Become Our Neighbor


Be our neighbor. 

We have listed part of our North Carolina farm for sale.

Details of the offering are below.  We would love to have a loyal reader become our neighbor!  If one purchases the land through our introduction to the listing broker, there would be a substantial reduction in price.

Anyone interested, please contact us for price details at gary@garyascott.com

Unique, one of a kind property, over 200 secluded, unpolluted North Carolina Blue Ridge acres that are totally internet connected.

6 beds, 5 baths.

Tuscan villa farmhouse in the Blue Ridge seen from the trout pond.

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This Little Horse Creek Farms is a unique refuge with seven buildings offering  privacy and nature, but with easy access to every convenience of the modern world.

Though it is known as the “Lost Province” Ashe county North Carolina is the cradle of one of America’s important historical events.

Tucked in along the North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee border the farm offers freedom from the “Madding Crowd” but is connected with the world in the most technological ways.

The farm is completely rural but in the middle of the Eastern USA, an equidistant drive to Orlando, New York, Chicago, St Louis and closer to cities such as Washington DC, Jacksonville, Memphis and Atlanta.   New four and six lane highways make Charlotte and the North Carolina Piedmont less than two hours away.  An expanded West Jefferson community airport now accepts private jets and an easy to use, regional airport is an hour and 30 minutes from the farm.  Numerous meadows are suited for conversion into helicopter landing pads.

Little Horse Creek is a tributary of Big Horse Creek, that runs into the New River and then flows into the Ohio, Mississippi and finally the Gulf of Mexico.  But it all begins here, in innumerable springs, each running though mountain hollows into an ever increasing flow.

This is New River Country, the oldest river in America and this provides added safety to the farm.  There is a general lack of seismic activity in the Southern Appalachians because they were formed over a billion years ago.  This created a stability that is well recorded in the rocks.  These rocks are at the core of our mountains formed when there was just one continent surrounded by one ocean.  Remnants of the super continent make up much of the Blue Ridge core and fragments of this billion-year old mass are still found at the surface in many places near our farm.

North Carolina had its earthquakes millennia ago.  In recent centuries damaging earthquakes have been rare, most are under a 3.0 magnitude.  All known faults in North Carolina are ancient and remain inactive.  Volcanic activity in the Blue Ridge occurred 300 to 400 million years ago, and all volcanoes have been extinct for at least 100 million years.

The county began in the mid 1700s as part of the Watauga Settlement now an area that composes Ashe, Watauga and Wilkes counties. Three main settlements were created by settlers who mostly came down the Great Valley through Virginia.

During the Revolutionary War, on September 25, 1780, a group called the Overmountain Men or Watauga Boys assembled on the Watauga River and began a march to Kings Mountain. The Battle of Kings Mountain began when the 900 Patriots (including John Crockett, father of Davy Crockett), approached the British supporters led by British Major Patrick Ferguson.

The battle lasted just 65 minutes but was a pivotal moment as the British rout forced British commander Lord Cornwallis to abandon his plan to invade North Carolina.

In his book, “The Winning of the West”, Theodore Roosevelt wrote: “This brilliant victory marked the turning point of the American Revolution.” Thomas Jefferson called it, “The turn of the tide of success.” President Herbert Hoover at Kings Mountain said, “This is a place of inspiring memories.  It’s significance, should place it beside Lexington, Bunker Hill, Trenton and Yorktown.”

Merrily Farms sits in the heart of this historical area graced by Little Horse Creek as the finest private estate in the area.

The farm reflects the modern nature of it storied history, remote, accessible, completely natural and independent, but connected in every way.  The farm estate is positioned deep in the Blue Ridge, near Whitetop Mountain, the Virginia Creeper Trail, Grayson Highlands State Park and the Appalachian Trail.

Complete with numerous springs, including a significant water source and historical site called the “Indian’s Trough”, the powerful water course that can support hydro power, making the farm utility free capable, even though it has an excellent and reliable electricity supply.

Fiber optics broadband, up to a gigabyte of bandwidth is available, allows the farm to be firmly connected with the modern world.

Looking from the main farmhouse, built in an old world Tuscan villa design, forest scenes lead to a mountain top, all belonging to the farm and assuring the integrity of future views.

