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Historic Creek Side Vacation Home in Va Mountains

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Last updated: 04/16/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property 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 had the property since 1958. Located on the banks of Gooney Creek, the rustic main house boasts pine panelling, 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, but radio/CD player, WiFi, and phone for local calls. Fishing/wading/swimming in creek and nearby Shenandoah River. Hiking, biking, canoeing, caving, Civil War battlefields, wineries all proximate. .
Step back in time...into a slower pace of life...: Gooney Lodge is the perfect place to enjoy a quiet time away from it all, centered on spiritual/family/couple/outdoor activities. For more active folks, there are plenty of nearby movies, restaurants, coffee shops, and outdoor activities. Gooney is a return to the time when people talked to each other and spent time together not staring at little screens. Try an evening rocking on the porch listening to the creek, chatting over the day or family memories, reading, watching children catch fireflies or fish, play board games, cards or charades, sing together or look at constellations and shooting stars! Great hiking, biking, swimming, canoeing and other adventure sports in the immediate area. Local award winning winery overlooking Shenandoah National Park within walking distance.


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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 2000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome
  • Limited Accessibility
  • Pets Not Allowed

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.


  • Books:


  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • Games:

    board games, cards badminton horseshoes...moreless

  • Games For Kids


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


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

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Water View
  • Waterfront:

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided:

    at extra charge...moreless


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

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

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

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

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster:

    toaster oven...moreless


  • Lawn / Garden:

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

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace


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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$325 $325
Fri, Sat

Additional information about rental rates


  • CC Booking Fee $25 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $150
  • Tax Rate 7%


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Stays of other than 2 or 7 nights are possible and negotiated depending on availability.

Bed and bath linens are optional and offered at a rate of $110/person

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Last updated: 04/16/2015
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50 Miles
Nearest Airport
Dulles International
5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
40 Miles
Nearest Ski

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


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. Our family has grown up loving her for three generations now. We are scattered across the country, and want to share her beauty and history with others who appreciate the old as well as the new, and who treasure family time together. We hope you will return again and again as some of our guests have done now for years. Gooney is a special place.

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

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Speaks: english


  • Gooney Creek

    Gooney Creek

  • Dining Room

    Dining Room

  • downstairs bedroom

    downstairs bedroom

  • downstairs bedroom

    downstairs bedroom

  • From the Ford

    From the Ford

  • 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

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Minimum stay: 2 nights
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