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The Burren has Great Scenery with All the Comforts

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights

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.

Jennifer Kontak
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 January, 2017

About Jennifer Kontak

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

Why Jennifer Kontak chose Alabama Mountains

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(22 traveller reviews)

The Burren has Great Scenery with All the Comforts
average rating of 4.7727275 based on 22 reviews

Good value

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The property the cabin sits on is very private with plenty of places to set up a hammock.

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Friendly Owners and beautiful scenery

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The house was roomy for us and our 5 grandchildren and the yard was wonderful.

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Birmingham, AL USA

Girl's Getaway

  • 5 of 5

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!!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect getaway!!

  • 5 of 5

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!!!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Cloudmont Ski and Golf Resort
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Interstate 59
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Moonlight Bistro
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Mentone, Alabama Mountains

Rental Basis:
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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Housekeeping £40 + Tax
Property Damage Protection £47
Refundable Damage Deposit £40
Tax Rate 8.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Please notify us one week in advance if cancelling.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Mentone in Alabama

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Treetop Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Dressing area with additional sink outside of bathroom
    Birds Nest Bathroom - Toilet , Attached to this bedroom
    Downstairs Bath - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Toilet paper, towels, and soap are provided.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Treetop Room - 1 Large Double Bed
    Birds Nest Room - 2 Single Bed
    Acorn Room - 1 Bunk Bed , This bedroom is small, but fun for kids only
    The Refuge - 1 Large Double Bed
  • 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.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis

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