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Hike, Bike, Fish, Gather Eggs, Meet the Farm Animals on 546 Acres.

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Last updated: 07/08/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Mentone lodge description

We welcome you to an incredible lodge in a wilderness setting, to a vast web of hiking trails for those who want to ride, hike, cross creeks, fish, wade and picnic at a waterfall; to a working (to say the least) organic farm where you can pat a goat, take fresh yard eggs from a chicken nesting box, meet Arabian horses, discuss the weather with a 250 lb. pet pig, and pick a tomato from a vine.

Located on a large private tract, the lodge is completely private with only the sounds of strutting turkey, squaking green herons, bob whites, song birds and the like. However, it is located 5 1/4 miles from restaurants and shopping in historic Mentone, Al. and a short drive to state parks, a huge federal wildlife management area, and a federal historic preserve.

While some may want to relax in a rocking chair on the porch or swing in the hammock, others can take part in days of activities without leaving the property. Maps throught the property identify several water fall locations, wading areas of the creeks, rock overhangs that were Indian shelters for 2000 years, and hand worked coal mines active the turn of the 20th century. Pick up one of the cane poles to fish for bream and bass. Hike through azalea trails, ride a mountain bike across the ridges, or climb the bluff rocks onsite. A 13 acre hay field makes a world class place to fly a kite ( Lookout Mountain often sports a breeze) and you can throw a horse shoe while cooking at the grill.

The surrounding organic farm offers an introduction to a herd of fainting goats. About 50 myotonic does (females) give birth to about 60 kids each spring. You are invited to put them into the barn at sunset, meet the 'chamber of commerce' goat, hold a baby kid, and shake hands with a livestock guard dog.

Come visit a flock of 30 Golden Nugget laying hens who live in a free range pasture environment. You are also invited to close the door to their 'chicken tractor', a portable safe house for their nighttime comfort, and to remove the big fresh brown eggs from the nesting boxes. A side trip to the pen of 'Decorator Chickens' will introduce you to fancy chickens with afro hair dos, feathered feet, hippy outfits.

At dusk or dawn, visitors can often see deer and turkey in the drive, and song birds on the feeder. Just before dusk, the coyotes sing an awesome chorus, joined by owls, whipporwills and night herons. You can see the milky way and constellations in a clear, unadulterated sky.


High Horse Lodge was built with the help of talented local artisans who incorporated native materials into the lodge. Beginning steps with the antique locust posts, the guests can grab the hitching post to climb the stairs for a twenty five mile view to the south, over the gulf (hills and valleys) of Lookout Mountain. The lodge interior is post and beam construction with rough cut ceiling timbers. Stairs are made from half logs of a Virginia pine, and railed with mountain laurel from the creek side. Furnishings are almost exclusively handcrafted: oak poster bed with walnut and oak marquetry, dining table with wide planks salvaged from a 200 year old oak tree that fell in ante bellum Mountain Cove Farms, coffee table top of cypress from a log that had been underwater in the Altamaha River for several hundred years, sofas of local yellow pine crafted in the Arts and Crafts tradition, willow porch furniture, and a porch dining table crafted from a 48' saw mill blade. The interior doors are handmade of pine with black colonial style hand crafted hardware.

A stunning chandelier by Iron Age Crafters, Inc. hangs from the cathedral ceiling, stampeding horse silhouettes in iron. An antique coach lamp lights the mantle, while a ceramic planter lights the porch table.

Wall art is either original or antique. Front row center is a race horse painting by Ginger Lowry of Mentone. Other framed pieces includes a Persian miniature depicting Arabian horses in a thirteenth century battle, and an old lithograph of a German cavalry officer blowing taps. A casting of the Pharaoh's horses is framed in barn wood. Currier and Ives prints, an Egyptian papyrus painting, a large San Blas indian mola, and a Japanese etching round out the tribal and classical art selections.

