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Rustic, Historic Creek Side Vacation Home in Va Mountains

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Last updated: 04/15/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Front Royal cottage description

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!

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 2000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Children Welcome
          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Limited Accessibility

          Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

            claw footed tub...moreless

          • Bathroom 2: toilet, tub

            claw footed tub...moreless

          Other Amenities

              • No smoking allowed inside houses or barn.

              Entertainment

              • Games For Kids
              • Books For Kids
              • Toys:

                hobby horse, small toys...moreless

              • CD Player
              • Books For Adults
              • Games
              • Books
              • Radio

              Theme

              • Historic
              • Away From It All
              • Sports & Activities
              • Adventure
              • Family
              • Tourist Attractions
              • Budget

              Car

                  • Necessary

                  Attractions

                  • Churches
                  • Cinemas
                  • Winery Tours
                  • Restaurants
                  • Museums
                  • Library
                  • Autumn Foliage
                  • Festivals
                  • Playground
                  • Live Theater
                  • Caves
                  • Waterfalls
                  • Forests
                  • Coin Laundry

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Photography
                  • Walking
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Horseshoes
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Antiquing
                  • Bird Watching

                  local services and businesses

                  • Laundromat
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Medical Services
                  • Hospital
                  • Groceries

                  Location Type

                  • Waterfront:

                    Gooney Creek runs immediately in front of home...moreless

                  • Mountain
                  • Rural

                  sports and adventure activities

                  • Spelunking
                  • Mountain Climbing
                  • Golf
                  • Hiking
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Hunting Small Game
                  • Swimming
                  • Fishing
                  • Hunting
                  • Water Tubing
                  • Rafting
                  • Fly Fishing
                  • Equestrian Events
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Mountaineering
                  • Cycling

                  catering options

                      • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

                      Dining

                      • Child's Highchair
                      • Dining Room

                      General

                      • Local Maps
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Fireplace
                      • Ceiling Fans
                      • Parking
                      • Telephone
                      • Firewood
                      • Local Restaurant Guide

                      Kitchen

                      • Cooking Utensils
                      • Ice Maker
                      • Dishes & Utensils
                      • Coffee Grinder
                      • Kitchen:

                        stone walls; this part of the home dates back to the 1700's...moreless

                      • Pantry Items:

                        hand mixer, other kitchen essentials too numerous to mention...moreless

                      • Stove
                      • Grill
                      • Refrigerator
                      • Toaster
                      • Stove
                      • Coffee Maker
                      • Oven
                      • Microwave

                      Outside

                      • Terrace
                      • Lawn / Garden:

                        large lawn, swing, room for horseshoes, badminton...moreless

                      • Outdoor Grill
                       

                      Reviews

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                      • Excellent property !!!!! We had a wonderful time.

                        Excellent property !!!!! We had a wonderful time.

                        • Guest ana s.
                        • Date of stay 05/24/13
                        • Review Submitted 06/05/13
                        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.

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                      • Family / Country / Get-Away / Good Times!

                        Family / Country / Get-Away / Good Times!

                        • Guest Tom V.
                        • Date of stay 08/08/09
                        • Review Submitted 08/03/12
                        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

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                      • Great Family Getaway!

                        Great Family Getaway!

                        • Guest Lissy V.
                        • Date of stay 07/27/11
                        • Review Submitted 07/31/12
                        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!

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                      • Not worth the trip

                        Not worth the trip

                        • Guest Jeana M.
                        • Date of stay 06/28/12
                        • Review Submitted 07/30/12
                        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.

                        Owner 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.

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                      • Wonderful Girls Weekend

                        Wonderful Girls Weekend

                        • Guest Colette (PA)
                        • Date of stay 07/20/12
                        • Review Submitted 07/25/12
                        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.

                        Recommended for: Pet owners, romantic getaway, girls getaway, sightseeing.

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                      • Great girls weekend

                        Great girls weekend

                        • Guest E&RMommy (Ephrata, PA)
                        • Date of stay 07/20/12
                        • Review Submitted 07/25/12
                        I spent the weekend here with some friends from College. It was wonderful. It is the kind of place that you can tell the people who own it use it and care about it. The kitchen truely is fully stocked. The family must use it when they are there. We really enjoyed sitting out on the front porch reading books talking and watching the humming birds, gold finches and cardinals. Even when it was hot sitting under the ceiling fan on the front porch you did not really notice the heat. The creek was beautiful too. There is no cell phone access and it was nice to unplug for a little while and know that about 4 miles away we could get to town and us our phones.

