We offer 2 completely different types of lodging on this beautifully wooded, adult retreat, property.

First, a very large Bed & Breakfast Inn, with 4 Private Bedroom & Bath Suites!

Second, our 3 truly unique, Cottage Rental units.  We are located across the road from Giant City State Park and we love having them as our neighbor!

The tranquility you will experience here, rivals locations far more remote. 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.


Take Our Virtual Tour

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 visited Southern Illinois or have been here many times, it will make a lasting impression on you!

You’ll leave longing to return. It is indeed a hidden gem in the heart of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail and the Shawnee National Forest. So take the road less traveled and stay with us for an experience you will never forget!

This property is designed for your adult escape to seek adventure in southern Illinois, relax with local wines and enjoy the comfort and beauty of the Makanda Inn.  As such, we do not accommodate children under 12 years or pets.

A Bed and Breakfast accommodation with a twist and lots of perks! Gracefully appointed suites with high-quality linens and king-size pillow top mattresses provide a peaceful night’s sleep.

Additionally, a sumptuous breakfast will start your day. Downstairs a spacious common area with fireplace, south facing windows and bar, provides everyone a great place to relax and unwind.

Wooden entry door looking across the hallway to suite 4 entry, straw bale truth window to right.

The twist: all in a building made out of straw! Yes, bales of straw make up our suites exterior walls. Straw walls have incredible soundproofing and insulation which combined enhance your sleep and save energy. Additionally, the fireplace in the common area is a Temp-Cast 2000 prefabricated fireplace, built into a stone structure with a 32-foot chimney. The Temp-Cast is fashioned after the Russian Stove and is a high efficiency – low emission unit that heats the Inn in the wintertime. This combination of natural building methods and high-efficiency climate control in your suite provides the comfort level you want. Truly a bed and breakfast experience, unlike the rest!

The Inn Bar opened June 15th, 2018, and is available to our registered Inn & Cottage Guests year-round! All are welcome to be part of the “Inn Crowd” at The Inn Bar! If you have friends in the area you can invite them to join you for a drink. Weekend afternoon/evening hours from 4 pm to 6 pm & 7 pm to 9 pm on Friday & Saturday, other days will vary seasonally!

 “June 2019” – We started an evening food menu for all our guests to enjoy through our high-season at The Inn Bar on Friday and Saturday nights!  Please note:  11/16/19 concluded this year’s Evening Dining Schedule.  We want to thank everyone who came and enjoyed our food and appreciated the convenience of eating here. We are happy to say the new venture was a great success!

2020 – Stay tuned for future Inn Bar / Food Announcements!  Currently, our Restaurant Plans are on hold due to COVID 🙁



Our three unique, romantic, and relaxing rental cabins are perfect for those that want to disconnect entirely!  Please note they are separate from the B & B Inn and are not operated as B&B Cottages, (there is no breakfast included with your cottage rental).

All are equipped with the same high-quality, king-size beds and linens used in the Inn. They incorporate an even higher level of sustainable and natural building methods, including living roofs!

They were built with exquisite interior designs and provide 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 National Forest. All of our cottages have kitchen facilities and an outdoor grill where you can leisurely cook and enjoy your meals inside or out if your heart desires!


Our premier, single level, 900-square foot accommodation has two bedrooms (each has 1 King bed) and each bedroom has it’s own bath on-suite!. A truly luxurious cabin experience. The bedrooms only exterior light is through the Grolsch bottles built into the straw bale-earthen plaster wall.

Put it all together, and you have a superb sleeping environment! The living space has a comfortable TV seating area, dining table for 4, and a full-sized kitchen. It also has a wall of west-facing windows providing a beautiful wooded view and plenty of natural lighting.  Lots of updates have happened in the cottage during 2017 & 2018 and everyone has loved them!

Check out the virtual tour.  Also, visit the West End Cottage page for our great, longer stay vacation. Rates. Built into the ground with a grass roof you can walk onto. West End Cottage offers the most privacy of all the accommodations on the property.

It is the perfect getaway for one or two couples or 1 to 4 people maximum!  Don’t overlook this cabin rental. It’s truly our favorite!

Latest Blog Posts


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


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