A new resort offering camping, glamping, cabins and a small event space could soon be on the way to a farm near Lovettsville, Va., according to the Washington Business Journal.
Greener Estates LLC is exploring the possibility of buying and then overhauling a roughly 60-acre property along Catoctin Creek, currently operating as Hidden Lane Farm, according to filings with Loudoun County planners. The site, owned by Hidden Lane Farm LLC, sits near the intersection of Booth Road and Downey Mill Road, not far from the Creek’s Edge Winery.
Monica Lipscomb, the company’s owner, wrote in a letter to county officials that she sees this “retreat property supporting themed weekend getaways, private events, yoga retreats, and community agricultural and craft evenings.” The highlight will be space for up to 100 guests, split across five one-bedroom cabins, 10 yurt tents and 15 bell tents for glamping, with another 20 traditional campsites.
Lipscomb’s company, which she founded for “purchasing investment properties and redeveloping them in an environmentally responsible and sustainable way,” is also seeking to build a 4,000-square-foot “event barn” as part of the project. That will also host “a small farm market store” that will “sell or rent glamping-related gear; site-related merchandise; and local agricultural products and honey,” she wrote.
A 1,300-square-foot overlook pavilion is also planned for the site, which has views of the area’s rural countryside. Lipscomb also hopes to build a small home and two cottages to serve as both a welcome center and residences; she wrote in her filing that she expects to “live and work on-site.”
“I am currently working as a scientist with the federal government and a mother of three children — ages 5, 11 and 13,” Lipscomb wrote. “My program management and single-parent logistical skills have prepared me to take on this venture. I have education in environmental planning and hydrogeography, which will guide smart choices in protecting the parcel that I find to develop.”
Lipscomb said that she is negotiations to purchase the property, so long as the county agrees that a resort would be a feasible use for it. It’s currently listed by both Compass and Sotheby’s for a price of $799,000. It last sold for $1 million in 2019, per county records.