                        Recommended for: Families with young children, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sightseeing.

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                      • We loved Gooney Lodge - it's one of a kind!

                        We loved Gooney Lodge - it's one of a kind!

                        • Guest Carasue (United States)
                        • Date of stay 05/18/12
                        • Review Submitted 06/12/12
                        We stayed with two other couples at Gooney Lodge in May and had a fabulous time. We loved sitting on the porch and building a bonfire in the outdoor "chimney". Visiting local wineries was a treat, but we had our best meals cooking in at Gooney Lodge. The authentic atmosphere makes it feel like a real home. The beds were super comfortable and the decorations were fun to check out. We loved the lack of intrusion from "screens" (no TV, cell service, wifi, etc.), made it a real getaway. I loved relaxing in the clawfoot tub, the house was impeccably clean and I know how difficult it is to keep an old house in such great shape. Can't wait to bring our kids here - they will love it. Driving in through the creek set the mood for our fun weekend. What a truly beautiful spot! Gooney Lodge is something special!

                        Recommended for: Families with young children, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, adventure seekers, sightseeing.

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                      • Unique, lovely home in peacful setting

                        Unique, lovely home in peacful setting

                        • Guest Amltravel (Pittsburgh, PA)
                        • Date of stay 05/18/12
                        • Review Submitted 06/01/12
                        We were one of three couples who stayed at Gooney Lodge to attend the Front Royal Wine Festival. We loved the house, the grounds, the antiques, the stream, and the town (not to mention the wine!). The house is so unique and makes for such a memorable stay. I felt like I was in my great grandmother's farm house. I would have given it five stars if it had one more bathroom (or one closer to the bedroom we stayed in), although I would highly recommend it to other guests and I would stay there again in a heartbeat!

                        Recommended for: Age 55+, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, girls getaway, adventure seekers.

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                      • A perfect family reunion setting!

                        A perfect family reunion setting!

                        • Guest margaret B.
                        • Date of stay 05/24/12
                        • Review Submitted 05/31/12
                        Our stay with 7 adults and, 6 children under 6, was a well enjoyed time had by all. The accommodations were clean, comfortable and charming. We know this is a spot we will surely return to in the near future.

                        Recommended for: Families with young children, age 55+, pet owners, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, adventure seekers, sightseeing.

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                      • always an amazing stay!

                        always an amazing stay!

                        • Guest molly (atlanta, ga)
                        • Date of stay 05/24/12
                        • Review Submitted 05/31/12
                        Gooney is such a special place, and even more special when I get to share it with all my family and kids! what a special, peaceful ad adventurous place. always leave wishing I didn't have to!

                        Recommended for: Families with young children, age 55+, pet owners, romantic getaway, girls getaway, adventure seekers, sightseeing.

                        Owner response: So glad the Pittsburgh clan enjoyed their stay with us!

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                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      2014
                      May 1 - Nov 1, 2014
                      2 night min stay
                      $325
                      $1,400
                      My Standard Rate
                      2 night min stay
                      $325 $325
                      Fri, Sat
                      $1,400

                      Additional information about rental rates

                      Fees:

                      • Refundable Damage Deposit $150
                      • Tax Rate 7%

                      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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                      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


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                      Last updated: 04/15/2014
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                      Location

                      This owner has opted not to share the exact location of their property.

                      • Nearest Airport: Dulles International at 50 Miles
                      • Nearest Motorway: I-66/81 at 10 Miles
                       

                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 1959

                      About the owner: 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.

                      Why the Owner Chose Front Royal:
                      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.

                      The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
                      proximity to historic Civil War sites, Shenandoah Park, Valley of Virginia, Northern Virginia and Washington DC


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                      Speaks: english

                       

                      Photos

                      • Gooney Creek

                        Gooney Creek

                      • Dining Room

                        Dining Room

                      • downstairs bedroom

                        downstairs bedroom

                      • downstairs bedroom

                        downstairs bedroom

                      • fun on the low water ford

                        fun on the low water ford

                      • Living Room

                        Living Room

                      • upstairs bedroom with balcony over living room

                        upstairs bedroom with balcony over living room

                      • upstairs bedroom #2

                        upstairs bedroom #2

                      • view from Skyline Drive

                        view from Skyline Drive

                      • our barn

                        our barn

                      $325 per night (USD)
                      12

                      5 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 10

                      View calendar: Updated 04/15/14
                      Minimum stay: 2 nights
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