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COMFORTABLE HOUSE WITH KITCHEN ON THE CHENA RIVER. FAMILY FRIENDLY.

Martha and Robert Roth

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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms1
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Minimum Stay 2 nights
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COMFORTABLE HOUSE WITH KITCHEN ON THE CHENA RIVER. FAMILY FRIENDLY.

Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday home in Fairbanks - Riverside Retreat

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. Since we are just starting we may adjust furniture as we see needs. We have a crib and high chair available but so far haven't brought them up.

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 and enjoy meeting people so we think doing a VRBO will be fun. We also enjoy sharing the space we have taken for granted for so many years. It really is a special spot.

Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • smoking allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Martha and Robert Roth (Owner)
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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.

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

5
based on 4 holidaymaker reviews

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Comfortable House With Kitchen On The Chena River. Family Friendly.
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews
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Comfortable House With Kitchen On The Chena River. Family Friendly.
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p560455vb
9079787703
Fairbanks Alaska
Oakdale, MN
5

Great home for family vacation!

  • 5 out of 5
We were bringing our son to the University of Alaska-Fairbanks for college and chose to stay at Bob and Mardee's property for ten days. The location was great! We were close to the UAF campus, downtown, and many of the places we wanted to visit. Their house was perfect for our needs because it had 4 bedrooms, and we had 6 people in our group. The view of the Chena River out our windows was spectacular! We used the kitchen to cook our meals. Mardee gave us fresh peas from her garden to eat. We enjoyed Bob and Mardeee's stories about Fairbanks, bee-keeping, hunting, flying, and boat racing. Our family enjoyed playing croquet in their huge backyard. We feel very fortunate to have met such nice people! Our stay was enjoyable and memorable. We would love to stay with them again in the future.
  • Review Submitted: 24-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Comfortable House With Kitchen On The Chena River. Family Friendly.
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p560455vb
9079787703
Fairbanks Alaska
Las Vegas, NV
5

Great people

  • 5 out of 5
The house was wonderful. Just as described.The owners were helpful and accommodating. We wish we had more time to spent there.
  • Review Submitted: 06-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Comfortable House With Kitchen On The Chena River. Family Friendly.
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p560455vb
9079787703
Fairbanks Alaska
Liverpool, NY
5

Perfect for family and friendss

  • 5 out of 5
Thank you to Martha and Bob for providing the perfect place for our family while visiting Fairbanks. In every room beautiful knotty pine walls were mounted with an animal skin or bust that was actually shot by Bob or Martha. It was great fun watching the dog meet the giant bear leering off the bedroom wall. The back of the house has the million dollar view of the Chena River. At the end of April we watched the ice break into huge chunks on the river. We saw some beaver swimming downstream! The house sits on a large piece of land that's great for children to play and the river is right there for swimming or boating or just watching. Another bonus- we were only minutes away from grocery stores and airport while still enjoying the ruggedness and beauty of Fairbanks. This is a GREAT place for a family to be together, to be extremely comfortable, to enjoy cooking meals together, and be excited to be in Alaska. Martha and Bob were willing to help make us comfortable in anyway they could, all you had to do was ask, otherwise you were on your own to enjoy and explore. Thank you Martha and Bob for a home away from home.
Sincerely,
Judy, Paul, and family
  • Review Submitted: 25-May-2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • 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
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Comfortable House With Kitchen On The Chena River. Family Friendly.
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p560455vb
9079787703
Fairbanks Alaska
5

Cozy, Warm, Affordable and Wonderful Decor! You will love this place!

  • 5 out of 5
We enjoyed our four-night stay. The owners are living downstairs while the guest rooms (four of them) are upstairs. There is fully-equipped kitchen and full bath upstairs. Patio is included in the package, so if you are a smoker, no need to go downstair and there is even an ashtray right next to the patio door. You can literately see the beautiful view from the patio or take a little walk to the back of the house and the Chena River is all yours! The location is a killer too, major highways are five-min away.
  • Review Submitted: 04-Apr-2014
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Location

Location

Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Fairbanks International
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Alaska Railroad
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
George Parks Highway
Car: necessary

We are 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!

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Rental rates for this holiday house in Fairbanks, Alaska

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2 night minimum stay
$324
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$972
$3,456
 

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 8.0%
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Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Fairbanks in Alaska

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 970 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Heating ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
Kitchen:
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , Some things stored in here but it can be use if needed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Books
  • Toys
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Balcony
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • horseshoes
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • boating
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • antiquing
  • miniature golf
  • horseback riding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • skiing
  • roller blading
  • equestrian events
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • pier fishing
  • water tubing
  • golf
  • tennis
  • rafting
  • kayaking
  • water skiing
  • jet skiing
  • swimming
  • cycling
  • mountain biking
  • cross country skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • hiking
  • fishing
  • hunting
  • racquetball
  • basketball court
Notes:
It is located close to Fairbanks so there is access to a multitude of activities.
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