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“The most relaxing place I have ever been”

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Olde Squat Inn Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #2 of 3 Marion B&B and Inns
Orange County, California
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
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“The most relaxing place I have ever been”
Reviewed 5 August 2009

I am New York City born and bred, currently living in the hectic lifestyle that is Southern California but my wife's family is from Southern Illinois. We recently went to Illinois and stayed at the Inn. We could not have been any happier! Yes, it is not the Ritz Carlton. Anyone expecting such should go elsewhere. Without a doubt it was the most relaxing 4 nights I have had in many, many years.

I have always been interested in the history of the midwest states such as Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. To sleep in an original 1840 log cabin that was probably built along the Ohio River separating Illinois from Kentucky was a step back in time for us.

Jim was the perfect host. And the dogs helped create the perfect ambiance, whether greeting us when we woke up or barging into our cabin seeking shelter from a thunderstorm. Jim's wife Katy was out of town during our four night visit and Jim stepped up to the plate admirably in her place cooking breakfast in her absence and thoroughly entertaining us.

The effort that Jim has spent transforming these antique original settlers cabins into a habitable 21st century bed and breakfast inn is inspiring. We were lucky enough to be provided with a guided tour by Jim that not only explained the origin of each of the cabins but went into detail explaining the origin and history of each and every addition to the original cabins (railings from an old church, doors from some other historical structure), etc.

Did you know log cabins in the west were constructed of whole round logs while log cabins in the midwest were constructed of hand-squared logs? I didn't know that, but apparently that was the case due to the humidity levels of the regions and the need to square the logs in areas of high humidity.

Jim knows his stuff and has the most perfect job in the world...working at his own pace selflessly transforming and preserving historical treasures and engaging all visitors in endless and fascinating conversation. I myself am stuck in the rut of working 60-80 hour weeks...what I wouldn't give to be Jim for a day.

For those of you interested in fishing...the on-site lake produced bass of impressive size and quantity.

While I admit that I haven't been to Southern Illinois for the past 20+ years, after this pleasant stay I have committed to returning to the Inn every year.

I have traveled the country and traveled the world. The Olde Squat Inn ranks up there as one of my all-time favorite places. We can't wait to go back next year!

John

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 May 2009

My husband and I recently stayed at Old Squat Inn and we were very disappointed. The rates are way too high for what you get. Our cabin was supposed to have an upstairs with two twin beds and it was locked and filled with storage. The bathroom did not even have cold water in the sink only hot. The bed was terrible, we didn't get much sleep because it felt like we were laying in filth and could feel the springs. It also was very much nicer looking on the website. Unfortunately we paid one hundred dollars a night to stay in dust, cobwebs and didn't even have all the amenities listed on the web, places need a lot of updating.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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East Central Illinois
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Reviewed 6 September 2008

If you're looking for resort glitz, you probably need to bypass Olde Squat. But, if you're looking for a slow and quiet, relaxed atmosphere with porch swings and walks around the lake, then this is the place. There's just something special about a log cabin that was lived in 150 years ago. The floors might not be perfectly level and maybe the doors don't fit well but who cares?

We found the dogs charming and very mannerly, never begging and never sneaking into our cabin or hanging around under foot. Helping ourselves to fresh garden produce (yes, I do mean pick your own) was a definite plus. All our beds had hand made quilts and comforters made by Katy and her Mom. I would suggest bringing your own skillet, dutch oven and basics like a couple of knives and a can opener. I imagine the reason why they aren't there is they get stolen regularly.

Over all, it was a great four day experience and we will return

  • Liked — Historic preservation, location
  • Disliked — needed more bath towels, which we got
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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St. Louis, MO
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Reviewed 27 May 2008

