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A Tennessee Mountain Home

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 3,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 4.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10-12)

House is beautiful five bedroom home, situated in six wooded acres in Clifftops, a gated community in Monteagle, Tennessee, five minutes from Sewanee and University of the South, Monteagle Sunday School Assembly, Dubose Conference Center; offers hiking, biking, swimming in community lakes and pools, canoeing and sports galore. house is wheel chair accessible. pet friendly -- dogs only.

Home can sleep ten (12 with sofa bed), has four full, and one half bathrooms, comfortable kitchen, lounge, formal dining room, family room, large grounds and walking trails on property.

Configuration of bedding: 3 king bedded rooms, 1 queen bedded room and one room with 2 twin beds. (or can be configured to 2 king, 1 queen and 4 twins)

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Susan Herrick
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 26, 2017

About Susan Herrick

I am a transplanted Australian, by way of California, and chose the Tennessee mountains as a perfect place to semi-retire and enjoy the beauty of middle Tennessee.

The house reflects a combination of my Australian heritage and a little of the south and the name 'Moongalbah' is an Australian Aboriginal word meaning 'a sitting and resting place' and I invite you and your guests to use the front porch rockers and do just that... enjoy, relax and breathe the fresh mountain air.

Susan Herrick purchased this house in 2005

Why Susan Herrick chose Monteagle

'Moongalbah' in Clifftops is a perfect retreat for guests attending events at the University of the South, whether it be key university weekends, weddings, reunions etc. This gated community allows privacy, and a perfect base to explore the Cumberland Plateau, hiking trails and so much more.

What makes this house unique

A safe and secure home in a gated community.


Clifftops House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 12
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • King size beds (3), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • jetted tub
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • library
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
House has internet router connection, bring own computer and devices with network capability. Password/Login given at time of check-in. Small workout room with treadmill, and stair stepper. Check in and check out times. no earlier than 1pm on arrival, no later than 12 noon on departure.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)

A Tennessee Mountain Home
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Beautiful home.

  • 5 of 5

Lots of space!

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great guests, welcome back any day!
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Peace and Quiet

  • 5 of 5

This place was perfect to get my family together.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We could not have been more pleased.

Excellent accommodatiions in a beautiful setting surpassed only by the gracious hospitality and communication of our hostess Sue Herrick.

Many thanks again.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Richmond, Virginia

Is This Heaven? Pretty Darn Close to It!

  • 5 of 5

To borrow the question from John Kinsella (actor Dwier Brown) to his son, Ray Kinsella (actor Kevin Costner) at the conclusion of the baseball film, "Field of Dreams":


Answer: Sue & Andy's home may not be Heaven -- but it's the closest thing we've ever seen to it!

Extraordinary hospitality and accommodations by Sue & Andy for 5 families, with almost enough sofa space for our daughter's sorority! As the saying goes, "Not a hair out of place!". Quiet, spacious home 10 minutes from Sewanee, tucked into the bucolic, Clifftops development (1.2 miles west of I-24), where families, students, et al, can enjoy the quiet and beautiful outdoors, entertain guests through leisurely cooking their own meals together, look up at the stars from the back deck, front & backyards, and then fall effortlessly into a deep, refreshing sleep where not a sound could heard (not even the bathrooms in the dead of night!).

As background, we wisely rented Sue & Andy's home 3 years in advance of our then-freshman daughter's senior year events, immediately after departing from her first "Sewanee Family Weekend." We did so with only reading their website and talking with Sue by phone, because we wanted to mimic another family's very special -- quiet but festive, Clifftops gathering, doing the same for our daughter and her classmates. We recognized the potential to offer a needed "refuge" for the students to "hang out" (more like nap on the deck!) and a very relaxing place for parents to get to know each other. IT WORKED.

The only thing we could not have have anticipated was how sincerely hospitable and inviting Sue & Andy would be. Wow. Their thoughtfulness alone makes them a "5 Star" hotel. The 4 families who stayed with us were elated, just as we were, at their and their college daughters' experience at Moongalbah, including a joint, "home-cooked dinner" with 40 others. Some of the students even napped on the soft chairs on the deck and on the sofas during the afternoon.

When you stay at Sue & Andy's Moongalbah (Aboriginal for "resting place"), there is one sure guarantee: There is utterly NO CHANCE you will be sorry for staying there.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rome, Wisconsin


  • 5 of 5

Sue had every comfort we could have asked for including a well equipped kitchen and dish tv so we didn't miss the Badger game! This home even had 2 master suites and all the beds were comfy; we had our family there for our sons wedding and I highly recommend if you want a perfect stay in Sewanee!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful house for a Sewanee Reunion!

  • 5 of 5

Five high school friends and I rented this GREAT house for a reunion weekend. The house was lovely, quiet, and had everything we needed. The owner, Sue Herrick, was very helpful and accommodating.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Nancy and friends.. so glad you loved the house, even though the weather did not co-operate as well as it should. Please come back.. you were 5 star guests ! thanks, Sue
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Chattanooga (or Nashville - 85 miles)
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
University of the South - Sewanee
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
several in Monteagle and Sewanee
Car: necessary

Biking and Hiking Trails in Cumberland State Park, Mountain Goat Trail (6 miles) to Sewanee.


Rates & Availability

Clifftops House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150
Cleaning Fee $100

5 bedroom rate is $475.00 per night for up to 12 guests
Additional guests over noted above $25 per adult, $15 per child (over 6 years), per night.
All rates at the discretion of the owner.
Cleaning Fee of $100 for rental or at discretion of owner with additional guests.
Note: 3 night minimum on holiday and Special University events (Parents Week, Homecoming, etc) Graduation week - 7 night rental
Cancellation Policy addendum.. cancellations within 7 days of arrival - 100% penalty, no refunds given

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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