2 bedroom, 1 bath private oasis
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!
Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
Events can be booked through Wonderlust Acres site
$25/pet fee. 2 well-behaved, clean pets allowed
Minimum age of primary renter:25
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
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Paradise for people and pups
The perfect getaway on a property that is nothing short of incredible. You will find yourself being so thankful the owner was willing to even share such a perfect piece of land. Beautiful creeks, ponds and open fields...perfect for dogs to explore and we really enjoyed the fire pit and wandering the property with our dogs. Had the pleasure of meeting the owner on our way out- not only has he maintained the property beautifully he genuinely seems to care about you having a happy experience. Can’t say enough good about this place...farmhouse has charm and character and the owners give it a personal touch that creates a warm feeling of hospitality. Short trip to Boone and beautiful views on the way! We will be back as I never wanted to leave!
Beautiful and Relaxing!
Arriving at the home, we instantly found it spotless and welcoming. The home itself was very comfortable, and the owners had gone out of their way to create little homey touches. The property was gorgeous. We could not have asked for a nicer, quieter setting.
We enjoyed the ponds, fire pit, hot tub and just relaxing on the front porch. The countryside around us was so quiet that it was amazing. The lack of light in the area made for excellent stargazing when the sky was clear.
We are already planning a return trip next year.
The owners description of the property is right on point. The scenery surrounding this charming little house is priceless.
We had a wonderful time and the property is incredible! It was so nice to bring our dog along and she loved having all that space! We were attending a wedding in the area and decided to go with this over a hotel in Boone and I’m so glad we did! (Heads up if you are visiting the Sky Retreat this is SO close!) We really appreciated the strong WiFi connection so we weren’t *too* off the grid. Overall we had a wonderful time and would definitely consider staying again!
Beautiful mountain getaway
True to its name, this secluded property is perfect for stargazing. We were there early in the Persieds cycle and saw several meteors in the night sky. The house is a charming mountain home, updated with modern amenities and comfortable furnishings. The babbling stream fronting the house gives a peaceful accompaniment to family chats or individual meditations. We'd definitely like to return to this beautiful mountain valley for another visit.
The pictures of the outside of the cabin are misleading. It was VERY old, and not maintained well. Inside was as pictured, but buyer beware the ceilings are maybe 7 ft tall, and it feels very much like a dungeon. Floors left dirt all over the bottom of my feet. The back porch had a beautiful view and was nice to sit and relax on, however the porch swing fell when my husband and daughter were sitting on it. VERY unsafe. We are lucky they were not hurt. The grass/weeds in the back were not cut down and tall enough to reach my mid calf which made it difficult to walk through for my children. The property was expansive, but hard to navigate though because of the tall weeds. There were great things about this property. The stream running through the back of the home was beautiful, clean and provided my children with hours of fun. The beds were clean and the owners took steps to make it as cozy as possible. there were two nice bathrobe is the master, and a complimentary bottle of wine. I met the owner Benjamin, and he was incredibly nice and welcoming. I read many of the reviews of this property, and I can see why people loved it. It was off the beaten path and peaceful. I feel as though it was more like camping with a cabin instead of a tent. I just wish the pictures weren't as misleading because then I would have known what I was in for. And truth be told, if I would have known, we wouldn't have rented. We made the best of it, but not the biggest fans.
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