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Cloudland Hand-Hewn Log Cabin, Secluded Fairy Tale with Spectacular View

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Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Cabin, 1 Bedroom + Loft + Den, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-7). Central AC/Heat

This is your opportunity to experience all the ambience of a fully-modern log cabin with that old-time fairy tale charm, deep in the woods of scenic Lookout Mountain. The view of Shinbone Valley below provides a pastoral glimpse of nature at its most magnificent. The cabin features wood carvings and ironwork by local artisans in every detail and at every turn. The front steps greet our guests with acorn finials on the rail. Through the hand built barn-style front door one can glimpse the ironwork turkey chandelier hanging gracefully from the cathedral ceiling of the living area. Up the cabin stairs with its hand carved acorn newel post is the loft, which boasts a hand built and carved pine queen sized bed with four stately acorn finials. And Daisy the wooden bear cub clutches the cabin's massive center post high above her human guests.

On chilly winter days the cast iron stove and old fashioned quilts give all the comfort you could want. Turn off that central heat and cozy up to the stove. Plenty of starter pine and stove wood provided for your first night's fire!

In spring, the scent of blossoms fills the air. On rainy days, enjoy the woods, anyway, on the huge screen porch. There the patter on the metal roof will lull you to a gentle doze. The old porch glider is the best bed in the cabin.

In summer, huckleberries and blackberries line the path to the lower deck, and new mown hay spills an irresistible scent into the country air on the cattle ranch leading to the cabin.

And in fall, you will feel each morning like you have awakened in the middle of a golden bowl of sunlight.

Get in touch with yourself and your family. This cabin has all the comforts and conveniences of a modern kitchen and bath, laundry facilities and heat and air, but none of the distractions of intrusive modern life.

Craftsmanship and imagination fill the cabin. Books and games line the shelves. We suggest that you leave your city cares at home and inhale all the restorative peace that nature has to offer. Relax, unwind and unplug!

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  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Sara Moore
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 19, 2016
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About Sara Moore

HI, I'm Sara. I am a business owner in Jacksonville, Fl. I grew up in Georgia but have been a Floridian for 50 years. Visiting the mountains is a particular pleasure of mine, and I hope you will enjoy it, too!

Sara Moore purchased this cabin in 2008

Why Sara Moore chose Georgia

I have enjoyed visiting the mountains of my home state, Georgia, since I was a little girl. I was an active Girl Scout, as was my sister and my daughter. All of us were campers at Camp Juliette Low for girls in Cloudland, Ga. When the chance presented itself to buy a cabin in the area, I jumped at it. The log shell was built as a labor of love by one man over the course of ten years. However, when he was unable to complete it, my close family friends, who are local artists, bought it and completed it in 2007, adding their own unique artistic touches.

What makes this cabin unique

The view of Shinbone Valley is breathtaking. The original owner created a lower deck 200 feet down the mountain, where the sunrises are unparalleled (they even say that he slept there while he was building the log shell). Seasons each show off their natural best. There is usually at least one light snow in winter, and the cast iron stove is wonderful at keeping the entire cabin snug. In spring, the earliest Amalancher tree blooms in the dooryard. In summer, there is no better snooze than on the old glider on the sleeping porch. This little cabin accomodates any size group, from the couple on their (second) honeymoon, to a family of seven seeking to renew their bond. It's terrific for kids. The area boasts a cattle ranch that is as well maintained as any in Georgia. It is home to several summer camps, the closest being Camp Juliette Low, a Girl Scout camp for girls, and Valley View Ranch, one of the premier equestrian camps for girls in the country. Walking or hiking is always a treat. And fishing and horseback riding are favorite activities of the local folks.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Peaceful and Relaxing

The cabin was adorable and provided plenty of room for the three of us to have a wonderful sister's get-away week. The pictures are very accurate - - it is decorated beautifully, the beds are very comfortable, the kitchen is extremely well and nicely equipped, there are games to play, books to read, plenty of small quilts and throws to wrap up in, a washer and dryer, hair dryer, (I think she even has a curling iron), a basket of travel shampoos, cream rinses, creams, etc., baby gates, highchair, etc. There's a dining table between the kitchen and living area, but we loved sitting out on the porch overlooking the valley below and usually ate dinner at the second table out there, which opens up to seat six. We played games out there and I even slept out there one night on the pull-out couch. The guest bedroom is downstairs and my sisters loved the extra-long twin beds and cool temperature. The cabin has central heat and air and so the few days it got warm in the late afternoon, inside was perfect. Our host was a dream and provided excellent communication throughout the entire process including all details needed to locate the cabin, activities, restaurants, and just made sure we were all prepared to have a wonderful time. My Gordon setter had the time of his life and enjoyed hiking around the cabin and Cloudland Canyon State Park, as well as the cool mornings and evenings in the mountains. Overall this is just a peaceful retreat. There are neighbors on both sides, but one home is empty and the other neighbors were very quiet and nice and made us feel a bit more secure knowing that we weren’t totally secluded. Getting anywhere – even to the small grocery is about a 30 minute drive. There are horses at the end of the road you get to see every time you drive in and out and one of them always had his chin up on a post to greet us. The whole experience was great!
Jun 2016
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Cloudland Hand-Hewn Log Cabin, Secluded Fairy Tale with Spectacular View
average rating of 4.8965516 based on 86 reviews

