About the property
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay2 nights
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 havishamhouse.com.) 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.
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within a few hours
- Calendar last updated:
- May 23, 2018
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Exceeded expectations in every way, both property and host!
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.
Jason, you were an absolute perfect house guest. Thank you for leaving the property so clean. I look forward to your next stay!
Great Restored Property
Really enjoyed our stay at this immaculately restored property, very conveniently located to visit the numerous vineyards in the area.
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!
This property is so amazing it is exquisite in the beauty of the area is like none other ...i
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
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!
Amazing One of A Kind House!
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!
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!