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Shenandoah Mt. Church/Artist Estate

SuperhostLuray, Virginia, United States
Farm stay hosted by Marcy
6 guests3 bedrooms4 beds2 baths
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This listing is off the market until further notice. Unique mountaintop church estate 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. This deconsecrated church, decorated by artist/host Nathan Kuhn, is quiet and secluded.The church has an up to date kitchen and two full bathrooms and a large dining table.The church is easily accessible from the hard surface, small road.

The space
At one time the church was the All Saints Mission Church, now a three building estate which the sculptor/artist Robert E.Kuhn converted to his studio and residence. High in the mountains, up a long winding road and FAR AWAY FROM ANYTHING except a meditation center (Lotus gardens)down the road, the Appalachian Trail up the road, lovely Big Meadow restaurant (accessible by a two mile hike only-to the Skyland Drive), the church layout is atypical with sleeping spaces in surprising places: 2 BR's (a single bed and two queen size) + 4 more sleeping spaces and 2 full baths. THE mysterious J. Peterman (of J. Peterman Catalog) stayed here and was astonished by the charm of the church residence. We prefer to host no more than five people Please know in advance that the Shenandoah National Park is NOT accessible by car from the church- it is accessible by foot only, a great walk that many guests chose to take. Also, please note that there is a charge for children and dogs.

Guest access
The sculpture garden of Robert E. Kuhn, his incredible gallery and residence with its own stone bell tower. This secluded mountain church/residence is surrounded by the Shenandoah National Park. Bring a book, camera, guitar or your laptop, binoculars, hat & hiking boots. The town of Luray is a ten mile drive where an excellent restaurant is located for fine dining and Sunday night jazz, Mimslyn Inn. Experience the country ambience of the Hawksbill Diner in Stanley, even closer. Uncle Buck's restaurant in Luray is also good for down-home country breakfast & dinner. Food shopping at Martins supermarket in Front Royal (best), Wegman’s near Warrenton or Food Lion and Walmart in Luray. Meditate or marry in the church sculpture garden. Have a small retreat. Or see the artist's gallery which has not been to the public since the late 90's. It best to arrive in the daylight in order to avoid hitting deer that may be in the road.

Other things to note
The church was moved up, piece by piece, from the Front Royal valley in 1937 as a mission church for the mountain community. The artist Robert E.Kuhn bought the church in 1966. The elevation of 3000 feet provides its own a/c in the summer. Please bring bring warm clothes when you least expect cool weather. The church does have window air conditioning, should outside temperatures be uncomfortably hot. Cats & dogs have lived in the house, although it is free from odor- except of wild flowers and fresh mountain air. Sheets and towels, kit equip-all are supplied. Wi-fi & TV. Movies & music (jazz). Excellent drinking water! Good clean mountain air! Mountain outings make everything smell and taste better. It extremely important to note that the public entrance to the Skyland Drive is roughly 20 miles from the church by car. On foot, it is a short two mile hike up (and up) the fire road. This two mile fire road is accessible to only Shenandoah Park employees' cars only AND all hikers. It is not open to guests' cars.

There are few neighbors or trains within hearing distance or sight. Just the quiet, deep woods. And a little used road that is safe enough to walk down the short distance to the informal hikers' access to the national park and the Appalachian Trail.
There are animals in the area; deer, bear, skunk, coyote. You might consider keeping your dog on a leash. We love dogs and cats and yours are welcome if they are calm and well behaved, and if you have control of your dog. Please do not leave your dog in the church
without supervision.
This listing is off the market until further notice. Unique mountaintop church estate 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. This deconsecrated church, decorated by artist/host Nathan Kuhn, is quiet and secluded.The church has an up to date kitchen and two full bathrooms and a large dining table.The church is easily acc…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Common spaces
2 sofa beds

Amenities

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Free parking on premises
Breakfast
Hair dryer
Kitchen
First aid kit
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TV
Hangers
Carbon monoxide alarm

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Luray, Virginia, United States

You share this neighborhood with wildlife and the cosmos. I saw a rose breasted grosbeak this morning. All kinds of critters, deer, fox, bear, skunk, chipmunks, squirrels! The spirit of the artist who lived there. See the milky way more clearly than ever. Hear the clarity of silence- and owls! See the Perseids! Several hiking trails can be accessed from Big Meadows on Skyline Dr. (drive there, please) including the Mill Prong Trail which leads to Rapidan Camp on the Rapidan River, the fishing retreat of President Herbert Hoover which is now restored to its 1930's configuration. N.B. The Shenandoah National Park Road is reachable from the Church ONLY by way of a 2 mile HIKE on fire trail). Horse back Riding at Jourdan Hollow Stables in Stanley, Visit famous Luray Caverns including the Car and Carriage Museum and Toy Town Junction, Mine Sluicing and Luray Valley Museum. You may plan your hiking with the help of PATC Map #10 which may be ordered from Potomac Appalachian Trail Club or downloaded.We recommend Willow Farm, between Luray and Stanley, for fresh vegetables and eggs.
You share this neighborhood with wildlife and the cosmos. I saw a rose breasted grosbeak this morning. All kinds of critters, deer, fox, bear, skunk, chipmunks, squirrels! The spirit of the artist who lived…

Hosted by Marcy

Joined in August 2013
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I have long been a real estate agent (since 1971). Very interested in bright abstract art and be-bop jazz, I am a board member of the Dupont Circle Citizens Association. I love dogs, gardening, and D.C. Galleries, working out at the gym. I am a also a hiker, birder, blue water sailor. I have rented out furnished apartments for twenty years or so and have loved every single minute of it, especially my Airbnb times. I bike to the grocery and around town daily. My motto: Always keep moving and never stop giving.
I have long been a real estate agent (since 1971). Very interested in bright abstract art and be-bop jazz, I am a board member of the Dupont Circle Citizens Association. I love dog…
During your stay
Owners and on-site hosts, Nathan and Lumen Kuhn, live in 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 and sit under the trees. Ask for live harmonica music! Nathan and Lumen will greet you upon your arrival and will be looking for you. Please call them when you are close . Nathan likes to bring homemade muffins to the guests in the morning. Please let him know if you do not want the muffins. Thanks so much!
Owners and on-site hosts, Nathan and Lumen Kuhn, live in the old parsonage which is next door. Cocktails, dinner, or breakfast are available under the trees for a little extra.…
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House rules
Check-in: 2:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Checkout: 11:00 a.m.
No smoking
Pets are allowed
Safety & Property
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm
Security Deposit - if you damage the home, you may be charged up to $201