We selected this place as we wanted a cabin in the woods with a whirlpool near Starved Rock State Park for Valentine's Day and made our reservation several months in advance.
The gal who checked us in was friendly and welcoming. They had freshly made chocolate covered strawberries for sale in the office which were delicious! I would have bought more if I had a way to transport them.
We found our cabin - Hunters - to be clean, spacious, well laid out and very comfortable. The double recliner was strategically placed so your feet were pointed towards the little wood stove. I probably could have slept there. They sell wood at a reasonable price $5 & it came with fire starting supplies. The kitchen was more stocked than we expected, but not sure why they don't provide powder creamer for the coffee when they offer sugar.
We were not aware of the lack of wifi & cell phone signal which forced us to check out early. The bald eagles were not at the dam this year and we needed to get online to find an alternate viewing location, as seeing them was our primary reason for being here.
We thought they paid a lot of attention to detail, which is why we were shocked when there was no hot water in the morning. With only 5 inches of water in the big whirlpool tub it was so cold you couldn't get in. The hot water heater was turned all the way up (we ) but obviously had issues. We boiled water on the stove to try to get the water just warm enough to soap off. When we reported the problem upon check out, it was obvious it had happened before.
The cabin had lots of windows which made you feel more connected to nature & was strategically placed to look over a bluff. There was both a front and back sitting area which would be nice to use when the weather allows.
The cabin was nicer than the one we stayed at last year at Starved Rock State Park. We will probably come back, but will make sure the hot water heater is the new on demand one the other reviewer got first. ;-)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kishauwau Country Cabins near Starved Rock State Park, is the only cabin rental property like what we offer here in this area. Just a 1 1/2 - 2 hour drive from Chicago Illinois, there are a multitude of things to do in this area. You will love being only a 10 minute drive from Starved Rock State Park and even closer to Matthiessen Park, where there is plenty of hiking and activities for your daily adventure. Utica, Illinois is just a 12 minute drive with local shops, dining, wineries and antiquing. Or, if you choose, you can stay tucked away on our 65 acres of beautiful, quiet, wooded property at your country cabin retreat. Whether it's romance you seek or getting the kids away from their cell phones and video games, Kishauwau has just what you need. 17 rental luxury cabins in varying sizes for weekend, weeknight, and all-week getaways. Our beautifully constructed cabins offer a blend of country charm but with modern conveniences. You and your guests will enjoy a fully equipped kitchen, a covered porch, personal outdoor fire pit, an indoor wood stove or gas fireplace and so much more. ... more less