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Cardinal Lodge was part of large 1950's church camp. Bordered by Blue River.

8 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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3 bedrooms, 2 single beds in living room, 2 pullout couches, 3 cots, sleeps 12

Cardinal House Lodge - Cardinal House Lodge offers a large screened porch that wraps around 2 sides of the building and provides space to dine, sleep, or watch the river. A large circular fireplace offers additional gathering opportunities in an open family room setting. The cabin will sleep 8 to 12 comfortably. The cabin has 3 bedrooms. There are also 2 twin beds in view of the fireplace, a sleeper couch, and cots are available. The cabin has 1 bath with shower and 1 1/2 bathroom. The kitchen is fully equipped and features a Vulcan stove, huge butcher-block prep table, exterior gas and charcoal grills, indoor and outdoor dining areas, and a riverside campfire circle.

The cabin is adapted from a 1950's church camp called Camp Merry Ledges. The Camp is constructed of rustic redwood and douglas fir and provides the perfect setting for couples, families, fishermen, and outdoor groups looking for a river retreat. This cabin is the perfect retreat for a river and nature lovers.

We are bordered by the Blue River and public lands: Enjoy easy access to the Blue River. You are nicely situated halfway between 2 public access points. Access points can be arranged for river trips of varying lengths. Bring your own boats or rent boats from a nearby livery.

The section of the river where Cardinal House Lodge is not where they run the rental canoes.

Fishermen ABSOLUTELY love fishing on our section of the river. You can slide into the river at the lodge and float for trips downstream of 3, 5, 10 or more miles. Many access points lie downstream of us.

The Blue River is renowned for it's cleanliness and naturalness. It abounds with wildlife.

Harrison Crawford State Forest, O'Bannon Woods State Park, Patoka Lake, Hoosier National Forest, and the Ohio River are all within 15 minutes of us. That means there is a lot of Hiking, Biking, Hunting, Fishing, and backpacking awaiting you.

Gambling, night life, and shopping abound: We are only 40 minutes from 2 different Casinos. Louisville is about 40 minutes away. French Lick is about 50 minutes away. Corydon is Indiana's 1st state capital and has a lot of things going on.

Scenic Drives and Historic Tourism : We are located right on the Ohio River Scenic ByWay, HWY 62. Route 66 is a few miles away. These roads offer roadside picnicking, amazing vistas, and roads canopied by living trees. You can explore for days and not see the same road twice.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

Property Manager
Missi Bush-Sawtelle
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
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September 19, 2016
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based on 8 traveler reviews

Cardinal Lodge was part of large 1950's church camp. Bordered by Blue River.
average rating of 4.375 based on 8 reviews

A little slice of heaven

  • 5 of 5

This is our 3rd year holding our family reunion at Cardinal House and we will be back next year. The location is beautiful and peaceful. The house is large and open. There were 13 of us and we never felt cramped. The porch is huge and beautiful. The owner is very responsive to requests. The house is well stocked, clean and homey! We all loveCardinal House!!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Amazing place to make some great memories.

  • 4 of 5

Another wonderful weekend at this rustic hideaway! If you're looking for a no frills, relaxing getaway, then this is it.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Very roomy and well cared for.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time. Our GPS was inaccurate and we had a little trouble finding the cabin. Great privacy and everything we needed. If the weather forecast is really hot, you might want to bring a couple extra fans. But, there are ceiling fans in the rooms and numerous screened windows so it opens up very well. Plenty of kitchen supplies. The National Geographic collection is great. We ran out of gas for the grill and the manager had a new tank delivered the promptly the next morning. There was firewood. I don't know if it was provided or left from the last guest. There are first aid kits and fire extinguishers. I was surprised how few mosquitos and flies were around. We were very pleased with our stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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I want to do it again

  • 5 of 5

My wife an I stayed for 4 nights during a beautiful Indian summer week. We brought our kayaks and had great access to Blue River. With the low river flow, we had kayak access to a long stretch of river up stream and down stream with minimal portages. The deep water in front of the cabin provided excellent fishing from the kayaks. The banks were too steep and foliaged to drag a fish up the bank so I recommend bringing a small raft, canoe, or kayak for fishing.. Catfish really were biting along the muddy bank. A well stocked firewood box provided a great camp fire. We slept in the beds in the big living room and enjoyed the cool night air with screened windows. The kitchen is well supplied and we cooked all of our meals at the cabin and grilled out every night. We did not see another soul except for an occasional car traveling down the road and the friendly big dog that came by once a day to do a clown act for bacon . They also have almost every National Geographic magazine ever published in the cabin. Very romantic in a L'il Abner sort of way.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Exactly what we wanted, and then some

  • 5 of 5

I was the best man for a 10-person bachelor party, and this place was terrific. Our biggest concern was finding a place large enough to accommodate everyone, and Cardinal House delivered in spades. Those pictures aren't lying! The extra cots are in the covered patio, but could be easily moved inside the cabin if needed. The actual beds were...serviceable, but that's what we expected for a cabin. The common area was MASSIVE and could easily handle one large-group hangout or multiple smaller circles. Large tables inside and outside meant our whole group could eat together wherever we preferred. The kitchen, while a bit secluded from the common area, was plenty large enough for multiple prep stations, and the utensils and kitchenware were clean and fairly organized.

