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The Peaceful Retreat Near Birmingham

4.9/5 Exceptional

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1 bedroom1 bathroomSleeps 4

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Kitchen
  • Air conditioning
  • Pet friendly
  • Washer
  • Dryer
Chelsea, AL

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationTreetop Family Adventure5 min drive
  • Popular LocationAirwalk Trampoline Arena8 min drive
  • Popular LocationEagle Point Golf Club9 min drive
  • AirportBirmingham, AL (BHM-Birmingham Intl.)30 min drive

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire cabin to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

The Peaceful Retreat Near Birmingham

Lakefront cabin with private pool and kitchen
Please read the following DETAILS and RATES THOROUGHLY for important information about check-in/check-out times, amenities, Extra Guest Fee for 3rd or 4th guests, and other policies such as for Pets or Smoking. When submitting your inquiry please tell us something about yourself and those accompanying you, and a bit about the purpose of your trip. Thanks! PLEASE CLICK ON THIS PAGE TO OPEN IT AND READ THE DESCRIPTION....

You don't have to sacrifice tranquility and beauty for convenience. Meadow Lake Cabin is relaxing, private, and cozy, with a picturesque meadow, stream and fishing lake just a few steps from the porch swing. Yet nearby are parks, restaurants, and shops. It's the perfect accommodation for couples, solo adventurers, and business travelers. While the owners live in another house on the property, guests have the cabin all to themselves.

Meadow 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 (sleeper sofa, 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.

Please see the “Amenities” tab for a list of what the Cabin offers, or doesn’t. You’ll see there that TV and Internet are NOT offered in the Cabin, only a small radio. This is by design, not neglect. We try to make the Cabin as restful as possible, where guests can relax, disconnect, and unwind. We rent out “Meadow Lake Suite,” a walkout basement apartment on the same property as the Cabin, which has a SmartTV (allowing guests to access programming they subscribe to, such as Netflix, Hulu, ESPN, etc.) and Internet. You’ll also find it listed on HomeAway/VRBO.

Our check-in time is 3 p.m. Central. Check-out time is 10 a.m. Central. Please DON’T assume we're okay with arrival or departure times different from these. These times are based on our personal schedules, that are necessary for hosting you and others, and arriving early or departing late isn't acceptable without previous approval.

Our breakfast items usually include fresh fruit, several cereal choices, milk, good coffee, tea selection, half & half cream, fresh orange juice, pop tarts, jams. and butter.

We're situated on 3.5 acres. Guests have access to the front meadow, a seasonal stream, views overlooking a 6-acre lake, dock (fishing only on our end of the lake, which is small but productive, and is catch and release only), lakeside benches, and our (unheated) salt-system swimming pool with patio dining tables (located behind our home). The owners live in another house on the property. Guests have the Cabin and its surrounding lawn area to themselves. Meadow Lake Suite, a walkout basement in the owners' home, may also be rented through HomeAway, so that groups of up to 8 can be accommodated simultaneously. Both Cabin and Suite guests share use of the pool, dock, and grounds.

Our lake is home to Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Gar & several turtle species, and is periodically visited by Great Blue & Green Herons, Canada Geese, Mallards, Wood Ducks, Kingfishers, Muskrats, & Beavers.

We believe informality is a key ingredient of relaxation, and it begins when you arrive. We allow guests to let themselves in and get settled, and enjoy meeting them later when possible. We're always glad to recommend places to visit, shop, or eat at in our area, or otherwise make ourselves available to help.

Our cabin is located just off a county road, but on a private lane that's only used by the few residents living on it. Because of its proximity to the county road, there may be some daytime commuter traffic noise, and there is a railroad crossing within 1/2 mile. The county road is also being re-directed, so construction equipment is active nearby building the new roadbed from 7am to 5pm on weekdays. 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!

Meadow Lake is approximately 30 minutes drive from downtown Birmingham, 40 minutes drive from Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (23 mi or 37 km), 2.5 hours from Hartsfield-Atlanta Airport (152 mi or 245 km), 30 minutes from Amtrak Birmingham rail station (19 mi or 30 km), and less than 30 minutes from Interstates 65, 20, or 459.

Here are some important Rules of the House that our guests should know:

- We respect our guests' right to a quiet getaway, and ask them to also respect the peacefulness we enjoy. Evening quiet hours are from 10pm to 7am, but we like for Meadow Lake to be a tranquil place all day. Loud volume music or other entertainment isn't allowed on the property. Full disclosure: on weekends (mostly on Sundays) our children and grandchildren occasionally enjoy the afternoon in our home, so there is more activity on the grounds at this time (usually from 1-6 p.m.).

- No smoking is permitted in the Cabin, pool area, or the immediate area of our house. Smoking is permitted on the lawn, and guests must dispose of cigarette butts in their vehicle ashtray or a water bottle.

- We require an accurate statement of the number of guests in your party, and that if there are 3 or 4 that the extra person fee of $12 per person per night be paid through HomeAway in advance of arrival. Cash will not be accepted. There is a limit of 4 people who can be accommodated in the Cabin. There is no extra person fee for children under 1 year old.

