Claudia's Leaf Alert!

I'm by no means an expert however I predict the leaves will peak early this year.- the last week of October.  The last few years the peak is actually the first week in November but with 10 days of dry weather, cooler temps and shorter days - my prediction is October 23rd to Oct 29th however from the 19th, I think we will have an early show.  Rain and temperature really help to facilitate the change.  Last year the temps were very warm right up into November and lots of rain.  This year, surprisingly, September mornings are in the 50's and it's been very dry.  Lets see what happens in October but I think mother nature has given a kick start to autumn!   YES! We still have some midweek dates available to enjoy the show!  16th -23 and 24th to 25th and October 31 to Nov 4.  Go to our calendar for updated available dates which change daily. 

Happy "Leaf peeping"!




Hitherside is an 860 square foot, two bedroom/ 1 bath, private cottage.  Max adults 3 or 2 parents and 2 children over the age of 7.  This is a no smoking and "no animals" rental.

Deep in the woods of a little mountain town called Mentone, there is a quaint little cottage known as “Hitherside”.  Hitherside was completed in late 2016 and we welcomed our first guests in 2017. The cottage has 2 bedrooms and 1 bath and is secluded, private, surrounded by 4 wooded acres. She is only 1 mile from the center of town, and conveniently located near all the natural beauty that Mentone and the surrounding area have to offer:  breathtaking Desoto falls, Little River Canyon, Desoto State Park, The Sallie Howard “Church of the Rock”,  Cloudland State Park and other local attractions.  Enjoy the smell of the woods, the sound of the wind, the echo of the train (and the coyotes singing with the train whistle), as you relax, unplug and refresh at Hitherside.  Harmony awaits you..


Amenities include:   

  • Full kitchen including stove, refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, toaster, 2 coffee makers (Keurig and a drip coffeemaker), dishes, glassware, utensils, pots and pans.  The seating area is comprised of a large bar area that fits 3 adults.  Small fold out table for 2 children.
  • Outdoor space:  3 seasons screened in porch overlooking the woods, hot tub, grill, fIrepit, games (cornhole),  picnic table, an outdoor table that seats 4 adults and a hammock for relaxing near the small pond.
  • LIving room:  The focal point of the cozy living room is a stone, wood burning fireplace and 42 inch flat screen television.   Enjoy your favorite television show or DVD while watching the fire. (Nov - March)
  • Main FLoor Bedroom:  Through the white barn door is the main bedroom with a king size bed and new luxury mattress dressed with our fine hotel quality sheets.
  • The connecting bathroom, accessible either from the master suite or the living room, has a beautiful antique vanity with vessel sink, toilet and shower/tub combination.  Luxury bath towels are provided.
  • Loft Bedroom:  Just outside the bedroom is a custom designed, fixed ships ladder that is easy to climb and will take you to the loft bedroom. Almost as large as the master bedroom, 165 sq feet, the loft has two extra long, new twin size, Tempurpedic beds. 
  • A note about internet - While internet is NOT available in our part of the woods, we are one of the few rentals in the area with cell service IF you use ATT&T, Verizon (spotty), or T-mobile. You can use your phone as a "hotspot" to access the internet. 


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My husband and I just left our MountainWood Cottage Hitherside and what a fabulous time we had. The cabin was impeccably clean and the decor was warm and comfortable. The location was near to the state parks for hiking and swimming. The porch is screened and we spent a lot of time just listening to the nature around us. Heading home to our five kiddos we are refreshed and can’t wait to return. Claudia, the owner is the best we’ve ever worked with.




This was by far the BEST getaway my husband and I have experienced! From the personalized greeting on the chalkboard to the serene setting, this place HAS IT ALL! Excellent communication with Claudia (the owner). We left relaxed, refreshed and renewed! Absolute perfection!

04/20/2021 at 2:31 PM

 Great Weekend Escape

This was the PERFECT place for a relaxing weekend away. The cottage was so clean and nice. This cottage had such a cozy atmosphere. Very private and quiet. We enjoyed the outside as much as the inside. The screened porch was a perfect place to eat dinner. We enjoyed the hot tub and the fire pit as well. We will definitely be back!

05/02/2021 at 11:08 PM

       “A slice of heaven on lookout mountain”

"It was a glorious stay and a fantastic getaway. Claudia provided more than we expected including a picnic basket, flipflops, games, movies, coffee, snacks and even marshmallows for the firepit. The place is immaculate and as comfortable as home. Hot tub was perfect. The cottage is secluded (other homes a couple of acres away but cant see them due to woods). Less than a mile away from Brow Park which has spectacular mountain views."


"This was absolutely the perfect cottage for my husband and I to escape to for our 25th anniversary. Hitherside cottage was immaculate, and the cleanest property we have ever rented. Claudia was the perfect host! She was in contact to make sure everything was good after we checked in, and was quick to answer any questions we had. And we loved the recommendations for hiking, restaurants and more. Mentone is the perfect area for a vacation to get away, slow down and enjoy a relaxed, at-your-own pace retreat in the mountains of Alabama. We will definitely be back!"

09/01/2020 at 1:02 PM

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