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Located on Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, close to Giant City State Park, SIU-C

Bedrooms 5
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Located on Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, close to Giant City State Park

Water Valley Inn can accommodate groups up to 12.

The Inn is a great place for girlfriend get-aways, family reunions, bachelorette parties, families looking for a place to stay together for a wedding or SIU graduation. The Inn is very adaptable to your needs.

The Inn has two bedrooms (queen beds), bathroom, living room, dining room, kitchen and parlor on main floor. Upstairs, has three bedrooms (one queen, one queen and twin, one twin) and a bathroom.

Kim Aldridge
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
19 April, 2018

About Kim Aldridge

My husband grew up helping his grandfather farm the land that surrounds the farmhouse. Which inspired a love of working in the fields. He now owns and operates an Automotive Repair business. In his spare time he takes care of mowing that gives him the opportunity to still work in the fields.

I was a stay-at-home mom while our kids were home. After they started school I needed something to keep me busy so kept friends and neighbors kids. When we had a decision to make about what to do with the farmhouse we decided to try renting it. Now I take care of the house and see to the comfort and needs of our guests.

Why Kim Aldridge chose Cobden

We opened our house to the public in 2007. Not wanting to see it set up on the hill and deteriorate from non use we decided to turn it into a rental so we could share the beauty of the old house. This house has been in our family since 1942 and was only owned by one other family before ours. Stories are told that part of the lumber used to build the house came from a mill that was set up on the property that we now live on.

What makes this farmhouse unique

I fell in love with the farmhouse the first time my husband & I went to a family Christmas gathering. It has character that is unmatched by any new home. Most all of our guests say it reminds them of their 'grandmas'.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse rental in Cobden

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 15 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 large double bed , Upstairs
    Bedroom 5 - 1 large double bed , 1 single bed , Upstairs
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , 1 single bed , Downstairs
    Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed , Downstairs
    Bedroom 4 - 1 large double bed , Upstairs
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • swimming
House had all windows replaced in Jan. 2014. Central air and heat was added in May of 2014. No more noisy windows to contend with.


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Located on Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, close to Giant City State Park, SIU-C
average rating of 4.888889 based on 9 reviews
Chebanse, IL

Wonderful stay at the Water Valley Inn

  • 5 of 5

This home was a great place for all of our family to celebrate Thanksgiving. The location was beautiful and we enjoyed reading about the history of the property. We would definitely plan another stay at the Water Valley Inn. Thanks to the owners for all the supplies and keeping this home in such great shape.

  • Review Submitted: 28/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We love sharing our home with others.
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So Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

LOVE this place!! The old house is very comfortable, well stocked, and filled with memories from the past. Gardens are beautiful. We enjoyed cooking in the huge kitchen that looks out onto the back porch, where we drank coffee in the afternoon. We watched the birds at the feeders and, as the sun went down, a deer family who decided to cross the back pasture. As evening fell, we shared our dinner with a black cat waiting in the shadows. He or she ate every last bit!

  • Review Submitted: 26/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent Southern IL Farmhouse

  • 5 of 5

This farmhouse is in excellent shape and comfortably slept our group of five (five separate bedrooms). The bathrooms are in excellent shape and the owners promptly respond to all inquiries. Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: 16/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! Glad the farmhouse met the needs of your group for your stay. We love hearing from our guests. Helps us to know if we are doing things right or if we have a need to improve.
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Exactly what we needed for a large family vacation

  • 5 of 5

Nice old family farmhouse with plenty of room for our 10 family members. Plenty of towels and kitchen supplies for our stay. The frig is a little small for a large family staying several days, but we managed. It is a good central location to use while exploring southern Illinois. Giant City State Park had several trails to walk and enjoy. We drove to Lake Barkley/Kentucky and rented a float boat for a day and came back to pick blueberries the next day. Lots of good family time together. Could have stayed in the area a couple more days for more fun.

  • Review Submitted: 21/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Can't wait to come back!

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed at Water Valley Inn last summer and this past weekend, we absolutely love it! The wrap around porch and porch swing is my absolute favorite! It's extremely cozy and relaxing. It's always such a fun weekend away from our kids that requires very little planning and packing! :-)

  • Review Submitted: 14/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review! Always love to hear that our guests enjoy their time spent at our rental. Look forward to booking your next stay!
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Exceeded all expectations

  • 5 of 5

My family attended a graduation at siuc and the home provided ample room. We enjoyed sitting in the many social rooms and sharing meals from the comfortable kitchen. We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: 18/12/2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Williamson County Regional / St. Louis
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Owl Creek Winery
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Keller's Crossing at Stone Creek
Nearest Train
16 Miles
Amtrak - Carbondale
Nearest Motorway
3.5 Miles
Illinois 51 South
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Giant City Lodge
Car: necessary

We have a variety of activities all within 30 miles depending on your likes. Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, Shawnee Bluffs Zip Line, Giant City State Park, Rock Climbing and Bike Trails. For those a little less adventurous or looking to get away from the busyness of the city life, we have a great wrap-around front porch and fire pit. Bring a book or borrow one of ours and relax while enjoying the wildlife and starry skies.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday farmhouse in Cobden

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$26 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 11.0%

Children over the age of 10 are charged as an additional guest. Please when making a request for a quote or reservation be sure to add any children over 10 in as an adult.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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