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Riverfront Home in the Mountains of Arden, West Virginia. Family & Pet friendly.

Bedrooms 4
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Minimum Stay 2 nights

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About the property

4 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom, Whitewater River & Mountain Views. Sleeps 10+.


The Tygart River Guest House features a picturesque riverside setting which overlooks cascading whitewater rapids as far as the eye can see. Walk down the grassy bank to the river rocks below and bask in the glow of the setting sun. Open a window during the evening hours to usher in soothing sounds of rushing water, or take in the scent of a fresh country rain from your porch swing with a good book in hand.

Ideal choice for:

• Family Vacations with kids of all ages

• Outdoor Sports

• Photographers

• Nature Lovers

• Reunions

• Girlfriend Getaways

• Weekend Escapes

• Retreats

• Wedding Parties

• Outdoor Sports Enthusiasts

Whether you're into kicking back and relaxing, exploring nature, kayaking, going to festivals, or simply in love with the great outdoors - you’ll be in the perfect place to take advantage of all the area has to offer. Unspoiled by tourism, this section of the Tygart River is truly an undiscovered gem nestled in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains.

The historic community of Arden, West Virginia, is home to the Tygart River Guest House. It is off the beaten path and serves as a convenient hub with direct access to the river – yet only a 6 mile from the nearest town where you can find restaurants, groceries, gas, pharmacy, hospital and more. The Arden Grade Road was once a main route through the mountains on the B&O railway during the early 1900’s and follows along the river providing spectacular views! It’s also a great place for casual bike rides with access to mountain trails nearby.

Take in the stars fireside, listen to the rolling sounds of whitewater, and connect with family and friends in a most welcoming and unlikely place.

HOUSE DESCRIPTION - Newly Renovated!

• Front Porch

• Partially Covered Back Deck

• Sleeps 10-12

• 4 Bedrooms

• 3 Full Baths

• Fully furnished

• Close to Philippi/ABU

The Tygart River Guest House offers a spacious “old timey” front porch, complete with swing, rocking chair and plenty of easy lounging wicker furniture – great for lazy days on the river. High ceilings will greet you through the front entrance where original bead board walls whisper stories from the distant past and restored yellow pine floors pave the way to a more contemporary present. We have brought together period elements from the coal mining era joining them with contemporary colors and modern amenities. Remnant artifacts salvaged from the house during its recent renovations are on display accompanied by vintage black and white photos of the era.

The ground floor offers two bedrooms. The one directly to your left upon entering, features a classic full size wrought iron bed dressed in quilts with two lamps and nightstands, armoire and river views. The room to your right boasts a sunny disposition arrayed in hues of red and green. Its companions are an ornate metal queen size bed, ceiling fan, closet and comfortable chairs. Continue down the hall into the open Dining Room which is centrally located and acts as a hub for the whole household to gather between the Living Room and Kitchen. For the musically inclined, there is upright piano dating back to the early 1940’s and a large country table with pullout extensions to comfortably seat 10 people. Additional seating can be found at the breakfast bar.

The Kitchen is equipped with microwave, dishwasher, full size refrigerator, gas cook stove, antique country sink and drain board and ceiling fan/light. Glass sliding doors separate the kitchen from a private back deck with patio set and a private backyard view.

You’ll be right at home in the spacious Living Room with sloped ceiling and hardwood floors, leather couch, and loveseat. An oak armoire entertainment center houses a TV and DVD Player. One of the most unique features of this home is the large antique oak pocket doors at your disposal to close off the Living Room if more privacy is needed. There is a convenient full bathroom just off the Living Room with a shower and beautiful slate tile floors. On the opposite side of the house is a Laundry Room with washer and dryer, clean tile floors and laundry table. This room leads to another full bathroom with full size tiled shower.

Upstairs, there is a full bathroom with tile floors and windows on all sides giving it a bright airy feel with an antique claw foot bathtub for soothing relaxation. Exiting the bathroom, there is a bedroom on your left complete with a full size bed, roomy closets, TV and DVD player, full river-facing windows and carpeted floors. There is a gorgeous view of the river from the hallway as well, where you can perch for a look from above. Finally, we arrive at the bunk bed room to the right of the hallway. It also has a view of the river, full carpeting and two sturdy bunk beds to comfortably sleep four people. One bunk bed features staircase access to the upper bunk for easy access.


