About the property
- House1600 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 nights
3 bedroom, 2 full bath home completed in April, 2013
A recent comment from a tenant: All four of us agree that your house is the most unique and wonderful dwelling we've ever stayed in. I can't believe you are so kind to share this special place with strangers. Thank you!
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.
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- within a few hours
- Calendar last updated:
- May 18, 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.
Local Services & Businesses
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Perfect wooded hideaway
This cottage is beautiful, spacious and has everything you need for a quiet, secluded get away. The woods and rock outcroppings are gorgeous and you’re only 15 minutes from Chapel Hill. Great spot!
Worked out nicely!
We were in the area to do some work for the county. The place was perfect for our needs.
It was a delight and a pleasure to stay in Sherrie’s beautiful home!
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!
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.
Holidays with Dad
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.
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.
Fall colors at their best
Cozy and creative home with all modern amenities. The home’s color palette reflected the fall foliage. Will definitely stay again.
Thanks Aimee. Enjoyed having you for your special celebration. Hope to have you back some time.
Charming hideaway, relaxing retreat, the perfect vacation spot nestled in the woods.
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.
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.
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).
Rates & Availability
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