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Vacation Atop the trees! pastoral views! Private, Romantic & Serene!

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

This tree top getaway is noted for it's alluring charm and serenity! A favorite!

The General's Tree House Cottage rest on the edge of the mountain on 3 acres known as Chateau de la Famille Estate! 8 min. to Mentone - 30 min. to Chattanooga. For more information also visit their FaceBook page Chateau de la Famille and or call 256.604.1093

Nothing describes who we are, or what we offer better than our reviews! Customer service, concierge service to help you with your trip planning, the personal touch that only Gen. and Mrs. Cosumano can give to guarantee that they meet and exceed your expectations!

This Tree House retreat is enchantingly cozy and romantic for your well deserved couples get away, perfect for two couples to enjoy the mountain, or a small family!

As you ascend the stairs to your retreat that floats atop the trees, you arrive on your welcoming entrance porch, you will be taken back by the magnitude of the valley, mountain and property views. When you peer through the front door, you see the homemade bread waiting for you, the lights are on and music playing! Welcome home!

A beautiful vintage cabin with the feel of a tree house that floats atop the trees! A renovated & updated space with refinished cedar wood floors, high vaulted wood ceilings throughout. Fresh kitchen with new appliances, hand painted cabinets and it is equipped with all you will need to cook and dine. We stock some basic pantry items, but bring your own if you wish. Custom furniture hand painted vintage pieces sprinkled through out the cabin. Some offered for sale.

Guest rave about the high ceilings and elegant rustic decor of the main living area and breakfast spot! No dark interior here! Light and airy! New comfortable furniture, a glider rocker, TV, dining table, breakfast bar... all that you need!

The master bedroom is a dream to stay in where mountain fresh meets spa decor! All fresh and new! Enjoy a beautiful scenic view of the property, mountainside and the valley from the 5x6 ft. picture window, in master bedroom (from your queen bed). From your bed enjoy the beautiful stone terrace, mountain landscape, and pond to include beautiful valley view with stunning sunsets peeking through. Plus the whistle of the train in the valley below makes for a fairy tale setting.

Renovated bathroom includes a antique claw foot tub and a separate shower. This is one full bedroom and a queen sofa sleeper.

You soon realize, this is not just a cabin or a place to sleep. You are now understanding the wonderful reviews given to all 3 of these vacation rentals. This place is MAGICAL! This is a place where you, your family, your friends will disconnect from the devices and re-connect to each other. You will roll back time, slow down and let your heart, mind and soul remind you why nature, tranquility, quiet and peace are the best source of goodness for the soul! By replenishing your soul and the souls of the ones you love, you return to your lives renewed, happier, healthier. These are not not just pretty words on paper, this is what each guest says they experience on THIS property and why they return!

You also have your own private outside fire pit and dining area!

We are the only rental to offer an abundance of services and extras! For more info. and pictures, please visit our FaceBook page Chateau de la Famille, or website

You will arrive to a loaf or muffins made by our mountain Artisan baker. For a small fee, we will pick up your groceries and have them waiting!

The home is on 3 acres with wide range pastoral valley views. Spectacular sunsets, and quiet walks. If you don't want to leave the property, plenty to do and just relax for a short stay. Enjoy the beautiful large shaded stone patio, with pond fountain, our archery range, horse shoes, fire pit, hammock and out door games we leave out Spring-Fall!

Noted as one of the most recognized premium vacation spots on Lookout Mountain. We have been consistently rated as one of the best properties on the mountain! Featured in a Magazine Mountain Model in 1984! Restored.

Chateau de la Famille sits on the brow with stunning views and The General's Tree House sits high a top of the trees in Mentone, Al.

This rental can be combined with The General's Hideaway Lodge on the property and sleep a total of 9. Add our General's Mountain Lodge on the property and sleep a total of 18 guest.

We strive to make your whole stay the best ever. Once you are part of our guest family, you will receive special offers to return and stay again!

This IS your HOME away from home! Concierge Hotel Services Available Upon Request! We can add these to your stay! Our GOAL is to make you happy, to fit your budget, your vacation, your DREAM!!

Your Cabin access is up a flight of stairs. Guest have a small private porch and can enjoy the stone patio, fire pit and hammock.

Guest can utilize the bbq pit located to the left of the main home, the firepit on the stone terrace, we provide you the firewood! Badminton, volleyball, horseshoes and archery (bring your own bow and arrows) on the property.