• Central Heat/Air

• Gas Grill

• Washer/Dryer

• Fire Pit

• Direct River Access

• Private Parking


• Swimming

• Kayaking

• Rafting

• Hiking

• Biking

• Fishing

• Horseback Riding

• State Parks

• Historic Attractions

• Sporting Events at AB University

• Train Rides - Tygart Flyer Scenic Tours

• Theater

• Wine Tasting

• Festivals

• Photography/Photoshoots

Swimming is a popular activity and there are many places to take a dip on hot summer days. Sightseeing is everywhere locally and in nearby parks. Moats Falls is located about 4 miles downstream and is a breathtaking riverwide waterfall. The 16’ vertical drop is easy to access on foot by crossing the natural stone bridge that leads to a house size boulder upstream of the falls. There are many sandy beaches and places to explore along the riverbanks, as well as trails to hike and mountain bike. As avid whitewater guides and kayakers who have lived in the area for more than 35 years, we can arrange for whitewater rafting trips, private kayak clinics, point you in the direction of nearby hiking and mountain biking trails and/or guide you to some prime fishing spots.


• Tygart Lake State Park. The is a nearby park where all types of lake recreation and activities are available. Rent a pontoon for the day or jump on a jet ski.

• Audra State Park. The Middle Fork River flows though tight channels and larger boulders. Amazing kayaking, fishing, hiking and swimming are all available at this park and the views are amazing!

• Blackwater Falls State Park. This popular attraction is about an hour from the Guest House featuring a stunning waterfall dropping 65 feet! This area is also home to some of the best Mountain Biking in the state of West Virginia. Stop in the local bike shop, Blackwater Bikes to find out about the trails and plan to spend hours riding on trails ranging from beginner to expert. The Allegheny Trail offers a rail trail ride that’s great for riders of all types and can be accessed in Parsons.


The house is about 40 minutes from Clarksburg, 1 hour from Morgantown, 2 ½ hours from Pittsburgh, 2 ½ hours from Charleston and about 4 hours from Washington D.C. It’s doable!


Give us a call for more Information or contact the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce

More Details

Sherry Hubbard
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2017

About Sherry Hubbard

We originally moved here for the whitewater and we're still here because of the magnetism of the mountains, rivers and streams. West Virginia is our mountain getaway everyday!

Why Sherry Hubbard chose West Virginia

Parts of the guest house date back to the early 1900's during the coal mining era when tracks of the B & O Railroad line ran directly through the community of Arden. Since those days, an extensive renovation and many amenities have been added to make a comfortable yet historic guest house. It's a great spot to gather with friends and family since you have the run of the place. It sleeps 10-12 easily and there are plenty of central gathering areas to spend time together.

What makes this house unique

Situated on the river with views from every bedroom and the front porch. It's a lovely out of the way place to catch your breath and enjoy the mountain air. Period elements from the early 1900's are still preserved in the home including original pine floors and beadboard walls along with relics from the coal mining era.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My husband and I stayed here over Thanksgiving and loved it! We were concerned about traveling in the snow but all the roads were cleared and there were no big mountain climbs to deal with - a big plus for our vehicle which doesn't have much clearance. The river view is just beautiful! The snow looks so pretty on the river rocks with water flowing all around it. I loved being able to snuggle up to read a book in a cozy chair and look out on such a pretty wintry scene.
Nov 2013
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Riverfront Home in the Mountains of Arden, West Virginia. Family & Pet friendly.
average rating of 4.9130435 based on 24 reviews

Clean and peaceful!!

  • 5 of 5

We decided to take our dogs on vacation fora change. They loved running around the area. The house was much bigger than we thought or needed but is was a very nice house and the scenery was beautiful and tranquil. I would recommend this property to friends and hope to go back again in summer to enjoy some rafting. Thank you Sherry.

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
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Great Get Away

  • 5 of 5

My family found this house on VRBO and are soo happy we did. It is quiet location that really encouraged our family to take a step back from our busy schedules and our electronic dependencies and enjoy the outdoors.

The kids loved playing on the rock at the river and making smores.

The house was great. Used the Grill and table outside for dinner almost everynight. Kitchen was fully furnished.