View from villa.

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Gardens surround the farmhouse and include nature’s finest flowers, grapes, blueberries, blackberries as well as ginseng, a highly commercial medicinal root.

Below the farmhouse a stocked trout pond is filled with trophy sized brook, rainbow and golden trout.

The farmhouse itself reflects the spirit of the farm, a juxtaposition of the old and new.  Though the design is reminiscent of timeless old country farmhouses, the construction is of modern, strong, PolySteel Insulating Concrete Forms that deliver cost-effective, high-performance, safer, quieter, more comfortable, energy efficient, structurally secure, and environmentally responsible, structures.

The two story, 3,000 square foot farmhouse features Anderson doors and high tech windows, an East facing entrance and long range, sunshine filled, south facing forest views of the trout pond and forest beyond.

12 foot ceilings and over 100 recessed lights give brightness year round.

Features include flagstone patio and interior floor with under floor radiant heat, cherry trim and kitchen cabinets on the ground level floor.  Black walnut floors upstairs matches the window trim and hand crafted interior doors.

There are three gas log fireplaces.   The core of the farmhouse is a center room, rising 42 feet though the house that assures comfortable air circulation, in sunshine or storm, so the interior remains comfortable in all seasons with minimal heat and no air conditioning required.

There is substantial stone work in and outside the main house.

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The one very large bedroom has a full walk in closet and the upstairs bathroom features wood counter tops, black walnut trimmed garden bathtub, shower and steam bath.

The upstairs contains a presidential office.

Villa office.

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A buried 1000 gallon propane tank fuels a computerized Munchkin boiler situated in a separate pump house.

All water is gravity fed from large springs above the house that fill a 1000 gallon water tank and create a water feature in the back yard.

The chef’s kitchen features cherry cabinets, Wolf stove and double door, bottom freezer stainless steel  refrigerator.

Villa kitchen.

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The kitchen leads to front and back patios.

Breakfast on villa front porch.

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The flagstone front porch is matched by a back patio with large outdoor fireplace viewing a backyard pond and water feature.

Back yard pond.

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The large laundry room has a washer and dryer.

The second house at Merrily Farms is a fully renovated Johnny Appleseed cottage, hidden among maple, oak hemlock, wild cherry and pine.  The cottage also offers pure, spring chilled, gravity fed water, and a wrap around front porch with hammock and rocking chairs for enjoying fresh, cool mountain air and star filled nights in nature’s peace.

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This truly one-of-a-kind old time, yet modern, private farm, near West Jefferson,North Carolina features over 200 acres of amazing forest, meadows and pasture, more than four miles of trails, a stocked pond.

There are numerous additional home sites with breathtaking views and more than a quarter mile of the bold, rushing Little Horse Creek that runs through the land.

The entrance belies the fullness of this estate as you enter through a country looking farm gate that approaches the creek.

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A drive lined with ancient pine, hemlock and oak leads to the creek and opens into a meadow that introduces the Johnny Appleseed cottage built of study, old world craftsmanship and finished with incredible natural floors of oak, maple and pine.

Farmhouse from creek.

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Wide plank wood floors and old wood ceiling beams are features in the farmhouse.

Upstairs Farmhouse.

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The farmhouse kitchen handcrafted by local carpenters from pine harvested and milled on the farm.

Farmhouse kitchen.

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The farmhouse is defined by the natural whisper of the creek that rushes past in the front yard near a fire it, bar-b-que and picnic area.  The lawn is an expansive meadow rolling down to the creek.

Hear the crickets sing in harmony with soft murmurs from Little Horse Creek which runs along and past the farmhouse.

Farmhouse front porch.

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Behind the farmhouse is an annex cabin, the Wildflower.  This cabin is 100 feet from the farmhouse and currently has two queen beds and one bathroom.

Wildflower cabin behind farmhouse.

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Little horse creek at Wildflower.

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Beyond the farmhouse and Wildflower, Little Horse Trail leads to the Tuscan villa.

Little Horse Trail leading to Tuscan villa.

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Entrance to Tuscan villa.

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The pond and Mossy Creek runs in front of the villa. Little Horse Creek rushes behind.

