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

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Last updated: 04/24/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:7
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cabin
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

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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Member since: 2009

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 50%
Calendar last updated: 04/24/2017

Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 1152 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 7
  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome:

    Baby furniture and safety devices are available. The porch is a natural romper room, rain or shine. Older kids can safely roam and explore, both the woodland and farmland expanses that surround the cabin....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Sorry. Smokers are permitted outdoors only, with caution regarding the environment....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Dogs and cats are welcome with pet agreement and $25.00 nonrefundable fee. They'll love it! ...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 7, Beds for 4-7

  • Bedroom 1


  • Loft + Den: 1 queen

    The loft is actually the master bedroom with queen bed...moreless

  • 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. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1


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

Other Amenities

  • 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...moreless


  • 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!...moreless

  • CD Player
  • 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....moreless

  • Video Library:

    Small selection. Better bring your own favorites....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Churches
  • Forests
  • Restaurants
  • Waterfalls

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain:

    Best view on the East Brow of exclusive Lookout Mountain in Georgia! ...moreless

  • 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...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing


  • 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! ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 7 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Thermostat with central heat and air...moreless

  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer:

    Stacked with washer....moreless

  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Thermostat central heat and air if guests prefer not to use the wood stove. ...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Sheets, pillow cases, quilts, electric blankets provided. ...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Cathedral ceiling. All pine log. Jotul wood stove. Games, books, DVD/TV (rabbit ears for TV, work pretty good.) ...moreless

  • Parking:

    Turn around drive accommodates cars and trucks. Any but the smallest trailers are discouraged, because you might get in a jam! ...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Yes, it is well off the street....moreless

  • 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. ...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Plenty of towels, hand towels and wash cloths on hand!...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Stacked washer and dryer on basement level. Utility sink for hand washing. Detergent provided....moreless

  • 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....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Standard Mr. Coffee....moreless

  • 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. ...moreless

  • 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). ...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Yes. ...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Water bottles in the fridge. Crystal Lite packs , 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....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Yes. ...moreless

  • Oven:

    Standard range....moreless

  • 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. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Standard (apartment) size. With regular size freezer. No ice maker. Just ice trays....moreless

  • Stove:

    Standard electric coil stovetop and standard kitchen range. ...moreless

  • Toaster:

    Yes. ...moreless


  • 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....moreless

  • 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. ...moreless

  • Golf:

    Check out several nearby courses....moreless

  • 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!'...moreless

  • 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....moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Nearby Mentone, Al has the only ski slopes (man made) in GA or AL ! ...moreless

  • Wood Deck


Write a review 4.9
from 63 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Standard Rate
Nov 16 - May 25, 2017
2 night min stay
May 26 - Jan 2, 2018
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $35 + tax
  • Cleaning Fee $80 + tax
  • Tax Rate 7%


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.

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Last updated: 04/24/2017
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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.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2008

About the owner: 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!

Why the Owner Chose Menlo, GA, USA:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
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.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 50%
Calendar last updated: 04/24/2017

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Fall on the Brow under Acorn Ledge Lodge

    Fall on the Brow under Acorn Ledge Lodge

  • Oakwood fire in Jotul wood stove

    Oakwood fire in Jotul wood stove

  • Queen bed in Loft

    Queen bed in Loft

  • Cabin Living Room Sleeper Sofa

    Cabin Living Room Sleeper Sofa

  • Sleeping Porch. Glider

    Sleeping Porch. Glider

  • Bathroom painted ceramic sink

    Bathroom painted ceramic sink

  • North Elevation. Geometric Window

    North Elevation. Geometric Window

  • The screen porch from below

    The screen porch from below

  • Christmas Day, 2012

    Christmas Day, 2012

  • Front porch. Acorn Ledge Lodge

    Front porch. Acorn Ledge Lodge

  • Living Area

    Living Area

  • The kitchen

    The kitchen

  • Twin bedroom

    Twin bedroom

  • Cabin Living Area Panorama

    Cabin Living Area Panorama

  • Custom made ironwork turkey chandelier

    Custom made ironwork turkey chandelier

  • Handrail down to the deck

    Handrail down to the deck

  • Lower Deck down the mountain

    Lower Deck down the mountain

VRBO #236409

This listing was first published here in 2009.

Date last modified - Monday, April 24, 2017

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