HIKE, BIKE, FISH, GATHER EGGS, MEET THE FARM ANIMALS ON 546 ACRES.

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Sleeps7
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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HIKE, BIKE, FISH, GATHER EGGS, MEET THE FARM ANIMALS ON 546 ACRES.

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Lodge, 2 Bedrooms + Loft, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-7)

We welcome you to an incredible lodge in a wilderness setting, to a vast web of hiking trails for those who want to ride, hike, cross creeks, fish, wade and picnic at a waterfall; to a working (to say the least) organic farm where you can pat a goat, take fresh yard eggs from a chicken nesting box, meet Arabian horses, discuss the weather with a 250 lb. pet pig, and pick a tomato from a vine.

Located on a large private tract, the lodge is completely private with only the sounds of strutting turkey, squaking green herons, bob whites, song birds and the like. However, it is located 5 1/4 miles from restaurants and shopping in historic Mentone, Al. and a short drive to state parks, a huge federal wildlife management area, and a federal historic preserve.

While some may want to relax in a rocking chair on the porch or swing in the hammock, others can take part in days of activities without leaving the property. Maps throught the property identify several water fall locations, wading areas of the creeks, rock overhangs that were Indian shelters for 2000 years, and hand worked coal mines active the turn of the 20th century. Pick up one of the cane poles to fish for bream and bass. Hike through azalea trails, ride a mountain bike across the ridges, or climb the bluff rocks onsite. A 13 acre hay field makes a world class place to fly a kite ( Lookout Mountain often sports a breeze) and you can throw a horse shoe while cooking at the grill.

The surrounding organic farm offers an introduction to a herd of fainting goats. About 50 myotonic does (females) give birth to about 60 kids each spring. You are invited to put them into the barn at sunset, meet the 'chamber of commerce' goat, hold a baby kid, and shake hands with a livestock guard dog.

Come visit a flock of 30 Golden Nugget laying hens who live in a free range pasture environment. You are also invited to close the door to their 'chicken tractor', a portable safe house for their nighttime comfort, and to remove the big fresh brown eggs from the nesting boxes. A side trip to the pen of 'Decorator Chickens' will introduce you to fancy chickens with afro hair dos, feathered feet, hippy outfits.

At dusk or dawn, visitors can often see deer and turkey in the drive, and song birds on the feeder. Just before dusk, the coyotes sing an awesome chorus, joined by owls, whipporwills and night herons. You can see the milky way and constellations in a clear, unadulterated sky.

High Horse Lodge was built with the help of talented local artisans who incorporated native materials into the lodge. Beginning steps with the antique locust posts, the guests can grab the hitching post to climb the stairs for a twenty five mile view to the south, over the gulf (hills and valleys) of Lookout Mountain. The lodge interior is post and beam construction with rough cut ceiling timbers. Stairs are made from half logs of a Virginia pine, and railed with mountain laurel from the creek side. Furnishings are almost exclusively handcrafted: oak poster bed with walnut and oak marquetry, dining table with wide planks salvaged from a 200 year old oak tree that fell in ante bellum Mountain Cove Farms, coffee table top of cypress from a log that had been underwater in the Altamaha River for several hundred years, sofas of local yellow pine crafted in the Arts and Crafts tradition, willow porch furniture, and a porch dining table crafted from a 48' saw mill blade. The interior doors are handmade of pine with black colonial style hand crafted hardware.

A stunning chandelier by Iron Age Crafters, Inc. hangs from the cathedral ceiling, stampeding horse silhouettes in iron. An antique coach lamp lights the mantle, while a ceramic planter lights the porch table.

Wall art is either original or antique. Front row center is a race horse painting by Ginger Lowry of Mentone. Other framed pieces includes a Persian miniature depicting Arabian horses in a thirteenth century battle, and an old lithograph of a German cavalry officer blowing taps. A casting of the Pharaoh's horses is framed in barn wood. Currier and Ives prints, an Egyptian papyrus painting, a large San Blas indian mola, and a Japanese etching round out the tribal and classical art selections.

While the environment is natural, the furnishings are luxurious. Monogrammed towels and sheets; down pillows, mattress toppers, and comforters; designer tableware, hand quilted place mats with seasonable cloth napkins; Mexican hand painted sinks and tile borders for the tiled baths; and a first class kitchen are part of the ambiance. A Pawley's Island hammock hangs in the shade, while a Texas style horse tie rack is available for visiting steeds.

Because of the location of High Horse near the owners' farm, organic vegetables, yard eggs, and fresh flowers are seasonal fare at High Horse.

A note about housekeeping: High Horse Lodge is maintained and cleaned by the owners who set cleanliness as their highest priority. As noted in reviews, 'You could eat off the floors'.

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  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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The High Horse Lodge project is the culmination of many years of vocations and avocations of us,Steve and Harriet. With a history in landscaping and the professional wholesale nursery business, in designing and manufacturing silhouette lighting and furnishings, and in remodeling, we combined our experience to create High Horse Lodge, on our wilderness property. With horses as a part of our lives, we made trails along the pristine creeks, through groves of fringe trees, along the rock overhangs where Indians lived for two thousand years, over the wildflower meadows, and through the dense old growth forests. We hope guests enjoy the environment that has been so dear to us.

The Owner purchased this lodge in 2010

We did not buy, but created a a guest facility that is an art work in itself, where visitors can share the incredible surroundings that we have relished over the years. We built High Horse Lodge to blend into the environment while providing every luxury for guests.

The land itself is the main benefit, with the view of the distant ridges and mountains, the trails and and incredible array of wildlife, both plant and animal. The miles of paths open the creeks and forests to the guests who can ride or hike, or just admire. The lodge was built by talented craftsmen who brought stone, wood, art and metal together for a wondrous venue. While the lodge is completely private, it is 5 miles from the restaurants and shopping in Mentone, Alabama, and close to Crockford/Pigeon Mtn. Wildlife areas, Cloudland Canyon, DeSoto State Park, and Little River Canyon.

