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Comfortable House With Kitchen On The Chena River. Family Friendly.

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday home in Fairbanks - Riverside Retreat

The House Is Located On 3 1/2 Acres On The North Side Of The Chena River.

While the unit is advertised for a number of people, it is great for a couple as well. We bought a two bedroom log cabin in the 60's. In 1974 we built a two story addition to accommodate our six children. At the time we wired and plumbed one bedroom so it could someday be a kitchen. The downstairs of the addition consists of a double garage, sun room and dining room. The upstairs is where guests are welcome. It has four bedrooms, sitting area, kitchen and porch. We have rented it monthly for many years but this time it was vacated we decided to do it as a VRBO. We live in the cabin downstairs. Since we are just starting we may adjust furniture as we see fit. We have a crib and high chair available but so far haven't brought them up.

Also on the property is a cabin that the original owner built for his parents and a barn that we built for our children and converted to a house when they were grown. We did bed and breakfast in them in the 1990's. At the time we registered the name Riverside Retreat. After a few years we decided to rent them on a monthly basis to have more time to play and travel. We can no longer do some of the things we used to do and enjoy meeting people so we think doing a VRBO will be fun. We also enjoy sharing the space we have taken for granted for so many years. It really is a special spot.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Martha and Robert Roth
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
30 November, 2016
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About Martha and Robert Roth

In January of 1962 my husband was drafted out of a general practice residency in Sacramento and sent to Ft. Wainwright. At the time we had two small boys and I was teaching half day kindergarten. I had to give notice so we didn't arrive until March. Originally we paid our way up so we wouldn't have to stay longer than 18 months. We then extended so that we could live on post. Meanwhile, my husband fell in love with the hunting and fishing so we extended until they finally told him he had to either get out of the Army or take another assignment. The Army would give us a free move back to Oregon, our original home, within a year. So, we moved to a little one bedroom house on five acres. By then we had three boys so built a triple level, youth size bunk bed for the kids and slept in a hide-a-bed in the living room. The year ended and we're still here.

Bob practiced family medicine until retirement. Early on he learned to fly and had many adventures in his Super Cub. He completed the Yukon 800 boat race 6 times and won once. Now that he can't do these things, he raises bees and we play duplicate bridge. While Bob was busy working and playing I had time to get into trouble on my own. I quit teaching after my first year in Alaska and loved staying home with the kids. A neighbor and I once started a booth at the Fair to sell spaghetti for the swim team. It turned out to be a 15 year commitment, The Farmhouse Cafe, that served everything from hamburgers and Hunters Stew to eggs the chickens laid in their cages. When the last two children were in high school I took a class to become a realtor. This seemed interesting, especially since an older son who taught in the Bush was moving to Fairbanks with his young family and would soon be needing a house. They bought the first one I showed them. About 20 years ago I bought an 8 unit efficiency apartment with another son because of the real estate connection. Many more stories but out of room

Martha and Robert Roth purchased this house in 1969

Why Martha and Robert Roth chose Alaska

While we were living in the little house a neighbor came to collect money for another neighbor that plowed the snow. When they went to California to get braces for their daughter they asked if we would like to rent their bigger house. So in 1966 we moved. The next summer there was a big flood. The basement was filled with water and there was 10 1/2 inches in the living room. They owned the lot next door and wanted to build their dream house there so we negotiated to buy the house. They borrowed money on this house to finance the new house so, though we agreed on a purchase price, we paid rent until the financing on their new house was completed. Then we bought it. It's a wonderful place to live.

What makes this house unique

It is close to town and the University. The location on the river is a delight. Through the years there have been dozens of picnics at the river. Last summer our daughter had her 20th high school reunion, and of course the picnic was here. They picked up canoes and kayaks from Pioneer Park to add even more fun. It is casual and homey. We put new carpet in the upstairs last year. It has a big garden and lots of privacy.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Comfortable House With Kitchen On The Chena River. Family Friendly.
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 24 reviews

Very nice cozy and wonderful cabin on thethe chena river side beautifulscenery

  • 5 of 5

Martha is a very nice host. And the cabin is very well-organized and neat. Plus great location to the supermarkets and restaurants. If I go to Fairbanks next time, it will still be my very first choice.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Alaska pretty cabin we've never experienced in other state

  • 5 of 5

We were four couples of friends stayed this house two days as we began our visit to Alaska around Fairbanks. The house was built quality wood with variety of flowers around and let you feel warm, beautiful. In side the house, Alaska wildlife taxidermy as art display impressively. The kitchen, the view, the location are pretty good. Martha and Robert are very humble and kind hosts. We recommend family and friends together to stay this wonderful house when visit Fairbanks around.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
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What an amazing place!

