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Pet-friendly with Views and Close to Town.

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
1 - 2 nights

About the property

1 Bedroom, 2 Bathrooms, (Sleeps 4) with classic Homer views.

This apartment is on the ground level surrounded by flower gardens and views of the Kenai Mountains and Kachemak Bay. The apartment has one bedroom, a sleeping couch, and two bathrooms . . . a good set-up for a family or fishing group.

The bedroom is light and airy featuring a comfortable queen size bed and views of the mountains. The sleeping couch is very comfortable with an automatic-fill air mattress and memory foam topper.

The kitchen is fully equipped for cooking. There is an automatic coffee-maker as well as a coffee press (there will be a sample of coffee beans from a local roaster), and microwave, cookware, as well as some of the basics ingredients you will need for cooking in.

The bathrooms (both) are equipped with towels, soaps, shampoos, and lotions. A washer and dryer are available for your use.

The outside area includes garden seating from which you will enjoy the views of Kachemak Bay and the Kenai Mountains.

Close to town, guests can walk to see the attractions Homer offers. The Farmers' Market is a great option for the Saturday visitor!

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Kit & Phyllis Barnett
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2017

About Kit & Phyllis Barnett

Phyllis was born and raised in Homer where her parents owned and ran the Inlet Trading Post, now the Bunnell Street Arts Center. Kit hails from Scotland where he worked as a groundskeeper and gardener. His expertise has been a great boon to the Homer property! Together they live and work in Bush Alaska during the winter months, Phyllis as a teacher, and Kit on the Maintenance & Operations crew, but always return to Homer in the summer to enjoy fishing, gardening, hiking, and boating with family and friends.

Kit & Phyllis Barnett purchased this apartment in 1987

Why Kit & Phyllis Barnett chose Kenai Peninsula

The property, with its close proximity to town and the high school, its views and homey feel was the perfect location to raise a family. The home was purchased from the original owners and builders, Paul and Phyllis Banks who had raised their family here. 'The house has always had the feel of a home, it is comfortably cozy with wonderful light and the classic Homer views. This is what we want to share with visitors - a great place to stay while visiting and enjoying the delights of my home town.' ---Phyllis

What makes this apartment unique

Kit is constantly working on the grounds surrounding the home. It is an ever evolving mix of the practical and the beautiful, the groomed and the wild. Shooting Stars and Lady Slippers explode in the Spring; Poppies, Delphiniums, and Sitka Roses grace the gardens in midsummer; in August, raspberry bushes are loaded with berries.

The entry door for the Garden Retreat opens onto a garden of strawberries and Forget-me-not flowers while large white Pushki flowers crowd around the perimeter of the property.

All of this is set against the blues of the Kachemak Bay waters and Kenai Mountain's snow-capped peaks.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Taken from a guest review left in the apartment:

Thanks so much for letting us be your first guests at your Garden Retreat! We had a fabulous time, your place was most definitely a retreat for us - the bathrooms were great (having 2 was perfect), your kitchen so clean and easy to access, and the beds/sofa bed were extremely comfortable and accommodating for us. Thanks again for creating such a beautiful haven for my in-laws, husband, 2 dogs, and I! The view was spectacular and we even had a upfront & close view of a moose cow and her calf! We will most likely be staying again the next time we're here in Homer!
Jun 2014
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(24 traveler reviews)

Pet-friendly with Views and Close to Town.
average rating of 4.9583335 based on 25 reviews

Great little spot

  • 5 of 5

Nice views, clean and simple, super comfy bed. Everything you need, plus a washer and dryer if it's an extended stay. Easy access to town. I'd have to imagine it's much better than any hotel at a similar place, plus you can bring your dogs. Only issue you might encounter would be if somebody is staying in the upstairs unit, as it might be a little noisy.

Would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Anchorage, AK

Great place close to town!

  • 5 of 5

Nice yard with great views.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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  • 5 of 5

Loved it. Totally updated and remodeled 1 bedroom/2bath. Property is well cared for. Great yard, garden and raspberries. Beautiful, view of mountains and quiet neighborhood.The living sofa has a great queen bed, so perfect for us 2 and 2 grandkids and our big dog. Could run dog on main road only 1 block away. Met Phyllis the owner and she is awesome. Definitely will return.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Great views

  • 4 of 5

We stayed only for the night but a great place with amazing views. The owners are very prompt in addressing any service issues and also gave us good suggestions for local sight seeing. Wish we had more time at hand to stay in Homer.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Great Place

  • 5 of 5

This rental was very spacious, clean and very nicely decorated. The morning after we arrived, we were sitting at the table having coffee when a moose and her two calves walked into the yard right in front of the window! This was such an awesome sight to see!

The only issue I had was with noise. The unit is on a well traveled road and the Homer airport is close by too. Also, we could hear walking/running and chairs sliding on the floor from the tenants in the upstairs rental.

All were very minor issues that did not stop us from having a fabulous time in Homer.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Perfect Homer Home!

  • 5 of 5

Ground floor unit was a great vacation rental, fully equipped with all modern facilities and a wonderful view of the mountains and bay. Only complaint is the steep and very bumpy driveway, but that is minor...just drive it very slowly. We would love to stay here again and highly recommend the Garden Retreat!

  • Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Nearest Airport
4 Miles
Homer Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
7 Miles
Alaska State Ferry
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Shoreline Golf
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Seward Highway
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Cosmic Kitchen
Nearest Ski
3 Miles
Baycrest Trails
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Bishop's Beach

Garden Retreat property offers easy accessibility to all the delights Homer has to offer. And Homer has so much to offer in addition to The Spit. . . year-round. The many fine restaurants are a definite must when exploring our town - a true culinary experience. There are several art galleries that offer unique, not-to-be-missed shopping opportunities with offerings from many of the local artists for which Homer is becoming famous. Old Town features new arts of both the culinary and visual kind, plus a bit of Homer history for you to absorb as you walk between the Old Town Art Gallery, the different eateries, and Bishop's Beach. There are multiple opportunities for beach walks . . . Diamond Ridge Hike ends on a beautiful and secluded beach when you might want some quiet time. At the Garden Retreat you are 100 yards away from a paved bike path that will take you through town and out to the Spit, or a vigorous walk up East Hill for some eye-popping views all the way to Mt. Augustine .


Rates & Availability

Homer Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Sep 15 2016 - May 23 2017
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Tax Rate 7.5%

Children 6 months of age and under stay for free.
Weekly - 7th day is free.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Homer Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , Clean and fresh with towels, soaps, and shampoo
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , Same as bathroom #1!
  • Two bathrooms make for easy sharing!
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , This is in the living area
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Bicycles
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • parasailing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
A vegetable garden on premise can be a source of lettuce, kale, swiss chard, and even potatoes (depending on the time of year). Red raspberries can be picked for your onsite consumption in August. Housekeeping can be available with longer stays for an additional fee.

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