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Refined lodging,natural retreat,warm and cozy, mountain streams very affordable

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms,plus sleep sofa, solitude mountains yet next door VA Tech Blacksburg

Much more than your typical cabin, 8 miles Blacksburg VA Va Tech campus, Full featured cabin with a queen size bedroom main level, 1 bath, full size bed in spacious loft, sleep sofa full size, speedy WIFI, big screen HD TV family/dining/kit area,DirecTV, blu ray player, Wie, large front and back porches for relaxation, cooking out. Large sheltered picnic area, small pond with native rainbow trout waiting to be fed. Listen to the music of the streams, no pets please- Rates vary with length of stay on a sliding scale, longer the stay the more affordable per night

Ruth Duncan
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2017

About Ruth Duncan

Ruth and Gerald Duncan

We both are lifetime residents of this area. Ruth was a self employed Real Estate Appraiser with her own business located in Blacksburg for over 20 years. Her hobby now is Buck Lair Cabin. Gerald is a VT Hokie alumni. He is currently the Treasurer of Giles County , Virginia, an elected by the people position. He retired from the US Army civilian service as a custom software developer and designer. We take great pride in making Buck Lair much more than just a cabin. We also take great pride in making your experience at Buck Lair very special. It's not just a stay, it's creating a positive lifetime memory for the entire family when you rent Buck Lair.

Ruth Duncan purchased this cabin in 2010

Why Ruth Duncan chose New River Valley

Near Blacksburg VA Much more than a cabin, a Retreat So relaxing and quiet and peaceful, listen to the streams. Giles County is a place filled with natural beauty, fresh waters, abundant wildlife and fish, hiking trails, canoe liverys, suited for the active and also for those wanting to be close to nature and enjoy peace and quiet time. Yet this is only 8 miles from the Virginia Tech campus and Blacksburg, the adjoining small quaint college town with unique shops and dining experiences. Just 8 miles 4-lane highway to VA Tech Campus( Football, basketball, track, swimming, softball, events too numerous to list).

NOT A HOTEL - You are renting a complex not just a bed. Fully anointed house, large porches, small hiking area, picnic shelter, with tables, chairs grill, fire pit, country swing

What makes this cabin unique

All natural wood construction quality built including some oversized timbers. We love it here because of the quaintness of country and college atmospheres so intertwined yet with distance, a place to relax and enjoy and a place to be adventuresome whenever the mood strikes. The mountain streams flowing through the front yard is so unique.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Ruth

We can't thank you enough for the wonderful accommodations and hospitality. This cabin and property is better than we could have imagined. Every amenity is covered and the natural beauty is beyond compare.

Thank you for making us feel very welcomed and we look forward to the opportunity to return. Five stars

Aug 2014
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Newport Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Rural ...
  • Town ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • a full size sleeper sofa is in loft/2nd bedroom area with a heavy wooden divider
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck Furniture
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Yard
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • tennis
  • water tubing

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


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(65 traveler reviews)

Refined lodging,natural retreat,warm and cozy, mountain streams very affordable
average rating of 5.0 based on 71 reviews

I just love this place!

  • 5 of 5

My family just returned from what I believe was probably our sixth stay at Buck Lair, and I am long overdue to write a second review. Words can't express how much I love this place. My family has rented mountain cabins for long weekend getaways at least twice a year every year for as long as I can remember. We haven't rented any other mountain cabins since we first discovered Buck Lair a few years ago. My husband and I are both Virginia Tech graduates, so we consider the location of Buck Lair ideal-tucked away in the woods on a peaceful mountain stream, just a few miles from the best college town in the country (in our biased opinion). There are so many fun things to do nearby: attend a VT game, hike to the Cascades, take a beautiful drive to dinner at The Homeplace (this is a must)... I could go on and on. The cabin itself is as perfect as the location. I am picky about my home and where I stay. Buck Lair is so adorably decorated, cozy, meticulously maintained and spotless, I feel like it is my second home. Ruth is such an amazing hostess, her attention to detail and the little extras she provides just put this place over the top. I'm always looking forward to my next long, relaxing weekend here.

