Location: Todd, NC, near Boone and West Jefferson.
Accommodations: Farmhouse, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Large Bath, (Sleeps 8).
More than a place to stay... an Appalachian farm experience.
Welcome to Willet Ponds Horse Farm. We offer a wonderful place to stage your mountain get-away, and much more. Interact with our farm animal favorites: Lucy the pot-bellied pig, Solomon the long-eared donkey, several horses and some very friendly dogs (voted best animals on the farm by many children!).
Lucy, Solomon, and the whole menagerie steal a page from Hollywood as they star in our delightful, OLD FARMHOUSE VIDEO which you should absolutely watch to catch the flavor of the fun you'll have at the Old Farmhouse.
A week in the country is worth a month in town. Treat yourself to the simple joys of life, and join us in feeding our flock of three dozen chickens, gathering eggs, and waking to the rooster’s crow.
“This was the best week of my life,” said one 8-year-old guest, speaking for most of the children who have experienced our farm and fallen in love with the “Little House on the Prarie” style Old Farmhouse. Indeed, what we hear time and time again is that Willet Ponds is the perfect vacation spot for any animal lover or country romantic who needs a break from the suburbs or city.
This quaint, century-old farmhouse offers an excellent venue for experiencing the Appalachian countryside: fresh mountain air, babbling brooks, nature at your doorstep. Tucked away on a dead-end road, nestled at the base of undeveloped Bald Mountain adjoining Elk Knob State Park, the Old Farmhouse takes one back to a slower day, a simpler time. Generous decking wraps around three sides, ending in a covered porch from which unfolds the brilliant green valley and a pastoral scene that will keep you dreaming wistfully from the porch swing.
The house has been well lived in and well loved for generations. It’s authentic—not a log cabin kit popped up on a hillside. There is spirit and character here. The Old Farmhouse is picture perfect in every way your imagination tells you a quaint Appalachian farmhouse should be. Antique furniture, rustic wormy chestnut cabinetry, knotty pine and hardwood floors, handmade quilts, and vintage photographs will convince you of its Appalachian heritage.
A spacious, well-equipped kitchen, comfortable family room, and attractive sunroom with double French doors give you plenty of space to relax inside.
The dining table is just off the kitchen, with additional seating at the counter.
The bar opens up to the airy sunroom, so the brightness of day spills into the interior.
With two French doors, the sunroom enjoys both morning and afternoon light. Rare, period furniture awaits you and that long, relaxing read.
The farmhouse has two charming bedrooms on the ground level, each with a double bed, plus an upstairs bedroom (two single beds) and attic room that will enchant your children—they absolutely love it here. The upstairs reading nook has its own picture window looking out over kids playing in the spacious yard, horses grazing just beyond, and mountain ridges in the background.
The large bathroom features a double sink flanked by more wormy chestnut cabinets.
Willet Ponds, our 16-acre farm, is 5 minutes from historic Todd (the famous General Store and Wi-Fi Mercantile bakery), one more skip to the scenic New River (tubing, canoeing/kayaking/rafting, fishing, & swimming, not to mention easy bike riding along the river), 15 minutes to Elk Knob State Park, and only 20-25 minutes to either Boone or West Jefferson. From Boone you’ll have easy access to the ski slopes, Tweetsie, shopping in Blowing Rock, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Grandfather Mountain. We’re also conveniently located for Merle Fest (30 min. drive). But be sure to schedule in some down time to just enjoy the profound serenity of the property and unique experience of the farm.
The adventurous can explore two mountain streams on the property that are just the right size to play in, then enjoy the farm pond teaming with tadpoles, salamanders, and bluegill (fishing poles provided). There’s a small camping spot with a tent platform along the creek, a large bonfire pit, and hiking from the house to nearby waterfalls. Deer and wild turkey abound. It’s a birder’s delight: scarlet tanagers, rose-breasted grosbeaks, red-winged blackbirds, hummers, and bluebirds galore! And as dusk falls, the spring peepers begin to sing a chorus while countless fireflies rise from the pasture, performing a natural light show rivaled only by the brilliant night sky that’s so full of stars, it can only be imagined from the city.
Cozy in Winter: While the house does not have a usable fireplace, the Toyostove heater features the glow of a fire and keeps the house cozy on the coldest nights.
No A/C: The Old Farmhouse does not have, or, in most cases, need, air conditioning. Keep the windows open and enjoy the babbling brook and the breeze. One recent guest from Florida admitted she was a bit worried about staying at a place without A/C in July, but afterwords said, "The house was very pleasant. It's got God's central air. I wouldn't change a thing. Please don't change a thing!"
A bit closer, this birdseye view shows you the Old Farmhouse, horse barn, and pasture.
In addition to our horses, friendly dogs, chickens, pot-bellied pig, and donkey (to hear him bray will make memories), we also live on this, our dream farm, in a house across the way. We personally manage the Old Farmhouse, making it clean and comfortable, in hopes that you’ll feel that you’re staying in a home, not a generic rental cabin. We make sure to take care that you have everything you need, be it a cup of flour or freshly laid free-range eggs (you’re welcome to keep the eggs you help us gather, which is a kid’s delight).
Private riding lessons are offered in the riding ring adjacent to the Old Farmhouse.
Bring your horses!
We can board our guests’ horses for $25.00 per night per horse. Please contact us to discuss this opportunity.
Pet Policy: We do not accept dogs or cats, but will consider other animals on a case by case basis.
Welcome to the Old Farmhouse at Willet Ponds horse farm. Beautiful any season!
Farm Fresh Eggs for Sale: $3 per dozen.
Live Free-Range Chicken: $5 pc. Take home a pet, or add to your flock. Or experience where chicken meat comes from—a real bird. Move the bird from the barnyard to the dinner table in an afternoon you’ll never forget, then enjoy the healthiest, happiest chicken meat ever.
Amenities: Fresh Eggs in Season, Fully-equipped Kitchen (Microwave, Toaster Oven, Coffee Maker, Dishwasher, Refrigerator), XL Bathroom w/ Double Sink, Linens provided, Washer, Dryer, Ceiling Fans, Satellite TV, Phone, Books, Magazines, Board Games, Toys, Fire Pit, Camping Site, Fishing Poles, Easy Winter Access, Kid Friendly, No Pets, No Smoking in house.
Activities (on site or nearby): Egg hunting, horse riding, marshmallow roasting, rock hopping, fishing, bird watching, wildlife viewing, camping, hiking, plus everything else you could possibly want to do in the high country. NEAR All Area Tourist sites and Blue Ridge Parkway. Only 15 minutes away from the Golden Cockerel Gallery of Russian gifts and collectibles.
Rates: $165/night. $1085/week. Plus taxes. $65 cleaning fee. Reservation made > 60 days before arrival: 1/2 due with reservation 1/2 due on arrival. Reservation made < 60 days before arrival 100% due with reservation. Cancellation Prior to 30 Days of Arrival is subject to a $50 processing fee. Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
Before contacting us, please check our calendar for your desired dates.
Have you seen our famous 5-minute video? Well, here's your chance to WATCH THE OLD FARMHOUSE VIDEO AGAIN! Let us know what you think of it.
Interested parties can call (828) 297-4653 or 1-800-892-5409 for additional information and booking.
Videographer Vince Walker (of Vinco films) congratulates Lucy the Pig on winning her Oscar for best actress in THE OLD FARMHOUSE VIDEO. Best-supporting actress Olivia B watches on.