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The Burren has Great Scenery with All the Comforts

Sleeps9
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

A 4 Bedroom, 2 1/2 Bath Set On 2 Acres Of Mountaintop Terrain

Whatever season you would like to vacation, The Burren offers lovely scenery with a wide range of nearby attractions. Our cottage has all the comforts of home, including a dishwasher, microwave, washer, and dryer. Relax next to the stone fireplace on cold days, or enjoy the breeze on our screened porch in the summer. A hot tub is outside, to soak and enjoy the scenery, as well as a fire pit to roast marshmallows or hot dogs. An electric grill is also on the deck, ready for the steak lover. Kids will enjoy sliding on the zip line in the woods behind the house, or hiking around to discover the campfire site on top of the cliff. There are several hiking trails, as well. Cloudmont Ski resort is close by for those days it's cold enough to make snow.


Owner
Madeleine Sparks
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
November 19, 2017

About Madeleine Sparks

We are Madeleine Sparks, and Jennifer Kontak, a mother and daughter, who live in Madison County, Alabama. Madeleine, a former computer systems analyst, grew up in Decatur, AL, and has lived in North Alabama ever since. Jennifer, a therapist and artist, was born in Huntsville, AL, and lives with her husband and two children in Harvest, AL.

Madeleine Sparks purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Madeleine Sparks chose Mentone

Madeleine and Jennifer both have fond childhood memories of Mentone, AL. It has always been a wish to own a piece of heaven, and luckily, we discovered the Burren in 2008. The rocks are unique, and fun to explore for kids and adults, alike, but the sunset shining through the trees onto the cliff is what really made us fall in love. Mentone itself is a haven for artists, and we were both drawn to it for the light, the wildlife, and the kind people.

What makes this cottage unique

Our Sweet Cottage was a home to another family before we found it, but we feel that we have truly made it ours, and have added many special touches to it. One of the first things we liked about it, however, was the fireplace, which boasts a rock the shape of Alabama above the mantel. The balconies that lead out from the two upstairs bedrooms are also very special, and we like to put Christmas lights on them during that season. We have added a back deck and a screened porch to the house, which make enjoying the outdoors even easier. Deer and wild turkeys are known to travel through our yard. The main reason we chose the Burren over any other that we saw (and this was the first, but not the only property we looked at) was the way the place looked like just one of so many large boulders settled in the yard. It is just a very special place for us, and we hope you find it so, as well.

Map

Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Cloudmont Ski and Golf Resort
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Interstate 59
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Moonlight Bistro
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Cloudmont Ski and Golf Resort
Car: necessary

There is plenty to do at The Burren, a Celtic name for a rocky place. Our house is in the middle of a tumble of giant boulders left over from glaciers millenia ago. Spend a little time climbing on them, or venturing up the cliffside at the back of our property, and you might find small bits of petrified wood or quartz. Birders will especially enjoy the wildlife. For relaxing, we have rockers, a hammock, a hot tub, and a fire pit to roast marshmallows.

Mentone is a small community located high atop Lookout Mountain. Our cottage is located equal distance between Desoto State Park and Desoto Falls, both of which are not to be missed. A little further past Desoto State Park is Little River Canyon. Mentone itself has many great restaurants, antique shops, and art galleries. We have a small zoo, a dude ranch for riding, and two golf courses, as well as the only ski slopes in Alabama. There is so much to do nearby, but Mentone is also about 20 miles from Fort Payne, AL, which has a hospital and the bigger chain businesses. About an hour's drive north is Chattanooga, TN, with its famous aquarium.

Amenities

Mentone Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Treetop Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Dressing area with additional sink outside of bathroom
    Birds Nest Bathroom - toilet , Attached to this bedroom
    Downstairs Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Toilet paper, towels, and soap are provided.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Treetop Room - 1 queen
    Birds Nest Room - 2 twin/ single
    Acorn Room - 1 bunk bed , This bedroom is small, but fun for kids only
    The Refuge - 1 queen
  • The Treetop Room - master suite with full bath, french doors going out to a small balcony. Large closets and chest of drawers, as well as extra sink outside of the bathroom. Queen bed with two night stands and lamps. Air mattress provided for extra sleeping. Two chairs are also in the room. The Birds Nest Room - Twin beds with a 1/2 bath en suite. French doors open onto balcony just like Treetop room. Large closets, basket of toy trains, books, TV with wii game system. The Refuge - This bedroom has a double bed, closet, chest of drawers, and stained glass window. A full bath is right across the hall. Acorn Room - bi fold doors open onto a small table with lamp and bunk bed. The Bunk bed is not built for adults. This room is between the Treetop and Birds nest rooms at the top of the stairs.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis

Reviews

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average rating of 4.766667 based on 30 reviews
4

Very remote and great place to "unplug".

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed the remoteness and unplugging from everything. It was a perfect place to hike to the top of the bluff, hang up Enos and just relax. We will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Great location and well equipped. Loved everything!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay. It was peaceful and very close to the activities we wanted to do. The cabin had everything we needed and then some. We will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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St. Louis
5

Great Woodland Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The Burden is located deep in the woods but is conveniently close to most of the attractions of Mentone. We loved staying here and enjoyed spending as much time as we could on the porch.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

This was a very nice place

  • 5 of 5

Very secluded, very clean, very cute property

  • Submitted: May 4, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Northport, AL
5

Great place for a relaxing get-away

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at the Burren for our 40th anniversary. We honeymooned in Mentone and wanted a nostalgic relaxing weekend and that's exactly what we had. The Burren was very clean and spacious and quiet. There are neighbors but we never heard them. The hike behind the house on the boulders and cliff was lots of fun (our grandkids would love it), the hot tub was great and when the weather turned cold & rainy the fireplace was perfect for a relaxing cozy evening! The tv had limited channels but we actually enjoyed watching the old shows and not having wifi helped with the "get away" part. The drive was a little tight for our truck but managable. We would definitely book the Burren again.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

Look at those rocks!

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay. Had a little trouble getting directions to the house, but when we got them they were very good. The hot tub didn't work at all. This was a problem as we were not at the house much. We were enjoying Mentone and the area. Wildflower Cafe was a high point in our stay. The house was everything we needed it to be.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Housekeeping $50 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Refundable damage deposit $50
Tax Rate 8.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Please notify us one week in advance if cancelling.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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