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Country Setting with City Conveniences

Johnson City, TN, USA
  • House1160 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps5
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

1160 Sq. Ft., 2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, Study, 5 Sleeps - Peaceful Setting

The Matson House welcomes all non-smokers but no animals. Please continue reading and booking if your guests meet these restrictions.

Built in 1900 and used for a school until 1936, the inside of the home has been totally remodeled. All new foamed insulation, windows, ADT security, new electrical and plumbing, replaced interior walls with new 9 ft. ceilings and trim, tile and laminate floors, stainless appliances, new water heater, new central heat/air unit as well as all new duct work, window blinds and curtains, and all furnishings make this home very comfortable. The kitchen is completely furnished including small appliances, Keurig, dishes, utensils, cookbooks, spices, pots, and pans. The bathrooms are equipped with shower curtains, towels, and area rugs. Each bedroom has a totally new bed, linens, hangers in the closet, and chest of drawers. A study includes furnishings of a desk, desk chair, additional chairs, and area rugs. A vacuum cleaner and iron/ironing board are also available. The great room is furnished with a leather couch and recliner, raised dining table and chairs, 42 inch flat screen 3D TV with a separate 3D DVD player both are internet connected, lamps, area rugs, and small end tables. Front loading washer and dryer are located in a laundry area with a laundry separating basket, coat rack, and shoe holder. For daily and weekly rentals, laundry and cleaning supplies are furnished. Maid service is available at an additional cost.

Short term rental $110.00 per night for up to two adults (additional $10 per adult per night) with monthly and multiple months available at a reduce cost. This fee is not assessed on children. The longer rental price adjusts to the amount of time included in the contract and the number of people.

If you plan to have a large party or gathering, prior approval is needed. An additional cost may be charged. The nightly charge for the Matson House is very low. In order to keep the cost low for other guests, additional charges to those with large gatherings may be added. Thank you for understanding, and please let me know if you have any questions concerning this statement.

Price includes electric, water, trash pickup, HD cable, high speed wireless internet, ADT security monitoring, pest control, lawn care. NO animals are allowed. THIS IS A NON-SMOKER PROPERTY.


Frances Ponder

Member Since 2013
Response rate:
Response time:
within one hour
Calendar last updated:
Mar 27, 2018
About Frances Ponder

After retiring from public school teaching with 30 years, I wanted to do something totally different. When the Matson House became available, I purchased the property and totally renovated the inside and decided to use the house for short term vacation guests. I have two adult sons, Jason and Aaron. Jason was commissioned from United State Naval Academy with a degree in mechanical engineering and from Navy Post-Graduate School with a masters in mechanical engineering. He is currently a LT Commander in the US Navy stationed at NavSea, Washington, DC. Jason and Cristin married Oct. 2017 and make their home in a historic row house in downtown DC. Aaron earned a degree in physics and then moved across the US to earn a masters in renewable energy engineering at Oregon Tech. He currently works for PacifCorp in Portland but wants to move to a more progressive renewable country. After retirement, I began volunteering in juvenile court through CASA (court appointed special advocate), work local elections for the election commission, and work sporting events at Science Hill High School.

Frances Ponder purchased this House in 2011

Why Frances Ponder chose Johnson City

Since I was a public school teacher, the Matson House fits my style. It was built as a school in the late 1800's and was called Matson Institute. The Matson House is located on adjoining property to my log home and additional acreage. The house is very comfortable and nicely furnished. I guarantee the house will be very clean and ready for you at check in. I am always available for directions, suggestions, or any need you might have.

What makes this House unique

The inside of the house is completely new and very clean. All new plumbing, electrical, foam insulation, high speed wireless internet, HD cable-TV, ADT monitored security and all furnishings create a comfortable home environment. The house is user friendly!


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen, A chest of drawers, night stand, and a chair is available.
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen, chest of drawers, bed table, cabinet, 2chairs
      • Each bedroom has a medium soft queen mattress and box springs, chest of drawers, night stands, chairs, area rugs, lamps, and ceiling fans. The study can be used as a bedroom with the addition of a XL twin bed.


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Vanity contains two sinks.
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower, Vanity contains one sink.
      • Both bathrooms have tile floors, marble counter tops and sinks, shower curtains with fabric shower liners, fiberglass tub/shower and shower units, exhaust fans, and movable halogen vanity lights.

