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Outdoor Adventures in the Foothills of the Appalachians in Northeast Alabama

Bedrooms 5
Space 297 m²
Property type chateau / country house


About the property

Recently Completed Five Bedroom House on 900+ Acres of Laurel Ridge Retreat

The Orchard House is a 5 bedroom, 3 bath house with 3 levels located on the 900+ acres of Laurel Ridge Farms and Retreat in the foothills of the Appalachians in Cleburne County, Alabama. Surrounded by forest, fields, ponds and 25+ miles of hiking and horseback riding trails The Orchard House provides a comfortable base for your outdoor adventures at the retreat and in the surrounding area.

It is named the Orchard House because it sits adjacent to the remnant of an old Pecan Tree orchard and we are developing the area around the house with additional orchards and a vineyard. The house was completed in 2013 and has a wrap around porch on two sides of the main level with rocking chairs and ceiling fans, a grilling area and screen porch for out door dining or relaxation. The main floor features a full kitchen with stove, oven, refrigerator with ice maker, microwave and dishwasher a large bar for eating and a butler's pantry. There is a large living and dining area on the main level featuring a large fireplace and French doors that open onto the main porch and the screen porch. The main floor also features the John's Mountain Bedroom with attached full bath bath and French doors that open out onto the main porch overlooking the pond. The Talladega and General Cleburne bedrooms are on the upper level and share a large bath with over sized shower and double vanities. The General Cleburne Bedroom features a fireplace and opens onto the upper level porch with relaxing chairs and a large umbrella shade. The lower level features a large den area with 60 inch TV as well as the Lucky Joe Gold Mine Bedroom and the See Me No More Valley Bedroom which share a full bath. The lower level opens onto a patio outfitted with relaxing rockers and a beautiful view of the pasture and pond and Georgia's Black Jack Mountain in the distance. The house has central heat and air, a freestanding propane heater on the lower level and wifi throughout the house free of additional charges.

More Details

John Durham
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few days
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
9 September, 2017

About John Durham

Carla and I (John) have been married for 33 years and retired to our property, Laurel Ridge Plantation of which the Orchard House is a part, in 2009 and expanded the farming operations. We are both originally from Georgia, Carla from Atlanta and John from South west Georgia (Cordele and then Albany) and we met during my medical internship at Emory where Carla was a nurse. We have two children. Ashley graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Computer Science and earned her Phd in Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt. She currently works for McKinsey consulting in their London and Johannesburg offices. Our son, John Jr. recently graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Industrial Engineering and currently works for the consulting firm Cap Gemini in their Atlanta office.

John Durham purchased this chateau / country house in 2011

Why John Durham chose River Heritage Alabama

We originally did not have plans to build or list the Orchard House for lease, but all of our friends that visited the farm just did not want to leave. They encouraged us to add the Orchard House so that we could share this beautiful secluded rural mountain area more readily with others.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house rental in Ranburne, Alabama

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 297 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Lower Level Bathroom - toilet , bath with shower
    Main Floor Bathroom - toilet , bath with shower , double vanity, walk in closet
    Upper Level Bathroom - toilet , shower enclosure , double vanity
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Talladega Bedroom - 1 extra lg. double bed
    General Cleburne Bedroom - 1 large double bed
    John's Mountain Bedroom - 1 large double bed
    See Me No More Valley Bedroom - 2 single bed
    Lucky Joe Goldmine Bedroom - 1 double bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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Outdoor Adventures in the Foothills of the Appalachians in Northeast Alabama
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

Beautiful home and surroundings!

  • 5 of 5

We rented this home while we were in the area for the Talladega Nascar race. There was plenty of room for our group of 9 adults. The house was very clean with comfortable beds and nice plush towels. We enjoyed our morning coffee on the beautiful porch and the grill and screened in dining area in the evening. Our GPS had a little trouble finding it at first and the owner came right out to meet us and escort us in! From that point we had no further problem finding our way in and out. The location was perfect and just as the owner quoted on travel time. Would definately rent again if we return to the area.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxation awaits

  • 5 of 5

Escape the craziness of life and come to the peace and quiet of a beautiful family farm. The house is spacious (we had 3 families with 7 kids and 6 adults) with plenty of room for everyone. The kids had a blast running the hills and fishing in the 2 ponds on the property. The owners were delightful and went out of their way to make our vacation memorable. We toured the farm by hayride and got to see all the animals and some hidden treasures of the area. We ended our vacation with a bonfire at the manor house. Sunrises, sunsets, beautiful fall colors, and time away. Thanks for sharing your farm with our family.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Atlanta, Georgia
Nearest Golf
32 Miles
Anniston, Alabama
Nearest Train
35 Miles
Anniston, Alabama
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Interstate 20
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
McMichen's Lost Creek Cafe
Car: necessary

The Orchard House, a five bedroom home with wrap around porches on 20 acres over looking a pond, is part of the 700 plus acre Laurel Ridge Plantation, a working timber plantation and heritage breed farming operation located in mid northeast Alabama near the Georgia line. The surrounding plantation offers 20 miles of hiking and horse trails, an old gold mine, and opportunities for mountain climbing, bird watching and rock climbing. Also available are tours of our farming operations where we raise Kinder goats, Dexter short cattle and Tamworth hogs and honey. In addition fishing packages in our stocked lake are available as are hunting packages for deer and doves. In he surrounding area we arrange for canoe / kayaking trips on the Tallapoosa River, Golf on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail , winery tours at the Fruithurst Winery and the Alabama Wine Trail, visits to Mt Cheha State Park, the highest point in Alabama and the start of the Pinhoti Trail which connects to the Appalachian Trail in Georgia. In addition we can arrange for you to spend part of your stay at our sister property, the Plumb Line our lake house on nearby Lake Wedowee (the cleanest lake east of the Mississippi) which has world class bass fishing as well as great skiing and wake boarding waters. If your timing is just right you can attend the Laurel Ridge Plantation Mountain Laurel Festival in May or the Possum Drop New Years celebration in nearby Tallapoosa, a guaranteed life changing event.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday chateau / country house in Ranburne, Alabama

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add A$127 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee A$152.96
Refundable Damage Deposit A$446.15

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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