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Tranquil Mountain Retreat with a Flowing Stream

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Loft, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Location: In Hound Ears Club near Boone, North Carolina in Blue Ridge Mountains. USA (15 minutes to Blowing Rock) View map.

Accommodations: House, 3 bedrooms + loft. 3 baths (sleeps 8)

You will experience the ultimate relaxation sitting on our large private deck surrounded by a canopy of mature trees and listening to a bubbling mountain stream as it rushes through the yard of our enchanting mountain home. This may be a time to read, reflect or just take a nap as you enjoy the wonders of nature. A meal cooked on an outdoor grill and served on the deck will provide many hours of family togetherness and conversation. A huge rock in front of the deck also provides a sitting area to enjoy this clear flowing stream as it journeys down the mountainside. This unique place has an unusual and fascinating history. It was never built to be a rental. The original builder was Terry Sanford, former Governor of North Carolina and U. S. Senator. This charming home served for many years as the summer home and family getaway for the Sanford family. Neighbors still recall how the Governor walked down the mountain each morning to the Hound Ears clubhouse for his coffee and daily newspaper.

This comfortable home with 3 bedrooms and a loft can sleep 8 people. 3 colorfully decorated bathrooms join these sleeping facilities. The Governor's master bedroom has a king bed with a private bathroom and a flat screen TV. A second bedroom has a queen bed with a private bath and a flat screen TV. A third bedroom has twin beds and the full bathroom is just outside the door. The loft has twin beds. There is a new large flat screen TV in the family room. WiFi (high speed internet) is provided.

You will find all the comforts in this well equipped home to make your vacation one to be remembered. A well stocked kitchen with everything you need to prepare a delicious meal is provided. The kitchen has new appliances. A beautiful stone wood burning fireplace can cultivate an atmosphere of coziness and warmth on a cool mountain evening.

You will feel safe and secure in this mountain retreat. It is located in Hound Ears Club, a prestigious gated community with 24 hour security. The Watauga River, one of the best trout streams in the south, borders the Hound Ears property and is very convenient for those who dream of the ultimate fishing experience.

The Hound Ears, Boone, Blowing Rock, Banner Elk area provides all the opportunities necessary for a fulfilling vacation for adults as well as children. Many fantastic hiking trails are easily accessible including those on the Blue Ridge Parkway and Grandfather Mountain. Blowing Rock is a haven for antique shoppers and for those who enjoy outlet shopping as well as live theatre. Excellent restaurants can be found in the entire area. Tweetsie Railroad, Hawks Nest Zip line, gem mining, and Valle Crucis park (picnicking, playground, swimming, basketball) and the wildlife park at Grandfather Mountain will provide unforgettable fun experiences for any child, as well as your entire family. During the winter months, avid skiers and snowboarders can enjoy some of the best ski resorts in the eastern US only a very short drive from Hound Ears.

Keywords: House in gated community, large deck, mountain stream, near great entertainment/arts/ restaurants/fishing, hiking and skiing.

More Details

Barbara Hammond
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 26, 2018

About Barbara Hammond

Barbara is a retired surgical nurse and Ron is a retired pastor. This home has been in our family since the mid 90s and we have come to love and appreciate the enchanting surrounding area of Boone and Blowing Rock. The lure of the mountains draws us here again and again as we enjoy all that the area has to offer. We have spent treasured hours with our children and grandchildren in Hound Ears. Kids and grownups alike can have fun and good times in our mountain home. We are sure you can have the same experience.

Ron and Barbara, Maryville, Tennessee

Barbara Hammond purchased this house in 1993

Why Barbara Hammond chose Boone

My brother bought this home from Gov. Terry Sanford in 1993 and we secured the property in 1996. Through the years we have enjoyed so much getting away to this special place. The mountains truly are magical.


Boone 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: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • 1. Fully furnished including linens and towels. 2. Equipped with wireless internet. 3. Located in gated community.
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size Beds (1), Queen size bed (1), Twin or Single Beds (4) There is a Pac and Play bed in the loft.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
'A large lighted deck under a canopy of mature trees and surrounded by rhododendron' , ' A cascading mountain stream flows through the property under a large boulder' , ' Great views of Grandfather Mountain throughout the neighborhood' , 'Deer, wild turkey and other wildlife can often be seen' , 'Nestled in the mountains halfway between Boone and Blowing Rock, North Carolina in Hound Ears Club, a gated community with 24 hour security' , 'Easy access to Linville, Banner Elk, Beech Mountain, and Sugar Mountain' , 'Many excellent restaurants within 5 to 15 minutes' , 'This home was not built for rental. It was built by Terry Sanford, a former Governor and U. S. Senator of North Carolina and was used by him and his family for many years as a summer retreat' , 'We have owned this home for several years and enjoyed it immensely as a summer and weekend getaway' , ' This is a marvelous place for relaxation, reflection and the ultimate enjoyment and we desire to share our treasure. '


