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Amazing, beautiful rental. Luxury bath, must-stay! Rent 1 room, get entire home.

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Where 1892 meets modern luxury in a vacation home rental, located in Alto Pass, Illinois. We are in the heart of the southern Illinois wine trail and just a few miles from Bald Knob Cross, gorgeous hiking areas and bike trails. You will love Havisham House. This house holds historic charm and is tastefully decorated. Very clean, spacious and private. When you rent one room, you get the entire home.

This stately Main House offers two beautiful bedrooms, 1.5 baths, a full kitchen, parlor, living room, formal dining room, breakfast/sun room and a spacious and relaxing covered front porch. The living room has private doors, a gas fireplace and comfortable queen sleeper sofa. Main House sleeps up to 6 adults. Not a child-friendly home.

Why did we name it "Havisham House"? Have you read Great Expectations by Charles Dickens? Main character, Miss Havisham, lived in the Satis House, a ruined mansion. This property immediately reminded me of this classic novel when we found it in 2015… abandoned and heavily damaged from a severe tornado. (Please see "before" pictures at Even with its extensive damage, we fell in love with this property and had "great expectations" for its rescue. We think you will truly enjoy your stay as you make wonderful memories in southern Illinois. We know you will love Havisham House as much as we do.

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Alto Pass House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Please clean all dishes/messes and take out trash. This is not a hotel and I personally do the cleaning. Please respect my home. Thank you.
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • The full bathroom is a very large, luxurious bathroom, located upstairs. The half bath is located on the main floor.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Guest Bedroom - 1 queen
    Living Room - 1 queen , Private doors, fireplace & queen sleeper sofa
  • Books
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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Amazing, beautiful rental. Luxury bath, must-stay! Rent 1 room, get entire home.
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Amazing One of A Kind House!

  • 5 of 5

This is by far one of the best house rentals I've ever hard. It is truly a one of a kind architectural gem in a beautiful small town. The house has recently been renovated but keeps all of it's turn of the century charm. The accommodations are top notch and Jerry is an incredibly welcoming host.

The two bedrooms upstairs are very private and the living room downstairs has two sets of french doors and a couch bed. The bathroom and shower are really well appointed (rain shower is great) and the kitchen has everything you need if you chose to cook - but there is such great food all around. It is perfectly located to all the wineries and hiking, but in a very small quiet town to get a true country home experience.

I'd recommend this house to anyone - can't wait to stay again!

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Neil! It was a pleasure to host your stay. You were my first VRBO customer so I am thrilled you enjoyed my home. I hope to host you again in the future. Please tell your friends about Havisham House and VRBO!
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Exceeded expectations in every way, both property and host!

  • 5 of 5

We were impressed with the pictures, we were blown away with the property. The house was stunning, displaying great craftsmanship in every corner. Beautiful stained glass, some antique furnishings, and a bathroom that was amazing. Modern amenities with a country style made for a fantastic weekend in the heart of the Shawnee wine trail. We went to 6 vineyards during our short stay, and 2 of them are less than a mile away. We choose to utilize the wonderful kitchen and cooked two fantastic meals that we paired with our local wine.

The communication with the host was very fast and polite. I always received a response in a matter of minutes. Jerri is a great host with a magnificent house.

I would recommend the Havisham House to anyone looking to enjoy the area and we can't wait to plan our next stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jason, you were an absolute perfect house guest. Thank you for leaving the property so clean. I look forward to your next stay!
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Great Restored Property

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed our stay at this immaculately restored property, very conveniently located to visit the numerous vineyards in the area.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Rene was a wonderful guest. Easy to work with and I'd be happy to rent to her again. Thank you Rene for choosing Havisham House!
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This property is so amazing it is exquisite in the beauty of the area is like none other ...i

  • 5 of 5

History meets elegance and luxury. This has truly been a wonderful experience. This home is set in such a peaceful and in a beautiful part of the country. The scenery of this town is breathtaking . It is ideal for someone just wanting to get away. The home itself is a treasure and has been restored with such style and elegance. The owner has provided every need both in necessity and luxury. I can't imagine a better home to rent or a better experience. I truly hope I can come back someday. I give the owner in the home 10 stars for accommodating all that we needed and going above and beyond. I left today beyond inspired. -Grace

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Grace, you were a wonderful guest and I hope you stay again in the future. I really enjoyed working with you before check-in and during your stay. You were my largest group thus far. I thank you so much for choosing Havisham House!
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Jerri Schaefer
Member since: 2017
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 24, 2018


Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Kellers Crossing & Union Cty Golf
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Carbondale, IL
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Peach Barn Cafe & Trails End Lodge


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Tax Rate 11.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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