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Voted #1 Best Views On The Shawnee Wine Trail. Modern Lodge with spacious Deck

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,600 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 story cedar sided Lodge with 4 bedroom 2 bath. Everything is brand new!

Located on 75 secluded acres on the Shawnee Wine Trail, Firefly Valley Lodge offers spectacular views and a peaceful setting for your getaway. The Lodge offers breathtaking views of nature to be enjoyed from the large wrap-around deck. For those cool evenings, a large oversized two-tiered custom fire pit is available to keep you warm after a long day on the wine trail. Located within a few miles of Blue Sky, Owl Creek, StarView and Orlandini wineries, the Lodge is on Rocky Comfort Road, right in the heart of Southern Illinois Wine Country.

Connected to our private property is 140 acres of the Shawnee National Forest. Hunting and hiking possibilities are endless at Firefly Valley. The Lodge is within minutes of Southern Illinois University, Giant City State Park, Devils Kitchen and Little Grassy lakes.

The Firefly Valley Lodge is a 2 story cedar sided Lodge. The 4 bedroom 2 bath house features a open concept living room and kitchen with a magnificent vaulted ceiling and beautiful hardwood flooring.

The Living room features leather couches including a pull-out bed for additional guests. The Kitchen is fully stocked with everything you would need including all stainless steel appliances and a beautiful dining table. The main floor also includes two Guest Bedrooms both beautifully appointed with Queen beds. A full bath completes the main floor. A luxury Master Suite with a King size bed with its own bath are up the stairs for your privacy. The fourth and final bedroom is located in the basement. This bedroom is an oversized room big enough to hold a Queen bed and a full size couch. The living room and all main floor bedrooms and the master bedroom contain 47 inch flat screen TVs with satellite service.

All linens, utensils etc. are included in your rental. The furnishings in the home are stylish and high quality. Each item was chosen for this lodge specifically as if it was our personal home, making the Lodge stand alone in quality

More Details

Matt and Corene
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 19, 2018

About Matt and Corene

Owners of mavoproperty located in southern Illinois

Matt and Corene purchased this cabin in 2013

Why Matt and Corene chose Makanda

The views are incredible. Also, not only is the property large with 75 acres….it borders 140 acres of the Shawnee National Forest.

What makes this cabin unique

Bordering the shawnee national forest all the hiking you could ever want. Lodge sits on top of Firefly Valley. Incredible views


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cabin rental in Makanda

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Also contains a full size couch
  • 3 bedrooms have 47' flat screen tv's. Each have there own direct TV satellite system. 4th bedroom is in basement, but nicely decorated
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Ask about.......Shop N Drop Grocery Service Do you want to have your groceries delivered and stocked prior to your arrival at Firefly Valley Lodge? You can provide us a grocery list, and we will do the rest so you can enjoy your vacation in style……and immediately when you arrive. How does it work? Simply email the owners at a list of items requesting. The order must be a minimum of $200 with which a surcharge of 30% will be added to. Pay prior to your stay Firefly Valley $300, and the difference will be refunded if applicable. For further info please contact Firefly Valley Lodge at 618-694-5162.


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Voted #1 Best Views On The Shawnee Wine Trail. Modern Lodge with spacious Deck
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 30 reviews

Beautiful view and great location !

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful family wine trail cabin

  • Submitted: 8-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This is a perfect spot!! We had plenty of room for our party of 8. Everything was clean. The property was perfect, definitely wanted to stay longer. We will be back!!

  • Submitted: 7-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome Place

  • 5 of 5

The Firefly lodge was a great place to stay. I love the outdoors do the deers and buglers that joined us each was an added bonus. The winery tour was great. The Orlandini was our favorite. All the offering were awesome. Blue Sky was another favorite. If you like fresh farm to table restaurants the Yellow Moon is a must visit. Plan well for meals it is a few miles to the nearest stores. Would recommend.

  • Submitted: 18-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Wine Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Best views, and a great house to have a wine trail experience.

  • Submitted: 3-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family Stay

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful property and great for events.

  • Submitted: 16-May-2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A hard review to write

  • 3 of 5

Positives: responsive management, well maintained grounds, wrap around deck, fire pit, etc. Great for watching stars, deer, and fireflies.

Negatives: remote location, lack of wifi (needed to figure out things to do), no screens on windows, very dirty windows, etc.

Comments: placed was rented to "younger folks" prior to our visit. We found dirty serving spoons in dish washer, a small (single serving size) bottle of alcohol placed in the drain with the garbage disposal (shattered when we ran it), trash which not yet picked up (was picked up after arrival), and an adequate but less than expected level of interior cleanliness. To be clear, appliances, carpeting, hardwood and tile flooring, furniture, and bathrooms were adequately cleaned. Exhaust vents in bathrooms and duct work grates needed major cleaning. Some aspects of the lodge could use better maintenance ( screens put on windows, one window crank did not work properly, some window woodwork needed refinishing, etc.).

Overall an "average" rating assigned. With wifi and a little more maintenance (see above) this could easily be a 4 or 5 star rated rental.

  • Submitted: 28-Apr-2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very disappointed to have not met your standards for your stay at Firefly Valley Lodge. We're normally known for our exceptional attention to detail, and regret we that we may have missed the mark for you. When notified of your concerns, we tried to address them as quickly as we could to ensure your best possible stay. We do feel the rural location is one of our assets but we have taken your feedback and have put appropriate processes in place to address some of your concerns for future stays. Thank you for your feedback.
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Williamson County Airport
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Stone Creek
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
HWY 51

Shawnee Wine Trail


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cabin rental in Makanda

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add C$66 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$265.68
Housekeeping Fee C$112.91 + Tax

$195 per night for 6 guests standard rate Sunday-Wednesday (Min 2 night stay)
$235 per night 6 guests weekend rate Thursday-Saturday (Friday and Saturday must be rented together)
*Pricing subject to change due to holidays/hunting or special events-Event Fees do apply
*$30 extra per guest per night up to 9 guests, large group rate of 10-15 is $50 /night/guest
large group rate will be applied by lodge owner

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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