  • 5 of 5

There were six of us sharing the spacious four bedroom place that is entirely on the second floor. The kitchen and one bedroom have panoramic views of the river, the other bedrooms have nice views of open space. The kitchen was well equipped to cook for six, and although a bit tight with all of us in there, I loved the view. The owners were nice enough to setup a bonfire out next to the river, where we stayed up hoping to see the northern lights. No luck with the lights, but the fire sure was fun. Taxidermy is on display throughout the house.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful backyard on River

  • 4 of 5

My Famliy had a quick stay at the property, we loved the view and backyard

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean home with lovely hosts

  • 4 of 5

This house was perfect for a couple of nights as we began our visit to Alaska. Our hosts were very nice, and they were kind and accommodating when our flight issues had us arriving later than planned. Happy to make suggestions for the area (restaurants, etc), they clearly are happy to welcome visitors to their great state and home. Overall, a nice welcome to Alaska!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Fairbanks has so many things to do that we really recommend people stay longer than two days.
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  • 5 of 5

The location was perfect. We were right on the Chena River. Spectacular river watching. People in boats, canoes, boards . The location makes it easy to find whatever we were looking for. We used it as a main base and traveled the state from there. We spent 5 weeks and totally enjoyed being there. Rental is well maintained and very clean. Rooms are spacious and kitchen well stocked. When we needed cinnamon for French toast making for one meal the owners graciously provided it so we didn't need to supply our own for 1 meal. I certainly will recommend this property to our friends and family. We went to farmers market every week we were there, the co-op market down town, Chena hot springs, Pump House for dinner one night, Did Riverboat Discovery and Gold Dredge 8 tours, shopped at Fred Meyer and Safeway, Santa Clause House in North Pole and children got to experience Reindeer in the pen the first week they did this, we visited Hoo Doo Brewery and Silver Gulch Brewery, Made a few trips to Pioneer Park, Took the train ride to and from Denali. We walked to the University and visited the large animal research station . We made numerous trips to the Great Alaskan Bowl Company for things we just couldn't leave without having. And had to hit Hot Licks Ice Cream on a hot day. This was our 4th trip to Alaska and it was made even better by a really nice place to stay. We were close to Denali and rafting on the Nenena River.. We traveled to Tok one day and had lunch at Fast Eddies. We saw Moose, Grizzle Bears, A black bear on the way to Chena Hot Springs, a fox in the yard at the vacation rental and Dahl Sheep. The vacation was great. I will vacation rental by owner again.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Fairbanks International
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Alaska Railroad
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
George Parks Highway
Car: recommended

One thing we’ve learned in a year of doing VRBO is to be sure of your arrival and departure information before you reserve our home, Check in is at 3 PM and departure 11 AM unless the house is vacant on either side of your stay. Quite a few guests have had to stay in a hotel for a night because they get in at 1 AM and someone else is in there, or have to leave by 11 when their plane departs at 1 AM, or something like this.

Recently, in our second summer, a guest said someone told her she shouldn’t even come to Fairbanks. Because of this she only booked two nights for her group. They were in the midst of a long road trip. Once here she could see how much there is to do and would have like to stay longer. The next group, also not familiar with Fairbanks, arrived after several days on the road and said they like the house so much they might not even go out. After a good night sleep they did venture out but two days barely lets you get your feet wet--or snowy.

We face South on the North side of the Chena River about two miles from the University of Alaska. Iver Lane ends beside our house on the Chena River. There is a little fire pit on the river which can be used for picnics and duck feeding.

We are close to Creamers Field, Pioneer Park, the Riverboat Discovery, the University of Alaska and their wonderful museum, the auto museum and many other interesting places. Fairbanks is an amazing little town with activities from dog mushing to theater. The aurora is often visible in winter. In summer there is near total daylight. Chena Hot Springs is a wonderful day trip.

We have lived here since 1966. It was originally a two bedroom log cabin. We had six children so built a two story addition. The downstairs of the addition has a double garage, sun room and dining room. The upstairs has four bedrooms, bathroom, a kitchen and sitting area. This is the area where we welcome visitors to stay. We still live downstairs.

As the pictures show, this wouldn't be desirable for people opposed to hunting. Bob has enjoyed hunting his whole life. Mardee was raised on Bambi and not excited about it. However, she had done some shooting in high school and killed one moose and two bears on three shots to show she could. Then she resigned.

We have a large garden that the local first graders have picked each fall for the last 16 years. Visitors are welcome to 'eat from it' in season. Many ducks live on the river and love to be fed. There is a fence along the river in front of the house but there are two openings to the river. Children aren't allowed to go to the river without an adult unless they are good swimmers.

The Summer Art Festival has been going on for over twenty five years. Each March Ice Alaska has attracted people from around the world. This year we have the Arctic Winter Games.

A word of warning, we came to Fairbanks in 1962 for 18 months and haven't left yet!


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Tax Rate 8.0%

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Fairbanks, USA

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 970 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , Some things stored in here but it can be use if needed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • Racquetball
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
It is located close to Fairbanks so there is access to a multitude of activities.

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