- Guests of ours may not invite their own guests, friends or family into the Cabin or onto the grounds. No exceptions are allowed!

-Early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be accommodated. 3pm CENTRAL and 10am CENTRAL are our check-in and check-out times. Please plan accordingly.

- Personal firearms may not be carried openly on the grounds or brought into the Cabin.

- Minors using the pool or lake must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.

- Our Cabin and grounds may not be a good fit for some children, because of proximity to a paved road and unfenced access to the lake. We ask that parents/guardians be the judge of this and be vigilant. They will be the only guarantors of the safety of minors on the property. We are glad to answer in detail any questions regarding this.

- We welcome non-crawling infants, and porta-crib is available for your use. There are hard and sharp surfaces in the Cabin, and the wall-mounted heater and kitchen supplies are all within reach of toddlers. The stair treads in the Cabin have gaps that a small child could possibly crawl through.

- 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.

- A canoe is available for guests, but passengers must know how to swim and wear a PFD (personal flotation device) at all times.

We will consider allowing dogs on a case-by-case basis. There are nearby kennels for cats, but they aren't allowed in the cabin.  We require a fee of $10 per night to accommodate dogs. This fee covers up to 2 dogs for 1 night. Prospective guests must select to pay the Pet Fee from the booking options when making their reservation. Please note that the VRBO reservation app unfortunately does not multiply the Pet Fee by the number of nights stayed, as it does for Extra Guests. If you are staying only 1 night the fee will be paid in full, but if you are staying multiple nights we will have to make a Pet Fee Request of $10 per night through VRBO for any additional nights.

Our policy for allowing dogs is is that they be house-broken, 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 kept on a lead/leash when outside the cabin, 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. Dog supplies (bowls, beds, leashes, crates, etc.) aren't provided and must be brought by the guest. Guests may not allow pets to eat from Cabin tableware or kitchenware under any circumstances. Before your check-out we may 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. If all of the above is agreeable to you then you are welcome to bring your dog(s). Guests may not bring any other pets, such as cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, etc.

Air-conditioned accommodations at this cabin offer private pools and fireplaces. Rooms open to furnished lanais. Accommodations are furnished with desks and dining tables. Kitchens offer refrigerators, stovetops, microwaves, and cookware/dishes/utensils.

Bathrooms include bathtubs or showers and hair dryers. Televisions come with Netflix. Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and irons/ironing boards.

Recreational amenities at the cabin include a fitness center.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property manager

David Marshall


English, Spanish

Property amenities


  • Private pool
  • Shared/communal pool


  • WiFi available

Parking and transportation

  • Car required


  • Refrigerator
  • Stovetop
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Spices
  • Toaster
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils


  • Dining table


  • 1 bedroom
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 1 bathroom
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Towels provided
  • Hair dryer

Living spaces

  • Fireplace
  • Living room


  • TV
  • Netflix
  • Hulu
  • Streaming services
  • Stereo
  • Games
  • Books

Outdoor areas

  • Furnished lanai
  • Barbecue grill
  • Garden
  • Dock


  • Washing machine and dryer

Work spaces

  • Desk


  • Air conditioning
  • Heating


  • Pet friendly


  • Smoke-free property
  • Note from host: We allow smoking only outdoors on lawn areas.

Services and conveniences

  • Iron/ironing board

Location highlights

  • On the lake

Things to do

  • Fitness center
  • Fitness facilities nearby
  • Kayak on site
  • Swimming nearby
  • Horse riding nearby
  • Birdwatching nearby
  • Golf nearby
  • Winery tours nearby
  • Cycling nearby
  • Basketball nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Hiking nearby


  • Sleeps 4
  • Unit size: 750 sq ft (70 sq m)

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Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 10:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions


Pets allowed
Restrictions apply; for more information contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation
Note from host: Must agree to Pet Policy under "Rates: Notes."

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Note from host: Hazards to crawlers, toddlers & young children

Important information

You need to know

This property is managed by a private host (a party not acting within their trade, business or profession).
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Onsite parties or group events are strictly prohibited
Note from host: No friends of guests on property w/o approval
This property is managed through our partner, Vrbo. You will receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account, where you can change or cancel your reservation
Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.

We should mention

Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
A car is required for transportation to and from this property

Property is also known as

Peaceful Retreat Birmingham Cabin Chelsea
Peaceful Retreat Birmingham Cabin
Peaceful Retreat Birmingham Chelsea
Peaceful Retreat Birmingham C
El Retiro Tranquilo Cerca de Birmingham
The Peaceful Retreat Near Birmingham Cabin
The Peaceful Retreat Near Birmingham Chelsea
The Peaceful Retreat Near Birmingham Cabin Chelsea

About this area


Located in Chelsea, this cabin is on a lake. Airwalk Trampoline Arena and Eagle Point Golf Club are worth checking out if an activity is on the agenda, while those in the mood for shopping can visit The Village at Lee Branch and The Summit. Traveling with kids? Consider Treetop Family Adventure and Pelham Civic Complex. Discover the area's water adventures with fishing and swimming nearby, or enjoy the great outdoors with cycling and hiking/biking trails.

