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Boxley Valley Farmstay On The Beautiful Buffalo River

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6

Our 100-year-old farmhouse has been lovingly renovated and will accommodate 6 guests. The farmhouse retains its character through its screen doors, heart-pine wood floors, period furnishings, and wood stove. Interior furnishings were chosen to provide the plain and simple comforts of the early 20th Century.

The back porch rockers afford practically the same view today as they have for one hundred years. The house, old barn and outbuildings create a setting for you to not just see the valley, but actually be a part of it.

You can be as active as you wish—or as inactive. Watch the sun wake up the valley, experience the amazing vistas of a light-free night sky, hike the many trails along the Buffalo River, or splash in the Cold Hole, the farm's swimming hole on the river--weather permitting, of course-. Canoe, fish, cook, read, visit, explore or just laze around. This farmstay offers many ways for you to enjoy the Upper Buffalo River and the woodlands, pastures, streams, and bluffs that make up the historic Boxley Valley.

Accommodations include two bedrooms upstairs with a full bath and one bedroom downstairs with attached full bath. Common rooms include a sitting room upstairs, a living room downstairs, an eat-in kitchen, and two covered porches.

James Larkin Villines and his wife, Eliza, who built the home, did without electricity or running water until 1942; now, however, guests can enjoy central heat and air, telephone, and wifi.

We require advanced notice of at least 48 hours.

More Details

Property Manager
The Ferguson Family
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 15, 2017


Compton Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 10:00 AM / Check-out: 5:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bathroom is downstairs
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Bathroom is upstairs
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Adjoining full bath with tub/shower
    Bedroom 2 - 2 double , Bedroom is upstairs & has access to a full bath with shower
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Bedroom is upstairs & has access to a full bath with shower
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • mountain biking
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Boxley Valley Farmstay On The Beautiful Buffalo River
average rating of 4.8235292 based on 17 reviews

Beautiful Old Country Home

  • 3 of 5

We loved the back porch and the view. Very peaceful! The kitchen is really great and enjoyed our time around the big table. It is a beautiful area but we happened to choose the weekend of the Bikes, Blues & BBQ rally in Fayetteville so we had a continual stream of bikes roaring past the house and since the house is rather close to the road, the front porch was not a very quiet, peaceful place. We were in the bedroom downstairs and the bed has a lot of squeaks and pops every time we moved so didn't get much sleep. It is a neat house and without the bike noise and bed problem, it would have been near perfect.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm thinking this rating is for loud motorcycles! LOL For future guests and your fall get-away weekend plans for Northwest Arkansas:
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The house and property are what we dream of!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great summer family vacation. It is such a special place to unplug and spend quality time with our family. Our kids want to live here and no surprise the parents do as well. We spent our mornings drinking coffee on the back porch, cooking a big breakfast and hiking. The afternoons were spent at the cold hole and the nights cooking another great meal, chasing fireflies and drinking wine. We can't wait to come back! We hope to spend more time on Mr Furgesons front porch and solving all of the worlds problems. Thank you for sharing such an amazing place with us. Memories were made that will last a lifetime.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Location and Wonderful Owners

  • 5 of 5

We really loved staying in this home for our anniversary weekend away. The location was ideal in that it was about equal distance from Hawksbill Crag and the canoe rental/drop in location. After a long day on the water or hiking, it was nice to come home to a place so clean and peaceful. The kitchen was well stocked, the back porch was dreamy, and the views in the valley were gorgeous. It was super easy to keep in contact with the owners for anything we needed through the HomeAway app on my phone. Francie responded quickly once we arrived to ensure we had everything we needed. Overall, I would highly recommend this stay for couples and families. Two thumbs up!

  • Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the thumbs up! We're so glad you enjoyed the farmhouse--it really does invite both activity and relaxation in equal measure. Come enjoy the valley again any time!
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Wonderful step back in time!! Quiet, comfortable , and convenient for us !!

  • 5 of 5

Property owners are so gracious and accommodating. We enjoyed disconnecting from our usual days and just enjoying a slower pace!! Would highly recommend for those who want to slow down and "smell the roses"!!! Rain kept us from fishing but we saw the Cold Hole on the Buffalo River and can't wait to come back and spend the whole day there!!! Loved it!!

