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Big Beautiful Executive Southern Home in Great Location

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

Great space for large families

In addition to its big,spacious rooms, this home has 3&1/2 acre lawn with a stocked pond (bass,brim,channel catfish) for fisherman in your group. Super sun room overlooks lawn and pond, Gazebo at pond for relaxing, fishing, feeding fish (food provided)Very private, tree lined site but situated close to every important place in Raleigh,Durham,Chapel Hill, Research Triangle area - N C State University, UNC campus & hospital, Duke University campus and medical center, RDU airport,major interstate highways- & easy access to downtown Raleigh, museums & art galleries - this is place to be. Large,eat-in kitchen- adjoining dinette. Wet bars in library & huge family room on lower level. The gazebo is charming setting for small get togethers- house is large enough for fun brunches: wedding party lunges, etc.An extra plus for reunions etc is next door neighbor who caters traditional, delicious North Carolina pig picking ,fried chicken & all the trimmings. There is an event fee of $250 for guests not staying at the house up to 25 people. We are no longer able to accommodate larger parties due to gov ordinance (Parking is limited) and HOA limitations

This subdivision was once a plantation. The plantation house still exists & is just 'up the road' from the property on Castlebrook Drive. Other: visit well regarded NC Zoo or Aquariums....or take a day trip to 'Straw Valley' home to several of North Carolina's renowned potters & their galleries. Raleigh is situated midway between beautiful North Carolina mountains and spectacular beaches Drive 2 hours west to see mountains or 2 hours east to visit beach and the antebellum city of Wilmington - is still an active port city but most popular attraction is the battleship North Carolina moored across the river from the downtown Cotton Exchange shopping area. Has old South feel. Good restaurants on the water,too.

(information provided at the house for best routes,etc.)

NC State Campus is about 15 minutes from the property. It is the flagship campus for engineering,textiles and design of UNC system - worth a visit. Just a short drive to Duke University Campus also well worth the drive.

It is a stunning campus (rumor is that Washington Duke took his architect to Princeton and said: 'build me that') The Duke Chapel, a classic Westminster style, boasts many 'claims to fame' ;i.e. an organ that took the expert from the Netherlands more than a year to install on the million dollar balcony Duke had constructed to accommodate the organ. Stained glass windows of deep colors - all the blue glass purchased from Blenko Glass & anyone who knows glass, knows Blenko. Don't miss the Sarah P. Duke Gardens that are maintained by many expert botanists so that each season the plantings provide a beautiful display of the flowers of that particular season. Your college basketball fans will know about the Duke Blue Devils and their number 1 ranking year after year. Unfortunately, tickets to Blue Devil games are very difficult to get. If lucky, you may be able to see the Duke Women's highly ranked basketball players. Call Duke Sports office to inquire about same. Sunday services at Duke. UNC is home of a terrific basketball team also.

This property is only about a mile and a half from a city park where tennis courts are available.


As stated earlier, there is sooooo much available in this area that listing everything here is a bit difficult but information will be made available at the house for your review and enjoyment. The seasonal changes are beautiful.

Charges are$350 per night with a 3 night minimum; plus $200 cleaning fee; plus REFUNDABLE damage deposit of $500.

Any questions: call Norma 772 618 0105

We have had weddings ( up to 160 guests) & large events in the past. We are not booking any weddings or big events at present as we find large groups cause stress on us- on our property - & neighbor's. If you would like to plan an event you should talk it over with Norma to see if they will accommodate you.

As Homeaway blocks contact information, you may send a message via email which will go through Homeaway to Norma.

Thanks for your interest in our property.

More Details

Property Manager
Norma & Carroll Matthews
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 23, 2017

About Norma & Carroll Matthews

Older, retired folks with a house that is too big. Spend a lot of time in southern Florida but when in NC, occupy a private suite with own entrance, deck, etc. Cannot see or hear guests and vice versa. Diligently respect guests privacy but are available if any problems.

Norma & Carroll Matthews purchased this house in 1971

Why Norma & Carroll Matthews chose North Carolina

The property provides wonderful entertainment close to many interesting, beautiful and historical NC places. It provides space and furniture for family enjoyment...antiques retired & replaced with 'family friendly' furniture. Wonderful sun room overlooks the pond & grounds. Grill for outside grilling. House is fully furnished including kitchen. All you need is your suitcase.

So for comfort in an elegant home this is place for you and your family.

Many family gatherings have taken place as well as wedding parties & families, international, professional teams, business/corporate retreats, very versatile facility.

Stocked pond & fishing allowed. Brim, bass & channel cat fish.


Next door neighbor is caterer & available for your events - rehearsal dinners, reunions, pig Pickins, the full spectrum of food needs for your event.

Have had several weddings where gazebo was used as altar. Accommodated 100 or so guests.

What makes this house unique

Stocked pond, circular driveway, big lawn for croquet/horse shoes etc. but bring your own equipment. Unique as this property has been landscaped to provide privacy but is near other homes. This development is surrounded by city but has good 'country feel'

Development is site of old plantation & plantation house restored- almost at the end of our street. Privately owned and occupied. Not open to public.

Nature trails & city park w huge new aquatic center very nearby - also has 2 to 3 story water slide. Nominal daily fee for non residents.

Shopping, state fair grounds, universities within 15 minutes. Duke & UNC about 25 minutes via interstate.

