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'the Shire House' Quiet Country Home

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2 story home with spacious open loft on 2.5 acres is ready for your vacation.

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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

This is a great home for a family trip or gathering. The home has 4 bedrooms and 2 full baths. The 2 1/2 story design allows for 2 bedrooms on the main floor and 2 in the daylight basement. The basement also has a spacious family room with a pool table and games and puzzles and a Karaoke machine. The main floor has a cozy living room with windows floor to ceiling looking out on the birch forest toward Pioneer Peak and the Knik Glacier. The open kitchen/dining area features a solarium room. There is also an open loft with massive beams and rustic wood ceiling. In-floor heat is quiet and comfortable if heating is needed. There are several bookcases filled with books of all kinds if you like to read.

The kitchen is fully equipped. There is a gas grill on the back deck and outdoor table and chairs for barbeques on nice days. .

The property is pet friendly and great for families with kids.

The home is nestled in the woods far away from busy roads so you can enjoy the peace and quiet with lots of room for family fun. The full length covered front porch is a wonderful setting for morning sun and the back deck is secluded and looks out over the lawn area to the surrounding thick forest.

The property is very private and secluded yet only 15 minutes from the town of Palmer

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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Children Welcome:

    This is a kid friendly home owned by grandparents!...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Pets considered with additional damage deposit....moreless

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11, Beds for 7-11

  • Bedroom 1

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  • Bedroom 2

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  • Bedroom 3

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  • Bedroom 4

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  • Loft + Den

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  • Queen size Beds (2) Super queen in upstairs bedroom and regular queen sleigh bed in basement bedroom., Twin or Single Beds (3) Twin captain's bed in upstairs bedroom. Two twin beds in downstairs bedroom., Baby Cribs (1) Graco fold out playpen/crib is provided., Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) One sleep sofa in the lower level family room and one in the open loft....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Entertainment

  • CD Player
  • Pool Table
  • Stereo
  • Television:

    Flat screen TV with internet TV box for almost unlimited choices....moreless

  • Video Games:

    Games are available on the Internet TV system....moreless

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Spectacular view from the full length covered front porch of the best of rural Alaska and the Chucagh Mountains. Pioneer Peak (6,400 ft) is only 3 miles to the south and continually changes with the light and weather. The William's Reindeer Ranch with it's 80 acre hayfield/horse pasture provides the foreground for the awesome mountain backdrop. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Hunting Big Game
  • Hunting Small Game
  • Ice Skating
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Roller Blading
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Whitewater Rafting

Dining

  • Dining Area

General

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Stacked washing machine and gas dryer are conveniently located in the home....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Wireless internet is included....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    Efficient woodstove keeps the living room cozy on cold days....moreless

Kitchen

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Wolfgang Puck and Wearever cookware. Teapot, coffee pot, dishes, silverware and almost anything else you need....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Full kitchen with gas range, microwave, refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    (2) Full length covered front porch and large open back deck off dining area. Back deck has patio furniture with umbrella....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
 

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Location

Car: Necessary

Palmer was the center of the 1930's Matanuska Valley farm colony, created by the US government as a way to help over 200 farm families from the Midwest to start over. There are many log homes and log barns from the era in the immediate area still occupied and used.

A short walk across the hayfield brings you to the William's Reindeer Ranch where you can see and learn about reindeer, bison, moose and elk. The ranch also provides horseback trail rides on nearby Bodenburg Butte.

About 60 miles down the Glenn Highway you can hike on Matanuska Glacier, the 26 mile long glacier which is the source of the Matanuska River. Marvel at the immensity and the fantastic blue of glacial ice! For the adventurous, NOVA guides has a whitewater raft trip on the Matanuska River.

The town of Palmer is about 7 miles from the house and has all services you would expect in a small friendly town. There are grocery stores, great restaurants (ask for our recommendations) and lots of small town charm.

If you just want to enjoy the outdoors you can hike to the Matanuska River or find a local trail up one of the mountains nearby. Both lake and river fishing are available either on your own or on guided trips.

Or, use the place as a base for exploring more of SouthCentral Alaska. Anchorage is about 45 miles south with its wonderful museums, restaurants and many other attractions. Traveling south you can visit the wonders of the Kenai Peninsula and visit the harbor towns of Seward and Homer. Seward is the home of the Alaska Sealife Center, a must see on any Alaska trip.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2006

About the owner: David and Kathryn Johnson have lived in Alaska since 1996. We built the home mostly ourselves with help from friends, kids and a few paid professionals. Dave is an independent insurance agent and Kathryn is a biologist. Both are aspiring amatuer horse trainers working with Guinness, a 4 year old Percheron draft horse. We both have been Alaskans for a long time, it just took us until 1996 when we moved here to realize it. We enjoy hiking, biking, skiing. We have traveled around the state and realize with every advaenture how much we still have to enjoy. From Denali to Kotzebue to Kodiak to Haines, Alaska continues to amaze us.

Why the Owner Chose Palmer:
We built our home in the Bodenburg Butte area of Palmer because of the beautiful quiet rural environment. The farms and hayfields and horse pastures are surrounded by spectacular mountains and dense forest areas. Moose are common and we have seen bear and wolf tracks on our hikes to the nearby Matanuska River. We want to share the beauty and uniqueness of the area with others who might appreciate it. With the kids grown and gone, we built an apartment above the detached garage so we could still enjoy our property but better utilize the big home to share with others.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The home is the perfect family fun location. From the family/game room in the lower level to the open loft it has lots of room for fun. The old fashioned covered front porch looks out over the fields and on to the mountains and provides a constantly changing inspiring vista. Our home is arranged so that guests can easily enjoy various activities without getting in each other's way.


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Speaks: english

 

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  • 2 story home with spacious open loft on 2.5 acres is ready for your vacation.

    2 story home with spacious open loft on 2.5 acres is ready for your vacation.

  • Solarium off the dining area can be used for extra dining or a quiet moment.

    Solarium off the dining area can be used for extra dining or a quiet moment.

  • Simple efficient 'U' shaped kitchen is fully equipped.

    Simple efficient 'U' shaped kitchen is fully equipped.

  • Overhead view of the living room from the open loft.

    Overhead view of the living room from the open loft.

  • The basement family room has a pool table and karaoke machine for your enjoyment

    The basement family room has a pool table and karaoke machine for your enjoyment

  • Lower level queen bedroom

    Lower level queen bedroom

  • Lower level bedroom with two twin size beds.

    Lower level bedroom with two twin size beds.

  • View from the front porch over the hay field to William's Reindeer Ranch.

    View from the front porch over the hay field to William's Reindeer Ranch.

  • The covered front deck is a relaxing place from which to enjoy the mountain view

    The covered front deck is a relaxing place from which to enjoy the mountain view

  • Open kitchen/dining with doors to the back deck with the gas grill.

    Open kitchen/dining with doors to the back deck with the gas grill.

  • The comfortable living room is open to the rustic high vaulted ceiling.

    The comfortable living room is open to the rustic high vaulted ceiling.

  • The spacious open loft has lots of room for games or reading.

    The spacious open loft has lots of room for games or reading.

  • Main floor super queen bedroom.

    Main floor super queen bedroom.

  • Main floor bedroom with one twin bed.

    Main floor bedroom with one twin bed.

  • Guinness the draft horse in his round pen.

    Guinness the draft horse in his round pen.

  • Spectacular views from the front porch are not uncommon

    Spectacular views from the front porch are not uncommon

VRBO #424017

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  • Bedrooms
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  • Bathrooms
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  • Property type
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Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
  • Response time Within 24 hours
  • Response rate 100%
  • Calendar last updated 05/05/2015
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