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The Dock Barnard Farm - Historic Cottage, Restful Getaway!

Professional quality photos will be available soon, but these photos will give you a pretty good idea of what you can expect! Enjoy!!


The Dock Barnard Farm is a 55-acre farm located in beautiful Iotla Valley just north of Franklin, NC. Built in the 1890's, the home sits atop a hill and has quite the view of the valley. Nature lovers will enjoy views from the back side of the home even more! Look closely at the hay field beyond the screen porch. See the deer? The walkway to the screen porch is finished. Grass seeds should sprout soon!

Screen porch features stained beadboard ceiling, large dining table, 4 rocking chairs, and a bistro set.

Kitchen - Oak "beam" covers original 2"x6" chestnut studs. Under-cabinet lights cast soft glow. Laundry closet features brand new HE appliances!

The "Ellen" master bedroom suite features etched glass pocket door to private bathroom, plus additional luxury features!

Master bathroom features beautiful tile floor and shower with custom glass door.
Both bathrooms feature heated towel racks for toasty warm towels and built-in night lights.


The "Dock" bedroom features direct access to screen porch as well as across-the-hall access to our larger bathroom. Each bedroom features a step-in closet.

Larger bathroom features beautiful tile floor, recessed vanity, a built-in night light, and a full-sized bathtub.

You will be welcomed at the front door of our vacation home, treated to the reflection in the foyer mirror of the beautiful view of Iotla Valley, and greeted by the comfort and warmth of our open floor plan! The sofa converts to a full-sized bed featuring the AirDream mattress system, enabling us to accommodate 6 folks.The living/dining area features two beautiful accent walls, one of reclaimed poplar boards, and the other of reclaimed chestnut boards.
A guest closet in the hall holds linens for the sofa bed and a vacuum cleaner.
Both the crown moulding and the baseboard in the hallway are the original materials from the 1890's-built home.

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The Dock Barnard Farm Project

Following are some photos of the Dock Barnard property as we found it in the fall of 2014 and as we have progressed with the restoration since that time. Although the punch list is not quite complete, a fully restored and completely modern home for your vacation stay is available now.

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.

Whenever possible, original wood has been salvaged during the renovation process. Pay particular attention to the poplar siding to the right of the chimney as the slideshow progresses. That siding is well over 100 years old! Amazing, isn't it?!?!?! 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.

The fully restored home features a queen master suite with walk-in shower, an additional queen bedroom opposite a full bathroom with tub, a spacious wrap-around screen porch, walking trails, and many special amenities. This home debuted August 19, 2017. Book now for your autumn vacation enjoyment! Just give us a call at 864-706-3309 or send us a message at jim@olivehillvacationrentals.com to book a reservation. Click to check our Availability Calendar. We look forward to hearing from you!

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During spring and summer visits, you'll find a pleasing variety of colorful blooms at The Old Campbell Farm!
February 2, 2013: Weather forecasters predicted snow would begin to fall shortly after noon. They were correct!

Friday, November 2, 2012: Our renovations passed inspection, and we received a certificate of occupancy from the Macon County inspector's office. Woohoo!!! Although exterior painting of the east wall of the cabin and installation of the screen on the porch were incomplete, we finally could start moving furniture and appliances into the cabin and farmhouse.

Saturday, November 17, 2012: To our delight, The Old Campbell Farm provided a home-away-from-home during the week of Thanksgiving for our first vacation rental family! There's an old saying, "The devil's in the details." The suite of six appliances for the cabin and farmhouse was delivered on the Thursday before Thanksgiving, minus the dishwasher. There were problems with the installation of DirecTV services on Friday and Saturday that required three service technician visits. Thankfully, both the dishwasher and HDTV were fully functional by the time the family arrived late Saturday afternoon. Status of gas logs in the living area on that Saturday - installation pending, as was the installation of several shelves. Nevertheless, we think you'll agree the interior was looking great! Check our "Amenities" page to see professional-quality photos of the interior and exterior as of February, 2013.
January-November, 2012:
Restoration and renovations officially began on January 4, 2012 after we acquired a building permit. Just as the seasons progressed from winter through spring and summer to autumn, improvements to both the interior and the exterior of the log cabin and farmhouse progressed. Surprises? Yes, there were several surprises along the way! But, thanks to the extensive knowledge, skill set, and hard work of our one-man crew and to Jim's woodworking talents, the transformations were amazing. The montage below of before-&-after snapshots highlights the scope of the project and features some of the curious passers by, the surrounding landscape, and other ongoing work.

Jim and Pam Rogers, Owners & Proprietors
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