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'Setaspell' -- $125nt/$100 wknts/Call for full wk at $575

Mentone, AL, USA
  • Cabin800 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

Our rustic cabin sits on a beautiful rocky site on Little River's Lake Lahusage, just a few miles out of Mentone at the Georgia line. This is not a typical rental cabin - it's our family getaway in the truest sense. We've opted not to have telephone, television or internet. We actually read books, play board games, relax on the porch, rock patio or dock, watch the birds and squirrels, and swim and canoe in the lake. It's quite relaxing and we invite you to come try it for yourself. We have a double bed in one room and a bunk room with four singles, so it works well for a couple, a family, or a group of friends. Most of the year, you'll want to have the windows open, but for summer's hottest days we have 2 window unit AC's and in cold weather we have a wood stove and gas wall heaters. We've tried to decide what season we enjoy most at the cabin, but we like them all. Each season is wonderful in a different way.

Lake Lahusage is actually part of the East Fork of Little River and was created many years ago by a developer who was building a resort hotel on the lake, but it never materialized. Lots were sold around the lake for individual cottages and now there are some large and very nice homes, some of which are full time residences. But ours is one of the few available for short term rental. We invite you to take advantage of this wonderful and little known corner of Lookout Mountain.

We've tried to make our description and photos as representative as possible. We don't want you to be disappointed or feel like anything was misrepresented. Our cabin is closer to camping out than to staying in a Ritz-Carlton. It's an old structure with some of the original windows, so it's not "tight" and you might see a bug in the bedroom or an ant in the kitchen. We have no control over the neighborhood nor the weather. There are other cabins close by and noise travels easily across the lake. We have no control over the water level in the lake. In the summer of 2016, Northeast Alabama experienced a severe drought, and we did our best to post updates to this site and to make sure potential guests were aware of the low water levels in the lake. If a certain thing is critical to your stay being successful, please ask before you book.

The cabin has a wonderful, large, 1960s era range with double ovens that was in the cabin when we purchased it. The thermostat is not accurate and the temperatures are about 100 degrees hotter than indicated. We have signs posted in the kitchen but, if you're wanting to do gourmet cooking and baking, this might not be the right cabin for you. There are other rentals in the area with modern kitchens, granite countertops, large screen smart TV's, and hot tubs, but ours does not meet that description. Depending on your carrier, it is likely you will not have cell phone service at the cabin but might have to go up the road a bit to get a good signal. If cell phone service is critical for you, you'll need to rent somewhere else.

The cabin is not handicapped accessible. You may exit a vehicle and walk to the cabin on fairly level ground. There are 4 steps onto the porch, then the cabin floors are on one level. The rock steps down to the waterfront are fairly steep and it's a bit of a climb. Please look at the photos taken from the top and bottom to determine if the property will work for everyone in your group.

Property Manager

Susan Collins

Member Since 2012
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Apr 12, 2018
About Susan Collins

We're Jane and Jack Brunson and we live in Elba, AL, which is a 5-hour drive from the cabin, so we don't get to be there as often as we'd like. Jane is from Fort Payne originally, so we enjoy keeping a connection to DeKalb County and letting our four children get to know her hometown area better.

Susan Collins purchased this Cabin in 2002

Why Susan Collins chose Mentone

We started bringing our kids to summer camp at Mentone in the early 1990's and really enjoyed the area. Jane was from Fort Payne, but had not spent a lot of time in Mentone. We rented cabins and stayed at the State Park for a few years, and decided it would be nice to have a little place of our own.

What makes this Cabin unique

When we were considering purchasing a second home in the Mentone area, we didn't really know about Lake Lahusage. But once we saw the advantages the lake offered, a cabin not on the water was suddenly out of the question. We wanted a small, rustic cabin with a cozy feel to it. The unfinished cedar walls and ceilings in this little cabin would be difficult to duplicate today. It was just big enough for our family of 6, and we particularly enjoy the screened porch and eat all our meals on the porch except during the coldest months of the year. We love taking an early morning canoe ride and usually have the entire lake to ourselves -- except for the ducks and geese. Our part of the lake is quiet and far enough from the highway that we have almost no road noise. It's a peaceful and quiet setting that's getting harder to find. Mentone is a unique place - almost lost in time - and has a pace and attitude all its own. We rarely look at a clock when we're there. We just say we're on 'Mentone time'.


