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.
2 bedroom, 1 bath private oasis
- Calendar last updated:
- 16 Dec. 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!
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Our version of paradise
I booked this as my boyfriends 31st birthday present. While it is as amazing as advertised, it still managed to exceed our expectations. The property is GORGEOUS and the weather was perfect. The fact that we could bring our two dogs was just icing on the cake. I’m not sure who had more fun - us or them! The whole property was so serene and peaceful. We didn’t see another person the whole weekend and we just completely unplugged. This place was good for our soul :)
There is construction underway on the adjacent parcel but no work was being done during our stay which was much appreciated. The home was immaculate and had every accommodation you could want or need. The outdoor seating was even cleaned so you didn’t have to worry about bugs crawling all over you. You can also tell the house was recently updated (they did a wonderful job) but it still had so much character. I could go on and on. We will 100% be back!!!!
Private, quiet, remote, calming
Owner was very good to work with. We really appreciated being able to bring our two dogs with us! The owner gave quick responses for all of our questions. He cared about our overall experience. The house is right off of the Blue Ridge parkway but far enough away from the road that it’s very secluded. Even being secluded we still had access to the internet and could make calls through our WiFi connection with our phones. And all while experiencing the remnants of hurricane Michael! It’s not a fancy house but it’s really nicely decorated inside with artifacts but not overly done. The water from the artisan well was very good and a nice surprise! The kitchen was pretty fully stocked with all the utensils and cooking equipment we needed. We enjoyed having a hot tub outside as well as a jet tub inside! West Jefferson and Boone are a short drive away. We really enjoyed our stay!
Did Not Stay
The property is picturesque. The road to the property is gravel and passable, although there may be issues for some vehicles during a rain. The house was not as expected. There was a very rank musty smell when we walked into the house that was overpowering. That was enough to cause us to not consider staying. We decided this was not a place we could spend a couple of days and notified the owner we would not be renting. While perplexed as to our decision, the owner was indulgent of our choice. We have used rental sites many times before and this is the first time we have been dissatisfied.
Perfect Labor Day getaway with family!!
This farmhouse was awesome and simple!! The creek out back kept the kids entertained looking for crawfish and salamanders for hours!! It was peaceful and very quiet, seeing the occasional vehicle drive by. The clouds finally cleared up our last night and we were able to see the stars. The location right off of the Blue Ridge Parkway was very convenient for cruising down to the Linville Cove Viaduct and up around Stone Mountain on the way back home. Ben did email me (sorry about not replying back!!) about a small problem with our stay which turned out to be no problem at all. This was (in my wife's words) a very rustic and pleasant house!! Word of caution...if you want your brakes to last, heed the warning about using low gear going down the road to get to the house!!! I cannot think of one negative complaint regarding this location. I would definitely stay here again in the future!
Rustic and charming with a little calming effect after a rock on the porch watching the rain.
When we first walked through the door, we were a little let down, It looked smaller than we thought. By the end of the first day, we were in love. It rained everyday. It would be clear, we should step outside and the rain would start again. We put on our ponchos and went out and had a great time anyway. My daughter and I needed this time away from all our daily stresses. We had beautiful, rainy trips through the Parkway, We went walking about some of the small towns around, and we went to Tweetsie Railroad. But the best visit was getting back to our cabin and going out in the rain and playing in the stream or fishing in the little pond. It was a wet, calming, enjoyable week.
I am an author and am writing my third book, this would have been a great place to sit and write, no interruptions, and beauty all around.
Quiet and relaxing
Had an amazing weekend at this property. Very peaceful and relaxing with the sounds of the stream so close to the house. Enjoyed the rocking chairs and swing on the porch with it's great views. If you're looking for a place that provides peace and quiet with scenic surroundings, this is the place for you.
We are so glad you had a relaxing stay at the farm! Thanks for leaving the house so clean :)
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
Additional information about rental rates
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