Enjoy peace, quiet and privacy in a 30 acre wooded country setting
The Bemco mattress in Bedroom 1 is manufactured in Springfield, IL. In the 1990's, Bemco was selected as the official mattress of the U.S. Gymnastics team. Each bed is provided with a quality fitted and top sheet and pillows.
- 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.
Pets allowed - Dogs only. Dogs only.
Max guests: 8 (sleeps up to 8 adults)
Minimum age of primary renter: 25
Check in and check out with no person-to-person contact
Minimum three-day vacancy between guests’ stays
High-touch surfaces cleaned with disinfectant (e.g. countertops, light switches, handles and taps)
Cleaned with disinfectant
About David Blum
My mother, father and I moved from the city to this country home when I was 3 years old. I attended grade school in Cooks Mills (pop. 200) in a 3 room, 3 teacher school for 1st thru 6th grades. Yes, there was one teacher between two grades but with a total two-grade student count of around 20, the teacher managed. Going onto Junior High in Humboldt (pop. 425) was a culture shock for the Cooks Mills students as our class population increased to around 25 by combining two grade schools. And there was more than one teacher. We had hit the big time. Growing up in the country instills a certain type of duty and responsibility that carries over into adulthood. Before the school bus arrived at 6:30 am, chores had to be done, and then after getting home at 5:00 pm, evening chores needed to be done as well. Even for a six year old, a 14 hour day wasn't uncommon. Getting up early, working long hours and taking care of your responsibilities, no compromises or short-cuts becomes a part of a persons character. Fast forward through High School (Mattoon Senior High), College (Eastern Illinois University) and the 40 years following. I've been blessed to be married to my best friend and wife of 37 years, raised two amazing sons, have traveled the world, have a residence in Chicago and own a successful business. I've seen a lot and done a lot, but without a doubt one of my life's golden nuggets is the time I can spend at my country home.
David Blum purchased this country house / chateau in 1963
Why David Blum chose Mattoon
This country property offers our guests the opportunity to rest, relax and recharge in a quiet and peaceful country setting on a woodland estate. But if a sedentary retreat is not for you, the home is in a central location to many events and activities. Within less than a 50 mile radius in any direction, you can visit some of Illinois' finest universities, enjoy a myriad of restaurant cuisines, nine wineries, five breweries, shopping, hiking, theatre and music shows, state parks, railway museum, apple orchard, exotic wildlife and the list goes on. And, of course you will be within minutes of beautiful Lake Shelbyville for boating and fishing to the west and Arthur, the heart of Illinois Amish country, just north.
What makes this country house / chateau unique
This house and property offer the peace and quiet and seclusion of the country, the tranquility and smells of the forest, and on a clear night, an unobstructed view of the billions of stars in the heavens.