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Cottonwood Corner Guest House, Birds, Gardens, Views

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

Cottonwood Corner is two acres of beautiful natural and cultivated gardens Our guest house is located on the sunny side where we grow most of our vegetables and herbs amongst beds of native and perennial plants. Our home is a short walk through a natural aviary that attracts several species of birds year round. Our guests can relax on a bench in one of the quiet pocket gardens and enjoy our many resident birds taking advantage of the feeders located throughout the gardens.

The Guest House is a three bedroom, 1.5+bath home located in a rural neighborhood just outside of the Seward city limits. It is a 5 minute drive or twenty minute bike ride to the center of town.

The living room, dining room, kitchen, one bedroom (queen) and a bath with a shower is located on the 1st floor. The second floor has two bedrooms (1queen, 1 king) with a full bath between.

The kitchen is fully equipped and will be stocked with coffee, assorted teas and condiments. We will provide a free continental breakfast for the morning of the 1st day of your stay!

A front deck invites guests to enjoy Alaska's splendor with views of Tiehacker Mountain and the great northwestern forest, as well as the cultivated grounds and gardens that surround the house.

A gas grill is available for your cooking pleasure.

Housekeeping Policy

Cottonwood Corner will be cleaned and prepared with luxury linens between guests.

No housekeeping services will be provided during your stay. We will provide extra linens for guests staying more than one week.

While we hope that you will be able to take advantage of the wonderful fishing Seward has to offer, we do not allow fish cleaning at Cottonwood Corner. We can recommend a full service processor in town (packaging & mailing).

Here at Cottonwood Corner, we like to balance privacy with hospitality. We will assure your stay is comfortable and will be available to chat and tell an Alaskan story or two.


More Details

Kate & Craig Turnbull
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 24, 2017

About Kate & Craig Turnbull

In 1985 Craig joined his father, Jack , on a trip to Alaska to visit the past. During World War II, while serving in the United State Army, Jack had been stationed at Fort McGilvary on Caines Head located at the mouth of Resurrection Bay. He was anxious to share his memories of that time with his oldest son. Caines Head is now part of the Alaska State Park System and is accessible by boat. Maintained trails allow visitors to explore what is left of the old army fort.

Jack traveled a second time to Seward, this time with our whole family...what a trip! Our dream was born and 1990 found us selling our Southern California home, packing all of our belongings in a U-Haul truck and setting out for the Last Frontier. Three years later, Jack joined us and together we built the cabin that is now Cottonwood Corner Guest House.

We have lived in Seward for 23 years and are still in awe of the pristine beauty that surrounds us. We want to share it with you.

Why Kate & Craig Turnbull chose Kenai Peninsula

Cottonwood Corner Guest House is located in a quiet rural neighborhood. Our grounds are beautiful and we enjoy spending time outside. There are also special little treasures that can be found just taking a walk around the block. The Guest House is a short walk from Salmon Creek, a salmon spawning creek; a walk up the hill leads you to some of the best blueberry pickings in town; exploring the meadow nearby you will find bog rosemary, Alaska violets, sundews (Alaska's carnivorous plants), and so much more. The forest is full of wonder.

Wild animals do roam through the neighborhood, so we ask that you always stay aware.

Our location is a birder's paradise. Right outside your window you will be treated to a view of our resident chickadees, nuthatches, woodpeckers, pine grosbeaks, juncos, siskins, and more!

Craig and I have enjoyed feeding the birds and gardening for many years. We have lovely perennial beds and include many native species amongst our cultivars. We also plant vegetables and herbs in the raised beds outside the Guest House. Our summer is short, but our days are long and the garden beds fill in quickly.


Bear Creek House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Mobile Phone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Located on Second Floor
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Walk-in Shower w/ Seat
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • First Floor Bedroom - 1 queen
    Second Floor Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Second Floor Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Convertible bed(s) - 2 twin/ single , 2 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen Sleep Sofa in Living Rm; 2 Twin Roll Away Beds
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2) roll away beds, Baby Cribs (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(49 traveler reviews)

Cottonwood Corner Guest House, Birds, Gardens, Views
average rating of 4.979592 based on 49 reviews

Lovely Seward Home

  • 5 of 5

After a busy week in Alaska, spending the last three nights in the Cottonwood house was just a perfect end to a great vacation. Kate and Craig have the most comfy house near town and they keep it spotless. Don't be put off by the drive in - the surrounding neighborhood is a little sketchy. But, the house is a dream with lovely gardens and just feels like an oasis. Great fire pit outside. Lots of birds too, which is a bonus! Kate left us bagels with salmon cream cheese she'd made along with homemade granola and other goodies. The house is roomy. She also made reservations for us on the Kenai Fijord small boat cruise and I think it was the highlight of our trip. Our whole Seward experience was made better by staying at Cottonwood and feeling so "at home". Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words, we are very happy you enjoyed your visit!!
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For the ultimate accommodations and view this is the place.

  • 5 of 5

The house itself was amazing. Wonderful location and convenient to our needs while in Seward. Kate and Craig were wonderful hosts. Non interfering but available if needed. It was very homey right down to the wonderful barbq. We also can't leave out their dog who came to visit. Thank you very much for your part in making this a great trip for those of us that have been to Seward a time or two and especially our friends that experienced Alaska for the first time.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very pleased you enjoyed your stay! Thanks for your kind words. Kate & Craig
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Value Added !

  • 5 of 5

We are a group of 3 couples from Hong Kong and staying with this proper for 3 nights. It is a clean and well maintained guesthouse. The owner is very helpful and nice. They come to answer our question in a rainy evening . Everything that a normal guesthouse should provide, this property over and above. All over review is covered by one word " Value Added"

They have a dog namely Tite , very adorable he comes to welcome and say goodbye to us. This give us a remarkable memory during the stay there.

The property is clean and tidy well maintained.

Again would like to express our sincere thanks to the Turnbull Family for accommodating our group.

We will come back in the next future and hope Turnbull will accept our booking.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect way to start our vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Cottonwood Corner was everything we could have asked for to start our family Alaska vacation. The gardens were beautiful. Easy drive in to downtown Seward. Wonderful breakfast provided for our first day. Everything was clean, comfortable, and welcoming. We had everything we needed to cook breakfast and dinner and grill out. We loved roasting marshmallows around the fire pit on our first night when the weather was warm and beautiful, and then used the indoor fire the next day to warm up after a rainy hike to Exit Glacier. Kate stopped by to check on us to make sure we had what we needed and even went out of her way to mail my husband his shoes that he had mistakenly left behind. Wonderful hosts. Wonderful home. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice home, well maintained, good value

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our 4 night stay at the Cottonwood Corner Guest House. The location is close to Seward yet in a quiet wooded neighborhood. Don't let the junk yard you must drive by to get there discourage you. Look the other way and soon you'll be in an area of quaint homes and guest houses. Everything was as advertised except the bathrooms. The description says 1.5+ baths so I expected only a toilet and vanity in the half bath. Instead, there are two full baths, one with a tub shower and one with a shower only - 2 full baths in my view.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Perfect place to come back too after fishing all day!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

1-6 guests $360.00/night
each additional guest $20.00/night
Tax and fees included in nightly rate.
Rates are subject to change.

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