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

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,100 sq ft
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 bedroom, 1 bath private oasis

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 pond, 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.

Property Manager
Benjamin Ray
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 25, 2018

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 11 years. I left my management job with Food Lion after 15 years of employment, to start a career as a real estate agent years ago...and love it! I moved to town in Boone in 2012, 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 Purlear

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 13 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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Purlear Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7 ...
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Swim and play in the ponds/stream at your own risk. Owner is not responsible for any injury/death associated with guests' actions around the water
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) linens and towels are provided
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • jetted tub
  • 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
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • whitewater rafting
10 acres of private paradise with a rushing mountain stream, pond, 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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(44 traveler reviews)

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Private Honeymooners/Writer's cabin w/ bold stream, pond, and Parkway access
average rating of 4.568182 based on 45 reviews

Perfect, private getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely treasured our time at this picturesque house and its surrounding property. It was the perfect size for our 2 kids and pup. Our 9 and 11 year old spent hours exploring the property and all of its features. We fished, enjoyed the hot tub, had a fire, and just enjoyed the ambiance that is so special about this place. We truly had no need to leave for the 3 days we were there. We booked this place because our 5 year old beloved Golden Retriever was recently diagnosed with osteosarcoma. We’d booked this trip as soon as she was diagnosed to give her one last family adventure. We now have some absolutely priceless memories with her swimming in the pond, following the children down the creek, and sunning in the grass. We are so grateful for this magical place and its dog friendly accommodations. The owners put a great deal of effort into the little details...sometimes it’s these small touches that mean so much. We look so forward to a return trip!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Private Relaxing Farm House Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Our family truly fell in love with this home! Breathtaking views...the home, the land, and the stream are absolutely amazing. The home was fully stocked with everything we needed. The owners are always available through message. They responded quickly and we had great communication.

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice cabin. Bedding could use some updating. Stairs are pretty narrow. Overall nice stay.

  • 4 of 5

Nice cabin. Bedding needs updating and the stairs are narrow to the second floor. Very quiet setting. Perfect place to get away from it all. Overall nice trip.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Love the Old Home Place

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful location with great landscaping—large cedar trees, a walnut tree, rhododendrons, and a pond. Plus mountain road and a mountain stream, The House was decorated beautifully for fall. The beds were comfortable and the house had everything we needed. Dream vacation site near lots of interesting places. Loved it.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Weaverville, NC

Exceeded All Expectations

  • 5 of 5

This is a charming cottage in a fairytale setting. The house was well cared for, very clean, and had everything we needed. The kitchen was well equipped and spacious. Falling asleep to the sound of the gently running creek was a nice treat as well.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spectacular seclusion not far from civilization

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our time staying at Stargazer! The seclusion of the cabin yet within 30 minutes of anything you could want to find was perfect for our long weekend in the middle of nowhere.

The charming old farmhouse was well complimented by some modern upgrades and touches. Full kitchen, updated bath, wifi and hot tub all made the experience so much better than a hotel stay ever could hope to be, with the property and its running stream, fire pit and chorus of nature as the topper.

...then the clouds finally cleared and we were treated to the property's namesake.

A word of caution: when the information says to follow the owner's written directions to the property and not your GPS, trust the man! Google Maps will not get you to the location. Do your best to arrive early on your check-in day. The spectacular drive to the property from the Parkway is a sight to behold...and far less treacherous once you've seen it in the daylight! The drive down rivals some of the most beautiful drivers roads I've encountered. Tail of the Dragon has nothing on Benge Ashe.

My wife and I can not wait for our next opportunity to visit. A 4-day weekend was not nearly enough time to explore this beautiful area.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Park Vista
Nearest Golf
19 Miles
Mountain Aire in West Jefferson
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Park Vista Restaurant
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


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

clean $75
Refundable damage deposit $100
Pet Fee $25

Fee is $25 flat for pets. Only 3 dogs allowed.

Ask about our Wedding packages: $300 event fee applies

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

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.