The Dock Barnard Farm
Health and Safety
Protecting our guests and our community are a top priority. We are committed to performing the recommended safety and cleaning processes to help give you peace of mind when you need to get away. In addition, we adhere to the mandates from our state and local government officials. Last but not least, we block 1 night prior to each stay to ensure adequate time for thorough cleaning and sanitizing.
Anna - December 2022 (Vrbo)
We were looking to get away for a few days and this property was perfect. Enough space for the kids to explore,well equipped kitchen, crazy clean. Close to many waterfalls. Owners were friendly. We would definitely stay there again.
Tammy - October 2022 (Airbnb)
Amazing. Wonderful. Fantastic. Close to town (<15 mins). Easy to access. Amazing views. Fantastic place. Just might be my favorite place in Franklin.
Christopher - September 2022 (Airbnb)
Jim and Pam are in a category all to their own for hosting. Outstanding courtesy, cleanliness, attention to detail throughout. We have stayed in many Airbnbs and this home also belongs in a category all to its own. The unequaled privacy and relaxing feel of a farm coupled with the interior comforts of home make for a very unique experience. Enjoy the early AM coffee overlooking the fields and woods in the rocking chairs listening to the sounds of nature - but nicely enclosed in the screened in porch made for some enjoyable mornings with the wife while the kids slept away in the very comfortable beds. We highly recommend this property if you are like us and treat everyone’s home like your own and want a top notch host that also appreciates respectful guests. Enjoy!
Sue - July 2022 (Airbnb)
We have rented a lot of homes for vacation stays, and Dock Barnard Farm was by far the best! Pam and Jim are exceptional hosts, and their care and expertise shows in the beautifully renovated farmstead and how well everything is clean and organized. They go out of their way to be helpful; providing the history of the farmstead to suggesting local attractions. The property is large and quiet, which allowed us to truly relax and recharge. We enjoyed walking the country roads and meeting the closest neighbors, Jim’s herd of cows and the kitty who lives in the barn down the road. We spent lots of time on the porch drinking our morning coffee and listening to the sounds of summer in the evening. The farm is a short ride to Franklin where you can find shopping and restaurants if you don’t feel like cooking, and is a great base for exploring the area. We will definitely be back!
Edmund - May 2022 (Vrbo)
This was a really nice little house. It has everything you need for a small family and very clean. We really enjoyed the peacefulness of the place and enjoyed our stay here. Jim and Pam were very pleasant hosts and very accommodating. There are lots of birds to enjoy and in the evening it was awesome to go outside and see all the fireflys. We will come here again if ever visiting Franklin. Thank you Jim and Pam.
Carrie - January 2022 (Vrbo)
I have been renting on VRBO for many years and this property is #1 for clean and immaculate. Many others "think" they are clean, but the attention to detail is just not there. Loved the property location, privacy and peacefulness and plenty of essentials were provided for our time there. I wouldn't hesitate to rent this property again and thank you to Pam & Jim for providing a wonderful experience.
Angela - December 2021 (Airbnb)
Cabin had plenty of space for our family of 4! Very peaceful location while also located close to restaurants, grocery stores and hiking areas!
(The Dock Barnard Farm debuted as a dedicated vacation rental property for the Total Solar Eclipse in August of 2017.)
You can expect quick responses to your questions prior to your arrival, easy-to-follow driving directions, beautiful grounds, an immaculate vacation home, and the choice of either self check-in or a warm welcome from Jim and Pam upon your arrival. They will be happy to meet you in the parking area, get you checked in, then answer any questions you may have about the home, about the history of the property and the surrounding area, and about dining options and things to do nearby. Just let them know in advance if you would like them to greet you upon your arrival. Thanks! Jim and Pam live nearby and will respond promptly during your stay in the event you need assistance.
Nestled in Iotla Valley in western North Carolina only five (5) miles from the town of Franklin, The Dock Barnard Farm beckons vacationers to relax in this beautifully restored vacation home, sit a spell, relax, catch some fireflies in the meadows, and relish time around the table with friends and family after enjoying the many attractions of western North Carolina.