    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
        • Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Bunk Beds (1)


        • 1 Bathroom
        • Bathroom 1
          toilet, combination tub/shower

          Location Type

            • Lakefront
            • Mountain View
            • Rural


                • Away From It All
                • Family


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Clothes Dryer
                        • Heating
                          Gas space heaters are the primary heat source.
                        • Linens Provided
                        • Parking
                        • Towels Provided
                        • Washing Machine
                          You are welcome to use the washing machine, but will need to provide your own HE detergent.
                        • Wood Stove
                          Franklin stove with wood provided.


                            • Coffee Maker
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                            • Kitchen
                            • Oven
                            • Pantry Items
                              We keep pantry staples and basic condiments.
                            • Refrigerator
                            • Stove
                            • Toaster


                                • Dining
                                  The kitchen table seats 6 and we also have a dining table with 6 chairs on the screened porch.
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 6 people


                                    • Books
                                    • Games
                                      We have several board games and puzzles for low tech fun.


                                        • Deck / Patio
                                          The rock patio has a swing, dining table with 4 chairs and a portable fire pit.
                                        • Kayak / Canoe
                                          We have a canoe, paddles and life vests (PFDs) in several sizes.
                                        • Outdoor Grill
                                          We have a charcoal grill, and there is usually charcoal here. Not guaranteed, but if it's here, you're welcome to use it.


                                            • wheelchair inaccessible


                                                • churches
                                                • festivals
                                                • library
                                                • restaurants

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • boating
                                                    • horseshoes
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • shopping
                                                    • walking
                                                    • wildlife viewing

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • groceries

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • rock climbing
                                                            • swimming


                                                                • There is a boat ramp nearby for you to launch your own boat or jet ski, which may be tied up at our dock. There is parking space for your boat trailer in our driveway.

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  38 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  A break from reality

                                                                  Brittney M.

                                                                  This was the best rental we've had to date! Love love love this cabin. If you want a break from the hustle and bustle, this is the way to go. Our stay was amazing! From listening to the rain to grilling burgers and fishing off the pier. We will be back for sure. Absolutely stunning!

                                                                  Cozy on the lake

                                                                  Elisa A.

                                                                  Setaspell has everything you need for a nice weekend away from it all.

                                                                  Exactly as described!

                                                                  Jennifer S.

                                                                  This cozy little cabin forced our busy family of five to unplug and relax and simply enjoy one another’s company! We definitely plan to visit again next year!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Isn't it interesting how that works? Television and electronics seem to really hypnotize us and command our attention. When they're not in the room, everything changes. It's the same for our family. Thanks for the nice review and we do hope you'll get the chance to come again.


                                                                  Llew R.

                                                                  Overall nice with exception of the Neighbors barking dog.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  We agree. We were hoping maybe you would "handle" that while you were there. ;)

                                                                  Beautiful, quiet weekend!

                                                                  Melessa R.Notasulga, Alabama

                                                                  Thank you Susan for sharing your little mountain cabin with my husband and I!

                                                                  We enjoyed the coziness, along with the beautiful landscape and dock. We even took

                                                                  a peaceful canoe ride on the river. The location is near to all of the local attractions so it only took a few minutes to go everywhere we had planned. Thanks again and we tried our best to leave every thing as we found it!

                                                                  Jimmy and Lessia Rothwein

                                                                  This cabin was just what my family of 5 needed! Thank you for sharing your sweet space by the lake.

                                                                  carrie f.

                                                                  Perfectly rustic - 2 adults and 3 kids fit just fine for our 4 day vacation into the woods.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thanks for the nice review. We just spent Thanksgiving week there, as has been our tradition now for about 12 years. We actually enjoyed not knowing the news for a week! Glad you had a nice stay and hope you'll consider coming again some time.


                                                                  Mentone, AL, USA

                                                                  Mentone is a tiny, but historic, resort community atop Lookout Mountain. It's best known as home to numerous summer camps and Little River winds its way through the area, providing many opportunities for hiking, canoeing and other mountain activities.

                                                                  Rates & Availability

                                                                  Additional information about rental rates

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                                                                  We appreciate your interest in Setaspell and are glad to answer any questions. Please note WE DO NOT OFFER DISCOUNTS for last minute bookings. We get many inquiries at the last minute and are happy to work with you at the published rates. Weekends are the highest occupancy, so our weeknight rates are discounted. We also have a very good rate for a full week rental. Our cleaning fee is applied one time, rather than being built into the nightly rate, so the rate per night goes down the more nights you stay. No pets allowed -- not even small ones.

                                                                  38 Reviews
                                                                  Wonderful 4.8/5
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