|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP: Two bedrooms and a half bath upstairs. Full bathroom down with living room, dining and a full kitchen area. Each bedroom has a queen bed and a seating area to enjoy your morning coffee or just to sit and read. There are great views of the mountain and the inlet from the bedroom windows.
The dining alcove seats four with extra folding chairs, breakfast bar seats three. Internet, direct TV, limited cell service.
A partially covered deck has the washer/dryer and gas barbecue. There is a screen tent/gazebo with table and chairs on the outer area of the deck.
The cottage is totally furnished so that guests have everything they need except their personal affects. A fire pit up on the beach edge with seating.
There is a wood stove and an oil fired toy for heat.
With the on-demand tank-less hot water heater you never run out of hot water enabling guests to shower to their hearts content.
Sarah and I met at Mt. Edgecumbe Native Boarding school in Sitka, Alaska in 1968. Married now over 44 years we have lived in many areas of the state. Sarah is Aleut from Akutan in the Aleutian Islands.
I came as a transplant from Eastern Oregon when I was 15. Homesteading was still going on in Alaska at that time, something our family considered but instead my teachers went to the Eskimo villages to teach for the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
We have three children born and raised in Alaska. I spent time in the Prudhoe Bay oilfield, commercial fishing salmon in the Aleutians, Crab fishing out of Dutch Harbor, home of Deadliest Catch and eventually became a Heating, Plumbing & Electrical Contractor for a number of years.
Sarah spent 16 years working as a DMV representative for the State of Alaska among other things. She was a stay-at-home mother for many years. Today, retired, she loves to be home.
Having lived from deep into the Aleutians to as far north as you can go in Barrow; We are a family that loves this great state. We love to fish, camp, picnic, run the lakes, rivers and inlets and enjoy the outdoors of this great land. We love to travel in Alaska and Canada driving all the way to Prudhoe Bay and other areas.
Coming to Haines in 1987 we have settled here for the remaining years of our lives. Sarah and I are mostly retired now with a focus on ministry to First Nation People.
We love people and we love to help people experience life in the Alaska we know so well. Hope that you are one of those. :-)
Randa Szymanski purchased this cottage in 1994
During the early years this area was homesteaded by the Carder family. My father bought this piece of property in 1988 from Mr. Carder before he passed. It had a small cabin which is now the kitchen of the cottage.
My father, Ray, expected one day to retire here from his many years of teaching in bush Alaska. In 1994 I decided to build him a seasonal retirement home. At that time it was known as the cabin; then as it evolved into a complete 2 bdrm home it is becoming known as the cottage. It was built from all rough cut local mill lumber. Most of the timber was taken across the bay from a friends property. That friend, Dale Mulford hand built the kitchen, living room entertainment shelving and bathroom shelving and such.
Our main house is about 1/4 mile away. You drive past it on the way to the cottage. We love the cottage location for launching a boat or just sitting on the deck watching the inlet. Haines is incredibly unique in itself and the cottage allows one to enjoy even a greater uniqueness.
Last year, 2014, was the first time we opened it up as a vacation rental. It is a lot of work and a lot of care for such a venture. Our heart to bless others with a great Alaska experience motivates us to make this available to others.
Because of our location next to the Chilkoot river and Chilkoot lake; a major salmon spawning area; the brown bears frequent the area during the summer and fall time. They use the beach front, roads and hills to walk to and from their sleeping and feeding area. The Chilkoot river offers world class viewing of the bears once the salmon are in.
There are multiple generations of bears that grow up here. The sows need a safe place to raise their cubs away from the boars so the housing area here is just that; "a safe place". The sows were raised as cubs here and in turn raise their cubs here which in turn keeps bears living in the area year after year after year.
They are safe from us and we are safe from them. We all share the area. There has never been a bear/human incident in all the history of this area. Yes the cubs can be mischievous getting into things from time to time which is their nature as cubs but we just love to have them around.
Along with the beach front and all of the various sea life we cannot say enough about what a blessing it is to live here.
The cottage sits on almost 5 acres bordered on one side by state land. This offers many opportunities of seeing bears on the beach or moving in the area along with mink, martin, squirrels, grouse, and land otters; all frequenting the area.
With the incredible solitude of location yet ease of getting to the river, or town, or the lake or the ferry, or driving into Canada or on into Alaska; this area fits as one of the top destinations in the north American continent for ease of access for experiencing true Alaska.
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£200|
Maximum occupancy: 4 persons
We provide normal cleaning for free which includes bedding and towels. Excessive cleaning will be charged a minimum fee of $65.00
Reservations made during the following events must be PAID IN FULL at time of booking.
No refunds upon cancellation less than 30 days in advance of event.
Southeast Fair (late July)
Beer Festival (May)
Kluane to Chilkat Bike Relay (June)