Located right between DeSoto state park, walking distance to the boy scout park, near all summer camps, short drive to Fort Payne, de Soto Caverns, Falls and Mentone. Nearby canoeing, snow skiing, horseback riding, endless trails, wildlife all over our property and so much more. If you miss the city, Chattanooga is only about an hour away, Huntsville and hour and a half and Birmingham and Atlanta less than 2. Scottsboro 45 min with Caverns, Unclaimed Baggage and beautiful Bucks Pocket Park.

We also can assist you with special plans if you are celebrating an anniversary, birthday, a surprise, engagement or honeymoon. We can completely handle any arrangements from flowers, photographs, or do your grocery shopping for you so you don't have too. We require a two week notice on any of these services.

Spring/Summer ... the mountain is bursting with wild flowers, beautiful trees, song birds from the birding trail, abundant wildlife, swimming in the fresh river, canoe, kayak, water falls, canyons, caverns, hiking, festivals, local pottery, furniture, soaps, etc.

Fall COLORS are not to be missed. Many repeat visitors to the Fall Foliage here book their cabins a year in advance. Best times will be in October - November!!

Winter time, ski slope, hiking tails, outdoor personal adventure day trips, artisan shops, antiques, Rock City, Ruby Falls, Cathedral Caverns, great food and more. The beauty of winter time often brings snow, beautiful clear star lit skies, cozy nights... time to be together and focus on those that are with you.

Enjoy this sweet cabin for 4, or our Hideaway Lodge sleeps 7 #4283940, or The Generals Mountain Lodge #4484658 sleeps up to 9.

More Details

Property Manager
Chanelle Cosumano
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 July, 2018

About Chanelle Cosumano

Retired Army General Joe and Chanelle reside in Rising Fawn, Ga. at the base of Lookout Mtn., just 25 min. from their favorite spot on Earth, Mentone, Al. They are now enjoying retired life, but no slowing down for these two. Joe served 36 years in the Army and 15 years working in the Civilian world.

Guest rave that Gen. Joe and Chanelle go out of their way to welcome their guest and be sure their needs are met during their vacation! Guest are treated as family!

With 5 daughters including the youngest now in college, a daughter in Occupatinal Therapy School at UAB, another a nurse married to a Marine at Camp LeJeune, a married daughter in DC with 2 grandchildren and the oldest in Arizona with 2 more grandchildren, and 2 fur babies, including their 2 year old German German Shepherd Reagan that is in training to be a Search and Rescue dog, Jax their 4 month old GS puppy, and Chloe their cat..these two don't slow down.

Chanelle and Joe look forward to meeting their guest. Chateau de la Famille has proven to be a sought after destination with it's three rentals on the three acres and Chanelle and Joe work hard daily to exceed their guest expectations. They also work PT in their company, Cosumano Business Solutions. They also keep their Swanky Sheep Upcycling Business in full swing! Traveling in their Motor Coach with Reagana and Jax and often children or grandchildren through the U.S. to see amazing parts of America, assist with Reagan in Search and Rescue when called and to visit old friends.

Their approach to renting their home, to you, is unique! Their focus on your comfort, happiness is obvious in every detail. They treat you as family! It is obvious to guest that Chanelle and Joe want you to feel as family and at home. This attributes to the growth of these 3 rentals and the loyal and growing guest base. Their commitment and services are truly at the top of the vacation rental industry.

Chanelle Cosumano purchased this cottage in 2015

Why Chanelle Cosumano chose Mentone

Why for the guest? No property in the surrounding area offers such beautiful property to explore, such stunning views and games, hammocks and many spots for relaxation. Joe and Chanelle are constantly working at how to make your VISIT SPECIAL and one that you will never forget. Hoping you will always come back. This is not a job, or just a business for them. This is the opportunity to share the space that they love so much and help them regenerate their souls, with others who need a real break from life at an unbelievable affordable price!

Chanelle fell in love with Mentone back in 2002 when she travelled from New Orleans to bring their 8 year old daughter to camp! It was an instant love affair with Mentone and the mountain. With a dream that Joe made a reality! The property needed a lot of TLC, it was back in the mid 1980's one of three homes built in the area for a Better Homes and Garden issue featuring mountain homes. The home at the time had all of the latest design ideas and technologies. With a career in interior design and and home renovation, she saw the vision. Joe couldn't quite see the vision, but fell in love with the 3 acres the home sat on and the view!!!

