My summer “two-do” list (not necessarily in this order):

1.  Catch, cook, and clean my own trout, and, a bit loftier,

2.  Stay in the Golden Eagle Tree House (pictured above) at Primland with my husband, John, (aka JD).

I was reminded of the latter when JD spotted this article about Primland in the April 2012 issue of the US Airways in-flight magazine on a recent trip.  Primland is an unexpected, 12,000-acre retreat cloistered in the Blue Ridge near Meadows of Dan in awe-inspiring Patrick County, Virginia.  It takes its name from its late founder, the French billionaire Didier Primat, who passed away a year before seeing the opening of the property in 2009.  Thankfully, the “passionate outdoorsman with the heart of an environmentalist” left the stewardship of the land to his eight children who have remained true to their father’s vision, what Town and Country writer Brian McCallen aptly deemed “pure quiescence,” a naturalist’s dream, placed as lightly on the land as possible.

Nowhere is that commitment to responsible development more apparent than in the design of the Golden Eagle Tree House. Set in the strong limbs of one of the oldest and most beautiful oak trees on property, the French architectural firm, La Cabane Percheé used a special binding system that allowed them to situate the tree house without driving a single nail into the host tree.

We have stayed in the Lodge and enjoyed one of the best locally sourced meals of our lives in the inventive Elements restaurant, but our return visit will surely find us nested in the Golden Eagle Tree House, gazing at the constellations with its resident astronomer from the Observatory Dome.

Karen Quina-Doyle | Marketing Director | Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation

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