Private Honeymooners/Writer's Cabin W/ Bold Stream and Parkway Access
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Deep Gap farmhouse description
For those looking for an escape from the fast-paced life of the city, and who want to disconnect from the rat-race, this little 1920 farmhouse is the perfect solution. This house takes you back to a time when life was simple. Relax on the covered front porch overlooking the pasture and listen to the soothing sounds of the rushing stream and the joyful chorus of nature. Curl up with a book in one of the home's cozy nooks, or go for a invigorating morning walk along the gravel roads or trails through the many acres of mature forests that surround the house. Kick back in the hot tub on the cool nights and enjoy the firefly show, start a warm fire in the fire pit, or just lay out under the stars of the protected Dark Skies area to take in the magnificence of creation.
- 1200 sq. ft.
- 2 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Included
- Limited Accessibility:
- Pets Considered:
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Alternative Lifestyle
- Children Welcome
- Events Allowed
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Dishes & Utensils
- Cooking Utensils
- Parking Off Street
- Covered Parking
- Iron & Board
- Hair Dryer
- Air Conditioning
- Game Room:
- Video Library:
- DVD Player
- Deck / Patio:
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Freshwater Fishing
- Hunting Big Game
- Fly Fishing
- Medical Services
- Massage Therapist
- Equestrian Events
- Hunting Small Game
- Whitewater Rafting
- Cross Country Skiing
- Rock Climbing
- Mountain Climbing
- Mountain Biking
- Winery Tours
- Wildlife Viewing
- Recreation Center
- Botanical Garden
- Live Theater
- Fitness Center
- Eco Tourism
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Outlet Shopping
- Float the New River, drive the Blue Ridge Parkway and hike or picnic along the way, visit West Jefferson cheese factory, downtown and check for festivals, shop Blowing Rock, make the rounds at all the antique shops of West Jefferson, Boone, and Blowing Rock, go trout fishing on Big Horse, Helton Creek, Watauga River, or the New River, hike Grandfather Mountain and Linville Gorge, visit New River, Grandfather, and Banner Elk wineries/vineyards, take the barn tour, catch music at the Jones house in Boone...moreless
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Back to the 20s
Back to the 20s
The house is old and quaint, very secluded, and a great setting. Very peaceful and quiet. The house is old and some amenities are not there, but the setting makes up for that.
- Guest john k. (Jupiter, Florida)
- Date of stay 10/23/13
- Review Submitted 10/29/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway.
Just What We Needed!
Just What We Needed!
Traveling to the mountains was a spur of the moment idea in the middle of the night by the three of us. Sitting at our workstations one night, patients screaming out for pain medication,call bells and IV pumps beeping up and down the halls, with tired backs and weary minds, the three of us nurses said "Let's run away!" and so this trip came to be. We spend so much of our time taking care of everyone else, neglecting the signs our bodies give us to take a break. We pulled up to the cabin, stepped out into the cool autumn air and instantly, our hearts rejoiced. We were like children; exploring every nook and cranny of the property; took a walk down the country road, and hurriedly unpacked. We didn't just unpack clothes and personal items; we unpacked our responsibilities and worries. We spent 2 full days exploring the areas of Boone and Blowing Rock and driving the Blue Ridge Parkway. All were within a short distance and while there were closer places to stay, to come "home" to seclusion was priceless. I think we all came back home with clearer heads, thankful bodies and a new sense of purpose. We all did suffer a small amount of cell phone withdrawal...but we got over that quickly :) Benjamin, thank you for sharing this little haven with us. I plan on coming back with my children so they can experience the feeling of freedom your generosity afforded us. The description on the website is great, but the true experience is unforgettable!
- Guest ALICIA W.
- Date of stay 10/10/13
- Review Submitted 10/14/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, age 55+, pet owners, adventure seekers, families with teenagers, families with young children, romantic getaway, girls getaway.
