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

Menlo, GA, USA
  • Cabin1152 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps7
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

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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Sara Moore

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Apr 16, 2018
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 Menlo

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.


    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, 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.


      • 1 Bathroom
        • Full modern shower/tub. Modern toilet. Mexican painted porcelain lavatory sink. Built in cabinets stocked with clean linens.

        Location Type

          • Mountain
            Best view on the East Brow of exclusive Lookout Mountain in Georgia!
          • Mountain View
            Unparalleled! Lookout Mountain's famous Eastern Brow. Experience a full moonrise and fabulous sunrise all in a few hours from the screen porch. Active cattle farm in Shinbone Valley below the cabin provides a splendid pastoral view. Mountains in the distance


              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Romantic


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Living Room
                        Cathedral ceiling. All pine log. Jotul wood stove. Games, books, DVD/TV (rabbit ears for TV, work pretty good.)
                      • Air Conditioning
                        Thermostat with central heat and air
                      • Clothes Dryer
                        Stacked with washer.
                      • Firewood
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                        Thermostat central heat and air if guests prefer not to use the wood stove.
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided
                        Sheets, pillow cases, quilts, electric blankets provided.
                      • Ceiling Fans
                      • Parking
                        Turn-around drive accommodates cars and trucks. Any but the smallest trailers are discouraged, because you might get in a jam!
                      • Parking Off Street
                        Yes, it is well off the street.
                      • Sofa Bed
                      • Telephone
                        No land line. Cell service for Verizon and AT&T are especially strong. Cell towers are fair for all carriers with the exception of T-Mobile.
                      • Towels Provided
                        Plenty of towels, hand towels and wash cloths on hand!
                      • Washing Machine
                        Stacked washer and dryer on basement level. Utility sink for hand washing. Detergent provided.
                      • Wood Stove
                        ONE NIGHT'S WOOD PROVIDED FROM OCT THRU MARCH! Top of the line Jotul Norwegian cast iron stove. Plenty of starter wood and oak for one night's fire.


                          • Microwave
                          • Coffee Maker
                            Standard Mr. Coffee.
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            You can serve eight if you mix and match. China, glasses, 2 wine glasses :-) , plenty of flatware (again, if you mix and match).
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Kitchen
                            Water bottles in the fridge. Coffee singles, tea bags, and hot chocolate. Sugar packs and creamer, salt and pepper are available. Snack baskets usually include microwave popcorn, granola bars, individual cereals. The full kitchen includes a standard oven, refrigerator, dishwasher and microwave. Mr. Coffee, toaster. Help yourself to any sodas or juices you may find in the fridge.
                          • Cooking Utensils
                            Everything you might want for whipping up a casserole, baking brownies (mix is usually included in goodie basket), or just serving wine and cheese. Flatware and china service 12-16 easily.
                          • Oven
                            Standard range.
                          • Pantry Items
                            Welcome basket includes coffee and goodies for breakfast and snacking. Basic condiments, salt and pepper and sugar. Just bring perishables and a cooler.
                          • Refrigerator
                            Standard (apartment) size. With regular size freezer. No ice maker. Just ice trays.
                          • Stove
                            Standard electric coil stovetop and standard kitchen range.
                          • Toaster


                              • Child's Highchair
                              • Dining
                                Table seats five or six. But it pulls out from each end to seat six or seven. Many holiday meals have been enjoyed here!
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 7 people


                                  • Books
                                    There are a couple of shelves of books in the main room. The selection comes and goes. You'll find something, if you forgot to bring one!
                                  • CD Player
                                  • DVD Player
                                    Small TV?DVD combo.
                                  • Games
                                    The selection comes and goes. Puzzles, too.
                                  • Television
                                    TV/DVD available. No cable, but rabbit ears are amazing for most standard networks. Roku (bring your own) can be plugged into TV. Works off your smart phone as a hot spot for unlimited movies.
                                  • Video Library
                                    Small selection. Better bring your own favorites.


                                      • Balcony
                                        Original balcony extends the entire width of the cabin, screened for summer comfort. This has created an excellent sleeping porch/play room, especially under the metal roof! The view is unparalleled.
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        There is a lower deck with a super view about 200 feet down the mountain which is accessed by the handrail. One flip-style table/bench.
                                      • Golf
                                        Check out several nearby courses.
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        Mother nature's forest. Ha ha. When I bought the cabin, the lady who sold it to me said, 'No mow no mo!!' I said, 'I'll take it!'
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        Small charcoal Weber-style grill inside, to take out front for grilling. Charcoal supply comes and goes, so bring your own. There's also a fire circle in front, suitable for marshmallows or hot dogs.
                                      • Ski & Snowboard
                                        Nearby Mentone, AL has the only ski slopes (man made) in GA or AL !
                                      • Wood Deck


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                          • wheelchair inaccessible
                                            Wheelchairs may not be able to negotiate some stairs and some doorways. The single front entrance is on rocky land. There are three steps to the cabin. The entrance to the bathroom is narrow: only 25" at its narrowest point. The primary bedroom is a loft, and the secondary bedroom is down steep stairs to the lowest floor.


