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Golconda Lock and Dam 51 Homes
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Golconda Lock and Dam 51 Homes
Eldorado, Illinois, United States
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“Love the Dam Houses!”
Reviewed 11 June 2013

I am from Pope County, have moved away, and have enjoyed the Dam Houses for visits to my old hometown many times! They are beautiful, excellent location, and it's easy to get into town to have dinner at one of the 4 restaurants in town, if you don't want to cook there. We just line up on the screened porch, day and night, and watch the barge and pleasure boat traffic. It's always every time been WONDERFUL! Clean, beautiful place, and great town with great people living there. I recommend it HIGHLY!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 April 2009

We stayed at the Golconda Lock & Dam homes for my birthday last fall. Overall it is a very small, very quiet town and the location of the homes is ideal right along the river. We pulled up to home #3 and were eagerly anticipating the inside and the hot tub that awaited . . .

However, we were greeted by HUNDREDS of ladybugs inside the house. All over the walls, congregating in the corners of every room. Ladybugs are fairly harmless, so we tried to make light of them being there. However when we stepped onto the back porch (screened in area where the hottub was) we were extremely disappointed. The screens were torn in many places, allowing an abundance of wasps and other bugs into the porch area. NOT appealing and NOT relaxing.

We did use the hot tub one night, however, it was nerve-wracking having to always look over our shoulders for wasps or bugs out on the porch. Didn't make for a very relaxing night. :(

The interior of the home is pretty and has been well-restored in a Victorian style, but serious TLC is needed with the porch area and sealing the house to avoid all the bugs!!

  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 October 2007

The Golconda Lock & Dam 51 homes are four former lock keepers' homes, restored to a 1920s look. We stayed in number 4, a one-bedroom house with living room, dining room, kitchen (stocked with pots and pans) and bathroom.

The location of the house is its main selling point--right on the Ohio River. Sitting on the screened front porch with morning coffee or evening wine was a luxuriantly relaxing experience that I would recommend to anyone who is looking for a slow-paced, country retreat. A family of deer came by most evenings--another bucolic pleasure.

The only major problem with our stay was a rain storm that caused the bathroom roof to leak. It also didn't help that no one answered the emergency number we were told to call, but we were checking out that day, so we could overlook that.

I definitely would go back to the Lock & Dam homes and recommend them to anyone who enjoys staying in a simple, family-type cottage as opposed to a 4-star hotel.

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  • Stayed October 2007, travelled with family
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Property: Golconda Lock and Dam 51 Homes
Address: Ohio River Levee, Pope County, Golconda, IL 62938
Region: United States > Illinois > Golconda
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Ranked #3 of 5 Speciality Lodging in Golconda
Number of rooms: 5

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