RUSTIC, HISTORIC CREEK SIDE VACATION HOME IN VA MOUNTAINS

Anne Rutherford

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Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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RUSTIC, HISTORIC CREEK SIDE VACATION HOME IN VA MOUNTAINS

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4 bedrooms, 2 baths in main house; 1 bedroom in guest cottage; maximum 10 guests

Gooney Lodge is located in the Browntown Valley below Shenandoah National Park. The earliest portion of the house was built in the 1700's. Gooney has been written about in several books and articles, including John Weaver's 'As I Live and Breathe'. Current owners have owned the property since 1958. Located on the banks of Gooney Creek, the main house boasts balconies overlooking vaulted ceilings in living and dining rooms with double fireplace, claw foot tubs (one with shower) in the two bathrooms, an eclectic mix of antique furnishings, including a pump organ and a 100 foot front porch with glider and ceiling fans facing the creek. The kitchen has original stone walls. Swing for children, books, board games, hammock and rocking chairs on the porch. No TV. Radio/CD player, phone for local calls. Fishing in creek and nearby Shenandoah River. Hiking, swimming, canoeing, caving, Civil War battlefields, wineries all proximate. See our website below for more information.

A step back in time...a slower pace of life...: Gooney Lodge is the perfect place to enjoy a quieter time away from it all, centered on spiritual/family/couple/outdoor activities. While there are plenty of places nearby to enjoy movies, restaurants, coffee shops, cell phone usage, and internet connections, Gooney is a return to the time when people talked to each other and spent time together not staring at little screens. Just try an evening spent rocking on the porch, chatting over the day or family memories, reading, watching children outside catching fireflys or fishing, playing board games and charades, singing together or looking at constellations and walking in nature!

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Suitability:
  • limited accessibility
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome

Anne Rutherford

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Our family has now owned Gooney Lodge for 3 generations and 54 years; the previous owners, the Weaver family, owned it for 42 before that. She is a well-loved old girl, and you will understand why if you, too, become a Gooney-bird.

Anne Rutherford purchased this cottage in 1959

Gooney Lodge is a gracious old girl, accomodating to all ages. She is for those who crave family togetherness, rocking chairs on the porch, looking at the stars at night, watching the hummingbirds, fishing in the creek, playing board games in the evening, and a slower pace of life, actually talking to one another not drowned in TV and electronics. Gooney provides a true get-away, and quiet time, without feeling isolated; there are plenty of activities within a short distance, and all the modern amenities of Starbucks, Wi-Fi, shopping, etc.

proximity to historic Civil War sites, Shenandoah Park, Valley of Virginia, Northern Virginia and Washington DC

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
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Reviews

4.5
based on 13 traveler reviews

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Rustic, historic creek side vacation home in VA mountains
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Rustic, historic creek side vacation home in VA mountains
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p162129
203-981-9001
Front Royal Shenandoah Valley
Washington DC
5

FABULOUS WEEKEND RETREAT!

  • 5 of 5
What a fabulous place to spend a weekend! We came here with a group of friends and it was all, and more, than we could have hoped for. Seating was plentiful, beds were comfy, the front porch was heaven, kitchen was well stocked, and the list goes on! We went hiking, visited the fabulous winery .4 miles from Gooney, and spent each morning and evening on the porch listening to the river. Could not have asked for a better weekend. Will be highly recommended to family and friends!
  • Submitted: May 20, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
Rustic, historic creek side vacation home in VA mountains
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p162129
203-981-9001
Front Royal Shenandoah Valley
5

EXCELLENT PROPERTY !!!!! WE HAD A WONDERFUL TIME.

  • 5 of 5
This house is beautiful!!! I loved the creek, the kitchen. The AC is not needed, the fact that there is no TV or Internet Connection is awesome, we had a real family time playing and talking. Thanks for your hospitality.
  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
business
Rustic, historic creek side vacation home in VA mountains
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p162129
203-981-9001
Front Royal Shenandoah Valley
5

FAMILY / COUNTRY / GET-AWAY / GOOD TIMES!

  • 5 of 5
Apologies to the Gooney Lodge for being a bit late in my review, but good things come to those who wait. I have stayed at this house several times, which alone should give you an idea of my recommendation here. Most recently, I stayed with 10 members of my family. We were looking for a nice get-away where everyone could meet for a reunion. It's tough finding a common ground for that many people, but Gooney was a perfect fit!

For starters, it was August, an incredibly hot month everywhere. You'd think that an old country home on a creek would not be a suitable selection for this, but you'd be completely wrong. Not only was Gooney always pleasantly cool, but we also enjoyed long visits on the porch while playing family games in front of the running creek...think of a CountryTime Lemonade commercial! I should add that two members of our group were also pregnant, and both of them were completely comfortable the entire time, which is a feat in any environment!

There is also lots to do in this great town. We enjoyed river tubing, the downtown shops and local stores, as well as Demolition Derby! At the beginning and end of every day, however, was Gooney itself. Whether sitting on the porch, cooking outside, swinging by the barn, or lounging in the great room, you feel at home and can feel all the rich history. One great feature of the lodge is the guest book. When you read through this, you find two common themes: 1. Everyone had a great time. 2. Everyone was very different. It doesn't matter if you're a large family, small family, reunion of friends, or bachelorette party, you will enjoy your stay at Gooney Lodge!

I highly recommend this unique vacation home to anyone. I have stayed there a total of two weeks in my life and certainly look forward to many more. I will be bringing my children there as they grow up. I miss Gooney just looking at the picture...

