"Magical place to ring in 2019" ....The perfect place to reflect on what 2019 might bring. Loved all the whimsical touches & learning about this very artistic family. ....a great reminder that life is more than a to-do list and a busy calendar."
(Betty & friend, Chapel Hill, N.Carolina) * taken from the church guestbook.
Unique mountaintop church of Robert E. Kuhn/mid-century Sculptor/Artist who is listed in Who's Who Of American Art and who exhibited at The Corcoran Gallery, Church decorated by Artist, POP-Sculptor /Host/son, Nathan Kuhn. Quiet, secluded, full of sophisticated color & Imagination.Up-to-date kitchen and bathrooms (two full). The grounds have an outdoor grill, horse-shoes & croquet court. Harmonica music serenade in the evening. The church is easily accessible, (with road-frontage & parking on the circular-drive) from an attractive, winding, hard-surface, road. No neighbors nearby (as we are situated on 4.5 acres and our private Sculpture Park). Further, the Shenandoah National Park is directly across the road.
The SPACE : This was The All Saint's Mission Church, a three-building estate (including a stone bell-tower) which the Sculptor, Robert E. Kuhn converted to his own studio/gallery and residence. High in the mountains, and up a long winding road and FAR AWAY FROM ANYTHING except : the nationally acclaimed Buddist meditation-center (The Lotus Garden) down the road & The Appalachian Trail up the road, the lovely Big Meadow Restaurant & Resort (only accessible by a two-mile hike to Skyland Drive). The layout is atypical with sleeping spaces in surprising places, 2 plus br's (a single and two queen-size) & 2 more sleeping-spaces (can accommodate five people) and 2 full baths. THE mysterious J. Peterman ( of The J. Peterman Catalog) stayed here for three days and was astonished by this charming residence.
We prefer to have no more than five people in the church. Please note in advance -that The Shenandoah National Park (Skyland Drive/Big Meadows Restaurant & Resort) is NOT accessible by car from the church). For, there is a locked gate that only serves access to Park Rangers and the park employees. Therefore, it is accessible by "hiking" (up, UP-UP) the fire-road 2-miles/that will cross The Appalachian Trail.
GUEST ACCESS : The private 2-acre Sculpture Garden of Robert E. Kuhn, his incredible gallery and residence (with its own stone bell-tower. This secluded mountaintop church /residence is surrounded by The Shenandoah National Park. Bring a book, guitar, or your laptop, binoculars, hat and "hiking"-boots. The small village of Luray for fine dining ( and the host's Sunday night "JAZZ" ) at The Mimslyn Inn. Experience the country ambiance of the Hawks Bill Dinner in Stanley. Uncle Buck's in Luray is also good for down-home country breakfast & dinner. Food-shopping at Martin's in Front Royal (best) or Food Lion and Walmart in Luray. Meditate (or marry) in the Sculpture-garden ( continue the tradition), See the artist's (stone) art-gallery next door to the Church ( not open to the public since the late 90's). INPORTANT: Best to arrive in the daylight ( for, deer & bear may be in the road, which is dark and curvy).
INTERACTION WITH GUESTS : Owners are on-site hosts, Nathan & Lumen Kuhn, who occupy the old parsonage, which is next door. Cocktails, dinner or breakfast are available under the trees for a little extra. Or cook your own dinner (in the Church - a fully equipped kitchen) and sit and enjoy under the trees. Ask for live harmonica-music ( For, host "Nathan" - is a professional harmonica-soloist).
OH,... and PETS are welcome (if properly managed) for a small fee. Nathan likes to bring over his home-made breakfast-treats : (a choice) a selection of hot-muffins OR his walnut & blueberry pancakes. (Please let him know if you do not want them).
Nathan & Lumen will greet you upon your arrival and will be looking for you. ( Please call when you are close by).
