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Water Valley Inn is located just 20 miles from Carbondale, Illinois and only 35 miles from Cape Girardeau, Missouri and 60 miles from Paducah, Kentucky. Water Valley Inn offers less than a hours drive from a vast array of destinations. Built in 1922, the two-story farmhouse is located on one hundred beautiful acres in rural Southern Illinois. From the back porch you can view the old barn and chicken house which gives you the wonderful feeling of visiting Grandma's house down on the farm for the very first time.
As the innkeepers of Water Valley Inn, our pleasure is making your stay with us as relaxing and stress-free as possible. We want your stay to be an enjoyable and memorable experience that will entice you to return to Southern Illinois year after year. We have a lot to offer in Southern Illinois and want you to experience all we have. We are open year round to give you the opportunity to experience all the seasons that beautiful southernmost Illinois has to offer.
Inside the house you will find a nice living room, parlor, dining room, fully equipped kitchen, two full bath (one on each floor), two bedrooms downstairs (with queen beds) and three bedrooms upstairs (two with queen beds, one with three twin beds or can be set up with one twin and one king).
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Kim & Gregg Aldridge for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
First, we are located on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. Second, people come to enjoy nature. We have lots of great places to hike and bike ride. Third, we are close to Southern Illinois University of Carbondale.
What are you best known for?
We are best known for our size and way we rent our inn.
What makes your inn unique?
We can sleep up to 5 couples or 11 guests. We have great accommodations for girlfriend getaways, family reunions and couples coming to enjoy the wine trail together.
What do you love most about your inn?
I love the fact that everyone can stay in one house and enjoy their time together, whether its in the house sitting around the table playing cards or outside in the large backyard playing games and enjoying a fire.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
The beauty of the area. It’s always changing depending on what time of year you visit. I always tell my guests even if they don’t like the wine, take a drive down the wine trail and enjoy the scenery. We have Bald Knob Cross, Giant City State Park, Cache River and Tunnel Hill State Park just to name a few. Rock climbing, scuba diving, hiking, wineries and a new zip line. Too many things to pick just one, depends on your individual likes.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
How comfortable the décor is, both men and women enjoy staying with us. Not too frilly and not overly cluttered with antiques. The character of the house, it was built in the early 1900’s. Everyone that stays has questions about the house.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
The peace and quiet of nature. The great wines that our wineries produce.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Hike, antique shop, wine trail, and the newest thing is the zip line.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Nothing but the great outdoors. The closest winery is ½ mile. Which I guess if you wanted to walk it you could. Just not anything else for a good 5 miles. Lots of guests that stay with us love our location because they can take a nice run in the mornings before starting their day.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
The Blue Boar or Giant City Lodge. Two totally different places with a variety of selections on the menu.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference? How many rooms does your inn have?
We have 5 rooms: four have queen beds and the fifth has three twins and can be setup as a king and one twin.
Do you accept pets?
We do not accept pets.
What a wonderful weekend away! You made us feel so welcome and comfortable. This weekend was 4 old friends taking a break from the "business" of life and relaxing, talking about old times, making new friends and basically "exhaling". What a retreat.
Thanks so much for sharing your family heritage with us in this beautiful home. What a treasure!
Marty and Pam
Bruce and Melanie
This was a wonderful experience for our family -- especially for the children to spend the night in a farm house. And what a beautiful, peaceful, welcoming place this is. One senses the presence of the Spirit of God immediately. We had prayed that God would provide just such a place. Why am I still surprised that He answers our requests in Jesus name?
Thanks for being the answer.
Mike & Kerra & family
My family & I have truly enjoyed our stay at your home this weekend! We love this house and all its character! You have provided a "home away from home". Breakfast was great! Thanks for stocking everything so well! Thanks again for your hospitality. This home is so peaceful.
We knew the moment we drove up that we were going to have a great time. From the wrap around porch to the once stinky outhouse, the place captured us. We explored, played sat quietly and enjoyed every ounce of this old house. Thank you for making our stay unforgettable!
Roger & Judy
Stacey, Kasey & Chase
Children, if well supervised are welcome. Children should be under parent supervision at all times due to the staircase in the farm house and that we are in a rural location.
From I-64 Take Route 127 South to Route 13 (to Carbondale), turn right on Route 51 South (heading toward Anna, approximately 14 miles). You will see a blue information sign that will have Owl Creek Winery and Shawnee Hill Antique Barn listed, turn left onto Water Valley Rd. You will continue on Water Valley Rd. approximately 3 ½ miles. During that time you will come to two different places where you can veer to the left (don’t), stay to your right and continue on Water Valley Rd. You will pass Owl Creek Winery and then cross a one lane bridge. Water Valley Inn will be the 2nd house on the left (sits on top a hill). The driveway is past the sign right as you start to round the corner.
From the I-57 exit at route 146 west of Anna Take Route 146 toward Anna for 5 miles and turn right on Route 51(North). Take Route 51 to Water Valley Rd. (you will see a blue information sign listing Owl Creek Winery and Shawnee Hill Antique Barn), turn right, continue on Water Valley Rd. approximately 3 ½ miles. During that time you will come to two different places where you can veer to the left (don’t), stay to your right and continue on Water Valley Rd. You will pass Owl Creek Winery and then cross a one lane bridge. Water Valley Inn will be the 2nd house on the left (sits on top a hill). The driveway is past the sign right as you start to round the corner.