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Cozy Log Cabin in a Forest Setting - 20 mins drive from airport

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Bedrooms 1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday cabin in Fairbanks - Aurora Pond Cabin

Secluded, furnished Alaskan cabin in forest setting. Sleeps up to 4 max people

Our cozy log cabin is self contained and secluded in a beautiful forest setting just outside Fairbanks in the Goldstream Valley. Only 12 miles from downtown Fairbanks and 20 minutes from the airport, the Goldstream Valley is famous for dog mushing, ski trails and aurora viewing in winter. Located only 5 miles from the local downhill ski area, Moose Mountain. In summer, the area boasts great mountain biking trails (Ester Dome single-track), access to hiking and panoramic views of the Fairbanks area.

There is great views of the pond and aurora when it is out, that you can see from the comfort of your bed in the bedroom in the winter.

Designed to give you a real Alaskan wilderness experience, the Denali Adventure log cabin was handcrafted by your host using local spruce trees. Wildlife frequent the area, including moose, fox and sandhill cranes. There are several sled-dog kennels located in the area where you will hear their occasional distant howls floating across the tree tops. Every effort has been made to make this accommodation a typical rustic and authentic Alaskan cabin in harmony with its natural surroundings.

The cabin comfortably sleeps up to 4 people with a double bed in the loft and a fold-out sofa/futon in the downstairs lounge. There is a full, self-contained kitchen. The cabin is rustic but modern. In keeping with the Alaskan tradition of simplicity and low environmental impact, the toilet is a typical Alaskan outhouse, which is located outside the cabin. There is a separate sauna and shower building 10 feet from the cabin. There is a woodstove that is used to heat up the water and the shed for your shower. In the meantime there is seating in there for you to have a sauna while this is happening.

There is a restaurant, store/market, laundry and gas station conveniently located less than one mile down the road. Please note that sometimes in the summer when it rains too much or there is too much snow in the in winter access to the carpark may be restricted, but we will provide you with an alternative place to park to have easy access to the cabin.

Once a gold rush boomtown, Fairbanks is now Alaska’s second largest city after Anchorage. In the summer, the sun shines for nearly 24 hours a day giving you lots of time to do the many activities such as panning for gold, floating the Chena River, mingling with reindeer and musk oxen, cooling off in an ice museum, or taking a refreshing hike, or be inspired by local art galleries, museums, and historic sites.

Late August to April you have a great chance to see the shimmering light of the aurora borealis. In the winter there are host of activities such as dog mushing, snow mobile trips and skiing, as well as soaking in hot pools of Chena Hot Springs.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Simon McLoughlin
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
17 October, 2016
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About Simon McLoughlin

I am a New Zealander who has been living in the Goldstream Valley, on the outskirts of the city of Fairbanks, for 18 years. Before arriving in Alaska, I was a keen kayaker, skier, mountaineer, and hiker..I came to Alaska in 1990 lured by wilderness,big mountains and sparsely populated areas.In 1992 my friend and business partner Chris and Ispent 3 exciting weeks climbing Denali.We added more adventure to the experience by walking out instead of flying out.

I am still adventuring 25 years on but now mostly with my 15 rambunctious sled dogs.

Simon McLoughlin purchased this cabin in 2010

Why Simon McLoughlin chose Alaska

My business partner Chris and I built this log cabin, as we wanted to offer our friends and guests the opportunity to experience a real Alaskan lifestyle.

What makes this cabin unique

We have deliberately kept the cabins simple but yet comfortable and cozy. There is no television in the cabins. We wanted to create an environment that brought you back to nature. All our cabins have a low impact on the environment. It is place to come and recharge the batteries and replenish the soul. We are also able to offer you dog sledding and snow mobile trips. You can cross country ski from outside your doorstep onto the many miles of ski tracks. There is also a ski field 10 minutes drive from your cabin.


based on 11 holidaymaker reviews

Cozy Log Cabin in a Forest Setting - 20 mins drive from airport
average rating of 4.909091 based on 11 reviews

Peaceful Hideaway

  • 5 of 5

That we couldn't stay longer was our only regret about staying at the Pond Cabin! Peace reigns here. Drifting on the little pond in the canoe, cozy alcove overlooking the pond, quiet woods - what it must have been like on Walden Pond. Cabin is just as advertised, everything works. One couldn't ask for a more gracious and accommodating host than Simon. A very small taste of what backcountry Alaska may be like, but comfortable and within easy reach of Fairbanks civilization. We'd stay there again in a heartbeat!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing, beautiful, Rustic getaway