OTHER THINGS TO NOTE : The church was moved up, piece by piece, from the Front Royal valley in 1937 (to replace the original structure destroyed by fire). For, the mission church had served the mountain settlers (since 1921). The artist, Robert E. Kuhn bought the de-consecrated church property in 1966. At an elevation of 3000 feet provides its own a/c, so bring warm clothes. Cats & dogs have lived in the house ( but, it is free of odor- except for wildflowers and fresh mountain air. Sheets & towels & kitchen-needs - all are supplied. WiFi, T.V./ movies, & stereo-system (LOTS of CDs), AND a piano-keyboard, .... & Music (JAZZ). Excellent 'cold' drinking-water ( from our spring-well). Good, clean mountain air!
Mountain-outings make everything smell & taste better. ... It's extremely important to note : that the entrance to Skyline Drive
(from the church-Estate ) is a car-ride of 43 miles (should our guests decide NOT to "hike it" at just 2-miles).
So, we welcome you for a WONDERFUL "adventure" - with a stay at The mountain-top church (and ART Estate). And THANK YOU for your booking-consideration. (And please - we welcome you to read and enjoy ALL of our "five-star" reviews).
Our kindest regards,
(hosts) Nathan & Lumen Kuhn
PERSONAL notes : Host.
Your host, Nathan Kuhn, is an accomplished POP Sculptor and jazz musician. He and his charming Philippine wife. "Iluminada" (Lumen) - have served as the resident-managers of The REK ART-Estate following his father's passing in September of 2000. As a professional Sculptor of 27 years he has exhibited, from to coast, with WARHOL, Lichtenstein, Rivers, Dine, Oldenburg (and such noted "Pop-Art" celebrities). Now, he has devoted more of his time as an accomplished Musician (and is one of only a few in America, today who perform as a"Jazz" harmonica-soloist * under his stage-name, "Denny Toyy".
In the spring, our house-guests will be invited to the historic Mimslyn Inn (in Luray) for a relaxing Sunday-evening (of drinks & dinner) and enjoying the popular, "Denny Toyy Jazz Ensemble". (Welcome).
Some of our GUEST COMMENTS ( taken from the church's guest-book) .... tell it all :
" Beautiful, Peaceful, Extraordinary Retreat" .., "Memorable Beauty", . . "Absolutely Amazing",..
" Highly Recommended", "Fun Place To Stay",
"A Destination In & Of Itself" :
" ...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.
"...What a unique and awesome experience! My son bought me here as a surprise-with no clue as to what it would be like."... Aside from the awesome church, I loved your Sunday-night Jazz-concert".
( Sylvia/ Brooklyn, NY)
"Your home is good for the soul & your hospitality is warm & full of grace." (Katie)
"Thank you, Nathan, for all your kindness and generous sharing of the Art-estate's treasures."(Sarah)
(ART) " We will not forget the blend of funny, whimsical, serious, poignant, and COLORFUL creations here - on Tanners Ridge." (S & R)
"Kids really enjoyed the warm muffins you so kindly brought for us every morning." (Ela & children)
" Thank you for everything!" The energy here is incredible!" ( Steve & Serena)
"Thank you for the gracious hospitality, easy conversation, and the delicious muffins & pancakes." ( Katie & Dave)
MORE"Happenings" -, The OFF the mountain:
There is the Buddist Retreat, The Lotus Garden - at the base of Tanners Ridge mountain with a worldwide reputation for excellence. ( (For, we have many guests that stay with us while attending their weekly retreats).
The Jordan Hollow Horse-stable trail-rides on the way to Wisteria Vineyards (for a relaxing wine-tasting stop).
Shenandoah Valley's small towns (like of Luray- 11 miles north) - for shopping, restaurants.
The national historic LURAY CAVERNS ( full-day events), our ZOO and water-park, the fun flea markets & antique shops.
There are the wineries, Civil-War historic-tours, horse-stables, fishing & canoeing, hiking & biking, the numerous triathlons, and bike races. OH SURE! ( Welcome )