Gaston Business Association holds Ribbon Cutting for Bansen Farms
The Gaston Gazette
July 7, 2021
Under a white gate hangs a sign that reads simply "Bansen Farms." Etched out in metal, it welcomes visiting guests to a new event space and farmhouse Airbnb.
A barn with rustic furniture provides a venue for weddings, parties, and corporate events.
Bansen Farms specializes in intimate events for up to 60 people, owner Allison Bansen said.
Bansen said income from renting out the 1,200 square foot farmhouse Airbnb next door to the barn has paid for the venue's renovations.
She and her husband, Jim, thought the Airbnb would only book one or two nights each month, given that it is off the beaten path on Brice Road, near New Hope Elementary School and South New Hope Road.
"We ended up booking like 26 nights a month, so it's been crazy busy," she said.
It all started with the house. Bansen said she wanted to do renovations because she was watching Joanna Gaines from the HGTV show "Fixer Upper" all the time.
As the house got more visitors, tearing into the barn was the next step. Bansen was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and as she went through treatment the farm was a creative outlet for her.
"I would just brainstorm and come up with these ideas. It got my mind off of chemo and all that. That's when the farm really took shape," Bansen said.
The main area in the barn holds tables lined with chairs and invites guests to sit and enjoy each other's company.
The side barn offers staging for a food area that flows into the main barn. In the back of the barn a room can be used as a cocktail room, bar or groom's room. The checker-patterned dance floor sits next to a sandy area that Bansen said was renovated from the original gravel lot.
Six months ago, a bar made out of an old chicken silo was finished, that Bansen said her husband got for her for their 10th wedding anniversary.
The silo came from Statesville and was renovated.
"He always said if we made it to 10, we would go on a really nice vacation. When he showed up with the silo, I was like 'this is my anniversary gift?'" Bansen joked.
The venue also boasts an outdoor wedding ceremony spot, swaddled by the woods under string lights. Trails, swings and picnic tables are in the foliage behind the altar.
In the last year, the farm has played host to 38 weddings. The venue thrived during the pandemic because it holds so few people, said Bansen.
The venue has been under renovations for about two years and has finally hit a point where Bansen said it is done. "If somebody said 'would you do it again?' I don't think I could. It was really, really hard, but it was worth it," Bansen said.
Bansen wanted to do something unique, offering up the house and barn in combination for a wedding weekend. "It's something that you remember forever. When you get married a lot of places want to do a four-hour window and it's just really rushed, so this is kind of a laid back family atmosphere," Bansen said.
The farmhouse can be rented for $179 a night with a $100 cleaning fee. A weekend package including a wedding goes for $4,900.