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New rustic comtemporary custom chalet 1/2 mile from ski resort

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom/2 bath on private wooded lot with mountain views and hot tub

This new beautifullly appointed Mountain home is a work of art that is fully functionable with its rustic contemporary charm. The home features a grand fireplace, hot tub, fully equiped custom kitchen, 3 bedrooms (2 with amazing mountian views perfect for viewing the Northern lights or star gazing) and 2 bathrooms. The wooded lot adds privacy without obstructing the amazing views. This home will make you vacation or weekend in Girdwood, AK a pleasant and memorable vacation or get-away.

Sarah Faulkner-Mattingley
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 12, 2018

About Sarah Faulkner-Mattingley

Darren and Sarah Mattingley, two life long Alaskans who live in the beautiful resort town of Girdwood with their children and many pets. We like to collect unique properties and transform them into works of art.

Sarah Faulkner-Mattingley purchased this house in 2013

Why Sarah Faulkner-Mattingley chose Girdwood

This property was originally built as a small cabin in the late 1960's and was remodeled and added on to in 1985. When we purchased it in 2014 we saw great potential for this property and loved the custom work that was done several years back so we continued on with the rustic theme and added another wing with an additional bedroom while updating the existing structure.

What makes this house unique

Girdwood is a small valley with limited land where the average lot size is about a quarter acre. This home is situated on a larger than average lot but what attracted us to this property was the treed lot and overall charm of the home.


Girdwood House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • tennis


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New rustic comtemporary custom chalet 1/2 mile from ski resort
average rating of 4.5238094 based on 21 reviews

Unique and Fun

  • 5 of 5

Great place, well kept and close to the Alyeska Resort. A+

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seattle, wa

Great Host - Fantastic House - would give more than 5 stars if i could

  • 5 of 5

Sarah was a great host. Met us at the place, showed us the ropes, and even replaced a missing spatula that was melted from a previous renter. Made for a fantastic heliskiing weekend.

Can't give enough praise to the house and the service providing. Would recommend to anybody,

Thanks again, Sarah!

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wasilla, AK


  • 1 of 5

We (husband and I) Rented this home for a 5 night Christmas getaway with our 2 young adult children. We arrived on a Thursday at 4:30 and notified the owner we were there. Unfortunately our dog sitter was stuck on his island (poor ice conditions, warm weather) and couldn't get off, nor could we get on to drop our labs. Rather than forfeit the price of our entire stay, we decided to forfeit the additional cleaning fee and bring the dogs for the first 2 nights until a new dog sitter could take over. At 8:30 pm we received a video clip via text, of my husband walking in the house with our dogs, complete with sound which was creepy. The text stated no dogs and reprimanded us for burning firewood in the fireplace - which we absolutely did not do. We hadn't even started a fire at that time and when we did later that evening we used only the 1 duraflame outlined in the rules. (We had firewood on our truck bed and on the porch which the owner apparently could see via cameras - leading to the false accusation of burning wood in the fireplace) I replied with what had happened and what our plan was regarding the dogs (outlined above). I was incredibly creeped out that the owner was watching us and spent the rest of the night thinking about it, though unable to leave at that time as we had a few cocktails at dinner. The next morning we immediately packed up and left the home before 10 am; having stayed 1 of the 5 nights rented. This was based on the creepiness of being watched and eavesdropped on, after all we had been in the hot tub by the time we received the video clip and it made me wonder what else was seen and heard? We were never told there were cameras and we wondered where else there were cameras? We had arrived at 4:30 and notified the owner and they never turned off the cameras they were using (4 hours later) despite knowing we were there. Having rented from VRBO for over 6 years, from Mexico to Utah, Washington and Alabama, we never expected to be recorded -audio and video. The owner did return our cleaning fee though no refund for the 4 additional nights we were to have stayed. Pictures were accurate though pay close attention it appears larger in photos than reality. The location is pretty good though a little far from town and resort - suggest driving the few miles and then walking around. It was the owner that was the biggest problem, the SPYING.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: First of all we do have a security system at the property and there are a couple exterior cameras which are not a secret. There is a sticker on the front door with the security companies name. The home was broken into a few years ago. There is not a camera “spying” on any interior area or the hot tub as the above guest stated in her review. We do have a NO PETS policy and I’m sorry that this guest didn’t realize that NO PETS really means NO PETS. I had my assistant stop by after they checked in to ask if they had any questions and to have them sign the check in paperwork and she noted the firewood stacked on the deck and dog food bins as well and let me know about both. After hearing this I decided to look at the camera and saw not one but two dogs entering the property. I then texted the guests and let them know that dogs are not permitted inside the house and they sent me a reply telling me to just keep the deposit so that their dogs could just stay at the house and asked me if that would be okay to which I said no it was not okay. The cleaner had to clean up one of the dogs poops inside the home after they left. Every guest receives a copy of the house rules and cancellation policy when I reply to their request. In reference to the location I will give some perspective. The entire town of Girdwood is only 2.5 miles. Our home is located less than 1/2 mile from the base of mount Alyeska daylodge and Sitzmark lounge.
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Not as advertised

