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Private Wooded Setting, Comfortable, Convenient and 40- 5 STAR REVIEWS & Auroras

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights


Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday apartment in Fairbanks - Aspen Woods Rental

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
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Carol or Les Smallwood
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
3 December, 2016
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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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(40 traveller reviews)

Private Wooded Setting, Comfortable, Convenient and 40- 5 STAR REVIEWS & Auroras
average rating of 5.0 based on 40 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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Highly Recommended

  • 5 of 5

This is definitely a home away from home that is very nice with everything you need plus plenty of space in the yard. Surrounded by trees in a quiet neighborhood which is relaxing.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Emma, you and your husband are welcome back, any time you need a place to stay in Fairbanks. We're glad you had nice visit here during the conference.
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Just Like Home...Well with much better scenery

  • 5 of 5

This property is top rated. It is so comfortable and like home. It even had the added touch of DirectTv so we could chill and watch football for a bit between excursions. Les and Carol were amazing hosts. They ensured we were comfortable and knew how to use the condo amenities. They offered suggestions of where to go to see the Northern Lights and left information regarding activities. And Carol even texted me to let me know the forecast had changed and the lights were going to be active. Sadly, we only saw the faint beginnings due to weather. We want to come back!

The location is perfect for a launching point to the various activities in and surrounding Fairbanks.

Thanks Les and Carol for a great experience!!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for your great review! You were very nice guests and we hope you can return, and the northern lights cooperate this time. Maybe next time try some days in October, we have had phenomenal auroras this month. See you later!
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Beautiful house ...made even better by warm and accommodating hosts!

  • 5 of 5

Just minutes from the airport, yet away from the city lights - this beautiful cabin gave us beautiful views of the aurora each of the 3 nights that we spent there. We had initially booked for 3 adults and my toddler son. But when my parents decided to join us, Carol and Les were very accommodating and made arrangements so that all of us could sleep comfortably.They guided us to places we could visit and where to get good food. Not only that - even after we checked out Carol texted me to ask if we were okay - and that is not something you find everyday ..We had a great time and we know where we will be staying next time we are in Fairbanks!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much! we enjoyed meeting you and your family, and we are so glad the auroras and weather cooperated, and you saw them every night of your stay! Please come and stay with us again! Carol & Les
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Lovely place

  • 5 of 5

Real nice apartment, easy to find, woods were beautiful, bed really comfortable, enjoyed myself there

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Janet, thanks for the review, you were a very nice guest to have and I'm glad you were comfortable and close to your daughter! Please stay with us if you return! Carol & Les
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Perfect stay for a business traveler!

  • 5 of 5

Thanks to Les and Carol for a very comfortable stay at their apartment. The apartment is extremely clean and roomy. The hosts provided great information and ideas of things to do in the area. Since we were working on the road, good wifi was very important and worked perfectly. I would highly recommend their apartment to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sharon, Thank you very much for the review, and we're glad our place had everything you needed, and was comfortable for you in your travels! Working while you are also on vacation seems like a perfect situation, enjoy your journeys! Please return to our place if you come this way again. Carol & Les
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Large Animal Research Station
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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, Alaska

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
26 Oct 2016 - 7 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
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 £39 + 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%

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Fairbanks, USA

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 780 sq. ft.
  • 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 ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • 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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