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Enjoy the lovely, historic Shenendoah Valley in comfort and style!

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

5 Bedroom, 2 bath chateau with spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Lovely renovated two-story home with 5 bedrooms (4 upstairs and master bedroom downstairs) and 2 full bathrooms. Stunning views and roomy screened-in back porch with ceiling fans and 2 tables with plenty of extra seating to enjoy the view. Spacious living room with brick fireplace and raised hearth. Large kitchen with adjoining dining area. Fully furnished with modern appliances including dishwasher. All new furniture. Large parking area for 4 vehicles. Covered front porch with seating and porch swing. Cable TV. Short walking distance to town on swinging bridge over James River. Many attractions in town including restored movie theater, numerous shops for antiques and collectibles, the famous Natural Bridge and Caverns, the Roanoke Transportation Museum, O Winston Link Museum, the Taubman Art Museum, national forests, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Appalachian Trail, fantastic views of the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, local wineries and micro-breweries to tour. Visit the Natural Bridge Zoo or Mill Mountain Zoo and the Natural Bridge Safari Park. River Craft Rail House is an excellent restaurant within a short walking distance over the picturesque swinging bridge. Explore the James River with Twin River Outifitters located a short walk away. Travel & Leisure Magazine just designated the Upper James River Trail as one of the best, easy outdoor adventures in the world. Check out their mention of Buchanan, VA! Buchanan is the most used entry and exit point of the Trail with tens of thousands of visitors each year. Nearby Roanoke has been named by Trip Advisor and AARP as one of the best small cities to visit.

Melvin Camden
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
11 July, 2018

About Melvin Camden

I am a supervisor at C.W. Barger & Son, an aggregate limestone quarry in nearby Lexington. As a result of buying this house, the Phyllis and I eventually bought the Hilltop Market across the street, which adds so much convenience to be able to shop right across the street for groceries, fresh meat, beer and wine, fishing supplies, etc. We have lived in the area all our lives, been married over 30 years, and look forward to making your vacation the best possible!

Melvin Camden purchased this chateau / country house in 2011

Why Melvin Camden chose Buchanan

Loved the house and the location, its amenities, the window seat in an upstairs bedroom, its possibilities of renovations, the yard, the view, the friendly neighbors--everything!

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Comfort, comfort, comfort! So many things to enjoy in the area indoors and out. History, adventure, and culture all close by! The views are spectacular!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house rental in Buchanan

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • 2 Night Minimum Stay
Location Type:
  • City Centre ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom downstairs - toilet , shower enclosure , double basin sink
    Bathroom upstairs - toilet , bath with shower , single basin sink
  • 2 full bathrooms, 1 on each floor. First floor has full size shower only with seating, and double basin sink
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Upstairs Front - 1 large double bed
    Upstairs Front - 1 large double bed
    Upstairs Back - 1 large double bed
    Upstairs Back - 1 bunk bed
    Downstairs Front - 1 large double bed
  • 4 bedrooms with queen size beds.1 bedroom with bunk beds.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • caving
  • swimming
  • water tubing


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Enjoy the lovely, historic Shenendoah Valley in comfort and style!
average rating of 4.759259 based on 54 reviews

Homey and convenient!

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic view of downtown and convenience store across the street. Walking distance to tubing, swinging bridge and downtown shops. Very spacious and clean property. The host was excellent! We would love to stay there again.

  • Review Submitted: 08/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great rental property

  • 4 of 5

We rented both this place, and the place next door which worked out great for our group size. The Overlook is a really nice place. Large kitchen and living room, and bedrooms are spacious. Screened- in porch on the back was awesome, nice breezes and a great view of Buchanan. Only 2 bathrooms was a bit tight for our group, but worked. Only suggestion I would make is to reiterate what several others have said on reviews in that it would be nice to have bedside tables/lamps in all of the rooms. It is hard to really enjoy the bedrooms in the evenings without them. Thanks!

  • Review Submitted: 05/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Overlook is an absolute Gem!!

  • 5 of 5

House is in an awesome location overlooking the River. The owners were extremely accommodating. Do yourself a favor and stay in this great spot when passing through the area.

  • Review Submitted: 25/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice home

  • 4 of 5

It is a very nice home. The only complaint that we had was that the mattresses on all of the beds are very hard and you can feel the springs in the mattresses because they are pretty inexpensive mattresses. The rest of the home was very nice and comfortable.

  • Review Submitted: 03/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Most guest find our beds comfortable. We have slept on them and find them to be comfortable.
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Lovely Stay!

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time staying here. The patio is a fantastic place to hang out, and the view is hard to beat. There is a very convenient market right across the street as well. Would highly recommend!

  • Review Submitted: 23/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spacious & comfortable home for your weekend retreat

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here as a large group of friends from DC visiting the nearby Virginia Safari Park. Phyllis' property was wonderful: it was spacious and comfortable, with ample space in the living room for board game night, large group meals on the screened-in porch overlooking the river, and a well-stocked kitchen for simple, home-cooked meals. Phyllis provided all the information we needed by e-mail well in advance of check-in, and it was no problem arriving late in the evening. Check-out was a breeze, too. I highly recommend this as an affordable, well-appointed property for your large group.

  • Review Submitted: 20/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Roanoke Regional Airport
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
River Craft Rail House

Situated on Route 43 North along the beautiful James River in historical and friendly Buchanan. To the south, the O. Winston Link Museum, Roanoke Transportation Museum and the Taubman Art Museum are only 20-25 minutes away. Historical Lexington, VA, home of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson of Civil War Fame and of Washington & Lee University and Virginia Military Institute, Virginia Horse Center, is approximately a 20-25 minute drive to the north. Also, close to Southern University in Buena Vista, Hollins University in Roanoke and Roanoke College in Salem. Many local wineries to tour nearby, including Blue Ridge Vineyard in Eagle Rock, Virginia Mountain Vineyards in Fincastle and Fincastle Vineyard & Winery. Also, micro-breweries including Devil's Backbone in Lexington and Flying Mouse in Daleville. See the magnificent natural wonder of the Natural Bridge formerly owned by Thomas Jefferson.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.