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New Contemporary on 5 acres of gorgeous woods with boulders and stream

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3 bedroom, 2 full bath home completed in April, 2013

Enjoy your morning coffee on the screened porch with a view of boulders and trees while watching the birds at the feeders.

This house is located 7 miles south of Chapel Hill on 5 acres of mature woods with boulders and a stream. It is a custom-designed home with all the fixtures, colors and details chosen by the artistic owner.

The steep gables make it look like a 'storybook' house from the outside, while on the the inside they form a high vaulted ceiling making a star shape above the loft. The olive green color makes the house blend in with nature and it looks like it has always been there.

The house is Cottage and Arts & Crafts slyle, but also includes Victorian and contemporary elements. Many windows and a large screened porch look out on a private wooded view with many boulders scattered about. The pillars of the front porch are trees that were cut from the land.

The main floor consists of an open kitchen/livingroom space with a gas log fireplace. The ceiling of the kitchen and entryway is paneled with oak boards from the trees cut from the site. There is a master bedroom with queen size bed and entrance into the shared bathroom. The other bedroom has a day bed with trundle and a desk. The floors are 5 inch Chestnut Oak boards.

Upstairs is a loft, bathroom and bedroom with queen size bed. In the loft is a built-in desk, WIFI and a wireless printer. Cell phone service is not good, but there is a land line with unlimited long distance.

This is a cozy home for those who desire to be away from the hustle and bustle of town. There is central air and heat and ceiling fans in every room. There is a 40' flat screen TV with satellite and a bluray disc player. There is an iPod dock with speakers and radio and a small boom box for playing CD's with radio.

There is a lovely stream which forms one border of the property just a few minutes walk from the house, either through the woods or on the road. It is a steep walk, but fine for anyone in shape. There is a flagstone patio which fits into the rocks that surround it, and a campfire area.

This home is in a 150 acre community of other homes, each on 5 acres, giving all privacy. The road into the community is gravel and winds up and down on the side of Boothe Hill. The 225 foot driveway is a climb up to the house.

This property is totally secluded and peaceful yet only minutes away from shopping and conveniences. Within 2-3 miles are 2 grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacy, liquor store, thrift shop, gas stations, car care and more. In 10 minutes you can be in either Pittsboro or Chapel Hill.

More Details

Sherrie Lemnios
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About Sherrie Lemnios

My primary residence is on the Outer Banks of NC where I have lived for 27 years. I had a craft business doing 'Gyotaku,' or fish-printing and opened the gift shop 'Something Fishy' with my late husband.

Before that I lived in Chapel Hill and owned the Kalso Earth Shoe store, which later became the store,'Andromeda.' I moved to Chapel Hill in 1973 from New York to find warmer weather. My daughter and her family are there.

Sherrie Lemnios purchased this house in 2013

Why Sherrie Lemnios chose Chapel Hill

Thirty-three years ago when I was practicing real estate in Chapel Hill I developed this property which was listed by my real estate firm. I was living in a rustic cottage at the time and came upon this beautiful land, which I noticed had been recently surveyed, while walking in the woods. Determined to find the owner, when I went into my real estate company the next day, I found that we had just listed it!

Wanting to share this great discovery, I brought a few good friends out to walk the land and each one fell in love with it. Seven of us decided that we would buy it and sell it off in 5 acre pieces. We had Restrictive Covenants and Homeower Association Rules drawn up, but when the interest rates went up to 17% we got scared and didn't do it. I ended up finishing the surveying of the road and the lots, perking the lots and doing the rest of the development and the whole piece was sold in one year. Each of us bought a lot ourselves and that is how I come to have this lot today. Some of my oldest friends in Chapel Hill also live in the community.

I ended up moving away from Chapel Hill in 1986 after obtaining an MSW at UNC, to take a job in mental health on the Outer Banks. I never thought I would be able to live on this land, but now I have seen my way to build this second home close to family and friends. I am thoroughly enjoying the serenity of the woods and the special birds and wildlife I see there. I saw a box turtle laying eggs right next to the house, the last time I was there.

What makes this house unique

Being the originator of this community, I got first choice of my lot. I (and others) believe it is the best one, with the rolling woods down to the stream and 2 large rock outcroppings.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a fabulous place! Easy access to all things Durham/Chapel Hill, while offering the ideal place to return every night. Many good conversations and laughter were had around the fire pit and lost of coffee was drunk on the side porch in the mornings. Thanks you for your hospitality, attention to detail and ideal location.
Jul 2014
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Chapel Hill House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Minors must be supervised by adults at all times while on the premises. Baby gates and other protection devices are the responsibility of tenanant.
  • The occupancy capacity is 6 people or less. All tenants must sleep in a bed. All visitors must leave if the sleeping capacity is over 6.
  • No outside fires are allowed.
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - daybed with trundle
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , walk-in closet, wall lamps on dimmers
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Many lights in the house are on dimmer switches. This house has many special touches such as antique stained glass windows that are built in.


