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On a Bluff Overlooking Clear Creek, Sipsey Wilderness, Trails!

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Fall FLowers brighten the front yard!

Fall FLowers brighten the front yard! The front porch with a swing and gas grill! Modern kitchen fully stocked with everything you need to prepare a feast ! Living room with a real fireplace (wood provided) and original art by Art Fowler Master bedroom has a king bed, a private upstairs deck and newly renovated bath. Sit on the gazebo. Have a glass of wine and relax listening to the creek below. The Gazebo sits on a sandstone bluff overlooking Clear Creek 70 feet below. The view of the creek from the gazebo. This is the Bungalow... upstairs over the barn! It is an optional rental space The Bungalow Kitchen with a Jenn Air oven! The Bungalow bedroom and bath.

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Last updated: 04/21/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Double Springs cottage description

Need a quiet place to unwind and relax? This farm is 600 acres of oaks, dogwoods, pines and wildflowers surrounded by the Bankhead National Forest, with no neighbors in sight!

Why do we call it the River Art House? It sits on a bluff overlooking Clear Creek, the 'River' part. It was constructed by an artist named Art Fowler, whose original art still hangs throughout the cabin. Amazing!

IF you need more than 2 bedrooms and don't mind spreading your group out a bit, we also have the Bungalow cabin on the same property. Or if you would rather rent a bit smaller, more cozy spot, you may decide to rent only the Bungalow. We rent it for $80/night, plus cleaning fee. The Bungalow is a 1 bedroom, 1 bath, living room and wonderful kitchen upstairs over the barn. It is about 100 yards from the River Art Cabin. The Bungalow has a nice deck overlooking a meadow that leads down to Clear Creek and the Secret Beach! It is a cozy and relaxing spot in and of itself. See the last few photos for what it looks like!

You may want to spend your days fishing or tubing the creek or exploring the incredible canyons of the Sipsey Wilderness. Perhaps you would enjoy mountain biking the miles of Bankhead National Forest roads near by. Love hiking and backpacking, the Sipsey has many miles of hiking trails.

Love to hunt? Check out the Bankhead National Forest! You can drive just a few miles and hunt on National Forest land.

Enjoy birdwatching? What about a night with no street lights for perfect stargazing? This is the place for you!

There is a full kitchen in both cabins, but if you'd rather not cook, hop in the car and run to Double Springs for a homecooked Italian meal at the Sapore Grill!

There are two bedrooms in the RIver Art Cabin, the Master bedroom has a king size bed and a private upstairs deck with a sliding glass door. There is a private Master bath also. The second bedroom has a bunk bed.

One of my favorite parts of the place is the Gazebo, a beautiful structure set atop a sandstone bluff overlooking a shoals of Clear Creek about 70 feet below. You can enjoy a sunset with a glass of wine sitting on the gazebo listening to the rippling creek below. Or wake up early and walk down the path to the gazebo with a hot cup of coffee.

You can stroll for miles on our dirt roads or walk down the path to Clear Creek and take a dip in the cool waters that are a tributary to Smith Lake.

Truly remote. This cottage is at the end of the road... literally! You will drive down a small country road for about 4 miles and when the road ends... you are home!



Keywords: Cottage, cabin, gazebo, creek side, tubing, Bankhead National Forest, Sipsey Wilderness Area, birding, Smith Lake, Camp McDowell, hunting, fishing,

Property Type

      • Cottage

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Suitability

          • Children Welcome
          • Pets Considered

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Microwave
          • Cooking Utensils
          • Dishwasher
          • Ice Maker
          • Kitchen
          • Refrigerator

          Amenities

          • Wood Fireplace
          • Air Conditioning
          • Linens Provided
          • Clothes Dryer
          • Garage
          • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
          • Covered Parking
          • Washing Machine
          • Parking Off Street

          Other Amenities

              • 600+ acres of property with 3/4 mile of Clear Creek frontage and creek access. Tubing on Clear Creek, miles of walking or mountain biking trails, hiking and backpacking in the famous Sipsey Wilderness Area, sitting in the gazebo overlooking the shoals of Clear Creek with a glass of wine!...moreless

              Entertainment

              • CD Player
              • Video Library
              • DVD Player
              • Television

              Outdoor Features

              • Balcony
              • Deck / Patio
              • Outdoor Grill
              • Gazebo

              Location & View

                  • Waterfront

                  Activities

                  • Swimming
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Hiking
                  • Kayaking
                  • Fishing
                  • Hunting
                  • Cycling
                  • Boating
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Restaurants
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Antiquing
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Sledding

                  Other Activities

                      • Tubing on Clear Creek, miles of walking or mountain biking trails, hiking and backpacking in the famous Sipsey Wilderness Area, sitting in the gazebo overlooking the shoals of Clear Creek with a glass of wine!...moreless
                       

                      Reviews

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                      • Spacious Quarters, Beautiful Setting

                        Spacious Quarters, Beautiful Setting

                        • Guest Baileys
                        • Date of stay 03/01/14
                        • Review Submitted 04/13/14
                        The gazebo overlooking Clear Creek and the "secret beach" were favorites of our family. Our 5-year-old and our English Bull Terrier loved exploring this beautiful property, and the cabin was open and comfortable, with plenty of amenities for cooking.

