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Last Minute opening for the Oct Race weekend! Reduced price! 3 bdr or a hotel?

41 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Waldo Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + Den, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 7-8)

Need a place to unwind and relax? Triple Creek Farm is on the banks of Talladega Creek overlooking the historic Waldo Covered Bridge and old grist mill. Gold used to be mined in the local area and many modern day prospectors come from far and wide to pan Talladega Creek for gold. The farm is 20 acres of oaks, dogwoods, pines and wildflowers surrounded by the Talladega National Forest, with no neighbors in sight! It is nestled in the foothills of the Appalachians at the base of Cheaha Mountain.

You may want to spend your days fishing or tubing the creek or exploring the incredible spring display of wildflowers such as trillium, wild geranium and red buckeye. Perhaps you would enjoy mountain biking the miles of Talladega National Forest roads or the Chief Ladiga Rail Trial near by. Love hiking and backpacking, the Pinhoti Trail, the longest trail in Alabama, is just 2 miles away. Maybe you are a road biker and want to climb from Waldo up to the highest point in Alabama, Mt Cheaha. You can ride your bike out of the Triple Creek Farm drive way and do this.

Just a few miles away is Desoto Caverns Park, where you can explore a deep underground cave, and spend the day enjoying their many family fun activities.

Waldo is just outside the Talladega city limits. Talladega is home to the historic Ritz Theater and the annual April in Talladega pilgrimage of homes. So much fun to choose from... but, perhaps you just look forward to relaxing on the big front screened porch watching birds at the feeder and the lazy creek roll by.

Then, of course, if you are a Nascar fan... Waldo is just down the road (about 20 miles) from the Talladega Superspeedway! Planning to come to Dega to drive a race car on the fastest track in all the land? After a fast paced day of racing, come stay in the country and relax!

There is a full kitchen, but if you'd rather not cook, hop in the car and run to Talladega, 6 miles or Oxford, 20 miles, for a selections of restaurants, shops and movie theaters.

Feel free to contact Maggie for more information. She spent over 20 years exploring the mountains on foot, by bike and on horseback! You will find maps of the area and lots of information on things to do, when you arrive at the cottage.

Keywords: Cottage, Farmhouse, Waldo, Covered Bridge, Cabin, Cheaha, Pinhoti Trail,Trail, Chief Ladiga Rail to Trail, Caverns, Talladega, Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega Race Track,

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Maggie Johnston
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2016
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About Maggie Johnston

Maggie is the Director of McDowell Environmental Center. Mark is the Executive Director of Camp McDowell, near Jasper, Alabama. They are proud of the work they do to protect and educate people about the natural world around us.

Maggie Johnston purchased this cottage in 1988

Why Maggie Johnston chose Alabama

Maggie lived at the Triple Creek Farm in Waldo for over 16 years while teaching science at the Alabama School for the Deaf. She raised goats, horses, chickens and bees. There is still a beautiful garden spot near the covered bridge being managed by a thoughtful neighbor. Maggie still loves this place!

What makes this cottage unique

There is nothing quite like communing with nature in a beautiful place near a moving stream. Even if you are visiting for a special event like the Talladega Race or to do day hiking along the Pinhoti Trail, you will find it valuable to spend some quiet time just sitting on the porch and listening to nature!

Guestbook comments from the owner

"we are in Blue Ridge in a cabin and I and the others had just said how much we miss the house at Waldo! We loved it.... we are coming back."
Jun 2010
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Last Minute opening for the Oct Race weekend! Reduced price! 3 bdr or a hotel?
average rating of 4.804878 based on 42 reviews

Always a beautiful time at Waldo Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Carol and I enjoy our stay at Waldo each year. It is a beautiful half-way point for us traveling to meet up. The cottage has all the amenities that we desire and love the scenery. Carol's dog "Moby" also loves his stay at Waldo as well. Love our walks to the creek, the covered bridge and the surrounding acres.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! I love this place and am so happy to share with others who do too!
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A beautiful time in Talladega

  • 4 of 5

We met our daughters and their boyfriends at this adorable cottage for the weekend. Celebrated our daughters birthdays (21 & 24). We went to the Cheaha State Park and hiked to the tallest point in Alabama. What a stunning view! At this point is where my future son-in-law proposed to my daughter. What a beautiful moment it was. :) We had fun kayaking and walking down to the creek everyday. Maggie and Mark has provided all the comforts of home, thank you for a wonderful time. There is a train that runs close to the cottage but the ear plugs that Maggie has works great for sleeping. There is shopping close by for groceries.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The two of us and my son's family, wife and two young boys, had a great few days in this lovely, secluded cottage. The layout is perfect for two small families---space between the bedrooms. We especially enjoyed the fire pit for hot dogs and smores one night. The creek was fun also. You have the National Forest if you like to hike. Mount Cheaha is close to see the highest point in AL. (One grandson thought he was "on top of the world"!! ) You are close to good eating places in Talladega or Oxford. We learned of this place by staying in their place near Double Springs. They are very nice to deal with and helpful. Beds are comfy after a long day. If you want and/or need peace and quiet, check this out. We are talking of returning already.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great getaway cabin

  • 5 of 5

Cabin was exactly as advertised. Great spot. The creek was a sweet surprise! Big enough to float in and explore. We changed our plans and spent an entire afternoon there.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, Relaxing Time

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here because we thought it competed better with the Cheaha SP cabins.

It is a longer drive to our favorite park and forest trail heads, but the Waldo area has plenty of sites as well. The grounds were freshly mowed and there were fresh flowers in a kitchen vase. Many spices and cooking accessories. Even coffee in the freezer, tho' we brought our own. The decorations were eclectic and there are plenty of books, movies and games. We had a fun time at the creek. Hope to return!

  • Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed it! Come again soon!
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Our Waldo Stay April 21, 2016

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much for sharing your Waldo home with us. We enjoyed our stay in Waldo! We fished and explored the beautiful property. The home was very accommodating and had all the things we needed. We cooked our meals in the very equipped kitchen and roasted hot dogs over the campfire. The train was very entertaining and we even watched a Mama bird feed her babies on the porch. I hope we get to visit again soon.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 77
Nearest Point of Interest
Waldo covered bridge
Nearest Point of Interest
Talladega Superspeedway
Car: necessary

Talladega Superspeedway is just minutes away, Visit famous Desoto Caverns Park just a few miles away, Panning for gold in Talldega Creek is popular, Tubing on Talladega Creek, whitewater canoeing, backpacking on Pinhoti Trail, biking Chief Ladega trail, biking Mt Cheaha, fly fishing, miles of national forest roads for biking, hiking, running


Rates & Availability

Waldo Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Talladega Race
Oct 20 2016 - Oct 24 2016
3 night minimum stay
Talladega Race Weeks
May 4 2017 - May 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $75
Pet Fee $50

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (1) The Queen bed is actually in the second bedroom., Double Beds (1) The master bedroom has an antique therefore, double bed!, Bunk Beds (1) The bottom bunk is a full size, top bunk is twin.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Talladega Superspeedway Racetrack just minutes away, Talladega Creek in front yard, Panning for gold in Talldega Creek is popular, outdoor shower, large barn and pasture, historic covered bridge, near historic homes in Talladega and April in Talladega celebration

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