My husband and I searched for over a week to find a place to stay in the NC mountains. We stumbled on this beautiful home and was not disappointed from the beginning. Our first contact with Benjamin was awesome! He Answered all of our questions and was very helpful with all of the particulars. Directions were spot on, no problems at all in finding the cabin. It was my birthday weekend, BIG birthday, 50. Everyone thought I should be celebrating it in a huge way, but I really just wanted to ease into it peacefully and quietly. I am very blessed with a wonderful husband and family who really wanted to celebrate large, but understood and let me escape. As all the reviews have stated, peaceful is exactly what it is! No cell phone service, no internet and no TV. WOO HOO!!! But we did enjoy a couple of movies from his DVD collection. Thanks Benjamin! Boone is very close by and we did enjoy a night out for dinner at the Coyote Kitchen. My favorite place to go in Boone! I highly recommend this Cabin if you are looking for a place to relax and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. Just relaxing in the hot tub and hundreds of butterflies softly floating by was amazing!! The beautiful fragrance of some type of plant, sorry, not sure what it was, just added to the experience. Thank you Benjamin for opening up your home so we can get away from the routine of our normal days, to take time and just listen to the quiet. While gazing at the Snow covered mountains, It is then I begin to know, That standing in their splendor, They reflect a reverent glow. Then glancing further upward, Toward the sky graced with blue, There’s no doubt in my mind, God created this heavenly hue. Looking down upon the earth, With a view so grand to behold, All of nature’s beauty Is a story being told. The trees, flowers, mountains and hills Are all taking a stand, Calling to mind that all of God’s bounty, Is created by His blessed Hand. (Teresa C. Hawes) Thank you Benjamin! And yes, I have already booked again!!
- Guest Skyla (Marshville NC)
- Date of stay 08/23/13
- Review Submitted 08/26/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway.
Manager response: Skyla, I was very touched by your comments. Touched enough that I actually shed a few tears (and am still willing to post this for others to see!) I'm so glad this place can bring such fulfillment to so many other people. I'm happy and honored to have you return as a guest with your family and friends. Enjoy!!
Pictures very accurately depict this beautiful property. Nice wide open spaces to allow kids and pets to roam and explore safely. My kids (4 and 2) loved hanging out by the rushing creek (right there in the back yard) throwing pebbles, looking for crawfish, etc. Big fire pit area in the back was great for roasting hotdogs, marshmallows, etc. No internet, cell phone reception, nor TV were an added bonus, as there was plenty enough to do. Close enough to Boone to go out for a day trip or meal. Would definitely recommend and return. As far as previous posts about the stairs, yes they are a tad narrow, but remember this house was built a long time ago. Just be careful and take proper precautions; we had no issues nor did our 2 small children. But I would probably not recommend the upstairs loft for people with limited mobility.
- Guest Joel L.
- Date of stay 07/31/13
- Review Submitted 08/26/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, pet owners, adventure seekers, families with teenagers, families with young children, romantic getaway.
Manager response: Thank you, Joel! It really sounds like your family had a wonderful time at the house. I appreciate the detailed feedback you gave, and I'm sure it will help more guests know exactly what to expect when they visit!
We were delighted with 'Stargazer'! The cabin was well maintained, clean, and TOTALLY private! Perfect for a couples getaway, the sound of the rushing stream, clean mountain air was just what we needed to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary! I never knew I could be so happy without cell phone service, (not much of a television watcher anyway, but it always seems to be on as background noise at our house). We just wish we'd decided to pay the pet deposit and bring our dog as the doggie accomodations were almost as good as for people! We'll definitely be back!
- Guest Wanda C. (Hillsborough, NC)
- Date of stay 08/09/13
- Review Submitted 08/20/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, pet owners, romantic getaway.
Manager response: I'm so glad you had the relaxing time together that you needed, and I look forward to having you (and your dog!) as guests in the future! Thank you for your kind feedback. Only one question: what must I do to garnish a 5 star ranking from you? (: rocking chairs on the porch?
Money well spent
Money well spent
Much bigger inside than pictures show. Had family of 6 (kids 7 5 & twin 3 year) and were very comfortable with space. Stream and yard were awesome. Very close to Parkway which was great as we spend most of our time hiking the trails. No cell or Internet didn't bother us at all as it was great not to be bothered. Spent 10 days and was great value for money spent.
