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A Tennessee Mountain Home

9 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday home in Clifftops - Moongalbah

House, 4 or 5 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 4.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10-12)

House is beautiful five bedroom home, situated in six wooded acres in Clifftops, a gated community in Monteagle, Tennessee, five minutes from Sewanee and University of the South, Monteagle Sunday School Assembly, Dubose Conference Center; offers hiking, biking, swimming in community lakes and pools, canoeing and sports galore. house is wheel chair accessible.

Home can sleep ten (12 with sofa bed), has four full, and one half bathrooms, comfortable kitchen, lounge, formal dining room, family room, large grounds and walking trails on property.

Configuration of bedding: 3 king bedded rooms, 1 queen bedded room and one room with 2 twin beds. (or can be configured to 2 king, 1 queen and 4 twins)

Keywords: House

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

Susan Herrick
Member since: 2005
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 October, 2016
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About Susan Herrick

I am a transplanted Australian, by way of California, and chose the Tennessee mountains as a perfect place to semi-retire and enjoy the beauty of middle Tennessee.

The house reflects a combination of my Australian heritage and a little of the south and the name 'Moongalbah' is an Australian Aboriginal word meaning 'a sitting and resting place' and I invite you and your guests to use the front porch rockers and do just that... enjoy, relax and breathe the fresh mountain air.

Susan Herrick purchased this house in 2005

Why Susan Herrick chose Monteagle

'Moongalbah' in Clifftops is a perfect retreat for guests attending events at the University of the South, whether it be key university weekends, weddings, reunions etc. This gated community allows privacy, and a perfect base to explore the Cumberland Plateau, hiking trails and so much more.

What makes this house unique

A safe and secure home in a gated community.


based on 9 holidaymaker reviews

A Tennessee Mountain Home
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
Richmond, Virginia

Is This Heaven? Pretty Darn Close to It!

  • 5 of 5

To borrow the question from John Kinsella (actor Dwier Brown) to his son, Ray Kinsella (actor Kevin Costner) at the conclusion of the baseball film, "Field of Dreams":


Answer: Sue & Andy's home may not be Heaven -- but it's the closest thing we've ever seen to it!

Extraordinary hospitality and accommodations by Sue & Andy for 5 families, with almost enough sofa space for our daughter's sorority! As the saying goes, "Not a hair out of place!". Quiet, spacious home 10 minutes from Sewanee, tucked into the bucolic, Clifftops development (1.2 miles west of I-24), where families, students, et al, can enjoy the quiet and beautiful outdoors, entertain guests through leisurely cooking their own meals together, look up at the stars from the back deck, front & backyards, and then fall effortlessly into a deep, refreshing sleep where not a sound could heard (not even the bathrooms in the dead of night!).

As background, we wisely rented Sue & Andy's home 3 years in advance of our then-freshman daughter's senior year events, immediately after departing from her first "Sewanee Family Weekend." We did so with only reading their website and talking with Sue by phone, because we wanted to mimic another family's very special -- quiet but festive, Clifftops gathering, doing the same for our daughter and her classmates. We recognized the potential to offer a needed "refuge" for the students to "hang out" (more like nap on the deck!) and a very relaxing place for parents to get to know each other. IT WORKED.

The only thing we could not have have anticipated was how sincerely hospitable and inviting Sue & Andy would be. Wow. Their thoughtfulness alone makes them a "5 Star" hotel. The 4 families who stayed with us were elated, just as we were, at their and their college daughters' experience at Moongalbah, including a joint, "home-cooked dinner" with 40 others. Some of the students even napped on the soft chairs on the deck and on the sofas during the afternoon.

When you stay at Sue & Andy's Moongalbah (Aboriginal for "resting place"), there is one sure guarantee: There is utterly NO CHANCE you will be sorry for staying there.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rome, Wisconsin


  • 5 of 5

Sue had every comfort we could have asked for including a well equipped kitchen and dish tv so we didn't miss the Badger game! This home even had 2 master suites and all the beds were comfy; we had our family there for our sons wedding and I highly recommend if you want a perfect stay in Sewanee!!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful house for a Sewanee Reunion!

  • 5 of 5

Five high school friends and I rented this GREAT house for a reunion weekend. The house was lovely, quiet, and had everything we needed. The owner, Sue Herrick, was very helpful and accommodating.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Nancy and friends.. so glad you loved the house, even though the weather did not co-operate as well as it should. Please come back.. you were 5 star guests ! thanks, Sue
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Perfect Setting

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Moongalbah for Thanksgiving week and it was wonderful. It is a charming house and the setting is superb. The kitchen and breakfast room have a beautiful view of the woods where deer browsed each morning. the house had lots of space: two living rooms and plenty of bedrooms and bathrooms. The kitchen was very well equipped. We had everything we could possibly have needed and more to serve Thanksgiving dinner for 18.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Washington, DC

Lovely House and Owners!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Moongalbah for a reunion weekend and it was absolutely perfect!! The house is wonderful and perfect for relaxing and spending time together with friends. All of the bedrooms are nicely sized and are great for couples and kids alike. And Sue could not have been nicer and more accommodating --- she went to great lengths to make sure that we were happy and made to feel very welcome. We had a lovely little welcome basket waiting for us when we arrived at the charming home and felt like we were staying with family. Clifftops is also such a great setting (some great paths and amenities within as well as easy access to a number of trails, etc) and very easy to get in and out. We would absolutely rent this house again and will recommend it to all of our Sewanee friends.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Most excellent house!

  • 5 of 5

5 couples for a birthday and wedding weekend. Could not have selected a better house. Very comfortable. Cooked in and celebrated a birthday. Dining room comfortably accommodated 10. One of our friends is in a wheelchair. The owners installed a custom built ramp through the garage which was perfect. We were able to be inside and out on the deck with great ease and comfort. Wished we had brought a puppy. Back yard is gorgeous and fenced in. Deer came through in the morning. Very peaceful and we didn't feel our birthday party disturbed the neighbors. Everything you could possibly need or want. Close to sewanee with a lovely drive 10 minute drive. Sue is a great owner and was available to us. The large bedroom upstairs over the garage would be perfect for teenagers as there is a big tv and lots of room. This room is also very quiet. The downstairs master was ideal for the chair which our friend needed to shower. No ledge for roll in shower. Double sinks made getting ready easy. Heated towel rack was a luxury. Kitchen can accommodate 10 more people for dining. Kitchen was easy to navigate and cook for a group in. Thank you Sue and Andy.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Chattanooga (or Nashville - 85 miles)
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
University of the South - Sewanee
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
several in Monteagle and Sewanee
Car: necessary

Biking and Hiking Trails in Cumberland State Park


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Clifftops, Tennessee

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £82
Refundable Damage Deposit £123

House can be rented with 4 bedrooms or with 5 bedrooms
4 bedroom rate is $400 per night for up to 10 guests
5 bedroom rate is $450 per night for up to 12 guests
Additional guests over noted above $25 per adult, $15 per child (over 6 years), per night.
All rates at the discretion of the owner.
Cleaning Fee of $100 for rental or at discretion of owner with additional guests.
Note: 3 night minimum on holiday and Special University events (Parents Week, Homecoming, etc)
Cancellation Policy addendum.. cancellations within 7 days of arrival - 100% penalty, no refunds given

Owner'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.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Clifftops in Tennessee

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3400 sq. ft.
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • King size beds (3), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • library
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
house has internet router connection, bring own computer with network capability. Password/Login given at time of check-in. Small workout room with treadmill, and stair stepper.

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