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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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 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:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:30 AM
  • 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


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Refined lodging,natural retreat,warm and cozy, mountain streams very affordable
average rating of 5.0 based on 75 reviews
Richmond, VA

Great place with tons of stuff included

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at Buck Liar. The cabin is very well decorated and set back in the woods. It is great listening to the stream as you sit on the porch. Ruth has the cabin fully equipped. I don't think I have stayed at a more well equipped vacation rental. She even left us a breakfast pastry. We will definitely be returning.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the excellent review and we appreciate your recent stay with us. We do indeed trust you will return. You were great tenants leaving our property in such fine condition. Again, thank you for all.
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Pittsburgh, PA

Perfect accomodations

  • 5 of 5

We have used VRBO several times in the best and this has to be the best place that we have stayed yet. Not only was the cabin nicely decorated but the owners thought of ever detail to make our stay perfect. Extra fresh towels and linens were available, soap, shampoo, firewood on hand and best of all fridge was stocked with milk (which we were thinking we would have to run out and get for our morning cereal), water and other assorted beverages. The breakfast pastry was such a nice thoughtful touch as well and lights were on and music playing when we arrived late - which were very thankful for!! Location was perfect for our tour of Virginia Tech and our day spent hiking in nearby at national park. The kids loved the stream (did some paper boat races) and the fish pond. We really needed one more night so that we could have enjoyed an outdoor fire. We would definitely come back here again!!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were looking for a quiet, secluded getaway and Buck Lair was the perfect find! The cabin is beautiful, stocked with extra amenities and immaculate! We loved hearing the running creek, enjoying coffee on the porch and cooking in a well stocked kitchen! We would recommend this place for anyone looking to get away and experience peace, rest and solitude in an beautiful setting! Convenient to Blacksburg for grocery shopping and dining out as well as a 20 minute drive to the incredible Cascades!

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a glowing review. We appreciate this so very much. A review is a great way for future travelers to decide where they might stay. Most importantly, we also appreciate your stay at Buck Lair and the TLC you'll showed our property while here. Thank you again for all.
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The Perfect Place

  • 5 of 5

Everything was perfect & can't wait to return!! I am extremely particular and I have not one thing to say. Well I wish it was my home!!! We packed up on groceries and hibernated.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a short and oh so nice review. We appreciate
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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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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $55

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