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We welcome you to an incredible lodge in a wilderness setting, to a vast web of hiking trails for those who want to ride, hike, cross creeks, fish, wade and picnic at a waterfall; to a working (to say the least) organic farm where you can pat a goat, take fresh yard eggs from a chicken nesting box, meet Arabian horses, discuss the weather with a 150 lb. pet hog, and pick a tomato from a vine in season.
Located on a large farm, the lodge is completely private with only the sounds of strutting turkey, squaking green herons, bob whites, song birds and the snorts of white tail deer. However, it is located 5 1/4 miles from restaurants and shopping in historic Mentone, Al. and a short drive to state parks, a huge federal wildlife management area, and a federal historic preserve.
While some may want to relax in a rocking chair on the porch or swing in the hammock, others can take part in days of activities without leaving the property. Maps throught the property identify several water fall locations, wading areas of the creeks, rock overhangs that were Indian shelters for 2000 years, and hand worked coal mines active the turn of the 20th century. Pick up one of the cane poles to fish for bream and bass. Hike through azalea trails, ride a mountain bike across the ridges, or climb the bluff rocks onsite. A 13 acre hay field makes a world class place to fly a kite (and Lookout Mountain often sports a breeze) and you can throw a horse shoe while cooking at the grill.
The surrounding organic farm offers an introduction to a herd of fainting goats. About 50 myotonic does (females) give birth to about 60 kids each spring. You are invited to put them into the barn at sunset, meet the 'chamber of commerce' goat, hold a baby kid, and shake hands with a livestock guard dog.
Come visit a flock of top hatted laying hens and pull eggs from the nest.
You can visit three Woodland Indian sites (900 BC to 600 AD) and can check the archeological dig that is in progress and can see the collection of artifacts removed from the site.
At dusk or dawn, visitors can often see deer and turkey in the drive, and song birds on the feeder. Just before sunset, the coyotes sing an awesome chorus, joined by owls, whipporwills and night herons. You can see the milky way and constellations in a clear, unadulterated sky.
High Horse Lodge was built with the help of talented local artisans who incorporated native materials into the lodge. Beginning at the cedar support posts, the guests can grab the hitching post to climb the stairs for a twenty five mile view to the south, over the gulf (hills and valleys) of Lookout Mountain. The lodge interior is post and beam construction with rough cut timbers. Stairs are made from half logs of a Virginia pine, and railed with mountain laurel from the creek side. Furnishings are almost exclusively handcrafted: oak poster bed with walnut and oak marquetry, dining table with wide planks salvaged from a 200 year old oak tree that fell in ante bellum Mountain Cove Farms, coffee table top of cypress from a log that had been underwater in the Altamaha River for several hundred years, sofas of local yellow pine crafted in the Arts and Crafts tradition, willow porch furniture, and a porch dining table crafted from a 48' saw mill blade. The interior doors are hand made of pine with black colonial style hand crafted hardware.
A stunning chandelier by Iron Age Crafters, Inc. hangs from the cathedral ceiling, stampeding horse silhouettes in iron. Over the dining table is an antler chandelier constructed from sheds brought in by the livestock guard dogs. Other lighting includes a song bird chandelier in the Pine Bedroom and wall sconces in the stair area and entry. An antique coach lamps lights the mantle, while a ceramic planter lights the porch table.
Wall art is either original or antique. Front row center is a race horse painting by Ginger Lowry of Mentone. Other framed pieces includes a Persian miniature depicting Arabian horses in a thirteenth century battle, and an old lithograph of a German cavalry officer blowing taps. A casting of the Pharaoh's horses is framed in barn wood. Currier and Ives prints, an Egyptian papyrus painting, a large San Blas indian mola, and a Japanese etching round out the tribal and classical art selections.
While the environment is natural, the furnishings are luxurious. Monogrammed towels and sheets; down pillows, mattress toppers, and comforters; designer tableware, hand quilted place mats with seasonable cloth napkins; Mexican hand painted sinks and tile borders for the tiled baths; and a first class kitchen are part of the ambiance. A Pawley's Island hammock hangs in the shade, while a Texas style horse tie rack is available for steeds.
Because of the location of High Horse near the owners' farm, organic vegetables, yard eggs, and fresh flowers are seasonal fare at High Horse.
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Cavers and rappellers and hang gliders come from all over the US to Lookout Mountain, nearby Mentone hosts the southernmost ski slope in the US, the Little River, which begins and crosses atop the mountain is one of the cleanest rivers in the US, flora and fauna abound and The Pocket Park is nationally known for wildflowers,
There are three fantastic parks closeby: Cloudland State Park, DeSoto State Park, and Little River Canyon. In addition is the nearby Zahn tract with rock climbing, Crockford/Pigeon Mountain Wildlife area with 43 miles of hiking/horse trails and the Pocket Wildlife area, and McLemore Cove with pre civil war house and farm.
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2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$13 per night, per additional guest|
Rate is $160 per night, plus $10 additional per person per night, INCLUDING children. The automatic calculator for vrbo is not currently accounting for children, so I will have to edit the rates after you receive them to account for the additional $10 per night per person INCLUDING CHILDREN. The website technicians are working on the problem and hope to solve it early in 2014.
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