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Private Wooded Setting, Comfortable, Convenient and 43- 5 STAR REVIEWS & Auroras

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

A Private Woods, Close to Town, only 3 miles from University of Alaska!

Perfect for the short term traveler, extended stays (over a month) are available, too. Please read our reviews before you look elsewhere, to see how our guests feel. This beautiful newly remodeled, 780 sq.ft. one bedroom apartment has all new furnishings and better than hotel quality details. Private separate entrance on the ground floor. One bedroom with queen sized bed, all new bedding & new premium mattress. Apartment can accomodate up to 4 people, but it is best for single person, a couple, or a family. 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 is provided. It is conveniently located near the University of Alaska Fairbanks, (3 miles), and 8 minutes from the airport, 10 minutes from shopping.

The view from the window is a mix of spruce, birch and aspen trees. Flower gardens, including iris and lilacs, and a vegetable garden 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.

More Details

Carol or Les Smallwood
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 March, 2017

About Carol or Les Smallwood

Les & Carol Smallwood, have been residents in Fairbanks, Alaska, for over 23 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 three 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 Alaska

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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Fairbanks in Fairbanks North Star

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 780 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • children welcome ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • 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 ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 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


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(45 traveller reviews)

Private Wooded Setting, Comfortable, Convenient and 43- 5 STAR REVIEWS & Auroras
average rating of 5.0 based on 45 reviews

Best time of my life!

  • 5 of 5

Finally got to go to Fairbanks. Life long dream. If you get a chance to stay in Fairbanks, you must look into staying here. Les and Carol are absolutely some of the best people I have ever met! The apartment was like home. Everything was comfortable. More than comfortable. When I travel, I normally have a hard time sleeping and just being comfortable. But this place was like being in my own bed. I cannot say one bad thing about it. Way more than I had expected. There was snow and ice on the roads the whole time I was there and Les made sure the driveway and parking was maintained everyday. Les and Carol were always making sure everything was good for me. Les took me to the ice carving show one evening which I had planned to do anyway, but it was sure nice to have the company. It was like having my own personal tour guide. Then we went up to Ester Dome and he showed me the Aurora. It was not very strong that night but Les definitely showed me what to look for and I saw it several times on my own a few days after that. Simply amazing!!! Les and Carol can and will suggest any thing that you may find of interest. The drives and sights that they suggested are permanently embedded in my mind now. No place like I have ever been. Karina and Cooper, (their dogs) came to check on my everyday also. Wonderful, friendly dogs!! If you come to Fairbanks, there are 2 things that you MUST do. One is to make sure you go eat at the Loose Moose Cafe and the other is stay here with Les and Carol! You will not regret either. The month that I was there was the best time of my life. I know that had I stayed in a hotel, my stay would only have been a fraction of what it was. Les and Carol were a huge part of my stay being as great as it was and I can't thank them enough and so glad that I can now call them friends.

  • Review Submitted: May 5, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: David, Thank you so much for the wonderful write-up! We definitely do call you our friend, and hope you can come back up here again, this time in the summer. Then we can show you a whole bunch of other great things to see in the Fairbanks area. We were so happy to make your stay a pleasure, that's how we think of Alaska, a little bit of magic, where you can find some of the wonder you had when you were young. A place to capture some of that again!Keep in touch with us!
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Great stay in Fairbanks

  • 5 of 5

This was a great place to enjoy winter in Fairbanks. Close to all yet tucked away on a nice quiet street. Apartment had everything and more than you would need. Our hosts were very helpful with information and suggestions. Lots of clouds and snow for most of our stay but we were happy that the sky cleared and we saw the northern lights on our last night.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St. Louis, MO

Perfect stay in Fairbanks

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely perfect in every way... location, comfort, convenience, hospitality. Les and Carol are great hosts who go out of their way to make sure you have everything you need. The property is in an ideal location near the University, just outside of town... very private. Every detail has been accounted for... plug-in for your car, parking... every amenity you could think of... TV, full kitchen, laundry, towels, etc. This is probably the best kept secret in Fairbanks... much nicer than any hotel.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Dan, thank you very much for the beautifully written review you posted! We hope you were able to see everything you wanted to, and are happy you enjoyed your stay here with us. We would love to have you as guest anytime you head this way again. Thanks again, Carol & Les
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Absolutely perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Les & Carol are the perfect hosts! They are kind and full of wonderful suggestions and information. The accommodations were more than comfortable! I hope one day to return to Alaska and if we're in Fairbanks, we're staying with Les & Carol!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Monek' and Harlan for staying with us! We enjoyed meeting you and very happy that you enjoyed it. And we're so glad that you were able do and see all the Winter sights that were on your list! Please do let us know if you ever want to visit again, you are welcome to stay here any time! Carol & Les
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Great STAY! :)

  • 5 of 5

Big thanks to Carol and Les for making our trip out to Fairbanks an amazing one and allowing us to stay in their beautiful home. Carol has always been great at answering great questions and updating us on everything. Even sending us the Aurora and weather forecasts as that was our main reason for going. On top of being extra cool and allowing us flexibility on the check in and check out time do the nature of the flight schedule. Would highly recommend any of my friends stay there on their visit to Fairbanks and we will definitely be visiting again soon!

Thanks Carol & Les!

-Yuichi & Yiyi

  • Review Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yuichi & Yiyi, Thanks very much, we are so glad you had a great stay with us! And that you were able to see the auroras when you went North! We would love for you to come and stay with us again, maybe you will try seeing another season of Alaska with us! Carol & Les
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Hendersonville , NC

New Years Fireworks in Fairbanks

  • 5 of 5

Carol and Les were the best homeowners that we have rented from. Carol was so kind to keep us up to date with weather changes. My husband recently fractured his ankle and is using a knee scooter. The rental property is very Handicap accessible . Carol even found a shower bench for him to use for safety. In addition Les and Carol offered suggestions for activities that we were able to take advantage of despite his mobility issues. We were so surprised to see such a New Years Eve Celebration in Fairbanks...what a treat. The Auroras were not really visible, but on a clear day we drove to Denali National Park and saw Denali Mt. in full glory. Thank you for a wonderful trip and start to 2017.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ellen & Mike, Thank you very much for the nice review of our place! We enjoyed meeting you and are happy you were able to see most of what you wanted to see, a little auroras, and Denali. We enjoy helping our visitors have a good time in Fairbanks. It's unfortunate that the snowy weather made it so the auroras were not visible much. Maybe you can come back again some time, you're always welcome here! 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!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Fairbanks, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Winter Aurora
21 Mar 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £17 per night, per additional guest
1 May 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £17 per night, per additional guest
Autumn Aurora
16 Sep 2017 - 25 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £17 per night, per additional guest
26 Nov 2017 - 31 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £17 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £17 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee £40 + Tax
Tax Rate 8.0%

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 $25 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 for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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