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome location! Terrific owners

  • 4 of 5

Our family normally rents log/rustic-looking homes for hiking trips so this was a bit different for us. The farmhouse is quite lovely. Plenty of room for our family of five w/ three college kids. Gorgeous view & peaceful location, but note that it is near a two-lane black-top road. If you're interested in hiking or canoeing/rafting the Buffalo River, this is the perfect location. It was literally 1 to 5 miles to all of the trail heads we had researched. Beautiful waterfalls at Lost Valley- plus an exciting cave walk to an interior waterfall. FULL day hike to Hemmed in Hollow waterfall and Goat Trail (an exhilarating cliff view) was amazing. We trekked 7 hours in a light snowfall over spring break! River water was too cold on our trip for canoeing or rafting, but we'll do that next time. The herd of elk was easily visible every single day within a half mile of the farmhouse. One evening, a few came on the property!

Perhaps best of all was the gracious hospitality and professionalism of the owner family. We happened to rent the place when some mice had scurried into the kitchen and died so there was a foul odor the first evening we arrived. Mr. Ferguson, the patriarch of the family, came by immediately to check it out. He and his daughter, Francie, had people at the farmhouse first thing the next morning to address the issue. Francie was a complete delight and made sure we were happy. She even took us on a drive to show us a couple of nearby fishing spots. That kind of situation could happen at any home that is out in the countryside. Not every owner would have handled it as quickly and graciously.

We'd highly recommend this place and would enjoy going back in the summer months to enjoy the river activities. The only recommendation I'd have is to add a fire pit in the back. My family loves sitting by a fire in the evenings, making s'mores so we missed that.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We loved having you stay and are glad you enjoyed the farmhouse and the area. The mice were definitely a surprise--guess they were surprised too when their nest behind the refrigerator didn't turn out so well. Thank you for being understanding as we worked to solve the problem. You all were some intrepid hikers! Come again when it's warmer and instead of hiking all day, you can paddle, splash, and fish.
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Perfect place!

  • 5 of 5

Friends and I had a "perfect" two nights this week. The farmhouse is spacious but cozy, fully furnished, and super clean ! Watched Elk cross the yard while we drank our morning coffee. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay and that the weather warmed up enough for you to have your morning coffee on the back porch--certainly, one of our favorite things to do. Hope you come again!
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Northwest Arkansas Regional (XNA)
Car: necessary

The Buffalo National River, America's first designated national river, runs through the Boxley Valley National Historic District.

Our Jimmy Creek Farmstay is located in the center of the valley and is close to numerous maintained trails, Lost Valley, and several points of river access to the Upper Buffalo, which is seasonably floatable.

About three miles away is the small town of Ponca where you can find licensed canoe rentals. In the area are also two zip-line operators.

The river itself and the thousands of acres of wilderness surrounding it offer opportunities for photography in all seasons. The valley's resident elk and its Trumpeter Swan offer special wild-life viewing.

A thirty-minute drive will put you in Jasper where you'll find several antiques stores and cafes; it's also the closest town for groceries though in Ponca you can find staples and snacks. (You can also get gas and cellphone service in Ponca.)

Fayetteville is a bit over an hour from the farm. Crystal Bridges, America's newest world-class art museum in Bentonville, is approximately a two-hour drive. Both of these areas have amazing restaurants and interesting shopping. Northwest Arkansas Regional airport (XNA) is in Bentonville as well.

Quirky, scenic Eureka Springs is a bit over an hour's drive, and Branson, Missouri, is about an hour and a half from the farm. Branson has a small airport.

[PLEASE NOTE: Google Maps pins an inaccurate location for the farm, and we've discovered that Homeaway can't change the pin. So we've included in our photos two maps, one showing the general location of the farmstay in Northwest Arkansas, the other more exactly where it is on Hwy 43 near Ponca.]


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 10.0%

Two-night minimum on weekends.
Three-night minimum on holidays.
Extended Stay Rate: Stay 7 nights and the 7th night is free.
Long-term rental is negotiable.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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