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New Contemporary on 5 acres of gorgeous woods with boulders and stream
average rating of 5.0 based on 27 reviews

Perfection in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

I travel extensively, though renting from owners is a relatively new experience for me. Sherrie's place is an absolute outstanding choice if you are seeking beauty, comfort, solitude and options to get back to civilization relatively quickly. This stunning cottage, sited on 5 private acres, is warm and perfectly appointed with everything you could possible need for a short or extended stay. Want exercise? Walk the private road outside the house. Need groceries? A beautiful store is located 1.5 miles away. Interested in Chapel Hill? Jump into the car for a 20 minute ride to the UNC campus and countless restaurants and entertainment options. Or....if you prefer to luxuriate in nature, step out the back porch and grab a comfortable chair on the stone patio surrounded by beautiful trees. Sherrie ensures that everything is clean and working upon your arrival. Once you get there, it is hard to leave. I know....I just returned after a month long stay.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure having you and your husband, Judi. My excellent house keeper makes sure the house is in pristine condition for all arrivals. I enjoy working on the landscaping myself and enjoyed designing and decorating this house as it is also a getaway for myself. I love being surrounded by nature but I also appreciate the closeness of conveniences and and family and friends who I visit when I'm there. I plan my trips to Chapel Hill to take advantage of some of the first rate concerts at UNC and Duke. I hope you return some day to visit your mother and sister. You are always welcome. Sherrie
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It was a delight and a pleasure to stay in Sherrie’s beautiful home!

  • 5 of 5

We couldn’t have been happier with this home unless it was sitting on a river or lake! It has everything you need and much more! Beautiful location with plenty to occupy the conversations inside with all sorts of unique artwork to consider so that was fun with my kids off and on as they discovered more items to ponder. Very nice and clean with a well stocked kitchen and good space for cooking with a nice bar. The rock patio outside and a screened in porch are both a big plus! Lots to enjoy and see. Great access to the home with a well maintained gravel road. Overall I would certainly recommend it to anyone up to 6 adults. Very quiet and peaceful with a lot of good amenities to offer!

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Chris - You were certainly one the best tenants I have had - replacing batteries in the touch faucet for me when I couldn't be there! If your kids are anything like you, you have a wonderful family. I'm so glad you enjoyed the house on your visit to Chapel Hill. Hope to have you back again in the future. Best, Sherrie
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Holidays with Dad

  • 5 of 5

Couldn’t have been a better location for Dad and the great grandchildren to gather for a combined Christmas and New Year’s get together. The setting was perfect and the accommodations just right. All was just as we would have wanted it to be. A tip of the hat to the owner for an excellent representation on the website and for her willingness to remain flexible as our plans changed a couple of times.

Altogether the perfect celebration.

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to have you and your family, Leon. Glad that you enjoyed the place and that it suited your needs so well. It's nice to know that you recognized all the personal touches in the house. I hope you are able to return some day. I am so grateful for the delightful gift you sent me after you returned home that will fit so well with the decor. Sherrie
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Fall colors at their best

  • 5 of 5

Cozy and creative home with all modern amenities. The home’s color palette reflected the fall foliage. Will definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Aimee. Enjoyed having you for your special celebration. Hope to have you back some time. Sherrie
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We will stay again!

  • 5 of 5

Sherri was easy to work with and her house is beautiful, well stocked, and a great get away. We visited our daughter in Chapel Hill, the house is in the woods but close to everything. We had our coffee out in the back patio in the morning, saw deer in the front woods, sat out in the screened porch in the evening to read. We could not ask for anything more. I hope we have an opportunity to return.

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It sounds like you were able to enjoy the beauty and serenity of nature at my house in the woods. I look forward to having you visit again. Thanks! Sherrie
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Charming hideaway, relaxing retreat, the perfect vacation spot nestled in the woods.

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Rock Haven, a truly special place thanks to the gracious hospitality of our host, Sherrie. Sherrie's cottage is perfect; her attention to detail is exceptional and made us feel warm and welcome as if we were in our own home. It also is conveniently located and we used it as a base to visit family in Raleigh, Durham and other nearby locales. We are already thinking about our next visit and look forward to returning.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you enjoyed your stay at my home. While it feels peaceful and secluded, conveniences are nearby and it is convenient to the whole Triangle area. Looking forward to having you return. Sherrie
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Village Pizza
Car: necessary

The property is 15 minutes from Chapel Hill and Pittsboro, 30 minutes from Durham and 40 minutes from Raleigh. In each city is a university with many cultural activities and good restaurants. Jordan Lake is nearby.

Chapel Hill has many alternative healing practices, a Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Fresh Market and craft galleries. Southern Season is there, a gourmet market and restaurant. The NC Botanical Garden's home is in Chapel Hill, which features walking trails, display gardens and scheduled activities. It's 10 minutes to UNC Memorial Hospital. Visual and Performing arts are available at the Art Center in Carborro. Farmer's Market Sunday mornings in Carborro.

Duke University and Hospital are in Durham. The Sarah P. Duke Gardens are beautiful and there are eclectic shopping opportunities on 9th St. The Museum of Life and Science is a great place for kids with many animals and exhibits. Durham hosts the American Dance Festival from mid-June through July.

Raleigh is the home of NC State University with a wonderful Arboretum. The NC Fairgrounds, the NC History Museum, the NC Natural Science Museum, Walnut Creek Ampitheater and the Red Hat Ampitheater are all in Raleigh.

The home is also convenient to Southpointe, an upscale shopping area and Research Triangle Park (RTP).




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning fee $100
Tax Rate 9.75%

Payment is made by check which is mailed to me together with a signed copy of the rental agreement which I will email to you.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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