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Kilcher Homestead Beachfront Cabin

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Last updated: 12/15/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cabin
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Cabin, 1 Bedroom + Detached Unit, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-8)

Our family beach cabin is a unique octagon design. The floor is handcrafted from local beach rock. The interior of the cabin features rustic kitchen shelves, a curved alder staircase, antique wood cook stove and a counter top of local beach clay tiles. There is also an outdoor storage shed for tools, wood and coal. Our bathroom is of the old fashioned outdoor type.

The cabin is heated with an old fashioned wood cook stove that also burns coal gathered right off the beach. There is a small propane cook top for quicker cooking on warm days. The 'sinks' are stainless steel dish pans that you fill from the creek and empty outdoors. It is all very simple and efficient and less work in a way than all the modern contraptions we take for granted!

We provide fresh drinking water from our homestead spring and creek water is used for cooking and washing dishes. You can opt to rent the ultra-funky hot tub for soaking squeaky clean.

Staying at our cabin helps you unwind and puts you back in touch with your connection to the earth. We invite our guests to take a step back in time and experience a lifestyle from a simpler era, before the 'techno' age. You will find that life still goes on just fine!

You may opt to have us host all or part of your vacation. This would include harvesting much of our food from the wilds, learning about subsistence living and taking part in various activities and workshops.

The cabin is located in the middle of one of Kachemak Bay's State parks. Access is by hiking, horseback or ATV. It is a leisurely, scenic 5 mile hike from the nearest road system. Mostly on level ground and you can beach comb while you hike. We provide our ATV's (which we operate) for transporting guests and their luggage. Traveling light is recommended.

Keywords: cabin, log, 2 story, beachfront, rustic, peaceful, artistic
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Member since: 2010

Speaks: english, german
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/15/2016

Property Type

  • Cabin

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    due to steep stairs and length of hike in to cabin, not suitable for children under 5, but ages may vary depending on child's experience....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Great get away for kids to explore nature and have a digital detox time...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    smoking allowed out of doors...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    non refundable pet fee for each pet. Contact owner....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Massage
  • Private Chef


Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 8, Beds for 4-8

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1


  • rustic outdoor 'bathroom' with a view!

Other Amenities

  • I am hoping to bring guests back to a connection with a simpler way of life. Back when 'air conditioning' meant opening the door, or the 'dishwasher' meant your hands washing the dishes! Things like that. It's really pretty amazing to experience that, even if you would not want to live this way full time. It's a great place to do a digital detox as well. Your cell phone will get reception but we invite you to simply turn it off!....moreless


  • Books:

    Cabin is stocked with a variety of reading material for all ages....moreless

  • Games:

    Od fashioned Board games are available for you and your family to enjoy and reconnect!...moreless

  • Music Library:

    Cabin is stocked with a variety of Tape Cassette music...moreless

  • Toys:

    Toys are anything you can build yourself, i.e an old fashioned stick horse? a toy gun? skipping rocks into the ocean? Be creative!...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Museums

Leisure Activities

  • Horseback Riding
  • Shelling
  • Sight Seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

    wonderful beach for beach combing, shells, driftwood,...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    spectacular mountain views from anywhere on the property....moreless

  • Oceanfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Swimming


  • Dining Area


  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking:

    Parking for your vehicle is at the family homestead 'trail head' 5 miles from the cabin....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove:

    old fashioned wood-coal cooking and heating stove....moreless


  • Catering Available:

    Ask owner about fully hosted meals or educational workshops on harvesting wild foods....moreless

  • Coffee Maker:

    There are several kinds of coffee makers at the cabin; French Press, Espresso maker, old fashioned percolator! And a hand powered coffee grinder as well. Enjoy...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    All are supplied in cabin. Also outdoor grilling pans and grates....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Cabin is fully stocked with everything including wine glasses...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    YOU are the dishwasher with your two amazing hands and my two amazing stainless steel dish pans!...moreless

  • Oven:

    Small stove top oven works great for baking!...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Basic food stuffs are kept at the cabin for your convenience: rice, beans, oil, vinegar, butter, some canned foods, pancake mix, syrup condiments, sugar, honey, coffee, teas, milk, etc...moreless

  • Stove:

    wood-coal cook stove for cooking and heating cabin. Fuels are supplied...moreless

