Steve and Cindi Courter have been the owners and caretakers of this property for 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
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!'
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!
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