900 sq. ft. guest cottage with kitchen and extensive landscaped grounds.
The large bedroom is furnished with a king size bed, wardrobe, bureau, leather chair and ottoman, valet chair, clothes hangers, iron and ironing board, and usb connections. Terry robes are provided.
Pool / Spa
- 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.
- 50% refund (minus the service fee) if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 14 days before check-in.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
No smoking - Smoking allowed outside. Ash trays provided.Smoking allowed outside. Ash trays provided.
Max guests: 4
Minimum age of primary renter: 21
- Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult when using swimming pool.
- Inform hosts if people other than registered guests will be visiting.
- Quiet outside after 10:00 p.m.
Check in and check out with no person-to-person contact
Cleaned with disinfectant
Minimum two-day vacancy between guests’ stays
- English, Spanish
About D. Gorton
Jane is a lifelong resident of Southern Illinois, a graduate of the University School and SIUC. She is a retired professor of anthropology and of history. D. is a retired photojournalist and worked for several years as the White House photographer for the New York Times. Since moving into Carbondale in 1996 we have restored a number of historic homes in and near the Arbor District, and have been the recipient of the City's Historic Preservation awards for these projects.
D. Gorton purchased this guest house/pension in 2008
Why D. Gorton chose Carbondale
We were offered this house by the heirs because of our respect for the neighborhood's history. A bit of history: This property was the home of the first president of Southern Illinois Normal, now Southern Illinois University, Robert Allyn, who served from 1874 to 1892. The house at 505 W. Walnut was built in 1868 or earlier. Allyn added on to it, making it one of the finest remaining homes in Carbondale. After Allyn's death Dr. J.W. Barrow (1874-1961) and his wife Lucy Mary Patton (1879-19667) purchased it. In 1948 the Barrows built the house on Elm Street as their retirement home, on the site of the old horse barn, and their daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Dr. Leo Brown moved into the old house. Both families gardened, with extensive vegetable and flower gardens. Dr. Barrow and Dr. Brown, with additional partners, founded Memorial Hospital/Southern Illinois Healthcare. Leo Brown served on the SIU Board of Trustees when Delyte Morris was recruited to build the modern Southern Illinois University. In 1968 the Browns moved into the retirement home. Walnut Street was being paved, so Leo acquired a huge pile of bricks that had been removed. He had the pool built and converted the garage into the Pool House, adding on the story-and-a-half to the back of the garage. Leo did not think small. Over time he acquired a number of mill stones from Union County, including mill stones from the Kaolin mill west of Cobden. Two of these stones remained after family members took ones they wanted. The smaller pink stone we placed in the patio is one of those stones. Other relics of the region's past dot the lot's landscape - a streetlight and limestone curbs from Jonesboro, a few mementos of Old Main. The Walnut Street brick were Egyptian Bricks from Murphysboro - used to build the Panama Canal. With its history and landscape, it was an ideal home. We converted the Pool House to offices and, in 2017, a vacation rental.
What makes this guest house/pension unique
The Pool House is centrally located, with easy access to all parts of Carbondale and the region. It is a great place for parents of SIU students to stay as they can host their children and their children's friends. It is very close to Memorial Hospital and provides ready access for people needing to stay for multi-day procedures or visit hospitalized family. It is well-served by public transportation. It is 0.4 miles from the Amtrak station and the Saluki Express stops around the corner on S. Poplar Street.