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Reviewed 18 October 2017

This was our first trip to Southern IL. We wanted to find a nice cabin/cottage rather than a hotel to stay for a few nights. We came across MaKanda Inn and the setting was perfect. The lodge itself was very pretty and the owners were very nice. We did not have meals here, but would next time. The cottages are two level, small but cozy. Beautiful view from balcony of the forest and large bathroom on second level. Cute kitchen area and small refrig for food. Very clean and well maintained. We did not have a problem with noise. My only two comments are that the winding staircase was steep and narrow and would not work well if you have a disability. Also the TV was very small although there was room on the wall for a larger screen. The cottage was near Giant City State Park and Shawnee Wine Trail. I believe a 45 minute drive to parts of Shawnee State Park and about 90 minutes to Garden of the Gods. We saw deer and much wildlife from our balcony. We enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend if in the area. A great retreat for couples.

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

Your review is very much appreciated! The property was designed to be a unique lodging experience. We often hear, "So much better than a hotel stay" from our guests!
For future booking reference: The Inn operates as a B & B and those guests enjoy breakfast included downstairs each morning with their stay. The Cottage Rental Rates do not include a breakfast meal at the Inn.
We are always happy to answer questions prior to booking for our new guests! We want to ensure they understand the differences between our two distinct lodging options here at Makanda Inn & Cottages and will be very happy and comfortable with their lodging choice.
So glad you mentioned the many activities and attractions here in Southern Illinois, we are centrally located for the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail and many of the other places to see here. We have maps on our website to help guests plan their trip activities in advance. We look forward to your next stay with us!

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Reviewed 16 October 2017

Beautiful inn and cottages. Loraine and Malcolm are great hosts. They worked with our group to accommodate our needs and make all feel welcome. The breakfast each morning was delicious and well presented! The property is beautiful and well kept. The rooms are clean and comfortable.

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank j0nguid0
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MakandaInn, General Manager at Makanda Inn & Cottages, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2018

Thank you for your review! Your Fraternity group is a pleasure to have here each year for SIU Homecoming. We look forward to seeing the gang again in October 2018!

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Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

The inn and cottages are incredible, and hosts Loraine and Malcolm are wonderful, making feel more than welcome, more like friends! I highly recommend this outstanding property! Just be prepared to NOT want to leave.

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

It was great to meet you both and we appreciate the great review too! We hear your comment about "NOT wanting to leave" almost daily and "a 2-night stay is not enough time to see everything" for sure.
Come see us again!

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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
Thank Linda H
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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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