- Guest Steve (Ohio)
- Date of stay 07/01/13
- Review Submitted 07/14/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, pet owners, adventure seekers, families with young children, romantic getaway.
Off the beaten path
Off the beaten path
Really enjoyed my stay here with my two kids and the family dog. It felt like we were on the edge of nowhere but of course it really wasn't far at all to Boone. Being so close to the Blue Ridge Parkway was an unexpected benefit. The cabin was neat, very homey and full of character. Hagen our Weimaraner was gleefully free to roam the surrounding area and run himself into exhaustion! The rushing mountain stream was wonderful.
- Guest Gary D.
- Date of stay 06/12/13
- Review Submitted 06/16/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, pet owners, families with young children, romantic getaway.
Find your peace here
Find your peace here
My first vacation with my 2 children, ages 9 & 11, since the breakup of my marriage from their father. The lack of cell service, internet and television threw us for a moment but what a blessing that turned out to be! We played in the river, caught a couple salamanders which of course we put back before leaving, found many beautiful stones in the river as well. Ah, the river! How lovely to hear it at night while sleeping and all day while enjoying the porch and the amazing green views. I have found a gem in the holler of the NC mountains and I will return with my children. My 11yo daughter insisted on signing the guest book before we left. She doesn't know that I came behind her and read her precious words that touched a mother's heart deeply. It became clear that my children enjoyed the "off the grid" status as much as I did. This was a turning point in our new circumstances and really served its purpose of bringing us closer together with no distractions. As close to the Creator as I've ever been. Peaceful, we all were. It was a miraculous experience. Thank you for making the cabin available for a special Merlefest rate. I would love to be put on the list for the same time next year. I will definitely be coming back sooner than later. A rare find indeed.
- Guest Anna C.
- Date of stay 04/26/13
- Review Submitted 05/07/13
Recommended for: Pet owners, families with young children, romantic getaway, girls getaway.
Manager response: Anna, Thank you so much for leaving such a heart-felt review of your stay at Stargazer. Your experience is exactly what I hope for when guests come here to get away. Hearing your response about the impact that staying at the cabin had on you and your kids gives me great satisfaction in owning/managing it and opening it up for others to enjoy. I really do hope you will visit again; I look forward to having you and your family as guests again!
Know Before You Go!!!
Know Before You Go!!!
This is a pet friendly property without any hidden fees! I love that! So many owners tack on another $100.00-200.00 in extra fees. The area is very nice and my son had a blast playing outside around the creek. All of the linens are provided and so is a cleaning service which is extremely nice not to have to worry about those things. The house was very clean and comfortable. Nice location away from traffic and neighbors. IMPORTANT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: The BIGGEST problem was the stairs!!! Neither stairway is Pictured. No handrails on either set of stairs and the incredibly narrow staircase leading to the upstairs was Dangerous! The stairs leading to the upstairs were only 5 inches at most. The stairs were so small only half my foot would fit! There is a nice slant or tilt on the first or second stair. I hit that with socks on and tumbled down the rest.I fell down them not once but twice. I moved all of our things downstairs only going upstairs to sleep, which made it cramped. There is one bedroom downstairs the other beds are upstairs. There is a stone stairway from the parking area to the house, 16 long stone stairs with NO handrail.I had to hold on to my mother to get her up and down these stairs. We were afraid she would fall down the stone stairway. The rocks were slippery and there was NOTHING to hold on to. This is a very dangerous situation and your guests that might be traveling with young children, elderly or disabled need to be aware!!!! The other problem was with the amount of hot water or lack of it. The nice tub Pictured is unusable unless you like cold water. I was really looking forward to bathing in the large tub but was SO disappointed when I was only able to get 2 inches of hot water. The warm water didn't even come up to the first set of jets. :-((( I was going to look for a water heater to see if it could be adjusted but the water temp wasn't the problem. The water got very hot...just not for long. It was a problem taking showers as well. Had to hurry up...no time to relax in a nice warm shower. The last issue we had was the lack of kitchen utensils. Not one sharp knife. Not one mixing bowl. No scissors. No measuring cups or spoons. Not one baking dish. These are things that are usually included in even the basic of kitchens in rental properties. So bring you own if you plan on cooking your meals at home. I did try to contact the owner twice through phone and email and got no response.
