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'Setaspell' -- $125nt/$100 wknts/Call for full wk at $575

Bedrooms 2
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Our rustic cabin sits on a beautiful rocky site on Little River's Lake Lahusage, just a few miles out of Mentone at the Georgia line. This is not a typical rental cabin - it's our family getaway in the truest sense. We've opted not to have telephone, television or internet. We actually read books, play board games, relax on the porch, rock patio or dock, watch the birds and squirrels, and swim and canoe in the lake. It's quite relaxing and we invite you to come try it for yourself. We have a double bed in one room and a bunk room with four singles, so it works well for a couple, a family, or a group of friends. Most of the year, you'll want to have the windows open, but for summer's hottest days we have 2 window unit AC's and in cold weather we have a wood stove and gas wall heaters. We've tried to decide what season we enjoy most at the cabin, but we like them all. Each season is wonderful in a different way.

Lake Lahusage is actually part of Little River and was created many years ago by a developer who was building a resort hotel on the lake, but it never materialized. Lots were sold around the lake for individual cottages and now there are some large and very nice homes, some of which are full time residences. But ours is one of the few (maybe the only one) available for short term rental. We invite you to take advantage of this wonderful and little known corner of Lookout Mountain.

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Property Manager
Susan Collins
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 17, 2017

About Susan Collins

We're Jane and Jack Brunson and we live in Elba, AL, which is a 5-hour drive from the cabin, so we don't get to be there as often as we'd like. Jane is from Fort Payne originally, so we enjoy keeping a connection to DeKalb County and letting our four children get to know her hometown area better.

Susan Collins purchased this cabin in 2002

Why Susan Collins chose Alabama Mountains

We started bringing our kids to summer camp at Mentone in the early 1990's and really enjoyed the area. Jane was from Fort Payne, but had not spent a lot of time in Mentone. We rented cabins and stayed at the State Park for a few years, and decided it would be nice to have a little place of our own.

What makes this cabin unique

When we were considering purchasing a second home in the Mentone area, we didn't really know about Lake Lahusage. But once we saw the advantages the lake offered, a cabin not on the water was suddenly out of the question. We wanted a small, rustic cabin with a cozy feel to it. The unfinished cedar walls and ceilings in this little cabin would be difficult to duplicate today. It was just big enough for our family of 6, and we particularly enjoy the screened porch and eat all our meals on the porch except during the coldest months of the year.

We love taking an early morning canoe ride and usually have the entire lake to ourselves -- except for the ducks and geese. Our part of the lake is quiet and far enough from the highway that we have almost no road noise. It's a peaceful and quiet setting that's getting harder to find. Mentone is a unique place - almost lost in time - and has a pace and attitude all its own. We rarely look at a clock when we're there. We just say we're on 'Mentone time'.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We came with our adult children to spend the weekend to celebrate my husband's 62nd birthday. We made breakfast on Saturday morning with pumpkin pecan waffles that smelled heavenly and tasted divine. The kids loved canoeing on the lake and mountain biking in Desoto Park. One son brought his kayak as well. The fire pit was great and I wish I had a porch like yours!
Oct 2014
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Mentone Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Bunk Beds (1)
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
There is a boat ramp nearby for you to launch your own boat or jet ski, which may be tied up at our dock. There is parking space for your boat trailer in our driveway.


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'Setaspell' -- $125nt/$100 wknts/Call for full wk at $575
average rating of 4.95 based on 30 reviews

Great location; perfect for a getaway.

  • 5 of 5

Quiet, peaceful and perfect.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing stay

  • 4 of 5

The cabin was as stated and a very beautiful and relaxing place to unwind. We only had one negative experience but it was overwhelming at times, and that was a flying ant issue. Apparently, insects, which appeared to be ants with wings, invaded our cabin from the first night. This was not very alarming for the adults but it did cause alarm with our young granddaughters. We tried our best to figure out where they were coming from but never could. They honestly were numerous at times and we were finding them throughout our cabin, even in beds at times. I'm sure they can be eliminated with a pest control service.

