Lakefront Woodland Wonderland—Shawnee NF—ILOzarks

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Entire cabin hosted by Joanna Beth

  1. 2 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 1 bed
  4. 1 bath
Dedicated workspace
A private room with wifi that’s well-suited for working.
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The only lakefront rental on Kinkaid's sparkling waters, this respite is steeped in serenity & surrounded by nature's wonders.

Floor-to-ceiling windows & covered balcony across entire width of home create magnificent overlook of grounds—including woods, creek, bluff, & large waterfront yard.

The night skies are dense, laughs belly-full, sunsets resplendent, & wildlife abundant. Bring a kayak, boat, or just yourself for a getaway where bluff-top breezes distill into deep breaths of contentment.

The space
Preliminary caution—You might just fall in love: A number of visitors to the chalet became enchanted with the environs and have either purchased property in the region or are currently seeking to move to the area.

Murphysboro and the surrounding Kinkaid area are known for their natural beauty, water recreation, hiking, barbecue legacies, wine trail, breweries, remarkable per-capita abundance of local eateries—from 5-star gourmet to off-the-path treasures (complete list and recommendations at the property)—peach and apple orchards, and relaxing excursions in a region filled with friendly people and nature's splendor.

All that said, this property is not for sale, but it is a gem. It is located 5 ½ miles northwest of Murphysboro on Kinkaid Lake at the end of a national forest-service road, tucked into a lakefront cove surrounded by the Shawnee National Forest in the Illinois Ozarks.

The woods and water are filled with the sounds and movement of wildlife. The sunsets are spectacular, and the night skies stunning. Due to its location amid the SNF, the property is not disrupted by light pollution. It is gorgeous country!

CLEANING
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DESCRIPTION OF CABIN
The chalet-style cabin is built on a hill in the woods facing the lake. It is comprised of a bedroom, full bathroom with shower, living room, dining room, full kitchen (equipped), and large balcony facing the lake. The living room features sweeping views of the property with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the lake.

The kitchen and dining room have these views as well and are open to living room, which also features a decorative fireplace constructed with stone from the property. A sliding-glass door leads from the living/dining areas to the large balcony, with the doors flanked on each side by the floor-to-ceiling windows.

The bedroom is tucked down the hall across from the bathroom, which faces the bluffside woods. Nature's harmony lives on the breath of night here, so while the bedroom's pillow-top coziness will entice you, the waterfront view and the symphonic sounds of nature's nocturnal marvels may tempt you to sleep on the large balcony under the splendid view of the Milky Way stretched in its wide chalky wonder across the heavens.

In the morning, enjoy complementary coffee or tea on the balcony overlooking the water and woodland life while planning your day's splendid adventures.

In the evening, as you watch the sun set, enjoy a titch of moonshine (from the sky or otherwise) and listen to the symphonic sounds of nature while trying again and again to discern where the sparkling skies end and shimmering waters begin.

If you are looking for a peaceful, waterfront respite where you can immerse yourself in nature and its many wonders amid serene surroundings, this is your place.

Whether you're treating your soul to a getaway or planning adventures amid nature's playground, if you'd like to share your reasons for traveling to the area or any special requests you have, we look forward to making it an extra-special experience for you!

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ATTRACTIONS & AMENITIES:
•Location! This property is the only rental located directly on Kinkaid Lake and is surrounded by woods, water, lake-and-woodland creatures, and absolute serenity. The property is tucked in a woodland cove off of a quiet national forest service road that ends at the property. Beauty, animals, stars, and serenity abound—all at a lakefront location.

•Multiple gorgeous hiking trails (from easy to rigorous) and biking opportunities close by—Hosts/owners are hikers and have multiple recommendations, including maps, at the property.

•Beautiful lakefront and sunrise/sunset strolls

•PRIVATE BOAT PARKING available at no extra charge, depending on the size of the boat(s)!

•Walking distance to Kinkaid Lake and Marina, which has a restaurant, bar, convenience shop, and popular walking/exercise routes with lake scenery.

•The waterfall spillway at Kinkaid Lake is one of the area’s most beautiful “swimming holes” and can be accessed by car (5-min.) or boat

•Fishing docks within walking distance--or fish lakefront at the house!

•Owners/hosts live nearby and would be delighted to offer recommendations and assist in making your stay terrific.

