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Nell's Farm House - Shelby-Boiling Springs-Tryon Int. Equestrian Center

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, sleeps 1-6, quiet neighborhood, big yard

Your home away from home. Live in the city and tired of the traffic and busy life? Are you working in the Shelby area, visiting a student at Gardner Webb University, attending a wedding or family function? Give up that cramped motel room and come on down to Nell's Farm House.

One of the best locations in Shelby! Located on a quiet, tree-lined street just outside of town, this super-comfortable, spotlessly clean, quiet, country cottage is in a historic community on a farm that has been in the family for over 100 years. The house is furnished in a vintage style to reflect the history of Nell and her family, with an emphasis on comfort. Nell's Farm House is intimate and informal.

Nell's Farm House lets you escape the day-to-day rat race and provides you with a memorable country experience. You can relax on the porch, nap the afternoon away. Here is a place to sit back and relax while watching the horses graze in surrounding meadows. The nights are peaceful with only the sound of nature and the light of the stars. The days are opportunities for hiking, exploring, fishing, or just relaxing.

GUEST INFORMATION: Is it time to get back in touch with what life was like in a gentler and quieter time.

Nell's Farm House is your place to be when visiting Shelby, North Carolina, for business, pleasure, American Legion World Series Baseball, Gardner Webb University, Tryon International Equestrian Center, Cleveland County Fair or when passing through Cleveland County for one of our many events.

While suitable for any traveler, the home is perfect for families who need affordable, flexible and friendly lodging. The home consists of two nice-size bedrooms with 1 king bed and 1 double bed and a third bedroom with bunk beds for the children and a crib for the baby. 400-thread-count linens are provided for most beds. There is a television with basic cable in the cozy den. The eat-in-kitchen contains all cookware, utensils and kitchenware, and all linens and towels are supplied. There is a large, centrally located bath with double vanity and tub with shower.

However, the greatest amenities are outside the home as it is situated on a quiet road in a quiet community with a deck off the kitchen, presenting pictorial views of the woods and surrounding pastures.

Perhaps one of the best features is the private deck, overlooking the pasture, which provides outdoor living and dining area to take advantage of Shelby's wonderful climate, whether for breakfast in the morning or a glass of wine in the evening. You will also enjoy the gas grill in the evening as you watch horses, deer and listen to the Katydid singing in the woods.

You will feel safe and secure, with a burglar alarm and code set just for you.

Most of our guests are repeat clients who book in advance, so please book early. We think we've thought of everything you will need for your visit, but if not, we can help with anything you might need while you are here. With enough notice, we will be happy to stock the house with your choice of food and beverages, etc. We have lived here all our lives, so we are happy to provide any help during your stay, including restaurant suggestions, events, etc. Just ask! You will love living like a local. We look forward to hosting you in our house.

NOTE ABOUT INSTANT QUOTE RATES: $79/night is our base rate for one person. The INSTANT QUOTE feature with VRBO does not fit our price break schedule presently. Our rates are listed on the page. If you use this feature for one person you will get the right quote. If there are more than one we will need to send you a quote.

Pets are not allowed in the home, but please inquire about suitable arrangements on site. Long-term renters welcome.

If you are traveling with horses, email us about stabling nearby. Coggins and health certificate required.

LOCATION: Shelby is 40 miles west of Charlotte, NC and 40 miles east of Asheville, NC. You will find outlet shopping twenty minutes away in SC and furniture shopping in Hickory, NC with just a 35 minute drive.

• Fully furnished kitchen

• Comfy living room

• Table and eat in bar in kitchen

• Cable TV/DVD

• Wi-Fi and Broadband

• Washer/dryer

• Gas grill

• Situated on one acre, safe community

• Kid friendly with room to play outside.

• Restaurants and shopping minutes away

Close and not so faraway places

• Gardner Webb University

• American Legion World Series Ballpark

• Cleveland County Fairgrounds

• Carrowinds Theme Park

• Carolina Panthers

• Biltmore House

• Lowes Motor Speedway

• Golf and swimming

• Hiking, mountain biking and trail riding

• Restored 1919 Herchell-Spillman carrousel

• Moss Lake

• South Mountain State Park

Three night minimum stay. Reservations recommended. A 50% deposit is required with reservation. Balance is due three weeks before arrival. Personal checks accepted with advance deposits only.

Keywords: House, Charming, quiet, walkable, farm, non-smoking

More Details

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

About Debi

Nell's house, located on Hafta' Mosey farm, is hosted by Harold and Debi Metcalfe, founders of Stolen Horse International, Idaho, pictured here with Debi, was stolen from us in 1997. She was recovered 51 weeks later. Her theft is the foundation for the nonprofit organization that assists thousands each year.

Debi purchased this house in 1975

Why Debi chose Shelby

This home has been part of our family since it was built in 1975. Nell, lived in the house alone most of that time until she suffered a stroke in 2004. She was diagonised with Alzheimer;s Disease and and passed away in 2011. Nell's Farm House relfects her wonderful life with from the vintage dishes to the pictures. We kept as much of Nell in the house as we could but also mixed in our love of horses into the house. It is an interesting mix vistors enjoy.

What makes this house unique

Peace. Quiet. Crickets singing. No smog. No traffic. Lightly traveled roads to walk on without cars whizzing by. Horses. Trees. Green fields. Close to the new Tryon International Equestrian Center, Gardner Webb University and area businesses.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Great place, very comfortable, and a nice town. Went to the Tapas & Wine and Newgrass Brewery. Both were super! REally enjoyed meeting Maddux in the morning and when we arrived back from town last night. So this has so much character and history it feels like "home away from home". See y'all again soon!
Aug 2016
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Shelby House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Double Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1) Available upon request, Bunk Beds (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • tennis
  • water tubing
We do not allow dogs in the house but we do have a kennel in the yard. If you have questions or a special situation with your pet please contact us.


