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Hike, Bike, Fly a Kite, Fish, Meet Farm Animals on 543 Acres.

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High Horse Lodge, with screen porch across front.

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Last updated: 09/18/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Cloudland 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 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.


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Property Type

  • 2 story
  • Lodge

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • 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

          • Children Welcome:

            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

          Bedrooms: 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

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          • Downstairs Bathroom : toilet, combination tub/shower

            Large bath; tiled floor and shower; handmade Mexican sinks...moreless

          • Upstairs Bathroom : toilet, combination tub/shower

            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

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Cooking Utensils:

            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

          • Dining:

            The antique dining table is made from oak boards sawed from a two hundred year old tree. It seats six, with fresh flowers, cloth napkins handmade napkin rings, and hand quilted mats....moreless

          • Pantry Items:

            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

          • Dishes & Utensils:

            Terence Conran Spode tableware; Fiesta servingware. Cloth napkins with hand made napkin rings. ...moreless

          • Kitchen:

            Beamed ceiling and hickory flooriing, with tile counters, and hand made cabinet hardware. ...moreless

          • Stove:

            Ceramic top stove top and large oven. ...moreless

          • Refrigerator:

            Douoble door refrigerator/freezer...moreless

          • Dining Area Seats:

            6...moreless

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

          Amenities

          • Linens Provided:

            The finest in linens: monogrammed bath and bed linens, down comforts and featherbeds, Peacock Alley sheets....moreless

          • Wood Fireplace:

            Rock fireplace made from Lookout Mountain stone. Hand forged fireplace equipment....moreless

          • Living Room seats 6:

            All handmade furnishings, including two Arts and Crafts style pine sofas; tv...moreless

          • Towels Provided:

            Very nice monogrammed towels...moreless

          • Fireplace:

            Living room fireplace...moreless

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

          Other Amenities

              • 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

              Entertainment

              • Toys:

                Both boxed and handmade puzzles, wooden puzzles; Mentoneopoly, Clue, Dominoes, checkers, Operation, and more. A whole chest of games....moreless

              • Games:

                A chest full of games for both adults and children. ...moreless

              • Books:

                A fantastic children's and grown up library. ...moreless

              • Video Library:

                Movies for children and classics for adults...moreless

              • VCR
              • Stereo
              • CD Player

              Communications

              • Internet
              • Wireless Internet
              • Free Long Distance
              • Telephone

              Outdoor Features

              • Porch / Veranda:

                Screen porch the length of the house features handmade willow chairs and a table for four, plus a hand carved coffee table. Great view for 25 miles....moreless

              • Lawn / Garden:

                Not a lawn, but carefully planned and planted native plant areas with oakleaf hydrangeas, native azaleas, wildflowers, etc. ...moreless

              • Balcony:

                Each bedroom and loft has a small balcony with locust post railing, garden bench and planting. ...moreless

              • Ski & Snowboard:

                Ski nearby at Cloudmont Ski Resort, the southernmost slopes in the US....moreless

              • Outdoor Grill:

                Weber, with charcoal lighter and tile preparation table...moreless

              • Kayak / Canoe:

                Old canoe and kayak at the pond...moreless

              Theme

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

              Location & View

              • Mountain View:

                Fatastic view across the gulf of Lookout Mountain for 25 miles to the mountains around Lake Weiss. Total wilderness view without houses or roads. ...moreless

              • Village:

                5 1/4 miles from Mentone, Alabama, the mountain resort town since 1884. Several 5 star restaurants, antiques, art galleries....moreless

              • Rural:

                No sounds of automobiles or traffic in this wilderness area. Listen for wildlife and see the clear night sky. ...moreless

              Activities

              • Cinemas
              • Golf
              • Rock Climbing
              • Mountain Biking
              • Kayaking
              • Cycling
              • Tennis
              • Fishing
              • Equestrian Events
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Golf Privileges Optional
              • Mountain Climbing
              • Mountaineering
              • Water Tubing
              • Spelunking
              • Parasailing
              • Snowboarding
              • Skiing
              • Massage Therapist
              • Groceries
              • Restaurants
              • Museums
              • Churches
              • Library
              • Sledding
              • Shopping
              • Bird Watching
              • Hiking
              • Eco Tourism
              • Walking
              • Sight Seeing
              • Antiquing
              • Wildlife Viewing
              • Horseshoes
              • Horseback Riding
              • ATM/Bank
              • Scenic Drives
              • Swimming
               

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              My Standard Rate
              2 night min stay
              $160
              $1,000

              Rates are based on 2 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest


              Additional information about rental rates

              Fees:

              • Tax Rate 7%

              Notes:

              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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              Last updated: 09/18/2014
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              Location

              40 Miles
              Nearest Airport
              Chattanooga Lovell Field
              45 Miles
              Nearest Train
              Chattanooga, Tn
              1 Miles
              Nearest Motorway
              Ga. Hwy 157 -
              15 Miles
              Nearest Barpub
              Ft. Payne, Al
              10 Miles
              Nearest Ski
              Cloudmont, southernmost ski resort in US
              10 Miles
              Nearest Golf
              Cloudmont, Canyon Ridge
              5 Miles
              Nearest Restaurant
              5 five star restaurants, Mentone, Al

              Car: Recommended

              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.

               

              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 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.


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              Photos

              • High Horse Lodge, with screen porch across front.

                High Horse Lodge, with screen porch across front.

              • Front porch with willow chairs and antique saw blade table top.

                Front porch with willow chairs and antique saw blade table top.

              • Living room with antler chandelier, rock fireplace and fresh flower bouquet

                Living room with antler chandelier, rock fireplace and fresh flower bouquet

              • Working kitchen in High Horse Lodge

                Working kitchen in High Horse Lodge

              • First floor bedroom with canopy bed and down winter linens

                First floor bedroom with canopy bed and down winter linens

              • 1st floor bath with mexican hand painted sinks and monogrammed linen.

                1st floor bath with mexican hand painted sinks and monogrammed linen.

              • Children wading the creeks along the trails of High Horse Lodge

                Children wading the creeks along the trails of High Horse Lodge

              • Hikers on part of the miles of trails on the High Horse property.

                Hikers on part of the miles of trails on the High Horse property.

              • Flowers surround the entry with locust wood railings .

                Flowers surround the entry with locust wood railings .

              • View from the porch of the mountains beyond Lake Weiss in Alabama.

                View from the porch of the mountains beyond Lake Weiss in Alabama.

              • Iron Age Crafters "Wild Horses" chandelier

                Iron Age Crafters "Wild Horses" chandelier

              • Stairs with mountain laurel pickets and antique hitching post

                Stairs with mountain laurel pickets and antique hitching post

              • Loft bedroom with oak marquetry bed and down linens

                Loft bedroom with oak marquetry bed and down linens

              • The pond on the grounds of High Horse with trail riders.

                The pond on the grounds of High Horse with trail riders.

              • One of several waterfalls on the trails. This on was home to a still in the 50's

                One of several waterfalls on the trails. This on was home to a still in the 50's

              • Visitors to High Horse Lodge feeding the bottle baby kids at the barn.

                Visitors to High Horse Lodge feeding the bottle baby kids at the barn.

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              Date last modified - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

              $160 per night (USD)
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              3 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
              Sleeps 7

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