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

Bedrooms 2
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

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.

More Details

Property Manager
Susan Collins
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 21, 2017

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 Alabama

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'.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We came with our adult children to spend the weekend to celebrate my husband's 62nd birthday. We made breakfast on Saturday morning with pumpkin pecan waffles that smelled heavenly and tasted divine. The kids loved canoeing on the lake and mountain biking in Desoto Park. One son brought his kayak as well. The fire pit was great and I wish I had a porch like yours!
Oct 2014
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Mentone Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Bunk Beds (1)
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 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.


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'Setaspell' -- $125nt/$100 wknts/Call for full wk at $575
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 34 reviews


  • 5 of 5

My family enjoyed our weekend; it was one of the best in a long time. There is so much value in getting away from Wifi, cell service, and cable TV! We loved canoeing by day and s'mores by night. The cabin had everything we needed, and the shops in Mentone were also very charming. I highly recommend this cabin!

  • Submitted: May 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Meredith, we're so glad you and your family enjoyed being off the grid at Setaspell. Thanks for your nice words, and we hope you'll be able to come again. We're headed there for Mother's Day weekend and are looking forward to it.
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Huntsville Alabama area

Love the private and lovely setting!

  • 5 of 5

The owner had promised me a free night due to our original stay back in March having a carpenter ant problem, so we took him up on it. He kept his word and we thoroughly appreciated it. We loved our stay, not that we didn't the first time, and so thankful for the free night! Thanks Susan for all your assistance, we will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful getaway

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful 3 night stay,the only thing I missing was a hot tub. No cell phone use as stated but I managed, which was peaceful in itself. The screened in porch was awesome, morning coffee was so enjoyable. Will have to stay longer next time. Wonderful Stay!!

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Setaspell Heaven

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed the environment except for the neighborhood's barking dogs. Even the duck & geese were a relaxing sound. Wish the cell phone reception was better however.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We've done our best to represent our cabin accurately to prospective guests. Cell phone service on that part of the mountain is much better now than it has been in the past, but it's still not good. We've always advertised Setaspell as "off the grid", but have now added a sentence to our description that if cell phone service at the cabin is important, guests should look for another property to rent. That's all we know to do. We've also confessed in our description that we can't control the neighborhood. Sorry you were disappointed.
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Great location; perfect for a getaway.

  • 5 of 5

Quiet, peaceful and perfect.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Huntsville Alabama area

Relaxing stay

  • 4 of 5

The cabin was as stated and a very beautiful and relaxing place to unwind. We only had one negative experience but it was overwhelming at times, and that was a flying ant issue. Apparently, insects, which appeared to be ants with wings, invaded our cabin from the first night. This was not very alarming for the adults but it did cause alarm with our young granddaughters. We tried our best to figure out where they were coming from but never could. They honestly were numerous at times and we were finding them throughout our cabin, even in beds at times. I'm sure they can be eliminated with a pest control service.

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were at Setaspell just days before Chet and his family arrived. We spent the night and a full day there and saw no sign of flying insects inside the cabin, so apparently they swarmed in right after we left. Chet made us aware of the problem after his departure. We had the problem identified and treated by Morris Pest Control before the week was out. They were flying carpenter ants and had come into the attic. We were in and out of the attic several times during our stay the weekend before and saw no signs of them. We notified the next guests of the situation prior to their arrival and let them know that insecticides had been sprayed in case anyone in their group might have an issue with that. I responded to Chet about this by email on VRBO to make him aware that it had been handled. We've had the cabin for over 10 years and have never had this problem before. We regret it happened during their stay, but honestly don't know of anything we could have done differently in advance to have prevented it. It's a jungle out there......
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Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Cloudmont Ski Resort
Car: necessary

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

Mentone Cabin Rental Rates

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Standard pricing
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50
Tax Rate 9.0%

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.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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