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Historic Elegance on Main Street in Downtown Talkeetna

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,765 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

3 Bedroom. 2 Bathroom. Sleeps 7. Historic 1918 cabin with a modern addition.

Belle's prime location right on Main Street in beautiful downtown Talkeetna coupled with the historic attraction makes Belle's a perfect place to stay. We are located within steps to ALL major attractions. No driving required, EVERYTHING is within walking distance. Surrounded by lush landscaping, your stay will be very private and quiet.

We feature brand new luxury mattresses and premium bedding. Two nicely-appointed bedrooms offer Queen beds while the third bedroom has a Full/Twin bunkbed plus an additional Twin for a total of 7 guests. The larger spacious bathroom in the new addition has a full tub/shower and the other bathroom in the original cabin has been renovated to modern standards with a wide shower, toilet and vanity.

A full kitchen allows for meal preparations. The kitchen is part of the original 1918 Belle McDonald cabin but has all modern appliances, including oven, toaster oven, coffee maker, and a small (not fullsize) refrigerator. With all the delicious restaurants within walking distance you may not find yourself cooking much... also there is no TV at Belle's Cabin.

The gardens have been loved and cared for over the years and in summer bursts with gorgeous flowers of many varietals and a large assortment of peonies. Some of the peonies in the garden are the first ever recorded grown from seed at this high latitude.

Dating back to 1918, Belle's Cabin was originally owned by Belle McDonald, an indomitable, hardworking trading post operator who lived in Talkeetna for over 40 years. A large addition to the cabin was recently added and designed with modern standards which complement the original historic structure.

After Belle McDonald, Roberta Sheldon made this cabin her home. Roberta lived in Talkeetna 50 years, authored two local bestselling historic books, and was the wife of Don Sheldon, who was known as one of the world's foremost mountain-glacier pilots. Don's air rescues, pioneering flights, mercy missions, and everyday adventures are recounted in many books, on The Discovery Channel, and in numerous articles including National Geographic, LIFE Magazine, The New York Times, Reader's Digest and Sports Illustrated. Roberta and Don Sheldon owned & operated Talkeetna Air Service until 1975, when Don died of cancer. The local Sheldon Community Arts Hangar was the base of operations for Don; it housed his airplanes, mechanical and woodworking shops, stored an extensive collection of climbing gear he loaned, and hosted many of the early mountaineers who pioneered climbing routes on Mt. McKinley/Denali, and was known as the Sheldon Sheraton.

Although Belle's Cabin is located on Main Street it remains a quiet retreat due to the positioning of the house and the lush landscaping. It is truly a gem of a property that will add to the memories you make exploring Talkeetna and the grandeur of Alaska.

More Details

Owner
Marne Sheldon
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 23, 2017

About Marne Sheldon

Belle's Cabin was the home of Talkeetna's first businesswoman, Belle Lee McDonald (who lived in Talkeetna 40 years) and later became the home of Roberta Sheldon. Roberta Sheldon lived in Talkeetna over 50 years and was instrumental in helping shape the charm of the town today. She also authored two local best-sellers: The Heritage of Talkeetna and The Mystery of the Cache Creek Murders.

Roberta and her husband Don Sheldon owned and operated Talkeetna Air Service, which Don founded in 1948. Don Sheldon was known as one of the world’s foremost mountain-glacier fliers. His air rescues, mercy missions, pioneering flights and everyday adventures are recounted in numerous articles including LIFE Magazine, The New York Times, and Reader’s Digest. An area on Denali is named The Don Sheldon Amphitheater; where the historic Sheldon Mountain House is located (built in 1966). The book Wager With The Wind was written about Don, and numerous stories about Sheldon are featured in many books about Alaska. In addition, Don flew 26 missions in World War II and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and four other Air Medals. The Sheldon Community Arts Hangar here in Talkeetna was the base of operations for Don; it housed his airplanes, mechanical and woodworking shops, stored mountains of climbing gear he loaned, and hosted many of the early mountaineers who pioneered climbing routes on Mt. McKinley/Denali. Don Sheldon died of cancer at the age of 54. Roberta never remarried.

