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20 min. scenic drive from Anchorage: Cottage With View: Cook Inlet & Mt. Susitna

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bath In Main Cottage, (Option) 2 Bedrooms in separate cottage

The Hermitage is a cottage home on 2.5 wooded acres with beautiful gardens and views of Mt. Susitna and Knik Arm of Cook Inlet. Upon entering the property one might feel as though they have stepped into a fairytale. This unique two-story cottage offers a spacious bedroom with large comfy seating area. The cozy living room is Arts & Crafts inspired. The country style eat-in-kitchen with seating for six around the large hickory table, kindles memories of comfort food and lively conversation. The kitchen window frames a view of the patio garden. (optional) Serene privacy of additional sleeping-quarters only (no bathroom) in a separate two-story, two-bedroom cabin with summer porch. The separate cabin is connected to main cottage by a quaint pergola.

Plan your Alaskan adventure day trips while relaxing in comfort around the campfire with your own private view of Knik Arm and Mt. Susitna, locally known as the Sleeping Lady.


Main cottage only based on double occupancy: $180.00 plus tax per night. $1,080 per week plus tax.

More Details

Property Manager
Pat or Sally Tilton
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
26 May, 2018

About Pat or Sally Tilton

We both grew up in Alaska. Pat was 9 years old when his family arrived before statehood in 1956. Sally was 13 years old when her family drove the Alcan in 1967. We raised our two sons in Chugiak and have called it home since 1982. We are both retired now and enjoy working in our studio, hiking, camping, and traveling.

Pat or Sally Tilton purchased this cottage in 1990

Why Pat or Sally Tilton chose Chugiak

The very moment we stepped foot on the Hermitage property in 1990, we knew we wanted to make it our home. This was before we had gone to the backyard and discovered the amazing view of Knik Arm and Mt. Susitna! During the late 80's the housing market in the area was in a severe slump. This property with its special qualities as well as it's special needs had been on the market for two years. We were up for the challenge and fortunately for us were able to obtain the property. Over the years we have continued to make improvements to make it what it is today. It is artistically unique and quaintly comfortable. We enjoy the beauty, serenity, and convenience of its location. The detached 2 story garage has been converted into a live-in art studio. This is where we live and create during the spring, summer, and fall months. During the winter months we move back in to the coziness of the Hermitage Cottage. And sometimes we escape the cold Alaskan winters to travel to South East Asia. Sharing the Hermitage Cottages makes this possible.

What makes this cottage unique

The Hermitage Cottage with its beautiful garden provides a unique blend of options. The main cottage, if only one bedroom is needed can be rented at a lower rate. For families with older children or couples traveling together and sharing expenses, the addition of the small cottage provides extra sleeping accommodations. The backyard with the sound of Peter's Creek and the serene view of Cook Inlet and Mt. Susitna provides privacy with a sense of Alaskan seclusion; Yet the property is conveniently located to amenities and nearby points of interest. The location provides an easy stepping off point for amazing day trips such as a day in the city of Anchorage or the quiet yet charming farming town of Palmer, hiking around Hatcher's Pass and historic Independence Gold Mine, fishing or flight seeing in historic Talkeetna, taking the train or driving to Seward for whale watching or fishing, visiting the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Park near Portage Glacier or traveling to Whittier through the longest tunnel in North America, walking on the Matanuska Glacier, or easy hiking to near-by Thunderbird Falls and Reflection lake, hiking, bicycling, or kayaking at Eklutna lake, or simply enjoying a relaxing day in the privacy of your Homeaway from home.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Chugiak in Municipality of Anchorage

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , combination bathroom/laundry
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , (optional)
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , (optional)
  • Bedroom 1 with queen bed in main cottage has a comfy seating area with large flat screen television. (Optional) Bedrooms 2 & 3 are in separate sleeping quarters connected to main cottage by a pergola. If Bedrooms 2 & 3 are not needed, contact owner for cost details. There is one shared bathroom between both cottages.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
Owners, Pat and Sally reside on property in a separate building from rental cabins. We respect your privacy but are available if needed. We are long-time Alaskans and can make recommendations if requested.


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20 min. scenic drive from Anchorage: Cottage With View: Cook Inlet & Mt. Susitna
average rating of 5.0 based on 35 reviews

Incredible whimsical cottage with amazing landscape and view!