Lovely cabin

  • 5 of 5

Centrally located; about 30 minutes from Little River Canyon, Cloudland Canyon, and Desoto Falls State Park. Many nice details including screened-in porch and artistic windows and decorations. We were very comfortable and enjoyed our stay very much.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so happy you enjoyed your stay. While the rest of Georgia suffered the effects of hurricane Irmine, you said you were high and dry up on the mountain! I really hope you will take the opportunity to come visit the cabin again, soon. Enjoy your fall and the upcoming holiday season. Best to you! Sara
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The cabin was absolutely perfect in every way and Sara, the owner, was fantastic!

  • 5 of 5

From my first inquiry asking if my three dogs would be allowed, Sara, the owner, was so warm, friendly, and extremely helpful. She made the whole experience great for us! The cabin was perfect. It had everything we needed and it was beautifully decorated. We loved the screened in porch and my dogs loved taking walks on the quiet, private road. It was the best way to spend a 4th of July weekend- so peaceful and serene. I highly recommend this wonderful place and hope to return again!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the beautiful compliments! Most of my guests quickly become friends. And wonderful, responsive folks like you make sharing my cabin such a joy. I hope you will come back this fall or winter so you can experience the cabin wearing a different personality. Just as fun, but definitely different! Meantime, have a great rest of the summer!
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A fantastic cabin with beautiful views

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our getaway weekend with our 16 month old grandson. The cabin is perfect in every way; sunny or rainy it was the perfect place to relax. We were able to take him to the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga and The Tigers for Tomorrow in Alabama; he enjoyed them immensely, but perhaps exploring the outdoors around the cabin with the neighbors dogs were more fun. The cozy rustic cabin  brought back many wonderful memories of my childhood growing up in my parents cabin the in Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.

There's no TV but lots books, games and jigsaw puzzles to entertain you. If you're needing to reconnect as a family, we highly recommend this cabin; it's a wonderful peace of heaven. It would definitely accommodate a group of six comfortably. A wonderful loft for a couple, downstairs and cozy bedroom with two twin beds and the sleeper sofa that's amazingly comfortable. We elected to sleep on the sofa bed so we'd be on the the same level of our grandson. They provided a highchair and a pack play at no extra cost.

The views from the screened porch top it off perfectly. We are so glad we decided on this cabin over all the others we considered.  We are very thankful for the opportunity to enjoy Sara's home. We will definitely book it again in the future.

Jim & Trish Pensacola Florida

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so pleased everything was to your satisfaction. Especially with your little guy along! I'm glad you agree with me that it is a terrific place for very small children. The porch is a natural romper room, isn't it? Please come back, soon! Sara
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Franklin, Tn

What a Wonderful Time!

  • 5 of 5

We decided to go to Acorn after seeing pictures of the quaint cabin, and couldn't be happier that we did! Though February, and a bit chilly yet, that did not deter us from taking advantage of sleeping on the large screened porch, which overlooks the beautiful Valley below, we both agreed it was like comfort, listening to the rain on the tin roof, this was definately our room of choice from morning coffee, to "glamping" at night. The decorations of the cozy cabin are wonderful, there are quilts galore if your chilly. Though small in size, there is ample room for a family with sleeping areas galore.....Cloudland Canyon was wonderful for hiking to the falls, not even a 30 min drive, Sara leaves you with info on local restaurants. We are already planning our next visit to this cozy getaway spot! Thank you Sara.

