3-Room Suite in mountain lodge, on vineyard estate, overlooking Roaring River
Josephine and Thomas Silvey
- english, french, german
About Josephine and Thomas Silvey
Josephine speaking: I was born in France of German parents, and moved to the States when I was 15 years. Graduated from San Jose State University with BS in Business Administration, with a concentration in accounting and a minor in economics. I worked for IBM for 17 years, and was transferred about every 3 years to a new location, including oversees assignment in Tokyo, Japan for 3 years. After that, I worked in Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) at First Union Bank (now Wells Fargo Bank). My husband Tom and I live on our NC Vineyards. Tom Speaking: I am from Harriman, TN and grew up on my beloved mountains, overlooking a beautiful lake. I graduated from Le Tourneau University with an Engineering degree, and have been working for Westinghouse which later became Siemens. I had to work on numerous projects which required extensive travel abroad (China, Japan and in Europe). I developed a taste for traveling and was happy that Josephine loves traveling as well. Josephine and I met in Charlotte and got married in 1993. Both of us were married before so we blended our children into our new family (Josephine‘s daughter and my two daughters and son). We are now empty-nesters, but the family keeps growing with the addition of grandchildren, three grandsons, one grand-daughter, and another on the way! Since acquiring the vineyard, we have traveled extensively to wine growing regions to develop our knowledge of viticulture and enology. Our knowledge must include best practices used, not only in our region, but also in other parts of the world.
Josephine and Thomas Silvey purchased this Lodge in 2001
Why Josephine and Thomas Silvey chose Traphill
The setting of this property is gorgeous and reminiscent of picturesque French hillsidevineyards situated on the slopes of a river. We knew we had a gem, and soon after the dream was born. We wanted others to discover what we had found, an area rich in history, of moonshine and NASCAR, close to Stone Mountain State Park, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and dotted with many wineries along the NC Wine Route. People come here from all over to enjoy the foliage in fall, to hike, fish, hunt, and partake of all the things the region has to offer.
What makes this Lodge unique
You have the opportunity to stay in an upscale apartment on a private riverside vineyard estate. You enter the property through an elegant entrance, with two fishing ponds on each side, and see the vineyard going up the slope. You drive to the lodgings situated on the bank, literally just feet away of the Roaring River. The two-story home has a wrap-around porch on each level that offers great views of the river, the grist-mill ruins, 'The Gathering Place' with its indoor-outdoor fireplace available to groups with multiple rentals. The beauty of the setting slowly registers with you, as you take in the view. You hear the sounds of the river cascading over large boulders, and the next thing you know you’re fishing and hoping to catch that “prize winning” trout. If fishing does not suit you, you can opt to relax on the sandy beach further down river, catch-up on some reading, cool-off in the water or picnic in the vineyards. Nature lovers will enjoy the sightings of the abundant wildlife. You can chose to relax or engage in as many activities as the region has to offer, it’s up to you! One of the benefits of being on a private estate is that you can fish on our private ponds year-round without a license. We also allow bow-hunting on our grounds. For those of you “wannabe” grape-growers, you can pick the grapes at harvest time or help crush grapes. We are open to that! Who knows, there may be a budding winemaker among you! There are many attractions on the estate, and around the region to have you coming back time after time.
Pool / Spa
Children not allowed - No fence by river, 20ft drop over granite.No fence by river, 20ft drop over granite.
No pets - No exceptions.No exceptions.
No smoking - The entire vineyard is a non-smoking environment. The entire vineyard is a non-smoking environment.
Max guests: 2 (sleeps up to 2 adults)
Minimum age of primary renter: 23 - is 23 Years if ageis 23 Years if age
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
The property is beautiful, the accomodations are outstanding, the ambience is tranquil, and the owners are hospitable. We will definately be visiting this property again.
Love this place
My wife and I stay here every year and we will continue for sure. Love the property, location, owners and the onsite restaurant. Great place to get away and just relax!
Great experience. Location is out of town and quiet. Loved the location on the river and having the restaurant on site was fun. Great location if you want to blend a quiet getaway with a location close to hiking in the park.
Just what we needed!
This place is a definite “come-backer”. Very nice and clean accommodations. Waking up and hearing the river in the backyard and enjoying coffee with friends. Enjoying a wine tasting in the afternoon with a very courteous staff. Then grilling out steaks on the back porch. Finalized by a cold night around the outdoor fireplace making s’mores. Had some great company from the vineyard dogs also!
Excellent Surprise Getaway for Wife
Surprised my wife with a long weekend getaway. She didn't know the destination and was ecstatic when we arrived at the vineyard and was also pleasantly pleased to know we were staying on site. Upon our arrival, we were greeted by Tom and later met Josephine in the Restaurant/Bar. Tom offered us a tour of the entire property including the vineyards and told us to feel free to explore further. The "Birch" accommodation and its view of the river was EPIC. The additional amenities offered at Roaring River Vineyards were awesome. Tom & Josephine have thought of every detail, including how to operate the tv remotes. We found ourselves on one of the many decks having coffee each morning, taking a nice walk/hike on the property, enjoying great wine, bourbon and craft beer at the firepit and hot tub. At night, we would enjoy a nice dinner and adult beverage at their restaurant (Highly Recommend the Burger) while having the opportunity to learn how Roaring River Vineyards was established. We are planning to make this a yearly trip and schedule a long weekend trip with friends utilizing all of the rooms onsite.
Tom & Josephine are great people, owners and host of this GEM on the river. Needless to say our experience was GREAT!
Thank You so much for your kind words! We look forward to having you stay with us again!
Our lodging is located just two miles from Stone Mountain State Park which attracts over 750,000 visitors annually. The park is a granite peak which offers all types of acivities such as: camping, hiking, biking, rock-climbing, wildlife viewing. In addition to that that are many educational events some given by the park rangers on specific topics, as well as other events. Drop by the office building to view the Mountain culture exhibit, animal exhibit, Stone Mountain formation exhibit. There are several historical sites that one should visit, over 75 picnicking areas, and great fishing. There are also over 100 vineyards and wineries that offer wine-tastings and special events. The Lodgings are located on a riverside and vineyard setting. Our property has a lot to offer: year-round fishing (no license required on private ponds), river, swimming , vineyard life, fire-pit, outdoor grill, and indoor and outdoor games. There are 3 apartments in the rental house. The house may also be rented as a single Unit. There is an events venue that can be rented for weddings, business events, and private parties. Great place to relax and have fun. Right in your backyard yet a world away!