The seclusion of the cabin is incredible. "Neighbors" are hundreds of feet and patches of trees away, and light/noise pollution is almost nonexistent. The groom and I took a nighttime stroll up and down the road for our heart-to-heart and could use the moonlight alone to navigate (at least what light could creep through the trees).

There are trade-offs, of course. Yes, there are bugs and critters inside the cabin. Because, you know, it's a cabin. Our group left one bathroom light on overnight to try and draw as many of them as possible away from our beds and cots; it helped a bit. And yes, it gets hot and stuffy inside with ten guys and no A/C in June. They do provide a large (loud) fan to help airflow a bit, and yes, the shower is very small (we're pretty sure it's a converted linen closet). But again, it's hard to substantiate an argument that these warrant a bad review, since the compromises on luxury are exactly what allow you to have such remarkable isolation along the river (and a place this big!) for this price. If you're staying here, you should understand that it's going to feel like a cabin, and cabins will sometimes let outdoors come inside. Everything that can be controlled (towels, bedding, appliances, kitchenware, other things that *aren't* nature) was clean and well-maintained.

At under an hour to Louisville, it was close enough to the city for us to take in a baseball game and fancy dinner, and at over 30 minutes away from Louisville, it was far enough from the city to avoid all unnecessary...other people. We also played some great paintball outside Corydon. We've already had other members of our group suggest returning when it's time for their bachelor parties. Loved it

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Very Disappointed

  • 1 of 5

This is a very cool cabin on a beautiful property. The pictures do not lie. Unfortunately, it is not well maintained or clean: window sills full of dead bugs, toads under the beds, dirty floors, filthy dishes, stained kitchen towels, cobwebs on every doorway and decoration, bugs in the beds, nasty grills, and mice in the cabinets. On top of that, customer service was terrible. I have placed more than 10 phone calls to get a refund and am getting the run around. Corydon was beautiful and hospitality at local establishments was great. I would visit the area again, but would not recommend the cardinal house.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Owner's Response: We would like to respond and state that we are very disappointed to receive our first negative review regarding any of our cabin properties. We strive to ensure that our cabins are in the best shape possible for our customers, and we are proud that we have many repeat renters who return to our properties to enjoy the beautiful scenery and solitude year after year. It is important to note that that scenery and beautiful, rural, locations do make the occasional insect or cobweb inevitable; however, most of our clientele are avid outdoors-people who understand that renting a redwood summer camp built in the 1950s will not be the same as renting a hotel room in a city and are very pleased with our accommodations. Lastly, we would like to mention that the above customer did not ask for a refund until she had stayed for two-thirds of her reserved time and that we offered to call her back after we determined what could be done regarding a refund.
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Nearest Airport
38 Miles
Louisville Kentucky
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
several nearby
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Corydon has several
Nearest Train
47 Miles
Louisville Kentucky
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
HWY 62
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Many nearby restaurants
Nearest Ski
35 Miles
Paoli Peaks
Nearest Beach
40 Miles
Patoka Lake Beach
Car: not necessary

We are located on the Blue River in Southern Indiana. Great fishing and boating is available on your doorstep. Private river access comes with the rental.

We are right by the Ohio River, 2 world class caves (Marengo Cave and Squire Boone Caverns), hundreds of miles of hiking trails through Hoosier National Forest, O'Bannon Woods State Park, Harrison-Crawford State Forest, and numerous nature preserves.

Bicyclists will love our huge network of county roads and neaby mountain biking trails.

We are located right on the major scenic hwy system in Southern Indiana. We are located right on Route 66 and the Ohio Scenic River Byway. Historic Corydon Indiana is just a few miles from us. This was Indiana's first State Capital.

Patoka Lake and French Lick are only 30 minutes away. New Albany Indiana and Louisville Kentucky are only 45 minutes away.

We are located right in the heart of Southern Indiana Wine Country. One winery is only a few miles away

Other Activities: Kayaking and Canoeing and Wading are very popular activities.

Golf: We are very close to World class Golfing. Even some PGA quality courses.


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Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

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Pet Fee $40 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

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Depauw Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Secure Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 30 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • We have one and a half baths.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Bunk Beds
    Corner of living room - 2 twin/ single , Corner of living room
    cots - 3 twin/ single , cots
    Corner of living room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Corner of living room
  • We offer 3 bedrooms that sleep 2 each. We have 2 single beds by the window and near the fireplace in the main lodge. We have 1 large couches that pull out. We also have 3 cots on the screened porch. We say that the Lodge sleeps 12.
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Barbecue
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Cardinal House Lodge was the counselors quarters for a large youth camp that was built in the 1950's. We acquired the camp and in 2011 we began to rent the lodge out. It is very open and relaxing and the large screened porch helps you feel integrated with nature.

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