Belle’s Cabin (the original two-room cabin structure) dates back to 1918. In 2003 Roberta had Master Logger Arthur Mannix and his team add a large addition to the original cabin, and made it her home. Roberta dearly loved the community and people of Talkeetna.

Roberta’s children Kate Sheldon and Robert Sheldon and Robert's wife Marne welcome you to their historic Talkeetna gem.

Amenities

Talkeetna House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1765 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Large bathroom with tub/shower is in the Sheldon Addition and the second smaller bathroom with shower is in the Belle's wing. Both have been updated with new modern amenities.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed , Bunkbed = double on bottom / twin on top. 2nd twin in room.
  • Belle's Cabin has three bedrooms: two Queen bedrooms in the Sheldon addition and one bedroom in the Belle's Cabin wing. All bedrooms are nicely appointed with brand new, luxury bedding. The Queen Mattresses are brand new Stearns & Foster Lake Shore Luxury Firm Euro Pillowtops. The bedroom in the Belle's wing (3rd bedroom) has a full / twin bunkbed plus an additional twin. The Twins feature brand new Englande Pillowtop mattresses. A New Graco Pack & Play portable crib is also available.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
Notes:
Enjoy the prime location of being downtown Talkeetna with the privacy of a tucked away home with beautiful gardens and historic charm and elegance. Belle's cabin in a one-of-a-kind vacation rental in Talkeetna.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(23 traveler reviews)

Historic Elegance on Main Street in Downtown Talkeetna
average rating of 4.7826085 based on 23 reviews
5

Wonderful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful, historic cabin is located within walking distance to anything you want to do while staying in Talkeetna. It is right in the middle of everything, yet tranquil inside. This is not a "roughing it" cabin. We found it clean, cozy and wonderfully inviting. Whether you go for some peace and quiet, or a grand adventure, I highly recommend staying at Belle's Cabin. It was a perfect spot for our girls weekend--We will definitely be going back!

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wasilla, Alaska
5

Loved our stay at this unique, historical property!

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed a "girls weekend"! This home exceeded our expectations. I have used VRBO for 15 years and know that sometimes a home isn't as charming as presented. Belles is charming, unique and has many personal touches that enhance every room. Quality furnishings, linens and large enough rooms to really spread out. We loved the location and walked everywhere! Very clean, warm & inviting. We will come again as a "girls group" but also individually with our families. Thank you Kate & Marne!

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Anchorage, AK
5

My new favorite cabin

  • 5 of 5

Belle's Cabin was a wonderful weekend experience. I am amazed at how lucky Belle's was available for the weekend. It is an incredibly welcoming cabin. Very spacious, but still cozy. The sleeping accommodations were the best, and the kitchen was great! The refrigerator was unexpectedly small, but there's plenty of refrigeration outside in March and Talkeetna has plenty of options for eating out. Nonetheless we were able to cook an amazing large breakfast in the spacious kitchen.

All the Alaskan decorations were great and the historical articles and items added so much to the cabin. I very much hope to have the opportunity to stay at Belle's Cabin again!

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Correction to Randi

  • 5 of 5

We are greatly saddened to see Randi's review which has many false claims/accusations especially after having 4 conversations over 3 hours on the phone with us clarifying & reclarifying the cost, even before she arrived at our family home. We thought we were patiently going over the details with a guest who was unfamiliar with computers, but instead she ran our kind & polite caretakers through the ringer with endless exceptional requests. But we always go above and beyond with our guests when needed.Then Randi falsely claims our father (Don Sheldon) never lived in Talkeetna. Historical facts all over Talkeetna prove our dad lived in Talkeetna for most of his life, till his death. We have been thrilled getting to know our Belle’s Cabin Guests; have gone out to dinner with some, guided others around town, and surprised others with champagne when it we learned that a special occasion was being celebrated at our home. We treasure the trust built with our guests and cherish the fact we leave family treasures and historic family items in our home for our guests to view and enjoy. Thank you for reading this, and we hope you’ll consider all our other reviews, which are positive. Sincerely, the Sheldon Family

