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Vacation at a Small Working Farm

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

Three bedroom 2 1/2 bath Contemporary Guest House on a 60 acre Working Farm

Feel your stresses slip away as you turn onto the Turtle Mist Farm driveway. We're in the country, but 20 to 30 minutes away from a variety of attractions, activities & opportunities in the surrounding area. The cities of Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill offer museums, the arts, fine and casual dining, sports and shopping. A stay at Turtle Mist Farm will provide a quiet and wonderfully relaxing get-away in our 3 bedroom two and one half bath guest house overlooking the larger of our two stocked ponds. Guest are welcome to accompany and/or assist the owners with the daily farm maintenance or simply relax in the rocking chairs on the front porch or sit under the shade umbrella on the back deck. A registered massage therapist is available by appointment. Turtle Mist Farm has basic cable service and the owners have an extensive DVD collection available for loan. The kitchen has all appliances and basic cooking utensils. A washer, dryer & iron is available in the laundry room. Housekeeping & meals are up to you. The master bedroom contains a king size bed. The 2 upstairs bedrooms contain a queen size bed and 2 full size beds respectively. Guest house accommodates a maximum of 6 adults. Children are welcome. Well behaved pets are welcome but there is a $50 pet cleaning fee per stay. Turtle Mist Farm requires a 2 night minimum and a three night minimum during the following holidays: Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday, President's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Years Day.

Stays can be scheduled year round, however, from November to March farm activities are limited.

$150 per night up to four adults, $30 per person for each additional person up to a maximum of six. Rates are subject of change.

Turtle Mist Farm has an unusual array of animals including, sheep, beef cattle, pigs, chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese, quail, partridges & pheasant. Plus, rabbits, a donkey, peacocks and horse, a Belgian.

More Details

Owner
Bob & Ginger Sykes
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 13, 2017

About Bob & Ginger Sykes

Bob & Ginger Sykes are refugees (retirees) from 30 years in corporate life. They bought this 60 acre former rural amusement park and decided to create a farm like the one owned by Bob's great uncle in Indiana. With no previous farm experience they have learned much by way of the trial & error method. We decided to give others, particularly children, the opportunity to have the same experiences Bob had as a kid visiting his great uncle's farm.

Bob & Ginger Sykes purchased this house in 2005

Why Bob & Ginger Sykes chose Franklinton

As a former rural amusement park, horse boarding and bull riding facility there were some unique amenities in place and we could quickly share our farm journey with others.

Amenities

Franklinton House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 double
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • rafting

Reviews

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average rating of 4.955224 based on 67 reviews
5

Great house, great time, very child friendly!

  • 5 of 5

My 2 1/2 year old grandson said on the last day "why are we leaving?" I was wondering the same thing. Great people, great location, and a very fun 3 day getaway. Farmer Asher and Grandpa ( along with the rest of the gang ) will be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We certainly enjoyed having your family stay with us. Watching Farmer Asher drive grandpa around was funny. We look forward to seeing you next October when the leaves turn.
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Farm Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This was such a lovely get away for our family. Bob and Ginger were so kind and flexible with our schedule in every way. We enjoyed our time visiting with them and learning about all the animals and farm life. Within the first five minutes of being there our daughter was able to jump right in and help feed the sheep! There was plenty of room to walk and run on the property and the guest house was the perfect size for us- enough bedrooms and bathrooms, lots of space, but still very cozy. The kitchen was equipped with everything we needed (and so much more) and there was even a kids table for the littles. I would highly recommend this for anyone (with or without kids) looking for an escape to a casual, charming retreat with beautiful views and a relaxing atmosphere!

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Enjoyable and relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

Bob and Ginger were very accommodating and such gracious hosts. Our three kids absolutely loved that we could roam the farm and see all of the animals. Even better that they could help feed them! The house had everything we needed and more! We were able to get all of our meats for meals for the week right on site - farm fresh! All in all it was a very pleasant week and we would highly recommend staying here.

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great house in a beautiful location. Ginger and Bob are delightful people.

  • 5 of 5

This was a great place to get away for some solitude with friends.

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely Property and Quality Time With the Owners

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time staying at Turtle Mist. My husband and I are playing with the idea of purchasing a homestead and talking and Bob and Ginger gave us good insight into the life of a farmer. They spent several hours sharing their experiences and advice. We were able to watch them process chickens and milk their dairy goat. Their animal handler, Matthew, was very nice and let us see the animals up close while Bob and Ginger were at the farmer's market. The guest house was cute, clean, and stocked with the essentials. We enjoyed our stay and now are itching to have a place of our own.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wish i could put 10 Stars!!

  • 5 of 5

The house itself is beautiful, very well maintained and very clean. The land the property is on is not too close to the farm and not too far away from it either. Bob and Ginger are amazing. They are very friendly and have thought of everything to make your stay more pleasurable and welcoming. They are also just good people. They provide you with a tour of the farm and allow you to participate in activities with the animals. This was my first experience renting a home oppose to staying in luxury hotels and this was a sincere pleasure.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Raleigh-Durham Airport
Car: necessary

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Tax Rate 12.75%

Daily rate is for the first 4 adults. Additional guest fee is $30 per adult per night. Stays in excess of 3 weeks will be charged the monthly rate of $3,500. $150 fee for reservations cancelled 10 days or less of check in date.
Pet cleaning fee is $50 per pet, per week.

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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