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ART-Lover's delight : An exclusive mountain "Church" / ARTIST-home (& gallery)

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

Go EXCLUSIVE! ( Let get SERIOUS!) for a Vacation get-away.

(1) Sure, EXCLUSIVE! It's a mountain-top "Church" (ala cottage-rental) - that accommodates 5 * pet-friendlyTOO.

(2) OH! An "ART-LOVERS DELIGHT" ( as a family's ART-ESTATE : 45 years of free "expression" (as an AUTHENTIC art-space for painters, sculptors, writers, musicians, monks, vegans, philosophers, visionaries). OH WOW!

(3) The AMAZING (church) "Interior" ! (with its COLORFUL "ORIGINALITY(S)" of Art & furnishings - EVERYWHERE !

(4) LETS GET SERIOUS, some more : A Vacation get-away for "Fun", privacy, quiet & relaxation,... a casual walk (hiking).

(5) NATURE'S Wonderland ! Because the Estate has its own SPECTACULAR ( private) Sculpture-garden. Then, we are located plump in the middle of The Shenandoah's National Park * The"Big Meadows Resort" - a 2-mile hike (or a 45-mile drive -around).

(6) VACATION "DELIGHTS" : Sure, so its a gentle "home-space" to retreat to. THEN ( off the mountain) : To stroll Shenandoah Valley's small towns ( and neighboring Luray) for shopping, restaurants & ACTIVITIES : The Luray Caverns, zoo, water-park. the "yard-sale" barns & antique-shops, wineries, historic-tours, horse-stables, fishing & canoeing, hiking & biking ( the numerous triathlons) OH SURE!

(7) Hey, then a "LIVE-JAZZ" concert ( presented by Host, professional musician, Nathan : "The Denny Toyy JAZZ ( & Friends)". Its Every SUNDAY Evening ( 6-8:30) : The Mimslyn Inn/ Speak-easy Lounge ( downtown LURAY). WELCOME!

(8) "HOME"- ACCOMODATIONS : are "full" & Complete : ( with a nice, equipted kitchen for 'staying-put' dinners & a COZY lounging-space for reading or playing games (WiFi, T.V too) * couches, 2-queens & single beds/ 2-full bathrooms to accommodate 5 ( & Room for your "doggy" * with outside dog-runs. WONDERFUL!

(9) Lastly, OUTSTANDING Reviews : (ala "AMAZING" PLACE .and SUPERIOR Hosts" * they like my hot breakfast "treats" of hot--muffins & blueberry/nut pancakes, I bet).

So THERE ! ( & WELCOME). ( Your hosts, Nathan & Lumen Kuhn)

More Details

Owner
Nathan Kuhn and Iluminada (Lumen) Kuhn
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, Tagalog (Philippines) * Lumen's native language.
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
March 6, 2017

About Nathan Kuhn and Iluminada (Lumen) Kuhn

Nathan Kuhn, a professional Sculptor and Jazz-Musician - had been living in Shelter Island, "The Hamptons" of N.Y. with his wife, Iluminada Kuhn. In 2000, they relocated to Stanley, Virginia - .and to the former church property and private Artist- residence of his father, Robert Kuhn - in order to serve as the resident-managers of the 'Family' home (upon his passing). Nathan's skills as a Sculptor ( and builder) served well in the needed art-restorations ( and repairs ) * and his Wife's wonderful "cooking" - was well appreciated by their infrequent house-guests

( father's ART-Clients) and such celebrities as J. PETERMAN. Please note: This is the first time - that the private, family-home ( known as The REK -Art-Estate) is made "public" * by accommodate house-guests. Lastly, We believe we can offer to our visitors - a most restful and memorable vacation getaway.

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OH. Welcome to "Live" JAZZ : Sunday-evenings (7-9:30) at the historic Mimslyn Inn, "Speakeasy" Bar & Restaurant (in downtown Luray). For, our Guests are able to see their Host , "Nathan" ( as a Professional Musician) - perform with his JAZZ-Trio, "The Cafe Society". (His stage-name is "Denny Toyy" and represents a handful of Jazz-HARMONICA Soloists in America, today. ENJOY a most 'special' musical-performance * offering the ONLY weekly "Jazz" outside of Wash. D.C.

