Our Team


Owners - Claudia and Robert

Property Manager/Housekeeper - Kathy


After having lived in Huntsville and visiting the Mentone area for many years, the owners, Claudia and Robert bought 4 acres on North Scenic Drive and built the first “MountainWood Cottage”.  They broke ground in April of 2016 and the cottage was complete and ready to rent in January of 2017.  The first cottage is called “Hitherside”.  Claudia wanted to create the ideal cottage by taking notes and learning from past experiences with vacation rentals in the area.   Topping the priority list was putting a king size bed in the bedroom with hotel style sheets and having a decent size bathroom with a shower/ tub combo and adequate space.   Seclusion and privacy were also important without being too remote and far from Desoto state park, the falls, Little river canyon and the eating areas in Mentone.   Another priority was to make the cottage as energy efficient and eco-friendly as possible.  Thewater is heated with an “on-demand” central water heater.  The metal roof also provides exceptional insulating qualities.  

Claudia’s note:

“Hitherside was custom built as if we were going to live in it.  For your short stay, we want you to feel as if it is YOUR home.  Be our guest and enjoy visiting all year round.  Each season has its own beauty.  Winter is a quiet time but you can settle in at night with the fire burning and sleep in the giant king size bed under a warm down comforter.   The wind blows cold but there is a quiet beauty in the surroundings.  Spring and summer mean everything is green and comes to life again.  It’s a great time to hike the woods and visit the parks.  Autumn means stunning color and it is probably our favorite times of year in Mentone.  We hope you enjoy Mentone as much as we have.  As the Irish say:  “Cead Mile Failte!”

Our Phone number is (904) 612-7542.  Looking forward to hearing from you!