Woolwine Estate Rental Photos and Description
Lodge/Estate Getaway! 3BDR/2.5BA w/Master Suite, Great Room w/FP, Hot Tub/Sauna!
Perfect for family and friends' getaways! Well appointed with new furnishings! EVERYTHING IS HERE....ALL YOU NEED TO BRING ARE YOUR CLOTHES AND FOOD! Nature abounds in this private and secluded contemporary, green-built vacation home. Built to be eco-friendly with all ceramic tile and hardwoods, you can enjoy all that nature offers - songbirds, hummingbirds, wildlife and an abundance of flowers and trees - from the large array of floor to ceiling windows and 5 palladium windows.
Enjoy the mountain views, breezes and sounds of the Smith River from the covered veranda, screened porch or the private deck. Relax in the hot tub, or enjoy a therapeutic sweat in our Swedish infra-red sauna! For the cooks and chefs in the crowd, this home boasts a well-equipped gourmet kitchen with a full complement of dishes, cooking utensils, cookware, and even some spices, oils, other ingredients, and a tea box! Enjoy the winter view of the mountains while cooking! Deer are frequent visitors and can be viewed less than 20 feet from the kitchen and great room windows! The 27'x16' Great Room with its central oak and iron railed staircase to the upstairs Master Suite and beautiful Fireplace Extraordinaire with Mexican tile surround will afford you and your group hours of cozy comfort, laughter and good times! The space offers a spectacular gathering place anytime of the day, when it might be too cool to sit out and enjoy the sounds of the tree frogs on the covered veranda and/or screened-in porch. This home is tucked away in a remote, secluded, gated community with few full time residents. Our out of country clients have said it very much resembles the Black Forest of Germany while others liken the area to Ireland. Tourism consultants and writers call southwestern Virginia 'The Tuscany of America.'
The owners purchased the land in 1996, originally camped here, built a cabin, and then in 2002, built this great Boca Grande Style (seen on the islands off of Florida) home in the mountains. Sit any where in the house and you may see wild turkeys, deer, fox, birds, and much more. Downstairs, there is the Great Room, Dining Room, Entryway, Eat-in Gourmet Kitchen, Two Double Rooms (one with access to the screened-in porch), the other Bedroom, we lovingly refer to as 'The Library' with hundreds of books and a loveseat to sit and enjoy some quiet time. An expansive bathroom with walk-in shower sets between the two downstairs bedrooms. There is also a 1/2 bath between the 'mudroom' (with sink, washer/dryer) and the kitchen. From the Great Room (which can provide additional sleeping areas) and the Entryway, there is a grand central staircase built from oak and wrought-iron leading up to the double french doors that open up into the grand 650 square foot private Master Suite! This private space has high ceilings, a private deck, queen-size bed, single futon chair/bed, loveseat, walk-in closet, Kohler soaking tub, two pedestal sinks with mirrors and lights, linen closet and a double shower! Pure Luxury!!! VISIT US ALSO ON FACEBOOK AT COURTER MOON LODGE & ECO-CABIN TO SEE MORE PICTURES (AND 'LIKE')
I would like everyone to know, this is an upscale rental. This is our home, which we choose to rent out from time to time.This is a high end luxury home and is fully furnished as such. When you come to stay with us, everything is exceptionally clean and well maintained. Beds are made, and ready to go, we strip all the beds and remake them after each rental. This is a NON SMOKING home,We accept pets on a case by case basis.(Pets MUST be declared at time of inquiry) There is a fully equipted kitchen. All you need to bring with you are you clothes and food! There are few rules, we expect our guests to treat this wonderful place with respect. If you are looking for a true wonderful place to get away, this is it. If you are looking for a 'Party House' this may not be what you are looking for.
Please fell free to call us, to discuss this wonderful property!
Keywords: Secluded lodge on 12 acres amidst 300! Trout fishing, tubing, hiking, birding for the eco-conscious traveler. NWF Backyard Habitat! Indoor/Outdoor Living, covered veranda, Sauna and Hot Tub. 15 minutes to BR Parkway. Within 1-1/2 hrs of 35 wineries. On the Crooked Road Music Trail and Around the Mountain Artisan Trail. Near Fairystone State Park, Rock Castle Gourge and Philpott Resevoir.
- pets considered
- non smoking only
- limited accessibility
About Cindi and Steve Courter
Steve and Cindi Courter have been the owners and caretakers of this property for nearly 18 years. It was purchased as raw land, and conceptualized, and built by them. Every detail on this property has been designed and completed by this family. Steve and Cindi are conservationists and environmentalists. Believing in 'Green Living,' they built their home 'Green' by using hardwoods and tile throughout, as well as low VOC paints, giving their home 'cleaner air.' The surrounding gardens and orchards are organically and biodynamically grown. When their son was young, the property was host to many a scouting event...camping, kayaking, bonfires, cookouts, etc. We love the outdoors, so we brought the outside in with all the floor to ceiling windows and a 50' covered veranda with screened-in porch. So, even when the weather is not conducive for outdoor activities, one can enjoy the outdoors from inside! When we are sharing our home with you, we stay in Virginia Beach at 'BeachCourters', Cindi's dad's old home.
