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Quaint Historic Log Cabin Overlooking The James River.

Bedrooms 3
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom With Mountain And River Views.

The Squirrels Nest is a quaint, historic log cabin overlooking the James River in Buchanan, Virginia. It is available as a vacation rental with a two (2) night minimum stay. There are three bedrooms and two baths and can accommodate up to six (6) guests. Bedroom 1 has a double bed, Bedroom 2 has a queen bed and Bedroom 3 has two twin beds. The Kitchen is fully equipped and there is a large flat screen TV in the living room. Covered picnic area at the rear of the property overlooking the river and Town of Buchanan.

The Squirrels Nest is located near many local attractions that are within walking distance such as Antiques shopping, the swinging bridge, fishing, canoeing, tubing and kayaking on the James River. Other attractions not too far away include The Natural Bridge, Safari Park, and Zoo. The Blue Ridge Parkway, Appalachian Trail and numerous hiking or biking trails. We are located thirty minutes from Downtown Roanoke and Downtown Lexington.

More Details

Faye Hambrick or Debbie Rickman
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 18, 2017

About Faye Hambrick or Debbie Rickman

My mother purchased this little cabin after extensive renovations were done in 2006. She lived and loved this home and enjoyed showing it off to anyone who wanted to come in and see until her passing in November 2012. Wanting to keep the home in the family we have decided to follow in her memory of sharing this home with others and make it available for others to enjoy. Her name was Shirley and the grandchildren called her grandma Squirrel. Hence the name Squirrels Nest.

Faye Hambrick or Debbie Rickman purchased this cabin in 2006

What makes this cabin unique

This home was originally located on the Blue Ridge Parkway and many years ago was moved to its current location by a mule drawn wagon. The home is now on the National Registry of Historic Places.


Virginia Safari Park
The Colonial Dining Room
O. Winston Link Museum
Mill Mountain Park
Virginia Museum Of Transportation Inc
Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Roanoke Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.05 Miles
Brink of the James Restaurant
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Botetourt Country Club
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Interstate 81 and US Rt. 11
Nearest Restaurant
0.05 Miles
Brink of the James Restaurant

We are within walking distance to one of the best river guides and river tour companies along the James River. Twin River Outfitters can provide you with kayaking, canoeing, tubing and guided trips down the Maury River as well as the James River.


Buchanan Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water tubing


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Quaint Historic Log Cabin Overlooking The James River.
average rating of 4.590909 based on 44 reviews

An Historic Gem in a Jewel of a Town

  • 5 of 5

On behalf of my guest who traveled with me from Knoxville (Kori) and our close friends who joined us from Savannah (Sherry & Larry), I want to thank the owners again for opening up their "historic" and oh so cozy Squirrels Nest to us! We loved everything about the cabin and this area of Virginia, particularly all the extra things provided inside the cabin to make it feel more like home. A favorite for all of us was "front porching" and waving back at all the local folks who drove by and waved at us! What a friendly town you have!

After getting settled in Friday afternoon, we drove to Porters Mountain Overlook (which was absolutely beautiful!) and then on to tour Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest (the President's private retreat away from the stress of politics and the hustle and bustle of Monticello). Our guide was so very knowledgeable and our group asked some amazing questions -- we learned so much about Mr. Jefferson and the architecture of the property which is being restored. If you go to Poplar Forest, check out the two "essentials" on the property (brick outhouses set away from the main house that were well ahead of their time!).

On Saturday, we made it a full day of sightseeing and visited Black Dog Architectural Salvage in Roanoke (which is often featured by Knoxville's own HGTV channel!) and the stunningly beautiful Saint Andrews Roman Catholic Church. After lunch we went down to the swinging bridge in Buchanan and walked across it, taking some absolutely gorgeous photographs of the historic footbridge and the James River. Then we milled around Buchanan's quaint "downtown" area. I was lucky to purchase the LAST jar of Gross Orchard Pumpkin Butter (made locally and to die for!) at the Antiques store (Purgatory Emporium), and we all had treats at the Buchanan Fountain and Grille. NOTHING beats homemade shakes, ice cream cones, and cherry fountain cokes while playing a quarter jukebox! Our evening was spent grilling out at the cabin.

To top off our last morning in Buchanan, Sherry just had to try a fried bologna sandwich from the Hilltop Market right across the street from the cabin! There is not much better than this...except possibly to have stayed longer!

Many thanks to the owners for stopping by to see if we needed anything. It was great to find out firsthand the "history" of this 100+ year old cabin and how it ended up on the National Register of Historic Places. Don't overlook it!

Kat, Kori, Sherry & Larry (Oct. 13-15, 2017)

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quaint & Cozy

  • 5 of 5

While looking for lodging, that would offer more than a hotel room, for an upcoming trip to The Natural Bridge, I came across The Squirrel's Nest.

Cozy, clean and quaint!

We will definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice Weekend Getaway

  • 4 of 5

We had never been to Buchanan, VA. We just wanted a weekend to get away from the busyness of life. This town was small and quite - just what we were looking for. And the Squirrel's nest was small and cozy - also just what we were looking for. The yard was smaller than we expected, but the house was great and the location to the swinging bridge and downtown was great! The store across the street also made the place perfect for relaxation.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cute, comfortable

  • 5 of 5

All the modern conveniences. Two bathrooms was a plus!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location and views

  • 4 of 5

The house had everything we needed for our short stay. We enjoyed the downtown area which one can walk to or jump in the car and drive. If you drive you miss the foot bridge across the James River. The store across the street was nice for treats for our boys. The house is well kept but attention to detail and a more through cleaning be recommended. My wife use to clean vacation homes so I might be being a little picky. Would we stay at this property again, absolutely and we would also recommend it to friends and family.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Great little cabin!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at this quaint little cabin. It was clean, comfortable, and cozy for the 4 of us. Has a great backyard which overlooks the town and has a wonderful view of the mountains. The owners were very accommodating in every way. Would be happy to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 9.5%

Receive a 20% discount from "Twin River Outfitters" for any of their river rentals, canoes, kayaks, tubes. (Not good on guided fishing tours). Call them to reserve your fun in advance mention you are staying at the "Squirrels Nest" to receive this discount.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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