We recently stayed at the Olde Squat Inn. One review we had read said something like "with a name like Olde Squat we didn't expect luxury and neither should you." That was the most helpful reveiw we found - when we read it, we knew we'd found the place we wanted to visit.
Yes, there are cobwebs. Yes, there are bugs. Yes, there are a pair of friendly out-side dogs with masters degrees in begging and endearing themselves to guests. Yes, the mattress is lumpy and squeeky. Yes, this is RUSTIC! It is perfect!
Visiting the Olde Squat was less like visiting a resort than like visiting a beloved Aunt & Uncle in the country. Jim and Katy made everyone feel welcome and "part of the family". Community breakfasts with other guests, including Jim & Katy's grandkids, made us feel at home.
Nothing goes to waste at the Olde Squat - 4x4 beams of wood become "Buster's" chew toy, old rusty plows adorn the sides of the cabins. Baskets hang from the rafters, an old tree stump makes a great table on the porch. Several of the non-restored or non-completed buildings offer you the chance to see items becoming antique & old construction tools.
The lake is beautiful and the view of the stars after dark is spectacular.
We love to camp but wanted to "rough it more smoothly" - this was perfect! Hot running water and a mattress made our stay well worth the cost. We packed our own food & utensils & cooked using the grill & microwave provided for all meals but breakfast. Their website doesn't do Katy's breakfasts justice - this is down-home country cooking extrordinaire!
We plan to return & hope to bring friends with us next time. If you're looking for the 4-seasons, you won't find that here. If you're looking for rustic charm & a true country experience, you'll love the Olde Squat Inn!

  • Liked — Feeling at home, beautiful historic log cabins
  • Disliked — Better bug control would have been nice.
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Nashville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 13 May 2007

My husband and I recently stayed two nights at Olde Squat Inn. What an incredible place! If you love history, the outdoors and a slower pace, you'll appreciate this unique, quaint experience. The cabins are rustic and charming. Both innkeepers were welcoming and attentive. Katy is a wonderful cook and very pleasant. Jim is quite the handyman and should be proud of his work restoring the cabins.

I would highly recommend this inn/retreat for a inexpensive getaway -especially great for dog owners. We brought our lab and he LOVED playing with the dogs on property. They swam in the pond and explored the property together.

Two thumbs up!

Stayed May 2007
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Reviewed 11 March 2006

We recently stayed at Olde Sqat Inn, and it had a lot of charm, but there were areas that desperately needed attention. First and foremost, there were dirty dishes in the cupboards covered in food. I believe it was cake. Cupboard surfaces were filthy, covered in ash, pepper, sugar and crumbs. Second, the beds were dirty. The sheets had some kind of seqins and pet hair intermingled underneath. The towels were not all clean, and they weren't too great in quality. I am unsure if the "line drying" method was to make the cabin feel more rustic or to save some coin. We also felt that we were unwelcome because other people were coming (we were constantly reminded of this). We were also told "not to steal" the decorations. Be careful, or their dogs will take your food, even if it means barging in the door or jumping through the window. And, the one who came into our cabin was not completely housebroken. Also, water is backwards in the cabin we stayed in (hot is cold, cold is hot.)

On the positive sides, the morning muffins for breakfast were delicious. It was very quiet, and they supply plenty of firewood. Location is lovely. Cabins are a great piece of history, and it's a wonderful collection. I wish we had gotten the tour and a little bit of the story behind everything, but we weren't important enough to get special treatment. It's a little pricy for all it lacks. Most B and B's we've stayed at were more attentive. Still, if you're a history buff, you might think of checking them out. Maybe we just hit everyone in the wrong mood. With a tiny bit of elbow grease and work, it would be a great place to stay.

  • Stayed March 2006
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Reviewed 3 March 2005

We didn't expect luxury at a place called The Olde Squat and you shouldn't either. Jim and Katy are the nicest folks around and Katy serves a fantastic breakfast. The cabins are in a beautiful setting and if you're idea of a good time is sitting on a porch and listening to owls and coyotes, this is perfect. The cabins' interior could definitely use some sprucing up. The beds are uncomfortable and their old towels badly need replacing. The cabins could also use a good dusting. Overall, we had a grand time hiking and biking nearby on the Tunnel Trail and the Olde Squat just added to what we needed for a quiet, relaxing weekend away from phones, tv and civilization.

  • Stayed May 2004
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Property: Olde Squat Inn Bed and Breakfast
Address: 14160 Libery School Road, Marion, IL 62959-6798
Region: United States > Illinois > Marion
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Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Marion
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Number of rooms: 5

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