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All reviews southern illinois giant city state park wine trail fire pit sitting on the balcony the perfect home base straw bale dining table breakfast preparation relaxing weekend shawnee national forest both mornings great hosts enjoyed our stay breakfast each morning wooded area beautiful hiking trails
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Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

Stayed here to do the Shawee Wine trail event. Beautifully appointed Inn and cabins! Nestled in the Shawnee National forest creates a relaxing and peaceful environment. The suites in the Inn were well maintained and roomy with a balcony over looking the forest. The breakfasts both days were made by the loving hands of the innkeepers. They provided delicious and well presented food. This place will not disappoint with its beautiful surroundings and friendly staff

Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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MakandaInn, General Manager at Makanda Inn & Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2018

Your 5* review and compliments are truly appreciated by us! We believe our future B & B Inn guests will get a real feel for a lodging experience with us by reading your well-written review. We hope to see you back with us again in the near future for another getaway!

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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.

Room Tip: Bring a fan or sound machine for "white noise" if you are bothered by hearing your neighbors move around.
  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank ShannonMcL
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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 MichaelW3427
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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.
  • 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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