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Historic Cragsmere Manor - Luxurious Lodging On Brow Of Lookout Mtn.

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 4,200 sq ft
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

6 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 16

Enjoy plentiful space to relax on the brow of Lookout Mountain, just moments from downtown Mentone. Cragsmere has been treasured by tourists and locals alike for decades, and is now the premier accommodation in Mentone. Historic construction with modern furnishings, Cragsmere is the perfect balance of rustic styling and luxury. Large sitting areas, open area between home and brow, with mixture of shady and sunny areas to relax in the clean mountain air. Gazebo directly on brow perfect for enjoying the daily sunset over the valley below.

Inside enjoy a large, full kitchen, modern appliances, satellite television, wireless internet, large dining and sitting areas, and large windows for enjoying great views.

Perfect for practically any group or family, Cragsmere is sure to exceed all of your expectations and become your new home away from home while visiting Mentone.

More Details

Hoot & Martha Gibson
Member since: 2012
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 15, 2018

About Hoot & Martha Gibson

We enjoyed dining at Cragsmere Manna for many years before it was converted to a private residence. When presented with the opportunity to own this historic treasure, we couldn't turn it down! We invite you to enjoy this landmark on your next visit to Mentone.

Hoot & Martha Gibson purchased this estate in 2012

Why Hoot & Martha Gibson chose Mentone

Cragsmere is known to practically everyone who has visited Mentone over the past few decades. Now, you can make it a memorable part of your next Mentone visit. No other property can match the space, sleeping capacity, history, or gorgeous views that we offer.

What makes this estate unique

Portion of home is a 100+ year old cabin built by a freed slave after the Civil War. Multiple additions were made over the years creating the large property that is now Cragsmere Manor. A guest favorite is the covered gazebo directly on the brow overlooking Wills Valley and miles & miles of beautiful nature.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation estate rental in Mentone, Alabama

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4200 sq ft
  • 2 stories
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom - Downstairs - toilet , shower
    Bathroom - Downstairs - toilet , shower
    Bathroom - Downstairs - toilet
    Bathroom - Upstairs - toilet , shower
  • All bathrooms have modern fixtures. Showers are large with intricately laid tile.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom - Downstairs - 1 king
    Bedroom - Downstairs - 1 queen
    Bedroom - Downstairs - 2 double
    Living Room - Downstairs - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom - Upstairs - 1 double
    Bedroom - Upstairs - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom - Upstairs - 1 twin/ single
  • All bedrooms furnished with gorgeous furniture. All have windows with great views.
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • porch/lanai
  • long term renters welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • snowboarding
  • spelunking
  • swimming


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Historic Cragsmere Manor - Luxurious Lodging On Brow Of Lookout Mtn.
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

Great stay

  • 5 of 5

It was a fantastic home to rent! Spotless, with tons of room.

  • Submitted: 22-Dec-2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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More than pleased with this beautiful home. Hope to be able to return soon!

  • 5 of 5

Mrs. Martha was a dream to talk with. We had a small family get together and this home was absolutely perfect!! Everything we could have hoped for.

  • Submitted: 9-Apr-2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Unbelievable Weekend that We Will Never Forget

  • 5 of 5

If I could give a 10 star review ...I would. We had a WONDERFUL stay. We celebrated my mother-in-law's 90th birthday with family and it was a FANTASTIC weekend. The house is absolutely BEAUTIFUL inside and out and it was large enough to accommodate all of us. It is both comfortable and charming. Martha, the owner, was so easy to work with and she went out of her way to make sure we had everything we needed. I would highly recommend it to everyone for any occasion. It was fun for adults and kids too! We will definitely be back!!!!

  • Submitted: 15-Mar-2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Decatur, Al

Best in the Area!

  • 5 of 5

Our group was composed of 4 couples, old friends for many years, who were looking for a comfortable/scenic place to meet around the Mentone area and spend a Super Bowel weekend together. Cragsmere exceeded our expectations! From the time we arrived, we were captivated by the character and uniqueness of the place. The historic features that the owners have preserved and displayed gave it a special ambiance. The views of the valley just steps away outside were spectacular. The owner, Ms. Gibson, was just a joy to work with and she was totally accommodating to our needs and comfort, even opening the place and turning the heat on before we arrived. The beds were all very comfortable and the place was extremely clean, comfortable, and accommodating. The fireplace was un-usable due to insurance restrictions but the other features of the house more than made up for it. Cragsmere was a very short distance from Mentone and many local interests, ie; Desoto Falls and Desoto State Park. It was a very special place and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay! Thank you again, Ms. Gibson.

  • Submitted: 13-Feb-2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exceptional Retreat ~ Family Vacation ~ Memory Maker

  • 5 of 5

We stayed Dec 2012 (calendar would not let me add that) and it was awesome! We stayed for new years and had an awesome trip. We had two brothers and their families and it was a great family bonding trip. The owners were super welcoming and the home was more than we wished for. Huge, beautiful, well maintained, stocked to the hilt. There were 9 of us and we had tons of space. The kitchen was better than you can imagine and we loved every single thing about this home! Sorry we forgot to write a review! Hope to visit again. Thanks, The Hill Family

  • Submitted: 12-Feb-2016
  • Stayed: February 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Birmingham, Alabama

Three generations annual gathering.

  • 5 of 5

Our three families try to get together each winter in mid-January in Mentone. This year we rented Cragsmere and found both the house and it's setting delightful. The furnishings are charming and Martha and Hoot Gibson have taken care to supply the house with everything a visitor could possibly need -- no need to bring Kleenex, paper towels or condiments because they are already there. The layout of the house is terrific for a large gathering, with a large functional kitchen, ample dining room, and a beautiful great room with wood burning fireplace. Cragsmere is the nicest place we have stayed at in Mentone.

  • Submitted: 28-Jan-2015
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended

5 minutes from DeSoto Falls (DeSoto State Park). 20 minutes from Little River Canyon National Preserve. 5 minutes from downtown Mentone.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation estate rental in Mentone, Alabama

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jan 4 2018 - Jan 1 2019
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Rates may be higher for large groups.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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