- Guest kimberly w.
- Date of stay 03/29/13
- Review Submitted 04/03/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, pet owners, families with teenagers.
Manager response: Not only did I allow this guest to bring pets, I charged for just one dog when two were brought out of courtesy. If stairs were an issue, then the guest should have read the description of the property explaining that the house has 2 levels, had limited accessibility for handicapped, and that it is a 1920s farmhouse... These homes were built to a different standard than today. This guest did not inform me that stairs were a problem, and did not notify me that they had an elderly guest that needed special attention. Nothing was hidden. I have added even more notes about this in case someone else is scared of stairs. I lived in this house for many years with my master bedroom being on the second floor, and with feet much bigger than hers, and have never fallen. The steps are not "5 inches", but are not as deep as current code would require, and are probably around 10 inches. No other guests have ever complained about this, so I will not be adding pictures of stairs. As far as the water temperature for the shower, this is the first I have heard of the problem, and will be adjusting the temperature for the new guests. This guest also mentioned a cold "hot tub", but really meant the inside jacuzzi. The hot tub on the deck is very hot, and can be turned up from 98 to 104 degrees if desired. I'm not sure how many people look for scissors and baking equipment while they are on vacation, but I will see what I can do about adding additional items for this. Also, after I sent the detailed instructions (which answered her questions about cleaning and check-out times) concerning the cabin on the day before, I did not answer her two calls because I had left the country for a much needed vacation and did not have service. Though many people have really enjoyed their time at Stargazer, it seems that it just wasn't a fit for this guests needs.
My husband and I stayed here for a weekend get away, and we both wished we could have stayed longer! Being from the DC area, having the opportunity to stay in a cozy, remote area that's still not too far from "civilization" was a treat. The location is just beautiful. We would definitely recommend it for a couple or for a group of friends!
- Guest SKY (Germantown, MD US)
- Date of stay 10/13/12
- Review Submitted 02/26/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, families with teenagers, families with young children, romantic getaway, girls getaway.
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Dec 1 - Apr 15
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Apr 24 - Apr 27, 2014
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Oct 1 - Nov 30
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- Pet Fee: $50 + tax
- Tax Rate 10%
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- Nearest Barpub: Hotel Tavern in West Jefferson at 19 Miles
- Nearest Ski: Appalachian Ski in Boone at 27 Miles
- Nearest Golf: Mountain Aire in West Jefferson at 19 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: multiple at 17 Miles
Year Purchased: 2004
About: I grew up in Wilmington, NC, went to school at NC State and Lees-McRae, obtained a Business degree and have invested in real estate for about 7 years. I left my management job with Food Lion after 15 years of employment, to start a career as a real estate agent just a year and a half ago...and love it! I got married 2 years ago to Kimberly who has a Violin Performance degree from ASU, and we just moved to town in Boone, and decided to keep this property for friends and family to use, and to rent out for others to enjoy as we have for years!
Why Deep Gap:
After visiting the mountains with friends to hike numerous times, I bought this little cabin as my first home, while I lived in Charlotte so that I would have a place to escape from the city on the weekends. Of course, the more I escaped, the more difficult is was for me to return to the traffic, the heat, and the smells of the metro. After owning it for a year, a job opened up for me in the mountains, and I gladly accepted! And I've never looked back!
The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
The first time I drove down the long driveway through the mature canopy of trees, and heard the sound of the stream from my car, I knew this was my place of paradise. The solitude and the beauty of untouched nature has been my refuge for 8 years. I embraced the rich history of the house and its stone steps and patio made from the rocks from the creek, and the oak beams and frame, hand cut on site, all still standing after 90 years of use and neglect. I had the privilege of restoring the home completely and making it my own, from the roof to the floor and even further by having the whole house lifted 2 feet to help preserve it for years to come. I've enjoyed the simple charm of watching the thousands of butterflies that come every year to the butterfly trees behind the house, the wildlife sightings of deer, hawks, waterfowl, turkey, groundhogs, raccoon, and even a bear, the nightly display of the brilliant lights of the fireflies, and of course, the STARS!
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