Top 10 Cabin Rentals In Southern Illinois - Updated 2021

cabins in southern illinois

Southern Illinois has a rich history on account of its earliest settlers dating back to 12,000 BC. Remnants from this ancient time can be seen in the numerous earthworks, which are large mounds of earth artificially made by the settlers, that are still standing today. Southern Illinois is also surrounded by three rivers - the Mississippi, the Missouri and the Ohio rivers, which make the land quite fertile. A combination of the earthworks (pyramid-like structures) and the fertile land is what led to its nickname - Little Egypt. At present, most visitors who come to the area to visit Southern Illinois University (SIU), which is in Carbondale. Some of the activities that you might find interesting include a visit to Boo Rochman Memorial Park, the matches at SIU Arena or a drink at PK’s or Hangar 9. Keep reading to find out about the 10 best cabin rentals in Southern Illinois!

1. Quiet lakefront cabin for four (from USD 150)

This vacation rental is located not too far from Brookport. It is a one-bedroom cabin, located on 80 acres (32.4 hectares) of land. The cabin overlooks the stunning Hohman Lake which is only a few steps away. Sit on the porch, enjoy a cup of coffee, or soak in the hot tub while listening to the water and the wildlife. The hosts have provided kayaks, free for use but please note that a waiver must be signed. While a WiFi connection is not available, the hosts have provided HDTV and Bluray player. It is the perfect place to stay if you want a semi-private space in a good location.

Quiet Lake Front Cabin!
Brookport, Illinois, United States
55 reviews
Entire cabin 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the full kitchen was perfect
we enjoyed the hot tub grill kayaks fishing pier and the full kitchen
the amenities including full kitchen games dvds and hot tub make it a great place to relax
the hot tub was clean and nice on a chilly night
it is so quiet and clean
cabin was very clean and well-kept the bed was even comfortable
the cabin is updated perfectly decorated and clean through and through
the space was comfortable clean and has everything you could need
the hosts were absolutely wonderful and accommodating and helpful
hosts were great and respond quickly to any issues or questions
host's respond quickly and are very helpful
the space is wonderful the location beautiful & the hosts are warm friendly & responsive
hosts had special touches that made this place a gem
such a beautiful cabin with the perfect location
check this place out great location wonderful hosts
we enjoyed 3 peaceful and relaxing days in this beautiful location
great place to spend a holiday weekend
i would recommend this place to anyone wanting to get away for the weekend it’s beautiful and quiet
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2. Couples retreat near the wine trail (from USD 138)

Located in Carbondale, close to Shawnee Hills Wine Trail is this one-bedroom cabin. It was designed to accommodate only couples. It has a romantic stone fireplace, a comfortable couch, and a new hot tub perfect for two guests. You can whip up a meal using the gas grill and cast iron, and enjoy it inside by the fire. Otherwise, grab a glass of wine and spend your evenings on the porch, nestled in the rocking chairs, watching the deer roam freely around. Please note that there are different rates depending on the days of the week that you choose to rent.

Couples Retreat
Carbondale, Illinois, United States
154 reviews
Entire cabin 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
stunning views cozy cabin perfect for an anniversary get-away
cozy and private with everything we needed for a relaxing weekend away
very clean and cozy cabin
very clean and gorgeous inside and out
it was very clean and well maintained
the cabin is very clean and comfortable
the cabin was very clean
the owner is absolutely wonderful
jessica was a fantastic host
jessica is a great host
my fiancé and i loved our stay jessica is a great host accommodating and responds quickly
amazing spot the host has truly thought of everything you could need to relax and have a peaceful retreat
great location close to hiking trails and wineries
the location was great too
comfortable and cute place to stay
it is close a short drive to some nice places to eat
fantastic place to get away with your love
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3. Gorgeous retreat for families (from USD 130)

With one bedroom and one bathroom, this rental is ideal for six guests. It is a multilevel cabin in Goreville that has been decorated with creeper vines intertwined with soft yellow lights draped along its facade, giving it an enchanted look. There is a full kitchen with all the tools you need to make a great meal - all you have to do is get some groceries! The living room is the perfect space to sit, enjoying the crackles of the fireplace. The hosts also offer paddleboat, fishing equipment, canoes, kayaks, and mountain bikes, and all that can be rented. Please note that the hosts have a small cabin and a treehouse in the same location if you wish to bring in more people or intend to spread out and stay.

