Shawnee Hill Bed and Breakfast

290 Water Valley Road, Cobden, Illinois 62920
Innkeeper(s): Tony & Rhea Calabrese
  • Introduction

    Welcome to the Shawnee Hill Bed and Breakfast

    Located in the Shawnee National Forest in the rolling hills of Southern Most Illinois. It is a romantic Get-a-way away from the stress of city life. Enjoy hiking, bird watching, and fishing in stocked ponds. Explore a cave that Daniel Boone carved his name in 1766. Shop in the antique shop in the 1860 barn and explore the blacksmith shops below the barn.

    Experience the tranquility of country living with antique furnished guestrooms, all with private baths and private decks. Star gaze and sip local wines, from the Shawnee Wine Trail, in an outdoor hot tub with a cozy fire and candles.

    Whatever you are looking for in a weekend, it's available while staying at Shawnee Hill Bed and Breakfast. There is so much to do one weekend is not enough so you will want to return often.

    Whatever you are looking for in a weekend, it's available while staying at Shawnee Hill Bed and Breakfast. There is so much to do one weekend is not enough so you will want to return often.


    Shawnee Hill B & B is located 14 miles south of Carbondale and Southern Ill. University and 5 miles north of Anna, Ill. on new Route 51. It can be reached with easy access from:

    I-57 exit at route 146 west of Anna. Take Route 146 toward Anna for 5 miles and turn right on new Route 51. Take Route 51 to Water Valley Road and turn right, then turn right again at the first driveway.

    I-64 take Route 127 south to Route 13, to Carbondale, turn right on Route 51 go south to the sign at the first Cobden crossroad sign (Water Valley Rd) turn left and then turn at the first driveway on right.

  • Activities

    Within 20 Minutes or less of Shawnee Hill Bed & Breakfast


    • Ceder Lake Public Beach
    • Giant City State park -- Horseback riding available. Picturesque lodge serving meals all day. Hiking trails, picnic shelters, climbing and repelling bluffs
    • Cache River Wetlands Reserve -- Canoe rentals available
    • Heron Pond Wildlife Refuge
    • Pomona Natural Bridge and General Store
    • Bald Knob Cross -- One of the highest and largest Christian monument in the state
    • Hundreds of birds for a great bird watching experience
    • Wine tasting -- Tour the Shawnee Wine Trail
    • Golf -- Union County Country Club and Stone Creek Golf Course
    • Rock Climbing -- Vertical Heartland Climbing School
    • Also see Community Links

    Just ask the Innkeepers about more things to do during your stay.

  • Guest Reviews

    "We booked at 11:30 p.m. The night before arrival as a last minute get away. We were greeted upon arrival by the sweetest lady. The cabin was small but perfect for the two of us. The breakfast tray was awesome. We will be going back for sure!!"

    "This is the B&B that we compare all others against. If it doesn't meet these standards, we don't ever go back or recommend to anyone. Haven't visited lately, but we've been for years & years with friends & by ourselves, and have never been disappointed. We're stayed in all rooms & each is special. Nothing to do except drink GREAT wine, visit friends (or just ourselves) and commune with nature. Beautiful life. The owners are absolutely the most gracious hosts, have some of the best breakfasts and are so interesting to talk with. Walk to the cave by all means. Those claw-foot tubs (& hot tub) have every amenity one could need. Each room has everything from fresh fruit, to chocolates, to magazines to movies (as if one would actually want such a thing). Beautiful table settings -different each morning you eat breakfast--so you don't get bored!!! If you go back, the owner knows what she fed you before, asks if you want different foods or some of the same. We ALWAYS take her bacon casserole. Wonderful wineries nearby, great antique shops, GREAT food at the Giant State Park lodge. Relax & enjoy life here."

    "We've come to love Shawnee Hill B&B over the years. My husband and I have brought friends and family with us to enjoy this restful, charming B&B set in the Shawnee Hills of Illinois! It's a nice, quiet get-away that isn't far from our home near St Louis. The rooms are lovely, the grounds hikable, and the breakfast is always fantastic!"

    "We spent 1 night in the Victorian Room. The other is the Country Cottage. Both are lovely, decorated with antiques. Of the 2 rooms, I prefer the Victorian because it has the temperature control for both rooms. The queen bed is very comfortable. The bathroom is large & has both a shower & tub. Each room has a private deck. No cable, so the TV only receives ABC & CBS. However, there are both DVD & VCR with a large assortment of movies available. The property itself it gorgeous. It is very private and surrounded by Shawnee Hill National Forest. Very convenient to the Wine Trail and hiking. We opted for the full breakfast, which was well worth it. The hostess is very friendly and helpful. We're looking forward to returning. This is definitely worth it."