1 site · Lodging5 acres · Vilas, Watauga
I have lived here at Beulah Land for thirty five years. My husband and I moved here in 1987 to pursue a slower more purposeful form of life with our four young sons and my 97year old Grandma. In the ensuing years, after Grandma passed away, we took care of my Mom for five years. I had always wanted to live on a farm, so over those decades, we raised and cared for flocks of chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, a milk cow, meat cows, sheep, goats, pigs, bunnies, ferrets, iguanas, lovebirds, cockatiels and just about every other kind of animal you can keep as a pet! We have a lot of wonderful memories of that life, but thirty five years later, things are very different.
My ex husband and I are happily divorced and best of friends- he sometimes rents a room in the summer to get away from the heat of the Southern California desert! He runs a hostel in Slab City from September to May and also rents out spaces on Airbnb! You will know him if he’s around by his big white beard. He looks like Santa Claus. He’s a good egg.
My farm has about an acre of level land and another acre of hillside. The Henhouse campsite is situated up against the hill where there is a pretty rocky cliff overhang. It is located about twenty five or thirty yards from Brushy Fork Creek which runs the length of my property. It is a shallow creek, not much more than a few feet deep in any spot, but fun for creek walking. I cannot promise you will not see a water snake from time to time but I have never seen a poisonous snake on this property in thirty five years years.
When you come across the bridge onto Beulah Land Lane (my driveway) you are on a long concrete drive that runs all the way down to my house which is at the end of the driveway. I have tried to include accurate pictures to depict the location because I don't want anyone to be disappointed- There is no big red barn with a silo- there used to be a barn, but it fell down one winter afternoon with a crash under the weight of a big snow, But that’s another story. The campsite is actually on the spot where the barn used to be. There are no farm animals or crops of anything but flowers. :-)
There are no fields of wheat or hay, except across the creek on a five acre strip of land which is between the creek and Highway 421. You might see a tractor over there, ploughing up the field in the spring for hay or field corn.
You can hear cars on the highway but at night its pretty quiet. I do provide ear plugs for anyone who needs them! We used to build dams all along the creek to make it sing at night. You are welcome to do the same. There will be no hayrides in the fall. (though I do know an awesome place you can go for one)
Now, I live here with a few good folks who share the space with us. It is a serene and quiet spot in a lovely valley. The campsite is built around the former outbuildings which have been repurposed, so it is not in the woods. Depending on the weather, it might be warm in the tent during the day, but the Henhouse is shady and almost always a breeze blowing.
We have a two story Guest House between my house and the Henhouse. It has two small apartments in it. Neither one of them are worried about a little noise at the campsite. As a matter of fact they both love to play for my guests from time to time- John builds banjos and plays several instruments! His style is primitive bluegrass and he’s been known to break out the instruments for a jug band so everyone can play along! Sam is an eclectic “crooner” who I believe should have a world stage and also plays several instruments! He works at a nearby winery where he plays music and also is a Somalier. If you let me know ahead of time, they really do try to accommodate coming out and singing a few songs around the bonfire with you. Tips are more than welcome.
If you look through the pictures, I hope you can get a good idea of what to expect. If you need something you are more than welcome to come up to the main house. I usually do a walkabout in the morning with my coffee so if you're up, I'll probably check on ya. I hope I have presented a clear and accurate description here of what to expect!Learn more about this land:Back when my four boys were growing up, Beulah Land was a working farm where we home schooled and raised a big garden to feed our four hungry boys. as well as edible flowers and herbs to sell to local restaurants. We had every kind of farm animal we could get our hands on: horses, a milk cow, pigs, chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, goats, sheep, bunnies and a veritable zoo inside the house! Now the boys are gone and as things in life tend to do, my little farm has evolved.
What you will find these days is a serene place of rest on the banks of Brushy Fork Creek just five miles north of Boone, The Henhouse at Beulah Land Farm- GLAMPING at its best!
A safe private campsite- you are the only campers! We have two wonderful musicians who live in my little guest house- they often do impromptu concerts for us!
A very DIFFERENT vacation experience awaits you at The Henhouse at Beulah Land Farm. As you arrive you will find your own little wonderland at The Henhouse- I live at the other end of the property in a hundred year old farmhouse.
Walk through the arbor past your picket fence and survey your
sweet little campsite. It is a self contained area set up against a cliffside on Beulah Land Farm with a seventeen by seventeen foot army tent, a private outdoor shower and best of all, your own Henhouse Outdoor Kitchen! The whole campsite is strung with fairy lights which create a charming ambience in the evenings And my guests love coming home to it all lit up after a long day of sightseeing or tubing or playing in the mountains.
The Henhouse is literally our eighty year old chicken house- which has been remodeled and repurposed as an open air outdoor kitchen. It is completely outfitted with everything you could possibly need in the way of dishes, pots and pans, utensils and even staples for making PANCAKES on your own camp stove. You are also provided with a large cooler for food . For clean up, you will find a basket of dish towels and a dish rack to use when you finish washing your dishes in the big galvanized tub which sets just a few feet away, under the pump faucet.
At night, the Henhouse is well lit with strands of Edison bulbs which cast a rosy glow that is bright enough to play games. You might want to set up the old croquet set and play like they used to back in the nineteen twenties! When I researched the history of my home, I was told that it was a community gathering place. The neighbors used to come down here after church in carriages and the ladies in their long dresses would stroll around the lawn and play croquet.
Your tent Is covered with a 20 by 30 foot tarp that allows you to keep the windows open rain or shine. It has a super comfy queensized bed made up with soft cotton sheets and blankets.
A second bed can be set up for parties of four. You will appreciate the power strip for recharging your phones and computers and the box fans!
Several lamps inside the tent create a nice ambience at night.
Being in the valley, there is usually a breeze and even the warmest days almost always end in cool mountain evenings. Fall weather can be chilly- it’s hard to predict because sometimes it can be warm, but there are piles of blankets to keep you warm and cozy! Please take time to check the weather before you come and pack accordingly!
For your outdoor showering pleasure, enjoy our Pig Pen shower. Thats right. I said Pig Pen. Back in the days I was homeschooling my four sons, our first pig pens were EPIC FAILS! We would be doing school on the couch and hear “Snort Snort” and there would be our two pigs looking in at us with their feet on the window sill. So, finally, we built a concrete pig pen! Much to the boys disappointment, they never came calling again. At the time we were studying the legends of King Arthur. So we decided to name all the pigs after the knights of the round table. Naturally, we called the pig pen, “Hamelot". Well, like the Henhouse, Hamelot has now been repurposed! Silly Hand painted pigs in the shower enclosure will remind you of Beulah Land’s bygone days. Step out of the shower into your own private fenced in enclosure with it’s little garden of flowers and tomatoes! Help yourself!
In the back of camp there’s a private porta potty for your use.
Behind the Pig Pen is the old Horse Shed. We built this for our old pony, Buck, to get away from the wind and the snow during one of our iciest winters. And do you know what he did? He went up to the top of the hill and stood there with his head down leaning into the wind!! Eventually he did grow to appreciate his little house, and spent quite a bit of time in the old shed. His bit and bridle still hang there.
It now functions as a woodshed to keep your firewood nice and dry.
Some other amenities of the Henhouse at Beulah Land include a croquet set, a big bonfire ring and Brushy Fork Creek which runs the entire length of our property- it is a lovely shallow tumbling creek.
I have made every effort to create a completely outfitted, serene space for you to find not only an inexpensive SAFE and easy “glamping” vacation in a lovely sustainable environment, but a place of rest and peace. Come to the mountains and find your “quiet” again!.