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Private Honeymooners/Writer's cabin w/ bold stream and Parkway access

Benjamin Ray

Member since: 2012
Call Manager
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Speaks: english
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Benjamin Ray

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
April 15, 2015
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Private Honeymooners/Writer's cabin w/ bold stream and Parkway access

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

Deep Gap Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

2 bedroom, 1 bath Stargazer Cabin

For those looking for an escape from the fast-paced life of the city, and who want to disconnect from the rat-race, this little 1920 farmhouse is the perfect solution. This house takes you back to a time when life was simple. Relax on the covered front porch overlooking the pasture and listen to the soothing sounds of the rushing stream and the joyful chorus of nature. Curl up with a book in one of the home's cozy nooks, or go for a invigorating morning walk along the gravel roads or trails through the many acres of mature forests that surround the house. Kick back in the hot tub on the cool nights and enjoy the firefly show, start a warm fire in the fire pit, or just lay out under the stars of the protected Dark Skies area to take in the magnificence of creation.

Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Benjamin Ray (Property Manager)
Member since: 2012
Call Manager
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
April 15, 2015

About Benjamin Ray

I grew up in Wilmington, NC, went to school at NC State and Lees-McRae, obtained a Business degree and have invested in real estate for about 7 years. I left my management job with Food Lion after 15 years of employment, to start a career as a real estate agent just a year and a half ago...and love it! I got married 2 years ago to Kimberly who has a Violin Performance degree from ASU, and we just moved to town in Boone, and decided to keep this property for friends and family to use, and to rent out for others to enjoy as we have for years!

Benjamin Ray purchased this farmhouse in 2004

Why Benjamin Ray chose Deep Gap

After visiting the mountains with friends to hike numerous times, I bought this little cabin as my first home, while I lived in Charlotte so that I would have a place to escape from the city on the weekends. Of course, the more I escaped, the more difficult is was for me to return to the traffic, the heat, and the smells of the metro. After owning it for a year, a job opened up for me in the mountains, and I gladly accepted! And I've never looked back!

What makes this farmhouse unique

The first time I drove down the long driveway through the mature canopy of trees, and heard the sound of the stream from my car, I knew this was my place of paradise. The solitude and the beauty of untouched nature has been my refuge for 8 years. I embraced the rich history of the house and its stone steps and patio made from the rocks from the creek, and the oak beams and frame, hand cut on site, all still standing after 90 years of use and neglect. I had the privilege of restoring the home completely and making it my own, from the roof to the floor and even further by having the whole house lifted 2 feet to help preserve it for years to come. I've enjoyed the simple charm of watching the thousands of butterflies that come every year to the butterfly trees behind the house, the wildlife sightings of deer, hawks, waterfowl, turkey, groundhogs, raccoon, and even a bear, the nightly display of the brilliant lights of the fireflies, and of course, the STARS!

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thank you so much for letting us use your house. We had an awesome time. Saw several shooting stars. She said it was much better in person than the photos. We had dinner in Boone, at Blackcat burrito Friday night before we went there. Saturday we went to Grandfather mountain and Linville Caverns. And then spent the afternoon at the house. We didn't want to leave, and we can't wait till we can get an opportunity to go back. Loved the drive in, be its a handful in the winter time. The showerhead leaked a little, I tightened it up some, may need some sealant on it. Again, thank you.
May 2014
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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
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Reviews

4.6
based on 22 traveler reviews

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Private Honeymooners/Writer's cabin w/ bold stream and Parkway access
average rating of 4.6363635 based on 23 reviews
5

The Star Gazer

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Benjamin for providing a great place to stay at a great rate! The property was beautiful and as described. My pup and I had a blast at this secluded little home off the Blue Ridge Parkway. The house has plenty of room, the front yard and the creek were absolutely lovely. To mention issues in previous reviews, the short lived hot water mentioned in previous reviews wasn't an issue I experienced but it was just myself for the stay. The stairs are "kinda steep", I don't see how it could be a complaint personally, it's not necessary to run up and down the stairs. Nothing short of a great experience for me!

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

Will be back

  • 5 of 5

Great secluded place with plenty to do and plenty of nature to enjoy without the hustle and bustle of every day life. My husband and I loved it.

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
North Carolina
5

Holiday to remember!

  • 5 of 5

What a great time we had! The house and land were perfect! My family and doggies enjoyed every minute. Thank you Benjamin for sharing your home with us. We will definitely return.

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
4

To truly get away from it all!