  • 5 of 5

Pat and Sally are the ultimate host and hostess! They have thought of every detail and items you might need during your stay. This is the first time ever that so much wonderful coffee, food, pantry items were provided during a VRBO stay. Everywhere you look there is something artsy, historical, or just plain beautiful. This was the perfect spot fir my son and I to stay fir our Bucket List trip to Alaska. Thank you so much!!

  • Review Submitted: 20-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming, comfortable, like being at home. Sally was very gracious and kind when we arrived.

  • 5 of 5

I was kind of sad when I realized we wouldn't be there in the summer because the colors in the promo photo were beautiful. But the colors of fall were gorgeous and being on the cusp of changing weather did not dampen our experience. I never imagined I would ever go to Alaska but so glad we were able to go and stay in this charming home.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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WOW - This Place Was Awesome!

  • 5 of 5

The Chugiak Cottage and Guest House were perfect for our party of two couples. The gardens, decor and bluff views far exceeded expectations. The gas fireplaces kept all rooms so warm and comfortable. All the furnishings and beds were super comfortable. Every day we discovered treasures we hadn't seen the day before, both in the house and while exploring the beautiful gardens. As mainlanders, the lush gardens weren't what we expected to find in Alaska. We tend to find places that work for day trips and this was a perfect fit. We cooked breakfast and dinner at the house with ease. The kitchen has anything and everything you would need to prepare and serve almost any meal. The location was just off the highway and convenient to nearby grocery, gas and multiple dining spots. Pat and Sally are excellent hosts/proprietors. Everything you might possibly need is readily available and their preparedness was most evident the night we decided to have a fire in the patio fire pit - wood, kindling and newspapers were close by in a covered woodshed to keep it dry. There were comfortable cushions for the love seats near the fire pit and Pat had pointed out that we even had heavy wool blankets in the guest house porch that we could use for additional warmth. When it came time to go indoors after the fire died down - there was even a filled watering can positioned right where it was needed to douse the ashes. We'd stay here again in a heartbeat!

  • Review Submitted: 13-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Most Beautiful location!

  • 5 of 5

This place was such an amazing and fun place to stay

  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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The most magical place ever!

  • 5 of 5

This cottage and garden is the most beautifully appointed home away from home we have ever experienced. You will not be disappointed. It has everything you could ever want for an Alaska vacation.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Dana and family. It was a joy to meet you.
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Wonderful people with an absolutely beautiful location. Plenty of room for a family.

  • 5 of 5

Pat and Sally were welcoming and the beautiful home was truly a treat for our family to enjoy. Beautiful art work on the interior, comfortable beds, a great kitchen and a superb CD collection to listen to over coffee each morning. The quality of the home was amazing and we will definitely be back to this location in the future! Very highly recommended for families with children that require separate bedrooms, along with a private room for the parents. For couples traveling alone, just reserving the main cottage is perfect and you will be amazed by how comfortable you will be.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you David. We very pleased the Hermitage Cottage suited your family's accommodation needs. We look forward to having you stay again.
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Horse Drawn Carriage Co, Inc.
Nearest Airport
29 Miles
Ted Stevens International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Birchwood Saloon
Nearest Ferry
80 Miles
Alaska Marine Highway (Whittier, AK 1 hour 40 min)
Nearest Golf
16 Miles
Palmer Golf Course
Nearest Train
22 Miles
Alaska Railroad (Anchorage Train Station)
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Glenn Highway a scenic byway
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Bella Vista: Pizza, Steak, Seafood, Greek
Nearest Ski
4 Miles
Beach Lake Cross-Country Ski Trails
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Mirror Lake Beach
Car: necessary

Nearby attractions less than 5 miles: Bike trails, hiking trails, cross country ski trails. Trail head to Chugach State Park. Eklutna Village with historic Russian Orthodox Church (oldest building in area) and cemetery. Thunderbird Falls sightseeing and hiking. Mirror Lake & Beach Lake swimming, fishing, picnicking. Peters Creek Park with picnicking and frisbee golf course.

Day trips: Eklutna Lake, Matanuska Glacier, Historic Hatcher's Pass and Independence Gold Mine, Historic Talkeetna, Portage Glacier, Whittier, Prince William Sound, Alaska Wildlife Preserve, Eagle River Nature Center.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £52.63

All rates include both cottages.
(Optional) reduced rate if separate sleeping-quarters (2 bedrooms) are not needed. Contact owner for details.
Rentals for ≥ 30days cleaning fee $150.00.
!00% refund for 30 days or more advanced notice of cancellation.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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

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