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Quaint Historic Log Cabin Overlooking The James River.

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type cabin


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:
September 23, 2018

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.


Buchanan Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • 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
  • Wireless Internet
  • 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 4.6037736 based on 53 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Lovely home that sleeps 6 comfortabley. You can walk to town with great ease which is great if you are going kayaking with TwinRiver Outfitters. It has a lovely convenient store literally across the street. Would rent again...

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great price/Great cabin/Great place to get away

  • 5 of 5

Loved the cabin! It was much larger than I thought it would be and it had everything we needed. It was an awesome place to stay! We rode trikes and enjoyed going to the Natural Bridge, hiking to waterfalls and the Johnson Farm,and riding the Blue Ridge Parkway. We even saw a bear while riding! But we also enjoyed fun things like the Dinosaur Kingdom II and the Natural Bridge Zoo. We really wanted to eat at the Pink Cadillac Diner but it was closed due to kitchen problems. Buchanan was a beautiful, quiet and relaxing place to get away. We would definitely stay at the Squirrel’s Nest again‼️

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Small, but really nice property

  • 4 of 5

We rented both this place, and the place next door which worked out great for our group size. The Squirrel's nest is quite charming. Very clean and well cared for. Small inside, but lots of really nice, usable outside space as well.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Much larger on the inside!

  • 5 of 5

Quaint and historic on the outside, but spacious and modern on the inside. Everything was clean and well maintained. Short drive or walk into town, handy convenience store across the street. My family loved it, we hope to be back soon.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Caret, VA

Cute House

  • 5 of 5

Very clean with everything that you need.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Property is on a busy “local” road but does not take away from the experience.

  • 4 of 5

We very much enjoyed staying at the Squirrels Nest. The house has living room kitchen one bedroom and one bathroom upstairs. Downstairs ( basement ) has two bedrooms, one with a double bed the other with twin beds and one bathroom. Downstairs tends to be about 10° cooler than upstairs. Both bathrooms have stand up showers . Staying at the house was almost like staying at home, it was that comfortable. Faye stopped by to say hello and to share a couple of things about the house and the town. The best local place to eat in Buchanan is going to be the North Star. They tend to be really busy with local business, but in our opinion the food was worth it. It’s just a simple little diner but has large portions. The houses in between Lexington and Roanoke. It’s about 23 to 25 miles in either direction. This worked out fine for us because we hiked in Pembrooke Virginia at the Cascades, and then went to the Safari village in Lexington, and Natural Bridge. It was in a very convenient location. I have already recommended this property to several others. We would stay at this property again as well. Thank you Faye Hambrick !!!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. We appreciate the recommendations and hope to have some of your friends stay with us. Please call on us again for future trips to our area.
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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
River Craft Rail House

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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

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

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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