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Private Wooded Setting, Convenient, Comfortable!

Carol or Les Smallwood

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Carol or Les Smallwood

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
May 21, 2015
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Private Wooded Setting, Convenient, Comfortable!

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Fairbanks Apartment Rental Photos and Description

A Private Woods, Close to Town!

Perfect for the short term traveler, extended stays (over a month) are available, too. This beautiful newly remodeled, 750 sq.ft. one bedroom apartment has all new furnishings and better than hotel quality details. Private separate entrance on the ground floor. One bedroom with queen sized bed, all new bedding & new premium mattress. Apartment can accomodate up to 4 people, but it is best for single person, a couple, or a family. Free wi-fi Internet, flat panel TV with free cable, office/den in apartment with FAX/copier. Full bathroom includes washer & dryer, hair dryer, shampoo & conditioner. Fully equipped kitchen with all dishes, pots & pans, cooking utensils, basic spices, etc. Morning coffee is provided. It is conveniently located near the University of Alaska Fairbanks, (3 miles), and 8 minutes from the airport, 10 minutes from shopping.

The view from the window is a mix of spruce, birch and aspen trees. Flower gardens, including iris and lilacs, and a vegetable garden are on the property. In the Summer, we are close to the botanical garden at UAF, and in the Winter, if the auroras are out, they are very likely to be seen right over our house, with no city light pollution to dilute them.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Carol or Les Smallwood (Owner)
Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
May 21, 2015

About Carol or Les Smallwood

Les & Carol Smallwood, have been residents in Fairbanks, Alaska, for over 23 years. This home you'd be staying at has been built by Les. The year purchased just indicates the year we purchased the piece of land it sits on. Located among aspen and spruce trees, the apartment suite is on the lower lever and was just remodeled. We have two dogs and one cat, (all friendly and will not bother you), we love our location and privacy and hope you'll consider staying with us. We look forward to making your stay memorable.

Carol or Les Smallwood purchased this apartment in 1991

Why Carol or Les Smallwood chose Fairbanks

This piece of property is a total of 2.5 acres that was purchased by Les Smallwood in 1991, and then he began the process of clearing the woods and building the house you see today on it. We picked this part of town because it is near the University, doesn't have a lot of commercial business cluttering and hiding the natural beauty of the area, it is private and quiet, and it is still very close and convenient to everything in town. It is also located within the best schools' districts in the city, ensuring that our kids would go to the best public schools available.

What makes this apartment unique

Living with woods all around means privacy, and that you may get visits from the local moose. The air is fresh, and the water tastes good right out of the faucet, no filtering needed. If you are here in the Summer, the days are long and beautiful. In the Winter, the auroras are clear and strong, without any city light pollution.

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Bedrooms 1
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Minimum Stay 3 nights
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based on 22 traveler reviews

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Private Wooded Setting, Convenient, Comfortable!
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews

Best time of my life!

  • 5 of 5

Finally got to go to Fairbanks. Life long dream. If you get a chance to stay in Fairbanks, you must look into staying here. Les and Carol are absolutely some of the best people I have ever met! The apartment was like home. Everything was comfortable. More than comfortable. When I travel, I normally have a hard time sleeping and just being comfortable. But this place was like being in my own bed. I cannot say one bad thing about it. Way more than I had expected. There was snow and ice on the roads the whole time I was there and Les made sure the driveway and parking was maintained everyday. Les and Carol were always making sure everything was good for me. Les took me to the ice carving show one evening which I had planned to do anyway, but it was sure nice to have the company. It was like having my own personal tour guide. Then we went up to Ester Dome and he showed me the Aurora. It was not very strong that night but Les definitely showed me what to look for and I saw it several times on my own a few days after that. Simply amazing!!! Les and Carol can and will suggest any thing that you may find of interest. The drives and sights that they suggested are permanently embedded in my mind now. No place like I have ever been. Karina and Cooper, (their dogs) came to check on my everyday also. Wonderful, friendly dogs!! If you come to Fairbanks, there are 2 things that you MUST do. One is to make sure you go eat at the Loose Moose Cafe and the other is stay here with Les and Carol! You will not regret either. The month that I was there was the best time of my life. I know that had I stayed in a hotel, my stay would only have been a fraction of what it was. Les and Carol were a huge part of my stay being as great as it was and I can't thank them enough and so glad that I can now call them friends.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: David, Thank you so much for the wonderful write-up! We definitely do call you our friend, and hope you can come back up here again, this time in the summer. Then we can show you a whole bunch of other great things to see in the Fairbanks area. We were so happy to make your stay a pleasure, that's how we think of Alaska, a little bit of magic, where you can find some of the wonder you had when you were young. A place to capture some of that again!Keep in touch with us!
Redmond, WA USA

