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Boxley Valley Farmstay On The Beautiful Buffalo River

Bedrooms 3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights


Compton Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

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
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
The Ferguson Family
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
December 5, 2016
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

Boxley Valley Farmstay On The Beautiful Buffalo River
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

I love this old farm house. It was very comfortable and in a beautiful setting!

  • 5 of 5

The house is beautiful and comfortable furnished with everything we needed. It is in a very convenient place for viewing the wildlife or hiking one of the nearby trails. I hope I will have the opportunity to come back soon!

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for letting us know you enjoyed your stay. We'd love to have you visit again!
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Tranquility in the heart of Boxley Valley

  • 5 of 5

This is a very well-kept, well-supplied farm house that is over 100 years old. We felt we were stepping back into a simpler time, quaint, but with all the modern conveniences. The location is PERFECT for people wanting to enjoy the beauty of the Boxley Valley, the Buffalo River and/or the Elk, all in close proximity. When we went to check out the Cold-Hole, I immediately told my wife, 'This is the most beautiful spot on Earth. It is heaven on earth!' We enjoyed sitting on the back porch in the afternoons. We had a small group of senior adults from a photography club and everyone raved about the beauty of the home and the surroundings. We all enjoyed chatting with Mr. Ferguson, who has a wealth of knowledge of the area. We recommend this home and plan to return ourselves!

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boxley Valley Farmstay: Everything we expected it to be, and more. Very Pleasant Experience.

  • 5 of 5

Property ID 4023582 was recommended to us by a friend whose family had previously visited there. Our stay with some out of state friends at the Boxley Valley Farmhouse on the Beautiful Buffalo River was very pleasant, everything we expected it to be and more. The property and the farmhouse are well kept. The farmhouse is clean and attractive, neat and functional - perfect for a family group or family and friends who want to share some quiet, quality time together - away from the hustle and bustle of today's environment. The surrounding property is beautiful as are the landscape views you will see driving to, from and around Boxley Valley and the surrounding area.

We thought we would 'do nothing' but sit around while we were there. That was not the case. We found a lot of interesting things to do. If you like to hike, you cannot find a better place. The cold hole is a pleasant experience, even if you do nothing but sit, relax and listen to the sounds of the river flowing - perfect place for a picnic. The old mill directly across the road is an interesting experience; the mill is not open year-round; we just happened to be there when it was open. We will visit this property again.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A relaxing farmhouse in the country - a great place to go back in time!

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough good things about the Jimmy Creek Farmstay. We visited with our four children and it was as though we all stepped out of the big city and back in time. Mornings were spent on the back porch watching the fog rise from the valley and the bulls in the pasture. We caught sunfish in the private swimming hole and came back in the evening to catch fireflies. My daughters even found fossils in the small stream on the property. We would definitely come again!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Coolest family vacation in Arkansas

  • 5 of 5

First off, if you're the father of teenagers, you'll appreciate the benefit of no cell coverage on you vacation! Next, this farmhouse is the real deal, and is set up for families. We ate our meals on the back porch every evening. We hiked from the farmhouse. The Cold Hole is the best kept secret in Boxley Valley! I saw a huge bull elk back there, when no one else was seeing any. Caught some great small mouth to! I can't wait to go back!!!!!!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We agree--the Cold Hole has been pretty sweet this summer. And there's nothing like celebrating the Fourth swimming in the Buffalo! So glad you enjoyed your stay--come back anytime!
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Awesome place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a lovely Easter weekend at the farmhouse. It met all our needs. The beds were very comfortable and the kitchen was well equipped to make a great Easter meal. The rocking chairs on the back porch provided a great place to relax and enjoy the sunset. The owners were gracious to accommodate our schedule and very welcoming! This is a great place to enjoy the beautiful Boxley valley and we highly recommend staying here. Very easy to access the Buffalo river for floating or hiking from this location.

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you enjoyed your stay--come back anytime!
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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

Compton Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

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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Compton Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
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
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • 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

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