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1905 Cabin, Gateway to the Shawnee Forest!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type cottage


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6-8)

Thank-you for looking at this authentic 1905 cabin, we appreciate all our visitors, even virtual visitors. Please be advised that $86/night is only for a week (7) nights. Our 2night stay is the same grand total, ($598). We strive to make sure you feel welcome and comfortable right from the start. We know that when you are seeking a Cottage, Cabin, inn, B&B, or guest house you are searching for more than just a hotel room, You are in search of a warm, welcoming, home away from home. Our B&B, located right next door, the Train Inn, also will provide welcoming friendly service, personal attention to needs and clean, comfortable, cozy rooms. For those of you coming by train, we are conveniently located for access to the Amtrak railway station. Amtrak’s southernmost Illinois stop is your gateway to the Shawnee Forest and the land between the Mississippi, Ohio and Wabash rivers. There are 266,000 acres of Forest awaiting your exploration! This cabin supplies the convenience of fairly secluded in-town living yet shares a 'window property' common boundary with Southern Illinois University. Enjoy a hike in the renowned Shawnee Forest, catch a wonderful evening dinner in town and stroll back to your 1905 cabin. Your adventure awaits...and don't forget we are a 10 minute walk to Graduation 2014 Ceremonies! Call about our graduation special.

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paul lewers
Member since: 2010
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
June 22, 2018

About paul lewers

A hydrogeologist and house remodeler, I hope to provide simple access to the Shawnee Forest, Southern Illinois University and Carbondale IL.

paul lewers purchased this cottage in 2000

Why paul lewers chose Carbondale

This is a wonderful 1905 cottage near all the fun features of the city, university and the Forest. The SIU recreation center is nearby and the house is located near Carbondale Main Street, Campus and Pinch Penny.

What makes this cottage unique

Walk to SIU Football, Basketball, local theater, Old Campus, Campus Lake, an authentic old-school Dairy Queen, the SIU Museum, City Hall, Buckminster Fuller's geodesic dome home, two Japanese gardens, the Farmers Market, the Health Food store, the Peace Labyrinth, Thompson Woods, Marberry Arboretum and other numerous locations, everything is just minutes away. Check out the Thursday night Sunset Concerts, the wineries, and always visit the local businesses, the University Mall is about one mile away. The Shawnee Forest is a joy to explore! Get maps and directions to Inspiration Point, Garden of the Gods, the TransAmerica bicycle route and other terrific sites.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Carbondale

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
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  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
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  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
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  • Stove ...
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  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , huge 6' x 3' shower with true glass doors, window
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Antique dresser, windows south and east.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Antique dresser, windows north and east
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Private terrace, windows south and west,
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Shared Hot Tub
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Front loading Whirlpool W/D are exclusively for renters. Nearby Rec Center is available for $5 and includes Olympic Pool, 30 Nautilus Machines, 25 Racquetball Courts, 10 basketball courts, 2 indoor tennis courts, canoes, kayak's, ping pong, indoor tracks and much more.


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1905 Cabin, Gateway to the Shawnee Forest!
average rating of 4.857143 based on 7 reviews
Chicago IL

Another great stay!

  • 5 of 5

Hi's us again, the Black Alumni Group reunion guests! Once again, our stay exceeded our expectations. Since our last stay, Paul has made a few upgrades and our stay was better as a result. All he needs to do is add a BBQ grill and the place is a great alternative to home. I can't say enough about how enjoyable our stay was as well as how great the owners, Paul and Theresa, are.

Don't second guess staying's definitely worth it!

Thanks Paul and Theresa for another great stay during the BAG Reunion weekend!

Lisa, Joyce, Lisa and Percy

  • Submitted: 28-Jul-2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great people and great place to stay!

  • 4 of 5

I've been meaning to post my feedback for some months now.

Myself and 4 of my former schoolmates stayed in this house during the SIU BAG (Black Alumni Group) Biennial Reunion weekend earlier this year. We were looking for a place where we could cook and have a few people over to entertain. This house served both purposes very well. The house is centrally located (although quite a walk from campus but close enough that you could still walk if you were up to it), is surprisingly spacious, was clean and was quietly tucked away on a major high traffic & low activity street. Even though you had to go outside to access the washer/dryer it was a great feature to have available. My friend went over to the B & B and said it was really nice as well. The owner Paul was attentive and responsive when looking to book the place. Put us on the calendar Paul for 2015...we are looking forward to staying there again! Thanks for the pleasant experience!

  • Submitted: 29-Jan-2014
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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United States

Very Pleasant Stay

  • 5 of 5

We had Thanksgiving vacation at this cottage for my family of 4 adults. Our extended family joined us Thanksgiving day for the meal. We had enough seats for 14 people to eat together. The listing description is accurate. The cottage was clean and had a very comfortable, homey feeling. Beds were great. Owners were very helpful and live right across the street at "The Train Inn". There were no problems during our stay. Wifi works best in the kitchen, dining room and the back bedroom. Plenty of utensils, standard pots and pans, glassware. Would stay again. Located across from SIU campus, but could not have been quieter.

  • Submitted: 1-Dec-2013
  • Stayed: November 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Berkeley, CA

SIUC Graduation Week

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a wonderful week in this rustic well appointed cottage!! We can not say enough positive things about our stay......we were a party of 5 adults in the cottage, and on graduation weekend 5 additional adults in the Bed & Breakfast, The Train Inn next door. During our stay we enjoyed frequent walks on the SIU campus, road trips to the Shawnee Forest, and a visit to the town of Makenda.

We enjoyed hot coffee every morning, prepared breakfast in our kitchen, walked on the SIU campus daily, explored the Shawnee Forest and ended our day with a home prepared meal at the cottage.

The cottage became our social gathering spot, BBQing several meals, including serving dinner for 13 guests, followed by evenings of talk, laughter and board games! Then when the fun was over, we slept comfortably without interruption of sound or light!!

Paul is a wonderful Innkeeper with attention to the details for the comfort of his guests. We all agree our experience was wonderful!

  • Submitted: 13-May-2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Frankfort, Illinois

Working Retreat

  • 5 of 5

I stayed for a conference and really enjoy the seclusion while have great exposure to the surrounding attractiona. I really enjoyed the company of the house managers who are remarkably close. They were responsive to any needs I had. Very nice quaint property.

  • Submitted: 29-Aug-2012
  • Stayed: July 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pleasant Stay

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is very clean and well maintained. It has ample sleeping space and is such a short walk from campus. This cottage is exactly what we were hoping for during our stay in Carbondale.

  • Submitted: 19-May-2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
4 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.01 Miles
Pinch Penny
Nearest Ferry
39 Miles
Ohio River
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Stone Creek
Nearest Train
0.1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
13 and 51
Nearest Restaurant
0.01 Miles
Pinch Penny
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Cedar Lake

The Shawnee Forest covers 266 thousand acres and Amtrak, (the City of New Orleans from Chicago to New Orleans), stops three times a day and is only 6 blocks away. Pubs, coffeehouses and restaurants are nearby.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Carbondale

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1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

7 nights between 5/5/14 and 5/16/14. Choose any 7 consecutive nights.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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