New Mountain Farmhouse With 4 Bedroom, 3.5 Baths, Great Porches And Lake Views
About Huckleberry Haven,LLC
Mike and I have been married for 33 adventure filled years. We know there is no perfect house, but its our sweet piece of earth on this side of heaven. We come from loving families who have encouraged us in our dreams and endeavors. I graduated from the University of Montevallo (twice) and am a high school teacher, pianist and lover of creating. Mike graduated from UAB. He is a RN and an all around creative and determined kind of guy! We have two amazing daughters, Emily and Hannah. Emily graduated from University of Alabama and is married to our "son" Ryan Guin. They have the most incredible little 1 year old son, Cannon. We love him more than life should allow! She owns Emily G. Collection and Emily's Original art. Hannah graduated from Jeff State in Hospitality and Tourism and has graduated from UAB. She loves living in Birmingham and enjoys all the things that the city offers like theater, concerts, sporting events and she loves her church family. We moved to Mentone when our girls were 8th and 9th graders. We built a home on the river and lived there for 7 years. Mentone was an interesting place to raise 2 teenage girls...they have both done exceedingly well. Both are very well-rounded and have hearts of gold... what more could we ask for?
Huckleberry Haven,LLC purchased this House in 2014
Why Huckleberry Haven,LLC chose Mentone
The feel of this property seemed right when we purchased it 13 years ago. We loved the rustic property of about 2 acres, the views and opportunity to walk around the lake and running space for our dog. As we were designing this house, we felt this house plan fit this property and it feels just right.I am a high school teacher, pianist, and designer, but Mike is the true designer. He has sketched and drawn his entire life. We sketched, erased; sketched, erased, and sketched until it seemed right. We talked to our builder and the work began. Mike comes from lineage of engineers and artists(No, he is not an engineer, but a nurse and a great one at that!) so we built it just the way we wanted; great porches, outdoor spaces, walking, great kitchen and soaker tubs!
What makes this House unique
I grew up on a farm in southern Alabama and my grandparents had an old white farmhouse which led me in this direction to this house plan. Seasonally, the porches were always our visiting areas; add a cup of coffee or a glass of sweet tea and moments were sweet. Mentone gets 4 seasons which are unique in its own way. Mentone is known in summer for its camps. Children from all over the world come here in the summer for camp. If you hear a bugle call in the distance, the Boy Scout Camp is beyond our back fence. In the summer Mentone is very lush and one can always find a sweet refrain from the heat like a big porch overlooking the lake while feeling a breeze on your face! Fall is fabulous in Mentone! The Colorfest is a 3-day festival on the mountain including The leaves are gold and scarlet, the air is cool and the smell of oak fires drift in the air. Football and fall festivals at the local schools are in full swing as many locals are, too. In the winter you will most likely enjoy some snow especially in February If the temperature drops to 27' take a drive over to Cloudmont and watch Gary Jones and his team make snow. Tell him that Barbara and Mike Neel sent you. Spring in Mentone...new life! The daffodils, narcissus, trillium, lady slippers, mountain laurels, oakleaf hydrangeas, trillium, lady slippers and other natural flora emerge for our enjoyment. There are also various types of fern that are interesting. The dogwood and redbuds are everywhere and just lovely! Even though it is warm during the day, it is usually cool enough for a fire in the firepit... grab your marshmallows! You might want to grab a cup of tea and enjoy the swing that my dad built on the back porch. You will see lots of birds, turkey and deer in the back area. There are native wild blueberries and they seem to win this battle!' Enjoy the unique benefits of this retreat while you rest, relax, and rejuvenate your spirit and body. Mentone-a place like no other.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
4th of July week
We have a very relaxing enjoyable week. I was originally looking for a lake house but this ended up being better with the grandchildrens’ages being so young. Very peaceful, beautiful, relaxing home whose layout is very functional. Very nice week.
Great place to unwind!
The house was immaculate and incredibly well stocked upon arrival. Plenty of extra blankets, towels, kitchenware and comfortable furnishings. We loved the 2 porches and got a lot of use out of them. Area is beautiful with the small lake/large pond right there and Little River Falls, DeSoto State Park etc all within an easy drive. We had 3 families and there was plenty of space for meals together, game nights, and for quiet alone time too. Beds were comfortable and decor was lovely without being full of tchotchkes we had to worry about the kids or dogs around. Evenings on the back porch and down on the fire pit were wonderful. We enjoyed seeing deer right outside the kitchen window 2 nights in a row! All in all the was the perfect place for our annual getaway with our college friends of 15+ years and our young children. We would love to come back again!
This is our second stay and everything was great. My father grew up in Ft. Payne and comes back every year for his class reunion (class of ‘54). We found this property last year and he loved it so much, he asked to stay again this year. Hopefully, we can come back next year too. The house has everything you need for a great stay.
