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The Burren Has Great Scenery with All the Comforts

(27 Reviews)

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View from the beginning of our u-shaped driveway


Last updated: 05/26/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-5 nights
  • Sleeps:9
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2.5
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

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.

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Member since: 2014

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/26/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1800 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 9
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Minimum age to rent is 21...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    For smaller children, playing on boulders should be supervised. Play at own risk. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    This is a family owed cottage, so we appreciate you not smoking in the house or on the porch. ...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    For special cases, such as therapy animals, please contact us. ...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9, Beds for 8-9

  • Treetop Room: 1 queen


  • Birds Nest Room: 2 twin/ single


  • Acorn Room: 1 bunk bed

    This bedroom is small, but fun for kids only...moreless

  • 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. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Treetop Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Dressing area with additional sink outside of bathroom...moreless

  • Birds Nest Bathroom: toilet

    Attached to this bedroom...moreless

  • Downstairs Bath: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Toilet paper, towels, and soap are provided.


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games:

    located in the bird's nest room...moreless

  • Video Library


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Churches
  • Library
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View
  • Rural:

    Surrounded by trees, our cottage has a garden of large climbable boulders, crowned by a 30 foot tall cliff in the back yard. Deer and other wild animals are frequent visitors....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining:

    Our dining room is adjacent to the kitchen. Extra folding chairs are provided in a closet if more room is needed at the table. We also have seating on the screened porch, and folding tables. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Separate HVAC systems for each floor...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Fabric softener provided...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    One fireplace in the Living room...moreless

  • Heating:

    Additional to the dual HVACs, we also have a portable radiator. ...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Our driveway is in a u-shape, and also extends to the back door. 6-8 cars will fit easily in the u. Boat and RV parking is not advised, due to gravel and steep nature of drive....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Detergent is provided. ...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Full sized automatic drip coffee maker provided. ...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Dishes and utensils for 8-12...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Pantry Items:

    Coffee, tea, sugar provided. Salt and pepper provided. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    ice-maker inside freezer....moreless

  • Stove:

    Electric stove with overhead vent hood...moreless

  • Toaster:

    Little Brave Toaster provided...moreless


  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill:

    This is an electric grill. ...moreless

Pool / Spa



from 27 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nightly Rate
Jul 1 - Jul 1, 2017
5 night min stay

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Nightly Rate
Jul 7 - Jul 7, 2017
3 night min stay

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Housekeeping $50 + tax
  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $50
  • Tax Rate 8%


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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Last updated: 05/26/2017
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1 Miles
Nearest Golf
Cloudmont Ski and Golf Resort
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Interstate 59
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Moonlight Bistro
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
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.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2008

About the owner: 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.

Why the Owner Chose Mentone, AL, USA:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
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.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/26/2017

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  • View from the beginning of our u-shaped driveway

    View from the beginning of our u-shaped driveway

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Kitchen and dining area

    Kitchen and dining area

  • View from back door looking towards kitchen

    View from back door looking towards kitchen

  • The Refuge - first floor bedroom

    The Refuge - first floor bedroom

  • Spacious Treetop room

    Spacious Treetop room

  • The Bird's nest room has twin beds and its own half bath

    The Bird's nest room has twin beds and its own half bath

  • The Acorn Room - just big enough for a bunkbed.

    The Acorn Room - just big enough for a bunkbed.

  • The view from the back deck

    The view from the back deck

  • View of the Burren from the bottom of the cliff.

    View of the Burren from the bottom of the cliff.

  • Dining area

    Dining area

  • Kitchen


  • The Refuge - first floor bedroom

    The Refuge - first floor bedroom

  • Queen bed in Treetop Room

    Queen bed in Treetop Room

  • Treetop's bathroom

    Treetop's bathroom

  • Bird's Nest 1/2 bathroom

    Bird's Nest 1/2 bathroom

  • The view from the hot tub

    The view from the hot tub

  • Cloudmont Ski resort is 1 mile away

    Cloudmont Ski resort is 1 mile away

VRBO #566112

This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Friday, May 26, 2017

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