  • 2 of 5

Typical girdwood property with a cool addition, but this property is not as it appears. The third bedroom you have to walk through another room to get to, so it is really a 2 bedroom property. They also have multiple safety violations such as missing railing that our small child could have fallen through from the second floor and exterior deck. The owner is difficult to reach and charged an additional $150 cleaning when we left the property in very good condition and provided no explanation for the cleaning charge, especially given our small group.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Out of 18 reviews, this is our first 2-star review. We require all guests to sign a copy of the house rules which are emailed at the time of inquiry and signed when the guests check in. This guest violated our party and gathering rule.(NO PARTIES OR GATHERINGS. Having more people than your reservation is made for will result in forfeiture of the entire $1000 security deposit. ) They had a work Christmas party for a small team of workers which exceeded the six guests. My cleaner who never has a negative comment about anyone said: "they left a disgusting mess." The sheets were stained and had to be thrown away on the two bunk beds, there was a bag of about 8 dirty diapers along with a few cups of unknow liquid shoved under the upstairs bathroom sink which leaked and caused a terrible mess, the kitchen was covered in grease and took 5 times longer than average to clean, the hot tub had to be drained and refilled which did not suprise me because I had a neighbor call and complain in the morning about being kept up to 2 am due to noise coming form the hot tub.The deck is 30" from the ground, and the upstairs railing was not a code violation when we had the home inspected four years ago when and codes have not changed since that time. I am always available by phone, text or email. My only regret is only retaining $150 of the deposit.
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Kenmore, WA

Last family getaway before end of summer

  • 5 of 5

Was a beautiful home! Kids 12, 13 and 18 all enjoyed their rooms, the hot tub and all of the games that were available. Everything we needed for cooking and laundry was available. Beds and linens were very comfortable. Would highly recommend to others and would stay there again. Close to everything, Anchorage, Portage glacier, Whittier, Wild Animal Conservation center (highly recommended) and Seward (Exit Glacier hiking). Thank you!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very nice stay!

  • 5 of 5

Sarah was great and the house worked out perfect. We had a wedding to attend at Alyeska but hadn't brought along an iron for our clothes. Upon request, Sarah delivered an iron and ironing board in just a few minutes.

Hot tub was nice and hot in a peaceful setting. We even saw a few humming birds on the feeder.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
34 Miles
Anchorage International Airport
Nearest Train
2.5 Miles
Alaska Railroad
Nearest Motorway
2.5 Miles
Seward Hwy
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Jack Sprat, Double Musky, Alyeska Resort, Chair 5
Nearest Ski
0.25 Miles
Alyeska Resort
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $150
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 12.0%

A deposit of $1000.00 is authorized on your Credit card at time of check-in and released at check out if no damage has been done to the property during the rental period. 5 day minimum rental during summer (June, July and August).

Our cancellation policy is as follows: If you cancel your reservation 45 days or more prior
to your reserved date then you will receive a full refund minus a $40.00 cancellation fee.
Any cancellations less than 45 days prior to your reservation you will only be refunded your
payment if we are able to rebook the property for the dates you had reserved. If we do
rebook the property then you will receive a refund for the full amount paid less a $40
cancellation fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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