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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2

Lovely place - Buyer beware

  • 2 of 5

I really wanted to address this to VRBO confidentially but this seems to be the only recourse that I can find. The home was lovely, the caretakers went out of their way to see to our needs But, I was lead to believe that we would be charged "off season rates" as we were only staying for one night in the middle of winter. It was my understanding, from several phone calls, that we would be paying an off-season rate of less than the normal daily rate and that we would be charged for one night only. In fact, we were charged nearly double of what was quoted over the phone. It is a shame that the owners could not be honest about the add-ons that were a part of our charges. I am disappointed in the finality of Marne's decision to add on exorbitant extra charges.

We were respectful of the lovely home, we did no cooking, we washed and dried all of our linens and towels and tipped the caretakers very well for the extra services they opened up to us of their own volition. We also discovered, through local business owners, that this home, advertised as a part of the home that Don Sheldon lived in, (he is a local legend in aviation and now deceased) was a false accolade. According to the locals in this small town, Don Sheldon never did live in Talkeetna. The fact that we were led to believe that part of this home was Don Sheldon's previous residence was a great part of why we decided to stay there if even for one night.

So, be careful and make sure that you have ALL of the charges BEFORE you commit to booking. Had we known the total cost in advance, we would have stayed elsewhere.

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are greatly saddened to see this review which has many false claims/accusations especially after having 4 conversations and nearly 3 hours over the phone with her clarifying & re-clarifying the cost, even before she arrived at our family home. We patiently went over the details with a guest who was unfamiliar with computers and then she ran our kind & polite caretakers through the ringer with endless exceptional requests, and then falsely claims our father (Don Sheldon) never lived in Talkeetna. Historical facts all over Talkeetna prove our dad lived in Talkeetna for most of his life. We have been thrilled getting to know our Belle’s Cabin Guests; have gone out to dinner with some, guided others around town, and surprised others with champagne when it was discovered a special milestone was being celebrated at our home. We treasure the trust built with our guests and cherish the fact we leave family treasures and historic family items in our home for our guests to view and enjoy. Thank you for reading this, and we hope you’ll consider all our other reviews, which are positive. Sincerely, the Sheldon Family
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5

Excellent home away from home

  • 5 of 5

A great place to stay. We had everything we needed, owner was very accommodating. Everybody that came to visit us during our stay was very impressed. Will stay there again.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
1 Miles
Talkeetna State Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Historic Fairview Inn. Denali Brewery.
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
Talkeetna Train Depot
Nearest Motorway
14 Miles
Parks Highway
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Many on Main Street
Car: not necessary

The historic village of Talkeetna is nestled at the base of North America's tallest peak Mt. McKinley (Denali). Talkeetna has an outstanding panoramic view of the Alaska Range that can be enjoyed and photographed from several places as you wander through our town, and discover what this unique location has to offer: Flightseeing, fishing, riverboat tours, float trips, hiking, nordic skiing, mushing, mountain climbing, ATV and snowmachine tours, and ziplining, art galleries and gift shops, places to dine and a locally brewery... and of course year-round frontier hospitality!

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Rates & Availability

Talkeetna House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
High Season
May 26 2017 - Sep 17 2017
2 night minimum stay
$449
 
 
High Season 2018
May 25 2018 - Sep 16 2018
2 night minimum stay
$459
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$325
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 5.0%

Sleeps 7 in beds. Up to 3 additional guests are allowed ($20 per person per night) only with Advance Written Approval by the Sheldon Family at booking, and will need to provide their own bedding, sleeping bags, mats, air mattresses, etc.

A three night minimum stay is required for Labor Day weekend, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, certain Oosik Classic dates (3rd weekend in March), and Memorial Day weekend.

The person making the reservation is the person who is staying at Belle's; the reservation is not being booked on behalf of another individual.

If you cancel within 30 days of your stay the full rental rate will be charged.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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