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Steve Hughes

Member since: 2013
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Quiet, private, unique - a place with a difference. 2 miles from Homer.

17 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday apartment in Kenai Peninsula - A Road Less Travelled

Owner built on the bluff overlooking Kachemak Bay.

This 6 acre property has a large lawn leading down to the 300 ft bluff where you can pick a salad from the 30 x 72 foot greenhouse. A trail leads through birch, alder, and spruce along the small creek to the bluff where you can smell the sea, watch ravens, eagles, and gulls soar at eye level and view rafts of otters floating beyond the beach.

Close to town and new to VRBO, this custom owner built home will appeal to those who appreciate something special. Window sills and stair rails were hand milled with local cottonwood and there are many other special touches not ordinarily seen in a vacation rental. Visitors will enjoy a very clean, comfortable and private setting.

There is a new 12 inch Queen 'sleep innovations' bed in the bedroom with custom dressers. A fold out queen futon in the living room can accommodate 2 other guests. The owner lives in a separate home 100 feet away and will be available to answer questions, perhaps facilitate your way across the bay, and help make your stay in Homer as enjoyable as possible.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Steve Hughes (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Call Owner
Speaks English

About Steve Hughes

I first came to Alaska in 1976, In 1977 I began a journey around the world that lasted four and half years. In 1982 I settled back into Alaska in earnest. I built a cabin across Kachemak Bay, then began building our home on the Homer Bluff in 1995. Everything on our property is custom built, including your lodging. The timber frame portion of our house is made from beetle-killed spruce off this land. I have worked in mineral exploration, carpentry, fishing, as a teacher, and presently as an RN in our local hospital in the Emergency Department. I met my wife, Robbie, the green thumb of the family, in our hospital in 1989. Our daughter, Hailey is in her first year of college.

We love to travel and meet people from different places and cultures which is the primary inspiration for having a vacation rental. I think we live in one of the most beautiful places in the world and it is good energy and a great pleasure to share this with others.

Why Steve Hughes chose Kenai Peninsula

We are fortunate to live in an area of such sublime natural beauty. To see each day's unique texture and color of the sea or a simple walk to sit near the bluff and watch the dalliance of Eagles fills the senses and affirms how grand it is to be alive.

What makes this apartment unique

Gardens for the eyes and stomach to feast upon.

Trails to explore on the property.

A peaceful, uncrowded setting.

Sidewalk a mile up to Ocean Overlook Park or 2 miles down into town.

Great Bird Viewing off the Bluff framed by the Kenai Mountains and Homer Spit.

Plenty of room for your boat if you're down trolling for Kings or fishing for Halibut.


based on 17 holidaymaker reviews

Quiet, private, unique - a place with a difference. 2 miles from Homer.
average rating of 4.882353 based on 17 reviews
Beaverton, Oregon

A special place in Homer

  • 5 of 5

Everything about this little apartment was perfect for me as a solo traveler. The lovely and kind hosts, the beautiful gardens, the craftsmanship and care put into every detail make this place very special. I will be back.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beauty and convenience

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Steve's cabin exceeded our expectations. It's just minutes from downtown which was convenient for us, but far enough away to be quiet and serene. The setting and view are beautiful, and access to the greenhouse and masses of strawberry beds was generous and a real treat. The apartment is clean, comfortable, completely outfitted - we will most certainly return!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Folsom, Ca

Cozy and quaint with good views!

  • 5 of 5

This property is pretty nice and would be perfect for a small family of 3 or 4 (with kids sleeping on a fold out futon which doubles as living room couch). The owner has added nice touches of custom woodworking and framed photographs throughout the rental, the landscaping is immaculate with a tremendous greenhouse full of fresh fruit and vegetables. There are great views of Kachemak Bay, Soldovia and the end of Homer Spit from the deck, a portion of the view is blocked by the owners home. The owner has a WiFi guest account that is sufficient, there is no TV in the living room and a 20" TV and DVD player in the bedroom that is capable of playing DVD's only. It's a short drive to the Homer, this is a fishing town that starts and rolls up early with minimal night life, we went there for the fishing and we were pretty successful but, it is quite expensive.

The owner was very hospitable and I would definitely rent it again and I recommend that you do too!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Magic on the bluff.

  • 5 of 5

If your lucky to get this place take it immediately. Steve, the owner, along with his wife, have turned this property into a magical place to experience Homer. You'll find yourself wondering to the bluff house to take in all that Homer has to offer. The snow covered mountains run into the clean blue water and capture your attention and your senses awaken. On the way back you stop by the greenhouse and have some strawberries, and get your greens for wonderful salad that you enjoy on your private deck that overlooks the bay. You can truly tell the attention to detail that Steve and Robbie put into their property, the house was well equipped with nice, bright, new, clean furnishings. A wonderful warm felling is what you will experience at this property , and the hospitality of Steve and Robbie is noteworthy.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gold Country

Awesome and amazing!

