The SpaceMeadow Lake Cabin is a hidden gem in scenic Shelby County Alabama. Though convenient to shopping, restaurants, recreation venues, and the city of Birmingham, sometimes locals are surprised to find out about our "hide-away" in the heart of Chelsea.
The cabin has a large room downstairs with a living room (couch, chairs, desk, & stone fireplace), dining area (seats 4), equipped kitchen and bathroom. The bathroom features an antique claw-foot tub for baths or showers. Upstairs is a sleeping loft with a queen-size bed. The full-length front porch is furnished with a swing, love seat, and charcoal grill. There is an outdoor shower behind the cabin. The cabin is surrounded by woods, flowering shrubs, and a bamboo grove behind, with open views of the meadow and lake in front.
Our breakfast items usually include fresh fruit, several cereal choices, whole milk, good coffee, tea selection, half & half cream, fresh orange juice, English muffins, jams. and butter. Guest AccessWe're situated on 3.5 acres. Guests have access to the front meadow, a seasonal stream, 6-acre lake with dock, lakeside benches, and our salt-system swimming pool with patio dining tables (located behind our home).
Our lake is home to Largemouth Bass and several turtle species, and is periodically visited by Great Blue & Green Herons, Canada Geese, Wood Ducks, Kingfishers, Muskrats, & Beavers. Interaction with GuestsWe love to meet and help our guests with any needs. Someone is available any time to help with whatever need arises. Prefer complete privacy? We can make ourselves scarce too! The NeighborhoodOur cabin is located just off a county road, but on a private lane that's only used by the few residents living on it, allowing privacy without being remote. Because of its proximity to the county road, there may be some daytime commuter traffic, and there is a railroad crossing within 1/2 mile. Chelsea has small-town character, but easy access to big-city amenities. Surrounding Shelby County has many quiet and scenic roads to explore. Within 15 minutes you can find great dining and shopping options, a large cinema, and any number of services. Our county seat, Columbiana has a pleasant Main Street to stroll, complete with a drugstore soda fountain. Columbiana also lays claim to a small gem of a museum with the second largest collection of George & Martha Washington memorabilia outside of Mt. Vernon! Getting AroundMeadow Lake Cabin is approximately 40 minutes' drive from Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, 2.5 hours from Hartsfield-Atlanta Airport, and less than 30 minutes from Interstates 65, 20, or 459. Other Things to NoteWhile our cabin and grounds are not a good fit for children under 12, we do welcome non-crawling infants. A porta-crib is available for your use.
Please be advised that the cabin may not be a good fit for elderly or those with restricted mobility, as there are stairs into and within the cabin, and one must step over a high tub wall for bathing or showering.
The cabin, the cabin porch, and the pool area are all Smoke-Free Zones. Smoking is only permitted on the lawn in front of the cabin, and butts must be collected and disposed of in guest vehicle or a bottle of water. There are no exceptions to this.
Our dog "Tilly" lives in our home or fenced back yard, but does not have access to the cabin or its grounds. She loves meeting everyone, but if you don't want to meet her when entering our yard for the pool we'd be glad to put her indoors.
We will consider allowing pets on a case-by-case basis. Contact us about your needs. There are nearby kennels for cats, but they aren't allowed in the cabin. We require a fee of $10 per visit (not per day or per pet) to accommodate dogs. This must be selected as an "Additional Guest" from the payment options when booking. Our basic criteria for allowing dogs is is that damage to the cabin or property be absolutely prevented at all times, that they not be allowed on any furniture or bed, that they be given frequent opportunities to relieve themselves outdoors and picked up after, that they be crated if left alone in the cabin (and not left alone for more than a couple of hours at a time), that they be free of any sickness that could be passed to other pets, and that they be current on their flea medication. If the property is damaged by the dog (including urine on furniture or floor), or if there is a flea problem after check-out, it will be paid for from the Security Deposit that's required. Before your check-out we will do a walk-through with you to verify there were no problems, so neither party will be surprised to learn of something afterward. Our guests must agree to strict compliance with all these points, for the protection of the property, for the comfort of future guests, and for the well-being of your own pet. Dog supplies (bowls, beds, leashes, crates, etc.) aren't provided and must be brought by the guest.