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were at Setaspell just days before Chet and his family arrived. We spent the night and a full day there and saw no sign of flying insects inside the cabin, so apparently they swarmed in right after we left. Chet made us aware of the problem after his departure. We had the problem identified and treated by Morris Pest Control before the week was out. They were flying carpenter ants and had come into the attic. We were in and out of the attic several times during our stay the weekend before and saw no signs of them. We notified the next guests of the situation prior to their arrival and let them know that insecticides had been sprayed in case anyone in their group might have an issue with that. I responded to Chet about this by email on VRBO to make him aware that it had been handled. We've had the cabin for over 10 years and have never had this problem before. We regret it happened during their stay, but honestly don't know of anything we could have done differently in advance to have prevented it. It's a jungle out there......
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Peaceful Surroundings

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time! The cabin was very nice and clean. I loved it!!

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great relaxing cabin

  • 5 of 5

Great cabin we had a blast .Looking forward to staying there again sometime

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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AMAZING little cabin by the lake!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay at "Setaspell"! Before we ever booked, it was a good experience. Susan was a great manager who answered my many, many questions without even batting an eye. The idea of "no cell phones, no TV" was a great selling point for us to reconnect with our teenagers who are way too busy to talk or hang out with their parents. From the moment we pulled in, I knew we made the right choice. We were barely there ten minutes, and my husband and I were already talking about our next trip. It took less than half an hour for the kids to warm up. When we first got there, I had to keep telling them to put phones away. Even without service, they were still staring at screens and looking at pictures or music. After we toured the cabin, I saw a pile of cell phones on the entryway table. I can't even begin to explain how thrilled my husband and I were to see this. We fight the kids all the time to put down phones, and usually get attitude in return. But they were so happy to be there. The only time they picked up phones was to take pictures, and each one of them took pictures of every inch of that house and the property. We knew there was a drought and water levels were very low, but we still went canoeing a large part of the days. We watched the geese sit on the giant boulder in the middle of the lake, we toured the old bridge, we looked at all the houses along the lake. It was amazing! We had every thing you could think you might need, from the q-tips we forgot, to fly swatters, tea lights, afghans; even a hot dog roasting stick. The house was spotless and well cared for. Very homey, very cozy. The grounds were well kept and there were plenty of places to curl up with one of the many interesting books they had. We brought our own favorite board games, played Mad Libs, and talked and laughed til our sides hurt. This was a fantastic experience for our whole family, and we left feeling closer to each other than we were when we got there. Our only regret was spending 2 days instead of a week there. I loved looking at the pictures of the owners and their happy family. There was a more personal feeling than the usual hotel room. We are so thankful for the time we spent at this home, and cannot wait to go back and spend the week there. We have recommended this place to friends and family, and bragged about how amazing it was. Thanks so much to Susan Collins and the home owners for helping us escape our busy daily lives and reconnect as a family.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Your review makes us want to head to the cabin ourselves! Our oldest son and his wife are there now with friends and are getting to stay a full week for the first time. You perfectly described the reasons we've tried to keep it low tech and off the grid. Hope you do get to come again. We like it during cold weather, too, when we can build a fire. And we have a great weekly rate. Jane and Jack (owners)
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Wonderful vacation! Beautiful cabin!

  • 5 of 5

We had an absolutely wonderful stay at setaspell. We had everything we needed and more. Very clean cabin and owners are very helpful. We will definitely go back again:-)

  • Submitted: May 11, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Cloudmont Ski Resort
Car: necessary

Mentone is a tiny, but historic, resort community atop Lookout Mountain. It's best known as home to numerous summer camps and Little River winds its way through the area, providing many opportunities for hiking, canoeing and other mountain activities.


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2 night minimum stay

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Cleaning Fee $50
Tax Rate 9.0%

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