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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.
High Horse Lodge was just what the doctor ordered for me and my family last weekend. The home and property are beautiful, clean, and well equipped. My four year old son had a ball playing in the woods near the creek, while me and my fiance enjoyed relaxing in the hammock with only the sound of birds chirping. Ms. Harriet is a wonderful hostess, and we enjoyed seeing her goats, chickens, and horses. She set us up to fish in their pond, also. I highly recommend High Horse Lodge!
We had a perfect get a away in this lovely home. There are so many original touches including rustic décor, unique hand-made carpentry and local artwork. We walked all of the lands many trails, stopping to view the cliffs, waterfalls, streams, archeologic sites, and ecosystems. The experience was peaceful, pristine and rich with goodness and comfort. Try an evening sit on one of the verandas and time by the fire. This is an extremely special place. It was perfect for our family with grown kids but would also be wonderful for young ones. The cabin was impeccably clean and had all the amenities to cook meals for our hungry bunch. We loved the big kitchen table to gather around for meals and evening scrabble marathons. We hope to return again. Many thanks to the generous and kind hosts.
Our family has stayed at High Horse Lodge several times now and we will keep coming back. The cabin is warm and cozy, perfect for nights of movies and games. The animals are an adventure each evening. The days are spent hiking and exploring the endless trails and features. Harriet and Steve always help us feel right at home.
This was easily one of my favorite Homeaway stays ever. The place was immaculate, we had everything we needed, the hosts were charming and helpful without being obtrusive, and the grounds for hiking/exploring were just perfect. The pictures honestly don't do it justice at all. The house us so well-decorated and comfortable. We will be back!
Steve and Harriet were very accommodating! We got to watch Harriet bring the goats in for the night. We even helped a bit. She was wonderful to take time with us and teach us all about raising goats. We also got personal attention from Steve, he told us about the Indian "caves" and gave us a map. We also got to use his "shooting range" across the road. My kids loved shooting their bows. We took a 2 hour hike right from our house! Great time, we will be back and have recommended it to our extended family. Harriet and Steve have taken such attention to details. I loved reading about the different places the High Horse furniture came from.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest|
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.
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.