|Minimum Stay||2 - 3 nights|
WE ARE NOW PERMANENTLY CLOSED. We will greatly miss our guests and the joy they have brought our lives! We would like to thank all those who have stayed with us.
Our custom built log home sits in a tranquil setting on the New River and at the foot of a mountain with a view of surrounding mountains. The location is way off the beaten path on a designated scenic drive, but only about 15-20 minutes from the interstate. The drive to the home is exciting as one enters the National Gorge Scenic River through a series of switchbacks, crossing the river over an historic bridge with a sharp turn onto a 1 1/2 lane road toward the cabin. The master bedroom is large and filled with antiques. Across the hall, is a bathroom with separate tiled shower and jetted tub. The hallway spills into a combined kitchen/dining/living area with vaulted ceiling and stacked stone fireplace. Up the stairs, one enters a separate living area that overlooks the downstairs. The upstairs bedroom has a private porch overlooking the mountain and it also has an adjoining bathroom with another jetted tub.
The wraparound porch features several sittting areas and porch swings.There is covered parking in an adjoining carport that also has a gas grill. Beside the river, is a large pavilion with electricity, several sitting areas, hanging porch swing, and outdoor stone grill.
One could spend all their time lounging at the home in total relaxation with only short trips into nearby Beckley for supplies. But, there is a small walking beach at the end of the road (as the river curves behind the mountain). Or cross back over the bridge and make an immediate left into Glade Creek Park. Hiking takes you past a waterfall with a swimming hole at the bottom. Or don't go over the bridge and instead drive 2 min.into Prince to pick up friends at the Art Deco train depot with mosaic tiled floors (featuring a picture of Chessie the Cat, the C&O Railroad mascot) and wall mural of a nearby coal town. Or keep going through Prince toward Babcock State Park and see the most photographed mill in the world and hike their trails.
Many people go a step further and drive north 20-30 min to historic Fayetteville for lunch, and visit the Canyon Rim Visitor's Center with amazing views of the New River Gorge Bridge (the longest single-span steel-arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere and higher than several 'Washington Monuments'). On the way home, take a detour toward the historic ghost town Thurmond. Visit the the only town in the world with a railroad track as the main street. Learn about the coal barons and world's longest poker game at the interpretive center at the depot and hike the famous Mary Ingles trail. Stop for some WV pan fried trout at the Tamarack (back in Beckley), where only WV handcrafted items are sold. That is one possible day.
Some people prefer hiring a professional guide for whitewater rafting, rock climbing, or the new Zip Line tour through the canapy of native hemlocks (as featured in Popular Mechanics magazine). Don't forget Grandview Park with short hikes of gorgeous views, open air amphitheatre, and be sure to climb to the top of Turkey Spur for views of your rental home. After that, visit Sandstone Falls or take in a PGA tour at the famous Greenbrier Resort (or a wine symposium? spa? concert?...)
Let us know what your interests are and we can help you plan your trip. Ever wonder what its like in a coal mine? Take 'a journey into the earth' just up the road at the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine. Join fans from around the world for the Appalachian String Band Music Festival at Camp Washington Carver, every year in August. Or take a fall foliage train tour during Hinton Railroad Days in October.
Old Royal Lodging is located adjacent to Bechtel Summit Reserve, home to the new Boy Scouts of America high adventure base, the 2013 National and 2019 World Jamborees.
Keywords: 'Old Royal Lodging': Log home, on the New River, in the mountains, on a designated scenic drive, off the beaten path, near city of Beckley and interstate, deluxe kitchen, jetted tubs, custom furniture, stacked stone fireplace, wraparound porch with porch swings, covered carport with grill, pavilion with electricity and outdoor grill, abundant wildlife. SORRY, WE DO NOT CURRENTLY HAVE INTERNET.
Did you happen to catch the 'Hatfield's & McCoy's' on the History Channel? It was a 3 part mini-series and also a Golden Globe nominee. Book a stay with us and be sure to take the Hatfield & McCoy driving tour two counties over.
I grew up as a coal miner's daughter in the town of Royal, WV. My family moved to the midwest to find work after the major coal industries left. I was a stay-at-home mom to two daughters. Before I retired, I had a flower shop and have always enjoyed interior design.
Babette Warvel purchased this house in 2000
After getting married, I often brought back my own children to vacation on the scenic rivers and mountains that were my playground as a child the town of Royal. In 1991, I decided to buy an old home to fix up across the river in the town of Prince. (To this day, one can still see some of the old foundations of homes that use to sit in my coal town of Royal). A few years go by and a plot of land down the street and abutting the National Park becomes available, so I decided to build my dream home there. I still have that original fixer-upper and I am finishing up another. All three places are located on the same road. You can take the girl out of the mountains, but you can't take the mountains out of the girl!
Some days you might catch me floating down the river in an innertube* with one of the three sisters I attended school with in a one-room schoolhouse. We are known as the Prince mermaids; which is pretty good for a group of happy, retired gals. I like to hike in any of the numerous parks and go on scenic drives or drive to the end of the road where there is a campground and beach. When friends or family visit, I take them to the scenic New River Gorge Bridge, the historic ghost town of Thurmond, or to the overlook at Grandview National Park (with a view of my home from the trail at Turkey Spur). When my daughters visit, we like to go antiquing and try out new restaurants. But most of all, we enjoy the wraparound porch: breakfast with a newspaper, napping on one of the porch swings, playing cards on the table under the old chandelier, or just watching the hummingbirds, swallows, or butterflies.
*We have decades of experience between us on the river. It is best to have a knowledgable guide with you, or extensive knowledge of currents, rapids, and cfs (Cubic Feet per Second) water levels if you do not have experience on large rivers.
Situated on designated scenic drive, near New River Gorge Bridge and Canyon Rim Visitor Center, bi-plane rides, premier multi-sport outfitters, Grandview Park & open-air amphitheater, Glade Creek Park, Babcock State Park with scenic mill, Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine, Winterplace Ski Resort, Coal Heritage Trail, Civil War Heritage, 3 min to historic Prince depot (Amtrack), Hawk's Nest State Park with aerial tram, Summersville Lake, Gauley River National Recreation Area, world class whitewater rafting, Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park, Cass Scenic Railroad, Dolly Sods Wilderness, Pearl S Buck home, Pipestem Resort State Park with aerial tram, Bluestone State Park, Sandstone Falls, Hatfield-McCoy ATV Recreational Area, Daniel & Kirkwood Wineries, Lost World Caverns, Historic towns of Fayetteville/Lewisburg/Hinton/Thurmond, Tamarack shopping & eating (unique WV made gifts), Greenbrier Resort & historic Bunker as featured on the History Channel, Bridge Day and numerous festivals. Adjacent to Boy Scouts of America, Summit Bechtel Reserve.
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Sep 1 - Nov 30
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Day Weekend - 3 night minimum.
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