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On a Bluff Overlooking Clear Creek, Sipsey Wilderness, Trails!

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

Cottage,2 Bedrooms,2 Baths...with optional Bungalow separate cabin(1 BR)

Need a quiet place to unwind and relax? This farm is 600 acres of oaks, dogwoods, pines and wildflowers surrounded by the Bankhead National Forest, with no neighbors in sight!

Why do we call it the River Art Cabin? It sits on a bluff overlooking Clear Creek, the 'River' part. It was constructed by an artist named Art Fowler, whose original art still hangs throughout the cabin. Amazing!

IF you need more than 2 bedrooms and don't mind spreading your group out a bit, we also have the Bungalow cabin on the same property. Or if you would rather rent a bit smaller, more cozy spot, you may decide to rent only the Bungalow. We rent it for $100/night, plus cleaning fee. The Bungalow is a 1 bedroom, 1 bath, living room and wonderful kitchen upstairs over the barn. It is about 100 yards from the River Art Cabin. The Bungalow has a nice deck overlooking a meadow that leads down to Clear Creek and the Secret Beach! It is a cozy and relaxing spot in and of itself. See the last few photos for what it looks like!

You may want to spend your days fishing or tubing the creek or exploring the incredible canyons of the Sipsey Wilderness. Perhaps you would enjoy mountain biking the miles of Bankhead National Forest roads near by. Love hiking and backpacking, the Sipsey has many miles of hiking trails.

Love to hunt? Check out the Bankhead National Forest! You can drive just a few miles and hunt on National Forest land.

Enjoy birdwatching? What about a night with no street lights for perfect stargazing? This is the place for you!

There is a full kitchen in both cabins, but if you'd rather not cook, hop in the car and run to Double Springs for a homecooked Italian meal at the Sapore Grill!

There are two bedrooms in the River Art Cabin, the Master bedroom has a king size bed and a private upstairs deck with a sliding glass door. There is a private Master bath also. The second bedroom has a bunk bed.

One of my favorite parts of the place is the Gazebo, a beautiful structure set atop a sandstone bluff overlooking a shoals of Clear Creek about 70 feet below. You can enjoy a sunset with a glass of wine sitting on the gazebo listening to the rippling creek below. Or wake up early and walk down the path to the gazebo with a hot cup of coffee.

You can stroll for miles on our dirt roads or walk down the path to Clear Creek and take a dip in the cool waters that are a tributary to Smith Lake.

Truly remote. This cottage is at the end of the road... literally! You will drive down a small country road for about 4 miles and when the road ends... you are home!

Keywords: Cottage, cabin, gazebo, creek side, tubing, Bankhead National Forest, Sipsey Wilderness Area, birding, Smith Lake, Camp McDowell, hunting, fishing,

More Details

Owner
Maggie Johnston
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 13, 2017

About Maggie Johnston

Maggie is the Director of Educational Programs at Camp McDowell. She manages the McDowell Environmental Center and Farm School, as well as Magnolia Nature Preschool.

Mark recently retired from 26 years as the Executive Director of Camp McDowell, near Jasper, Alabama. Mark is now working towards a new goal... being the first Independent Governor of Alabama! GO to his Facebook page Mark Johnston weneedmark.info to learn more.

They are proud of the work they do to protect and educate people about the natural world around us.

Maggie Johnston purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Maggie Johnston chose Double Springs

We bought this place for the pure joy of owning a remote piece of Nature on the banks of Clear Creek!

What makes this cottage unique

There is nothing quite like communing with nature in a beautiful place near a moving stream. You will find it valuable to spend some quiet time just sitting on the porch or gazebo and listening to nature!

Map

Car: necessary

Tubing on Clear Creek, miles of walking or mountain biking trails, hiking and backpacking in the famous Sipsey Wilderness Area, sitting in the gazebo overlooking the shoals of Clear Creek with a glass of wine or cup of coffee!

Amenities

Double Springs Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Garage
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • King size beds (1), Bunk Beds (1)
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
Attractions:
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Notes:
600+ acres of property with 3/4 mile of Clear Creek frontage and creek access. Tubing on Clear Creek, miles of walking or mountain biking trails, hiking and backpacking in the famous Sipsey Wilderness Area, sitting in the gazebo overlooking the shoals of Clear Creek with a glass of wine!

Reviews

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On a Bluff Overlooking Clear Creek, Sipsey Wilderness, Trails!
average rating of 4.8382354 based on 68 reviews
5

The property is awesome

  • 5 of 5

Well me and my buddies had a great time we walked around and check out all the cool stuff and the creek. We had a barbecue dinner every night. We went down there to hunt wild boar but had no luck. But me and the guys said we would love to go back down and try again. Thanks again Maggie

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great fall getaway

  • 5 of 5

Loved the property, gazebo and walk to the secret beach. Enjoyed the fall colors and we will return.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Columbia, MS
5

Chasing Waterfalls

  • 5 of 5

This is a great place to stay if you are interested in visiting the Bankhead National Park. After a day of hiking and taking pictures of the waterfalls, going to this place to relax and rest was an added bonus to our adventure. We also went to the creek behind this property. I wish we had of had more time to stay and enjoy the area. We will definitely be back.

Also the owners are very kind and helpful.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Anne & Frank Dozier

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay at the River Art House. What a beautiful home. Frank spent most of his time fishing at Smith Lake. I stay at the house and taking the two dogs on nature walks to the creek and the Secret Beach and just up the driveway. I thoroughly enjoyed cooking our own meals at the house {everything you could possible need is already there) and spending my time sitting on the front porch reading books and having my coffee there. I would recommend the River Art House to anyone who would enjoy a rustic vacation. Keep in mind there is no TV reception (I took DVD's that I wanted to watch with me} and be sure to take your own CD's with you so you can enjoy music. Cell phone can be iffy to non-exsistent. After two days, I began enjoying having no phone service. Thank you Maggie and Mark for a wonderful experience. Look forward to coming again. Also I'm telling anyone who will listen about this wonderful vacation place.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Beautiful home, and wonderful owners!

  • 5 of 5

We came to stay at the River Art Cabin when my family evacuated from Hurricane Irma. The owners were absolutely amazing and accommodating to anything we needed to make our uplift easier, and were very communicative when it came to suggesting local restaurants, or trails we could take to make our getaway very enjoyable. The home itself is stocked to be a home away from home for others- includes dishes in the cabinets, essential cooking utensils, washer and a dryer, and towels. The home was cleaned and each bed nicely mad for our arrival. The view was breathtaking. I loved exploring the area and getting to stand next to the creek (Definitely intend to go back and swim in it when it isn't raining!) All in all, a perfect getaway for nature lovers. I look forward to visiting again!

Lauren

(Side note- Verizon Wireless users will be in a total dead zone, as I very quickly discovered.)

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were so happy to be able to offer you a safe harbor in the storm! Come again sometime when you can relax and enjoy! Maggie
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Mobile, AL
5

Seclusion=Peace and Tranquility

  • 5 of 5

Awesome spot. Loved disconnecting with the world and reconnecting with family. Secret beach is a little bit of a walk but so much fun.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
cleaning fee $85

Cleaning fee is $75 per visit.
Pet fee is additional $50 per visit.
Call if interested in a weekly or monthly rate/ 205-522-1500

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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