Red Roof Retreat Cabin
Goreville, Illinois, United States
132 reviews
Entire cabin 3 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
also like other have said the wifi is spotty at best
the cabin was adorable and it was nice to have so many kitchen amenities for our use
the space is so cozy and comfortable with plenty of kitchen and bath amenities
my husband and i really enjoyed the outdoor space where we are breakfast and supper
we really felt comfy and relaxed we had no issues with the wifi
very clean and decorated thoughtfully
everything was clean and comfortable
the cabin is clean and comfortable
the cabin was clean and well-equipped
the cabin was very clean and lovely
great hosts and accommodations
kris was a wonderful host
the host was very quick to respond and helpful thanks
kris is a wonderful host and the cabin is cozy and adorable
kris was very accommodating and quick to respond to any questions and was a wonderful host
i great little cabin close to lake
great spot near neat national parks
their location and cabin are in a great location and will meet your needs
the location was also great as it was close to ferne clyffe state park and shawnee national forest
) the location is good for a ton of hiking in the area
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4. Lakeside treehouse for six guests (from USD 195)

This vacation rental is a spacious cabin that stands on stilts on the lakeshore. The cabin is located in Vienna and has three bedrooms and one bathroom making it perfect for six guests. It sits on 500 acres (202.3 hectares) of land, which includes 10 acres (41 hectares) of the lake. From the front porch, you can watch the animals roam freely. Inside, you’ll find beautiful redwood accent panels and stairs which bring colour to space. A few unique features about this rental is its taxidermy collection and the assortment of tours available for guests.

Samson's Mtn Rustic Lakeside Treehouse 3 rm Cabin
Vienna, Illinois, United States
57 reviews
Entire cabin 2 Beds 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
living room had a tv love seat and chair
the upper beds were fun and they loved the deck over the water
clean and decorated pretty
place was very clean and the treehouse cabin is beautiful
the cabin was clean and has everything i needed
the cabin was very cozy and extremely clean
the home was clean and kitchen stocked with everything you need
the staff was super helpful
fast friendly responses and a fun decor
jerry was a wonderful host and answered my questions even though it was late in the day
the owner:amazing they responded so quickly and were great with all of my questions
he is quick to respond and so very helpful with any questions that i had
it's a very cute cabin in a very cute place
the pictures don’t even come close to doing this property justice
nice place to stay cabin was unique and interesting
great place we rented this cute cabin for the night to go to the winery‘s
awesome location great scenery and the animals were a great addition
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5. Romantic getaway with hot tub (from USD 150)

Only 20 miles (32.2. kilometres) from the centre of Carbondale is this lovely cabin. It is right on the shore of a stunning 6-acre (2.4 hectares) lake. The back porch with seating and a hot tub has a lovely view of the lake. From here, you can enjoy your dinner and watch the multitude of colours as the sun goes down. Inside, you’ll find luxurious bedrooms with classy decor. Please note that after making your booking online, you still have to call the host to confirm the dates.

Cabin in Southern Illinois - Hot Tub - Romantic Getaway -Shawnee National Forest
133 reviews
cabin 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
cozy warm and great indoor and outdoor space
it is clean beautiful and cozy
immaculately clean and a tranquil setting with spectacular scenery
everything was perfect spotless and beautiful
tanya and robert's cabin was so clean comfortable and lovely
you can tell that the owners of this place take excellent care of it
we never left the property best romantic place we've experienced
thanks for sharing your beautiful place lisa
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6. Cabin for six next to Shawnee National Forest (from USD 135)

This rental is a three-bedroom two-bathroom cabin for six guests in Simpson, Pope County. The cabin occupies an area of 1100 sq. ft. (102 sqm). It features a spacious, open floor plan and a large kitchen with plenty of counter space. The interior is well decorated with detailed prints to compliment the neutral decor. Outside you’ll find plenty of space for kids to run around and a small playset. Please note that there is fixed check-in (after 4 pm) and check out (before 11 am) times.

