Windy Hill Acres Inn

830 Bell Hill Road P.O. Box 381, Cobden, Illinois 62920
Innkeeper(s): Bob & Carol Nebughr
  • Introduction

    Windy Hill Acres Inn - Cobden, Illinois


    Innkeepers Bob and Carol Nebughr would like to welcome you to Southern Illinois and their Windy Hill Acres Inn, located in Cobden, Illinois.

    Take in the view from our spacious deck, cozy up to the warmth of the fireplace and sleep in an antique queen size bed with down comforters. Enjoy quiet country living in our beautifully furnished five-room home with its spacious living room including a fireplace, satellite TV, DVD, VCR and a great view of the country side.


    Windy Hill Acres Inn is located in the Shawnee National Forest. The Inn is a Rock Potato House that was built in the 1800's and used to store the farmers' sweet potatoes until they could be shipped to Chicago. Today, the Potato House has two bedrooms, a spacious living room with a beautiful fireplace and a great view of the country side, and a kitchen with breakfast area. The living room opens onto the deck where you can enjoy the view, the fresh air, and the sounds of the country.

    A Continental Breakfast is included, and all appliances and kitchen necessities are provided so that you may prepare your own meals at your leisure for other times. For those of you that choose not to dine in, you can select one of the many local restaurants. You can choose the option of one or two bedrooms each furnished with queen size beds depending on your preferences (see rates). The house is air conditioned and includes a separate room with a washer and dryer which can be used as an extra dressing room.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Carol and Robert Nebughr for sharing their own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Windy Hill Acres Inn is conveniently located on the Shawnee Hill Wine Trail. Three wineries are within 5 miles of the Inn. Many of our guests will visit half of the wineries one day and the next day the other half of the trail.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Our Inn is very unusual. It started out in the 1800's as a Potato House where the farmers in the area used the house to store sweet potatoes until they could be shipped to the market in Chicago. In the 1950's a young couple took on the task of remodeling the house into a residence. It was used for over 50 years as a residence for the couple. In 2003, the Potato House was opened as an Inn to accommodate travelers visiting the area.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Windy Hill Acres Inn is located in southernmost Illinois. The area is known for the Shawnee Forest. The area is known for its hilly terrain, lush green forest, and many activities that can be enjoyed. All four seasons will have something different to offer the visitors.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    Many of our guests comment that we "have thought of everything." All you need to bring is your personal belongings.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    There is direct daily train service to Harpers Ferry from Washington, DC!

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

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    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

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    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    A favorite restaurant of ours and many of our guests is the Giant City Park Lodge. The Lodge restaurant is open daily with a full menu, except on Sunday when a fried chicken dinner served family-style is available.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Guest planning to travel to Windy Hill Acres Inn should check out our website, B&B online, and the Illinois Bed and Breakfast Association. The Shawnee Hills Wine trail B&B association will give everyone all the information needed to see what we have to offer. It is easy to make reservations from many of the sites.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    Our Inn has 5 rooms, living room, kitchen, sitting room, 2 bedrooms (queen size beds), and one bath. Laundry facilities are available. Our guests who smoke are welcome to smoke on the deck or porch with comfortable seating available.

    Do you accept pets?

    We do not allow pets, but if our guests wish to bring their pet, there is a kennel just a short distance from the Inn.


  • Events and Attractions while in Southern Illinois


    • Union County Events  

    • Southern Illinois Events 

    • Fishing Guides are available for the area, and can be scheduled if reserved it advance


    • Giant City National Park  covers 4000 acres with many hiking trails. (within 8 miles)

    • The Shawnee National Forest with Pine Hills and Little Grand Canyon.

    • Kincaid Lake, Cedar Lake, Crab Orchard Lake

    • Stone Creek Golf Course (within 8 miles) and ( recent host to the IHSA Girls Golf Tournament)

    • As well as many other golf courses and  activities in the area 

    • Bald Knob Cross (a 111 foot tall Cross atop Bald Knob Mountain) 

    • Antique shops in Anna and Alto Pass

    • The Cobden Museum 

    • Churches of many denominations (see listing)

    • More about Union County at

    • More about Southern Illinois at

    • A directory of other Southern Illinois web sites at

  • How To Find Us

    Windy Hill Acres Inn is located 14 miles south of Carbondale, Illinois and the Southern Illinois University and five miles north of Anna, Illinois on New Route 51.

     It can be reached by the following routes:

    From Interstate 57 exit onto Route 146 toward Anna, Illinois for 5 miles. At the first set of traffic lights in Anna turn right onto Route 51 and follow 5.4 miles to Bell Hill Road and turn left. Go 1 mile and to your left you will see the Rock House with a red roof tucked in behind a red barn.

    From Interstate 64 exit onto127 south. Follow 127 to Route 13 (Carbondale, Illinois). Stay on Route 13 to Walnut Street in Carbondale and turn right on Illinois Avenue. As you are leaving Carbondale you will pass the Southern Illinois University and Illinois Avenue will become Route 51. Stay on Route 51 until you come to Bell Hill Road. Bell Hill Road is 5.2 miles from the Makanda turn off, well known for it's large yellow smiley face water tower. Turn right onto Bell Hill Road for 1 mile and to your left you will see the Rock House with a red roof tucked in behind a red barn.

    From downtown Cobden  turn at the One Stop Service Station onto Poplar Street. Stay to your left and Poplar Street becomes Bell Hill Road. Watch for Windy Hill Acres Inn on your right.