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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

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Member since: 2006
Speaks english
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
15 October, 2017

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Alto Pass

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:
  • antique hunting
  • boating
  • horse 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 4.3783784 based on 51 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.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 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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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!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 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.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 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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Great location!

  • 5 of 5

My wife, dog, and I stayed here for a weekend and absolutely loved it! The fenced-in backyard was perfect for the dog. The house is out in the country and surrounded by woods so it was quiet and peaceful. Lee even left us some bacon and eggs to cook for breakfast!

We had one minor issue with the hot tub at about 8pm one night. We messaged Lee about it and he was over less than 10 minutes later and fixed it right up. He was a great host!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and enjoyed all southern Illinois has to offer! We hope you can visit again!
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Peoria il

We left day early

  • 2 of 5

The pictures r deceiving. Its clean and spacious. Is actualluy old farm house. Woth the money if u want room and have kids, just wasnt what we were looking for.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are sorry you felt that way! When you left you sent an email that said "We just left 15 min ago key is on table sir, thanks wanna get home to our pets." The Alto Guest House is a country bungalow built in the 1930s - actually a Sears packaged house that we renovated completed, vaulted the ceilings and created a contemporary space.
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Chicago Ridge, Il

Clean, quiet & comfortable

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Alto guest house. House was very clean, with comfortable beds. Bacon & egg breakfast left in the fridge as a welcome was a very nice touch! Back fenced in yard was great for our dog, and the stars at night were a light show much appreciated! Only one item we thought should be remedied, the tub drain was very slow, but otherwise was a great visit.


  • Review Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay! Hope you had a great time with your friends in southern Illinois. Looking forward to your return, we hope! And, we will be sure to check out the slow drain and thank you for letting us know. Lee
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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

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee A$12.68
Tax Rate 11.0%

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.
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