  • 5 of 5

We had the best vacation ever staying at Steve and Robbie's beautiful apartment. It's so nice there that we enjoyed hanging out on the deck or just lingering over coffee inside. Homer is full of fun things to do, but sometimes we didn't go out and about until noon or later! It was a special treat to go down to the greenhouse for fresh-picked strawberries and veggies. Often, our pick wouldn't make it out of the greenhouse, but was savored right on the spot.

Steve has built a cool little building he calls the Cliff Dwelling, right down near the water and overlooking Kachemak Bay. It's a great place to sit in the afternoon, enjoy a glass of wine, and watch the resident pair of Bald Eagles soar overhead.

Steve and Robbie are wonderful hosts, there if you need anything, but honoring privacy, too. I haven't met such truly nice people in a long time.

I certainly want to visit Homer again, and there is no other place I would stay!

  • Review Submitted: May 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome home away from home

  • 5 of 5

The Cliff's Notes on my review: excellent rental, great location, superb hosts, overall excellent experience - fully recommended!

Rental: the appartment is located on top of Steve's wood workshop and completely separated from the host's own house, which is approx 50 feet away on the same grounds. Don't worry about the workshop, the rental is completely quiet and private. It has all amenities, and all furniture and equippment are of very high quality - it looks and feels like a "ready to move in" owner's home! Your private deck is spacious and has a great view. The size of the appartment is perfect for the solo traveller or a couple, and you can easily spend a rainy afternoon at home enjoying yourself.

Location: a less-than-5-minute drive outside of downtown Homer, the rental is located hillside, which allows for the great view and being above ground fog (at least more than Homer itself). The neighbourhood is very quiet and friendly. A really great starting point for any excursion into Homer or surrounding area. As you probably guessed already, you need a car though to get the most out of your stay here.

Steve and Robbie, the hosts, are extremly kind and friendly people. This starts with very fast response times during the VRBO reservation process, a bottle of wine on the table to welcome you, a repeated invitation to pick veggies and fruits from their large greenhouse and to utilize Steve's current project, a bird and sea observation deck at the lower end of the grounds. Both are happy to talk, answer questions you might have and help with recommendations, but you still always have your full privacy during your stay.

All in all, I am thrilled having had the chance to stay here several nights. When I come back to Homer again, I will definitively try to stay here, and can recommend Steve's and Robbie's "garagemahal" a 100%.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
4 Miles
Homer Airport
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Miles
Alice's Champagne Palace
Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
Homer Harbor
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
East End Road
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Sterling Highway
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Fat Olive's
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Cross Country Trails
Nearest Beach
2.5 Miles
Bishops Beach
Car: recommended

Homer has many attractions to entertain visitors with varying interests. Although there is more going on in the summer, winter provides good opportunities also. Our new modern library aimed at Grewink glacier is a welcome place to explore or sit around the fireplace with a good book. The Oceans and Islands Visitor Center offers exhibits and live bird viewing cams with trails leading down to the slough and Bishops Beach. The Pratt museum has outdoor and indoor exhibits that showcase local history. There is a fantastic network of cross country ski trails and a rope tow for downhill skiing and tube sledding at Olson Mountain. Trolling for Winter Kings has become increasingly popular.

In summer, Pier One on the spit offers local theater. The annual shorebird Festival occurs every spring and the Wooden Boat Festival happens in the fall.

Across the bay is the 400,000 acre Kachemak Bay State Wilderness Park which is accessible by boat taxi for those who enjoy hiking among mountains, rivers, lakes, and glaciers. Seldovia and the artist community of Halibut Cove are also easily accessible by boat, ferry, or plane.

Although the Homer Harbor is primarily home to a local fishing fleet there are also many excellent charter operations for bird and sea creature viewing as well as Halibut and Salmon fishing.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Homer, Kenai Peninsula

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3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £229
Tax Rate 10.0%

- Sales tax is 7.5%.
- Credit card processing fee is 2.5%. Customer can avoid the 2.5% fee by paying with echeck.
- Nightly Rates are $200.00 for 2 people, $25.00 per each additional guest per night.
- Minimal stay is 3 nights between May and September unless agreed to by owner. Stays of 30 days or over save $800.00.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Kenai Peninsula in Alaska

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Extra deep tub/shower with handicap rales and toilet. Custom counters and handcrafted ceramic sink. Full size washer/dryer.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Queen bed - sleep innovations- custom built dresser with natural spruce countertop. Views to the east and north across horse pastures. There is a fold out queen size couch/futon in the living room.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • Racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • bay fishing
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
For more information and photos go to www.roadlesstravelled-ak.com

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