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

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Bedrooms 2
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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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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Guestbook comments from the owner
Thank you so much for letting us spend our honeymoon here at your cabin and starting our marriage out right. It was an amazing experience. We had so much fun a cannot wait to come again. (Photos of one or the other bicycling, swinging in hammock, doing puzzles, at bridge over the creek, and at pond).
May 2014
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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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Reviews

Reviews

5
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Hike, bike, fish, gather eggs, meet the farm animals on 546 acres.
average rating of 4.986842 based on 76 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
Birmingham, AL
5

Great place!

  • 5 of 5
We stayed for a long weekend with our two year old and had an absolute blast. The cabin is equipped with everything you would need including pantry staples and is very clean. The house also has games and tons of childrens books that make it nice when travelling with little ones (although he was equally thrilled with the horseshoe pit out back and bell that hangs at the patio door). Harriet and Steve were fantastic! They gave us great recommendations of everything from restaurants to places to see. Our little one loved seeing the goats and picking eggs from the chicken house to eat the next day. We also took a day trip to Chattanooga for the aquarium, but had the most fun at Little River Canyon. Would definitely recommend this place and we will be going back again for sure.
  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, 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/p302928vb
(706) 398-0858 (Georgia, USA)
Mentone Alabama Mountains
5

MORE THAN MENTONE: Even the teenagers were happy!

  • 5 of 5
Just had a glorious week at High Horse Lodge. Favorite things: coffee on the screened porch in the morning, naps in the hammock, the low humidity (we forgot it was Alabama in August!), hikes around the property, lying in the backyard at night to watch the meteor shower, stories told by Steve and Harriet, herding goats, swimming in Little River Canyon and the gorgeous drive around the rim. There is so much to do without spending a dime. A few non-free excursions you may want to consider are: Paradise Garden (Folk artist Howard Finster property/museum) in Summerville, GA; a treasure hunt at Unclaimed Baggage in Scottsboro; amazing animals at way-more-than-a-zoo Tigers for Tomorrow near Attalla; the old fashioned drive-in at Henegar; horseback riding with loveable but no-nonsense Nancy Smith at Holly Springs Stables (where our 14-year-old would happily give up her cell phone to live full-time). Search online for directions, times and charges for the above. But for a relaxing vacation in a beautiful, comfortable, well-equipped home with the #1 VRBO hosts anywhere, this is the place. It's CLOSE, but it's not within walking distance to Mentone. But if you're like us, you want to see and do more than just 'downtown' Mentone. In fact, you better book a week so you can have a couple of lazy stay-home days to fish, read in the hammock, and watch the sun set. High Horse Lodge has games, puzzles, books, many kitchen utensils, food staples and condiments, cleaning supplies, towels, blankets, pillows, plus seasonal fresh eggs and garden bounty if you time it right. There's a reason this place is booked solid and all the reviews are 5-star. Book ahead and count the days. Worth every penny and then some. We love High Horse Lodge.
  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, 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/p302928vb
(706) 398-0858 (Georgia, USA)
Mentone Alabama Mountains
Marietta
5

Family of four!

  • 5 of 5
Best vacation we have had in years! Harriet and Steve are truly one of a kind. There property is amazing and has s muh to offer. The cabin is beautiful as well. You couldn't ask for better hosts!!! Can't wait to go back.
  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers
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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
Wellborn,FL
5

Awesome Vacation

  • 5 of 5
This is a great place to stay with so much to do right on the property.Steve and Harriet were wonderful hosts.The cabin is beautiful and the property is amazing.You will enjoy the place so much you won't want to leave,but there are lots of things to do nearby if you do.Thank you Steve and Harriet for a wonderful vacation.
  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, 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/p302928vb
(706) 398-0858 (Georgia, USA)
Mentone Alabama Mountains
Houston, Texas and Cary, North Carolina
5

Family Escape

  • 5 of 5
My family likes to meet up with us over their spring break from teaching, so they let me do the planning for our group (4 adults, 2 children) We love picking places off the beaten path that are not far from being past the halfway point between TX and NC. This pick could not have been better. Harriet welcomed the fact that we were coming with two kids under age 4, and she made sure to set up a pack n play, portable crib, and high chairs! The setting was lovely. My husband and I packed our mountain bikes and toured the property that way which was lots of fun and a challenging, hilly ride. We escaped to nearby destinations such as Desoto Falls State Park, Fort Payne, AL, Noccolulu Falls Park (about an hour away) and Chattanooga (about an hour away). The house binder was stocked with great information about the area which was a nice addition to what we looked up. And the kids and adults loved collecting the eggs with Harriet and feeding the pigs and putting up the goats. We didn't pick the right time for fish to bite, but fishing in the pond was peaceful and relaxing. I hate to hear that Harriet and Steve will be selling the property because it was a great value and destination that I was looking to return to (especially for the farm experiences for our kids). So we'll have to see what new owners decide to do, but I hope they will raise animals and keep the house open to touring families so that many can enjoy all the benefits of this location.
  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  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/p302928vb
(706) 398-0858 (Georgia, USA)
Mentone Alabama Mountains
5

A magical place!

  • 5 of 5
Magical place! Saw a million beautiful fireflies a dusk and caught fish the next day. Incredible place!
  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers
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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 Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay
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Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

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Tax Rate 7.0%

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Amenities

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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:
  • Telephone ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • 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
Kitchen:
  • Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Kitchen ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
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:
  • Balcony ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
  • horseshoes
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • skiing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • hunting
  • spelunking
  • kayaking
  • rock climbing
  • hiking
  • rafting
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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