      Location Type

        • Mountain View
          Back porch view is of Buffalo Mountain
        • Rural
          Fields surround the Matson House with deer, turkeys, and other wildlife visitors


            • Guests provide their own meals


                • Iron & Board
                • Air Conditioning
                  Central air conditioning with floor registers.
                • Fitness Room / Equipment
                  Local gyms are available with small fee.
                • Hair Dryer
                • Heating
                  Central heat pump with floor registers.
                • Internet
                  High speed wireless internet
                • Clothes Dryer
                  Dryer with dryer sheets provided.
                • Linens Provided
                  Bed sheets, comforter, pillows, fleece blankets are provided with extra blankets available.
                • Living Room
                  Furnishings include:leather reclining couch, rocker recliner, end tables, marble coffee table, two lamps, 42'flat screen, internet ready 3D TV, glass TV stand, chest of drawers, area rugs
                • Parking
                  Outside parking for many cars
                • Telephone
                  VOIP with 911 service available and cordless phones in place.
                • Towels Provided
                  Bath towels, hand towels, washcloths, and kitchen towels are provided. Towels and blankets for outside use are available, also.
                • Washing Machine
                  Front loading washing machine with liquid detergent soap provided.


                    • Coffee Maker
                      Coffee maker is the drip style with paper coffee filters provided. Keurig is available with a variety of pods.
                    • Dishes & Utensils
                      Pfaltzgraff villager dishes, Pyrex bowels and lids, stainless pots, assortment of pans, stainless silverware, all cooking utensils, assortment of glasses, wine glasses
                    • Dishwasher
                      Stainless steel dishwasher
                    • Kitchen
                      Stainless steel-Refrigerator, dishwasher, smooth glass-top stove, microwave.Small appliances- keurig, drip coffee maker, can opener, crock pot, toaster oven, electric skillet, hand mixer, blender
                    • Microwave
                      Microwave located above the stove has a turn table and second shelf rack.
                    • Oven
                    • Pantry Items
                      A full spice rake, children's dishes and utensils, zip lock bags, dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent, bath soaps, paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, paper plates)
                    • Refrigerator
                      The refrigerator has filtered water/ice on the door, has large dual opening doors, freezer on the bottom.
                    • Stove
                      Smooth glass-top stainless steel stove with oven on the bottom.
                    • Toaster
                      Large toaster oven


                        • Dining
                          The dining area is in the open area between the TV sitting area and the kitchen. There is also a small bar area separating the living area from the kitchen. This bar is large enough for two chairs.
                        • Dining Area
                        • comfy seating for 8 people


                            • DVD Player
                              Blu-ray 3D player with four 3D glasses
                            • Games
                              Selected board and card games available.
                            • Satellite / Cable
                              Comcast HD full cable TV/internet
                            • Stereo
                              Small boom box (radio, CD, Cassette) located in the kitchen
                            • Television
                              42' flat screen, internet ready, 3D, HDTV with Blu-ray 3D DVD player with four 3D glasses
                            • Video Library
                              Blu-ray and regular videos available


                                • Bicycles
                                  Local bike shops rent bicycles for a small fee.
                                • Boat
                                  Local marinas rent boats for daily use as well as jet skis.
                                • Deck / Patio
                                  Back porch with porch furniture. (Winter months furniture is removed but can be provided) Front porch is being replaced.
                                • Golf
                                  Two public golf courses available
                                • Kayak / Canoe
                                  Kayaking, canoeing, white water rafting are available at a local outdoor activity business.
                                • Lawn / Garden
                                  Maintained grassy front and back yards
                                • Outdoor Grill
                                  Gas grill is provided.
                                • Ski & Snowboard
                                  Snow skis, snowboards available for rent at all local ski centers. Ice skating is available during winter months at the Bristol Motor Speedway.
                                • Tennis
                                  Local free public lighted tennis courts available
                                • Water Sports Gear
                                  Additional water sports gear available at local marinas.


                                    • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                    • wheelchair accessible
                                      Two areas to enter the house have one small step, however, wheelchairs are welcome.

                                      Pool / Spa

                                        • Communal Pool
                                          A public indoor pool and a public outdoor pool is available 5 miles away. Local workout gym has an outdoor pool, a heated lap pool, and a heated therapy pool available for a fee.
                                        • Heated Pool
                                        • Hot Tub
                                          Local workout gym has a hot tub available for a fee.
                                        • Indoor Pool
                                        • Sauna
                                          Local workout gym has a sauna available for a fee.


                                            • marina
                                            • churches
                                            • festivals
                                            • health/beauty spa
                                            • library
                                            • live theater
                                            • cinemas
                                            • museums
                                            • playground
                                            • recreation center
                                            • restaurants
                                            • synagogues
                                            • water parks

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • photography
                                                • antiquing
                                                • boating
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • miniature golf
                                                • paddle boating
                                                • bird watching
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • shopping
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking
                                                • wildlife viewing

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • Babysitter
                                                    • fitness center
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • laundromat
                                                    • massage therapist
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • racquetball
                                                        • basketball court
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • fly fishing
                                                        • freshwater fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • ice skating
                                                        • jet skiing
                                                        • kayaking
                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • mountain climbing
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • rafting
                                                        • sailing
                                                        • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                        • skiing
                                                        • spelunking
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • tennis
                                                        • water skiing
                                                        • water tubing
                                                        • whitewater rafting
                                                        • wind-surfing


