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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
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Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
19 May, 2018

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 Mentone

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Mentone in DeKalb County

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • 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
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Bunk Beds (1)
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • 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 4.8292685 based on 51 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!

  • Review Submitted: 05-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 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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Beautiful scenery

  • 5 of 5

We loved it!! Getting away from it all. Peaceful and quiet. Close to many shops and resaurants. We are already planning our next visit!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Quite nice neighborhood. Great views and fishing

  • Review Submitted: 15-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Loved it!! The cabin felt like a snuggly hug as soon as we walked in the door! It was very clean and had everything we needed. We will definitely return!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a nice comment! It feels that way to us, but it's wonderful to hear that guests enjoy that old cabin coziness too. Glad you enjoyed your stay.
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A break from reality

  • 5 of 5

This was the best rental we've had to date! Love love love this cabin. If you want a break from the hustle and bustle, this is the way to go. Our stay was amazing! From listening to the rain to grilling burgers and fishing off the pier. We will be back for sure. Absolutely stunning!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate your nice review, but are also glad to know that you enjoyed your stay. I can remember only 1 or 2 stays at the cabin in 15 years when we didn't cook on the grill. Hope you'll come back again.
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Cozy on the lake

  • 5 of 5

Setaspell has everything you need for a nice weekend away from it all.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £37.13

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

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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