Historic Creek Side Vacation Home in Blue Ridge Mountains

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Gooney Lodge in early spring


Last updated: 10/09/2016
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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 1959. Located on the banks of Gooney Creek, the 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 the original stone walls. Swing for children, books, board games, hammock and rocking chairs on the porch. No TV. WiFi, Radio/CD player, phone for local calls. Fishing in creek and nearby Shenandoah River. Hiking, swimming, canoeing, caving, Civil War battlefields, wineries all proximate. Vaulted ceiling in kitchen with view of mountain; new patios and walkways.

Keywords: cottage, cabin, vacation home, historic home

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Property Type

  • House
  • 2000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome
  • Limited Accessibility
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • 100 foot front porch with ceiling fans directly off the creek; fishing from yard; board and yard games. Bed linens and bath towels provided....moreless



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


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Shenandoah Park and Buck Mountain...moreless

  • Rural
  • Water View:

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

  • Waterfront:

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Spelunking
  • Swimming
  • Water Tubing


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet:

    WiFi available...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    kitchen linens only; additional linen/towel service available for fee of $10/person...moreless

  • Living Room:

    with vaulted ceilings...moreless

  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Bicycles:

    two older geared bikes available; NO HELMETS. Combination provided upon request. Additional deposit required....moreless

  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden:

    big lawn, horseshoes and badminton available; swing...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill


Write a review 4.6
from 32 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 1 - Oct 31, 2016
2 night min stay
Apr 28 - Nov 6, 2017
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


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


Upon agreement of rental period, a complete rental contract and additional property information is provided for your review and signature to be returned with the deposit fee.

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 $10/person

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Owner's cancellation policy:

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

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Last updated: 10/09/2016
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30 Miles
Nearest Airport
Winchester (regional), Dulles International
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
several local golf courses
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant

Car: Necessary

Wineries, Civil War sites, Caverns, Shenandoah National Park, regional theater, historic towns of Winchester and Front Royal, Washington DC metro area


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1958

About the owner: We are the third generation of our family to own Gooney and have had this treasure for 54 years now; the prior owners owned it for 42 years!

Why the Owner Chose Front Royal, VA, USA:
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 House:
proximity to many attractions in the Shenandoah Valley as well as Northern VA and DC

Contact us

Speaks: english

Links to more information:



  • Gooney Lodge in early spring

    Gooney Lodge in early spring

  • View from Buck Mountain Roa

    View from Buck Mountain Roa

  • Land Falls swimming pool--a short hike!

    Land Falls swimming pool--a short hike!

  • Barn and guest cottage

    Barn and guest cottage

  • Gooney Creek in the fall

    Gooney Creek in the fall

  • Fall scene from the Loop Road near Browntown

    Fall scene from the Loop Road near Browntown

  • Browntown--a short bike ride or walk away

    Browntown--a short bike ride or walk away

VRBO #363466

This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Friday, October 21, 2016

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Historic Creek Side Vacation Home in Blue Ridge Mountains

Front Royal, VA, USA #363466

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