                                                            • Built in 1900 and used for a school until 1936,the home's inside has been totally remodeled.All new foamed insulation,windows, ADT security,new electrical and plumbing,replaced interior walls with new 9 ft. ceilings and trim,tile and laminate floors,new water heater,new central heat/air unit as well as all new ductwork,window blinds and curtains, and all furnishings make this home very comfortable. The study includes furnishings of a desk, desk chair, additional chairs, and area rugs. Some holiday decorations are located in the study closet as well as a vacuum cleaner and iron/ironing board.For daily and weekly rentals, laundry and cleaning supplies are furnished. Maid service is available at an additional cost.

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              43 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Five stars are not enough!

                                                              David M.

                                                              We loved every moment of our stay at the 1900's schoolhouse. Everything was as described and the cleanliness of the place was "off the charts!"

                                                              Thank you Frances for a wonderful stay.

                                                              Beautiful home

                                                              Phuong P.

                                                              We really enjoyed our stay. The house is modern and cozy. Frances is very thoughtful in providing all the amenities for your stay, especially in the kitchen. Thank you Frances for sharing your beautiful home.

                                                              A wonderful refuge

                                                              Jean K.

                                                              We were visiting Johnson City to visit family for Thanksgiving. My older sister had a fall last summer that she has never really recovered from. Being able to go back every day to the Matson house offered us a wonderful quiet place to 'recover' from the stresses of dealing with her illness. I was extremely grateful for the care that Frances gave every part of our stay; the house became a wonderful refuge from some trying days. Thanks you Frances for creating such a lovely home away from home.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              I wish your visit was for more adventurous purpose but am glad you found the Matson House to be a comfortable place to unwind. Hope your next visit is a happier one! Thanks for your great review!

                                                              Great place

                                                              Stacy S.

                                                              Well appointed, good location, terrific host.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you for staying at the Matson House. I appreciate the review and hope you will return. It is always nice to have guests like you that take care of the house and leave it in such wonderful condition!!

                                                              The #1 place to stay.

                                                              Lisa H.Pearl River, LA

                                                              Beautiful little home with everything you need in Johnson City, TN area . Loved our time there .


                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thanks for staying!! I hope your trip home is safe and uneventful. Please come again!

                                                              Definitely would stay here again.

                                                              Cindy W.

                                                              House has been completely renovated on the inside. Owner has thought of everything you could need. House is spotless! Bonus there is a large frog/toad that lives on back porch.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you so much for a wonderful visit. I enjoyed talking with you and your mother. Thank you for leaving the home in such great condition. Hope you will return!! Mr. Frog has been a long time resident and loves meeting new folks!


                                                              Johnson City, TN, USA

                                                              WELCOME!! The Matson House welcomes all non-smokers but no animals. Please continue reading and booking if your guests meet these restrictions. The home is located approximately 3 miles from Johnson City Medical Center, East Tennessee State University, Mountain Home Veterans Hospital, and Jonesborough. Numerous chain and locally owned restaurants are within minutes. Historical Jonesborough is the oldest town in Tennessee and the home of the National Storytelling Festival. It is approximately 5 miles from Interstate 26, The Mall, and Science Hill High School/Freedom Hall complex. The home is located inside the city limits of Johnson City but has a Jonesborough mailing address and GPS location. Views of the mountains and visiting wildlife are a plus to this country setting so close to the conveniences of Johnson City and Historical Jonesborough. Many TVA lakes provide opportunities for fishing, picnics, and boating--Watauga Lake (45 minutes), Boone Lake (10 minutes), Cherokee Lake (60 minutes) and Douglas Lake (70 minutes). Many hiking and biking trails are within minutes of this location, and the Appalachian Trail is accessible from various locations including Erwin, Tennessee, 20 minutes away. The Virginia Creeper Trail is a 34 mile rail-to-recreation trail starting in Abingdon, Virginia, traveling through Damascus and ending just past White Top Station at the Virginia-North Carolina border. This is a favorite hiking/biking trail about an hour's drive from Johnson City. The house is located 30 minutes from Bristol Motor Speedway, an hour from Asheville, NC, a little over an hour to Gatlinburg/Great Smoky Mountains, Pigeon Forge/Dollywood, and Knoxville, Tennessee, home of the Tennessee Vols and Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.

                                                              Rates & Availability

                                                              Taxes and fees are additional

                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Additional Guest Fee

                                                              Longer rental terms are available at a reduced rate determined by length of stay and number of people. $110 per night based on up to two adults with an additional fee of $10.00 per adult per night. This additional fee is not assessed on children. Large gatherings or parties must have prior approval and an additional fee may be charged.

                                                              43 Reviews
                                                              Exceptional 5/5
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