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Robert Ham/Samantha Dowd

Member since: 2014
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Fantastic views of snow covered mountains

22 Reviews
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Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday cabin in Palmer - Cabin in the woods

2 Bdrm,1 Bath On The Side Of The Mountain With 180 Degree View Of The Mountains

From Palmer the drive to the cabin in the woods is 7 miles of paved roads. On your way you might want to stop at the scenic pull out just a couple of miles from Palmer and take in the Matanuska River and the Knik River valley. On a clear day you will see the Knik glacier. Don’t forget your camera.

The cabin in the woods is located on 5 rural acres with a short drive up the mountain to the cabin. The cabin is all log . One bedroom, large living room, spacious kitchen and bathroom in 576 sq ft. Tastefully furnished yet rustic. The kitchen has full size appliances and is well stocked with everything you will need except for food. The bedroom has a queen size bed. The deck out front looks out over the valley and is covered with clear panels to let in all the light. It is 10’ by 24’ and features a gas grill, table and chairs for 4 and lots of extra room for folding deck chairs. Beside the deck is a fire pit well stocked with wood.

Our location in the famous Matanuska Valley gives you a centralized yet rural location to start your exploration of the great state of Alaska starting from the spacious front covered deck. The view stretches from the Knik River valley in the east , scans all the way along the Chugach Mountain Range including 3300foot(1005 meters) high Pioneer Peak to the Cook Inlet and far off Anchorage in the South West. From the Muskox farm just 15 minutes down the road to beautiful Hatcher Pass and its Historic hard rock gold mines to the Pioneer Museum in downtown Palmer you will run out of time before you run out of things to see and do. A 1 hour drive north up the Glenn Highway(hwy 1) is some of the most spectacular scenery the road system has to offer. At the end of that hour you will be at the Matanuska Glacier for the photo op of a lifetime. A must do drive. On the way back don’t forget to stop off at Sheep Mtn. lodge for a wonderful meal. Be sure and glass the mountain peaks behind the lodge for its namesake, Dall sheep.

An hour the opposite direction is the eagle river nature center amid towering peaks on three sides. Walking trails will take you into the heart of this beautiful valley. If you haven't had enough hiking on the way back you can drive up the mountain to Thunderbird falls(a short hike) and beautiful Eklutna lake, the main source of Anchorages drinking water.

Driving north on the Parks Highway (hwy 3) is also scenic with lots of places to stop and take pictures. The turnoff to Talkeetna is 2 hrs from the cabin. If it is a clear day the trip into Talkeetna could yield a fantastic view of Mt McKinley from the pull out just before you start down the hill into town. Once back out to the main highway continue north and look for the pull out once you have crossed Hurricane Gulch. This 1050 ft (320 meters) span is a breathtaking 254 feet(77 meters) above the white water of Hurricane Creek. Another 63 miles will put you at the turnoff to Denali Park. This is a long day trip so as evening approaches, even though the sun doesn’t set until close to midnight be on the look out for moose and caribou on the way home.

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Robert Ham/Samantha Dowd (Owner)
Member since: 2014
Call Owner
Speaks English

About Robert Ham/Samantha Dowd

Robert moved to Alaska in 1982 and settled in the Valley in 1997. Robert built this cabin himself in 1998. He lives on the property in a separate residence year round.

Robert Ham/Samantha Dowd purchased this cabin in 1997

Why Robert Ham/Samantha Dowd chose Alaska

When I purchased this property it was undeveloped. I had one thing in mind as I looked for my future home location. It had to have a view. So I drove to the location, got out and started hiking up the mountain. When I found a large flat spot among heavy timber I knew I was high enough to have a view but I couldn't see through the trees. I knew if I did enough clearing I would have that Alaskan view I had been dreaming of for so many years. I bought the property, built a driveway and cleared a site for my little log home.

What makes this cabin unique

I can ride my 4 wheeler or snowmobile from my home to miles of trails in the mountains behind the cabin. Moose are seen all year round so pay attention every time you walk out the door. You might get the surprise of your life standing in the driveway. The quiet is something I cherish. The cabin is high enough above the valley floor to sit on the covered deck and watch the storm cells move across the valley. It is a wonderful feeling to sit under the deck cover when it is raining, all warm and dry and watch the day go by.

Reviews

4.9
based on 22 holidaymaker reviews

Fantastic views of snow covered mountains
average rating of 4.909091 based on 22 reviews
5

