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Maggie Johnston

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

On a Bluff Overlooking Clear Creek, Sipsey Wilderness, Trails!

54 Reviews
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Overview

Double Springs Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage,2 Bedrooms,2 Baths...with optional Bungalow separate cabin(1 BR)

Need a quiet place to unwind and relax? This farm is 600 acres of oaks, dogwoods, pines and wildflowers surrounded by the Bankhead National Forest, with no neighbors in sight!

Why do we call it the River Art Cabin? It sits on a bluff overlooking Clear Creek, the 'River' part. It was constructed by an artist named Art Fowler, whose original art still hangs throughout the cabin. Amazing!

IF you need more than 2 bedrooms and don't mind spreading your group out a bit, we also have the Bungalow cabin on the same property. Or if you would rather rent a bit smaller, more cozy spot, you may decide to rent only the Bungalow. We rent it for $100/night, plus cleaning fee. The Bungalow is a 1 bedroom, 1 bath, living room and wonderful kitchen upstairs over the barn. It is about 100 yards from the River Art Cabin. The Bungalow has a nice deck overlooking a meadow that leads down to Clear Creek and the Secret Beach! It is a cozy and relaxing spot in and of itself. See the last few photos for what it looks like!

You may want to spend your days fishing or tubing the creek or exploring the incredible canyons of the Sipsey Wilderness. Perhaps you would enjoy mountain biking the miles of Bankhead National Forest roads near by. Love hiking and backpacking, the Sipsey has many miles of hiking trails.

Love to hunt? Check out the Bankhead National Forest! You can drive just a few miles and hunt on National Forest land.

Enjoy birdwatching? What about a night with no street lights for perfect stargazing? This is the place for you!

There is a full kitchen in both cabins, but if you'd rather not cook, hop in the car and run to Double Springs for a homecooked Italian meal at the Sapore Grill!

There are two bedrooms in the River Art Cabin, the Master bedroom has a king size bed and a private upstairs deck with a sliding glass door. There is a private Master bath also. The second bedroom has a bunk bed.

One of my favorite parts of the place is the Gazebo, a beautiful structure set atop a sandstone bluff overlooking a shoals of Clear Creek about 70 feet below. You can enjoy a sunset with a glass of wine sitting on the gazebo listening to the rippling creek below. Or wake up early and walk down the path to the gazebo with a hot cup of coffee.

You can stroll for miles on our dirt roads or walk down the path to Clear Creek and take a dip in the cool waters that are a tributary to Smith Lake.

Truly remote. This cottage is at the end of the road... literally! You will drive down a small country road for about 4 miles and when the road ends... you are home!

Keywords: Cottage, cabin, gazebo, creek side, tubing, Bankhead National Forest, Sipsey Wilderness Area, birding, Smith Lake, Camp McDowell, hunting, fishing,

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Maggie Johnston (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks: english

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 2011

Why Maggie Johnston chose Alabama

We bought this place for the pure joy of owning a remote piece of Nature on the banks of Clear Creek!

What makes this cottage unique

There is nothing quite like communing with nature in a beautiful place near a moving stream. You will find it valuable to spend some quiet time just sitting on the porch or gazebo and listening to nature!

Reviews

4.9
based on 54 traveler reviews

On a Bluff Overlooking Clear Creek, Sipsey Wilderness, Trails!
average rating of 4.8703704 based on 54 reviews
4

Peaceful, quiet, relaxing

  • 4 of 5

What a wonderful getaway. My family and I stayed here over labor day weekend and absolutely loved it. We enjoyed our morning coffee in the gazebo over looking the creek. It was so peaceful and relaxing. Lots of trails to walk and the secret beach was delightful. Our mastiff loved the water. Definitely one of our best trips ever.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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5

We had a wonderful weekend at this cabin extremely relaxing, remote, away from it all.

  • 5 of 5

Margie was extremely accommodating with short notice. The beds were very comfortable. Nice, clean environment, exactly as advertised. We hope to go back frequently.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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4

Wonderfully peaceful

  • 4 of 5

We got what we went for. Quiet, peaceful surroundings, secluded location and rest. We had hoped to get down to the water but at our ages we and the lack of good shoes for sloping ground we did not make it. We really enjoyed our stay. It's my understanding that Maggie will make some updates soon and the cabin is in need of some attention. Just minor stuff. The master bedroom was great and the bed very comfortable.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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5

This is a wonderful place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had a terrific experience. The house is spacious, clean, and well stocked. The area is beautiful and remote. Between the creek beach and the pond and trails we found so much to explore. We hope to return!

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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rest and relaxation

  • 5 of 5

This vacation was to get away from it all (stress, work, etc.) That is exactly what I got. The home was away from it all. It was quiet and relaxing. I really enjoyed staying there and may go again in the near future.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!!

  • 5 of 5

This is like our home away from home. The house is awesome. Its clean and everything is furnished --except for food and drinks, of course. Friends, family and pets love it as well. The Secret Beach provides hours and hours of fun for everyone especially when the water is a little warm and you can get in with tubes. Someone needs to tell me where the fish in these gorgeous fishing spots! It was hard going home after we had been there for just a few days. We love hiking the trails at Sispey, so it's a perfect arrangement for us. We've been twice in the past year and I'm booking again. I figure we'll need our fix of this place at least 4 times a year!

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Car: necessary

Tubing on Clear Creek, miles of walking or mountain biking trails, hiking and backpacking in the famous Sipsey Wilderness Area, sitting in the gazebo overlooking the shoals of Clear Creek with a glass of wine or cup of coffee!

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Rates & Availability

Double Springs Cottage Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay
$115
 

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $75
Pet Fee $50

Cleaning fee is $75 per visit.
Pet fee is additional $50 per visit.
Call if interested in a weekly or monthly rate/ 205-522-1500

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Amenities

Double Springs Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Location Type:
  • Waterfront
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Garage
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • King size beds (1), Bunk Beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Attractions:
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Notes:
600+ acres of property with 3/4 mile of Clear Creek frontage and creek access. Tubing on Clear Creek, miles of walking or mountain biking trails, hiking and backpacking in the famous Sipsey Wilderness Area, sitting in the gazebo overlooking the shoals of Clear Creek with a glass of wine!

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