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Located on Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, close to Giant City State Park, SIU-C

Bedrooms 5
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Located on Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, close to Giant City State Park

Water Valley Inn can accommodate groups up to 12.

The Inn is a great place for girlfriend get-aways, family reunions, bachelorette parties, families looking for a place to stay together for a wedding or SIU graduation. The Inn is very adaptable to your needs.

The Inn has two bedrooms (queen beds), bathroom, living room, dining room, kitchen and parlor on main floor. Upstairs, has three bedrooms (one queen, one queen and twin, one twin) and a bathroom.

Kim Aldridge
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 24, 2018

About Kim Aldridge

My husband grew up helping his grandfather farm the land that surrounds the farmhouse. Which inspired a love of working in the fields. He now owns and operates an Automotive Repair business. In his spare time he takes care of mowing that gives him the opportunity to still work in the fields.

I was a stay-at-home mom while our kids were home. After they started school I needed something to keep me busy so kept friends and neighbors kids. When we had a decision to make about what to do with the farmhouse we decided to try renting it. Now I take care of the house and see to the comfort and needs of our guests.

Why Kim Aldridge chose Cobden

We opened our house to the public in 2007. Not wanting to see it set up on the hill and deteriorate from non use we decided to turn it into a rental so we could share the beauty of the old house. This house has been in our family since 1942 and was only owned by one other family before ours. Stories are told that part of the lumber used to build the house came from a mill that was set up on the property that we now live on.

What makes this farmhouse unique

I fell in love with the farmhouse the first time my husband & I went to a family Christmas gathering. It has character that is unmatched by any new home. Most all of our guests say it reminds them of their 'grandmas'.


Cobden Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 15 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Upstairs
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Upstairs
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Downstairs
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Downstairs
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Upstairs
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • swimming
House had all windows replaced in Jan. 2014. Central air and heat was added in May of 2014. No more noisy windows to contend with.


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Located on Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, close to Giant City State Park, SIU-C
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 17 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This house is by far the best rental property in all of the Shawnee Wine Trail

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2018
  • Stayed: September 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Simply awesome and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

This is such a beautiful home. Perfectly restored and decorated. Walking outside each morning and watching the humming birds was absolutely relaxing. LOTS of bedrooms to accommodate an entire family. Listening to the kids play piano was so great to hear again. Very close to the multiple great wineries.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Lovely home, and probably the most well stocked home I have ever rented through VRBO! Close to hiking and biking (Ferne Clyffe, Giant City, Tunnel Hill) as well as the Shawnee Wine Trail. Kim is wonderful to work with, too! Thanks for a fabulous stay!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect place for girl's weekend!

  • 5 of 5

We had a mother-daughter birthday celebration wine trail weekend and were fortunate to have this house as our home away from home. The house is in a perfect location for winery visits, has so much character and charm and is obviously well-loved. There were 6 of us so we had plenty of room to spread out but we really enjoyed gathering around the dining table and hanging out on the beautiful front porch after visiting the wineries. We are hoping to return soon and will definitely be planning our trip around the availability of this beautiful home. Thank you Kim for all the wonderful special touches in the house. We loved it!!

  • Submitted: May 21, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay! I love hearing back from my guests and knowing that they love our old house as much as we do. Look forward to your return viists. Kim
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Beautiful House!

  • 5 of 5

We had an absolute wonderful time staying at the Water Valley Inn. The house was very spacious and clean (perfect for 5 couples), with all the amenities you would ever need. The charm of the house is absolutely amazing and beautiful! We enjoyed the wineries during the day and each evening enjoyed being outside on the large porch while we grilled. We are already planning a trip to come back next year! I highly recommend the Water Valley Inn!

  • Submitted: May 17, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We look forward to having you as guests in the future!
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Wonderful old house

  • 5 of 5

This place is wonderful... it really felt like home! From cooking to family meals, fires in the fire pit, to grilling outside... everything made our graduation weekend more memorable. Although we are done with SIU for now... we’ll be back for some leisure time to enjoy many of the other offerings southern Illinois has . One of favorites so far.

  • Submitted: May 14, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! So glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Look forward to having as guests in the future.
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Williamson County Regional / St. Louis
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Owl Creek Winery
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Keller's Crossing at Stone Creek
Nearest Train
16 Miles
Amtrak - Carbondale
Nearest Motorway
3.5 Miles
Illinois 51 South
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Giant City Lodge
Car: necessary

We have a variety of activities all within 30 miles depending on your likes. Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, Shawnee Bluffs Zip Line, Giant City State Park, Rock Climbing and Bike Trails. For those a little less adventurous or looking to get away from the busyness of the city life, we have a great wrap-around front porch and fire pit. Bring a book or borrow one of ours and relax while enjoying the wildlife and starry skies.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Children over the age of 10 are charged as an additional guest. Please when making a request for a quote or reservation be sure to add any children over 10 in as an adult.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.