                        Owner response: Glad you had fun! I love the gazebo, also!

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                      • Peaceful Creekside Retreat

                        Peaceful Creekside Retreat

                        • Guest Pianolady (Southaven,ms)
                        • Date of stay 09/13/13
                        • Review Submitted 09/18/13
                        The house and property were all one could hope for in a getaway. The house was spotless and the King-sized bed very comfortable with high quality sheets. The property had pleasant surprises every way you turned and some surprises went beyond pleasant and into breath-taking like the Secret Beach. My husband loved the view from the top deck. He spent 45 minutes with the kids pointing out constellations and woke me at 3am after the moon had set to get me to look at the Milky Way. We went on a day trip to Dismals Canyon which was announced the best hike ever. Next time, we will come in the Summer with more time to use and try the Bear Creek canoeing and maybe a Wilderness trail.

                        Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, pet owners, families with young children, romantic getaway, adventure seekers.

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                      • Steve and Shelia

                        Steve and Shelia

                        • Guest sdp (Russellville, Alabama)
                        • Date of stay 08/01/13
                        • Review Submitted 09/09/13
                        The cabin is beautiful. The private beach was very peaceful and nice. The cabin was decorated very nice. The cabin was clean and just as described in the listing. We spent our 37 year wedding anniversary there and enjoyed it very much.

                        Recommended for: Age 55+, romantic getaway, adventure seekers.

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                      • Lovely Everything

                        Lovely Everything

                        • Guest DL L.
                        • Date of stay 08/16/13
                        • Review Submitted 09/03/13
                        The owners, the house, the surroundings... all picture perfect. The owner, Maggie, is a gem. She was waiting for us at the house because we arrived in the dark. And since it's quite remote, she went there to turn on the lights and made sure we would find it. The house is great, neat and clean, and really has everything one needs. A big and fully equipped kitchen, TV and DVD's, books and games, a gorgeous fireplace for when it's cold, comfortable furniture, covered patio and deck, a fully stocked laundry room with washer and dryer, a balcony from the large master bedroom. The pictures just don't do it justice. My husband, our Airedale terrier and I had a wonderful time. We fished in the creek, our dog ran around on the property, along the secret beach, in and out of the water, and on the trails like he was in paradise. I'm sure it seemed like that to him, he had a blast! This place is definitely one to remember and keep on the list to visit again. Warm regards and a paw from Louisiana :-)

                        Owner response: Awww... you are so sweet! Thank you for all your lovely comments. It is a pleasure to host great folks like you. I know how tough it can be to find a remote country location in the dark, so try to leave the light on for you when we can... and believe me... we are much better than "Motel 6!" It is also a pleasure to have well behaved pets able to join their family vacation. Come again soon.

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 2/2

                      • Perfect weekend get away!!!

                        Perfect weekend get away!!!

                        • Guest Deb (Bankston, Al.)
                        • Date of stay 06/30/13
                        • Review Submitted 07/16/13
                        From the time I turned into the drive way I knew this was going to be the perfect weekend get a way. The house is so beaufiful yet I felt right at home. Grand kids loved the secret beach and would have spent all their time there if we had not planned pther things to do. All the kids got so exicited about finding the perfect rock to sign and leave in the window. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful place with us. I plan to return in the near future.

                        Recommended for: Age 55+, pet owners, people with disabilities, girls getaway, families with young children, sightseeing, romantic getaway, tourists without a car, adventure seekers.

                        Owner response: You are so sweet! I love the tradition that has begun of writing your name on a rock. Such a cool way to connect to this wonderful place. And I see where you are going to try our other Vacation Cabin in Waldo... Talladega area... http://www.vrbo.com/297356 Thanks and come again soon!

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                      • Quiet getaway

                        Quiet getaway

                        • Guest Pam Y.
                        • Date of stay 06/21/13
                        • Review Submitted 07/04/13
                        Had the most amazing getaway. The peacefulness was exactly what I needed. Swings are my favorite and they accommodated this love! I wish the fish had been a little bigger but so fun to catch quickly! I enjoyed going down the trails and totally enjoying nature! I'd recommend this to anyone needing to get away from the stresses of life! I'll be back!!

                        Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, pet owners, families with young children, romantic getaway, adventure seekers.

                        Owner response: So glad you had a great time! I do love the swings too! COme again soon.