While the environment is natural, the furnishings are luxurious. Monogrammed towels and sheets; down pillows, mattress toppers, and comforters; designer tableware, hand quilted place mats with seasonable cloth napkins; Mexican hand painted sinks and tile borders for the tiled baths; and a first class kitchen are part of the ambiance. A Pawley's Island hammock hangs in the shade, while a Texas style horse tie rack is available for visiting steeds.

Because of the location of High Horse near the owners' farm, organic vegetables, yard eggs, and fresh flowers are seasonal fare at High Horse.

A note about housekeeping: High Horse Lodge is maintained and cleaned by the owners who set cleanliness as their highest priority. As noted in reviews, 'You could eat off the floors'.


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Property Type

      • Lodge

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Suitability

              • Children Welcome:

                video library for children, games, trails, wading, hiking, fishing. HHL has both a portacrib and crib complete with beautiful linens. A high chair is available. A camel back trunk is filled with toys and games, and the library has a selection of children's books....moreless

              • Pets Not Allowed:

                We exclude dogs as the livestock guard dogs would be a danger to them. Occasional exceptions to this rule. ...moreless

              • Non Smoking Only

              Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 6-7

              • Bedroom 1

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              • Bedroom 2

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              • Loft

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              • Queen size Beds (2) Both queen beds are handmade from pine or oak. One a poster and one a canopy bed with drapes. During winter months, beds have down mattress toppers, down pillows and down comforters for ultimate comfort., Twin or Single Beds (2) Handmade poster beds with down pillows and down comforts in winter., Baby Cribs (1) Port-a-crib full size crib with linens available, as is high chair., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) One sofa can be used as a single bed after the pillows are removed....moreless

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

              • Bathroom 2

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              • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub

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              • Large baths with tile floors and shower areas, barn wood counters, antique mirrors and hand made doors. Monogrammed toweling. ...moreless

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Dining:

                The dining table is constructed from wide planks from a two hundred year old oak. The table is set with fresh flowers, hand quilted mats, handmade ceramic coasters, and beautiful tableware....moreless

              • Pantry Items:

                Lareg shelved pantry contains all the spices, cooking oil, sugar and flour, coffee, paper and plastic products a guest would need, plus a cooler and picnic basket...moreless

              • Kitchen:

                Beamed ceiling, hickory flooring, tile counters and hand made hardware. Large kitchen with space to cook a serious meal. ...moreless

              • Cooking Utensils:

                You could cook a five course meal for eight with utensils and serving ware provided....moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils:

                Terrence Conran Spode tableware. Fiesta serving pieces. Classy tableware....moreless

              • Stove:

                Ceramic top range with large oven...moreless

              • Refrigerator:

                Double door refrigerator/freezer ...moreless

              • Dining Area Seats:

                6...moreless

              • Child's Highchair
              • Coffee Maker
              • Toaster
              • Ice Maker
              • Catering Available
              • Microwave
              • Dishwasher
              • Seating for 6 people

              Amenities

              • Wood Fireplace:

                Hearth and fireplace laid with native stone from the property. Hand forged fire tools....moreless

              • Fireplace:

                Living room, the fire is ready to light....moreless

              • Linens Provided:

                monogrammed bed and bath linens ...moreless

              • Parking Off Street
              • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
              • Air Conditioning
              • Washing Machine
              • Clothes Dryer
              • Heating
              • Towels Provided
              • Parking
              • Hair Dryer
              • Iron & Board

              Other Amenities

                  • Located on 545 acres of private land which abounds in wildlife, HHL offers five miles hiking or riding trails which take visitors to view pre history Indian shelter rocks, amazing rock formations, view of a waterfall, and crossings of pristine, rhododendron lined creeeks. Guests are invited to visit the surrounding farm with a herd of fifty goats, four Arabian horses, two mammoth pot belly pigs, a flock of free range laying chickens, livestock guard dogs (waggly to people) and a flock of decorator chickens. ...moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • Books:

                    A great library both upstairs and down for adults and children. Best sellers, westerns, regional and historical. You won't give out of good reading material....moreless

                  • Video Library:

                    We offer an extensive library of Walt Disney type movies for children in addition to top rated all time favorites for adults....moreless

                  • Games:

                    An incredible collection for children and adults....moreless

                  • Music Library:

                    Dish tv has several music channels...moreless

                  • Television:

                    one in living room, one if loft....moreless

                  • Toys:

                    Games, puzzles - a trunk full....moreless

                  • Satellite / Cable:

                    (2)...moreless

                  • DVD Player
                  • VCR
                  • CD Player

                  Communications

                  • Telephone:

                    (2) 1-706 862 6566...moreless

                  • Broadband Access
                  • Free Long Distance
                  • Wireless Internet
                  • Internet

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Lawn / Garden:

                    Not exactly, but the grounds have been carefully landscaped with native wildflowers, season flowers, bulbs and plantings. ...moreless

                  • Deck / Patio:

                    Screened porch all across the front of the house. Dining area and willow furniture. Twenty mile view from the porch...moreless

                  • Balcony:

                    (3) Each bedroom has a private balcony with garden bench and potted plants....moreless

                  • Kayak / Canoe:

                    The pond has both a kayak and a canoe for paddling. ...moreless

                  • Outdoor Grill:

                    Weber grill and tiled preparation table...moreless

                  Theme

                  • Adventure
                  • Away From It All
                  • Family
                  • Romantic
                  • Sports & Activities

                  Location & View

                      • Mountain View:

                        From the porch and the upper balcony, guests can look over twenty five miles of forested ridges to the mountains in the distance. The lodge is atop famous Lookout Mountain and is high enough in elevation to enjoy snow in winter and cool breezes in the summer....moreless

                      Activities

                      • Cinemas
                      • Rock Climbing
                      • Kayaking
                      • Spelunking
                      • Hunting
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Golf
                      • Skiing
                      • Fishing
                      • Cycling
                      • Tennis
                      • Hiking
                      • Swimming
                      • ATM/Bank
                      • Horseback Riding
                      • Antiquing
                      • Horseshoes
                      • Wildlife Viewing
                      • Shopping
                      • Sledding
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Restaurants
                      • Museums
                      • Massage Therapist
                      • Rafting
                       

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                      $160
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                      • Tax Rate 7%

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                      Location

                      Car: Necessary

                      Vistors come to Lookout Mountain from all over the US to explore caves, rappel on the rocks, hang glide, hike and ride in an area that is also host to almost twenty summer camps. The incredible ecosystem of the mountain includes the pristine Little River.

                      The lodge has more than five miles of wide, cleared trails meander through the property, across the headwater creeks of the Little River, and through the forest. While there are some climbs, most trails are moderate to easy. For those who want more challenging riding, Crockford Pigeon Mountain, a federal wildlife area, is only 7 miles away and guests can try out more than 40 miles of trails on the brow of the mountain, up and down the mountain, and in the valley.

                      Wildlife enthusiasts will find a plethora of game including deer, turkey, coyotes, bob cats, possum and coons. Wildflower enthusiasts will appreciate the array of native plants on teh mountain.

                       

                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 2010

                      About the owner: The High Horse Lodge project is the culmination of many years of vocations and avocations of us,Steve and Harriet. With a history in landscaping and the professional wholesale nursery business, in designing and manufacturing silhouette lighting and furnishings, and in remodeling, we combined our experience to create High Horse Lodge, on our wilderness property. With horses as a part of our lives, we made trails along the pristine creeks, through groves of fringe trees, along the rock overhangs where Indians lived for two thousand years, over the wildflower meadows, and through the dense old growth forests. We hope guests enjoy the environment that has been so dear to us.

                      Why the Owner Chose Mentone:
                      We did not buy, but created a a guest facility that is an art work in itself, where visitors can share the incredible surroundings that we have relished over the years. We built High Horse Lodge to blend into the environment while providing every luxury for guests.