The home, built in the 1890's by Dock Barnard (Jim's great-great-uncle) for his bride Ellen Winstead Barnard, sits on 90+ acres of private fields and woodlands. Dock had amassed significant wealth in the Cripple Creek, CO area while providing lumber for the gold and silver mines. The home he built for Ellen was quite fashionable for the times and incorporated some beautiful artisan craftsmanship. He passed away in 1941. Ellen continued to live in the home that Dock built until her death in the early 1960's. With the exception of some tenant families in the 1970's, the home fell into disuse and slowly became hidden by nature. Restoration began in September, 2014. Whenever possible, original wood was salvaged during the renovation process. Much of the exterior poplar siding is well over 100 years old! Both the poplar and chestnut accent walls inside the home were created from recovered original wood, as were the oak window sills throughout the home.
We listened to our guests and included their most often requested amenities where possible during the renovation process. Enjoy the en suite master bedroom with queen bed and walk-in shower, a traditional queen bedroom, a central bathroom with bathtub, and a full sofa sleeper with AirDream mattress, plus an open living/dining/kitchen floor plan perfect for spending time together. These are just the highlights!
Do you enjoy traveling with another couple? Do you enjoy sitting on a screened porch? Do you enjoy a walk in the woods? If you answered "Yes" to these questions, then The Dock Barnard Farm will be the perfect choice for your getaway!
Whether you stay for a weekend, a week, or a month, The Dock Barnard Farm can be your home base to explore everything from Dollywood in nearby Pigeon Forge, Tennessee to the Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina. There is never a shortage of things to do nearby! Our guests enjoy hiking in the Smokies, bicycle riding on marked trails and paved routes, motorcycle riding on challenging mountain roads, fishing, antiquing, horseback riding, zipping along a canopy tour, viewing waterfalls, golfing, canoeing, whitewater rafting, sightseeing, and strolling along the country lane or the woodlands road, just to mention a few possibilities. After dinner (or supper, as we say in the mountains) sit on the screened porch or take a walk along the woodland road to catch the last light of day and perhaps a glimpse of a doe and her fawn.
With four-season access and fantastic views of the mountains surrounding Iotla Valley, The Dock Barnard Farm provides impeccably clean and fresh furnishings, linens, kitchen, and more. Does your schedule include some vacation time? We welcome you to book your next vacation getaway with us!
About the owners:
Jim and Pam Rogers, owners and proprietors of both The Old Campbell Farm and The Dock Barnard Farm, are lifetime residents of Franklin. In fact, Jim's family has been farming in the Iotla Valley since 1879. The Old Campbell Farm and The Dock Barnard Farm actually are part of their larger 350-acre working farm where they specialize in growing Angus cattle and timber. The meadow at The Old Campbell Farm and two small fields at The Dock Barnard Farm produce hay each year for their cattle herd.
Jim and Pam Rogers, owners and proprietors of both The Old Campbell Farm and The Dock Barnard Farm
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Ex: for a 2-night stay, total cost = $488.45
Contact Jim and Pam for a detailed invoice for the number of nights in your stay at our vacation home.
At the time of booking, 50% of the reservation cost is due. The balance is due 30 days prior to arrival. Olive Hill Vacation Rentals accepts payment via PayPal as well as via Visa, Mastercard, and Discover credit and debit cards.
The policy of Olive Hill Vacation Rentals and the owners is to only allow rentals to family groups, married groups, and responsible adults over the age of 25 (proof of age is required). Anyone under the age of 25 and/or unrelated young people (high school students, college/fraternity/sorority groups) are prohibited from renting through Olive Hill Vacation Rentals. Any reservation that is made under false pretense will not be allowed access to the rental property, and there will be no refunds of any monies paid. The Dock Barnard Farm can comfortably accommodate five (5) guests. If more than five persons are in your group, prior approval must be given by the owner.
Property Cancellation Policy: If it becomes necessary for a guest to cancel a reservation, regardless of the reason for cancellation, please contact Olive Hill Vacation Rentals as quickly as possible.
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Franklin, NC 28734 US
Thank you for choosing The Dock Barnard Farm for a truly unique lodging experience sure to complement your vacation getaway!