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                      • Memorial Day getaway

                        Memorial Day getaway

                        • Guest Anonymous
                        • Date of stay 05/24/13
                        • Review Submitted 05/30/13
                        We wanted to be well away from the noise of fireworks (we took our dogs) and this property is secluded and beautiful. The house and gazebo are just up from the creek. Not so far that you can't enjoy the sounds of the water. King sized bed is comfortable, enjoyed sleeping with the sliding door open (there's a screen to keep insects out) and the natural light of the moon and stars. Canoed and fished in the creek, enjoyed the "secret beach." Some of the prettiest land in Ala is located in Winston Co. Mountain Laurel, rock formations, very clean waterways (that feed Smith Lake). We plan to go back!

                        Recommended for: Families with teenagers, pet owners, families with young children, sightseeing, adventure seekers.

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 2/2

                      • Birthday weekend

                        Birthday weekend

                        • Guest Mindy (Memphis, TN)
                        • Date of stay 03/22/13
                        • Review Submitted 04/02/13
                        Loved the place! Totally secluded feeling and completely comfortable! Loved watching the beautiful lighting through all of the many windows and listening to the storms move through at night. Will definitely go back some day!

                        Recommended for: Families with young children, romantic getaway.

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                      • Peaceful Romantic Getaway 2/15/13 - 2/18/13

                        Peaceful Romantic Getaway 2/15/13 - 2/18/13

                        • Guest Veronica and Mark (Jasper, AL)
                        • Date of stay 02/15/13
                        • Review Submitted 02/21/13
                        My husband and I spent a three day weekend at the River Art Cabin in Double Springs. It was just wonderful! It is a beautiful, peaceful area with trees, flowers, trails and of course the gazebo overlooking clear creek. It is very private and remote. We seriously ran all over the property in our pj's without fear of being seen. The house was very clean and well maintained, making our visit nice and comfortable.The owners are super, down to earth people who love the property and are great to work with. We will visit as often as possible <3

                        Recommended for: Girls getaway, sightseeing, romantic getaway, adventure seekers.

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                      • Romantic getaway ........great weekend with my husband

                        Romantic getaway ........great weekend with my husband

                        • Guest Eric (Alabama)
                        • Date of stay 02/08/13
                        • Review Submitted 02/15/13
                        the place was everything that VBRO said it was and more. We enjoyed the nature walks and the creek. Relaxed on the gaxebo and sat in front of the fireplace. Maggie came down Sunday as we were leaving, she is very nice we loook forward to the next stay 06/28/2013 to 07/05/2013

                        Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, pet owners, people with disabilities, girls getaway, sightseeing, romantic getaway, adventure seekers.

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                      Base Rate
                      2 night min stay
                      $100

                      Additional information about rental rates

                      Fees:

                      • Pet Fee $50
                      • Taxes Not included

                      Notes:

                      Cleaning fee is $75 per visit.

                      Pet fee is additional $50 per visit.

                      Call if interested in a weekly or monthly rate/ 205-522-1500


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                      Last updated: 04/21/2014
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                      Year Purchased: 2011

                      About the owner: Maggie is the Director of McDowell Environmental Center. Mark is the Executive Director of Camp McDowell, near Jasper, Alabama. They are proud of the work they do to protect and educate people about the natural world around us.

                      Why the Owner Chose Double Springs:
                      We bought this place for the pure joy of owning a remote piece of Nature on the banks of Clear Creek!

                      The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
                      There is nothing quite like communing with nature in a beautiful place near a moving stream. You will find it valuable to spend some quiet time just sitting on the porch or gazebo and listening to nature!


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                      Photos

                      • Fall FLowers brighten the front yard!

                        Fall FLowers brighten the front yard!

                      • Living room with a real fireplace (wood provided) and original art by Art Fowler

                        Living room with a real fireplace (wood provided) and original art by Art Fowler

                      • Sit on the gazebo. Have a glass of wine and relax listening to the creek below.

                        Sit on the gazebo. Have a glass of wine and relax listening to the creek below.

                      • The Bungalow Kitchen with a Jenn Air oven!

                        The Bungalow Kitchen with a Jenn Air oven!

                      • The front porch with a swing and gas grill!

                        The front porch with a swing and gas grill!

                      • Modern kitchen fully stocked with everything you need to prepare a feast !

                        Modern kitchen fully stocked with everything you need to prepare a feast !

                      • Master bedroom has a king bed, a private upstairs deck and newly renovated bath.

                        Master bedroom has a king bed, a private upstairs deck and newly renovated bath.

                      • The Gazebo sits on a sandstone bluff overlooking Clear Creek 70 feet below.

                        The Gazebo sits on a sandstone bluff overlooking Clear Creek 70 feet below.

                      • The view of the creek from the gazebo.

                        The view of the creek from the gazebo.

                      • This is the Bungalow... upstairs over the barn! It is an optional rental space

                        This is the Bungalow... upstairs over the barn! It is an optional rental space

                      • The Bungalow bedroom and bath.

                        The Bungalow bedroom and bath.

                      VRBO #378765

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                      This listing was first published here in 2011.

                      Date last modified - Sunday, November 03, 2013

                      $100 per night (USD)
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                      2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 5

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