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Birch Grove Sanctuary Studio In Central Mat. Valley, On Peaceful Garden Lot

Bedrooms 1
Space 300 sq ft
Property type studio


About the property

1 King size or 2 twin beds, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2

Enjoy the peace of Alaska's beauty – listen to the birds and relish the tangible quiet of Alaska at its best. Our beautiful birch themed residence will provide rest and refreshment.

The sanctuary studio has a lower level private entrance, full kitchen, full bathroom, and a King sized bed, (or two twins depending on your needs), a private lawn under the eagle's favorite sitting tree.

*If you are needing more space, we have a bed and breakfast that sleeps four additional people in two rooms separate from the Birch Sanctuary space. ("Woodland Glade" has a queen in one room and a twin and fold down bed in the other room.)

Our house is located near the end of a drive where it is peaceful and quiet. Our beautiful lot overlooks Snow Goose Pond and is surrounded by birch and spruce trees, sprinkled with vibrant flowers. We have a majestic, panoramic view of the Chugach and Talkeetna mountains. Occasionally we have moose wander into our yard.

Only one hour away from Anchorage Ted Stevens International Airport, you can rent a vehicle and easily find our quiet sanctuary. Free parking on site.


Hike the Butte – 30 minute drive - Relatively short hike to view the Knik Glacier and Mat Valley

Hike Lazy Mountain – 20 minute drive - 3,000 ft climb for a panoramic view of the Matanuska Valley. The only thing "lazy" about the mountain is it's name.

Hike and explore the Hatcher Pass area – About 25 minute drive - endless hiking and adventure above tree line. Explore the old Independence Mine…

Reindeer Farm – 20 minute drive where you can take a short tour and feed the reindeer. It's been a hit with guests of all ages.

Fishing: We can help you find great fishing guides. Salmon are caught in several local rivers or you can drive the Parks Highway to Homer or Seward and book a ocean sea guide to catch salmon or halibut. If you want to eat your fresh-caught fish, we have a barbecue available!

Musk Ox Farm – 10 minute drive - Take time to see the local Musk Ox herd. What a unique, archaic and beautiful animal! Babies are born the beginning of May, so you can watch the family interaction.

Golf: Four golf courses in the area.

White Water Rafting within an hours drive

Glaciers: You can drive one hour up the Glenn Highway which is truly one of the most spectacular drives in the world and see the Matanuska Glacier. You can actually walk on the glacier.

Arrange flying tours to see Knik Glacier.

Denali National Park - Less than 5 hour drive

Seward - 3.5 hour drive, Resurrection bay and ocean tours offering spectacular scenery including cliffs and glaciers., marine wildlife including whales, sea lions, otters, orcas, porpoises.


We are 15 minutes from excellent cross-country skiing at Government Peak Ski Area and 25 minutes away from top quality ski trails in Hatcher Pass.

More Details

Sondra Markwardt
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 7, 2018

About Sondra Markwardt

We are long time Alaskans. Philip worked with the Forest Service for many years and later became a pastor. He is an avid hiker, a back-packing enthusiast, an experienced cross-country skier and loves white-water kayaking.

Sondra’s family came to Alaska before it was a state of the U.S. She considers it a privilege to have grown up in the old, “real” Alaska in a small bush town on the Yukon River. She values the Alaskan native culture and feels that her growing up years, which included a family dog team, were very enriching.

Both of us have traveled the world extensively and value other cultures. We love meeting new people, and welcome others to the peace of our home. Our golden retriever dog is part of the enthusiastic welcome you will receive here.

We both love the untamed beauty of Alaska and the God who created it. Because of Philip’s experience in the grand Matanuska Valley area and beyond, he will be able to direct you to fabulous outdoor experiences and possibly join you as time allows.

Sondra Markwardt purchased this studio in 2003

Why Sondra Markwardt chose Palmer

Thirteen years ago, when we were looking for a lot to build our house, we kept coming back to this one because of its peaceful setting and the mountain views in several directions. Because of its proximity to the mountains as well as to the stores in the valley and the closeness to an international airport, we feel it is an ideal location.

What makes this studio unique

Our two and a half acre lot includes a 1/4 acre of lawn, a rock garden, and lots of flowers, surrounded by spruce and birch trees. We are close to lots of recreation including spectacular sightseeing, fishing, world-class hiking and back packing, glacier tours, Iditarod race center, and excellent Winter cross-county skiing.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation studio rental in Palmer

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 300 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2 ...
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Bathroom has a full tub/shower, sink, and wardrobe. Shampoo, hairdryer available.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • The studio apartment includes a king sized bed that can be made into two twins, depending on need. There are a couple of comfortable chairs, a small dining table, a TV, and a full kitchen with all dishes you will need.
  • Books
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • whitewater rafting


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Birch Grove Sanctuary Studio In Central Mat. Valley, On Peaceful Garden Lot
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 24 reviews
Rockford, IL

Wonderful accommodation, private and very comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

With our own parking and entrance, we were able to come and go with ease. The property is beautfully located and Palmer and Wasilla are close, just a short and picturesque drive away. Our hosts have thought through every detail for the comfort of their guests. With a complete kitchen, laundry access, and a lovely full bathroom, we truly enjoyed our home away from home.

  • Submitted: 27-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you stayed with us! You are most welcome to come again!
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Very friendly, clean, accommodating and great location

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful hidden gem! This studio was perfect for what we needed. The hosts were wonderful and very helpful with anything we needed. Their greeter dog Woodruff was the best greeter I've ever met. Always there with a smile and snuggles:) We would definitely recommend this property. Short driving distance to many wonderful parks and hiking trails. Can't beat this location!

  • Submitted: 18-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks! You two were perfect guests and delightful people! Please come again!
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Crawford, TX

Alaska 2017

  • 4 of 5

Nice place to stay. Clean, comfortable and convenient to most of Palmer activities.

  • Submitted: 6-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Everything we needed.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here for three nights. We had wonderful weather and enjoyed day trips to Denali, the gold mine and the area in general. It was great to have a kitchen to store our food, cook meals and make hot tea and coffee in the morning. We loved the quiet atmosphere of the home.

  • Submitted: 23-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you stayed and Birch Grove and that you had such a great experience in our gorgeous state. You are most welcome back any time! sondra and phil
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Clean, quiet place to stay

  • 5 of 5

The room is amply sized and nicely decorated. The attached bathroom was comfortable. And the room darkening shade on the window was much appreciated in the light summer nights. Our only difficulty was that the path to the entrance was a rather steep gravel trail, which was challenging for a handicapped person. But we managed it and the non-handicapped would have no problem with it. Overall, a lovely place to stay.

  • Submitted: 20-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you and your wife could be here Wally!
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Jefferson City, Missouri USA

Nice and Peaceful

  • 4 of 5

Great host, great amenities, and good location. Will stay here again if in the area.

  • Submitted: 19-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Nearest Ferry
60 Miles
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Nearest Train
9 Miles
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Glenn Highway
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Hatcher Pass
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Mirror Lake
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation studio rental in Palmer

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1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit C$131.84

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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