Loved our beautiful, peaceful stay under the aurora

  • 5 of 5


-Carol & Les were responsive, friendly, helpful, and accessible, but never intrusive

-The home is cheerfully but tastefully decorated so you feel comfortable in your surroundings -- and the Christmas lights outside really made it extra pretty

-The queen-sized bed has a nice, flat, firm mattress

-Spacious rooms with plenty of closet and dresser space for you to spread out and unpack

-Excellent water pressure for hot showers to warm you up after a night of aurora-chasing

-The best stocked kitchen I've ever seen in a vacation rental, with stainless steel cookware and a good selection of cookie sheets and baking dishes, and a full-sized range, oven, microwave, and fridge/freezer

-A week's worth of coffee and tea were kindly provided

-Beautiful, perfectly sized flat-panel TV with cable TiVo in living room

-Reliable WiFi, and good cell service (both AT&T & Verizon)

-Washer/dryer in the bathroom worked well and were very convenient since all that wool clothing is prohibitively bulky and we couldn't pack nearly enough for our week-long stay

-You really do have an excellent view of the aurora right from the yard/driveway if they get up high enough in the sky -- and other locations for viewing the lights are within easy distance

-The home is in an excellent location close to the amenities of Fairbanks as well as the airport.

-The owners maintain the driveway well in snowy conditions so it's safe and easy to get in and out


-The owners live upstairs and while they were very quiet and courteous we could hear the tap-tap-tap of their doggies' feet. This didn't bother us in the least, but light sleepers or people who want to feel truly isolated, take note.

-The water pressure is SO excellent that you might want to back it off when you take a shower so there's hot water left for your spouse. ;-)


-I didn't want to ever leave.

Thanks, Carol & Les, for a beautiful stay in your beautiful home. We had a truly wonderful vacation!

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your nice review, we appreciate that. It is excellent that you picked this past week when they auroras were so fantastic, both outside our door, and also in the area, as you know! The guests who just arrived were also treated to another fabulous show right outside in our yard, last night, 3/21/15, and they were thrilled! We are glad you were so comfortable and happy in our apartment, we try to think of everything a traveler would want to make their stay even better. We could have even accommodated your rest time being late into the afternoon daytime hours, if you had communicated to us that's what your plans were; since all of us, including the dogs, are normally not in the house during that time. Great to meet you both, again we are glad you were our guests! Carol & Les


  • 5 of 5

We just returned home after our long awaited winter vacation under the northern lights. Over the years, we have stayed in many VRBO properties and have always had good experiences. Our 5 night stay here with Les and Carol continued our good fortune. The property is located just far enough from town to feel lost in the wilderness, but it is close enough to be convenient to all the necessities.

Les and Carol have built their beautiful home from bare land to a most accommodating home for them and vacation rental for the rest of us to enjoy. The rental is clean, comfortable, cozy and it was easy to relax and enjoy our time, even when the weather was bad and we were iced in. Their property is beautiful and it was breathtaking to see the snow falling on the treetops, and being from northern Ca. it was an adventure to take long walks in the snow.

Les and Carol are warm, friendly people who are totally suited to making strangers feel welcome. Even before we got there, while our trip was still in the planning stages, Carol and I shared several phone calls and e mails and she was instrumental in helping me plan the details of our adventure. During our stay, we spend many hours with Les and Carol sharing stories and developing a friendship. Together, we shared one incredible night enjoying a spectacular aurora show. Les has been a professional photographer, so he taught me all the tricks and features of my camera and helped my husband and I get some great aurora photos. Carol is a fabric artist, and if you ask her to share, she just might show you some of her beautiful creations.

