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2 BR Vacation Home+Hot Tub, Shawnee Nat'l Forest & Wine Trails

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

Escape to the hills of Alto Pass! Drive to the top of Bald Knob Mountain. Gaze out over the valley from Cliff View Park and drive the Scenic Circle of Alto Pass. Explore the surrounding Shawnee National Forest - Pomona Natural Bridge, Little Grand Canyon and LaRue Pine Hills nearby. See beautiful Giant City State Park and the grand lodge built by the CCC. Check out the Cache River Wetlands with 1,000 year old Cypress trees. Discover the natural beauty that is southernmost Illinois.

Enjoy our nearby wineries and vineyards with award winning wines and tasting rooms plus entertainment from local musicians, dinner theatres and summertime or fall festivals along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. Shop our antique, craft and specialty shops in Alto Pass. Visit our local orchards for apples, peaches, nectarines, strawberries, blueberries and so much more seasonal produce. Fish or swim in Cedar Lake and and boat in numerous other lakes. Plus there is so much more if you like golfing, bird watching, biking, hunting, boating, and horseback riding.

Then relax in the quiet, peaceful and private setting of the Alto Guest House, a southern Illinois vacation house/cabin rental. We've completely renovated a small cozy and quaint house and transformed it into a lively, contemporary larger space. We added more room with high ceilings and gave it lots of natural light.

Two bedrooms with one queen and two twin beds. A loft is available with two twin inflatable mattresses. Kitchen has microwave, electric stove, dishwasher, refrigerator and some small appliances. The dining area comfortably sits six people. The large 24 x 8 foot deck spans the rear of the house overlooking the fenced-in yard and the woodlands below. Outdoor spa/hot tub private with deck. A Southern Illinois Cabin Vacation Rental.

Great fenced-in yard for your dog.

Directions: 15 miles from Carbondale, the Alto Guest House is located just outside the Village of Alto Pass. From Alto Pass go west towards Bald Knob. The Peach Barn will be on your right. Stay on the road to your right, Milligan Hill Road, for about two miles. There is a sign "Alto Guest House" right next to the driveway.

We are 15 miles SW of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Keywords: Southern Illinois House Cabin

More Details

Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

We did have a wonderful anniversary and a nice weekend. Our dogs loved the yard. We will be sure to recommend the Alto Guest house for anyone exploring the Shawnee wine trail and Southern Illinois. Thanks again!

Jeanie Evans
Jul 2016
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Alto Pass House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
In a woodland setting, easy access yet private. Firepit with firewood furnished.


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2 BR Vacation Home+Hot Tub, Shawnee Nat'l Forest & Wine Trails
average rating of 4.35 based on 54 reviews

Quiet, Relaxing Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Quaint, easy, quiet, convenient...what more can I say? Lovely trees surround the backyard. The owner, Lee, is fantastic...charming, helpful, and generous. The perfect hurricane hole to hide from Irma. Never knew Southern Illinois existed, and now we'll be back! Thank you Lee and Alto Pass.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for coming! We enjoyed your visit and conversations, hope you come back, and really hope all is well for you both in Florida! Lee
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Not for the picky!

  • 3 of 5

The house is very cute. In the perfect location to the wine trails. Beautiful setting, private & quiet. Could use some much needed drywall & roof repair. The hot tub temp was 80* when we got there, so there was no using it. When we got back, it was warm enough but half the water was gone. My husband has repaired our own many times, so he knew it had a leak. Hot tub was unusable. Stained cover on full bed, carpet could use a cleaning & no ladder for loft. Windows had no screens, we weren't able to keep them open. This has potential for a great property w some TLC. My husband & son-in-law being in construction, we're familiar w this kind of home maintenance. We wouldn't hesitate to book here again. The water was hot & the toilet worked (lol) & we also enjoyed the little kitty who lived outside :)

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The hot tub was in "rest" mode so the temperature was lower. Digital controls can be tricky. Hope your husbands construction company does well. Sorry to be late in responding, we received this on Thanksgiving day when we were with family and friends. Our current visitors have been coming for 8 years twice a year for at least a week each and have no issues.
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Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this property for a weekend full of wineries and we couldn't have been happier. Everything that we needed was provided and you could tell that Lee takes a lot of pride in making sure his guests are taken care of. There was a very strong line of communication leading up to the trip and everything was perfect when we arrived. The location was perfect as it's in a quiet area but still within a short drive to many wineries. We loved sitting around the fire pit in the back yard after grilling on the deck! This property is perfect for anyone looking to get away for a weekend. We are already looking forward to coming back next year!

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are looking forward to having you back next year! Thank you all for coming. So glad you enjoyed your time here! Lee
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Peace and Quiet!!!

  • 4 of 5

Older place but all the basics and then some! Privacy and quiet. Having the hot tub is awesome!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great county atmosphere!

  • 4 of 5

This little country home was perfect for our wine trail/ Shawnee Hiking weekend. We were able to bring our 2 fur babies with us. The fenced in back yard was perfect! Lee left bacon, eggs, bread and milk in the fridge for us and plenty of snacks and bottled water, this was such a generous thing to do and we really appreciated it! It was an extremely hot weekend in southern Illinois and Lee had the place all cooled off when we arrived. We didn't use the hot tub due to the heat, so can't really comment on it, but appreciated that is was there for our use if we wanted. I rated 4 stars instead of 5 because the place needs a little TLC. We left a note about the tub not draining well and Lee probably wasn't aware. The queen bed is very uncomfortable and the mattress has a large indent in the center, needs replaced. There are plenty of towels and table service available to us. If we have the chance to visit again, we will certainly consider a repeat stay! I definitely recommend this lovely little county home!

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. We appreciate your visit back to southern Illinois. We have checked out your recommendations and will make adjustments. Thank you again for coming! Lee
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Needs some upkeep

  • 3 of 5

Nice quiet location. Typical old southern Illinois home that has been renovated. Deck around hot tub needs serious repair, railings around the back deck are not sturdy, need repair. Tree in drive needs trimmed, branches rubbed roof of my pickup. Tree in side yard has branches laying on roof of house. Quite a few bugs in the house. It's not nearly as nice as advertised. The location is nice and private which is a plus and the price is reasonable however we will look elsewhere on our next trip to the wine trail.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Frankly I am so surprised at your comment Elaine. We worked so hard to get your second payment paid and thought we had an open line of communication. Sorry you were disappointed! We were too! Such a mess you left for 2 of you (or was there more than you said?) Trees do grow but we just had them trimmed and the hot tub had a small leak way underneath which has been repaired along with the decking needed to get to it. Looks great!
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Bird Watching - great songbird migration season in May! Mushroom Festival - hunt for morel mushrooms! River to River Relay Race in April - 70 mile relay race.

Cedar Lake, know for great fishing, boat ramp just 10 miles away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $10

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.