With a large immediate family of 12 and extended family bringing the total to 22, plus friends, they knew this home would be a great family place of bonding, relaxing and taking a break from the day to day of life! Hence the name, Chateau de la Famille. The house and property continue to be a fun work in progress and most of the work has been done by Joe and Chanelle, along with the help of a local craftsman!!

The property the minute you step your foot onto the ground is almost sacred. You can feel the ground pulling out all of your stress and worries and the air filling your lungs, heart and soul with peace and happiness. This is really why we love our home and property.

What makes this cottage unique

Tucked away, but not isolated. One of very few properties to rent in Mentone with a stunning valley and mountain view! Owners that CARE that you have a great time!

Beautiful 3 acres full of trees, unique local boulders, wildlife including, deer, raccoons, rabbits, fox, on the birding trail, many hawks and you can spot the occasional bald eagle. Always a place to relax under the cool trees, or soak in the sun if you choose. 8 minutes to downtown Mentone and 15 min. Fort Payne! 10 mins to I59 and an hour to Chattanooga!! Near Birmingham, Huntsville and Atlanta too!

Guestbook comments from the manager

My wife and I have been living life at full speed. Between work, children and aging parents, we seem to have little time to remember each other! We decided we needed just a few days to recharge our batteries.

We chose to stay with Gen. Joe and Chanelle! We know God led us here. When they say the moment you step out of your care you can feel your tired, worn and achy self sucked out and the clean, refreshing mountain air with your first breath, shift your mood, fill you with happiness and lift your burdens away..... that is the truth. The cabin was clean, beautiful, yet still rustic. The view from our bedroom was spectacular!! My wife loved the antique claw foot tub. The vaulted wood ceilings, hand painted cabinets and fresh new furniture was warm and welcoming.

We were also greeted by Chanelle, who was a wonderful hostesses and truly wanted us to have an awesome time! Her Smore's brownies were the best. Gen. Joe also showed us how to shoot a bow and arrow. First time for us both.

We had plans to eat out during our stay, but we didn't want to leave. We used the concierge service they offer and had groceries delivered to our room!

Our stay was the best. With only a 2.5 hour drive, we will be back often. We look at this is our special cabin! Maybe one day we will bring our family and rent the Hideaway Lodge which is larger, but we will still stay in the cabin!!! 5 Stars!!
Dec 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Mentone in DeKalb County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 24
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • This rental is part of our family home & is used for our family. We think of you as our extended family and ask that you care for the home as yours.
  • Please be sure all electrical appliances are unplugged, lights off, heat or ac adjusted when you leave daily for your adventures!
  • Relax! Breathe!! Look around at all of the beauty! Close your eyes and see with your ears! You will be amazed. See a sunset and the stars. ENJOY
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , new bathroom! CLAW FOOT ANTIQUE TUB
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , We offer a double air mattress, you can bring another as wel
    Queen Pullout - 1 Large Double Bed , Queen Pullout sofa sleeper in living room
  • Very spacious! Wood floors and ceilings that are vaulted. Beautiful views out of a huge picture window to the beautiful stone terrace, lush property, pond and fountain and peek a boo views of the valley and mountains! full views in the fall and winter!
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
Guest are welcomed with homemade artisan bread!


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Vacation Atop the trees! pastoral views! Private, Romantic & Serene!
average rating of 4.76 based on 26 reviews

Super cute treehouse in perfect location to the parks!

  • 4 of 5

Thank you for the awesome hospitality and kindness of Chanelle and her staff. The music and the baked bread were such a sweet touch. The decor and coziness of the treehouse made it feel like home. We also really enjoyed the outside games and the archery range. The only negative (hence the 4 stars) would be the firmness of the bed which I realize is a personal choice but it is extremely firm. Overall, I highly recommend this place as a great vacation spot!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bobby, We are so happy that our hard work and attention to every detail was evident during your stay. We are proud to say we are the only vacation rental on the mountain that does so many extras for our guest. Beds are a difficult thing to please all guest. We have learned firmer is better than soft. But for those who like a bit of a softer bed, we keep a mattress topper and if you would have let us know, we would have been happy to get it up to you. We know we can't always receive 5 stars, but we are always saddened when we go to such extremes that sometimes personal choices cost us a 5 star review. Next time, let us know in advance and we will have the topper on the bed for you! Sincerely, Gen. Joe and Chanelle
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Great Location!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect for what we needed, great location - centrally located to so many wonderful outdoor activities. The rental was perfect even with four people. We never feel cramped. The patio area and fun games were used the our last afternoon there - a perfect way to relax before we drove home the next morning. We had so much fun, thank you for everything. The challah bread was perfect for our French toast one morning. Thank you for making our Memorial Day weekend a special one as we miss our son who is currently deployed and we commemorate those who have fallen so we might live freely.

