Farmhouse, 4 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 8) set right in the heart of our farm.
Walton & Betty Conway
- english, german, Russian
About Walton & Betty Conway
Walton and Betty Conway are hosts and caretakers of the farm. While Walton grew up in the city dreaming of life in the country and desperately wanting a horse, Betty grew up in the High Country on a small family farm, where her dad kept horses, chickens, rabbits, beagles, goats, and whatever else he took a fancy to. She can't remember not having a horse to ride, or a bored moment. Though she sold her horse when she was 16 to buy a car, and drove off to Florida, Texas, then Canada, the mountains and country living always had a pull on her. Finally, she gave in and returned to the place that was dearest to her heart, and is now delighted to give her children the mountain roots and country upbringing that have meant so much to her. Living in the beautiful, peaceful mountains, surrounded by farm critters great and small, has been a dream come true for Walton and Betty. We are thrilled to be able to share the dream with vacationers who would like to sample this lifestyle, if only for a week.
Walton & Betty Conway purchased this Farmhouse in 2003
Why Walton & Betty Conway chose Todd
Years ago, back in the 1940’s, the farm got started by brothers Robey and Noah Greer, who together owned pretty much the whole valley. The Old Farmhouse belonged to Betty’s great uncle Robey, while Noah built the Pioneer House just a little bit further up the hollow. They made a living raising sheep and cattle, running a saw mill, trapping, bee keeping, wild crafting, and doing whatever else they could to live off their land, as was typical on any such Appalachian family farm. Though it left the family and changed hands a number of times, and got divided up over the years, the heart of the farm was still intact and up for sale when we found ourselves looking for the perfect place to settle down, pasture our horses, and raise our children. It was a wonderful feeling to be able to bring the place back into the family, and continue on a tradition and lifestyle that Betty’s family has known for many generations. In 2003 we bought what portion we could of Robey’s half of the farm, and over the course of a couple years were able to build a new farmhouse, then turn the Old Farmhouse into a guest house/vacation rental. There is a wonderful spirit to the place; I suppose that is why everyone falls in love with it and is so eager to return at the next opportunity. The farm history took a surprising turn in 2013. Noah’s son, Barton, had lived in the run-down Pioneer House up until his death in 2004, at which time Noah’s half of the farm, still intact, fell to Barton’s daughter, Della. Her husband saw big dollar signs in this windfall, and began to turn the farm into—gasp!!--a housing development. During the development process, the economy went bust and he went bankrupt. Our prayers were answered when the large portion of Noah’s farm adjoining our tract was offered for sale in 2013; we jumped at the opportunity to save the old farm and bring the Greer brothers’ farm back together. In 2015 we recovered another 30 acres which feature the Willet Nest, the house up high.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
To leave the sounds of the city behind, and soak up the peaceful serenity of the country seasons, is a balm for the soul. The hard work of never-ending farm chores is so very much offset by the beauty of the quiet valley that the chores become a pleasure. They are the antidote to sitting in front of a computer monitor from 9 to 5. We do have full-time jobs that take us to Boone, which serves as our daily reminder that we live in heaven. We look forward to and count as precious the days we don't have to go anywhere, the days we can spend all day working, playing, and relaxing at our year-round vacation home here at Willet Ponds Horse Farm.
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
We didn’t want to leave!
We had the best time at Willet Ponds Farm! Our kiddos (ages 6, 4, & 2) loved everything about the farm, and so did us parents! The area is perfect for families, and Walton never led us astray with his recommendations. We can not wait to go back!
Great stay at the farm.
We booked this trip to allow our granddaughters to experience living on a farm. The loft bedrooms were their very own play and sleep areas. They had full access to the animals, chickens, pig, rabbits and horses and had a great time gathering eggs in sundry places. There was a great little hiking trail with a scavenger hunt. The hosts were very 'child-friendly.' We had a very relaxing time sitting on the porch while the children played. The farm is beautiful. We went to the High Gravity Adventure and had lunch at Coyote Kitchen for an outing. Boone is a short drive away. The only downside was that the girls did not want to leave after our four-day stay.
A week on the farm
This is a working farm, which we expected. The children loved feeding the animals and all the activities on the farm. The adults enjoyed the peaceful nights and mountain air. The home is very dated and old - which is not bad in itself but there were a lot of ants and bugs. No air conditioning, which was only a problem for 1 or 2 nights. We did not swim in the pond. We were able to ride the horses and feed and wash them as well as feeding other animals. Friendly dogs that walked with us each evening. Lots of fun activities on the farm too.
A Magical Stay
This was a perfect family getaway for us. The farmhouse had tons of room and everything we needed. The property was absolutely lovely- I drank my coffee on the front porch every morning to soak it all in.
My kids had a great time helping with farm chores, canoeing on the pond, fishing and going on treasure hunts. We loved every minute of our visit!
Great for families
Hosts could not have been more welcoming. The kids loved feeding the pig, guinea fowl, horses, peacocks, chickens, bunnies, etc. Dogs and Josephine the pig came to the house and visited us. House was warm and cozy when it was 5 degrees outside with winds gusting (which is highly unusual weather in the area). 4 girls loved their loft bedrooms upstairs. Beautiful property.
Amazing Farm Experience
The Farmhouse was welcoming, warm, and peaceful. We enjoyed every moment of our stay. Exploring the property was an interesting adventure. Our family experienced a memorable Christmas away from Puerto Rico. Thank you!
Petting Zoo (Donkey, pig, horses, dogs), Fishing Pond, Hiking Trails to Waterfall on Property, Marshmallow Roasting, Firefly Catching, Bird Watching, Camping, plus everything else you could possibly want to do in the high country, very close to New River outfitters for tubing and boating.