Restored 1930s Farmhouse Offers Relaxing Getaway
Twinkle lights glow like fireflies in the white wash cabinet shelves. Fresh carrot cake waits under the cake dome in the center of an old farm table. Slow music plays from the living room. Soft laundered towels hang in the bathroom ready to wash the day away. Welcome home, weary traveler. This is the greeting when a new guest enters The Farmhouse at Hunter’s Moon Farm in Winnsboro, an oasis bed and breakfast tucked in the piney woods.
“We want our guests to feel like they are coming home and someone has just been in to make it ready for them,” said Bonnie White, country house caretaker for The Farmhouse.
The house is her grandmother’s restored home located on her family grounds since 1862. It is a two-bedroom, one-bath house complete with a sun room at the back and a large front porch for relaxing.
Bonnie and Don White acquired her late grandmother’s, Nana Horne, farmhouse and acreage and spent two years renovating the old home. The Whites live next door in her mother’s house on original 600 acres of family land. Hating to see the old house go to ruin and remembering so many happy times and memories in her grandmother’s home, White took her artist’s talent and, together with her husband, began to reconstruct the home.
“We want the home to feel like luxury in a warm house” she said.
The house is decorated in a mixture of family heirlooms and antiques. The dining table in the kitchen is the original farm table built by White’s uncles. It centers a fully-equipped kitchen. Breakfast is stocked for guests in the continental style. Bagels, pastries, cereals, fruit, and fresh milk and juice wait for any late sleeper in the house. Fresh coffee can be brewed at any hour. The innkeepers like to remain as hands off as possible, so guests can relax and get away from the hassle of everyday stressors. They do fully stock the kitchen with dishes and appliances should guests want to visit the local grocery and prepare a meal.
The surrounding woods and trails offer a brisk walk or hike, but bring “country eyes,” as White tags them, to look out for roots and critters. The backyard comes with patio furniture and a fire pit if the season is right. The Whites have taken a sharp eye to detail for every aspect of the house, but it is the cradling escape of the beds that make guests go to bed early and sleep late.
“Retreat and relax is what I want for people,” she said.
The Farmhouse is located just outside Winnsboro, so guests can shop, eat, and enjoy live music and art while they stay. They do not even have to leave the property to see amazing art. White is a stone carver by trade and houses her studio in the garage. Heavenly pieces of white marble streaked in blues and grays take shape under her tools for the viewing of guests. The studio can also be rented for workshops and retreats.
“People and artists come to discover our small town,” White adds as she unveils her latest masterpiece for The Farmhouse, “The Night Hunter and Moon.”
Staying as a guest at The Farmhouse on Hunter’s Moon Farm is a treat and the house is rented as a whole property. It rents for $120 per night for two people and $25 for each additional person. The house is available for a weekly rental for $750, or longer stays can be planned with the Whites. It can easily sleep four people and entertain an entire family wanting open space to play or a couple needing a quiet romantic escape. Leaving the warm house and innkeepers is the hardest part of the stay, and the easiest is making another reservation.