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

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,152 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


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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Sara Moore
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 7, 2017

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Peaceful and Relaxing

The cabin was adorable and provided plenty of room for the three of us to have a wonderful sister's get-away week. The pictures are very accurate - - it is decorated beautifully, the beds are very comfortable, the kitchen is extremely well and nicely equipped, there are games to play, books to read, plenty of small quilts and throws to wrap up in, a washer and dryer, hair dryer, (I think she even has a curling iron), a basket of travel shampoos, cream rinses, creams, etc., baby gates, highchair, etc. There's a dining table between the kitchen and living area, but we loved sitting out on the porch overlooking the valley below and usually ate dinner at the second table out there, which opens up to seat six. We played games out there and I even slept out there one night on the pull-out couch. The guest bedroom is downstairs and my sisters loved the extra-long twin beds and cool temperature. The cabin has central heat and air and so the few days it got warm in the late afternoon, inside was perfect. Our host was a dream and provided excellent communication throughout the entire process including all details needed to locate the cabin, activities, restaurants, and just made sure we were all prepared to have a wonderful time. My Gordon setter had the time of his life and enjoyed hiking around the cabin and Cloudland Canyon State Park, as well as the cool mornings and evenings in the mountains. Overall this is just a peaceful retreat. There are neighbors on both sides, but one home is empty and the other neighbors were very quiet and nice and made us feel a bit more secure knowing that we weren’t totally secluded. Getting anywhere – even to the small grocery is about a 30 minute drive. There are horses at the end of the road you get to see every time you drive in and out and one of them always had his chin up on a post to greet us. The whole experience was great!
Jun 2016
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Menlo Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Full modern shower/tub. Modern toilet. Mexican painted porcelain lavatory sink. Built in cabinets stocked with clean linens.
  • 1 Bedroom, 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.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • 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:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • 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


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Cloudland Hand-Hewn Log Cabin, Secluded Fairy Tale with Spectacular View
average rating of 4.8289475 based on 104 reviews

Relax Paradise

  • 5 of 5

This is a must! The cabin is located in the middle of the woods, with a spectacular view on the mountains. The sunrises were amazing!!! The cabin is very quaint, welcoming, and very well maintained. It feels like ‘’home away from home’’. I definately recommend this spot for a relaxing vacation or WE. The cabin is perfect for a gateaway with friends, or a romantic trip.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well, I'm so happy you obviously enjoyed yourselves! It gives me so much pleasure just knowing I played a small part in creating a warm memory for you. And I sincerely hope you'll be back to the cabin again, real soon. Enjoy the coming holiday season! Sara
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Great stay in a cozy cabin!

  • 4 of 5

Sara is so accommodating and hospitable. The cabin was everything she described. It’s totally stocked with all kitchen needs, puzzles, books, DVDs. The view of the sunrise is amazing — be sure to get up for it at least one morning! We slept in the upstairs bed — very comfortable. My daughters loved their room in the basement. Really great hiking is about 30 minutes away in Cloudland Canyon National Park (make sure to hike Sitton’s Gulch Trail), and there is a ranch right near the cabin where lovely horses gather. Make sure to feed them a carrot. The owner said it’s fine!

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed your Thanksgiving at Acorn Ledge Lodge. There's just no Thanksgiving like Thanksgiving at the cabin! I do hope you can make it back up again soon, maybe to enjoy another season of the year and see how the cabin looks wearing its other hats! Thanks for coming. Enjoy the rest of the holidays! Sara
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Atlanta, GA

Simple and beautiful for a mountain vacation!

  • 4 of 5

The cabin is in great condition, very clean and has one of the most amazing views. The owner is very sweet and provided helpful information about the house and surrounding area. The only thing I wish we had more of was hot water, showers were a challenge for four people. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so happy you enjoyed your stay at the cabin. I'm not sure about the hot water situation, but will contact a plumber tomorrow, when Thanksgiving is over. Thanks for coming, and I hope you return soon, when you can check up on the hot water situation! It will be in perfect running order, I promise. Enjoy the holidays. Sara
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North Georgia

Relaxation in paradise with a stunning view

  • 5 of 5

Arriving late at night to an unfamiliar, unknown cabin could have been a disaster for us three sisters of a certain age. But Sara guided us with frequent texts and phone calls. And what a pleasant surprise! It was a cross between Little House on the Prairie and the Seven Dwarves' cottage in the forest. However, with all the amenities of "the best soft place to fall" we could have hoped for! The chill in the air was quickly banished with a cheery fire we started in the little old wood stove.

Anything we could have needed was on hand, from extra band aids to coffee creamer to flash lights to a sewing kit. Thanks to you, Sara, we had an amazing weekend of R & R. It flew by so quickly, but you can be sure we'll be back, soon! Sandra, Libbi, and Rowena

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful cabin in the mountains!

  • 5 of 5

This cabin was perfect for our little girls get away. It was clean and comfortable. Loved all the beautiful quilts decorating the home. We spent most of our time when we were at the cabin on the screened porch with beautiful views and witnessed the most amazing sunrise to the sounds of roosters crowing in the valley. Close to magnificent hiking at Cloudland canyon and a short drive to Chattanooga.

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Girls' getaways are the best! So glad you gals enjoyed it. Here's hoping you'll return again, maybe for a memorable winter retreat all cozy around that terrific Jotul stove. Thanks so much for coming. Enjoy the holidays ahead! Sara
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cozy peacful cabin

  • 5 of 5

This cabin is amazing. We really enjoyed our weekend at Acorn Lodge. It was peaceful and quiet-just what we needed. The cabin was clean and well furnished with everything we needed for a relaxing weekend. Thanks to Sara for making the cabin available to us.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: And I'd like to extend my thanks to you and all my wonderful guests for giving my little cabin a try. I'm so happy you enjoyed it! Please come back again soon. Sara
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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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $35 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $80 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.0%

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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