Tom Vogt
  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rustic, historic creek side vacation home in VA mountains
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p162129
203-981-9001
Front Royal Shenandoah Valley
5

GREAT FAMILY GETAWAY!

  • 5 of 5
We met our whole family at Gooney and had the most fun we have had in many years. This big wonderful family lodge gave all of us the opportunity to just "be together". We loved the big open spaces, cooking in the simple kitchen and seeing all the history the lodge holds. The huge front porch with all the rockers and easy outdoor furniture provided hours of peaceful time for all to chat, read, nap or watch the stream go by. We waded in the stream and explored the beautiful country around this lodge and got what we came for...undisturbed by technology relaxation. We played games, slept late, and took a tube trip on the nearby river. Yes, it is rustic but clean and cared for by a family who loves this wonderful piece of history. We all highly recommend this getaway for family time and fun!
  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
business
Rustic, historic creek side vacation home in VA mountains
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p162129
203-981-9001
Front Royal Shenandoah Valley
1

NOT WORTH THE TRIP

  • 1 of 5
We stayed at Gooney Lodge for 10 days. When we arrived the gate was locked and we had to go back up the hill to get phone service to call the caretaker. We should've kept driving. The house is dilapidated at best. We paid for the linen service but the linens provided were old and scratchy. The house was not clean. There are bugs and rodent bait boxes everywhere. The pots and pans are the cheapest set available. There is no a/c in the house and the upstairs rooms were uninhabitable due to the heat. The bathrooms didn't feel clean. We wore our shoes everywhere in the house. We had to repair the kitchen sink because it was leaking. There is only a marginal view of the creek from the porch. Most of the view is obstructed by overgrown vegetation. The house sits very near the road and fast traffic goes by at all hours. Since we couldn't close the windows we had to endure the traffic noise. Last, the owner kept our deposit because the caretaker said she had to spend an extra long time cleaning after we left. I can assure that we left the house cleaner than when we arrived.

I would never return to this property and would encourage you to pass n this property.
  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Some people just don't appreciate the true value of a beloved spot, such as Gooney. It is unfortunate for those people, as they say - the beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Having grown-up a "Gooney", it is not a spot for someone looking for a four star resort. Yes, it is an older property but one that comes with much character and adventure. No, there is no A/C and there is no cell service; how nice to just detach from the world for awhile. I can assure you that there is not "traffic noise" at all hours of the night. I have had many (years and years) of great nights sleeping at Gonney and never even noticed the cars that drive by. The creek separates the house from the road and provides distance/safety if you have children playing in the yard/creek. There are so many places to explore on the property (the creek being the main one) as well as the surronding towns/areas.

I could go on and on about this amazing house & location, but I suggest you see for yourself! Don't let one bad apple ruin the chance to experience all the beauty this home & place has to offer.
business
Rustic, historic creek side vacation home in VA mountains
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p162129
203-981-9001
Front Royal Shenandoah Valley
PA
5

WONDERFUL GIRLS WEEKEND

  • 5 of 5
I spent a weekend at Gooney Lodge with 7 girlfriends and the property fit our needs well. We arrived to a clean, airy house and were charmed. The porch and ceiling fans were so nice and we spent both mornings there. It was noted that cell phones don't work and to bring a calling card. This worked fine for us as Front Royal was a close drive away if we needed to use our cell phones. Driving through the creek was a surprise at first. Cathy does give a good description on the information sheet. I would highly recommend this property.
  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Map

Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Dulles International
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
I-66/81
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Car: necessary

Gooney Lodge is located approximately 5 miles from the quaint and historic town of Front Royal, VA, and 30 miles from Winchester, VA. Many activities are available in the surrounding area, including swimming, trout fishing in the Shenandoah River (5 minutes away ), kayaking, canoeing, tubing; horseback riding in Andy Guest State Park; Shenandoah National Park 5 minutes away with views, hiking, picnicking. Wineries, Skyline & Luray

Caverns; Civil War Battlefields; Wash. DC 70 miles; Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center and other venues nearby; Blackfriars Playhouse and other local theater groups; Front Royal bookshops, restaurants, summer festivals (wine, apple, leaf), Rudacille General Store in Browntown; antique shops, pottery shops, llama trekking, etc. etc. Sitting on porch, sitting in creek, napping...

Other Activities: canoeing, hiking, picnicking, kayaking, tubing

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Front Royal Cottage Rental Rates

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2014
May 1 2014 - Nov 1 2014
2 night minimum stay
$325
$1,400
 
 
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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150.00
50% to hold the booking
50% plus security deposit ($150) is due 30 days prior to stay
If rental is made less than 30 days in advance, full fee is due at time of booking
Tax Rate 7.0%
Notes Upon agreement of rental period, a complete rental contract and additonal property information is provided for your review and signature to be returned with the deopsit fee.
Stays of other than 2 or 7 nights are possible and negotiated depending on availability.
We do not accept credit cards at this time.
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Amenities

Front Royal Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • River ...
  • Rural
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Telephone
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Ice Maker
  • Stove
  • Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Pantry Items ...
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , claw footed tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , claw footed tub
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 1 child bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , in sep. guest cottage
  • we offer a linen/towel service for $10 per guest two upstairs bedrooms feature balconies overlooking LR/DR
Entertainment:
  • Toys ...
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • CD Player
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Balcony ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • limited accessibility
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • live theater
  • coin laundry
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • library
  • cinemas
  • festivals
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • antiquing
  • horseshoes
  • photography
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • medical services
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • spelunking
  • water tubing
  • hunting
  • equestrian events
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • swimming
Notes:
No smoking allowed inside houses or barn.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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