Although if you are there check out the cafe that is on the side of the road on the way back to 250/119 great food.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing on the River

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a quiet place to relax on the water in August before the fall chaos with school...the Tygart River guest house was the perfect spot! Just as described on the site, maybe even better. We only had 4 with us, but the home could easily accommodate many more, especially with the 3 full baths. The river was gorgeous and we loved just taking a book and sitting out on the rocks. My favorite spot was the front porch in the early morning sipping coffee and watching the sweet neighborhood dogs roam around looking for their friends. The house had everything we needed - we especially appreciated the bed, kitchen and bath linens being furnished and in place on arrival. Nice covered deck out back and table with a ceiling fan for eating outside. We really enjoyed our visit, wish it weren't so far away! Owners are next door and ready to help if you should need anything. Had great Dish service for TV, we were there during the Olympics and enjoyed watching. As described on the site - wifi is available, but very slow and we had a really difficult time with cell service (Verizon, but we're having increasing issues with them even at home these days) - but owners next door have a landline for emergencies and are gracious with assistance. Would be difficult if you are trying to do some online business - but we enjoyed disconnecting from all that for the week. Would recommend leaving property owner's numbers with folks back home if they needed to reach you in an emergency... Beautiful pergola out front with benches overlooking the river also. The river water was crystal clear. Very quiet, exactly what we were looking for that week, really enjoyed out visit! Thank you Hubbard family!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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The house was clean, and well stocked with everything we needed.

  • 5 of 5

We loved waking up in the mornings and watching the geese play in the river in front of the house. The area was quiet, and relaxing. It have our family a wonderful week together. And will book again next year. It was the most awesome vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Great Place to Unwind

  • 5 of 5

This is two years in a row that we vacationed at the Tygart River Guest House. A great place to unwind and let the tension from the City just drift away. You will not be bothered by the constant din of the phone ringing, no phone service until you go to nearby cities of Phillippi, or Grafton. The River is only 70 feet from your door, and the sound of the water rushing buy is quite soothing.

The property owners are close by if something isn't working, and they are very responsive to your needs. Sherry and Josh are great people who have a wonderful spot where families can be together and enjoy nature and the beauty of West Virginia!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Great time with family and Friends

  • 4 of 5

Our stay was great, once we found the location we enjoyed our stay... Must print directions, or use a good map. No satelite reception, or cell services..So DONT TRY TO USE YOUR CELL FOR NAVIGATION....Other then that our vacation was awesome. Peaceful, serene, beautiful scenery, and close to water.. We will go back for sure. Sherry was super nice and there are a few towns located not to far for easy access to store and gas station.. The house is on a dirt road, not alot of traffic.. And if you do not want to be bothered this is the place for you. House was clean and very nice inside.. cant wait to return...

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a great time and that you plan to come back! Yes, cell reception is spotty in the mountains. I use a dashboard GPS when I go to mountainous areas and they work great. So that is a good option. We also have a Google business listing where you can pinpoint directions and print them out as a backup. And you can always call me and I route you in!
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Philippi/Barbour County Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Little Moe's
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Barbour Country Club
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Elkins, WV
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Rt. 119
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Little Moe's
Nearest Ski
58 Miles
Timberline Ski Area
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Tygart River

Arden on the Tygart River is a largely undiscovered treasure in North Central, WV. It has transformed from booming coal mining town in the early 1900's to a beautiful getaway. If you enjoy escaping to the mountains, scenic whitewater rivers with breathtaking waterfalls, hiking trails, mountain biking or just getting away from it all, this is an ideal place to visit!


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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $35
Refundable damage deposit $400

*Weekly and monthly rates are available. Please contact us for more information.

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Moatsville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 13 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Downstairs - toilet , shower , Sink & medicine cabinet.
    Bathroom 2 - Downstairs - toilet , shower , Custom Tiled Full Size Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Upstairs - toilet , tub , Clawfoot tub.
  • Bathrooms feature tile floors and all new fixtures.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Arden Garden - 1 queen
    Back Alley - 1 double
    Premonition - Upstairs - 1 double
    Moats Falls - Upstairs - Sleeps 4, staircase access on one upper bunkbed.
  • All bedrooms have riverfront views, chairs and lamps for reading, dressers, closets and/or armoire for hanging and storing clothes.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Cell phone reception is in and out although usually good in the hallway upstairs. Text messages come through. Emergency calls can be made next door if needed via land line. WiFi is available but slow due to satellite data restrictions. Please enjoy the upright piano. Though it is quite out of tune, it is an older piece adding character to the house and we simply ask that adults and children be mindful that they play gently. Note: Pets are considered. Please notify us if you would like to bring any with you for your stay. If they are approved we charge $35/pet but it does require prior approval.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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