Why Choose The Dock Barnard Farm?




  • 2 BR / 2 BA, entire home
  • Truly four-season, easy access
  • Valley view
  • Fully furnished
  • Parking area on site 
  • Central A/C and heat
  • Fireplace with gas logs
  • Wide-screen, HDTV above fireplace; small HDTV in kitchen
  • Satellite service (Dish)
  • Free WiFi (HughesNet)
  • Patio with gas 4-burner outdoor grill, table/chairs
  • Extensive guidebook for things to do nearby


  • Bedroom 1: Queen master suite - premium mattress set and linens, plush carpet, private bathroom with step-in shower/glass door
  • Bedroom 2: Queen bedroom - premium mattress set and linens, plush carpet, across-the-hall access to large bathroom with full-size bathtub, direct access to wrap-around screen porch
  • Additional guest accommodations: handsome sofa in living room converts to comfy full size bed
  • Larger bathroom: full size bathtub. Both bathrooms feature fluffy towels, hair dryers, toiletries, heated towel racks
  • Modern, well-appointed kitchen: handsome all-electric appliances, toaster, both single-serve and 10-cup coffee makers, pots/pans, Pyrex cookware, baking accessories, dinnerware for 8, spacious cabinets, generous counter surfaces, under-cabinet lights, salt/pepper, paper towels, everything within easy reach, especially fun for team cooking!
  • Spacious living/dining area with open floor plan to maximize enjoyment of family time
  • Pub-style dining furniture seats 6
  • High-efficiency washer (HE laundry detergent provided), clothes dryer, iron, and ironing board
  • Wrap-around screen porch with dining furniture and rocking chairs
  • Woodlands trails

House Rules

  • Non-smoking only
  • Pets not allowed (service animals only)
  • Not handicap accessible
  • Responsible party must be 25 or older.
  • Maximum occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome (Please contact owners to discuss special equipment needs for infants and/or toddlers.)

Availability Calendar

Recent Reviews - Exceptional, 5/5

Screen Porch and Rocking Chairs

Marilyn - Oct 2018 (Book of Memories)

Jim and Pam...telling you that my sisters and myself enjoyed our stay at the Dock Barnard Farm is certainly an understatement. Not only is it beautiful..in a perfect location...you have thought of everything to make your guests stay a pure pleasure. Warm and inviting certainly apply. Sitting on that wonderful screened in porch with a cup of coffee will certainly start the day out right. I do know that we plan on returning as often as we can. You have changed my mind on what I want in a vacation rental. I don't think just a room in any hotel will ever measure up to what we had with you. See you soon!!

Christy - Sep 2018 (Vrbo)

This place is AMAZING! The owners, Jim and Pam make you feel like family!!!! My husband and I took a 2 night trip for relaxation away from work, kids, and all of our busyness. We were NOT DISAPPOINTED!!!!! It is obvious that the owners have put their whole hearts into making this place the perfect getaway! It is rich in family history and Owners Jim & Pam were so sweet to give us a grand tour along with sharing a lot of the history of the family farmhouse.

Yuanyuan - Jul 2018 (Airbnb)

Anyone would fall in love with this place! Very clean, organized, cozy, beautiful home in the mountain but so convenient to everything: Appalachian trail and other hiking trails, the water falls, rafting, and downtown Franklin. The view of the forest and mountain is very calm and peace, if you enjoy reading, their patio is the ideal place. Not to mention to have a barbecue at the backyard with fresh mountain air! Modern house appliances make your vacation even more enjoyable. Jim and Pam are great hosts, they meet us when we arrive, provided us a tour to the property and also suggestions for our trip. They also stopped by before we leave. We love them!! If you are looking for a perfect vacation home this should be it!

Debra - Oct 2017 (TripAdvisor)

Beautiful and Peaceful Setting. We stayed at this little cottage for the weekend. This is the cutest and absolutely cleanest houses we have ever rented. The decor and appliance are all up to date.  Kitchen well stocked and bathrooms also. The owners are so nice and helpful. Can't say enough about this place.

Douglas - Oct 2017 (TripAdvisor)

Peaceful and Serene. This house was amazing, the land was beautiful. We will definitely be back! Jim and Pam are wonderful to book with!

Laura - Oct 2017 (Book of Memories)

What a rich blessing to retreat to your wonderful home! We enjoyed the beauty and care that you put into each detail of this place. It allowed us to have a restful and enjoyable time with family. We had a wonderful time on the hikes you suggested - Williams Pulpit, Wayah Bald and Rufus Morgan. We visited the airport and made new friends with some wonderful people. Two of us went flying. On our last night we saw the most amazing shooting star. Thanks for being a part of making these memories possible.

(The Dock Barnard Farm debuted as a dedicated vacation rental property for the Total Solar Eclipse in August of 2017.)


Patio at The Dock Barnard Farm

  • Q: Is this vacation home used as a residence part of the time? The Dock Barnard Farm is a dedicated vacation rental property.
  • Q: What time can I check in on the day of my arrival? Any time after 4:00pm. (Earlier, if housekeeping permits.)
  • Q: Where will I find a key to the home? Your hosts Jim and Pam will greet you at The Dock Barnard Farm and give you a key.
  • Q: If my plans change unexpectedly, can I get a refund? Yes, if cancellation occurs at least 30 days prior to arrival.

Your VIP Welcome Awaits


You can expect quick responses to your questions prior to your arrival, easy-to-follow driving directions, beautiful grounds, an immaculate vacation home, and a warm welcome from Jim and Pam upon your arrival. They will 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. Jim and Pam live nearby and will respond promptly during your stay in the event you need assistance.

2019 Rate Calculations

Additional Information

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.


Availibility Calendar

2019 Rates

Contact Jim and Pam for the total cost of other lengths of stay.

Rental Policy

At the time of booking, 50% of the reservation charges 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 six (6) guests. If more than six 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. 

  • Bookings canceled at least 60 days before the start of the stay will receive a 100% refund, less processing fees.
  • Bookings canceled at least 30 days before the start of the stay will receive a 50% refund, less processing fees.

Click the download button to view our rental policy in its entirety. The responsible party is expected to sign our rental policy during check-in, thus agreeing to the terms and conditions of the Olive Hill Vacation Rentals rental policy.   

Olive Hill Vacation Rentals - Rental Policy (pdf)


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Thank you for choosing The Dock Barnard Farm for a truly unique lodging experience sure to complement your vacation getaway!