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Benjamin Ray

Member since: 2012
Call Manager
Speaks: english

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

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Overview

Purlear 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
Speaks: english

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 High Country & Blue Ridge Mountains

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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Reviews

Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(30 traveler reviews)
Private Honeymooners/Writer's cabin w/ bold stream and Parkway access
average rating of 4.5333333 based on 31 reviews
5

Peaceful Solitude, Convenient to Town

  • 5 of 5

We rented the cabin with friends for my daughters' birthday weekend. The cabin functioned well as a "base of operations" for our stay, and we appreciated the convenience of the location in relation to nearby cities. While we became mildly frustrated when were were looking for the cabin in the dark, we loved the peace and solitude that came with this hard-to-find cabin. My family and friends enjoyed spending evenings in the back yard and in the hot tub. The kitchen was well equipped to handle our 5-hour three-course fondue dinner. Finally, aside from the charm of the cozy cabin, the scenery was absolutely gorgeous!

  • Submitted: Dec 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

We'll be back again - and again!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Stargazer a couple of years ago - and meant to come back earlier because we had such a great time then. Finally we returned, and are so glad we did! Now, we've been there winter and summer with family and our two Goldens. A perfect place for rest, rejuvenation, and everything was super clean and in working order. Our favorite activities were hiking around, watching our dogs run and play, and cooking out over the fire. It's central to so much in the Boone/Blowing Rock/Banner Elk area - and yet so quiet and private! There could be no better place to vacation - we're thinking Spring this time Benjamin!

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Excellent getaway property!

  • 5 of 5

What a pleasant escape from the fast paced world we live in. We unplugged and sat around listening to nature and being reminded of God's goodness. Thanks for sharing this wonderful property with us!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you really soaked in everything that makes the property special!!
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5

Peaceful & Serene!

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have been any happier with our accommodations. The farm setting was very private, peaceful and serene. Our senses will be forever blessed with the beautiful sights and sounds. Our 2 furry kids loved the stream and our long walks through the stillness of the surrounding areas.....a step back in time considering the other neighboring tracts of farmland and structures. Thank you Benjamin.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Uncomfortable

  • 2 of 5

Location is awesome but very overpriced for accommodations. Perhaps investing in some nice comfy rockers to enjoy the porch and upgrade bedding. The grill did not work and issues with the hot water as well.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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GREAT TIME!

  • 5 of 5

Rented this for Christmas with my family. WE all LOVED IT! It was so quite, secluded, and relaxing! Our dogs also loved it! Personally I didn't want to leave! We had no issues with anything. Ben was a pleasure to work with on the reservation and always responded promptly. I am a medical traveler and was working at the hospital in boone. So this made things perfect to have my family come see me for christmas. I really do appreciate everything! I would stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

Purlear Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Fall
Oct 1 - Nov 30
2 night minimum stay
$135
$875
$2,400
 
 
Winter
Dec 1 2016 - Dec 22 2016
2 night minimum stay
$115
$630
$1,800
 
 
Holiday
Dec 23 2016 - Jan 2 2017
2 night minimum stay
$130
$850
 
 
Winter 2
Jan 3 2017 - Apr 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
$115
$630
$1,800
 
 
Merlefest
Apr 27 2017 - Apr 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
$600
Flat fee
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$125
$790
$2,200
 

Additional information about rental rates

clean $75
Pet Fee $25
Tax Rate 10.0%

Fee is $25/pet. 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 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Purlear Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Covered Parking
  • 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
  • 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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