Cabin in scenic Southern Illinois, bordering Shawnee National Forest.
31 reviews
cabin 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
nice accommodations minus television source or cell service
pleased to see plenty of towels toiletries & surprisingly even qtips etc only wish we had wi-fi & cell service
the cabin itself is very comfortable and had everything we needed
we thoroughly enjoyed our stay the cabin was so clean and spacious
was well aware of that before but gps worked just fine:) everything fresh and clean
it was clean and in a remote location- prefect for a weekend get away
everyone was kind and accommodating
paula and phil were excellent hosts
located in a good spot owners were very accessible and accommodating and everything you could need is provided
a great location to explore the shawnee national forest area
nice quiet location plan on returning next year phil you need to add some dvd to your library
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7. Quiet stay for 12 guests (from USD 300)

Located in Murphysboro, only 8 miles (13 kilometres) from Carbondale is this delightful cabin for 12 guests. It has six bedrooms and bathrooms. The cabin has a comfortable and elegant living space, with dark neutral tones and mood lighting. There is a large front porch complete with rocking chairs and updated and modern appliances in the kitchen. On the back porch, you’ll find a hot tub!

Reece Ridge Cabins. Enjoy A Relaxing, Quiet Stay At The Area's Premier Cabin.
112 reviews
cabin 12 Guests 6 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
very clean and well stocked
cabin was excellent clean and fully stocked
beautiful well stocked clean property
secluded quiet peaceful clean and plenty of space
every room was clean
the owners were easy to communicate with and left simple instructions for all possible questions while there
great place to stay along the wine trail
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8. Spacious haven with a lovely view (from USD 215)

This Vrbo vacation rental is a four-bedroom two-bathroom cabin for fifteen guests. Its located in Makanda, only 13 miles (21 kilometres) from Carbondale. The cabin is 2600 sq. ft. (242 sqm) and is located on 75 acres (30.4 hectares) of land that is connected to Shawnee National Forest. It has a large, custom firepit, a fully stocked kitchen and a large deck with plenty of shaded seating that grants you lovely views of the valley. All the floors also have a 47-inch television! It is only a short drive to Southern Illinois University, Giant City State Park, Devils Kitchen and Little Grassy lakes.

Voted #1 Best Views On The Shawnee Wine Trail. Modern Lodge with spacious Deck
Makanda, IL, US
15 Guests 4 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

9. Gorgeous residence with private beach (from USD 350)

This home spans 2700 sq. ft. (251 sqm) and is set on 30 acres (12.1 hectares) of land in Carbondale that includes a pond. It has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, allowing it to comfortably accommodate fifteen guests. Due to its proximity to the lake, it has a private beach and a dock. You and your family will enjoy swimming, fishing and relaxing by the water.

Cabin w/ Private Beach! - 1 mi from Carbondale, IL & SIU campus
Carbondale, IL, US
15 Guests 4 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

10. Awesome loft amid the greens (from USD 129)

Shawnee Pines lodging is a two-bedroom cabin for seven guests in Golconda. The inside of the house has simple yet essential furniture which is sure to make your stay comfortable. It is surrounded by abundant lush greenery - a treat for the eyes and a welcome break from the boring buildings in town. It has a pond, surrounded by a sand beach and lounge furniture so you can spend your days outside enjoying the view. It is a good place to go kayaking, fishing and hiking. The rental shares 40 acres (16.2 hectares) of land with two other rental cabins.

Shawnee Pines Lodging - Loft Cabin
Golconda, Illinois, United States
44 reviews
Entire cabin 4 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
the cabin was phenomenal clean stylish and comfortable
cabin was clean and if anything more spacious and well-equipped than we expected
cabins were cute and clean
beautiful scenery quiet location super clean and excellent hosts
very responsive host will be back soon
tommi was an awesome host willing to help with anything and full of great suggestions for venturing out
perfect place from which to explore shawnee national forest
we had such a lovely time at tommi and thad's place
pond fishing swimming kayaking relaxing all in one place
also enjoyed walking on the paved paths
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Enjoy exploring Southern Illinois

Southern Illinois has such a rich origin that it draws individuals from around the country. Whether you’re here to visit SIU, or because you want to check out the ancient earthworks, you’re sure to find the most perfect cabin to rent. Make sure you bring your bathing suit because most of these places have a hot tub!

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