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Fantastic Mountain Getaway, Hike, Paddle, Fish, Blueridge Mts

19 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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House, 5 Bedrooms + Bunk Area, 5 Baths, (Sleeps 14)

The James River House was opened in 2009. Our historic inn dates back to 1870 and has been completely renovated to provide a unique lodging experience for your family or group. The House features 5 guest rooms, each with their own private bath room. The House also includes a formal living room, dining room, court yard, and kitchen.

Located in historic downtown Buchanan on Main Street, the house is less than one block away from our river front canoe livery and the James River which makes it the perfect place to stay if you are visiting to enjoy the river. The James River House is located within walking distance of several restaurants, a historic swinging foot bridge over the James River, park, river, public boat landing, and near many antiques & specialty shops making it a pleasant place to spend a week or just a weekend. VA tech is 50 minutes away, and we are 1.5 miles from I-81.

The house has 5 bedrooms each with a private bath rooms. The bed room details are as follows.

James River suite # 1 - queen size bed (sleeps 2), with balcony. Cow pasture River room # 2 - two twin beds (sleeps 2), bath with claw foot tub.

Jackson River room # 3 - queen size bed, (sleeps 2).

Maury River room #4 - queen size bed (sleeps 2) main street level, handicap friendly, with private bath.

Stone Room # 5 - Our bunk room, includes

bunk beds sleeping 6, with private bath and private entrance to court yard. Available for those larger groups.

This is a great rental for long weekend in the Blue Ridge Mountains with your friends or family; please call for details.

Check in time 4:00 pm, Check Out time 10:00 am

NOTE TO RENTERS: Due to the downtown location with neighbors in close proximity, this is NOT a house for Bachelor parties or college reunion get together's where alcohol is going to be consumed to excess. If that is your intent, please find another venue, no exceptions. Groups that misbehave will be asked to leave.

Keywords: Perfect Family Mountain Getaway, river access, kayaking, Blue Ridge Parkway,

More Details
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Dan or John
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
October 22, 2016
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About Dan or John

The James River House is owned and operated by Twin River Outfitters. John & Dan Mays, who are Twin Brothers, own and run a full service canoe livery located just 1 block from the Inn. This location was chosen because it's one of the best locations for recreational paddling in Virginia. Its 4 miles to the Blue Ridge Parkway and 10 minutes to the Natural Bridge and Safari Park.

Dan or John purchased this house in 2008

Why Dan or John chose Virginia

We have built this house to be the perfect mountain get away for your group. The small town setting complements your stay by offering a variety of restaurants and shops all within walking distance from your front door along Main Street. The bed room configuration and sleeping arrangments accomodate groups up to 14 guests.

Come in the summer and enjoy the beautiful James River by canoe / kayak / or river tube located just 200 feet out your back door. This place is a very cool house to relax and visit with friends and familys. This place is very different from most other vacation rentals.

What makes this house unique

The James River House is ideally located at the southern end of the Shenandoah Valley and only 4 miles away from the Blue Ridge parkway and the Appalachian Trail. It is very close many regional tourist attractions including the Natural Bridge, historic lexington. The outdoor receation options within a short drive are truly excellent. This really is an ideal location to bring your friends or family groups for a long weekend of fun in the great outdoors. The House is 50 miles to VA tech for those traveling, be 50 miles closer to home. This location is perfect for die hard fisherman with excellent small mouth bass, Muskie, and Trout (Jennings Creek) fishing near by.


based on 19 traveler reviews

Fantastic Mountain Getaway, Hike, Paddle, Fish, Blueridge Mts
average rating of 4.7894735 based on 19 reviews

Family Gathering

  • 5 of 5

Monsoon rains did not dampen the charm of this historic building. Thanks for hosting 9 overnight guests plus a few extra family members as we helped celebrate a niece's wedding

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice weekend away

  • 5 of 5

Perfect quiet spot! Nice layout for multiple couples. We shared many happy memories!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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A gem in the rough - the rough being Bucchan

  • 5 of 5

For a house built back in 1870, I was impressed how well it has been maintained. The owners have added all modern conveniences and each room is nicely decorated with paintings, etc. The kitchen has all needed utensils, plates, cups, glasses and spices which is a real plus since Bucchan does not overflow with places to eat (especially on a Sunday evening). The beds were comfortable as well as the furniture. I found everything to my liking and highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Excellent as usual

  • 5 of 5

For the fourth year in a row, my group of cyclist passed a wonderful week in Buchanan. See you next year!

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Everything You Need

  • 5 of 5

My family was very comfortable at the James River House. Everyone said the beds were great. The kids loved the dungeon (basement). I loved all the cool boating and camping magazines. Everyone agreed that we would love to come back. Thanks for having us.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Owner's Response: Great having your family visit our Vacation rental. Glad you enjoyed your stay.
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Wonderful experience!

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time! Beautiful house and comfortable beds! It was a great place to spend Thanksgiving with friends!

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Roanoke Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Copper Top
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Vistas Links in Buena Vista
Nearest Train
35 Miles
Clifton Forge
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Interstate 81
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Buchanan Grill
Car: necessary

Excellent small mouth bass fishing, stock trout fishing(Spring time), Outstanding Hunting location in the Jefferson National Forest, Blue Ridge Parkway


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Buchanan House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 9.3%

$295 plus tax (9 - 14 guests)
Check in time 4:00 pm, Check out time 10:00am

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100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Buchanan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , Claw Foot Tub
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 6 bunk bed
  • Queen size Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (2),6 Single beds in Stone Room
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
River Canoeing / Kayaking / Tubing - Located 1 block from the James River the property is ideally suited for a vaction where a group can choose several different river activities. This region is excellent for small mouth bass fishing and for trout fishing in the spring. 4 Miles to the Blue Ridge Parkway and to the Appalachian trail and great hiking options near by.

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