Nathan Kuhn and Iluminada (Lumen) Kuhn purchased this estate in 1966

Why Nathan Kuhn and Iluminada (Lumen) Kuhn chose Shenandoah Valley

This UNIQUE property (that was once 'The All Saints Mission-Church' (1921-1964) for the mountain-settlers) was purchased by an established, Wash.D.C "Sculptor" (1964) and who then proceeded to transformed the abandoned property into a MAGNIFICENT ART-Estate : ( a Studio-Gallery * secluded (2-acre) Sculpture-Garden & Residence) over the next 35 years. Guests will be introduced to a truely FASCINATING story : The secluded life of a gifted ARTIST (surrounded by an AMAZING collection of his personal (and 'original' ) ART (from Paintings, Sculptures, and Drawings, to his own 'home-furnishing' * as tables , lamps). Indeed, (Artist) ROBERT KUHN (my Father) - dearly LOVED his gentle,"creative" life on the mountain (* as was his wishes) : to keep (and to maintain) his residence as the "family" Home). ACTIVITIES : Yes, the guest-house (property) location is OUTSTANDING ! (1) For, our Guests are surrounded by The Shenandoah National Park ( and only a short * 2 miles "hike" (up the fire-road) to the historic BIG MEADOWS Restaurant & Resort (on SKYLINE Drive) * but, to drive by car would be 45 miles). (2)Then, there are a "dozen" of neighboring "EVENTS" in the town of Luray ( a 12 mile drive) : The Luray Caverns * provides a a full day of activity

( From a tour of the historic Caverns, to the Car & Carriage, and TOY Exhibits, to the local-history museum * with a "pan-for-Gold" demonstration). (3) Then, for History-buffs, ALL the surroundings ( like the Town of New Market) is CIVIL WAR History ( and all throughout Northern Virginia). (4) Of course, the SERIOUS "hiking" (and Biking and Running events) are happening * from early April thru October. (5) Then, there is The Water-Park, the Luray ZOO, "Canoeing" on the Shenandoah river, the local Horse-riding stables. OH! a weekend CAR-RACING track, WINERY tours. In other words, OUR Property offers most EVERYTHING - for a memorable 'get-away' : So, stay at our quaint Mountain-top "church" / on a "secret" Artist-estate).

What makes this estate unique

Nathan Kuhn and his two brothers and one sister believe that there is not an art property of this extraordinary breathe to be found anywhere else. What one sees and experiences HERE is the result of an Artist of profound imagination and creative talent who envisioned an "Estate" which reflected in every detail his imaginary world rendered in wood and welded-steel sculptures ranging in images from Willie Loman to Nero, a military general (on a unicycle) to little, Sailor-suit Robert Kuhn on a unicycle, and from there (and everywhere) to Lida & the Swan to Holden Caufield's (wooden) school desk to mention a mere fraction of the Artist's fascinating creative output in sculpture. Ahh, but the church and museum architecture modeled by Robert Kuhn are an high art form of his own making and the many paintings figurative and abstract which enrich the living environment (church and museum) is soothing and emotional and yet a simultaneously jolting artist's pallate of undiscovered riches which will not be found anywhere else on God's green (& watery) earth.

So, Our Guests will be welcome - to enter into (their own) : " A WORLD OF IMAGINATION (is) ... fancy-free and violently opposed to common sense."

( Adolph Gottlieb & Mark Rothko)

Amenities

Stanley Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 5
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , The first-floor bathroom has a jetted tub and shower.
  • The first-floor has a full-size bathroom ( with two-entries). It has a combination shower and jetted tub. The second-floor has a combination tub/shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , on the first-floor
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Second-floor (with porch-deck & bull bath)
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , The small, third-floor "Angel-room" bedroom).
  • The ground-floor "Church" has a queen-size bed, a full-size "click" sofa, and a large (96") leather (red) couch. The second-floor has a queen-size bed . The 3'rd- floor loft has a twin-size bed. The nearby (stone) "Gallery"/ museum can accommodate 2 ( with click-sofa that turns into a full-size bed)..
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Notes:
OUR property-location ( described as the mountain-top" Church/ and ARTIST-home" ) - is an OUTSTANDING place for a relaxing 'get-away'. There is the choice of a private , secluded (mountain-top) stay - in an entirely unique ARTIST-space (both a studio-gallery, residence) and a private Sculpture-Garden * with "Family" lawn-games scattered throughout the 2-acres park. _____________________________ Then, there is the choice of local EVENTS of all kinds : Hiking, Canoeing, horse-back riding, dining * the Sunday "JAZZ" Concert. Then, tours of The Luray Caverns, the ZOO, Wineries, the Water-Park, Antique-shops, Art Galleries, History- museums, ....of course, there is our national Tourist-attraction : Our Shenandoah National Park ( and the Skyline Drive) only miles, away. ENJOY.