Amazing Mountains

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely loved staying here! Very hard to leave. Enjoyed grilling on the deck and watching the mountain views change hourly. The home had everything we needed. Quiet and felt remote yet minutes from town. Truly an Alaska feeling.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Incredible!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I went on our honeymoon and stayed at Bob's cabin for our trip. We were blown away by the incredible views driving up there (which was only 45 minutes from Anchorage) and we could not believe how gorgeous the view was from the deck! Every morning was different and absolutely perfect whether it was sunny or rainy. Bob had absolutely everything that we needed, pots, pans, dishes, silverware, towels, coffee pot, clean sheets on a SUPER comfy bed, literally everything that we could've wanted. Also, it was spotless. All of the fabrics (sheets, towels, etc.) smelled freshly laundered and there wasn't a speck of dust to be found. The cabin was perfect for us two and actually seemed bigger in real life than the pictures. The cabin made a perfect home base for us as we travelled around on numerous day trips. Bob talked with us when we first arrived and recommended restaurants and trips - he also has hundreds of pamphlets that you can keep which can help guide your trip. He didn't linger or impose upon us AT ALL, but definitely made us feel comfortable in that anything that we would need he could help us with. Needless to say, it was very easy to start calling the cabin "home" because it felt like it. We travelled very far to get to AK and Bob's cabin made our trip peaceful and stress free. Not a single thing went wrong. The only thing that I didn't like was the smell of the water, it smells quite foul - like eggs. My husband didn't mind the smell and said it was 'normal' for being out in the wilderness but in order to keep this review honest I must say that the water had an odor. Regardless, we would stay at Bob's cabin again in a heartbeat! It was heaven on earth and the awesome town of Palmer will always have a special spot in our hearts. I can't say enough positive things about our experience with Bob. The cabin was perfect, Bob was awesome, Alaska was undeniably breathtaking. The entire trip was absolutely incredible. I highly recommend staying here and I have referred my parents, aunts and uncles, and friends!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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5

Dream Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This is a hidden treasure. We loved our weeks stay and look forward to future visits. Beautiful view from deck and the cabin itself was perfect. Mr Robert was there when we had questions and was invisible when we wanted rest. Definitely a thumbs up. Thanks for a great vacation. My husbands dream vacation was a success.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great place to relax after the adventure tour before going home

  • 5 of 5

Great views of the mountains and very quiet area. Loved the firepit, and covered porch. There is a very nice grill and kitchen if you like to cook, we tried to use the grill but couldn't get a great sear, not sure why. Bob is very knowledgeable about the area and willing to give ideas of what to do around the area. Highly recommend going to Matanuska glacier for the trekking. Also, recommend the Palmer City Ale House in town, great selection of local brews and good food.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great home base to explore Alaska

  • 5 of 5

This cabin was the perfect home base for our 10-day long trip to Alaska. It is far enough off the beaten path that it feels like a wilderness retreat, but downtown Palmer is still a 10-minute drive down the road for groceries and gas. Bob's thoughtfulness and graciousness as a host are evident in every aspect of the cabin, from helpful notes on working the washer/dryer to a full kitchen, complete with coffee filters. Everything was high quality and we found the cabin to be extremely comfortable. The deck was perfect, and I already miss the mountain view. I highly recommend this cabin, whether you're staying for a weekend or a full week, like we did. We did day trips somewhere new every day for an entire week, the furthest we drove was down to Seward, which was 3 hours. Most of our trips were from about 10 minutes to an hour and a half away from the cabin. Chugach State Park and Hatcher Pass provide endless hiking and exploring options, even for people like us with a little one that limited our walks to a few miles.

Hatcher Pass, Independence Mine and the Muskox Farm are just minutes from the cabin, and each are can't-miss, amazing locations to visit. Anchorage is about an hour away, with easy access to the points further on.

We had so much fun here, we hope that you will too!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

A lovely private cabin with beautiful views, easily accessible from Palmer

  • 5 of 5

The cabin is apparently almost new, spacious and very well equipped - including a full kitchen and washer/drier. It has a large covered deck, which is a great place to eat and has a huge gas BBQ. The views from the deck extend to about 180 degrees of mountains. There is an adjacent small cabin that can be used in conjunction with the main one for additional accommodation. The cabin was very clean and the equipment all good quality. The bed was very comfortable. Various staple foods and kitchen consumables (foil, cling wrap, ziplock bags, etc) were supplied. There is a very friendly hen that wanders around outside & will clean off any insects from the front of your car. The host was pleasant and helpful. This is a great location, only 10 minutes from Palmer on sealed roads. It is a excellent base for the Independence Mine site and Hatcher Pass, which are well worth a visit. If travellers are not staying further east, it would also be a good place from which to drive to the Matanuska Glacier and Sheep Mountain and return the same day.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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Location

Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Anchorage International Airport
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Palmer
Nearest Train
45 Miles
Anchorage
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Highway 1 Glenn Hwy
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Palmer
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Hatcher Pass
Car: necessary

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Palmer, Alaska

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Summer
8 May 2016 - 30 Sep 2016
2 night minimum stay
£246
for 2 nights
From
£123
£738
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£246
for 2 nights
From
£123
£738
£1,191
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Children under 12 stay for free
Call me if you have any other needs I haven't mentioned.
I will do my best to accommodate you.
Monthly rate includes all utilities including heat,satellite,power,trash,water,snow removal.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Palmer, USA

Property Type:
  • cabin
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 720 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 seperate cabin next to main cabin - 1 Large Double Bed , bedroom 2 is its own cabin (very private, no bathroom)
  • Bedroom 1 has Queen bed with computer/writing desk and large closet. Bedroom 2 has Queen bed, armoire, flat screen tv, baseboard electric heat.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Attractions:
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • roller blading
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

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