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Simon McLoughlin

Member since: 2014
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Cozy Log Cabin in a Forest Setting - 20 mins drive from airport

10 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday cabin in Alaska - 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 (Owner)
Member since: 2014
Call Owner
Speaks English

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 was lured to Alaska in 1992 to climb Mount McKinley and experience all the adventures that the land had to offer. Some 18 years on, I am is still here and still experiencing the many Alaskan adventures available.

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 10 holidaymaker reviews

Cozy Log Cabin in a Forest Setting - 20 mins drive from airport
average rating of 4.9 based on 10 reviews

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
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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
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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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You won't regret it!

  • 5 of 5

We traveled all the way from Kodiak to stay in a remote cabin, take an authentic dog sled ride and see the northern lights and this trip exceeded our expectations tremedously. Simon was warm and courteous and went out of his way to make our stay enjoyable. Make sure to take his dog sled tour, you will not regret it... even if it's -18! The cabin is lovely, secluded and encompasses all that is Alaska. We were able to take our dog hiking around numerous trails right outside the cabin. Simon, we appreciate your kind spirt and can't thank you enough for your hospitality!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Janet for the lovely review. It was a real pleasure having you stay with us and we are so glad we got to take you on a dog sled ride. We hope we will see you again soon one day.
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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 $95 per hour 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 £31 + 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 Alaska, 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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