They currently split their time between Woolwine & Virginia Beach when not traveling.
Steve is an Illinois farm boy who came to Virginia in the 70's, He is a licensed contractor and real estate broker. Who works as a special project manager.
Cindi is originally from NJ, (both have lived adult lives in MD, VA & NC) Cindi holds a Bachelor Degee from MD Institute College of Art, and a Masters Degee from Duke. She is a non profit consultant, and also a local Realtor.
The owners have 3 sons, Shaun and his wife, Naj are both MDs practicing in Dallas, TX. With 2 years experience working for Warner Brothers on multi-camera sitcoms, Kyle works in the Hollywood, CA area in art/design production and as a set/design director. Chris is a production manager for IBM in MO.
Cindi and Steve Courter purchased this estate in 2002
Why Cindi and Steve Courter chose Woolwine
This property has been a 18 year project, 10 on the house, and the owners split time between Virginia Beach and Woolwine. The mountain house is so spectacular, we love to share it!! We operated as a B&B since 2006, and began marketing it on VRBO in 10/2011. Rock Castle Gorge is 6 miles away -- Enjoy up to a 10.8 mile hike through the gorge and up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. The weekly Friday night Jamboree is internationally known for its bluegrass/country/gospel music. We are on the Around the Mountain Artisan Trail and the Crooked Road Music Trail. Visit two of Virginia's premier wineries -- Chateau Morrisette and Villa Appalachia, as well as 35+ wineries in Virginia and North Carolina within a 1-1/2 to 2 hour radius! You don't have to go all the way to Napa Valley to enjoy wine touring! The area touts FloydFest in July, as well as many jazz and beach festivals throughout the year. When we bought this property, we were living and working in Durham, NC. The Blue Ridge Mountains were so rejuvenating and the cooler summer temperatures refreshing, especially by the Smith River! By immersing ourselves in nature we were protecting the health of our minds, bodies and spirits! Our well-being was enhanced in nature and the outdoors. The property was, and continues to be, a source of inspiration, solace, guidance and regeneration that we enjoy sharing with others! John Muir stated, 'In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.' We enjoyed the nourishment we gained from Mother Nature. Taking a long weekend, a week, or longer, we were immersed in Nature and rediscovered our 'true selves,' the ones unchained from traffic, shopping malls, work and societal pressures. It is sheer bliss to be amongst the trees, birds, wildlife, mountains and the clear, clean Smith River! By sharing our place with others, they can take a break from the modern social world and return to the natural environment surrounded by Nature...'a world away!'
What makes this estate unique
Our 12-acre estate sets amidst 300+ wooded acres in the horseshoe of the Smith River, a designated trout river. There are over 3 miles of hiking/biking on roads and trails. Walk to the waterfall, walk along the river. The property is a designated National Wildlife Federation Backyard Habitat, so we have songbirds and wildlife galore. We have had as many as 27 wild turkeys in our yard at one time with many deer, Blue Heron, kingfishers, raccoon, bear, and fox seen on a regular basis. One of the most favorite things to do is to sit on the covered veranda sipping coffee or tea in the morning or a glass of wine or beer in the evening with a dozen or so hummingbirds flying and buzzing by! The sounds of the spring peepers, crickets, tree frogs and bull frogs fill the air as we sit on the deck enjoying the mountain breezes. While staying at Courter Moon Lodge, our guests can enjoy a full day of activity and exercise and then enjoy the relaxing health benefits of taking a sauna in the infra-red sauna on the covered veranda and/or a soak in the hot tub! Upstairs, in the master suite, there is a Kohler soaking tub in the light-filled south-facing bath, and a double tiled shower. Drink your coffee or read a book while sitting on the private deck off the Master suite. Or, enjoy sitting in the screened-in porch at the end of the covered veranda. The lodge is very warm, friendly and your 'home away from home', even though it seems 'worlds away.' Many guest have remarked that it has a European feel, much like the Black Forest of Germany. Take a walk or drive down to the river and rest on the Pauley Island Hammock, picnic in the picnic shelter, or have a bonfire in the firepit near the river. Cindi and Steve have built a labyrinth in the 3-acre white pine thicket, as well as a reflexology walk for further meditation and quiet reflection. The labyrinth walk is 1/2 + mile in length when walking into the center and back out again. Great for artists/writers!
Guestbook comments from the owner
This past weekend was amazing and your home is beautiful. We enjoyed morning walks along the river and to the nearby waterfall. We spent the day at the local wineries listed on the page. They were easy to get to and very relaxing. Also, we vacuumed and everything before we left. We left it exactly how we found it :)
We would definitely love to visit again and would recommend it! Thank you for giving us the perfect anniversary!