FOOD & DRINK HAVEN—Full list of recommendations at the property
•Locally-owned eateries abound in the area, making Murphysboro and the surrounding region a treasure and best-kept secret among foodies and wine/beer enthusiasts as well as nature-lovers.

•Wineries galore, including the fabulous Shawnee Wine Trail, teeming with tastings, live music, fabulous food, and genial vintners!

•Several local breweries and multiple brew-pubs are close by as well, including the internationally acclaimed Scratch Beer (a forage brewery), located just across the lake and a must-visit for any beer enthusiast. Other local brewpubs round out the list of must-visits for cerevisaphiles—complete list at the property

•Murphysboro is the official barbecue capitol of Illinois and home to the famed three-time World Grand Champion pitmasters Mike Mills "The Legend" (17th Street Bar & Grill), and Pat Burke (Pat's BBQ). Fun fact: One of the host's aunt and uncle were on the winning Apple City Barbecue Team with Mills & Burke when they swept Memphis in May three years running.

•Murphysboro is also home to the prestigious annual "Praise the Lard" Barbecue Cookoff, which is on the bucket list of every barbecue team worth its rub in America and beyond, bringing teams from around the States and the world to compete.

•In addition to 17th Street and Pat's, many additional award-winning and restaurants nearby—from 5-star gourmet to restaurants from around the global to homegrown sustenance. Complete list and recommendations at the property.

ON-SITE
•Covered, attached-garage parking (standard-size garage parking space)

Trailered boat parking is available (no charge) at the property. Boat ramp access is less than a quarter mile from property.

ALSO
•Close to Southern Illinois University

•Science and history museums (adult and kid-friendly)

•The area is a nature lover’s paradise, surrounded by national forest and state parks and stunning beauty

BE MARVELED by starry depths | CONNECT to sensate wonders | RESET your soul's serenity.

We look forward to hosting your magnificent stay in Southernmost Illinois!

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom
1 queen bed

What this place offers

Lake view
Waterfront
Kitchen
Wifi
Dedicated workspace
Free residential garage on premises – 1 space
HDTV with Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Disney+, HBO Max, Netflix
Air conditioning
Private patio or balcony
Private backyard

7 nights in Murphysboro

Aug 16, 2022 - Aug 23, 2022

4.94 out of 5 stars from 48 reviews

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Where you’ll be

Murphysboro, Illinois, United States

Here the skies are dark, the laughs are belly-deep, the wildlife is boisterous, and deep breaths of contentment live among the breezes in the bluffs.

The home is located 5 ½ miles northwest of Murphysboro on Kinkaid Lake and adjacent to the Shawnee National Forest in the Illinois Ozarks.

The chalet is located at the end of a national forest-service road, tucked into a lakefront cove surrounded by the Shawnee National Forest. The skies are resplendent with stars. The woods and water are filled with the sounds and movement of wildlife.

The chalet is built on a hill in the woods facing the lake. It is comprised of a bedroom, full bathroom with shower, living room, dining room, full kitchen (equipped), and large balcony facing the lake. The balcony runs the entire width of the home.

The living room features sweeping views of the property with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the lake. The kitchen and dining room have these views as well and are open to living room, which also features a decorative fireplace constructed with stone from the property. A sliding-glass door leads from the living/dining areas to the large balcony, with the doors flanked on each side by the floor-to-ceiling windows.

The bedroom is tucked down the hall across from the bathroom, which faces the bluffside woods. Nature's harmony lives on the breath of night here, so while the bedroom's pillow-top coziness will entice you, the waterfront view and the symphonic sounds of nature's nocturnal marvels may tempt you to sleep on the large balcony under the splendid view of the Milky Way stretched in its wide chalky wonder across the heavens. The night skies are stunning. It is gorgeous country!

In the morning, enjoy complementary coffee or tea on the balcony overlooking the water and woodland life while planning your day's splendid adventures.

At night, enjoy a titch of moonshine (from the sky or otherwise) as you listen to the symphonic sounds of nature and as the sun sets, try to discern where the sparkling skies end and shimmering waters begin.

If you are looking for a peaceful, waterfront respite where you can immerse yourself in nature and its many wonders amid serene surroundings, this is your place.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

ATTRACTIONS & AMENITIES:
•Location! This property is the only rental located directly on Kinkaid Lake and is surrounded by woods, water, lake-and-woodland creatures, and absolute serenity. The property is tucked in a woodland cove off of a quiet national forest service road that ends at the property. Beauty, animals, stars, and serenity abound--all at a lakefront location.

