Blowing Rock, North Carolina - Horse property for sale with gorgeous views!

Blowing Rock, Watauga County , North Carolina

second house

Property description

This unique.... "Homestead Property" that has not been on the market since the 1950's. Only one family has been the stewards of this land for 60 years. It is located on Shull's Mill Road in Blowing Rock, NC. There is a 1900's renovated Main House, a Guest Cottage (converted from the original barn), a large free standing garage & so much more. Over 40 acres surrounded on north, west, south, & much of east with thousands of acres of marked & protected U.S. Forestry land. Several active springs, seasonal creeks, & one, long year-round creek that converges with another at the bottom of the property. Several rustic stack-rock walls. Large boulders in woods, including one small cave! Hike without leaving home! Approx. 1.5 miles from Blue Ridge Parkway. forests, Blowing Rock is only about seven minutes away.. Hiking trails are everywhere; lakes are close. Private gravel driveway approximately 4/10ths-mile, gradual, easy grade. Unrestricted views of Grandfather Mountain at top of property. Several building site options with views. At the bottom of the property, land is flat & could host several “creek side” sites. This would make an excellent equestrian center or private estate.


Home Features

  • All original siding has been replaced and painted. Heavy-gauge 50-year metal roof put on circa 1998. Matches roof on garage.
  • Two bathrooms recently redone. Downstairs – “wood” finish tile with stone floor. Real oak floor, Kohler Cimarron comfort-height toilet. Ceiling fan and heater with light, plus vanity with mirror and overhead lighting. Can-light in shower. New, small Pella double-hung window. All new sheetrock, paint, trim, etc. Solid pine six-panel door, painted.
  • Upstairs, large master bath with new (never used) epoxy double-ended clawfoot soaking tub, Moen faucet with hand shower, antique desk/sink, architectural recesses, cathedral ceiling, recessed lighting plus sink sconces, large vertical pantry closet, high-output wall heater. Just refiished solid pine flooring with 8 coats of poly. Kohler Cimarron comfort-height toilet. New Pella double casement vinyl clad windows. All new sheetrock, paint, trim, etc. Solid pine six-panel door, clear poly, natural wood, painted on inside. (Matches door to potential master b.r, in attic.)
  • Adjoining hallway/landing at top of stairs also has redone pine floor with eight coats. Recessed architectural feature with dual double-rod closets on either side, with matching refinished pine slatted doors. All new sheetrock, insulation, paint. Cathedral ceiling with designer lighting bar. Pella double-hung window at top of stairs. Stairs – re-poly’d this year. Six coats.
  • Third full bath downstairs - Kohler Cimarron comfort-height toilet, pedestal sink, antique clawfoot tub. Fixtures in, cosmetics not done yet. Choose your color. Anderson window ready to install. Six panel solid door with antique hardware. Floor is rough and ready for tile or Pergo.
  • Deck – 12x24, recently added. Surrounded by woods. Winter views. Southern exposure.
  • Convertible den/bedroom – two new large Pella double casement windows with new double-pane clear light (no grid) window onto deck. No closet. Floors solid wood, ready to be refinished. All trim in place. Double French doors leading out to hallway for privacy. Access to third (rough) bathroom at end of hall. Originally the kitchen—hardwood floor shows evidence!
  • Bottom floor bedroom – new sheetrock. Insulation, and paint. Pella double hung windows. Clear door to deck. Small closet. One wall “original” redo from 1970s. Matching trim available (in basement). Original hardwood floor in process of being refinished.
  • Dining room – floor to ceiling Anderson window, Berber with original hardwood floor underneath. Painted brick fireplace with kerosene Monitor heater on marble hearth, vented into chimney. Could easily be converted to gas or wood-burning fireplace. Shares half-chimney. Ready to be redone.
  • Living room – large open space with top of the line Jotul wood stove ducted into original fireplace. Stainless liner in stone over brick chimney to mantle and above. (Rest of stone is outside and ready for installation.) Vacustacks on top of chimney for both sides of split chimney. (Prevents downdrafts.) Hardood floors ready to be refinished or left as old-timey original. Three floor-to-ceiling Anderson windows with grid-pane glass front door onto porch.
  • Porch – covered, with view of pastures/meadows and mountainside to the east.
  • Upstairs dormer with vinyl-clad picture window and side double-hungs. Walls painted this year. Pine tongue and groove ceiling and solid pine floor refinished this year.
  • Upstairs laundry closet with newish Maytag Duet washer and dryer. Double hollow doors. Plenty of room for shelf over washer and dryer. Knee space access to back of upstairs bathroom.
  • Unfinished attic – ready to be a master bedroom for entire upstairs master suite (adjoining dormer and full bath). Rustic half-logs on entire east end wall. Cross beams, red brick chimney, and open to ceiling/roof for capacious bedroom. Existing large closet. Potential for second closet behind circuit box.
  • Kitchen – floor to ceiling Anderson window at end, three-gang Anderson casements over sink facing front yard and front hill with great views. Cabinets and appliances are older. Bamboo flooring was not as advertised and needs covering with new layment.
  • Garage – 16x16 equipment garage with two bays, two sets of high double doors. Floor is ¾ plywood on locust posts sunk two feet into ground on four foot centers. Metal roof to match house. Paint to match house. Soffits on sides. Siding is Hardi-plank cement siding, impervious to almost anything!
  • Known as “The Barn” as it was converted from a working barn to a guest house in 1961, the house has a warm southern exposure with brand new Pella double hung wood/aluminum windows – two-gang large in dining room with view of Grandfather (clear if some trees removed), and two-gang medium over kitchen sink. The old stalls on the southern side were made into a small kitchen and dining room with open space between.
  • All ceilings are tongue-and-groove with T&G wainscoting. Painted textured (plywood) walls.
  • The middle “breezeway” of the original structure is paved with grey flagstone, and serves as the living room area, with a breakfast bar at one end across from the kitchen area and a low “knee wall” between living and dining rooms, offering a view out the dining room windows. Breezeway has two tall windows on east end overlooking seasonal creek, and two-gang larger windows at west end to let in plenty of light and offer a fine view to the west for sunsets.
  • The house had a large deck on the south side that again, with some trees removed, would once again offer a lovely view of Grandfather. (Deck was removed to re-side southern wall.)
  • Stalls on the north side downstairs became a small bedroom with a tiny closet (that also houses the water heater, which was replaced a few years ago and has had little use). New PEX lines with shutoff in closet. Small but adequate bathroom with tub/shower with sea-themed ornamental wraparound and pedestal sink. New faucets in tub and sink. Corner cabinet offers plenty of shelf and enclosed storage. One nice Pella window for ventilation. PEX lines were added later and are visible, so they need to be boxed in with faux baseboard; and sink backsplash needs final touches.
  • Up the small and VERY steep stairs is one large, open loft area suitable for large bedroom and sitting area – TV space, etc. – with direct views of Grandfather. Double-gang large Pella windows on that (south) end with single Pella window on north end. Cathedral ceiling and knee walls are tongue-and-groove pine with solid pine floor ready for refinishing.
  • All windows in the house have been replaces with terrific Pella windows, sealed with wide Pella foil/rubber tape. All walls were “thickened” from the outside to 6” when old feather-edge siding was removed, new sheathing put over insulation, and entire exterior redone with Hardiplank (cement) siding. South side painted in 2016. East side needs second coat. Needs soffits.
  • Southern exposure side has plenty of glass that produces lots of light and passive solar. “Back” door (by kitchen), open pane glass to offer view and lead to deck when added. Materials in place for back steps (to potential low-level deck if desired).
  • Metal roof added in 2010 or so – elevated to “flatten” out sagging roof beneath. Collar ties were added in 2016 in upstairs loft to prevent further settling. Need only to be boxed in for cosmetics.
  • Mature (huge) hibiscus plants offer privacy from driveway around downstairs bedroom and bloom prolifically in late summer along stone walk. Apple tree offers further privacy and ditto for bathroom. Large, flat parking area.
  • Mostly completed storage shed (about 6x9x6) with shelves behind house, painted to match. Also Hardiplank. Needs siding on back side and a few shingles added to roof.

