36 Lovely Moments from Retreat at Cool SpringJanuary 13, 2017
Before we start the dream tour of this historic
manor house in Virginia which became
The Retreat at Cool Spring,
I think you should know I'm feeling extra extra tender
these days, and I think it's because I'm an empath
soaking up quite a lot of emotion around me.
Something interesting happened to this blog yesterday.
My sister and I were busy taking photos of
the fixer upper so I didn't look at my computer
or phone all day, and when I checked my
stats last night, I was astonished.
It was the second busiest blog day ever.
I did some checking in search
of an explanation for the surge.
Believe it or not, it wasn't
pretty interiors that went viral.
|My sweet Bella Luna...oh how I miss you.|
Posted just after the Presidential election.
A prayer of the heart.
I may be naive.
But the surge yesterday...for a prayer...it fills me with hope.
The post is here if you missed it,
and here is the prayer penned that morning,
stream of consciousness, with no stops or edits:
Let there be peace on earth...
let it begin with me.
May I cultivate that peace
and reflect it wherever I roam.
May I bring smiles, hope, and laughter
to corners where there is darkness and despair.
May I share good fruit and gracious hospitality
with others fighting battles I cannot see.
May I look for the light and humbly reflect it.
Oh that I might be a source of comfort
and fresh air to the atmosphere.
That I might be a peaceful fragrance in the world.
That I might willingly go in vulnerable directions,
allowing my heart to be broken over and over again.
That I might persistently return to love in spite of the cost.
That I might not lose hope when the sting of death
and cold harsh days of mourning come.
That I might loosely hold my attachments and
glimpse the gold shimmering within eternal realms.
Oh, let those realms manifest into reality!
Oh, may grace wash over me and you
til we are so free from bitterness
and so full of mercy our
hearts overflow with
May the door of happiness
swing wide open to all.
May all who seek rest, find it this day.
May our lives bloom in diversity and pure harmony.
And may stillness and quiet contemplation
have its way with us.
I lift this prayer of the heart as an offering to the universe.
And I surrender my need for all to be well,
calling upon instead, a divine intuition
which welcomes a trustworthy energy
to pierce unholy parts,
reveal the everlasting,
teach a hidden wholeness.
And now a retreat.
Let's step inside a dreamy manor house called
Retreat at Cool Spring
which has been kindly loved back to life by its
caretaker, the owner of a vintage/decor shop
(Old Lucketts Store in Leesburg, Virginia)
and can be rented for weddings, events, and vacations.
It's also where the brilliant Miss Mustard Seed
styled her MMSMP collection in 2015!
Photography and Sources:
Dan Chung, Pinterest, Joffoto,
Renee Hollingshead and Kristen Lynne
The 1799 home with original
architectural details is hidden on the edge
of a former golf course in Bluemont, Virginia.
It was built by a Revolutionary War soldier
and was once occupied by a US senator who served
on the jury of former Vice President Aaron Burr's
In July 1864, the Battle of Cool Spring took place
across the river, and Union troops advanced
through the Shenandoah Valley but were defeated
When restorationist Scott Lessler purchased the Retreat
in 2005, he installed central air and heating,
gave it a new roof, and stripped the woodwork
and doors which had been coated in layers of
paint over the centuries.
When the house became Suzanne Eblen's in 2014,
she spent more than a year sourcing furniture and
antique pieces, giving it "an artfully undone perfection."
Some of the Retreat's notable elements:
a location in the heart of Virginia's wine country
terraces overlooking the river
huge dining room
elegant living room
It's such an enchanting historical property,
and I would be in heaven taking photos here
and savoring the details Suzanne Eblen has so
Thanks for touring the lovely
Retreat at Cool Spring with me...
wouldn't it be amazing to gather here?
The days are short and so gloomy right now,
and these peaceful images with their
timeworn beauty lift my spirits.
I pray that you feel safe.
I pray you don't feel too alone.
I pray you know your worth.
I'm sending light from the silvery moon...
and peace to you, right where you are.
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