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A Beautifully Restored And Completely Updated 1930's Forest Lodge.

Bedrooms 2
Space 120 m²
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, Huge Deck, Modern Kitchen Surrounded By Towering Forests

Cherry Lake Lodge is a newly renovated historic woodland cabin with all the comforts of home. This unique retreat has its’ origins as lodging and work station for researchers when Morgan Monroe State Forest was part of the Northeast Forest Experimental Station in the 1930’s.

The lodge’s large elevated back deck overlooks acres of natural beauty- a great escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Watch for deer, wild turkey and forest wildlife as you relax on the expansive deck and enjoy the comfort of your own woodland retreat.

The nearby 3 Lakes Trail and Mason Ridge Trail offers 10 and 3 mile hiking opportunities. The 4 acre Cherry Lake is a short stroll away and a great spot for a picnic or throwing out a fishing line from the gentle, manicured shoreline.

Cherry Lake Lodge was completely renovated in 2013. It features 2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms (including the master bath) and a pull out sleeper sofa in the great room. Maximum overnight capacity of the lodge is 6.

The improved floor plan features a new kitchen, adjoining dining area, great room with fireplace and wide deck across the entire back of the house overlooking the surrounding woods.

Only 45 miles from Indianapolis, 30 minutes from Bloomington and 2 hours from Louisville. Cherry Lake Lodge is an ideal location and 1-of-a-kind get away for small retreats and families.

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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation lodge rental in Martinsville

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 120 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , guest bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Master bathroom with ceramic shower
  • The lodge features 2 full bathrooms, including the master bathroom. Nicely accented with ceramic floors and showers.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master bedroom- includes master bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Guest bedroom with direct bathroom access.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , This sleeping area is the Great Room with sleeper sofa
  • The Cherry Lake Lodge has 2 bedrooms with all new furnishings in 2013. Queen size beds and bed side stands in both bedrooms. Master bedroom has deck access. There is additional sleeping on great room sleeper sofa. Maximum overnight capacity is 6.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
Nicely appointed lodge with all new furnishings. Starter set of paper product included. Guest to provide additional paper items as needed (e.g. toilet paper, paper towels, napkins) Owners will provide house cleaning after guest departure. Guest is asked to do basic clean-up during stay and before departure (e.g. wash and put away dishes, clean up spills and wipe counters, sweep excess dirt on floors)


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A Beautifully Restored And Completely Updated 1930's Forest Lodge.
average rating of 4.866667 based on 15 reviews


  • 4 of 5

This is the second time my family and I have stayed here. It is a wnderful get away.

  • Submitted: 11-Dec-2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Locked myself out the first night, the DNR assistant manager John came immediately to our rescue.

We got married this weekend and this was absolutely wonderful. We will be back.

  • Submitted: 3-Dec-2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful cabin!

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful cabin. I was really impressed. Hardwood floors, beautiful tile work, "cabin" furniture. We really enjoyed our stay here. There is a hiking trail within walking distance from the cabin. Lovely wrap around deck. Just enough open space to be able to see the stars at night. Firewood for the fire pit was provided. Gas grill and well supplied kitchen although we didn't cook any meals. A little drive to get to a restaurant. I have Verizon and could make phone calls/texts although reception was spotty but poor internet signal, also poor satellite signal for the tv but we are in the woods so this was expected. Should be enjoying the outdoors. Cabin is handicapped accessible. Towels and bedding provided. Mattresses were firm but comfortable. Cabin was very clean.

  • Submitted: 8-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quite, remote cabin in the woods

  • 5 of 5

Nicely furnished, clean and roomy 2BR cabin in a beautiful wooded setting. We used this for extra family sleeping quarters for a reunion at nearby lake - worked out great!

  • Submitted: 5-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Really nice

  • 5 of 5

Really like the property. Everything was perfect.

  • Submitted: 22-May-2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This is not just a cabin in the's a beautiful home. It was very very clean. The ice machine is a nice touch. The creek running through the yard was the perfect size for exploring! Me and my family had a wonderful time, and will be back again.

  • Submitted: 13-Mar-2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Property Manager

Jon Roales
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 9, 2018

About Jon Roales

Morgan-Monroe State Forest had its beginning in 1929 as an Experimental Forest. Research and active forest management is still part of this State Forest. Today visitors can enjoy Cherry Lake Lodge, the restored and fully updated 1930’s research station. The 2 bedroom modern cabin is nestled down a quiet forest lane near the State Forest office. State Forests are great places to visit and we are pleased to be able to offer this unique experience to the people of Indiana and those visiting our State.

Jon Roales purchased this lodge in 1929

Why Jon Roales chose Martinsville

In 2011 we embarked on a project to make unique forest retreat homes available to families and small groups who might enjoy the deep forest experience as much as we do. Cherry Lake Lodge is the second project we have completed. The first lodge is Covered Bridge Retreat located in Parke County, Indiana and nestled in 300 acres of State Forest. Covered Bridge even has its own campground and equestrian facilities for hosting large groups. We knew Cherry Lake Lodge was something special and with care we added an extra bedroom, bathroom and fully updated the cabin with modern amenities. Our staff live nearby and are accessible in case of emergency.


Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Indianapolis International
Nearest Barpub
15 Miles
Bloomington and Martinsville
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
State Road 37
Nearest Restaurant
15 Miles
Bloomington and Martinsville
Car: necessary

Cherry Lake Lodge is surrounded by 23,000 acres of State Forest land. The State Forest offers several hiking trails, and is a popular spot for spring mushrooms, seasonal hunting, bird watching, geocaching and camping. The 1930's fire lookout tower is located near the Forest's playground and open to public climbing during set hours. A short walk away, Cherry Lake is a 2 acre pond that offers good bankside fishing for family fun.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation lodge rental in Martinsville

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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 12.0%

3 night minimum on holiday weekends.
14 night maximum stay.
Maximum overnight capacity is 6.
No tents or RVs permitted.
Payment methods: Check or credit card only.
No online payments accepted.
Reservations can be made up to 1 year in advance of arrival.
Guest required to adhere to lodge policies and sign a use agreement/damage waiver.

50% due at booking.
Balance due within 30 days of arrival.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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