What's nearby

  • Treetop Family Adventure - 5 min drive
  • Airwalk Trampoline Arena - 8 min drive
  • The Village at Lee Branch - 9 min drive
  • Eagle Point Golf Club - 9 min drive
  • Grandview Medical Center - 18 min drive

Getting around

  • Birmingham Station - 24 min drive
  • Birmingham International Airport (BHM) - 30 min drive


  • Sanpeggio's Pizza - 17 min walk
  • Dairy Queen - 19 min walk
  • Sonic Drive-In - 3 min drive
  • Hunan Cuisine - 8 min drive
  • Amore Ristorante Italiano - 8 min drive

Frequently asked questions

Does The Peaceful Retreat Near Birmingham have a pool?

Yes, this property has a pool.

How much does it cost to stay at The Peaceful Retreat Near Birmingham?

As of Oct 5, 2022, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at The Peaceful Retreat Near Birmingham on Oct 6, 2022 start from $98.0, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.

Is The Peaceful Retreat Near Birmingham pet-friendly?

Yes, pets are allowed at this property.

What time is check-in at The Peaceful Retreat Near Birmingham?

Check-in begins at 3:00 PM.

What time is check-out at The Peaceful Retreat Near Birmingham?

Check-out is at 10:00 AM.

Where is The Peaceful Retreat Near Birmingham located?

Located on a lake, this family-friendly cabin is within 9 mi (15 km) of Treetop Family Adventure, The Village at Lee Branch, and Oak Mountain State Park. Eagle Point Golf Club and Airwalk Trampoline Arena are also within 9 mi (15 km).

Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 141 out of 147 reviews
5 - Excellent 96%
Rating 4 - Good. 5 out of 147 reviews
4 - Good 3%
Rating 3 - Okay. 0 out of 147 reviews
3 - Okay 0%
Rating 2 - Poor. 1 out of 147 reviews
2 - Poor 1%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 0 out of 147 reviews
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5/5 Excellent

Lynn G.
Nice quiet time to rest
My husband and I enjoyed the cabin. it was very equipped with everything we needed we loved it there was no TV we played board games grilled out had fun it was nice refresher and a great time to unplug from our busy lives David our host was excellent! beautiful property!
Stayed 2 nights in Sep 2022

5/5 Excellent

Inger J.
This was such a relaxing few days. It was a perfect getaway close to home. I plan to return
Stayed 3 nights in Aug 2022

5/5 Excellent

Ashley B.
Great stay!
David is very easy to talk with and he was very friendly and helpful during our stay. We enjoyed some fishing while we were at the cabin as well!
Stayed 2 nights in Aug 2022

5/5 Excellent

Tarasa R.
Cute, Cozy Cabin!
My mom & I were traveling to watch my siater participate in the World Games in Birmingham Alabama. While we wanted to be close, we also wanted a quiet retreat instead of staying in the city. This cabin did not dissapoint! Our host, David Marshall, was very accommodating and available for any needs that we may have had as the cabin is at the very front of his gorgeous property. The salt water pool is amazing! I honestly regret not spending more time in it. I would HIGHLY recommend staying here!
Stayed 3 nights in Jul 2022

5/5 Excellent

Pamela W.
Vacation for 4 of July
This was the best time we all have had in a long time!!! Nice comfy place beautiful surroundings and a great host! David was the best host throughout I stay. Thank you, David
Stayed 2 nights in Jul 2022

5/5 Excellent

Lori P.
Anniversary Getaway
We just wanted a quiet place to go and we found it. My husband loves to fish (I do to...if I'm catching). We shopped in Pellem, cooked on the grill, and ate out a few times. We had a wonderful time. I loved sitting on the porch and watching the fireflies. We even saw a chipmunk and some geese. Beautiful place to stay. I would definitely recommend if you are looking for a quiet getaway. We loved the cabin! David is a great host!
Stayed 3 nights in Jun 2022

5/5 Excellent

Suzanne J.
Great cabin
Great place to stay. Very relaxing time. David is a great host. Will definitely stay here again if we are in the area.
Stayed 5 nights in Apr 2022

5/5 Excellent

Matthew R.
Weekend conference
In town needing a place to stay for a conference in Birmingham. This cabin is well stocked with everything you could want and is a short drive into Birmingham proper. We enjoyed fishing and kayaking after our conference was over.
Stayed 3 nights in Apr 2022

5/5 Excellent

Regina D., Calera,AL
Great getaway!
It was quick and easy to book. Host was so kind and very informative about the area. I absolutely loved it❤
Stayed 3 nights in Mar 2022

5/5 Excellent

David D.
Everything about our 3 day stay was outstanding. Beautiful cozy cabin, very clean and orderly. Perfectly peaceful sunrises with birds singing. Love the view from front porch. The grounds are expertly manicured. And the host is very nice and a consummate professional. Would recommend this cabin to anyone. Can't wait to go back.
Stayed 2 nights in Mar 2022