Serene atmosphere but near all the city amenities.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(33 traveler reviews)

Big Beautiful Executive Southern Home in Great Location
average rating of 4.757576 based on 33 reviews

What a stay in Raleigh!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I traveled from Louisville, KY to Raleigh to celebrate my brother in-laws 40th birthday. Though we rented a place to have the celebration, this beautiful home provided more than enough room for majority of the Raleigh family to come by each day during our stay to have dinner, watch movies, relax and just enjoy each other. Normally, we would stay in a hotel when we visit our family in Raleigh, but now my husband has been spoiled and he does not want to stay anywhere else during our visits. And of course, Norma was the BEST!

Thanks Norma for everything. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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House was just right

  • 4 of 5

The owners are prompt & responsive. The house is big & has plenty of everything. We were 2 seniors, 3 young adults & a toddler for 2 separate events over 4 nights. While not the most luxurious place we've ever stayed, it was comfortable, accommodating & well stocked. I especially appreciated that there are good reading lamps beside the beds & the chairs.

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ann Arbor, MI

Excellent Stay

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I had an amazing 4-day stay here. The host was super accommodating, and the property was gorgeous. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a place to stay in Raleigh!

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. Youal were certainly 5 star guests. Please hurry back!
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Bel Air, MD

Matthew's Wedding

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Matthew's house for my son Matthew's wedding the weekend after Hurricane Matthew visited NC. It was a great weekend. The house met our needs perfectly. As a result of the hurricane, there were some issues with house that prevented us from using the basement as planned. The owner was very apologetic and worked diligently to make sure we were comfortable in the main house. We were very comfortable. The owner and manager were in contact several times to make sure that we had what we needed. The house is large and beautiful, lots of space and very comfortable. I would definitely recommend this property and I would stay again. We also used the caterer next door for the rehearsal dinner and it was a wonderful event. We had a cool Fall evening, a full moon, a fire pit, and some great food and it was all right next door. The Matthews had recommended him and we are so thankful they did.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house and property. Very comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was made more exciting by the arrival of Hurricane Matthew. Our hosts went out of their way to make sure we had milk, bagels, cream cheese, oj, candles just in case since we arrived late at night. We really enjoyed our family time in this beautiful house.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words & the gracious way you put up with all the hurricane mess. Youal are definitely 5 star guests@ We are still working on the area that was flooded. Seems never ending. Cheers, Norma
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Attending Nicole's wedding

  • 5 of 5

We flew in using South-West, American & Delta. The home we were to spend the next few day was everything we could have hoped for. The bedrooms were all spacious however, the kitchen & sunroom were our favourite spots. Here we spent most of our waking hours planning & plotting ways to entertain our special guests the day after the wedding.

The view of the pond & lawns from the sunroom is priceless.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure having these folks as guest, They are certainly 5 star! We would be delighted to have them come again! Carroll & Norma Matthews
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Raleigh Durham (RDU)
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Nearest Ferry
225 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Downtown Raleigh
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Olive Garden, Outback, etc.
Nearest Ski
300 Miles
NC Mountains
Nearest Beach
200 Miles
Car: necessary

Surrounded by the city but country 'feel'. fantastic location for access to all important NC sites. Must see old state capital in center of downtown and Queen Anne historic governors mansion. The art museum is a must as well. While you are there go treat yourself to some warm Krispy Kreme doughnuts & coffee. (Caretakers/owners reside in small private area of property & are available to meet your needs)


Rates & Availability

Northeast Raleigh House Rental Rates

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January/February Special
Jan 6 2017 - Mar 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning/Maintenance $200
Refundable damage deposit $500

No pets allowed. Violating no pet rule means forfeiture of damage deposit.
No illegal substances allowed - will mean immediate eviction & forfeiture of fees
Special events: weddings, large reunions, etc. fee is $500 40-80 GUESTS $800 80+ GUESTS AND $50 TOUR FEE

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Northeast Raleigh House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • River
  • Town
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , l
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , with sink
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , with sink
  • All Bathrooms have new cultured marble sinks. Both Full baths include showers and bath tubs. Plenty of towels & wash cloths. All toiletries are provided.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , extra beds available
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , extra beds available
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , extra beds available
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Main Level Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Comfortable Queen sized sleeper sofa (sleeps 2)
    Family Room - 2 double , 2 sleep sofa /futon , (2) High quality Futons (2) inflatable twin mattresses
  • All bedrooms/sleeping areas have direct access to full or half bath. all have a TV,dresser & mirror,closets,bright & light, Central air conditioning and heat to all rooms (dual central systems - upstairs and downstairs). One bedroom has two large closets. Other bedrooms have Large closets. All bedrooms have dressers or chest or drawers One bedroom has laundry chute to laundry room. - Family room includes to full size high quality futons which include all linens, comforters and extra blankets. Also has (2) inflatable air mattresses with Bedding and pump included. Very easy set up. All sleeping areas have additional pillows, blankets and throw blankets.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • 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
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf privileges optional
  • tennis
Ramp at rear porch for wheelchair access but bedrooms are not on main floor, Sleeper couch in library/living room w half bath only sleeping area for wheeelchair bound....or may go out using ramp in back and wheel around to entrance to lower level where other sleeping faciilcities are available.

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