Reviews

5/5 -
(5 traveler reviews)

ART-Lover's delight : An exclusive mountain "Church" / ARTIST-home (& gallery)
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews
5

Absolutely prefect Artist Retreat

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we pulled up in the driveway we knew we had found a special place. Nathan and Lumen, the proprietors are wonderful hosts and have spared nothing in sharing their home with visitors. The "church" has a great vibe, its decorated in a charming and whimsical way. You truly feel like you are in an art gallery. It makes you smile to be in the space. There were two of us (adults) and our black lab. We are used to packing everything we could possibly need when we rent a new place or return to one. There was no need to bring anything with us other than our own food. Everything worked great and just when you thought "darn it" I left that at home... not to worry its there! The house is comfortable, the beds very sleep inducing and there are plenty of spaces to be quite, read, sit and think, nap, listen to great music, make art, watch TV and or just enjoy being. There is a private deck off the second floor bedroom that is perfect for sitting in the afternoon sun and we enjoyed HH in jackets and warm sunshine. Inside is warm and cozy and I just loved coming to the coziness of the space after spending time outside in the SCULPTURE Garden... yes there is a lovely sculpture garden and while its winter and things were bare you could tell that the spring, fall and summer would be spectacular. The "church" is very close to the Shenandoah National Forest, and Appalachian Trail ... great hiking. And the sculpture garden is a great place to stretch your legs too! If you are into new, glass, and glitter find a different place. If you have art in your heart you may visit and NEVER WANT TO LEAVE. We can't wait to go back. It is a wonderful and Nathan is quite the baker surprising us with delicious muffins and yummy pancakes! Ella loved it too and I could tell she would have preferred to stay.

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey, just THANK YOU for a WONDERFUL review ( In fact, I am looking forward to going there, myself, HeeHee). Yes, We surely welcome you for a return visit, especially in the spring (... summer, fall,.. OR WINTER, again). OH, and much appreciate your original (little) "drawing" gift .We will be framing & displaying it. Kindest regards & until next time. (Hosts) Nathan & Lumen Kuhn (of the Mountaintop -Church / ARTIST Estate).
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5

Fun place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time staying here at Nathan & Lumen's home. The converted church is great - so many artworks and things to see inside. The sculpture garden and outdoor amenities were equally lovely and fun to explore. We planned a hiking vacation and were able to get in several great AT and Shenandoah hikes staying this close to the park. Nathan and Lumen really go the extra mile for their guests - breakfast treats, vegan items, fresh fruit, fresh cider, etc. Caught one of Nathan's jazz shows in Luray as well. Overall a really fun and relaxing place to stay.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Absolutely Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

Nathan is the most wonderful host, ever. Two friends and I were coming in for the Luray Triathlon, and spending the entire weekend there. The sculpture garden, artwork, and history of the property is fascinating. I won't take away from your experience by describing it here, but Nathan will give you the most wonderful account of it all. Nathan had fruit for us, and even made us some incredible blueberry pancakes. We all wish we could have stayed longer, and look forward to going back. Thank you for such a wonderful experience, Nathan! Looking forward to seeing you again.

~Dan, John, and Jen

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Excellent Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Dear Nathan and Lumen,

My boys and I had a great stay in your "church". It is a beautiful home, with a treasure in artworks. The many sculptures fit nicely in the beautiful mountainous setting. It was especially nice to receive freshly baked Muffins in the morning!