  • 4 of 5

Our previous rental plans changed last minute due to a mishap at the property and I scrambled to find a vacation rental last minute. Benjamin was the first person to answer and I’m really glad he did! It’s an amazing piece of land, the stream out front, the privacy, the woods… it was perfect for getting my family away from it all!

I’d say all the previous reviews about the place are pretty accurate. The inside stairs are steep and narrow and could perhaps benefit from even a rope banister but were not a problem for any of us, (including the 9y/o dog we brought), even in the middle of the night. The outside stairs leading from the driveway are a very well built stone, but a little mossy and some might find those intimidating. Again we were fine with them. Benjamin gave precise instructions on how to use the heating unit, hot tub (if you like), with ample white bath linens and various “under-the-kitchen sink” items. (ice melt, cleaner, dish washing liquid etc). There is a semi-functioning house phone and he installed WiFi so you don’t have to be totally out of the loop if you don’t want to be. We encountered the same issue as listed in previous reviews about the lack of common kitchen items: scissors, mixing bowls, measuring cups and the like. I made the kids’ pancakes in a beer pitcher we found:) There were lights with a motion sensor mounted on the carport, but they never activated. You come here for privacy and the setting so bring your own supplies and you won’t have to run 26 min away to the Dollar General. We had hot showers, but the Jacuzzi tub made it to just below the first level of jets before the hot water went. I found that odd. I spoke to Benjamin with the initial inquiry and then by email afterwards. All conversations were pleasant. During the 3 night stay, it took him some time to return an email. I also left him a voicemail regarding the property asking him to return my call as soon as possible while I was within cell range. To my knowledge he never returned the call.

“Stargazer” did exactly what I needed it to do, which was allow my loved ones to disconnect from the everyday hustle for a few days in order to nurture our connection to each other. The kids and the dog loved exploring the outdoors! We all had a blast playing on the mini game table provided, board games we brought, reading and talking. I’d recommend you hurry if you’re going to go, it looks like it’s for sale. Thank you very much for opening your home to us Benjamin!

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Lexington , nc/ US
5

Wesley holt

  • 5 of 5

My stay was very amazing, incrediable getaway from the rush and noise of your everyday work week, very relaxing, beautiful country side, I couldn't ask for a better place to getaway

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Another refreshed and revived guest at Stargazer!! Thanks for staying. So glad you had a great time.
Buxton NC
5

A true get away!

  • 5 of 5

Stayed 3 days and wish it was a month. This is a true get away from it all kind of place. Very quiet and secluded. Saw 3 vehicles in 3 days. Add some rockers to the porch and it would be perfect. Just go prepared cause you can't just run out to the store in 10 mins which is exactly what I was looking for. We love the mountains and this place really fit the bill. Having your morning coffee on the porch listening to the stream and watching the 100's of butterflies in the clearing was awesome. You can't rent a motel room in Boone for this price. We will be back!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so happy to hear that you really enjoyed your get-away to my little farmhouse! I would love to have you back in the future. Many people have started making memories at the property and choose to come back yearly.

Map

Nearest Barpub
19 Miles
Hotel Tavern in West Jefferson
Nearest Golf
19 Miles
Mountain Aire in West Jefferson
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
421
Nearest Restaurant
17 Miles
multiple
Nearest Ski
27 Miles
Appalachian Ski in Boone
Car: necessary

Float the New River, drive the Blue Ridge Parkway and hike or picnic along the way, visit West Jefferson cheese factory, downtown and check for festivals, shop Blowing Rock, make the rounds at all the antique shops of West Jefferson, Boone, and Blowing Rock, go trout fishing on Big Horse, Helton Creek, Watauga River, or the New River, hike Grandfather Mountain and Linville Gorge, visit New River, Grandfather, and Banner Elk wineries/vineyards, take the barn tour, catch music at the Jones house in Boone

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Rates & Availability

From $125 Per night

Deep Gap Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Merlefest
Apr 23 2015 - Apr 26 2015
4 night minimum stay
$600
Flat fee
 
 
Fall
Oct 1 - Nov 30
2 night minimum stay
$135
$875
$2,400
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$125
$790
$2,200
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25
clean $50
Tax Rate 10.0%
Notes Fee is $25/pet. Only 3 dogs allowed.

Ask about our Wedding packages: $200 event fee applies

$49 damage insurance will apply with longer stays or larger parties at owner's descretion

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Deep Gap Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Covered Parking
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • jetted tub
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
5 acres of private paradise with a rushing mountain stream, creeks, pasture, and mature forests to explore, only 2 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, large firepit in the field, outdoor stone wood-grilling pit next to the deck, a/c on both levels of living

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