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(33 traveler reviews)

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Tranquil Mountain Retreat with a Flowing Stream
average rating of 4.5757575 based on 33 reviews

Beautiful location! Great 2 family home

  • 5 of 5

We wanted a place to comfortably house 2 families for a snow tubing weekend, and this worked well. The stream that split around both sides of the home was beautiful! The decorations were a little dated, but that did not affect the quality of our stay, the quality of the home, or the quality of the owners! Easy to rent, check in and out, etc. Great people to deal with, and a safe gated, scenic location. A short hop to the slopes as well! Would recommend you checking out this home!

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Dan, Thank you for writing such a nice review that will give future travelers a feel for my home. So glad that your two families enjoyed your stay. It was a pleasure to share my home with you and hope you will come back soon. Barbara
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Smal cute and comfortable home that makes good use of every inch!

  • 4 of 5

We were in the mountains for skiing and horseback riding so to us location was paramount. This home did not disappoint and the owners are truly caring compassionate people. We had to leave a few days early due to a unforeseen emergency at home and the owners reached out to us to work something out. Extremely classy and not the usual landlords we deal with when renting through sites like VRBO though I would argue that was the intention of these sites when they were originally started. Rent and stay as family and the Hammonds treat you like family. We enjoyed our stay and will be back.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey Mike, it was our pleasure to share our home with you and your nice family. I do hope you can come back and stay another time and not have to leave early. Thank you so much for your kind words and the positive review. Warmest regards, Barbara
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Rocky Mount, NC

The cabin was wonderful! Very cozy and quiet.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful relaxing stay. The cabin was very comfortable and we'll furnished. The area was very quiet and private. We will definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Melanie, So glad you folks were able to get away and spend some time in my home. It was my pleasure to have you visit and hope you will be able to return again sometime at a future date. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and writing this review. Please come back whenever you can. Barbara
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Truly tranquil last minute get away!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in this special home and so appreciate the owners working with us last minute. The sound of the stream and the beautiful boulders covered in mosses were really magical. Everyone associated with the club was very helpful and my husband was able to play the beautiful golf course a couple of times. We hope to be back to the area again.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey Vicki, Thank you for your positive review and for taking the time to send it. I am so glad that everything fell into place (especially the golfing for Dean), and that you enjoyed your stay. I do hope that you will be able to come back and visit me again soon. Take care!
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Great Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

Ideal place for our family. Owner was very accommodating.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey John, I enjoyed so much our conversation by phone and am pleased that my home was comfortable for your family. If future travels bring you back my way, I would love to accommodate you and your family again. Thank you for taking the time to send in your nice review. Barbara
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House is very much as advertised

  • 5 of 5

The decks and running stream along the sides and front of the house are really special. We ate every meal outside on the large spacious deck.

Both the king and queen beds were very comfortable and kitchen was unusually well stocked with dishes and every needed cooking pot/pans. The master bedroom is far enough away from the other bedrooms that it is quiet. Bathrooms in the smaller bedrooms are Small but that seems to be the case in most of the older Hound Ears homes. Location at the top of Cherry/Hickory was Very Quiet and never heard any of the neighbors which is not generally the case in the homes closer to the clubhouse.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Lynda, Thank you for all the positive comments. It has been a pleasure talking with you and I am happy that everything went well and you enjoyed my home. I hope you will come back and visit again while your new condo is being remodeled.
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Nearest Airport
123 Miles
Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Boone Country Club
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
NC State Route 105
Nearest Ski
8 Miles
Sugar Mountain
Car: necessary

Our home is kid friendly but there are steps to the loft. Our grandchildren enjoy playing in the mountain stream. Valle Crucis Park is located behind the original Mast General Store. This park is a wonderful place for family activities- picnicking, fishing, soccer, basketball, and playground area. Kids can play while parents walk the large oval track along side the scenic Watauga River. Children as well as adults will enjoy the thrills of Tweetsie Railroad Amusement Park' , 'Grandfather Mountain with its hiking trails, museum, wildlife park and fantastic views is a must ' , 'Great base for exploring the Blue Ridge Parkway and leaf watching in autumn' , 'The Watauga River, which runs along side Hound Ears, provides outstanding trout fishing amid the beautiful scenery' , 'Collegiate sports at Appalachian State University' , 'The area provides many opportunities for golfing'


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Damage Insurance $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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