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Private Wooded Setting, 8 Minutes from airport or shopping, 55- 5 STARS, Auroras

Bedrooms 1
Space 780 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

A Private Woods, Close to Town, Full kitchen, Luxurious & Spacious !

Perfect for the short term traveler. Please read our reviews before you look elsewhere, to see how our guests feel. Our place is more than just the apartment, it is the location, and the beautiful surroundings in the grounds around it. Flower gardens, a lawn with ornamental stubs and trees, a small deck and grill, woods all around the perimeter for privacy, a walking or running trail right from the back of the property, a small greenhouse to sit in for a peaceful cup of tea. This beautiful 780 sq.ft. one bedroom apartment has all new furnishings and is comparable to a private hotel suite, but better. There are many EXTRAS that are included such as wi-fi and cable TV, laundry, fully equipped kitchen, fresh garden herbs for your use, an outside grill, that if you figure that into your cost elsewhere, it is actually less expensive to stay here. (More extras which are not listed here) Private separate entrance on the ground floor. One bedroom with queen sized bed, all new bedding & new premium mattress. Also another smaller room with a twin sized bed, in addition two very comfortable airbeds if needed. Apartment can accomodate up to 4 people,. 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 and tea is provided. There is an outside grill on a small deck near the greenhouse for your use. There is a walking or running or biking trail, right from the back of the property onto the trail. Our place is conveniently located near the University of Alaska Fairbanks, (3 miles), and 8 minutes from the airport, 8 minutes from shopping. The rental is the entire ground floor, of almost 800 sq ft, we live up above in the upper two floors so that we are available to make sure all your needs are met.

The view from the window is a mix of spruce, birch and aspen trees. Flower gardens, including iris and lilacs, and an herb garden and greenhouse 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. For extended stay, we can talk about a Monthly rate. Generally for anything over a month, we need to get references from your current landlord or other references. Have a great journey!

More Details

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

About Carol or Les Smallwood

Les & Carol Smallwood, have been residents in Fairbanks, Alaska, for over 27 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 two 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 Fairbanks

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:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Conservative Water Use - in other words, don't run water excessively or unnecessarily.
  • Please remove shoes right inside the door.
  • Please use the fans when cooking or showering.
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 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 with full sized tub and shower, towels provided, shampoo & conditioner, bath soap provided
  • 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


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Private Wooded Setting, 8 Minutes from airport or shopping, 55- 5 STARS, Auroras
average rating of 5.0 based on 55 reviews
Thornton, Texas

Fairbanks wonderful lodging

  • 5 of 5

This place was wonderful!! Lots of extras all around. The bed is practically new, which allowed for good nights sleep. New towels and linens, washer and dryer and lots of extras in the kitchen. The owners made us feel like valued guest and ol friends. Carol and Les we so helpful in giving us advice and tips for seeing the city and the northern lights. We even saw them from the yard. Have already recommended this property to several friends.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Buck & Yvonne, We were so happy that the auroras showed up for you, and you got a good view from our house! We enjoyed meeting you, and would welcome you back, anytime! Thank you for the recommendations to your friends! It's great that you had such a good Alaska trip all around! Carol & Les
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Larkspur, CO USA

Fabulous place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

My sister and I stayed here and we loved it! Carol and Les are fantastic host's making sure we did not miss the Northern lights that came right over the top of the house! The apartment is very nice and comfortable, close to town but far enough away to feel out of town. I highly recommend staying here!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Lynn! I appreciate your review, and it was lovely to meet both of you and watch the auroras together! We're so glad you were able to see the Northern Lights and enjoy your stay with us! You're both welcome back any time! Carol & Les
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Wonderful place and people to rent from!!

  • 5 of 5

You couldn't ask for a more perfect place to stay!! Its close to everything but away enough to enjoy the outdoors!! Les and Carol are the perfect hosts!! It has all the comforts of home. You are able to relax and enjoy in this piece of paradise!! I would stay here again if I come again!! Thanks Carol and Les for such a great place!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the lovely review! You are welcome here anytime you are planning to come to Fairbanks again. It was very nice to meet you both! Carol & Les
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Apartment-like living at its finest

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our 3 night stay in Les and Carol's rental unit. Carol checked in on us several times but was never intrusive. The place is immaculate, and they have thought of everything you might need while there. We really enjoyed the convenience of the washer and dryer, and although we didn't do any cooking, there is a full kitchen. The cabinets are even stocked with some non-perishables and spices. We didn't use it, but there was a brand new pint of half and half in the fridge, as well as a bag of coffee. We enjoyed the large TV, along with a million available channels, to keep up with the world while we are traveling. The location was convenient and private, and super quiet with lots of room to spread out. Loved our stay and would highly recommend!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Christie & Harold! We enjoyed meeting you and were happy that our place was available for the dates you needed! I'm glad you loved our place, and were comfortable, and you are welcome here any time you return here, especially since you have relatives in the area! Carol & Les
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We were overwhelmingly impressed with this beautiful property!

  • 5 of 5

Just as the property itself was amazing, so were our hosts Carol and Les. They have made our first experience with VRBO a very positive one. The place was clean and all amenities were great. It is evident that much care has gone into making people comfortable for their stay in the apartment. The love that Carol puts into tending the garden every morning is inspiring. Also, the information that was included in the welcome packet was super helpful in planning our activities in and around Fairbanks since we were first time visitors there. I would recommend this place and these hosts hands down!! Thank you to Carol and Les for the great experience! It really was one of our best vacations ever.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sean & Sharon, Thank you so much for the excellent review you wrote! We so enjoyed having you as our guests, as you were very considerate in your treatment of the property, and how clean you left it! And of course, you are both wonderful people, and the time we were able to spend with you here was lots of fun for us, too! We hope you will consider staying with us again in the future, if you ever plan another trip up here, you're welcome anytime! Maybe to see the auroras in the Fall (September or October)or in the end of February, or March when it gets a lot sunnier, but is still Winter. That's when there are dog sled races to see, ice carvings to view (during March) and the auroras are still very active. Thanks again, Carol & Les
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Seattle, WA, USA

Tucked away and perfect

  • 5 of 5

I'll reiterate what others have said. First, the rental itself was in beautiful condition--nicely updated, tastefully decorated, and spacious. The home is on a large plot of land surrounded by woods, and there are no visible neighbors. Les and Carol: delightful, hospitable, and a treasure trove of information. Very warm and friendly without being intrusive. One point: Do remember you're on the bottom floor, so expect to hear footsteps of humans and furry friends above you. It really wasn't disruptive or loud, but if you're a very light sleeper you may want to swing by the 24 hour Fred Meyer and pick up a cheap fan for background noise. But this is just a minor point, as none of us were actually awoken by any noise. You'll definitely enjoy your stay here! Thanks so much for having us. :)

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the very nice review! We enjoyed meeting you, and we're glad you were so comfortable. Especially since we accommodated an extra guest, at the last minute. If you communicate to us ahead, and during your stay, your very light sleeping habits, and later sleeping hours, we could have told you that there's a sound machine you could have used, and the pets would have been in the garage, a simple fix. All you have to do is ask, communicate any concerns. Thanks for staying with us, you are welcome to stay again, and we are glad you loved our location and our place!
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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
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
26 Nov 2017 - 31 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest
Winter Aurora
1 Feb 2018 - 28 Feb 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £16 per night, per additional guest
Winter Aurora
2 Mar 2018 - 31 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £16 per night, per additional guest
1 Apr 2018 - 30 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £16 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £55.93
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 $15 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 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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