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Fred Townsend

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

Valle Crucis. Close to everything. Explore or Relax in the Farm's Inviting Apt

57 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


North Carolina Apartment Rental Photos and Description

15 Acres of Farm & Mountain Views Surround You So You Can't Help But Relax

Hen's Tooth Acres Farm is a 15 acre FAMILY OWNED and OPERATED FARM in historic Valle Crucis, NC. While the farm is quite & secluded you are still be close to ALL! of High Country's year round activities including ski slopes, dining, shopping, Valle Crucis Community Park, water sports, fishing, horseback riding, golfing, hiking, gem mining, biking and more.

Your owner/operator hosts are Valle Crucis natives whose ancestors date back to the days of the Native American Cherokee Indians. Valle Crucis is home of the internationally famous original Mast General Store and annual Valle Country Fair (3rd Sat. in October).

Hen's Tooth Acres Farm vacation property is the ground level apartment of a 2 story duplex. You will have your own private yard, private patio and private entry.

Arabian Horses, Nubian Dairy Goats, Black Angus Cattle, Chicken, Geese, Guineas and a barn cat all live together in harmony here at Hen's Tooth Acres Farm.

An opportunity to come along when the evening farm chores are being done is included with your stay as well as farm fresh eggs, a gift sampler bag of Hen's Tooth Acres Farm handcrafted goat's milk soap (made with essential oils & natural ingredients) and Buy One Get One FREE meal(s) at local participating restaurants.

Living room, dining room, kitchen, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and a laundry/utility room. Comfortably sleeps 4-6. Linens are provided for beds and bath. Kitchen has a side-by-side fridge (with water and ice in the door), electric range, hood mount microwave, coffeemaker, 4 slice toaster, dishes, silverware, pots, pans, etc. Living room comfortably seats 6. Dining table seats 6. Color remote cable TV with a built-in DVD player in the living room. There's also a color remote cable TV in the master bedroom. WiFi. Washer / Dryer. Foosball table, board games and toys for the younger kids. Ceiling fans (remote control). Wood burning fireplace/stove. Bathroom has double sinks and a wonderful soaker garden tub.

Private patio has a gas grill along with a glider swing, three rocking chairs, a patio table that overlooks acres of open fields and a wooded mountainside. A fresh water stream, Baird's Creek, runs through the middle of Hen's Tooth Acres Farm. Your front yard overlooks acres open pastures allowing you to enjoy viewing the farm animals grazing nearby. And be on the look out for wild life including deer and wild turkeys.

ASU, Lees McCrae College, Boone, Banner Elk, Blowing Rock, Linville, Newland, Mountain City and Abindgon, VA are all nearby.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Fred Townsend (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english

About Fred Townsend

The Townsends are among the families whose ancestors first settled in the area now known as Valle Crucis. I am a fifth generation native. My two sons are sixth generation and I hope to pass the family farm along to the 7th generation (my grandsons).

Why Fred Townsend chose North Carolina

Hen's Tooth Acres Farm is a treasure as rare as Hen's Teeth. We provide our guests with a genuine - and truly unique - small family farm experience. We are close to everything yet you'll feel like you've left the hustle and bustle of everyday life far-far behind you - giving you the best of both worlds. R&R when you want it or plenty of recreation, shopping, dining and assorted things to do when you don't.

What makes this apartment unique

Farm fresh free range eggs for breakfast, handcrafted goat's milk soaps (made with essentail oils) and come along at chore time if you'd like to share in caring for the farm animals. You may even want to try your hand at milking a goat or gathering fresh eggs. Perhaps you'd like to take a hike up the mountain. All of this and more...but you'll not find another vacation experience in the High Country that will even come close to the uniqueness of all that Hen's Tooth Acres Farm has to offer.


based on 57 traveler reviews

Valle Crucis. Close to everything. Explore or Relax in the Farm's Inviting Apt
average rating of 5.0 based on 57 reviews

Little slice of heaven

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 (10 year old daughter, 6 year old son) loved our experience at Hens Tooth Acres. The property is breathtaking. Pictures don't do it justice. So peaceful and relaxing. We spent so much time outdoors - watching the animals, rocking in the rockers or sitting on the swing, reading together on the hammock. I think we would have all been content to stay there the entire trip and not ventured out to do anything else. The apartment is comfortable and clean with everything you need. And you're only a short drive from lots of activities. (we went White Water Rafting in Banner Elk and Tubing on the New River in Todd - both great activities for our kiddos)

Without a doubt, our favorite part about staying here was the opportunity to help with farm chores - gathering eggs, feeding the animals, milking the goat. Farmer Fred is very kind and patient and very knowledgeable. I enjoyed learning about the animals and their farming practices as much as the children! We loved eating farm fresh eggs for breakfast and using the provided goats milk soap. We felt like we had plenty of privacy, but liked the fact that Fred wasn't far away if we needed anything.

It was the perfect break from the hot, humid summer we've been experiencing. The air is cool and clean and no bug spray needed! It was really hard to leave. I think we've found our new happy place. Without a doubt - we will be back! Thank you to Fred for a beautiful visit!!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Suffolk, Virginia

Very Much satisfied with Hens Tooth Acres Rental

  • 5 of 5

Hens Tooth Acres rental was exactly as advertised and even more. Farmer Fred was very welcoming and was very good with our granddaughter who he always asked her if she wanted to do chores. At first she was a little apprehensive, but after the first day she was always looking forward to the animals. She picked eggs, fed all the animals, held the baby goats, and I think she even milked the goat a little. It is a very beautiful farm in a very beautiful area. It is close to all the things to do in the area. Everything in the unit was well stocked and clean. We would return and would recommend it to all who enjoy the mountains and it's beauty. We will miss seeing Farmer Fred and so we will have to return soon. Thanks so much for a great week!!!