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Albert M. ( and family ) It was a pleasure to have you and your three sons - to stay with us ( at our mountain-church residence) for three days. You seemed to have taken advantage of ALL that I suggested (by way of our correspondence from your home in Dubai ) : Hiking, horse-back riding, biking, enjoying the lawn-games in the sculpture-garden & tour of the popular "Luray Caverns" activities. Albert, what I especially appreciated, was that you further took my suggestion : to book a traditional, American, "Thanksgiving-Dinner" accommodations for your family at our Mimslyn Inn / restaurant ( in Luray). My family was there, as well and it was a treat to greet you ( and your Sons) in the lounge. Yes, it was certainly our pleasure, as well - to have you (and your boys) and we welcome you back - whenever you "fly-in" to the Wash. D.C. area * a commercial air-plane pilot. Sincerely Nathan & Lumen Kuhn
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5

A Destination in and Of Itself!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful few days at Nathan and Lumen's wonderful mountaintop artist's retreat over labor day weekend. The photos cannot possibly do this place justice. The interior of the church (now home) is perfectly executed - with vibrant colors and art that just constantly surprises and entertains. Even on our third and final day, we kept noticing something new! The kitchen was very well appointed with quality appliances and the hosts were very generous with fruit, local corn, a bottle of wine, and delicious chocolates. Every morning Nathan or Lumen appeared with home-baked muffins and even banana bread later on in the day! They were so gracious, warm, and friendly. Our 16-month-old daughter and dog were greeted happily and easily accommodated. The lodgings are comfortable for family or close friends as the bedroom/bed downstairs doesn't have too much privacy, but it's so fun tucked away behind the fireplace. We enjoyed walking 7-10 minutes to the fire road which leads into Shenandoah National Park and the connects with the Appalachian Trail about one mile up the road. One morning we took the AT trail down to Lewis Falls. We hope to be back to enjoy this wonderful, peaceful retreat again. Nathan also warmly invited us to his Sunday evening Jazz performance, which we were sad to miss due to an early bed time for our little one. The sculpture garden is just delightful and we very much enjoyed strolling around the grounds and also eating outside. Bugs were not an issue thanks to the hosts generously providing bug spray. Beds were comfortable and the jacuzzi bath tub was a plus. Thank you for a wonderful stay -- we hope to be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Harris family, THANK YOU for your compliments about your recent stay with us ( at our 'church' - Artist residence). We are pleased that you liked our baking-treats ( my breakfast-muffins) as well as appreciating ALL of the ART placed throughout. It is especially appreciated -that your little family ( & doggy, "Nelson") enjoying spending time in our guest's private Sculpture-garden. Further, your early morning "hikes" ( as we are surrounded by our Shenandoah National Park) was a nice surprise, " Oh, they're up & out early & so my (hot) muffins will have to be deliver when they return". In other words, you were our PERFECT guests ( for fully appreciating our accommodations ) . And, of course, all was kindly picked-up before departing). In other words, WE welcome that you will be visiting up, again ( and to tell your friends) ,... ever to plan for a short, "cozy" weekend stay in the winter-months (about the gas-log fireplace) can be most enjoyable * providing the weather will permit. OH, Nelson left behind his favorite (black) rubber-ball. So, should We send to you or just hold until you return? Kindest regards, Nathan and Lumen Kuhn
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Map

Hawksbill Diner
Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Luray Caverns Airport (Luray, VA)
Nearest Barpub
11 Miles
Mimslyn Inn, "Speakeasy" (Luray, VA)
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Luray Caverns Golf Course (Luray, VA)
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Interstate 81 (New Market, VA)
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Miles
Big Meadows Resort (Shenandoah National Park)
Nearest Ski
35 Miles
Bryce Resort (Basye, VA)
Car: necessary

The 1933 Mimslyn Hotel in downtown Luray, Va., is the premier stop for excellent dining and lodging. Tourists from around the country (especially New York and D.C. travelors) make the Mimslyn their destination when heading to points South. Four nights a week (Thursday through Sunday) there is live music. For those interested in live jazz ( the ONLY weekly "Jazz" entertainment outside of Wash. D.C) there is Your HOST, "Nathan" ( a professional Musician) performing as Denny Toyy , and"The Cafe Society" Trio/Quartet : on Sunday evenings (7-9:30) * at The Mimslyn's (downstairs) "Speakeasy" Bar & restaurant. DennyToyy is an outstanding musical talent on the harmonica). Our Guests are invited to a most 'special' musical-performance.

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Rates & Availability

Stanley Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Winter
Jan 1 2017 - Mar 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
$185
From
$225
Fri,Sat
$1,150
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$200
From
$235
Fri,Sat
$1,150
$3,600
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $40
Property Damage Protection $59
Refundable damage deposit $150
Tax Rate 10.2%

Note :CHILDREN are not charged under the ages of 14 ( but WE REQUIRE that they are properly supervised) and behave properly. Travelers are able to email or phone us with any questions about our property and accommodations.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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