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful relaxing stay at the "dry" Pond Cabin. If you want to feel like your getting a true rustic, Alaskan feel this is a great place. Beautiful "dry" cabin. Simon makes sure you've got plenty of water to drink, cook, do dishes, bathe etc. I loved the separate cabin sauna/shower house! You build a small fire, heat your own water for your shower/sauna experience. Loved it! There's also a separate outhouse. All your basic needs for cooking are there; plates, bowls, pots, pans, cooking & eating utensils. The loft dbl bed is so comfy with soft warm bedding and an absolutely breath taking view of the mountain ridge. We enjoyed taking a serene Paddle around the small pond. Canoe & life jackets are provided. We are hoping to return for a winter experience! Simon was very kind and hospitable.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are really glad you had a great stay Sandra. I hope we will see you again soon!
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Pond Cabin

  • 4 of 5

What a nice cabin in the woods. It was perfect for our stay with Willow our rottweiler. Enjoyed hiking around the area. Unfortunate that it was cloudy and we didn't see the northern lights. Loved the sauna.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for nice review. i am sorry you were not able to see the northern lights. We hope you will have better luck the time you make it back to alaska.
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Simon's cabin was exactly as shown on the website, and so much more!

  • 5 of 5

This cabin could not have been more perfect, and Simon was very quick to respond to all our needs. Three adults slept very comfortably in this cabin. Though secluded enough to have lots of peace and quiet, the town was not a far drive, if you didn't bring enough provisions or was looking to explore. I would definitely stay here again and will recommend it to all of my friends and family. Much mahalos, Simon and Chris! =)

  • Review Submitted: Oct 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Lara Thank you so much for your gifts and kind words of appreciation. It was so unexpected and very thoughtful of you. I am so glad that you all enjoyed your stay here. We would love you to come stay with us again. I hope your Alaskan experience was a memorable one and we wish you and your family all the best. Warm Regards Simon
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Alaska wedding trip

  • 5 of 5

My husband and my sister traveled to Fairbanks to attend my sister-in-laws wedding. We all enjoyed our stay at the "Pond Cabin". My kids could not believe we would stay at the cabin without running water, and with the outside amenities, especially for their mom. But, we had so much fun! We met Chantel and the newest members of Simon's sled dog team! We will be coming back to Fairbanks, now that my sister-in-law will be living there. I will make a point to book the cabin! The best way to see Alaska ! Chantel was a great help. I now want my own cabin! We would love to come back for the Norther Lights!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a great time in the pond cabin. There is something special about stripping life back to its simplicity to remind us how little it takes to make us happy. We look forward to seeing you back here.
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A must-stay!

  • 5 of 5

Myself and three friends traveled all the way from Connecticut to Fairbanks and fell in love with this cabin. Truly one of the best traveling experiences I've had. The location is ideal. You feel (and are) quite secluded, but the cabin provides all that's needed, and town is a quick 20 minute drive. Our trip came at a great time- temperatures between 20-30F, sunny, and a clear sky. The cabin was cozy and warm, we enjoyed splitting wood (provided) and making fires every morning and evening. The aurora appeared every night of our stay- the frozen pond being the perfect place for viewing and taking photographs. I highly recommend taking advantage of Simon's dog sled tour. One of the best things we did on our trip- and he invited us in for coffee afterwards. (He offers several tours, all at different times of the year- so look into it)! I fully intend on returning to Alaska, and to this cabin. Simon (and Chris) are some of the kindest and most accommodating people I've had the pleasure of meeting. I could not give a higher recommendation.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. It was a real pleasure to have met you Katie and your friends. We are glad you had a great time in Fairbanks. It was a real bonus to have had a beer with you at Hoodoos. I hope you made it to the Golden Eagle. All the best for your future endeavours and travels and we look forward to seeing you when you are next back here!
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Nearest Airport
11 Miles
Fairbanks International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Ivory Jacks
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Fairbanks Golf Course
Nearest Train
11 Miles
Fairbanks Train Station
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Ivory Jacks
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Moose Mountain
Car: necessary

We are able to offer dog sledding and snow mobile rides for a 6 mile loop per person, as part of the adventure tourism business we run between Mid October to end of April (provided there is snow on the ground).

There is a local laundromat, shower, general store, bar and restauraunt 1 mile down the road.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Fairbanks, Alaska

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2 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £33 + Tax
Tax Rate 8.0%

No smoking inside the cabin.
Please take off your shoes before entering the cabin. You are requested to leave the property in the same state as you found it at the start of your stay.
You will need to ask permission to have pets on the property.
There is no inside toilet only an outhouse.
There is a simple shower and sauna facility in a separate building outside the cabin
The source of heating in the cabin is a Toyo stove and a wood stove

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Fairbanks, USA

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 480 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Separate outside building with sauna and shower. Outdoor toilet
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Double bed in loft. Pullout couch in the lounge
  • Terrace
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling

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