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River Front Luxury in the Heart of New River Gorge Nat'l Park

Babette Warvel

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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River Front Luxury in the Heart of New River Gorge Nat'l Park

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


Fayetteville House Rental Photos and Description

Home, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

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.

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  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
Babette Warvel (Property Manager)
Member since: 2011
Call Manager
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Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 3, 2014

About Babette Warvel

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

Why Babette Warvel chose Fayetteville

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!

What makes this house unique

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.

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Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
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River Front Luxury in the Heart of New River Gorge Nat'l Park
average rating of 5.0 based on 26 reviews
Columbia, SC

reunion group for ladies weekend out - church musicians

  • 5 of 5

This house was awesome! Everything about it was amazing from the interior decorations to every picture, plaque, etc on the wall. A favorite was the tree inside with the bears in the tree and the monkey rug that was in-bedded in the floor. You can tell that much thought went into the decoration of the home and for the five of us it was extra special because of the religious memorabilia all of the yard and house that connected us to the owners in a very special way. We felt honored to be the last guests in this house and really didn't want to leave. We enjoyed our time of fellowship sitting in the amazing living rooms both upstairs and downstairs, on the wrap around porch, and the amazing area down by the river. We took our guitar down there and just sang the night away one evening. It was so very relaxing so we thank you for creating this atmosphere.

We were totally impressed on how well stocked the kitchen was being that we brought all our meals and cooked every night. I can go on and on about the house but bottom line is awesome and thank you for opening and sharing your home with us.

As for day activities, we enjoyed white water rafting and hiking. Everything was so convenient and only about a half hour drive at most to do any activities.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for noticing our whimsical side with the tree used as a post in the staircase and the handpainted rug in the upstairs sleeping porch. We have fun being creative and enjoy sharing it with others. Would have loved to hear you playing guitar by the river... that's what it's all about! There are so many places to relax and enjoy; it sounds like you utilized them all. We couldn't be happier to hear that far flung friends were able to get together for fellowship over meals, outdoor adventures, and music. Wish we could have you back. If you're in the area again, look us up!

Spacious, Comfortable, Easy

  • 5 of 5

We brought our family of 6 (two adults, four kids) on a somewhat last minute trip over school break. The property manager was incredibly gracious in working with us, answering questions and giving us options to consider. The cost fit our budget, so we booked 2 nights and decided to use a day to go skiing at Winterplace (about 40 minutes south). Everything worked out great. Directions to the property and a grocery store were incredibly detailed. The place itself is very charming. The kitchen was quite large with all necessary extras for our own meals; the rooms were comfortable (especially the romantic main bedroom on the first floor); and the selection of games, movies, and music added extra fun. All in all, a really nice time.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy to hear that everything worked out for your family's winter break. We are lucky enough to have Winterplace nearby; as "Blue Ridge Outdoors" magazine rated it the best place (within 9 Blue Ridge states) to learn to ski or snowboard. We appreciate that you found our place to be comfortable, cost effective, entertaining, with a well-stocked kitchen; all while being both family friendly AND romantic! It was a pleasure working with your charming family. Contact us again, if you find another free weekend in your schedule.
Louisa, VA

Incredible, beautiful place

  • 5 of 5

The pictures of this house are only a hint of how wonderful it is. It is simply stunning. Beautiful, quiet, every care has been taken to make the cottage perfect. Babette's directions were wonderful and it was hard to leave. It just was the most wonderful weekend we've had in a long, long time. We didn't do anything Vigorous--just checked out the New River Gorge Bridge, the Prince railway station, and some nearby trails. This place is simply amazing. Everything was so thoughtful--from the directions to the notes and brochures left at the house--that it just made everything easy and wonderful. We enjoyed the Secret Sandwich Society in Fayetteville--fun after seeing the bridge and doing some of its trails. This place is spectacular and we loved every minute.

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were so happy to have you stay with us on your way through the area. And it's great that you were able to get in some sightseeing during your short visit. We like to stop in at the Prince depot to watch the trains come and go and we never tire of checking out the New River Gorge Bridge. The Secret Sandwich Society, in the little town of Fayetteville, is also a favorite lunch spot of ours. More importantly, we're happy you were able to enjoy some 'down time" at the house to relax and rejuvenate. Please come back the next time you are traveling through West Virginia!

Beautiful, Spacious Cabin

  • 5 of 5

The home/cabin is huge with beautiful wood floors, woodwork, and numerous rooms and nooks. The surrounding area is peaceful and surrounded by mountains. The property goes right down to the New River. There's not a lot of lodging available in the New River Gorge that is right on the river, but this is one of those few places. Beckley is just about 9 miles/15 minutes and it had everything we needed in the way of groceries and restaurants. We also went into Beckley to see a movie at the theatre, again, very close to the house. I took my bike and road from the house toward Glade Creek. Later in the week, my wife and I hiked the Glade Creek area, which is beautiful with a stream leading to a small waterfall. The house had a table full of local information on hiking, exploring, and things to do and places to eat. The location is convenient to so much that we were able to do including breathtaking views/hiking at Grandview, hiking/waterfalls at Sandstone, hiking/eating at along Mill Creek at Hawk's Nest, driving to Fayette and Wolf Creek, Babcock State Park with the grist mill, tram ride and dinner at Pipestem, and hiking/biking at Thurmond. So much to do, so little time! We didn't have time for a fire down by the river or a fire in the beautiful stone fireplace in the house, but they are nice things that were available. We DID get to enjoy the chairs and swing on the porch (there are actually two swings on the wrap around porch). Our only regret was that we wish we had more time at the house. Babette sent us lots of information including great directions and suggestions on things to do.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such an informative and detailed review. We were inspired by the amount of hiking you two got in daily - up to 6 miles per day! We were also impressed by the number of locations you visited, including a movie... we love the new theater (near Walmart), especially since it's even closer than the old one was at Crossroads Mall. For us, the theater came in handy when we replaced all four tires at the Walmart tire center during a recent visit to the cabin. We walked to the theater and took in a movie while waiting for the car to get finished. And thanks for noticing how close we are to Beckley (15 min. is pretty good considering you are on a major river and in the mountains) and also for noticing how rare it is to be able to stay on the river. The town of Prince is one of the few towns left, within the National Park, that is still located on the New River. We're so happy you were able to hike, bike, explore, and dine at Grandview National Park, Sandstone, Glade Creek Park, Babcock State Park, Hawk's Nest State Park, Fayetteville, and the historic ghost town of Thurmond. We thoroughly enjoy the tram ride into Pipestem State Park, but have never eaten dinner there at the lodge. Thanks for that tip! We're also happy that you got to enjoy the relaxing swings on the wraparound porch. Hope you're able to come back again to enjoy the fire pit, the fireplace, and a little added relaxation at the house. Thanks so much for choosing to stay with us at Old Royal Lodging. Come back again any time!