Finally, my only gripe: My family is pretty superstitious about our beloved Hokies, and we have noticed a trend... lately it seems they loose whatever football or basketball game they play when my family is staying at Buck Lair. This must stop, I love my Hokies but I'm not giving up on my favorite mountain getaway.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Leah and family- We so appreciate this great and wonderful review you have written. We are so thankful that you have enjoyed your stay(s) at Buck Lair. We are also thankful for your visits to our area and for your stays with us. We rate you as tenants at 5 Stars for all the respect you have shown toward our property and we welcome your return. Again, we appreciate all.
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Hokie, Hokie, Hokie Hi.......THIS IS HOME!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay this year at Buck Lair Cabin! Without reservation, it just keeps getting better each time! From the cabin's captivating ambiance , to the majestic surroundings to the abundant amenities, "This is Home"! As "Diehardhokies", we're obviously at "home" in the New River Valley, but Ruth really does "outdo" herself with her attention to detail.

We arrived on Turkey-Day and prepared a feast with ease as the kitchen was stocked with "any and every" supply imaginable, on Friday it was off to Cascades Waterfall (20 minutes west) for a gorgeous 4 mile hike, Saturday it was the Annual Hokie vs Wahoo beatdown at Lane Stadium (Sorry hoos, but when your archrival beats you 13 years in a row and year 13 it's to the tune of 52-10, we call that a beatdown in Blacksburg)........we still love ya and you'll love this cabin as well! Saturday night we closed it out with steaks on the charcoal grill (creekside) and another fire in the woodstove!

We wholeheartedly recommend "Buck Lair" and plan to return for our third and subsequent visits soon! That should read; "sooner rather than later"!

In the meantime, thanks and GoooooHOKIES,

Ned, Jody, Bryce and Bailey Kuehn

Virginia Beach, VA

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ned and Judy, thank you for the glowing review and thank you for the great and wonderful care you took of our property during your stay. We so appreciate your business and the way you left Buck Lair is just immaculate. We look forward to your return especially being fellow members of our Hokie Nation. G Duncan class of '67
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Another awesome stay!

  • 5 of 5

This is our 3rd visit to the cabin. So very relaxing with all the amenities of home! The cabin is very clean and provides a quite escape. We can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: thank you for your stay at Buck Lair and we appreciate the care given to our property
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Cabin and location were awesome!!

  • 5 of 5

Had a great weekend at the cabin, Parents weekend at Va Tech, hiking at the cascades with the family great weekend. Cabin was clean, has everything you need to have a great weekend. We didn't even need to leave the cabin would have been fun just to spend time there. We will be back for sure!!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the really nice review and we appreciate the way you left everything at Buck Lair upon your departure We trust you will return.
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Attention to every detail!

  • 5 of 5

Once there it's even better than the pictures on the website that don't do it full justice.

Sitting on veranda listening to the babbling brook we felt so relaxed and the tension just draining out of us!

Refrigerator well stocked with necessities and every cooking implement required was there.

The cabin itself is beautiful, aesthetically pleasing in every way, beds comfortable and very clean the whole cabin was spotless, we wish we could have spent more time there and can't wait to return.

Thank you Ruth and Gerald

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thank you for the excellent review we so appreciate your thoughtfulness and communication throughout your stay. You are certainly welcome anytime. thank you again, we appreciate
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Welcoming retreat!

  • 5 of 5

We've spent several football weekends at Buck Lair and have never been disappointed. Ruth and Gerald are gracious hosts and provide a relaxing, clean, well appointed cabin and property. We brought my father to the Military appreciation game at Tech and having Buck Lair for the weekend topped off a memorable weekend. Thanks, again, Ruth and Gerald for your hospitality and beautiful cabin in a beautiful setting!!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: thank you for a glowing review and we appreciate the respect for our property you show look forward to your return
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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
The Palisades Restaurant
"great food unique atmosphere - reservation advised"
Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Blacksburg, Virginia
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Castle Rock Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Route 460
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Mikie's Seven

Va Tech, VT football (8 miles), 50 miles Appalachian Trail, 30 miles of New River and world class small mouth bass fishing, Mountain Lake home of 'Dirty Dancing' movie, scenic Route 42 By-way, Cascades Waterfall and related trails, miles of mountain bike trails for all levels of riders.


Rates & Availability

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

One Time Cleaning Fee $49

This is the base price for 2 adults and children are free. Additional adults the fee is $25 per night payable by the tenant.

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.

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