Great stay with friends
Such a charming property! Would stay there again!
Family Graduation and Birthday Celebration
Our family had a great time at Huckleberry Haven. It was very spacious and clean. The decor was very homey and we loved the porches. Thank you for sharing your home. We would certainly love to visit again.
Annual Memorial Day Getaway
We had the most wonderful relaxing weekend with four dear friends at Huckleberry Haven. The open floor plan is ideal for simultaneously visiting, cooking, eating. We spent a great deal of time on the porch that faces the lake. It was very nice to have 4 bedrooms and 3 and a half bathrooms. The entire house is well maintained and well appointed on a beautiful lot. Barbara is terrific to work with and responds very quickly to messages. We will be back!
Nestled atop Lookout Mountain near the historic town of Mentone, Alabama, our mountain farmhouse is perched within mature hardwoods and offers lake front views. The warm and relaxing environment of this cozy mountain home is perfect for family vacations, romantic getaways, and group retreats. Sleeping up to 10 individuals, this home offers an open entertainment space, large kitchen with granite and stainless steel and eating area is perfect for your stay! Offering 4 bedrooms, 4 queen size beds, 2 twin beds, 3 full bathrooms with garden tubs/shower, 1 half bath near the living/eating area, 2 large porches, an outdoor entertaining space with fire pit, large living space, large dining table, gas fireplace, and art by local artists. This is the perfect getaway in any season . Enjoy the activities that Mentone offers including: visiting local landmarks, snow skiing, hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, golfing, spelunking, fishing, hunting, antiquing, yard selling, eating at local eatery's, grabbing a cone of ice cream downtown, shopping at the local festivals, listening to local bands, and relaxing on the porch. This retreat is located approximately:
Historic Mentone- 6 miles
Cloudmont Ski Lodge- 4 miles/Shady Grove Dude Ranch-6 miles
Desoto Falls- 4 miles-
Desoto State Park- 3 miles( Azalea Trail Boardwalk, hiking trails and waterfalls)
Sallie Howard Church-3 miles A must see- doors always open(10 am service on Sundays)
Little River Canyon and Canyon Center- 15 miles
Mentone Wedding Chapel-8 miles
Lil Mole Run Golf Course-7 miles
Riverview Camp for Girls- 4 miles
Camp Desoto-8 miles
Camp Skyline-7 miles
Camp Comer Boy Scout Camp- 1/4 mile(also backs up to the back of our property
Mentone Brow Park-6 miles-Go through flashing light in town, take left at sign and the park is on your left. Great view of valley and breath taking sunsets. Take a picnic and enjoy!
The Wildflower Cafe- Tomato pie, fresh pizzas, desserts
Kamamas- Cultural Hub of Mentone
Moonlight Bistro- Bison burger and fried green tomato sandwich Hotdog and Cones of Mentone- Spring- Fall
Ft. Payne- variety
Things not to miss within an hour:
Dave's Antiques(Hammondville)15,000 sq ft of antiques/collects
Valley Head Antiques- 5 miles
Howard Finster's Paradise Garden Revival-Summerville,GA-apprx.30 miles
Fort Payne- 10 miles(Wal-Mart, Dekalb Regional Hospital, various shops and eateries, antiques , Railroad Museum, Sock Mill Museum,etc)
True Adventure Sports-20 miles- Israel is awesome! He has a great story about starting his business: rock climbing, rafting,canoeing, night rappelling, zip lining, survival classes, etc.
Orbitz Glass-24 miles(Not too far from True Adventure Sports)Cam has been interviewed by Oprah and is world renown for his fabulous and creative glass pieces
Winston Place B&B(Pre Civil War era)-8 miles Valley Head,AL
Lookout Mountain flight Park- Hang gliding at its best! RIsing Fawn, GA-largest hang gliding school in US!
Tennessee Lookouts- Baseball Team
University of Tennesse Chattanooga
Riverboat landing area
Downtown and various eating spots
Nocaloola Falls, Gadsden, AL-50 minutes south on I-59
Wills Creek Winery-45 min. Duck Springs Road(North of Gadsden)
Tigers For Tomorrow- Duck Springs Rd.(just north of WCWinery)
Trade Days- Collinsville, AL- daylight to noon on Saturdays- One can find almost anything- from a homemade rocking chair to fresh garden goods, to baby goats to the best hand-dipped corndog ever!
Unclaimed Baggage-45 min. Scottsboro, AL
Hammers Department Store-45 min. Downtown Scottsboro- old authentic general store
Historical Payne Ice Cream Parlor-45 min. Downtown Scottsboro
Weiss Lake-"Croppie Capital of the South"- Centre, AL-45 minutes