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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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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.
For a recent trip to the area, 3 generations of our family stayed very comfortably at High Horse Lodge. We recommend this rental without reservations for families looking for a nice place to stay, on fantastic grounds. One thing that has not been mentioned is the proximity of the home to several area camps in the Mentone AL area – so if you are dropping off young ones at Camp Alpine, Camp Desoto, or Camp Skyline Ranch, this would be a perfect place for moms and dads and grandparents to be nearby and enjoy some of what the area has to offer.
ACCOMMODATIONS – The property description fairly and accurately describes all that is available, including the comforts and luxuries of the home. We enjoyed all the unique and custom furnishings and fixtures. Nearly every piece of furniture in the home has a story to tell (briefly described in the coffee table binder). Our group of 7 was very comfortable here, thanks to all the available amenities. The kitchen was outfitted with all the tools needed, and we were able to prepare meals easily.
LOCATION – HHL is on Lookout Mountain, easily accessible from one of the main roads on the mountain. The home is on part of the 500+ acre estate that the owners live and work in. We got to enjoy hikes on the trails, and even got to see the archeological sites mentioned (Indian rock ledge camp site, “portal to the underworld”, and prayer circle). There is plenty to do and see on site, but of course the home can serve as a great “base” to explore the area, including Chattanooga, which is about 40 minutes away.
HOSTS – The owners S and H were gracious and went “above and beyond” as many have already mentioned. They are very talented, hardworking, and generous people who are happy to host your family and rightly take great pride in what High Horse Lodge has to offer. Our small children were able to meet the famous “fainting goats” and got to help herd them in for the night. We also enjoyed fresh backyard eggs from their hens.
We could not be more pleased with our stay at HHL and recommend it without hesitation.
One of the best short vacations we have ever had. We were only able to get away from home for a couple of days, but Harriet and Steve immediately made us feel very welcome and at home. The lodge is very private and elegantly appointed with artwork by local artists. It is comfortable and the view from the porch is beyond compare. We enjoyed canoeing, hiking, archealogical digging for artifacts, games of Clue and watching the stars at night. We even met the goats and enjoyed fresh tomatoes! We frequently rent from VRBO when traveling and you never know for sure what you are getting, but this far exceeded all our expectations!
My family and I had an awesome time at High Horse Lodge. The cabin is beautiful. Quiet and peaceful. You will not find a better host and hostess than Steve and Harriet. They went so far beyond their duty. We spent hours and hours with them. They took us on the most exciting and educational tour of the farm. Steve explained so much to us. The boys, ages 5 and 6, got to help put the goats up for the night, pet the pig, gather a few eggs, pet the dog, and run and run. We played horse shoes at the cabin while cooking out. I just can't say enough about our stay. We loved every minute esp Steve and Harriett.
House is gorgeous and has anything you could ever need already here- less to pack or buy once you're here. We hiked the trails for 5 hours and enjoyed that very much, also our kids loved helping with the animals on the property. My favorite part was eating on the screened-in porch- we went in September and the weather was perfect. My only suggestion for families who are used to noise at night is to maybe bring a box fan/noise machine with you for yourself or your kids, because it's SO quiet out here that you can literally hear a pin drop from anywhere in the house.
I stayed with two girl friends for our annual girls trip. Good space with a bedroom for each of us. I had the loft with a small open porch with beautiful views of the surrounding property and the night sky. So many stars! The lodge was fully equipped with everything we needed to cook our meals. The description of the property was accurate. The rooms were clean. Steve (Harriet was away during part of our stay) was very helpful and available for questions.
It was great to be able to walk out the door for one of our day hikes. The proximity to other hiking locations (we hiked Cloudland Canyon State Park one day) and to wineries (we went to three in Alabama) and to Tigers for Tomorrow worked for our trip. We also had a great time petting the goats, horses, dogs, and pigs while Steve was feeding them and bringing them in for the evening.
I would recommend having some kind of preventive and post treatment for chigger bites. Thankfully, I wore long pants to hike, but I still got eaten up by a hoard of chiggers.
All and all, it was a great girls trip. I would recommend the High Horse Lodge to friends.
The High Horse Lodge was undoubtedly the most magnificent property we have ever rented on this site. Absolutely every detail was taken care of by gracious owners. The landscape, grounds and property are simply gorgeous…with incredibly well marked trails. However, the experience is so much more than words can describe. The stars are brighter than bright. The trails are almost a work of art as they compliment the natural beauty of the land. The chicken house (egg-laying moments) delivered pure joy! The goats, pigs, fishing pond, the Native American sites on the acreage...it was all 2nd to none. The sunsets are indescribable to the eye. We each took hour-long reading shifts in the hammock with the mountain breeze rolling over us. We also enjoyed playing horse shoes...easily accessible to the lodge. The "indigenous" details were so appreciated: such as ready-to-hike walking sticks 'o plenty (couldn't have done that easily on our flight) & the most plump red tomatoes we've ever known. The place feels almost like "rustic lush" with the locally crafted furnishings & art...blended w/ monogrammed linens & media stories posted to share the history of the HHL. The Internet service was great - although the environment truly gave us all permission to "check out" for a few days. We never even desired to leave the property! Really- we will back over and over again as we've already outlined our next trip dates. We couldn't be more pleased with our time at The High Horse! The hospitality of the hosts made our stay unparalleled to other trips; these folks practice excellence.
We had an absolutely wonderful experience, this place offers a much needed break for time to unplug from today's fast paced world. Everyone enjoyed the sights and sounds of nature. Even the sky and stars were prettier and more abundant than they are closer to Atlanta! The horses were beautiful, the chickens were entertaining to watch and helping with the goats at the end of the day was a HUGE hit too! Harriet and Steve were very knowledgeable and engaging. We highly recommend this place.
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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2 night minimum stay
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Our entire farm, including High Horse Lodge, is/has been for sale due to our retirement. In the case of a sale, we will give those with reservations at least two months notice of cancellation and will refund any deposits.