                                              • 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

                                                          • hunting
                                                          • cycling
                                                          • freshwater fishing
                                                          • golf
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • hot air ballooning
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • 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. THERE IS A GROWING AND EVOLVING CABIN LIBRARY OF BOOKS, GAMES AND PUZZLES

                                                                84 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                Beautiful cabin, great views!

                                                                Christopher V.Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA

                                                                We had a great time here. The cabin is beautifully decorated and has an amazing screened porch with incredible views over the valley. Great cabin. Very quiet area, peaceful setting. Lots to do in the area. I highly recommend visit to DeSoto State Park in AL, or Cloudland Canyon Park, for excellent hiking. Mentone is nice to visit, and I recommend Wildflower Cafe there for food, dinner was amazing. Sara was also great with providing lots of information ahead of time and making sure we had everything we needed for our visit, thanks! Great trip, we'll be back.

                                                                This place is amazing!

                                                                Daniel M.

                                                                I can't recommend it enough! Sara, if you're ever interested in selling - let me know!

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                Wow, I do believe wanting to buy is the highest compliment you could have paid me! It's not for sale right now, but I will definitely keep you in mind when and if... So glad y'all enjoyed your weekend. Come again, soon! Sara

                                                                Beautiful weekend at a beautiful cabin!

                                                                Shawn R.

                                                                We loved the whole experience. From first contact with Sara to first glimpse of the cabin. Everything was perfect. Sara was wonderful to work with, passing on helpful information about the cabin and the surrounding area. The cabin is wonderfully decorated and nicely stocked. We thoroughly enjoyed celebrating our 27th wedding anniversary here. Loved the trail to the lookout nook! Sara has thought of everything; from firewood for the beautiful stove to a basket of dishes for a picnic at the lookout!! Highly recommend!

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                Congratulations on your anniversary! I'm so pleased that Acorn Ledge Lodge could play a part in your celebration.

                                                                And thanks for the kind words. It makes me happy to know you had everything you needed to make it a memorable getaway. Please come back again soon!



                                                                Melody W.Holly Springs, Mississippi

                                                                This quaint little cabin in the woods is the perfect getaway for a couple. A step back in time with modern conveniences but away from the busyness (sp?) of today's world. Sara is a great hostess and she has thought of every detail. She sends a complete list of any and everything you need to know but she is readily available for any questions. Can't wait to go back....

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                Thanks so much for the kind words. I'm just happy that your anniversary get-away lived up to your hopes. Warm and rainy isn't what we usually expect in the first weeks of February, but it seems you were able to turn it into a memorable occasion nevertheless. I really hope you will come back soon to visit the cabin in its green and leafy warm-weather mode! Best of everything till then. Sara

                                                                The cabin was so cozy! It was perfect for our girls birthday getaway. We had a wonderful time!

                                                                Donna W.

                                                                When we first drove up to the property, we were so excited! It is such a beautiful place....The cabin is very comfortable, well planned, and very charming. The view was just amazing, even though the weather was very cold, we enjoyed looking out at the beautiful valley below. We even saw some very large turkeys one morning! It is a wonderful place, and I would highly recommend it. Sara, the owner, was very friendly and informative. We had a very memorable vacation here. Thank you so much! J Roberson, Rogersville, Alabama

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                Wonderful! I always say girls' getaways are the best, ever! I'm so glad you were comfortable and cozy in spite of the record cold. I really hope you'll return again soon, maybe to bask in the summer warmth and go splash in nearby creeks this summer. Best Wishes for the rest of this winter. Sara

                                                                Quaint, quiet and charming cabin on Lookout Mountain.

                                                                Steve J.

                                                                We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Acorn Ledge Lodge. Well appointed cabin on the brow of Lookout Mountain. Very quiet and peaceful.

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                I'm so glad you found the peace and quiet you were seeking at year's end. I hope you will visit the cabin again, soon.

                                                                Here's wishing you the best in the year to come!



                                                                Menlo, GA, USA

                                                                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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                                                                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.

                                                                84 Reviews
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