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Nell's Farm House - Shelby-Boiling Springs-Tryon Int. Equestrian Center
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews
Oregon, wi

Calming Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We were in Shelby for our daughters wedding at Slightly Differnt Nursery and the Nell's house was real close to the venue and a great place for family members to stay. We did not spend a lot of time there other than to sleep because of wedding responsibilities but it was extremely comfortable, clean, beautifully decorated and a welcome relief after wedding activities. Norman was very welcoming and made sure we had everything we needed.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us at Nell's Farm House. We'd love to have you back one day. It is the closest place to stay to the wedding venue, Slightly Different Nursery. Thanks again for joining us!
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Great Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We needed to spend a few days in the area to get our GWU student settled for the summer. The few nearby hotels didn't have room for us. (Family of 6, children ages 18-4.) I decided to check VRBO and found Nell's. No more expensive than a hotel for us, but a thousand times better. Spacious and clean. Nice sized rooms, well-equipped kitchen, large bathroom with two sinks. Best of all, room for the kids to run, throw a frisbee, chase bubbles. Quiet, a million stars at night, and there are so many lightning bugs that they look like Christmas lights in the trees. Our family will definitely stay again. We had a great time! Debi and Harold's hospitality is special.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was wonderful having your family stay with us! What a great family you have! We do hope you come back again when you visit your Gardner Webb University student. The grounds were perfect for your family with lots of room to run...and hike. Glad you enjoyed the old house too. :-)
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Southern Hospitality At It's Best!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at Nell's Farm House for four days. When we pulled into the carport Deb and Norman were right there to greet us. They took the time to show us around and to give us a brief history of the house. We had all the amenities needed for our stay, and a great deal of room. Each room was nicely decorated for comfort and well being. The beds were extremely comfortable as was all of the lovely, vintage furniture in Nell's home. I loved the large kitchen and sitting area that led to an open deck to the back yard and pasture.

Deb and Norman have a great love of horses. There were several horses grazing in the pasture during the day, and again, at night. It was nice to come home at night and sit on the deck to watch the horses, as well as the hundreds of fireflies that lit the night skies. It was so calming after a hectic day of visiting relatives and sightseeing.

The house is centrally located to Historic Downtown Shelby. There were a number of very nice restaurants and shops in town. A wonderful little town full of history and charm.

I am a lover of history and antiques. Nell's home, as well as downtown Shelby, was the perfect place for me to be. I so enjoyed my stay in that lovely house. We intend to visit the area next Spring and have every intention of staying at Nell's House... Our home away from home.

Thank you Deb & Norman for your gracious hospitality. Your kindness meant a great deal to Phil and I. I'll be in touch!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Can't wait to have you two back!! We learned so much from you Catherine!! The pink vase is not in Nell's anymore by the way. And guess what? I found a cup that goes with it. ;-) Debi
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Hope Mills, NC

Christmas Season

  • 5 of 5

What a fantastic place with fantastic owners! We spent our Christmas Holiday at Nell's Farm House as we have family nearby. The Metcalfe's(Debi &Harold) were fantastic hosts as they had a Christmas Tree decorated and awaiting us. Wassail on the stove and a fresh evergreen wreath on the front door. This house is exactly as the pictures show. The house and surrounding farm so closely resembled the house I grew up in and spent 45 Christmas Seasons that my family decided to gather in Nell's living room for our gift giving. What a outstanding stay! It was like being back at my grandparents house again, with lots of memories.

Oh and if you like special sunrises, make the coffee, open the curtain on the sliding glass door and have a seat at the kitchen table. Peer out the door and wait, it'll be there.(You can imagine it now, can't you?) Beautiful, I saw it.

This is the best. House, hosts, location, surroundings, serenity, you name it.

(BTW: The Metcalfe's must be fantastic people. They, like me love those tiny layer chocolate cakes!)

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2014
  • Stayed: December 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: As you know, you are family now! We can't wait to have you back!! The last cake you sent we froze and have not thawed yet. We keep thinking it may be our last and we have to save it!!! Debi and Harold
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Summer Hideaway

  • 5 of 5

How we enjoyed Debi's true Southern hospitality at Nell's Farmhouse this past spring! The home is so spotless and well maintained, and the area so quiet, we're counting the days til we can return and watch the horses from the kitchen!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lttle House on the Prarie

  • 5 of 5

The house is in excellent shape and was perfect for our use. It is very private and quiet so sleeping at night was not a problem. Overall I would recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge
Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Charlotte, NC
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
In Shelby
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Gastonia, NC
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
I-85, HWY 74
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Car: recommended

Shelby 40 Miles from Charlotte & Asheville, North Carolina. Just minutes away from Gardner Webb University in Boiling Springs and the American Legion baseball park where the national tournament is held. Near the Clearwater facility and other area businesses.




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $75
Property Damage Protection $59
Refundable damage deposit $250
Pet Fee $35
Tax Rate 9.75%

RATE NOTICE: Our rate of $135 a night is for up to two guest only. If there are additional guest there will be additional fees. We do have weekly and monthly rates available but we would need to speak with you before booking for monthly. You can find our website in Shelby, NC and Nell's Farm House on Facebook. Make sure you pick the one in Shelby.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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