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At the edge of the meadow view from the villa is a deep forest, wood heated hot tub that sits in a spa cabin on Mossy Creek.

Mossy creek below hot tub.

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Little Horse Creek behind villa.

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There are over 4 miles of roads and trails path.  There is great trout fishing and the farm is a hunter’s paradise with deer, wild turkey, grouse, raccoons, possum, squirrels, a wild cat or two and bear.

Farm trail.

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There is substantial timber reserves on the farm valued at over $250,000.

These buildings make the farm perfect for family get togethers or a haven during natural disasters.

The farmhouse has been rented through Airbnb for the last two years from Memorial Day till Mid October and generated over $7,000 in each of these 4.5 month seasons.

The Farmhouse sits on Little Horse Creek. 200 acres. Four mile of road and trail. Waterfalls, Abundant Wildlife. 17 min. to Virgina Creeper Bike Path. 30 min. to Appalachian Trail. 30 minutes to Grayson State park.

The farm is a short drive to Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail – The Crooked Road famous for the plaintive strains of the mountain ballads and toe-tapping, old-time dance music that echo across this region’s sharp ridges and deep valleys.

This is Norm Henderson – Doc Watson country and you can see the signs along the Trail as you explore the musical soul of these country connections and experience a unique and unforgettable experience.

The nearby town of West Jefferson is a perfect reflection of oldtime smalltown USA with many popular attractions. Free summer concerts are conducted on the backstreet. The Art’s council promotes the Old Time Musicians and Fiddler’s Convention.  There is a weekly Saturday and Wednesday farmers’ market, monthly gallery crawls, one of the biggest arts & crafts festivals in the high country, an antique festival, little theater performances, annual holiday events.

West Jefferson has coffee houses, art galleries, studios featuring local and regional artists’.

The Ashe County Arts Council showcases local artists with rotating exhibits and special events.  West Jefferson hosts a Christmas in July festival, attended by tens of thousands, and has 15 murals that create a walking tour throughout downtown.

This area is quiet and pollution free.  The stars are brilliant at night.  Crickets, katydids and frogs serenade every evening.  There are numerous picnics sites in the meadows and on the creek and the farmhouse has a huge front porch overlooking the creek.

 

A FIRMETTE is available that shows how the farm at 3,000 feet and rising is away from low laying areas and traditional storm and flood paths.

The altitude adds to comfort as well.  There are few biting insects and no poisonous snakes in the area.

This 200 acre Blue Ridge farm offers a one of a kind blend of nature integrated with modern world convenience, immersion in nature, away from the stresses of urban living, a pure, secluded  family compound estate.

Images of the farm

Surrounded by nature

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Villa in autumn

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Family gathered at villa

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Villa kitchen

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Villa office

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Horses from villa

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Villa kitchen

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Breakfast on villa front porch

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Abundant water

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Mossy Creek on way to villa

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Fawn Meadow

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Horse barn

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hay loft

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Over four miles of roads and trails (in blue).

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Backwoods roads on the land

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Fish pond stocked with 3 to 5 pound rainbow and brook trout.

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Magnificent stone work in and outside main house

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Pond in back yard

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and water feature back yard.

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Side yard

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Villa side yard and pump house

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Entrance to pond and Tuscan villa

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View from top of property

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Wonderful sunrise view from villa office.

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Exercise room beside Tuscan villa

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Inside exercise room

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Spa cabin and…

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Deep woods hottub

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Mossey creek below hottub

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Entrance to Tuscan villa

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Farmhouse from the creek

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Wildflower cabin behind farmhouse

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Little horse creek at Wildflower

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Trout from the creek

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Trout from pond in villa kitchen

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Wild turkey in front yard

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Deer in front yard

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Farmhouse

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Creek by Farmhouse

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Farmhouse kitchen

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Farmhouse living room

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Upstairs Farmhouse

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Bedroom farmhouse

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Farmhouse dining room

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Farmhouse front porch

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Farmhouse from creek

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Abundant Timber

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Fiber optics available up to a gigabyte of broadband connectivity.

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Fawn meadow

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Primitive cabin

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Ginseng behind villa

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Ginseng above villa

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