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Makanda Inn & Cottages
Ranked #1 of 3 Makanda B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 27 September 2017

From the moment we arrived onto the Makanda Inn property, we felt at home. Loraine and Malcolm were extremely welcoming and even had birthday cupcakes waiting for us in the Sienna Cottage, where we stayed for two nights! I "kidnapped" my boyfriend for his birthday and surprised him with a mini vacation to Southern Illinois, since he had never been to this area before. While I thought the hiking, birding, and other outdoor adventures would be the highlight, it was our stay here at the Inn that was the true gem. The entire property is meticulously kept, from the grounds to the main lodge to our little cottage. While we had so much fun exploring this amazing area of Illinois, we couldn't wait to get back to the cottage in the afternoon/evening! We spent hours sitting on the upper deck, which was so quiet, peaceful and private. It was mesmerizing to sit and listen to the sounds of the insects and birds; the breeze through the trees; and to watch the deer, rabbits and squirrels meander through the woods. This was the perfect escape from our hectic routines for a few days and we really appreciated the thoughtfulness of the innkeepers (and ALL staff!) and the pride they obviously put into this beautiful oasis. We will definitely return.

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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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MakandaInn, General Manager at Makanda Inn & Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2017

So happy to hear how much you enjoyed your stay with us! The property was designed for peaceful, natural, thoughtful stays for couples of all ages.
The many Eco-friendly and sustainable aspects of all the lodging buildings and accommodations also contribute to a low impact on the natural, wooded environment here.
The word "Gem" is used quite a lot by our guests in reviews, thank you we think it is too!
Come stay with us again!

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Reviewed 15 September 2017

My wife and I spent 3 days at the Inn to celebrate our anniversary. It was a great spot to use as home base to explore local wineries, State parks and Shawnee National Forest. Malcolm and Lorraine were awesome hosts. Our room in the Inn was meticulous and comfortable. Breakfast each morning was a gourmet delight.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Michael W
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MakandaInn, General Manager at Makanda Inn & Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2017

It was nice to meet you both and thank you for taking the time to write a review about us for the TripAdvisor community. We do think we are conveniently located for exploring the unique Southern portion of IL. We strive to impress and feed our guests well, so glad you enjoyed the breakfasts! We enjoyed our conversations with you each morning.

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Reviewed 7 September 2017

We found this Inn on Tripadvisor and were happy with the beautiful, clean accommodations. The Inn is beautifully furnished, cozy and comfortable. The surroundings were in the middle of a quiet, peaceful forest. Our hosts were very welcoming and friendly. They served wonderful breakfasts and gave good recommendations for things to do in the area. We definately recommend the Inn if exploring the Shawnee National Forest.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank rnlynn7
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MakandaInn, General Manager at Makanda Inn & Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2017

Thank you for returning to TripAdvisor to share your lodging experience with our future guests. We appreciate your 5 Star review as well. So much to see in our area we hope to see you back!

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Reviewed 5 September 2017

My husband and I needed a weekend away just to relax, think and rejuvenate. Having only lived in this area for 3 years, I started researching places within 3 hours of our home that might deliver what we were searching for. I stumbled upon the Makanda Inn & cottages while looking for a cabin in the woods, away from the hustle. The cottages were all booked, but I booked a room in the Inn based on the location and how beautiful the Inn looked. We were definitely NOT disappointed. Our innkeepers and owner had truly thought of everything to make our stay relaxing, enjoyable and memorable. The breakfasts were all delicious, we stayed 3 nights. No complaints about the food or the portion size. Tremendous! The room was nicely appointed with a balcony just out the door overlooking the wooded area of the property. The bed was furnished with deluxe bedding and comfortable pillows, lighting was great with reading lights on both sides of the bed, super awesome walk-in shower and a beautiful countertop of hand made wood for the bathroom sink. It was just a delight to stay with Lorraine and Malcolm for our get-away. We felt like friends or family. Highly recommend this place.

Room Tip: We stayed in suite 4 which overlooked the woods, as does suite 3.
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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Kgardner120
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MakandaInn, General Manager at Makanda Inn & Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2017

You've done a wonderful job describing the property's Bed & Breakfast Inn and it's Suites. It was great meeting you both and we are so happy that you experienced just what you were looking for here! The property is perfectly designed for a "couples getaway."
We hope you'll be back again and again :-)

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Reviewed 29 August 2017

We stayed here for a weekend while exploring the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail and Giant City State Park. This inn's location is perfectly situated for these activities, and is only about 10 miles from Carbondale. There aren't enough good things to say about our experience here. The property is literally in the woods, and the only sounds you hear while sitting on the balcony or back deck are those that belong in nature. The property managers are very warm and friendly, and more than willing to help. The food was organic, much was locally sourced, and it was all delicious. The room's decor helped us instantly relax (I especially enjoyed the river rock shower floor) and was cozy and comfortable. It was a wonderful experience and we'll definitely return!

Room Tip: Suites 3 and 4 have better views of the woods and feel a little more private (Suites 1 and 2 face th...
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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MakandaInn, General Manager at Makanda Inn & Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2017

We really enjoyed reading your review! You've done an excellent job touching on so many great reasons for our future guests to come stay with us, while they check out this amazing region called Southern Illinois. We hope you'll make it back soon!

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Additional Information about Makanda Inn & Cottages

Address: 855 Old Lower Cobden Rd, Makanda, IL 62958-3120 (Formerly Makanda Inn)
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Region: United States > Illinois > Makanda
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Makanda
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A unique, romantic B & B experience in the Inn & 3 Private Cottage accommodations for couples. Southern Illinois first, Eco-Friendly property. Open all year! The Inn has 4 private Suites and operates as a B&B. Guests there enjoy a sumptuous breakfast meal daily. There are 3 cottages, two have 1 bedroom and West End Cottage is a two bedroom/two bath cottage. Breakfast is Not Included for cottages rentals. Cottage guests are invited to use the common area in the Inn to access the free Wi-Fi service. The cottages do not currently have Wi-fi. Inn suites have a refrigerator & coffee maker. One bedroom cottages have an equipped kitchenette which includes: a two burner electric stove, sink, refrigerator, coffee maker, and microwave. The two bedroom cottage has a full-size, equipped kitchen. Steam Shovel Coffee, a local micro-roasted coffee is supplied freshly ground in your Suite and fresh beans & grinders are in the cottages. Handmade natural soaps are also provided. Minimum Guest Age 13. ... more   less 
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