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Quaint Historic Log Cabin Overlooking The James River.

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,000 sq ft
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 a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 June, 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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Buchanan in Peaks

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
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
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • rafting
  • ski
  • swimming
  • water tubing


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Quaint Historic Log Cabin Overlooking The James River.
average rating of 4.591837 based on 49 reviews
Caret, VA

Cute House

  • 5 of 5

Very clean with everything that you need.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: 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 !!!!!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: 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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Will be back!

  • 5 of 5

Exactly what we needed and were expecting. Perfect location and just the right amount of space for our small group. Debbie and Faye were very responsive when we had trouble with the code. Thanks!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Clean, comfortable

  • Review Submitted: 03-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice little cabin in the hills!

  • 5 of 5

Squirrels Nest is a nice little retreat! We enjoyed our stay! The owners were very accommodating for our group! We had a short, overnight stay to cut down our Christmas tree from Bedford Evergreens! And it just so happened that we were there for Buchanan's Christmas Tree Lighting! Such a nice little town!

We hope to come back in the summer and canoe this stretch of the James River!

Take the time to visit Fincastle Winery! The wines are excellent and reasonably priced! We brought home a whole case of mixed wines!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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)

  • Review Submitted: 26-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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
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.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

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 for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.