Country Homes

January 4, 2023

Overlooking The Blue Ridge Mountains Lives A Soulful, Rustic Retreat

When you know, you know…or you take an educated guess. Designer Betsy Brown knew the Green River area of North Carolina, a popular rafting and kayaking spot in the Blue Ridge Mountains, where her daughter Sara Bell ran a wilderness adventure company. She had driven by the house years before, when she was looking for a vacation place near her family, and had eventually found the listing on a real-estate website — it was a 20th-century house in the American vernacular style: a pastiche of ranch, cracker and mid-century styles.

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Author: Ellen Himelfarb

Brie Williams


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Betsy Brown; Architecture: Paul Bates Architects