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The Burren has Great Scenery with All the Comforts

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
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.

Madeleine Sparks
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
23 October, 2017

About Madeleine Sparks

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.

Madeleine Sparks purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Madeleine Sparks 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.


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.


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

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
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 ...
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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The Burren has Great Scenery with All the Comforts
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St. Louis

Great Woodland Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The Burden is located deep in the woods but is conveniently close to most of the attractions of Mentone. We loved staying here and enjoyed spending as much time as we could on the porch.

  • Review Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This was a very nice place

  • 5 of 5

Very secluded, very clean, very cute property

  • Review Submitted: May 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Northport, AL

Great place for a relaxing get-away

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at the Burren for our 40th anniversary. We honeymooned in Mentone and wanted a nostalgic relaxing weekend and that's exactly what we had. The Burren was very clean and spacious and quiet. There are neighbors but we never heard them. The hike behind the house on the boulders and cliff was lots of fun (our grandkids would love it), the hot tub was great and when the weather turned cold & rainy the fireplace was perfect for a relaxing cozy evening! The tv had limited channels but we actually enjoyed watching the old shows and not having wifi helped with the "get away" part. The drive was a little tight for our truck but managable. We would definitely book the Burren again.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Look at those rocks!

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay. Had a little trouble getting directions to the house, but when we got them they were very good. The hot tub didn't work at all. This was a problem as we were not at the house much. We were enjoying Mentone and the area. Wildflower Cafe was a high point in our stay. The house was everything we needed it to be.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Really peaceful place to get away. Great accommodations for a family or just for a couples retreat.

  • 5 of 5

The place was well stocked and they had starter logs there for us for the fireplace. Jacuzzi was on and warm when we arrived. The backyard was really cool with the big boulders and the neighborhood was cozy. It's just a short drive to downtown Mentone. Wifi would be nice but it's good to unplug as well. We would stay there again and maybe bring the whole family.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Gulf Breeze


  • 5 of 5

Awesome home away from home!!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Mentone, Alabama

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Nightly Rate
10 Nov 2017 - 10 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Housekeeping £37.91 + Tax
Property Damage Protection £44.73
Refundable Damage Deposit £37.91
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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