  • Toaster:

    use stove top to toast your bread, the old fashioned way!...moreless


  • Gazebo:

    Not quite finished yet! but near one of the 2 outdoor fire pits for grilling....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    One grill-fire pit near gazebo and one down on the beach near the creek....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    Our famous funky hot tub is gas fired and sits above the creek with great ocean views!...moreless



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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$1,050 $4,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • hot tub fuel surcharge $75 + tax
  • cleaning $75 + tax
  • Pet Fee $75 + tax
  • Tax Rate 3%

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 12/15/2016
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16 Miles
Nearest Airport
Homer Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Homestead Restaurant
20 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Homer Spit
9 Miles
Nearest Golf
Shoreline Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
East End Road
8 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Homestead Restaurant
Homer, AK, USA
Nearest Beach
out the front door

Seasonal Harvesting of Wild Foods, Clam Digging,


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2000

About the owner: I am a native Alaskan, of Swiss descent. I was born and raised here on an Alaskan homestead and grew up much in the same lifestyle that I offer at my cabin. I feel that preserving this lifestyle and making it available to others has a huge educational and historic value. Plus I enjoy it! The entire cabin was built by ourselves and our friends. I enjoy working with wood and rocks and have done the interior design myself. I also enjoy sewing, participate in the local artistic community in 'wearable art', do some writing, historic photo archiving, and have performed my faith based music locally. Our family has a 'Living Museum' on the original family homestead which you can visit en route to the cabin. Throughout the summer I teach workshops in wild food harvesting, canning, jam making, smoking fish, mushroom gathering etc. Currently I am in the process of finishing my home which contains a large canning kitchen and multipurpose/activity room where I plan to continue my workshops. I have 4 grown children, a son and 3 daughters, and 5 grandchildren. They are all Alaskans at heart and still enjoy doing a lot of the same things we offer our guests. I also speak fluent German for any guests who may want to converse in their native tongue.

Why the Owner Chose Homer, AK, USA:
I purchased this property long before it had a cabin on it. My sisters and I used to walk the beach to bring the cows from our homestead up the Bay to the summer pastures. It was a 10 mile hike on foot before we even had horses to ride and now ATV's. It was a magical place where we always stopped to have a picnic lunch. We all planned for ways to own it someday, and one day I did! Then we built this cabin as a get-a-way while living in the city of Anchorage. It became a very special place we enjoyed sharing with our friends. Now we want to share it with you too!

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
Cabin is on 6 acres surrounded by State Park. It has a babbling creek to one side and sloping grassy hills on the other. The canyons are still magical canyons to hike in and explore after 60 years. The beach is just out the front door and is full of shells and driftwood. An Eagle family lives in our canyon just a few hundred feet from the cabin. They have nested here for over 15 years. You go to sleep and wake up to the sound of the surf and the wind and the songbirds. It is a very unique place. A place of peacefulness, listening to the sounds of nature, far away from the hectic life. You can see sea otters, seals, coyotes, moose, bear, and of course the ever present eagles.

Contact us

Speaks: english, german
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/15/2016

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  • log octagon beach cabin

    log octagon beach cabin

  • living room & front door

    living room & front door

  • aranging sofa-bed

    aranging sofa-bed

  • alder staircase

    alder staircase

  • view from living room

    view from living room

  • picnic gazebo

    picnic gazebo

  • sleep cabin annex

    sleep cabin annex

  • your hostess

    your hostess

  • 4 wheelin' down to the beach

    4 wheelin' down to the beach

  • momma moose with twins

    momma moose with twins

  • a kayaking day

    a kayaking day

  • hiking trail from bluff top

    hiking trail from bluff top

  • upstairs loft bedroom

    upstairs loft bedroom

  • living room

    living room

  • wood-coal cookstove

    wood-coal cookstove

  • stairs to loft, landing

    stairs to loft, landing

  • front yard

    front yard

  • path to sleep cabin

    path to sleep cabin

  • enjoying the hot tub!

    enjoying the hot tub!

  • trail riders

    trail riders

  •  hike to nearby waterfall

    hike to nearby waterfall

  • climbing the rocks!

    climbing the rocks!

  • small saiing boat

    small saiing boat

  • view from bluff top

    view from bluff top

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This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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