We truly enjoyed our stay with Les and Carol and highly recommend their VRBO property. We are seriously thinking about returning in the near future

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nancy & George, Thanks so much for the thoughtful and lovely review! We loved meeting you, it was lots of fun to spend our evening sharing the Northern Lights with you, and getting to know you. We are so happy you've now been able to fulfill one of your Alaskan dreams, to see the auroras, and take pictures of them! It would be wonderful to have you visit again, having guests like you two make this such a great mutual experience! Carol & Les


  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Valine & Sandra, Thank you so much for the exciting review! We were happy to host your stay, and by the way, you were wonderful guests. We're so glad you had a nice stay, please come back if you are in our area again! Les & Carol

Exciting Adventure

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful location for our Fairbanks Adventure. The property is nestled in a wonderful wooded setting. The listing is totally accurate and the pictures truly represent the property. We were comfortable right from the start. It was great to have a washer and dryer included at this location. The owner was available and provided information on sites to visit and places to eat too. We would certainly return to this property if we visit Fairbanks, AK again.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sharon & Gloria, You were very nice guests to have here and we are happy you had a comfortable stay! Thank you for your nice review, please return to us if you are ever here again! It is our pleasure to help visitors enjoy Fairbanks hospitality! Les & Carol


  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent ten nights at this apartment and would definitely return! Located in a quiet, beautiful wooded setting, yet minutes from Fairbanks, this immaculate rental is exactly as described. But pictures can't show how comfortable the bed is - so please believe me, it's great! The open floor plan in the living area feels very spacious and the bonus space in the offfice is nice for spreading out and storing luggage. The kitchen is well equipped with quality pots and pans, everything clean. I especially enjoyed all the beautiful flowers, strolling around the garden and visiting the greenhouse.

Owners Carol and Les could not be more attentive or helpful. They truly care about their guests. We are so thankful that we chose to stay here!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for the thoughtful review! My husband and I are very happy that you enjoyed your stay here, that is always our goal for every guest. I'm glad that the lilacs were blooming during your time here, and the next flower that will be in the spotlight are the peonies. They will bloom pretty soon, I can't wait to see how many, since my plants are still not very mature, but if we are lucky, there will be several flowers. Thanks again, please think of us when you plan future visits! Carol & Les, Aspen Woods Rental


University of Alaska Museum of the North
"Beautiful unique building with exceptional Arctic collection of artifacts, wildlife specimen..."
Large Animal Research Station
Georgeson Botanical Garden
"Wonderful garden of local flora and vegetables that can be grown up here successfully."
Creamers Field State Migratory Waterfowl Refuge
"Trails to walk, waterfowl to view at certain times of year, wonderful wild place to visit an..."
Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Fairbanks International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Miles
The Blue Loon
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Fairbanks Golf & Country Club, on Farmers Loop Rd
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Alaska Railroad
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Parks Highway
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Lemon Grass -Thai
Car: necessary

We are located near the University of Alaska Fairbanks, on the west side of town, only 8 minutes from the airport, 10 minutes from shopping, yet still secluded, private wooded setting. In the Summer, we are very close to the botanical garden, and the UAF Large Animal Research station with musk ox and caribou, (reindeer). In the Winter, the auroras can be seen going right over our house!


Rates & Availability

From $145 Per night

Fairbanks Apartment Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 8.0%
Notes More than a 30 day stay is negotiable, also an extended stay of more than 2 weeks is negotiable. The rates are based on a 2 person occupancy, each extra person is an additional $25 per night. Borough bed tax 8%

Check in time is usually not before 3pm, unless a prior arrangement has been made with owner.
Check out time on departure day is 11am, unless there is a prior arrangement with the owner.

Cancellation Policy

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Fairbanks Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 780 sq. ft.
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1) Premium new queen mattress
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
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  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
Morning coffee & tea is provided, visitors guides and local knowledge available, please query if shuttle from airport is needed

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