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Hike, bike, fish, gather eggs, meet the farm animals on 546 acres.
average rating of 4.9852943 based on 79 reviews
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Hike, bike, fish, gather eggs, meet the farm animals on 546 acres.
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(706) 398-0858 (Georgia, USA)
Mentone Alabama Mountains
5

Spring Break Fun!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
Our family had a very enjoyable stay at HHL. Six days were not nearly enough to explore the "farm" nor the surrounding area. Steve and Harriet were excellent guests and were available at a moments notice. We'll be back soon to continue our Cloudland adventure!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children
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Hike, bike, fish, gather eggs, meet the farm animals on 546 acres.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p302928vbi
(706) 398-0858 (Georgia, USA)
Mentone Alabama Mountains
5

High Horse Lodge is Outstanding Family Friendly Vacation

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
My family of seven recently stayed at HHL for three days, everyone loved the very clean accomodations, the nature trails, and the location near Mentone. Just as importantly, Steve and Harriet could not have been more accomodating - fresh eggs in your frig from their laying hens, tour of their farm, holding the cutest baby goats you will ever see, fishing in their pond, etc. The entire experience was wonderful, you will not be disapointed by the accomodations or the warm hospitality of the owners. We will return.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Hike, bike, fish, gather eggs, meet the farm animals on 546 acres.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p302928vbi
(706) 398-0858 (Georgia, USA)
Mentone Alabama Mountains
5

Everything we've been looking for... and more!!

Everything we've been looking for... and more!!
  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
We have been searching for the "perfect" mountain getaway for quite some time and we found it in the High Horse Lodge! We have 3 kids - 2, 4, and 7 - and we all had the time of our lives! We loved the lodge - the layout (master bed downstairs with the kids upstairs), the decor, and the craftmanship. Our favorite part was the hiking trails. We hiked for several hours exploring the property (waterfalls, Indian hideouts, massive boulders, and so much more). The highlight of each day was meeting Harriet and Steve in the evening to put the goats in the barn and gather eggs for breakfast. The location was perfect - we went to the children's museam in Chattanoga, Tigers for Tomorrow and Cherokee Rock Village near Collinsville, horseback riding at Shady Grove Dude Ranch, downtown Mentone, etc. At the end of the trip we were already looking at the reservation calendar to book another trip. We can't wait to go back!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
Hike, bike, fish, gather eggs, meet the farm animals on 546 acres.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p302928vbi
(706) 398-0858 (Georgia, USA)
Mentone Alabama Mountains
5

High Horse Lodge is truly something special!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
We had such a wonderful time at High Horse Lodge. Steve and Harriet were so hospitable and we loved all the animals. We enjoyed visiting the goats, fishing and hiking! We are already planning a trip back!
Recommended for:  Families with Young Children
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Hike, bike, fish, gather eggs, meet the farm animals on 546 acres.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p302928vbi
(706) 398-0858 (Georgia, USA)
Mentone Alabama Mountains
5

Family Fun!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
Our family of 7 thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the High Horse Lodge. The cabin was beautiful and stocked with all the necessaries plus extras. Our children loved visiting with the farm animals, and the trails were well marked and a fun activity. The owners were very welcoming and embodied southern charm. We would definitely recommend staying at the HHL.
Recommended for:  Families with Young Children
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Car: necessary

Vistors come to Lookout Mountain from all over the US to explore caves, rappel on the rocks, hang glide, hike and ride in an area that is also host to almost twenty summer camps. The incredible ecosystem of the mountain includes the pristine Little River.

The lodge has more than five miles of wide, cleared trails meander through the property, across the headwater creeks of the Little River, and through the forest. While there are some climbs, most trails are moderate to easy. For those who want more challenging riding, Crockford Pigeon Mountain, a federal wildlife area, is only 7 miles away and guests can try out more than 40 miles of trails on the brow of the mountain, up and down the mountain, and in the valley.

Wildlife enthusiasts will find a plethora of game including deer, turkey, coyotes, bob cats, possum and coons. Wildflower enthusiasts will appreciate the array of native plants on teh mountain.

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Mentone Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Free Long Distance
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Wireless Internet
  • Internet
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Telephone ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
Kitchen:
  • Microwave
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Ice Maker
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Catering Available
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
  • Large baths with tile floors and shower areas, barn wood counters, antique mirrors and hand made doors. Monogrammed toweling.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Queen size Beds (2) Both queen beds are handmade from pine or oak. One a poster and one a canopy bed with drapes. During winter months, beds have down mattress toppers, down pillows and down comforters for ultimate comfort., Twin or Single Beds (2) Handmade poster beds with down pillows and down comforts in winter., Baby Cribs (1) Port-a-crib full size crib with linens available, as is high chair., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) One sofa can be used as a single bed after the pillows are removed.
Entertainment:
  • Music Library ...
  • DVD Player
  • VCR
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Television ...
  • Games ...
  • Books ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Balcony ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseshoes
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
  • antiquing
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • horseback riding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • skiing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • hunting
  • spelunking
  • hiking
  • rafting
  • kayaking
  • rock climbing
Notes:
Located on 545 acres of private land which abounds in wildlife, HHL offers five miles hiking or riding trails which take visitors to view pre history Indian shelter rocks, amazing rock formations, view of a waterfall, and crossings of pristine, rhododendron lined creeeks. Guests are invited to visit the surrounding farm with a herd of fifty goats, four Arabian horses, two mammoth pot belly pigs, a flock of free range laying chickens, livestock guard dogs (waggly to people) and a flock of decorator chickens.
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