It was so disappointing that such a quiet, secluded location within distance of the beautiful Shawnee National Forest and Wine Trails turned out to be such a disappointment. We arrived late Friday night and were greeted by the owner's dogs, Lucky and Eddie, who have the run of the property. They were very friendly, well-behaved, and our cabin porch seemed to be their favorite hangout. They also got along well with my Boston Terrier.
While I was expecting rustic..these are rescued squatters cabins after all, we were appalled by the cleanliness of the cabin. I had read previous posts and thought maybe some previous visitors just weren't prepared for cabins in the woods. I can handle spiders, dust, and the occasional cobweb. Moldy shower curtains hung with twist ties, showers that have only cold water or handles that fall off when you try to turn them on, dirt, grass, and leaves on the bedroom rugs and in the bath room. That is just the beginning. We took a glass out of the cabinet and it was crusted with filth. The microwave hadn't been cleaned, inside or out, for months. The kitchen sink was grimy. There were black rings around the toilet bowls. The bath towels were crunchy!!
WHen we spoke to Jim, the owner, about the hot water in one of the bathrooms, he replied that others had complained about that too. But it would cost $150 to fix it, and it was hot enough for him! He was definitiely full of Southern Illinois charm, and he knows the area very well. We took his hiking advice and found some beautiful places.
On the plus side, sunrise over the lake outside our room was beautiful. The grounds are very well kept and it was so easy to get to all the great places. My advice is if you decide to stay here you must be willing to bring Clorox wipes, bathroom cleaner, and your own towels!