Renovated 1920s farmhouse on 3 acres in what used to be rural Orange County NC, now just on the outskirts of town, 3 miles from downtown Chapel Hill. Convenient to university and hospital. Surrounded by woods but only 1 mile south of Southern Village's shopping, cinema, dining, and park-n-ride bus stop (for Chapel Hill's free public transit) and playground, picnic facilities, basketball courts, disc golf course, dog park, and walking trails of Southern Community Park. Fearrington Village is 5.3 miles south.
Tin roof, heart pine floors, high ceilings with ceiling fans, front porch with swing, screened-in back porch, two large bedrooms each with queen-size bed, large eat-in kitchen (nothing fancy but fully equipped and does have dishwasher)... a charming old house in a beautiful little college town.
No more than four people.
My family stayed at Brande's place for nine days and had a great experience. Brande is easy to work with and responded quickly to my messages.
The house is charming, clean, and comfortable. Brande provides plenty of linens, books, and games, and there is a nice front porch and screened-in back porch. The closets and drawers were mostly empty, which allowed us to unpack and settle in. The kitchen has all the appliances and tools needed to cook regular meals. We really enjoyed the location (15-501 is busy, but it didn't bother us at all -- just a little road noise). We loved being near Southern Village and going to the shops and playground there.
Overall, a great experience! Definitely recommend.
Brande was a great host. Overall, we had a good trip.
-plenty of space for us (a couple, a 4 yr old, and a baby)
-free of clutter & limited personal stuff
-charming old farmhouse (with its quirks- see below)
-no cleaning fee
-Had trouble with the heating system & with a cold spell, had a sleepless night without heat (Brande helped out with giving us instructions & we got it working again).
-after 2 showers more than 2 hrs apart, we ran out of hot water while giving our baby & child a bath (which filled the bathtub only about 4 inches). This happened again another day even with NO showers before trying to bathe our kids. Screaming cold kids who need rinsing = not fun.
- on a loud & very busy road.
- wouldn't feel safe staying there alone as one woman.
- shades let in a lot of light in the morning & being on west coast time it would have been nice to sleep a little later.
- extremely musty smell.
Hazel & family were responsible guests. But to clarify some of the ‘quirks’ she listed:
- They did not have any nights without heat. There is a natural gas heat system for the entire house. She had trouble following the instructions provided for the supplementary heater in the kitchen.
- The house has a 30-gallon electric water heater - pretty standard in this region for a two-bedroom home.
- The house is on Hwy 15-501, which is busy with AM and PM UNC commuters and when there’s a UNC game, like the big UNC-NCSU football game on the weekend of Hazel’s stay.
- I lived here as a single woman for five years.
- After Hazel’s review, I’ve provided black-out curtains on tension rods (would have done it during her stay if she’d mentioned the issue).
- In my opinion, ‘extremely musty’ is as exaggerated as ‘night without heat,’ but some people do have an extremely fine sense of smell. The house has a dehumidifier and instructions were provided.
I do wish Hazel had contacted us with her concerns besides the instructions for the supplementary heater so we could have improved her stay. We encourage our guests to reach out, and we aim to please. :)
We really enjoyed our stay at Brande's. It's a cozy place with great access to lots of shops and restaurants. She was so accommodating and helpful. We'll be back!
Brande was a fantastic host and responded almost immediately to any questions we had with the house. We stayed here for over a month and Brande cleared a fantastic amount of space for us to "live" in her house for this long period. The location was ideal for easy car access to Chapel Hill and Carrboro and the surrounding areas. The bedrooms were spacious and the large farm house kitchen was great for cooking and having family meals. This is a great place to stay and Brande is a great host.
Brande was really helpful and easy to contact. The farmhouse was very cute and suited us in terms of location. Being out of the area, Brande was quick to give us recommendations for places to eat and things to do. The house was full of interesting books and comfy beds!
Stayed for the second time at this lovely house. Just right for our little family. And Brande is incredibly responsive. Everything you need is there and she's clearly put time into making it feel like a home. We'll be back next time we're in the area!
This place was a great HQ for our friend's wedding in Saxapahaw. The house itself was cute and quaint as advertised. Modern bathrooms and roomy enough for us four adults and our baby's fold out crib. A straight shot up the road to downtown Chapel Hill, with 24/7 stores around the corner if you get in late and need anything. We had a really great time and Brande was the best. Very communicative and considerate. Thank you so much!!!
North Carolinian who loves to travel! I live in an old farmhouse in Chapel Hill, a small university town in NC's beautiful green piedmont. And I'd rather spend my precious travel $ with a friendly entrepreneur than an anonymous hotel.