check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit

Quaint Historic Log Cabin Overlooking The James River.

Bedrooms 3
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights

Pay with confidence

When you book through the VRBO checkout, your booking is backed by our Book with Confidence Guarantee™ offering comprehensive payment protection.

Learn more


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 a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 13, 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.


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(35 traveler reviews)

Quaint Historic Log Cabin Overlooking The James River.
average rating of 4.542857 based on 35 reviews

Such a cozy comfortable cabin! Ample linens & a well equipped kitchen. Will definitely be back!

  • 5 of 5

Highly recommend in the heart of Buchanan, Virginia

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 1

Nice house with very comfortable beds

  • 4 of 5

My family stayed at the Squirrels Nest from 10/12 to 10/15. We had a very nice stay and enjoyed the comfortable beds, campfire pit and quaint living area. I would recommend this rental to others, which is close to the Natural Bridge and the safari which we enjoyed during our stay. The kitchen supplies were basic for breakfast and lunch but lacking for a big dinner. Just stating for others to be prepared. Thank you for sharing your house with us. Cindy from Lancaster County, PA

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

Disappointing and overpriced

  • 1 of 5

Location was ok, but property was way overpriced. Property was not clean. Also, old, broken, plastic yard furniture blown around yard.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

Homey Historic Cabin on Busy Road

  • 3 of 5

I recently stayed here w/ my son, husband, sister, brother-in-law, & niece. We planned a weekend on the river & to visit Natural Bridge. The cabin is on one of the town's main roads which is pretty busy. The home is located next to a vacant home (a little creepy looking) & across the street from a large cemetery. The back yard over looks the town & you could partially see the river (but barely with the leaves on the trees); you do not have access to the river at all from the cabin's property. The river is accessible within a 5 minute walk or drive around the corner. The cabin comfortably seats 5 people in the living room. You can add a chair from the kitchen table for additional people but if you are relaxing in the evening, it is comfortable for 5. For the most part the cabin was clean. Bedrooms felt clean. Kitchen felt like it could have used a little more cleaning. We saw a few bugs inside but nothing that was alarming. The front porch, chairs by the fire pit, and back patio could have used some cleaning up but the fire pit area was a nice are to hang out in the evening. The sidewalk & front porch were covered w/ grass & spiderwebs. A little sweeping and washing down would have gone a long way. Kitchen table sat 6 people comfortably. The cabin is small but very homey feeling. The store across the street was great, they had a little bit of everything you could possibly need. The home was well stocked for the most part. Coffee, creamer, and sugar were provided which was very nice. Plenty of paper products. Lots of kitchen items which was helpful since we cooked meals. We wished we would have had a little bigger pot to cook in but other than that, the kitchen was nicely stocked. The cable was not great, so don't expect to watch a lot of TV. The cable had limited channels and had a lot of static. Their is a DVD Player provided that you could use.We overall enjoyed our stay. The cabin is historic and in a quaint town, even though the town looks like it may be struggling, we really did enjoy the stay. As long as you are not looking for the property to be secluded, you know the cabin is pretty close to a busy road, and you do not have river access from the property, then you will enjoy your stay. Faye was nice enough to check on us while we were there to make sure we had everything. I would rate the cabin about 3 1/2 stars. I would stay again if I was going to enjoy the river and not looking to be secluded.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0
Hampton, VA

Cute cottage

  • 4 of 5

The cottage was cute. The AC was great as it was a hot weekend. We rented the house for a tubing trip that was on the river below the house. Btw you can't get to the river from the back yard you ha e to cross the swing bridge and go to the bottom of the hill. There are not a lot of restaurant choices in town but if you are looking for a cold beer the Flood Zone was fun. The movie theatre is very cute. There were some bugs in the house but overall a quaint stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

Beautiful cabin in a great location.

  • 4 of 5

Well furnished and maintained cabin that will accommodate 4 - 6 adults comfortably. Great location if you want to enjoy the recreational aspects of the James River. Several canoe / kayak floats nearby.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


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.


Rates & Availability

Buchanan Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jan 9 2017 - Mar 30 2017
1 night minimum stay
Mar 31 2017 - Sep 28 2017
2 night minimum stay
Sep 29 2017 - Nov 30 2017
1 night minimum stay
Dec 1 2017 - Mar 29 2018
1 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

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.
Enter dates for accurate pricing
Contact Me Send a Message
Available arrival
Available stay (no arrival)


Buchanan Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • 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

Partner Offers

You might like these similar properties