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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 day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 21, 2018


Ponca 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! 4.9/5 -
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Boxley Valley Farmstay On The Beautiful Buffalo River
average rating of 4.857143 based on 21 reviews

Comfortable home in great location

  • 5 of 5

This home is unique and very well-appointed to make your stay as comfortable and fun as possible. Located in the Boxley Valley, with beautiful landscapes and wildlife, it is a great choice whether you want to hike, swim, canoe, explore or just chill out. The family is especially accommodating and helpful. This was a repeat visit for us and we will probably return again!

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Though this fall won't go down in the books as one of our prettier ones, the lack of vivid color invites the notice of small wonders, I think. Glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again next year!
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  • 5 of 5

Very nicely kept old farmhouse was as pleasing as the pictures show.

Easy access if your staying in the area, a beautifully remote region of northern Arkansas on the Buffalo River National Forest.

Great owners who communicate promptly.


  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect fall get-away

  • 5 of 5

Centrally located, easy access to the Boxley Valley. Charming house, stocked well, nice sized rooms, great host. Elk and deer nearby.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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back to a slower, friendly time when you knew your neighbors and talked to them over the fence

  • 5 of 5

Stepping through the door is like stepping back in time, it brought to mind my summers spent on my uncle's farm in North Carolina. Creaking wood floors(made it easy to know what time we got home at night). Sitting on the front porch and actually talking to neighbors as they walked by, playing in the barn and fields and not worrying that someone would call the law on you, they just told your dad at church on Sunday. On this visit to the valley there were three generations of our family (Mother in-law and her sister, my wife and my self, our oldest son and his wife). in the five days we were there we viewed elk walked the trails photographing birds, wild flowers, searching for antique's and strolled the dry creek looking for unique rocks. the evenings were spent on the back porch reminiscing about the past. Everyone needs a place like this to rewind and feel alive. thanks for the chance to get to know my family better. will be back again soon. Jeff Cook and family

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: "Rewind" is such a perfect description of what the Boxley Valley and the farmhouse invite--a chance to be curious and explore and, sometimes, to simply be still, to feel connected to our little world of family and to that large relatedness of the natural world as well. We hope to see you again soon!
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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: September 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: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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