( The fresh eggs are worth the stay)

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean, beautiful views, well equipped

  • 5 of 5

The place this review should begin is with Fred Townsend, aka "Farmer Fred". Farmer Fred is gentle and kind, and he really made us feel welcomed. He integrated my five-year old daughter into his activities so she could "work" on the farm gathering eggs and feeding the goats. She also enjoyed a four-wheeler ride with Farmer Fred. She just had an absolute ball at the farm.

Rachel and I built a stone dam in Farmer Fred's creek. Rachel really loved Farmer Fred's gentle dog, Max, an exuberant, young Pyrenees.

The apartment or rooms are great, the beds are comfy and the numerous pillows are varied so everyone can find one to meet their needs. The kitchen is well-equipped with pots, pans, a blender, a toaster -- any type of utensil you might need -- it's all there. There's even a Foosball table, washer and dryer, books to read, board games, and so on.

Farmer Fred shared some of his own cattle's steaks, and we had them for supper tonight back in Raleigh. They are tender and delicious, grass-fed, all natural! I ate Farmer Fred's chickens' eggs in the mornings, too! I also enjoyed the soaps that Farmer Fred's daughter-in-law, Abbie, made with milk from Farmer Fred's Nubian goats. And I had occasion to meet one of Farmer Fred's son's, Chris, and Chris and Abbie's two boys, Roan and Finnegan. I just cannot say enough about this family of kind, smart people who enjoyed teaching us about the farm and the surrounding area. My daughter loved playing with Chris and Abbie's boys, too.

Vilas, in which township Farmer Fred's farm is, sits so close to Valle Crucis and Boone.

We will definitely be back. It is so affordable, comfortable, fun and friendly. If you prefer privacy, I know Fred Townsend would respect that as well, and the apartment would certainly allow for it.

Thanks, Fred Townsend! See you soon.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Minneapolis, MN

Amazing stay... Again!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful stay again with Farmer Fred. This was our second stay in the last 2 months with Fred. The kids love him and love doing chores. Great time milking the goats, feeding the horses, and playing with Max. Fun times sledding down the hill and hiking in the woods as well! Highly reccomend a stay with Farmer Fred.

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Lovely Stay

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from our second trip to this lovely farm. Once again, we were met by the kind Farmer Fred who answered lots of questions and led us through farm chores. This place really is special and deserves it's 5 star review. It is very clean (and I'm very picky, for thing I do is check mattresses when we stay anywhere), and very comfortable. Our three kids love the toys, books,and foosball. All the little things you need in the kitchen are there, this time there was even a bed rail and toddler bed. Fantastic accommodations in a magical, idyllic setting. Planning our next trip back in my mind already.

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had such an amazing time! Farmer Fred is such a wonderful host. The accommodations included everything (& more) that we needed to make our stay comfortable. Our 3 year old had a great time collecting eggs & milking the goats. Our dogs enjoyed the fenced yard. My husband & I loved relaxing out in the chairs outside with a glass of wine & the peace of the mountains. We will certainly be back!

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Tweestie Railroad Tourist Attraction
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Hwy 105 & Hwy 194
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
1861 Farmhouse Restaurant
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
SugarMtn, HawksNest, BeechMtn & Applachian Ski Mtn
Car: necessary

Year round activities make historic Valle Crucis an excellent vacation destination or simply a great place to get away.


Rates & Availability

Valle Crucis Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter/Off season
Dec 1 2016 - Dec 18 2016
2 night minimum stay
Dec 19 2016 - Jan 6 2017
3 night minimum stay
Winter/Off season
Jan 7 2017 - Mar 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $75
Pet Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $200

*$110 nightly rate. 3 night minimum stay required.
*$660 weekly rate = 1 FREE night.
*$75 exit cleaning fee.
Dogs(maximum of 2) $50 for 1st dog & $25 for each additional dog.

50% deposit required at time reservation. Balance due at check-in. Pay by cash or check. A refundable damage deposit of $200 is required at time of reservation.
In the event that you need to cancel your reservation we will try to rent out your dates but if we cannot book your stay to another group we will keep half of your deposit.

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North Carolina Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , A wonderful soaker tub w/shower, double sinks & tiled floor.
  • Double sinks, a wonderful soaker garden tub and tiled floor. Bath linens provided for up to 6 guests. Hair dryer available.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , A full-size sleeper sofa in the living room.
    Guest Room - 1 queen , 1 child bed , Let us know if you'd like to use the youth bed or pac-n-play
  • King size beds (1) Master berdroom, Queen size Beds (1) Second bedroom, Twin or Single Beds (1) cot, Child Beds (1) A pac-n-play is provided to make it easier to bring the little one along. But be sure to bring your own bedding. Sleeper Sofa (1) The living room has a full size sleeper sofa. Bed linens and pillows are also provided except for the pac-n-play.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 5 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
You're invited to come along for the farm chores. This is when the farm animals are fed, eggs are gathered and the goats are milked. Just let us know if we can expect the pleasure of your company and we'll let you know the time. **Children MUST be accompanied by their parent.**

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