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Historic Creek Side Vacation Home in Blue Ridge Mountains

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, 5 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

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

More Details

Anne Rutherford/Mary Blanton
Member since: 2007
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
9 August, 2017

About Anne Rutherford/Mary Blanton

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!

Anne Rutherford/Mary Blanton purchased this house in 1958

Why Anne Rutherford/Mary Blanton chose Shenandoah Valley

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.

What makes this house unique

proximity to many attractions in the Shenandoah Valley as well as Northern VA and DC


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Front Royal in Happy Creek

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • claw-foot tubs, one with shower installed
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Double Beds (6), Twin or Single Beds (2), 3/4 bed (1); 2 upstairs bedrooms have balconies overlooking living/dining rooms
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • 2 bicycles
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
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
  • caving
  • swimming
  • water tubing
100 foot front porch with ceiling fans directly off the creek; fishing from yard; board and yard games. Bed linens and bath towels provided.


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(36 traveller reviews)

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Historic Creek Side Vacation Home in Blue Ridge Mountains
average rating of 4.638889 based on 36 reviews

If you truly want to get away... this is it!

  • 5 of 5

The first night I was a little worried about my decision to rent a place that had no TV, dishwasher, clothes washer, a/c, cell service, and was an older home... what if not everyone in my group appreciated the quaintness and the opportunity to disconnect? But my fears were put to rest and by the tenth night, I wanted to cry because it was my last night there! My group ranged in age from 5-73 years old, and every single one of us said it was the best vacation ever! Close to DC, hiking, caves, and history was just icing on the cake. I was content sitting on the porch and playing in the wide creek fishing and stone collecting. What a great way for a family to reconnect with board games, a fire, and some good old fashioned outdoor time!!! Thanks a million!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at Gooney Lodge! What a wonderful property to have a relaxing weekend with friends. Would love to come back!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5


  • Review Submitted: May 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
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Quaint, Rustic Mountain Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Once again, the Gooney Lodge met out needs perfectly. We live in the area and when friends and family get together and there are too many people coming to stay at our house, the Lodge is our go-to back up accomodation. Our guests were charmed by its history and location. The rustic simplicity worked for all.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We loved it! Great quiet girl weekend!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Family gathering

  • 3 of 5

This is our 3rd visit to this wonderful lodge. Rustic but clean, comfortable and a great place to reconnect with family and friends. Although the creek was low, there was still enough flow for the young ones to play and enjoy! We will see you again, I'm sure!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Winchester (regional), Dulles International
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
several local golf courses
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Car: necessary

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


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Front Royal, Virginia

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
28 Apr 2017 - 6 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Damage Deposit £116.58

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
Payment by E-Check is available at no additional fee but is not accessible by the "Book Now" link. To take advantage of this option, send a message of inquiry and it will be an option when you receive the follow up email from us.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.