Spectacular .....the Second Time was more enjoyable than the first!

  • 5 of 5

We just conclulded our second visit at this top notch rental. This luxurious home is equipped with high end appliances and every necessity that a vacationer needs. The photos on vrbo are impressive; but, in no way truly reflect the detail & depict the amenities and comforts of this high-end rental. New travellers to our group were in awe as we entered the home. The home is impeccable with the highest level of attention to detail, cleanliness and maintenance.

The property owner provided detailed directions to the property as well as information about the area. The house has a plethora of brochures and information about attractions, hiking trails, restaurants and things to do in the immediate and surrounding areas.

While we ventured away from the home for rafting, zipping, the bunker tour, hiking and sightseeing it was always refreshing to return to the house to our comfy beds, sit on the porch and/or at the kitchen table and reminisce about our adventures of the day.

If in Fayetteville, stop by Pies & Pints for gourmet pizza. If visiting The Greenbrier for the Bunker Tour have lunch at the Mason Jar in White Sulphur Springs. We had delicious lunches at both entities.

We enjoyed a morning walk down the road to where there is easy access to the river, listened to the birds as they sang and a new day began.

Truly a wonderful vacation rental. It has been a pleasure dealing with the property manager and owner of this property.

We are most fortunate to have stayed at this rental for a second time. We would all consider returning again! If you appreciate luxury yet comfort, cleanliness, peacefulness & spaciousness look no further.

A fabulous rental. Treat yourself to peace, serenity and luxury at this one-of-a-kind river rental.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We certainly enjoyed having your group come back to stay with us this year! And we are honored to have such a veteren traveler give us two great reviews. Hearing about your adventures always brings a smile to our faces. Glad you enjoyed the areas rafting, ziplining, and hiking, as well as, eating at Pies and Pints in Fayetteville (a favorite of ours). Next time we visit the the historical and grand Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs (where you enjoyed Pres. Eisenhower's secret Bunker Tour), we too will check out the Mason Jar restaurant. We hope to hear about your future escapades. Also, hope to see you again real soon!
Warminster, PA

So Much More Than Expected

  • 5 of 5

Prior to arrival, Babette provided excellent directions, which made the cabin easy to find. We arrived on Thursday evening just as the rain came and opened the door from the carport. The photos online don't do the home justice. It is so much bigger inside than it appears from the outside. We spent the first few hours walking around taking in the antique furniture and all the pieces of history. I've rented several properties thru VRBO, mainly in the Smoky Mountains, and this one was the most impressive so far. It truly felt like we were staying in a museum as we took the time to view the old photos and memorabilia around the house. The history adds to the house and makes you appreciate the history of the area. Babette and Caron were nice enough to leave plenty of brochures around with helpful hints regarding area attractions. Friday morning we walked down to the pavilion to take in the morning mist hanging over the river. We drove a loop thru Prince stopping first at Nuttalburg Mine then to hike the Endless Wall. We then stopped at the Canyon Rim Visitor Center, drove Fayette Station Road under the bridge, hiked down to Kaymoor Bottom, and ended our day at the Ghost Town of Thurmond. We stopped for dinner at King Tut's Drive In before returning to the cabin. On the way back, we stopped at the Prince Depot as the Amtrak train was coming into town. Saturday, after walking around outside taking in the gardens and walking down Army Camp Rd., we visited Tamarack to pick up some West Virginia hand made souvenirs, stopped at Cathedral Falls near Gauley Bridge and visited the Carnifex Ferry Battlefield to take in the view of the Gauley River. We had planned on eating out, but enjoyed the cabin so much we decided to pick up some supplies and cook out to enjoy our last night in the cabin. I chose the Beckley area as a nice stop on the way home from 5 days in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. After staying in this cabin, I wish I would have booked in a few more days to take in the history and scenery in the area. I will definitely be returning to the area in the future and hope to be able to spend more time in this amazing cabin.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


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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Cleaning/Maintainance Fee $75
Tax Rate 12.0%
Notes Memorial Day Weekend - 3 night minimum.
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Fayetteville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (2) Each bedroom has a queen bed., Twin or Single Beds (2) Upstairs den has two large chairs that convert into single beds. Extra padding has been provided for comfort., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Master bedroom has a custom made couch that converts into a double bed.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
loft/den with 2 single fold-out beds, master bedroom has fold-out sofa, vegetable garden, wraparound porch with 2 porch swings and separate sitting areas for reading/dining/board games, carport with grill, pavilion with electricity and outdoor grill, guidebooks and brochures

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