|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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.
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.
Jennifer Kontak purchased this cottage in 2008
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.
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.
Very well appointed kitchen. We were cooking for Thanksgiving and the kitchen had great pots and pans. There are plenty of towels and blankets. The setting is lovely. Children will be happy here.
Me and my wife stayed here for 3 nights. Great screened porch to chill on. The jacuzzi was great to hang out in at night, while looking up and watching the stars. I would recommend this cabin and will hopefully stay again as well.
The owners turned on the hot tub for us so it would be warm and ready to use when we arrived. They also left us a thoughtful welcome gift. The location is beautiful and each of our four kids had plenty of room.
We have stayed at many different cabins in Mentone and would love to stay at the Burren again. This cabin, like many older properties, needs some of the plumbing fixtures replaced because they are "stripped" and tend to fall off or leak. We considered this a minor inconvenience and really enjoyed our stay.
The Burren is a great getaway for families. The owners made everything very kid friendly (children's movies, zip line, 2 bedrooms suited for multiple kids, children's books, family games).
We appreciated all the little extras and are grateful for the owner's hospitality.
The best thing about the Burren was the yard. It was perfect for our grandchildren ranging in age from 14 to 7. They all enjoyed the zip line, rock climbing and the hot tub. The house was comfortable with plenty of room. There was an issue with the upstairs tub that was unresolved after the owner was notified. All 7 of us had to shower in the downstairs bathroom. Other than that one glitch, it was a great place to stay.
Great cabin! Everything that you need and plenty of space. We enjoyed the fireplace and hot chocolate so much that we never made it to the hot tub but will definitely do that next time! Nestled in the woods and very quiet. Very convenient to Mentone shopping and restaurants. There is a huge screened in porch that would be perfect for large gatherings with plenty of seating, etc. A great table for eating on the porch. We will definitely book this cabin again. No complaints from us!!
We went to the cabin to celebrate my 37th birthday. All I wanted was some nice quality family time. My kids we less than excited to be "held hostage" in a cabin with no cable or internet. But it's what mom wanted for her birthday. :) That all changed once we arrived. The kids LOVED the cabin. They were asking to stay longer. The rocks in the yard and all the woods were so much fun to explore. Inside the house we had everything we needed. Plenty of blankets, kitchen "stuff" and they even had some family games and dvd's.
We really enjoyed our stay and can not wait to go back!!!
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.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
|Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest|
|Housekeeping||£40 + Tax|
|Property Damage Protection||£47|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£40|
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Please notify us one week in advance if cancelling.