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Private Honeymooners/Writer's cabin w/ bold stream, pond, and Parkway access

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Overview

About the property

2 bedroom, 1 bath private oasis

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 pond, 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.


Property Manager
Benjamin Ray
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 23, 2017

About Benjamin Ray

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 11 years. I left my management job with Food Lion after 15 years of employment, to start a career as a real estate agent years ago...and love it! I moved to town in Boone in 2012, 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!

Benjamin Ray purchased this farmhouse in 2004

Why Benjamin Ray chose Blue Ridge Mountains

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!

What makes this farmhouse unique

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 13 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!

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thank you so much for letting us use your house. We had an awesome time. Saw several shooting stars. She said it was much better in person than the photos. We had dinner in Boone, at Blackcat burrito Friday night before we went there. Saturday we went to Grandfather mountain and Linville Caverns. And then spent the afternoon at the house. We didn't want to leave, and we can't wait till we can get an opportunity to go back. Loved the drive in, be its a handful in the winter time. The showerhead leaked a little, I tightened it up some, may need some sealant on it. Again, thank you.
May 2014
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Amenities

Purlear Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7 ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Covered Parking
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) linens and towels are provided
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • jetted tub
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • 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
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
10 acres of private paradise with a rushing mountain stream, pond, creeks, pasture, and mature forests to explore, only 2 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, large firepit in the field, outdoor stone wood-grilling pit next to the deck, a/c on both levels of living

Reviews

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Private Honeymooners/Writer's cabin w/ bold stream, pond, and Parkway access
average rating of 4.5384617 based on 40 reviews
5

Spectacular seclusion not far from civilization

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our time staying at Stargazer! The seclusion of the cabin yet within 30 minutes of anything you could want to find was perfect for our long weekend in the middle of nowhere.

The charming old farmhouse was well complimented by some modern upgrades and touches. Full kitchen, updated bath, wifi and hot tub all made the experience so much better than a hotel stay ever could hope to be, with the property and its running stream, fire pit and chorus of nature as the topper.

...then the clouds finally cleared and we were treated to the property's namesake.

A word of caution: when the information says to follow the owner's written directions to the property and not your GPS, trust the man! Google Maps will not get you to the location. Do your best to arrive early on your check-in day. The spectacular drive to the property from the Parkway is a sight to behold...and far less treacherous once you've seen it in the daylight! The drive down rivals some of the most beautiful drivers roads I've encountered. Tail of the Dragon has nothing on Benge Ashe.

My wife and I can not wait for our next opportunity to visit. A 4-day weekend was not nearly enough time to explore this beautiful area.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Saxapahaw, NC
5

Quiet, peaceful.

  • 5 of 5

Great place to escape the heat of the Piedmont. Spent almost the entire weekend rocking on the covered porch.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Washington, DC
5

Paradise. Absolute paradise.

  • 5 of 5

We have normally spent our vacations visiting big cities, exploring the sights, staying in a small hotel room and enjoying ourselves given an expected amount of stress. Not anymore. We (mom, dad, four kids ages 1.5-9, and a dog) spent a week at Stargazer and it is going down as our best vacation ever. Clear air, a beautiful stream, tons of areas to explore, and zero stress. This is the vacation we've been looking for all along. Benjamin is a great owner, very responsive and helpful. If you're looking for a place to temporarily plant your flag and enjoy true serenity, look no further. We'd come back here in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: May 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

2 Days Are Not Enough!

  • 5 of 5

We had a 3 day, 2 night getaway on Easter weekend. It was not long enough. Ben's cabin is exactly as described and much more. The 100 year old farmhouse has everything you might need for either a short or longer stay, including a narrow staircase, uneven floors, and a sticky front door. I'm not including these as negatives - on the contrary - they only add to the charm, character, and personality of the property. The house is cozy and comfortable. We cooked a full Easter dinner and had absolutely everything we needed, including a lovely dining table. The acreage the house sits on is breathtaking. The creek at the bottom of the land is a lovely mountain stream. There are acres of mature forest and a large, green meadow. For the first time in their lives, our 2 dogs were allowed off lead. (One of our dogs, a 10 year old coonhound, was diagnosed 2 days before our trip with a hairline fracture on her front let and confined to full rest. She got out of the car at Stargazer, made a dash for the creek and stayed there for 2 1/2 days! Her limp disappeared! Upon our arrival home, she began limping again, and has been for the last week.) I believe that after our weekend, Stargazer has healing and restorative properties. My husband and I were able to unwind and just "be". It is secluded and serene, and I can't wait to get back there - hopefully, for a longer stay. Thank you Ben for this gift.

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Stargazed and Amazed

  • 5 of 5

We rented this cabin to get a peaceful vacation and that's exactly what we got. Not to mention the name is very fitting, the view of the stars at night is absolute breath taking. This cabin is very cozy, comfy and perfect for anyone who just really wants to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. We will definitely will be staying here again.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Charming cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time and didn't want to leave!

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Park Vista
Nearest Golf
19 Miles
Mountain Aire in West Jefferson
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
421
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Park Vista Restaurant
Nearest Ski
27 Miles
Appalachian Ski in Boone
Car: necessary

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

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Additional Guest Fee $10 per person per night
Pet Fee $25

Fee is $25/pet. Only 3 dogs allowed.

Ask about our Wedding packages: $300 event fee applies

$49 damage insurance will apply with longer stays or larger parties at owner's descretion

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.