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Cozy Monte Sano Bungalow Sleeps 8

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
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About the property

Fascinating mountain home of one of Huntsville's Rocket Men

This one story mountaintop bungalow sits on two acres and is perfect for a family vacation, girl's retreat or home base when attending a Lodge or Burritt wedding. Those interested in Huntsville's space history will find this house and the story it tells fascinating. With the wonder of nature right outside your back door, you are able to walk or ride a bike to the state park with its beautiful hiking trails and you are still only minutes away from the Medical District, 5 Points and the Space and Rocket Center. If you head west you are only 5 miles from the Robert Trent Jones golf course and Hampton Cove. This fully furnished home has a king bed in the master bedroom and a toddler bed tucked away in its huge walk in closet, a twin and double bed in the second bedroom, and a fold out sofa and twin bed in the third bedroom/library. There are also two foldaway beds and a baby bed if you need one. There are two full bathrooms; one with a tub shower, and the other with a walk in shower. There is plenty of closet space, a full sized washer and dryer, iron and ironing board, cookware, dishes and utensils, a dining table that will seat 10, a well stocked library and a gorgeous fireplace to sit and enjoy yourself for as long as you like. TV, cable, wireless internet, outdoor fire pit grill, covered porch,and many more amenities are provided. This lovely home is filled with beautiful antiques, oriental carpets and all the extras to make you feel right at home. The hosts live next door and can help with any particular needs you might have.

Lisa and Fred Ordway
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish, Spanish by email only
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 2, 2017

About Lisa and Fred Ordway

We are both from Huntsville, but have lived in many other places. We moved back to Huntsville in 1996 and bought the house next door to this one, which is the house Fred grew up in.

Lisa and Fred Ordway purchased this house in 1960

Why Lisa and Fred Ordway chose Huntsville

Wouldn't live anywhere else in Huntsville but Monte Sano. It's like always being on vacation. Monte Sano, Mountain of Health, has long been known for its healthy environment and was historically believed the furthermost southern area to escape malaria, yellow fever and cholera due in part to its cooling winds, el viento.

What makes this house unique

1 mile to Monte Sano State Park, 7 miles to Robert Trent Jones Golf Course, 5 miles to Space and Rocket Center, this property is centrally located but has the room and privacy of a cabin in the woods.


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Cozy Monte Sano Bungalow Sleeps 8
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 18 reviews

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  • 5 of 5

5 stars! Very nice owner and property!

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful views, interesting historical house

  • 4 of 5

Great back porch, n ice helpful owners--plenty of room for kids to play and grown ups to gather.

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mountain Memories

  • 5 of 5

What an ideal place for our family gathering. It gave us a great home base for reconnecting with our long-time Huntsville friends and for revisiting favorite old haunts and checking out what has changed in the years since we've been gone. It was also a perfect spot to host a large gathering of friends for what we called "Potluck on the Mountain"! Everyone found the house so appealing and full of Huntsville history. It will be a treasured memory to add to our trove. Many thanks to Lisa and Fred for their friendliness and helpfulness.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We loved meeting you and your family, and hope that we will see you again when you need a Huntsville fix! Seeing the house full of family and friends recalls so many happy times we have shared in the house...good for the soul.
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Lovely location, lovely home

  • 5 of 5

This large house was just what we needed as a home base for visiting family. There was plenty of space for all of us to sleep or keep to ourselves, but fantastic gathering spaces when we wanted to be together, play games, or have a meal. Our family and friends in Huntsville were glad to join us in the dining room or on the huge back porch, overlooking the woods. The kitchen is comfortable and easy enough to work in. The hosts were approachable but gave us plenty of space. We would love to come back here for another visit.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I so enjoyed meeting you and the kids, and hope you will come stay with us again when you are back home!
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Perfectly spacious and comfortable retreat for the youngest, 3 to the oldest 60+ people in our group

  • 5 of 5

From the first contact with Lisa to inquire about this property, to the time we left, she was so pleasantly helpful. The home is situated in such a tranquil and spacious area, it is hard to believe you are just minutes from the center of town. Furnishings are as pictured. This made me wonder about the comfort and age of the beds. Have no fear! All of us, 4 adults and 3 children slept very comfortably. Each evening we also had dinner guests. The kitchen was equipped with everything we needed, and the spacious layout and wonderful back porch provided everyone room to relax. If we return to the area, we hope this property will be available.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Y'all were the best! Hope we see you again the next time you come to Huntsville!
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  • 5 of 5

The property was nestled up in the woods,this house is big,spacious,the master bedroom is huge,comfortable,,beautiful and an oasis for perfect relaxation..The patio was big,peaceful,quite,relaxing to the sweet chirps of the birds.Something so unique about this property is the fact that'it is less than 15 mins from the city.That property was amazing,the best vacation I've had to date.Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We loved having your gorgeous family stay with us during your Huntsville visit! I hope you will think of the house as your home whenever you are back in town!
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Huntsville International
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Robert Trent Jones
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Several in 5 points
Car: necessary

Close to Space and Rocket Center, home of Space Camp; Monte Sano State Park and Lodge; and the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail


Rates & Availability

Monte Sano Mountain House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jan 1 2017 - Mar 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Mar 5 2017 - Jun 2 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning fee $100

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Refunds for cancellations at least 7 days prior to your expected arrival will be subject to $100 rebooking fee. Refunds for cancellations/early checkout after that time will be 50%. Unless otherwise agreed to in writing by the owner, reservations will be cancelled and 50% of the total rental fee will be forfeited if not paid in full 7 days prior to expected arrival.
You will be charged $20 per night per person in excess of 8.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Monte Sano Mountain House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master bathroom - toilet , shower , Walk in shower, suitable for handicapped
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Library - 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sofa bed is double bed size.
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , Crib available upon request.
    Bunk Room - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 2 rollaway beds available.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis

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