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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 150 lb. pet hog, and pick a tomato from a vine in season.
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 snorts of white tail deer. 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 (and 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 20 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 sunset, 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 at the cedar support 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 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 hand made 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. Over the dining table is an antler chandelier constructed from sheds brought in by the livestock guard dogs. Other lighting includes a song bird chandelier in the Pine Bedroom and wall sconces in the stair area and entry. An antique coach lamps 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 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.
If you want a place where children can spend the day outside (and not in front of the tv), this is it. ...moreless
Non Smoking Only
Pets Not Allowed:
We have livestock guard dogs which protect the goats and would not be friendly to visiting pets, although they love people.. Exceptions to 'no pet' rule on occasion....moreless
3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 6-7
Oak bedroom in the loft: 1 queen
Queen poster bed; two end tables with reading lamps; balcony...moreless
Bedroom with twin beds: 2 twin/ single
Twin beds; private balcony with garden bench....moreless
Master Bedroom downstaiars: 1 queen
Canopy queen bed; private balcony with garden bench; ...moreless
Queen size Beds (1) Master bedroom with hand crafted queen canopy bed.
Loft with handcrafted oak marquetry queen bed.,
Twin or Single Beds (1) Hand crafted pine poster beds, Baby Cribs (1) Both crib and portacrib with linens available to guests with babies and toddlers. High chair available too....moreless
Large, tiled floor and shower; barnwood vanity...moreless
Both baths are spacious, with monogrammed towels, antique mirrors, tile floors and shower areas, and handcrafted Mexican tile details. ...moreless
High Horse Lodge is a place where visitors can be entertained for days without leaving the site. Walk, ride bicycles, or ride your own horses through more than 5 miles of wide, well kept trails. Fish from bream and bass in the pond. Wade the creeks in warm weather. Fly a kite in the 13 acre field (usually a breeze on the mountain). Play horse shoes. Visit the adjacent farm to meet the herd of 50 goats, 4 Arabian horses, two old pot belly pigs (enormous), a flock of Golden Nugget laying chickens and a 'chicken zoo' of ornamental chickens. During the season, you can sample a home grown tomato, or a jalapeno pepper from the gardens. Three federal and state parks are within minutes of High Horse Lodge....moreless
A fantastic children's and grown up library. ...moreless
A chest full of games for both adults and children. ...moreless
Rock fireplace made from Lookout Mountain stone. Hand forged fireplace equipment....moreless
Stainless cookware, Crock pot, waffle maker, blender, food processer, hand mixer, ice cream maker, electric coffee maker, toaster, and all the tools required to make a four course dinner for six. ...moreless
Dishes & Utensils:
Terence Conran Spode tableware; Fiesta servingware. Cloth napkins with hand made napkin rings. ...moreless
Beamed ceiling and hickory flooriing, with tile counters, and hand made cabinet hardware. ...moreless
Large pantry to hold spices, paper and plastic ware, cooking utensils and nearly any cooking staples you need, such as spices, Pam, cooking oil, etc....moreless
Rates are based on 2 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
Rate is $160 per night, plus $5 additional per person per night, INCLUDING children. The automatic calculator for vrbo is not currently accounting for children, so I will have to edit the rates after you receive them to account for the additional $5 per night per person INCLUDING CHILDREN. The website technicians are working on the problem and hope to solve it early in 2014.
Thank you, Harriet
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Cavers and rappellers and hang gliders come from all over the US to Lookout Mountain, nearby Mentone hosts the southernmost ski slope in the US, the Little River, which begins and crosses atop the mountain is one of the cleanest rivers in the US, flora and fauna abound and The Pocket Park is nationally known for wildflowers,
The Mentone Area Arts Council has monthly exhibits and classes and shows in nearby Mentone.
There are three fantastic parks closeby: Cloudland State Park, DeSoto State Park, and Little River Canyon. In addition is the nearby Zahn tract with rock climbing, Crockford/Pigeon Mountain Wildlife area with 43 miles of hiking/horse trains and the Pocket Wildlife area, McLemore Cove with pre civil war house and farm, Sequoya Caverns, etc.
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 growing flowers in the the 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 Cloudland: We did not buy, but created 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.