The Osage Inn

13444 E Country Road 720n, Charleston, Illinois 61920
Innkeeper(s): Diane & Gary Cole
  • Introduction

    The Osage Inn, front view

         The Osage Inn invites you back to a simpler time and place. Nestled on 100 acres of peaceful woodlands, meadows, and fields between Charleston and Mattoon, The Osage Inn offers the perfect home away from home when visiting the area. The Inn is a restored Civil War era hewn log house originally built approximately 150 years ago near the Osage River in south central Missouri. Innkeepers, Diane and Gary Cole, purchased the house in 1998 shortly before it was scheduled to be demolished. Diane and Gary dismantled the house and brought it back to a lovely meadow and woods setting near their home in central Illinois.

    The old log house is truly a place to enjoy the peace and solitude and a time long ago forgotten. Even though the thought of no television scares a lot of guests, most find that they totally relax and find the time to enjoy wonderful conversations and share lots of memories and laughter with each other. Upstairs an old table is set up with a checkerboard, and numerous board games, cards, crayons, toys, old books, and radio are furnished for our guests' enjoyment. There is no WI-FI in the Cabin, but many guests bring a hot spot if they need that connection.  The latest reports indicate an AT&T hot spot works the best.

    A delectable home baked coffee cake, milk, juice, cereals, tea and coffee are provided for your breakfast at The Osage Inn.

    Sit and relax on the rustic front porch in adirondack gliders or try out the old porch swing at sunset. Tucked into the far corner of the meadow under the big, old hickory tree is an arbor just perfect for that glass of wine at sunset or a morning mug of steaming coffee. Wander out to the arbor any time of the day or evening where a comfortable table and chairs await your visit. New to the Inn is wonderful, rustic firepit located out in the front meadow. Innkeepers keep firewood stacked nearby to provide a warm blaze to sit and watch and share old times. Watch the deer as they wander out into the meadow edge to feed, as they feel the Inn meadows belong to them.  Turkey hens parade their chicks through the front yard quite often. Delight in the sight of hawks soaring above the old log house or the sound of the Great Horned Owl calling from the trees. Explore the woods and revel in the native Illinois flora. Play softball in the meadow, throw a frisbee, or try your luck on the old stilts. While you are a guest at the old log house, you will be trying to figure out when you can come back again to visit.

    The Osage Inn, fireplace The Osage Inn - Charleston, Illinois

  • Area Attractions

    The Osage Inn, historic photo

    • Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site - site of the last farm of Abe Lincoln's parents, portrays the year 1845 with its Living History Program
    • Amish Area - north of Charleston, near Arthur & Arcola
    • Eastern Illinois University in Charleston - cultural & sporting events
    • Several excellent golf courses
    • Lake Shelbyville - boating & fishing
    • Fox Ridge State Park - south of Charleston, great trails & picnicking
    • Walnut Point State Park - within 30 minute drive, fishing, picnicking, beautiful trails
    • Antiquing - the Innkeeper is also an antique dealer
  • Kid Friendly

    The Osage Inn welcomes children, but asks that they be well supervised. There is no television at the Inn, so it is an excellent time to talk, listen and play games with your child/children. The grounds are very spacious with lots of wonderful fields, meadows and woods to explore. Children age 8 and under stay free.