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Country Setting with City Conveniences

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,160 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

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 the late 1800's and used for a school until 1936, the inside of the home has been totally remodeled. All walls, floors, and ceilings are foamed insulated. Everything else new--windows, ADT security, electrical and plumbing, replaced interior walls with new 9 ft. ceilings and trim, tile and laminate floors, stainless appliances, water heater, 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. 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. The outside of the Matson House is still old and will be replaced as well as a new front porch. NO animals are allowed. THIS IS A NON-SMOKER PROPERTY.

More Details

Frances Ponder
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 10, 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 Portland Power 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 and East Tennessee State University.

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!


Johnson City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1160 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Guests are all non-smokers Gatherings of others pre-approved Animals not allowed
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 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 LED vanity lights.
  • 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.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • 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:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Built in the late 1800's and used for a school until 1936, the home's interior has been totally remodeled...walls, ceiling, floors foamed insulated, all new windows, electrical and plumbing, replaced interior walls with 9 ft. ceilings and trim, tile and laminate floors, water heater, central heat/air unit as well as all new ductwork, window blinds and curtains, ADT security, and all furnishings make this home very comfortable. The study includes furnishings of a desk, desk chair, additional chairs, and area rugs. For daily and weekly rentals, laundry and cleaning supplies are furnished. Maid service is available at an additional cost.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(47 traveler reviews)

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Country Setting with City Conveniences
average rating of 4.9787235 based on 47 reviews

A wonderful refuge

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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!
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All the comforts of home

  • 5 of 5

If a country setting, peace and quiet are what you seek Instead of a stuffy hotel, this is the place to be. All the creature comforts one would ever need, not far from town, grocery, resturants etc. The host is amazing and welcomed us graciously. Plenty of room for couples yet small enough for a single occupant. Plenty of parking for my truck and motorcycle trailer. The driveway however is gravel and must use some caution when steering motorcycles. I drove mine on the lawn to turn around. If I am ever in the area again I will be sure to book this property, hands down.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for staying at the Matson House. I understand about the gravel and hope one day soon the exterior will be completed along with the driveway!! Thank you for leaving the house in such good clean car bdituon. It’s amazing how quickly I can prepare the house for new guests when the departing guests leave it in great shape as you did!! Hope you come me again soon!
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Johnson City delight

  • 5 of 5

The home was immaculate. We really appreciated the thoughtfulness and consideration that Frances puts into making us feel at home. All the small details and amentities makes the Matson house a real winner.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks! I try hard to make the Matson House a home away from home. Comfort and cleanliness are my top priorities. Thank you for leaving the house in such great condition. It was hard to tell you were even there!!
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Vonore, Tennessee

Comfortable and cozy converted schoolhouse!

  • 4 of 5

This is a charming house that anyone would enjoy renting for a vacation or for celebrating a special event such as we did in celebrating my husband's birthday and get together of family members. Everything you need is right here from kitchen items to very comfortable beds. We enjoyed exploring Jonesborough nearby, the oldest town in TN. We toured Tennessee Hills Distillery and shopped the many interesting shops on Main St. The men in our group enjoyed attending the NHRA races at Bristol Speedway, just 30 minutes from the house. All in all, a very enjoyable weekend and would recommend this sweet house to anyone inquiring! It is in a very lovely and quiet neighborhood and was very relaxing. Thank you to Frances, owner, who provided all we needed for a very memorable and fun weekend and who did an amazing job on this renovated old time schoolhouse!

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

Location, location, location...... Beautiful country setting with a view of the mountains.... yet it is only a few minutes to shopping and restaurants. The house is impeccably clean and well appointed. By looking at the exterior of the old schoolhouse you would never be able picture the inside. We truly enjoyed our stay and would absolutely return.

  • Submitted: May 6, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your comments. I try to make the house homey and comfortable. I'm so glad everything was suitable for your stay. How exciting to graduate and get engaged in one weekend!! Thank you for leaving the house in such clean condition....You made my work much easier!! Hope you will be able to stay again! Thanks!
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Five stars are not enough!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments. I'm so glad the house was available for your family gathering. Let me know if you're back in the area when the house is open. Your family were wonderful guests.
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Tri-Cities Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
YeeHaw Brewery, The Label, many breweries
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Pine Oaks Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Interstate 26, Interstate 81, State of Franklin
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Tupelo Honey, Miso's, Firehouse, ElCharolais,
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
Beech Mt, Wolf Laural, Sugar Mt, Appalachian Mt
Nearest Beach
25 Miles
Watauga (Lake) Point Recreation
Car: necessary


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-under repair (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

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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