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Hoot & Martha Gibson

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

Historic Cragsmere Manor - Luxurious Lodging On Brow Of Lookout Mtn.

8 Reviews
Sleeps16
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

Mentone Estate Rental Photos and Description

6 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 16

Enjoy plentiful space to relax on the brow of Lookout Mountain, just moments from downtown Mentone. Cragsmere has been treasured by tourists and locals alike for decades, and is now the premier accommodation in Mentone. Historic construction with modern furnishings, Cragsmere is the perfect balance of rustic styling and luxury. Large sitting areas, open area between home and brow, with mixture of shady and sunny areas to relax in the clean mountain air. Gazebo directly on brow perfect for enjoying the daily sunset over the valley below.

Inside enjoy a large, full kitchen, modern appliances, satellite television, wireless internet, large dining and sitting areas, and large windows for enjoying great views.

Perfect for practically any group or family, Cragsmere is sure to exceed all of your expectations and become your new home away from home while visiting Mentone.

Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Hoot & Martha Gibson (Owner)
Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

About Hoot & Martha Gibson

We enjoyed dining at Cragsmere Manna for many years before it was converted to a private residence. When presented with the opportunity to own this historic treasure, we couldn't turn it down! We invite you to enjoy this landmark on your next visit to Mentone.

Hoot & Martha Gibson purchased this estate in 2012

Why Hoot & Martha Gibson chose Alabama Mountains

Cragsmere is known to practically everyone who has visited Mentone over the past few decades. Now, you can make it a memorable part of your next Mentone visit. No other property can match the space, sleeping capacity, history, or gorgeous views that we offer.

What makes this estate unique

Portion of home is a 100+ year old cabin built by a freed slave after the Civil War. Multiple additions were made over the years creating the large property that is now Cragsmere Manor. A guest favorite is the covered gazebo directly on the brow overlooking Wills Valley and miles & miles of beautiful nature.

Reviews

5
based on 8 traveler reviews

Historic Cragsmere Manor - Luxurious Lodging On Brow Of Lookout Mtn.
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews
5

Unbelievable Weekend that We Will Never Forget

  • 5 of 5

If I could give a 10 star review ...I would. We had a WONDERFUL stay. We celebrated my mother-in-law's 90th birthday with family and it was a FANTASTIC weekend. The house is absolutely BEAUTIFUL inside and out and it was large enough to accommodate all of us. It is both comfortable and charming. Martha, the owner, was so easy to work with and she went out of her way to make sure we had everything we needed. I would highly recommend it to everyone for any occasion. It was fun for adults and kids too! We will definitely be back!!!!

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Decatur, Al
5

Best in the Area!

  • 5 of 5

Our group was composed of 4 couples, old friends for many years, who were looking for a comfortable/scenic place to meet around the Mentone area and spend a Super Bowel weekend together. Cragsmere exceeded our expectations! From the time we arrived, we were captivated by the character and uniqueness of the place. The historic features that the owners have preserved and displayed gave it a special ambiance. The views of the valley just steps away outside were spectacular. The owner, Ms. Gibson, was just a joy to work with and she was totally accommodating to our needs and comfort, even opening the place and turning the heat on before we arrived. The beds were all very comfortable and the place was extremely clean, comfortable, and accommodating. The fireplace was un-usable due to insurance restrictions but the other features of the house more than made up for it. Cragsmere was a very short distance from Mentone and many local interests, ie; Desoto Falls and Desoto State Park. It was a very special place and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay! Thank you again, Ms. Gibson.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Exceptional Retreat ~ Family Vacation ~ Memory Maker

  • 5 of 5

We stayed Dec 2012 (calendar would not let me add that) and it was awesome! We stayed for new years and had an awesome trip. We had two brothers and their families and it was a great family bonding trip. The owners were super welcoming and the home was more than we wished for. Huge, beautiful, well maintained, stocked to the hilt. There were 9 of us and we had tons of space. The kitchen was better than you can imagine and we loved every single thing about this home! Sorry we forgot to write a review! Hope to visit again. Thanks, The Hill Family

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Birmingham, Alabama
5

Three generations annual gathering.

  • 5 of 5

Our three families try to get together each winter in mid-January in Mentone. This year we rented Cragsmere and found both the house and it's setting delightful. The furnishings are charming and Martha and Hoot Gibson have taken care to supply the house with everything a visitor could possibly need -- no need to bring Kleenex, paper towels or condiments because they are already there. The layout of the house is terrific for a large gathering, with a large functional kitchen, ample dining room, and a beautiful great room with wood burning fireplace. Cragsmere is the nicest place we have stayed at in Mentone.

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Family Gathering

  • 5 of 5

Cragsmere far exceeded our expectation. Our son was getting married at another location, and we rented Cragsmere for the weekend for accommodations. It was the perfect spot, and the owners went out of their way to make a visit comfortable, fun, and enjoyable. Our only regret is that we did not know to also use Cragsmere for the wedding location. It is a beautiful spot, with tons of space and parking,and the owners are delightful

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ringgold, GA
5

Absolutely the BEST!

  • 5 of 5

For the last 2 years, a group of friends have gathered here for a weekend of relaxation, socializing and "getting away". I simply cannot say enough kind words for the owners or the house itself. Cragsmere has everything and MORE. If you need it. . . they have it! We enjoy cooking, sitting by the brow for the sunset views, and our group attends a dance weekend just a mile or so down the road, so it's really the perfect space for all 13 of us to stay together. Don't hesitate if you're looking for a fantastic place for your family or friends to have a great space to have some fun. We look forward to returning again NEXT year. I'm soooo glad we found this place. Thank you, Bill. You're a Hoot!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended

5 minutes from DeSoto Falls (DeSoto State Park). 20 minutes from Little River Canyon National Preserve. 5 minutes from downtown Mentone.

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Amenities

Mentone Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4200 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom - Downstairs - toilet , shower
    Bathroom - Downstairs - toilet , shower
    Bathroom - Downstairs - toilet
    Bathroom - Upstairs - toilet , shower
  • All bathrooms have modern fixtures. Showers are large with intricately laid tile.
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom - Downstairs - 1 king
    Bedroom - Downstairs - 1 queen
    Bedroom - Downstairs - 2 double
    Living Room - Downstairs - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom - Upstairs - 1 double
    Bedroom - Upstairs - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom - Upstairs - 1 twin/ single
  • All bedrooms furnished with gorgeous furniture. All have windows with great views.
Entertainment:
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Porch / Veranda
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Attractions:
  • churches
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • snowboarding
  • spelunking
  • swimming

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