  • Review Submitted: 28-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Holly, Thank you and your family for choosing our home, when we know you had a choice of many! We work hard at creating a warm, welcoming, relaxing, beautiful environment for our guest. With the option of three different homes on the property, we are able to meet the needs of almost any guest! The reason we purchased the home for ourselves, is the LOCATION! Just so close or within an hour of everything that is fun to do in the region! Our tree house is so cozy and does do very well with 4 people! We are glad you loved it. Especially the homemade bread that we give to our guest. We find that many people do like the games, often they do not want to leave the property and games, the fire pits, hammocks, swings and more offer them an array of things to do and enjoy. We know you missed your son, as we miss our son in law, a Marine as well! You have raised a wonderful Man! Be proud, he is in the elite group of less than 1% of Americans who CHOOSE as their honorable and distinguished careers to serve this great nation and defend we, the American people!!!! Hope to see you soon again. Chanelle
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Beautiful getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We loved that the property is located right in the middle of the two waterfalls we wanted to see! The sweet potato fries and hamburger was delicious at the Green Leaf Cafe in town. It unfortunately rained the whole time we were there but it did not stop us from having an amazing time!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Deanna, You were able to experience some good ole mountain liquid sunshine. The best guest are those that have a great time regardless at what Mother Nature throws at them. We are in an excellent location! Next time you come, you must see Cloudland Canyon! Another jaw dropper. I love Jimmy's sweet potato fries too!!! Thanks for choosing us!! Sincerely, Joe and Chanelle
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Nice mountain scenery. Quiet and clean.

  • 5 of 5

Great little get away up in the mountains.

Clean comfortable room with gracious host.

We really loved the personal touch that Chanelle and Joe expressed with a coconut banana cake waiting for us! We are so glad we found your little hideaway!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you John! We always hope that our guest feel at home in our authentic mountian lodge retreat! It is our pleasure to leave our guest homemade bread! We hope that you will visit again soon! Joe and Chanelle
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What a beautiful home the hosts were awesome to work with!!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous time at Mentone, al celebrating our anniversary!!! Ty to Joe and Chanelle for a wonderful experience at the Generals Treehouse.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You guys were awesome! Despite an unexpected winter storm freeze, guest like you that roll with the punches! All turned out fabulous. We were so happy that you loved our cozy hideaway in the sky! Next time you come, we hope to have a large picture window in the living room! We hope to see you this summer! Chanelle and Joe
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Great getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful cabin. The owners go above and beyond with fresh bread waiting on you. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that the mattress was a little too firm for us and the pillows were not fluffy at all. Of course, there may be guests that like that. I just went out and bought me a pillow...problem solved. This particular unit is upstairs which was a problem for me. With that being said it was my error for not noticing snd reading the listing more closely, which plainly stated it was upstairs. Beautiful views and extremely clean.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Linda, We are so glad you loved the cabin and the views. Actually, the mattress on the bed is brand new. Certian things are very personal to each guest, a mattress is definitely a personal choice. We normally hit a home run with this, but again a personal choice. However, for guest who let us know that there is an issue we do our best to resolve. We have a mattress topper that may have soften the mattress for you, we keep a variety of pillows too! A quick text to us and we would have solved that for you. Hate that you went out to purchase one. We are glad that you had a great experience. We do go above and beyond the best we can to make our guest happy. Perhaps next time you come, you will stay in the General's Mtn. Lodge which has a main level bedroom. No stairs. Thank you for choosing us and we hope that you will return! Sincerely, Joe and Chanelle
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Mentone, Alabama

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1 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £76.14
Checkout cleaning fee £38.07

Pool Rental available for $150 for 3 days.
Concierge Service for $40 (let us do your grocery shopping)
Concierge Flowers for $50
Please read guest rental agreement

Cabin is located on the second floor with a private outdoor access. A queen air mattress is available upon request for $20 (covers extra linens and sheets) Cabin rentals of 6 nights or more will incur an extra $35 cleaning fee for each additional 6 days. This will provide you with fresh towels and a vacuum. If you rent for a month, the total cleaning fee will be $175. This will include a replenishment of towels each Sunday, fresh bed linens and vacuuming weekly, a deep clean of baths, floors and kitchen after 2 weeks . A deposit of $250 will be required. Fees will be added to longer stays.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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