Write Your Next Chapter at Storybrook Farm
A visit to Storybrook Farm is a refreshing departure from ordinary life. If you are looking to be rural and quiet come to Washington County, turn on a gravel driveway and begin loafering.
Loafering is an old Southern term meaning you are free to do as you wish: waste time,
dodge worries, do what makes you happy. Alabama-born writer Rick Bragg maintains loafering is “less active than piddling, more respectable than slacking off. This talent requires a clear conscience and a light heart.”
A farm bed and breakfast inn is a good place to loafer because, as a visitor, you are not expected to work. Innkeepers John and Diane Vogt gather the eggs, feed the horses, tend the gardens, and pick the fruit for your breakfast. They prepare a breakfast fit for a five-star restaurant. From your table on the balcony, while you are eating the fluffy scrambled eggs, you can listen to the commotion in the hen house. It doesn’t get more “farm-to-table” than that!
“A lot of people come to relax and read,” says Diane. “When they arrive, many ask about Internet connections or televisions in their rooms. The next day we ask, and they say they never checked their e-mail or even turned on the TV. That’s how restful this place is. People just want to get away from it all.”
Guests will take a constitutional around the pond, feed the horses in their buttercup-strewn pasture, and sense the natural beauty of the place wherever they walk. Panoramic views of the mountains spread before you, making everything — especially your responsibilities and worries — seem distant.
The Vogts have put their heart and soul into the flower gardens. Wisteria fringe the arbor. Blousy flowers and blooming shrubs cascade down the hillside, and hostas and wildflowers fill the 3 acres of woodland. Dogwood and other flowering trees line the gravel driveway. Willow trees encircle the pond and provide a roost to egrets that pass through occasionally.
The brick farmhouse has three bedrooms with private baths, and the log house has a two bedroom family suite with a shared bath. Rooms invite you to while away the time. Interiors have comfy, not pretentious, furnishings and souvenir treasures from around the world. Games, puzzles, DVDs and books are available in both homes.
John and Diane, who opened the B&B in 2011, serve hearty breakfasts in the tradition of their German and Swedish forbearers. They serve homemade baked goods for afternoon snacks. Nightly rates are $125. An elevator in the farmhouse makes the second-floor bedrooms handicapped accessible.
Situated along the south branch of Barkley Creek, the 25-acre Storybrook Farm is less than a mile from downtown Jonesborough, but it takes you thousands of miles from the worries of everyday life.
Storybrook Farm is one of several farm accommodations in East Tennessee that offer a tranquil respite. Plenty of rocking chairs and lazy day porches await you at Pioneer Cabins and Guest Farm in Townsend and Twin Valley Bed and Breakfast Horse Ranch in Walland, both located in the foothills of the Smokies. For find a complete list, visit http://www.tnvacation.com/stay/.