Lot Features

  • Up through the Fifties, the property had a tobacco allotment. This was for the field directly behind the main house, or Big House as we call it. Since it had been replanted in potatoes, we were unaware that the tobacco allotment existed. For that reason, we call that the Potato Field. However, in those days, tobacco allotments were transferrable. If an owner let the allotment lapse, without renewing the license, someone else could buy it and use it somewhere else (on other property). This is what happened and, unknowingly, someone bought the allotment w/o our knowledge. So it remains the Potato Field.
  • Other fields have names as well. The top middle field we call the Peach Field because at one time there was a large and prolific teach tree there. Peach trees have relatively short lives in the mountains and usually “commit suicide” by having too many peaches one year, and die. That particular peach tree lived for decades. So… the Peach Field.
  • The little field below that we call the Middle Field. And the larger one below that the Bottom Field. Below that was a field in 1960 that is now a young forest, alongside the creek. We called that The Bottom, which goes all the way down to the U.S. Forest Service marker—a great place to play in the creek!
  • Above the Sawdust Field is what we call the Horse Field, because a neighbor ran horses there for years. As a side note, we also leased some pastures to local farmers for cows, in the Sixties. They were Brown Swiss and beautiful, big brown-eyed cattle. The only problem: they were GENIUSES at escaping! Many a time, as a kid, I had to walk down Shulls Mill Road to drive them back with a switch. (Little known fact: cows are terrified of a human with a stiff weed. You didn’t have to hit them, just wave it, and they wandered home.)
  • There is a small field, about lawn-sized, in the road corner at the far east side. We call the Corner Field. Not very original, but good for communicating what needs to be mowed! Lined with flowering pears – which continue down across bottom of Barn Field…
  • The upper middle field, above The Barn, we call the Barn Field, of course. All the way up from this field, are views of Grandfather. My own choice for a future home site was at the top of the Barn Field because it offers a lovely, unobstructed view of Grandfather, while still feeling “tucked in” and cozy. Out of the wind. It is my favorite place to park and look.
  • At the bottom of that field is what remains of the original main part of the apple farm, which we call the Orchard (field). It is a wide open space with apples and blueberries and plenty of horse friendly grasses.
  • In front of the Big House is the steep field that leads up to Shulls Mill Road. We call the Front Hill (field). This would be a terrific place for a vineyard. Many Christmas tree growers have wanted to plant on that hill but we have never allowed it. Their chemicals were toxic and ultimately it left the ground barren. So we have kept it mowed and beautiful. This field was limed in 1962 and again about 10 years ago—spot-limed just last year. Again, a great place for grapes. (As would be the Barn Field.)

Horse Facility Features

  • Known as the Old John Lewis Place, current owners have spent almost six decades grooming the meadows and encouraging second growth forests to perfection—approximately 26 acres in harvestable forest and 14 in pastures perfect for horses. Many barn sites possible for equestrian heaven! Private well. (Strong producer with newer pump.)


  • 3 miles to schools
  • 10 miles to hospitals
  • 3 miles to shopping
  • 1 miles to trails

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3916 Shulls Mill Rd, Blowing Rock, Watauga County, North Carolina


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