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I was so happy you were finally able to put together some time for yourselves and spend it at the cabin. I'm thrilled that you enjoyed your vacation. And I'm pleased that the cabin has now entered the ranks of "glamps!" ( I'm not sure it qualifies for the glam part of that term.) I'm also so glad you got to enjoy sleeping on the porch. Winter guests rarely have that treat. But I know the weather was unseasonably warm this year. I hope you will return soon. Maybe your next visit will be in summer, so you can witness what a difference the different seasons make at Acorn Ledge Lodge. Best wishes for the coming spring! Sara
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Baton Rouge LA


  • 5 of 5

The cabin is absolutely great in every way. It surpassed all our expectations. Even the rainy weather couldn't dampen the good times we had here. The cabin provided a great opportunity to forget about our normal life pressures and just totally relax. That's something hard to do these days. Additionally, Sara the cabin owner must be some sort of executive planner because I've never seen a place so well stocked with anything one could need and forgot to bring. If you're looking for a beautiful, quaint, super scenic getaway, Acorn Ledge Lodge is the perfect place.

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much, Tina. I'm always hoping that everything is satisfactory for my guests. Your kind words help me know maybe I'm doing something right! What a pleasure it was to rent to you all. I hope you make it over to Cloudland from Baton Rouge again, real soon! Sara
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Cleveland, Ga

A Great Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The Acorn Ledge Lodge was the perfect choice for our 30th anniversary getaway. The log cabin had a warm welcoming feel about it that you just can't find at any motel/hotel. Sara, the owner, was very accomendating with her arrival instructions and local attraction suggestions. Thank you for a great stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the great review! And congratulations! I'm just so pleased that your anniversary turned out as you'd hoped and that my cabin could play a part in that. I'm doubly flattered by your words since I know you come from a gorgeous area in the East Georgia mountains. I was a little nervous that our "ridge" might not measure up to them thar hills that you are used to farther east! But they each have their own beauty and charm, and it's all Georgia! Well, y'all come, now, you hear? And bring your friends. No kidding! Best Wishes for many more anniversaries! Sara
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This is horse country! A list of local stables is included in the info on nearby state and national parks. There are plenty of great restaurants and antique shops 20 minutes west in Mentone, AL...Believe it or not, the only winter skiing in AL or GA is in Mentone! Hang gliding in Rising Fawn. Also wonderful caving activities in Valley Head, and underground Ruby Falls in Chattanooga, especially appeals to little folks.


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May 26 2016 - Jan 3 2017
2 night minimum stay
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Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $80 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.0%

A 5% discount is given for all payments made by personal check. This saves us both high fees and interest.
Cancellation terms: 90% refund with 15 days' notice. 50% refund with 1-15 days' notice.
No refund for early departure.
PLEASE NOTE: The owner apologizes for the "Average Nitely Rate" listed prominently under this listing header. That rate quote is not provided by the owner, and the owner has no control over this figure. It is a rate calculated by the website based on weekly rate divided by 7 or monthly rate divided by 31. The accurate owners' rates are listed in the "rates" section of this website.

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Menlo Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1152 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Full modern shower/tub. Modern toilet. Mexican painted porcelain lavatory sink. Built in cabinets stocked with clean linens.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 7
  • Loft + Den - 1 queen , The loft is actually the master bedroom with queen bed
  • Queen size Bed (1) Beautiful hand built pine queen bed in the loft. European semi-firm pillow top mattress made of bamboo for heavenly softness. Lower level bedroom with Twin Beds (2) Hand built beautiful twin beds in the lower level bedroom. Extra length 80' mattresses of soft pillow-top bamboo. Accommodates the tallest man comfortably! Baby Cribs (1) Pac N Play, baby gates, and high chair available for the littlest vacationer. Great Room Sleeper Sofa (1) Leather queen sofa in the living area converts to accommodate two. Coziest bed in the house in front of the wood stove on chilly fall/winter nights! Sleeping Porch with Fold-out glider (1) on the porch is the hands-down most comfortable favorite, weather permitting, for one adult or two kids.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Wood Deck
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • water skiing
COZY WOOD STOVE-- FIRST NIGHT'S WOOD PROVIDED from October through March. Newer (9 years old) cabin in an old-timey setting, creating a unique ambiance. Modern central heat and A/C. Modern bath/shower and kitchen facilities. Tasteful but fun antiques lend an unusual feeling to this little gem of a cabin. It has a vaulted ceiling and all-pine interior. Ladies, the 'cute factor' is irresistible! This is truly a getaway haven. It is secluded, and yet every aspect of safety has been considered. Each area has a smoke detector and fire extinguisher. Well-marked roads are paved right up to the last one, and the cabin number is prominent. Local law and rescue are minutes away. PLEASE NOTE: NO JACUZZI..JUST A GLIDER. NO TV CABLE..JUST FABULOUS RABBIT EARS. NO WIFI..JUST YOUR SMART PHONE AS HOT SPOT. NO INTERNET CONNECTION...JUST YOUR SMART PHONE. THERE IS A GROWING AND EVOLVING CABIN LIBRARY OF BOOKS, GAMES AND PUZZLES

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