ride from their awesome horse Guinness.
  • Review Submitted: 18-Dec-2013
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Families with Young Children
business
'THE SHIRE HOUSE' Quiet Country Home
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p424017vb
+ 907 223 6508
Palmer Alaska
3

ALASKA HOME

  • 3 out of 5
Beautiful location, spacious home and very gracious host. However, we did have a few disappointments. The TV description should have been clarified as Netflix only. This resulted in no local news, sports or TV shows in the evening. Also, the internet service was very spotty during our stay. There wasn't any security on the internet service so perhaps others in the area were using the bandwidth watching Netflix or surfing the internet. Regarding the beds, the two Queen size beds were not well suited for two people since both people just roll towards the middle. Again, home was spacious and location was great.
  • Review Submitted: 16-Sep-2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Families with Teenagers
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'THE SHIRE HOUSE' Quiet Country Home
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p424017vb
+ 907 223 6508
Palmer Alaska
black hills of south Dakota
5

TWO THUMBS UP!

  • 5 out of 5
This was a wonderful experience for my family and I. The location of the house is absolutely breath taking. The house itself is cozy, beautiful, and spacious. The hosts are kind warm people and are very helpful with their knowledge of the surrounding area to help better your stay. I absolutely loved it and would do it again and again!
  • Review Submitted: 24-Aug-2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
'THE SHIRE HOUSE' Quiet Country Home
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p424017vb
+ 907 223 6508
Palmer Alaska
Denver, CO United States
5

ALASKAN ADVENTURE!

  • 5 out of 5
My husband, dog, and I recently drove up to Alaska to explore as much as we could. We stayed at this wonderful guest house and had an amazing time. The owners know the area so well which helps when you are new. They can guide you on how to best spend your time there. The house was gorgeous and the horses were friendly. The owners even loaned us ice grippers so we could explore the Matanuska glacier nearby. This location is also a great hub for exploring the Kenai Peninsula as well as Anchorage. Thanks for a great stay!
  • Review Submitted: 01-Aug-2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
'THE SHIRE HOUSE' Quiet Country Home
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p424017vb
+ 907 223 6508
Palmer Alaska
Minneapolis, MN
5

TREMENDOUS TIME

  • 5 out of 5
My wife and I stayed at the Shire House for four wonderful nights. We got in very late on our first night (actually arriving past midnight) but the lights were on for us! The place is very roomy, and the views from the front porch or out the floor to ceiling windows are breath taking. Our hosts, David and Kathryn, bent over backwards to make us feel at home. We even got a ride in a carriage drawn by one of their horses, a big Percheron (sp?) named Guiness. Across a large pasture where the horses graze that is just across the road in front of the house is a local attraction : a Reindeer Farm. You have to see this place because you can get a moose to give you a kiss. No lie.

There are too many things to mention that you can do within an hour of this place. You will want to have a car, so if you fly into Anchorage MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR CAR LINED UP as some of the companies only put an hour hold on their cars. From the Shire House there are easy day trips. We went to the Matanuska Glacier where you can actually walk onto the ice if you want. There is also the Independence Mine and the Hatcher Pass. All must dos. Palmer has two large grocery stores to shop for food so you can load up the frig when you get there. There are some quaint local eating establishments. You'll get referrals from David and Kathryn. One night we ordered pizza and it came delivered fast and hot. Anchorage is only 30 miles away, so if you want, it's an easy trip. We had stayed two nights in Anchorage and we now wished we had stayed the entire stay in Palmer.

Well, that's it. Make a wise choice and stay at this place!!!
  • Review Submitted: 31-Jul-2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Location

Car: necessary

Palmer was the center of the 1930's Matanuska Valley farm colony, created by the US government as a way to help over 200 farm families from the Midwest to start over. There are many log homes and log barns from the era in the immediate area still occupied and used.

A short walk across the hayfield brings you to the William's Reindeer Ranch where you can see and learn about reindeer, bison, moose and elk. The ranch also provides horseback trail rides on nearby Bodenburg Butte.

About 60 miles down the Glenn Highway you can hike on Matanuska Glacier, the 26 mile long glacier which is the source of the Matanuska River. Marvel at the immensity and the fantastic blue of glacial ice! For the adventurous, NOVA guides has a whitewater raft trip on the Matanuska River.

The town of Palmer is about 7 miles from the house and has all services you would expect in a small friendly town. There are grocery stores, great restaurants (ask for our recommendations) and lots of small town charm.

If you just want to enjoy the outdoors you can hike to the Matanuska River or find a local trail up one of the mountains nearby. Both lake and river fishing are available either on your own or on guided trips.

Or, use the place as a base for exploring more of SouthCentral Alaska. Anchorage is about 45 miles south with its wonderful museums, restaurants and many other attractions. Traveling south you can visit the wonders of the Kenai Peninsula and visit the harbor towns of Seward and Homer. Seward is the home of the Alaska Sealife Center, a must see on any Alaska trip.

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2 night minimum stay
$590
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Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

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Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Palmer in Alaska

Property Type:
  • house
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
General:
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Queen size Beds (2) Super queen in upstairs bedroom and regular queen sleigh bed in basement bedroom., Twin or Single Beds (3) Twin captain's bed in upstairs bedroom. Two twin beds in downstairs bedroom., Baby Cribs (1) Graco fold out playpen/crib is provided., Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) One sleep sofa in the lower level family room and one in the open loft.
Entertainment:
  • Stereo
  • Pool Table
  • Television ...
  • CD Player
  • Video Games ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • restaurants
  • museums
  • playground
Leisure Activities:
  • shopping
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • kayaking
  • rock climbing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • parasailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • whitewater rafting
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