                      The Unique Benefits at this Lodge:
                      The land itself is the main benefit, with the view of the distant ridges and mountains, the trails and and incredible array of wildlife, both plant and animal. The miles of paths open the creeks and forests to the guests who can ride or hike, or just admire. The lodge was built by talented craftsmen who brought stone, wood, art and metal together for a wondrous venue. While the lodge is completely private, it is 5 miles from the restaurants and shopping in Mentone, Alabama, and close to Crockford/Pigeon Mtn. Wildlife areas, Cloudland Canyon, DeSoto State Park, and Little River Canyon.


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                      Photos

                      • High Horse Lodge atop Lookout Mountain

                        High Horse Lodge atop Lookout Mountain

                      • View from the porch of High Horse Lodge

                        View from the porch of High Horse Lodge

                      • Wide plank oak dining table with quilted mats, cloth napkins  and Texas benches

                        Wide plank oak dining table with quilted mats, cloth napkins and Texas benches

                      • High Horse hitching post, log steps and mountain laurel railings

                        High Horse hitching post, log steps and mountain laurel railings

                      • Master bedroom in summer. Double patio doors to deck

                        Master bedroom in summer. Double patio doors to deck

                      • Oak bed with marquetry. Loft area opens to private balcony.

                        Oak bed with marquetry. Loft area opens to private balcony.

                      • Bedroom with pine poster beds and private balcony.

                        Bedroom with pine poster beds and private balcony.

                      • Guest Jody Ruffner with bass from the pond;

                        Guest Jody Ruffner with bass from the pond;

                      • Rex children at Taylor's Ford; June 2012

                        Rex children at Taylor's Ford; June 2012

                      • Six miles of trails on property for hikers, horseback riders, or trail bikers

                        Six miles of trails on property for hikers, horseback riders, or trail bikers

                      • Cascades on a creek of High Horse Lodge; spring of 2012

                        Cascades on a creek of High Horse Lodge; spring of 2012

                      • Sit on the willow chairs to relish a 25 mile view or eat at the sawblade table.

                        Sit on the willow chairs to relish a 25 mile view or eat at the sawblade table.

                      • Living room with stone fire place, beamed ceiling, antler chandelier, flowers

                        Living room with stone fire place, beamed ceiling, antler chandelier, flowers

                      • Stampeding horses chandelier by Iron Age Crafters hangs over living area

                        Stampeding horses chandelier by Iron Age Crafters hangs over living area

                      • Kitchen offers every appliance and tool for the preparation of four course meals

                        Kitchen offers every appliance and tool for the preparation of four course meals

                      • Master bedroom: pine poster bed with draped tester, monogrammed winter linens.

                        Master bedroom: pine poster bed with draped tester, monogrammed winter linens.

                      • Private balcony adjoining master bedroom, with wild azaleas and columbine.

                        Private balcony adjoining master bedroom, with wild azaleas and columbine.

                      • Tiled master bath with handmade mexican sinks and antique mirror

                        Tiled master bath with handmade mexican sinks and antique mirror

                      • Fall at the pond at High Horse Lodge

                        Fall at the pond at High Horse Lodge

                      • High Horse Lodge guests feeding milk to the baby goats on the farm.

                        High Horse Lodge guests feeding milk to the baby goats on the farm.

                      • A 13 acre field is perfect for kite flying and there's usually a mountain breeze

                        A 13 acre field is perfect for kite flying and there's usually a mountain breeze

                      • Young visitors like the wading areas in the onsite creeks

                        Young visitors like the wading areas in the onsite creeks

                      • The six+ miles of trails at HHL include two waterfalls, & ancient Indian shelter

                        The six+ miles of trails at HHL include two waterfalls, & ancient Indian shelter

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                      Date last modified - Thursday, June 26, 2014

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                      2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
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