Romantic Luxury Meets Eco-Friendly Straw Bale Construction
Beautiful yellow spring daffodils in February in Makanda Illinois

Spring arrives in February this year! 

Discover Makanda Inn & Cottages

An eco-friendly retreat in Southern Illinois utilizing green building practices on 18 wooded acres, literally right across the street from Giant City State Park. The tranquility you will experience here rivals locations far more remote. The sounds of nature, rarely interrupted, change with the seasons, from the near silence in winter to the symphony of creatures celebrating the warmth of summer. The birds abound and the rabbits come out on the lawn at dusk to play and snack on the grass. Off the beaten path in an area that is virtually undiscovered. If you’ve never experienced Southern Illinois or have been here many times, it will leave a lasting impression that is quite unexpected, longing to return. It is truly a hidden gem in the heart of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail and Shawnee National Forest. So take the road less traveled and stay with us for an experience you will never forget.

welcome-sidebar-2THE INN
A bed and breakfast with a twist. Gracefully appointed suites with high quality linens and king-size pillow top mattresses provide a peaceful night’s sleep. Sumptuous breakfast to start your day. The twist: all in a building made out of straw. Yes, all the exterior walls above grade are made out of bales of straw. The straw walls have incredible sound proofing and insulation which combine to enhance your sleep and save energy. The combination of natural building methods and high efficiency climate control lets you keep your room at the temperature you like best.

We have three unique, comfortable, romantic, and relaxing cottages available for rental! All are equipped with the same quality king-size beds as the inn. They incorporate natural building methods while providing exquisite interior design and the atmosphere you would expect in such a beautiful wooded setting.  Each is cozy and charming and offers quiet luxury in the heart of the Shawnee Forest.

Spring pink flowering tree set against the rock bluffs and clear blue skyOur premier 900-square foot, two-bedroom, two-bath cottage. West End Cottage is a single level with two spacious bedrooms and bathrooms. The bedrooms only exterior light is through the Grolsch bottles that are built into the strawbale-earthen plaster wall, providing a superb sleeping environment. The living space has a comfortable seating area, dining table for four, and full-sized kitchen. It also has a wall of west-facing windows that provides a beautiful wooded view and plenty of natural lighting. Built into the ground with an earthen garden roof you can actually walk on. This cottage offers the most privacy of all the accommodations on the property and is the perfect getaway for one or two couples. Don’t overlook this cottage, it is our favorite!








Innkeeper's Corner


Please Note Solar Eclipse
We are booked for the Total Solar Eclipse in August of 2017. If we put you on a waiting list and we did not contact you it is because we started at the top of the list and filled up very quickly. We thank you for your interest in the Makanda Inn & Cottages and hope you will consider us when visiting the area at other times.

We invite you to check-in often to see what is happening on our blog and at Innkeepers Corner!


Give the gift of relaxation. Our gift certificate guests love it here, an excellent gift for those you love and care about most.

Pen writing on paper


Keep up with what is happening at Makanda Inn & Cottages!

CTA Wine Trail sign