•Multiple gorgeous hiking trails--from easy to rigorous--and biking opportunities close by. Hosts have recommendations at the property.

•Beautiful lakefront and sunrise/sunset strolls

•Owners/hosts live nearby and would be delighted to offer recommendations and assist in making your stay terrific.

FOOD & DRINK HAVEN
•Locally-owned eateries abound in the area, making Murphysboro and the surrounding region a hidden gem and best-kept secret among foodies and wine/beer enthusiasts as well as nature-lovers.

•Wineries galore, including the fabulous Shawnee Wine Trail, teeming with tastings, live music, fabulous food, and genial vintners!

•Several local breweries and multiple brew-pubs are close by as well, including the internationally acclaimed and award-winning Scratch Beer (a forage brewery), which is just across the lake and a must-visit for any beer enthusiast. Molly's Pint, Brews Brothers, and Big Muddy round out the list of must-visits for cerevisaphiles.

•Murphysboro is the official barbecue capitol of Illinois and home to the famed three-time World Grand Champion pitmasters Mike Mills "The Legend" (17th Street Bar & Grill), and Pat Burke (Pat's BBQ). Fun fact: One of the host's aunt and uncle were on the winning Apple City Barbecue Team with Mills & Burke when they swept Memphis in May three years running.

•Murphysboro is also home to the prestigious annual "Praise the Lard" Barbecue Cookoff, which is on the bucket list of every barbecue team worth its rub in America and beyond, bringing teams from around the States and the world to compete.

•In addition to 17th Street and Pat's, many additional award-winning and restaurants nearby--from 5-star gourmet (Tom's Place & Global Gourmet) to greasy spoon (Mary Lous & Cindy B's)--from homemade Sicilian (Cummares) to homegrown sustenance (like the specials at One Hot Cookie, Crazy Joe's, and Bottom's Up)--and from delectable pizzas (Martel's, WiffleBoys) to delightful pies and cobblers (Mileur's, Flamm's, Rendleman's, and Lightfoot's Orchards. Complete list available at the property.

ON-SITE
•Covered, attached-garage parking (you will have one standard-size garage parking space)

•PRIVATE BOAT PARKING available at no extra charge, depending on the size of the boat(s)!

•Walking distance to Kinkaid Lake and Marina, which has a restaurant, bar, convenience shop, and popular walking/exercise routes with lake scenery.

•The waterfall spillway at Kinkaid Lake is one of the area’s most beautiful “swimming holes” and a popular hike can be accessed by car (5-min.) or boat

•Fishing docks within walking distance--or fish lakefront at the house!

ALSO
•Close to Southern Illinois University

•Science and history museums (adult and kid-friendly)

•The area is a nature lover’s paradise, surrounded by national forest and state parks and stunning beauty

NEIGHBORHOOD PARKING
The chalet has an attached garage. A standard-sized space in the garage comes with the listing, and there is additional parking for a standard-sized boat (no additional fee), located at the top of the driveway.

For large or oversized boats, parking is available at no extra charge at the boat-ramps and parking area about a quarter-mile away.

MARVEL at the starry depths...
CONNECT to sensate wonders...
RESET your soul's serenity...

We look forward to hosting your magnificent stay in Southernmost Illinois!

Hosted by Joanna Beth

  1. Joined in May 2017
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An ardent foreign-adventurist with chronic and gravitational home-soil leanings, Joanna Beth is a novelist and the founding editor and host of Quiddity (NPR Illinois). She teaches at WGU and for Benedictine University's Center for Values-Driven Leadership Executive Doctoral Program. She and her husband live and love in a foothilled fraction of the Ozarks steeped in the wonders of nature and the blessings of generations.
An ardent foreign-adventurist with chronic and gravitational home-soil leanings, Joanna Beth is a novelist and the founding editor and host of Quiddity (NPR Illinois). She teaches…

Co-hosts

  • David

During your stay

Hosts live just down the road (within walking distance) and are readily available via phone or text as well. We are happy to provide local recommendations and have information at the property pointing you to lots of wonderful area sights, wonders, food, and drink.
Hosts live just down the road (within walking distance) and are readily available via phone or text as well. We are happy to provide local recommendations and have information at…

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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: After 3:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Self check-in with lockbox
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

Airbnb's COVID-19 safety practices apply
Nearby lake, river, other body of water
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm

Cancellation policy