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Luxurious, Private Log Home for Independent Travelers

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Space 4,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8-12)

Laughing Raven is a luxurious, large log home where you can relax, enjoy scenery, view wildlife and prepare to enjoy all the exciting adventures you have planned for your Alaskan adventures. You can explore 20 acres of wild lands around Laughing Raven and may view moose, bear and other wildlife. The views are spectacular and include Kachemak Bay, Harding Ice field, fjords, lower Cook Inlet, and active volcanoes. Ravens, eagles, cranes and many other birds are common visitors. Laughing Raven is the perfect place to bring your family and friends who wish to experience Alaskan adventures year-round yet enjoy luxurious, comfortable home on return from adventures.

Keywords: log home, vacation home, unhosted vacation rental

More Details

Owner
Mo Hillstrand
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
June 25, 2017

About Mo Hillstrand

I inherited this property and built Laughing Raven in 2000 from logs harvested from the Kenai Peninsula. I'm a neurology nurse practitioner and work in Anchorage but plan on retiring to Homer. In the meantime I'd like to share my home with individuals who wish to have an unforgettable Alaskan adventure.

Mo Hillstrand purchased this house in 2000

Why Mo Hillstrand chose Kenai Peninsula

I built Laughing Raven on property that was an original Alaskan homestead. I spent my summers as a child playing on the Homer Spit. Laughing Raven is conveniently located 3 miles from the center of Homer on 20 private forested acres with spectacular views and very comfortable accommodations.

What makes this house unique

You can sit by the fire place and plan many out-doors activities Homer has to offer. You can also just relax on the decks or in the hot tub and just enjoy the scenic views and observe the wild life.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Thank you for the opportunity to stay at your beautiful home these past few days. It was truely a relaxing time. We even had some 'special' visitors- a mama moose and her calf ! Thank you again. We hope to return sometime. Sincerely, Karen"
Jun 2010
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Amenities

Homer House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Water View
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (1) Each bedroom has a queen bed. The enteratinment loft has a queen sized fold out sofa bed.
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • jetted tub ...
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(27 traveler reviews)

Luxurious, Private Log Home for Independent Travelers
average rating of 4.962963 based on 29 reviews
5

Fabulous week at Laughing Raven

  • 5 of 5

We made Laughing Raven our destination for one of our three weeks in Alaska. Our three children and their spouses met us here, but their schedules were such that we never had more than six of us at a time. The three bedrooms and two baths worked great for our numbers, and we never really used the beautiful TV area in the loft.

Everything impressed us from the moment we drove up the winding driveway. The care with which Laughing Raven was constructed is just the beginning of a spectacular home. The rooms were very clean, and the home felt cozy from the outset. As we explored, we found more to love.

The open living area kept everyone involved, whether cooking, dishwashing or exploring maps.

We enjoyed the hot tub nearly every day, used the grill to cook the fish we caught, and loved having a separate laundry room. The beds are not just comfortable, they feel brand new, and the linens were pressed. The cupboards were stocked with important things other guests left behind -- sugar, malt vinegar, a box of pasta. Mo made sure there were nice supplies in the bathrooms, including shampoo/conditioner/body wash, soft soap and toilet paper.

The view from the bluff is spectacular, especially on the clear days. The wood shed keep our fireplace fires stoked. We enjoyed at least three walks on the nearby homestead trail, the views from North Fork Rd, fishing on the Anchor River, and a trip across Katchemak Bay for a hike to the glacier lake. Our adventurous pair hiked Grace Ridge Trail across the bay one day, with 3000' up and back down.

It's hard to summarize what a wonderful vacation we enjoyed at Laughing Raven. Today we moved closer to fishing on the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers. All six of us would pay anything to be back at Laughing Raven! Comments include: "It's fine, but it's just not Laughing Raven." And, "Mom, you hit it out of the park with Laughing Raven, nothing is going to be as nice."

I am absolutely sure we will never find a nicer, more welcoming home at HomeAway.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your gracious review! I'm so pleased you were able to participate in so many activities in the area - then come home to Laughing Raven for rest and to rejuvinate for your next adventure.
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5

Lovely home in a beautiful, peaceful setting.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed gathering on the deck, listening to the birds, and taking in the view in the distance. The hot tub was perfect after busy days hiking and biking nearby. The kitchen is well-equipped for all meals and the grill is in good condition.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review! I'm so glad you had time to relax and refresh yourselves at Laughing Raven between adventures.
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5

Clean and private with all the amenities.

  • 5 of 5

This is our second stay here and we loved it as usual. Looking forward to our next stay here. The views are amazing and relaxing. We had a visit from a mama moose and her two babies.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review! It was great to visit with you in person - even though it was brief. I enjoyed hearing about your adventures.
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5

Beautiful property, peaceful, quiet and secluded.

  • 5 of 5

This was the second time we have stayed at the Laughing Raven and just like last time, it was wonderful! It has everything a family would need to enjoy their stay in Homer.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your gracious compliments. I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit.
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5

Fabulous!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home! Well equipped kitchen. Close to town. Clean and very comfortable!

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words and for taking such great care of Laughing Raven!
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5

Beautiful home

  • 5 of 5

This home has 3 levels. On the bottom level, their is a bathroom with washer and dryer. There is also a room for sitting and reading, etc. The Main level has 2 bedrooms, bath, laundry room, huge living room with fireplace and nice size kitchen. The top floor has a living room, and a huge bedroom with a large closet. My husband and I shared this home with 2 others, which made the price very affordable. The docks and fishing are fairly close. The home is very clean and well kept. There was some food in the pantry which were left by previous tenants. We saw a moose and her calf twice on the property.

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review, warm regards, Mo Hillstrand
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Map

Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Homer Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Multiple in Homer
Nearest Ferry
6 Miles
Alaska Ferry System-service to Seldovia & Kodiak
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
Sterling Highway
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Multiple in Homer
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Bishop's Beach, Homer Spit
Car: necessary

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Rates & Availability

Homer House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$450
$3,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Tax Rate 7.5%

Weekly rate in summer is $3000.00 plus the 7.5% Kenai Borough sales tax($225).

1/2 the total is required to hold reservations and final amount is due 2 weeks prior to guest arrival

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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