A perfect fall retreat. Rustic charm and peaceful surroundings make this log cabin something special. If you’re looking for a weekend getaway that’s far enough away from home, yet close enough for a quick weekend trip…a place to unplug and escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life…. This is it! The little cabin down yonder is tucked away in a rural part of Clifton, Illinois…about an hour and twenty minutes south of Chicago and about an hour and a half from Naperville via I-57 South.
The little cabin down yonder is an authentic log cabin, built in 1982 from a log cabin kit purchased from Tennessee Log Buildings out of Athens, Tennessee. We purchased it in December 2016 and spent the last year remodeling the inside and outside. It's a 1.5 story true log cabin home, featuring wood floors, classic rustic appeal, one bedroom, one bathroom, open kitchen with granite countertops, custom kitchen banquette and new stainless steel appliances, including a first-floor washer and dryer. We offer sleeping accommodations for up to six adults and children combined (one queen bed, two twin size fold-up mattresses and two couches). We are still putting some finishing touches on, such as staining the solid pine doors but it's turn-key and ready for you to enjoy the ambiance nonetheless. Kick back on the full front porch or deck and watch the water roll by. You’ll hear beautiful sounds of geese, ducks, woodpeckers, crickets and frogs. You’ll see deer and turkey roaming through the nearby cornfields. Get some s’mores cooking - or grill some burgers on the front yard fire-pit (bring firewood and a lighter). The Cabin is located on the Iroquois River with 100’ of river frontage space. The Iroquois River is a 103-mile-long branch of the Kankakee River in northeastern Illinois and northwestern Indiana. Through the Kankakee and Illinois rivers, the Iroquois River is part of the watershed of the Mississippi River. We have three kayaks, a canoe and a few fishing poles available as an amenity for your use during your stay. We have a boat ramp but it needs to be re-graded and additional gravel added, so if you bring a boat with you, you may be better off using one of the public access points. Please note any water access or usage is at your own risk (see Liability Waiver below**). The only public boat launch on the river is located at the northwest edge of Watseka, about 15 minutes away. The lower parts of the river can be reached by traveling upstream from the public boat launch on the Kankakee River at Aroma Park. There are a few additional bridge crossings and roadside areas that are popular with local residents. Don't forget to bring items you may want. Keep in mind the cabin is not a hotel, we don't stock spices, olive oil/cooking spray, shampoo/conditioner, soap, toothpaste, laundry detergent/softener, toilet paper, firewood/charcoal, etc. If these items happen to be available (left from a previous guest) we will have the cleaning crew leave them, as long as they are unused and in good condition. While we do not have a grill onsite, the fire pit does have a center grill ring that you may use to cook on - just remember to bring charcoal/fire wood and a lighter. Also, don't forget to bring beach towels or blankets if you plan on doing any outdoor activities. Please do not bring our cabin blankets/linens/towels outside as they are only meant to be used inside the cabin. We do have cook-ware (pots, pans, cookie sheet, pyrex casserole pan) as well as dish-ware (bowls, plates, glasses), silverware (forks, spoons, knives) and other utensils such as spatulas, can openers, serving spoons, etc. We also just bought a toaster oven to make some fresh toast to go along with your morning coffee or cook a small frozen pizza, etc. **Liability Waiver**: You understand that swimming and the use of kayaks/canoe is at your own risk and that special risks may be involved with swimming and using the kayaks/canoe. You accept full responsibility for any bodily injury arising from swimming, hiking and use of the kayaks/canoe and hold owner harmless. You understand there are potential dangers that swimming and the use of kayaks/canoe may present to children who are not carefully supervised, as well as the danger to any person swimming or using the kayaks/canoe if a person has health risks, or if a person swims or uses the kayaks/canoe while intoxicated or using any kind of drugs or medication, or while pregnant. You agree to be fully and solely responsible for any accidents you may incur. You understand the risks discussed above and agree that you will assume all responsibility for yourself and for the consequences of those in your party. You agree to waive any claim whatsoever against owner for accidents or claims arising from swimming or using the kayaks/canoe. All Airbnb Guests in my party acknowledge and agree that they have read and understand this waiver and they acknowledge that confirming below constitutes a binding and enforceable contract between Airbnb Guests and Airbnb Host.
While here, feel free to relax on the front porch, sip your favorite beverage on the deck overlooking the Iroquois River, hang out in the man-cave-garage and play some cards, go fishing off the deck, etc. You're welcome to use any part of our cabin/property except the basement since we utilize it as our personal space.
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You found our little cabin down yonder to get away, so we make it easy for you to access our home with coded locks for secure and easy access. I grew up in the southwest suburbs of Chicago (Burbank, Tinley Park) and we currently live in Plainfield, but my husband grew up in this area and most of our friends and family live literally right down the road or around the corner from the cabin. Needless to say, you’ll get a quick response if you need anything – just send a quick message and we’ll make sure you get what you’re looking for.
We believe our little cabin down yonder is a perfect little getaway. The drive to our cabin is simple but if you’re using your phone’s GPS, note that cell phone service is minimal as you get closer to our cabin since it’s out in the country and a lot of tall trees which limit reception. It seems Verizon has the best reception and AT&T works intermittently inside the cabin (you typically need walk out to the end of the driveway to make a call). The cabin does not have phone service (land lines), cable or satellite TV, but we do have an antenna so a few television stations are actually available. And we just bought a DVD player and have a few movies to watch in the loft. You may also consider bringing a gaming console or laptop to stream a movie with your phones hotspot. Or just dis-connect from everything and enjoy the peace and quiet of the cabin without having any social media to check or texts to respond to. Some basic info about water at the cabin….. Since you’re out in the middle of nowhere, there is no Lake Michigan water. On the contrary, since the cabin is in the country, we have a 75 foot well to supply our water. Thus, the cabin has "well water" (but we do have a water softener which makes it palatable and softer to shower and do dishes in). Before we bought the cabin, I never had anything but Lake Michigan water, so the smell and taste of well water took me a while to adjust to. The refrigerator has an ice maker and filtered water available. But if you're picky about the water you drink, bring purified spring water with you for your stay. Please also note that since water comes from a well, the water pressure is less powerful than that in the Chicago suburbs. That said, on another subject, be cautious not to use too much toilet paper when using the bathroom toilet. It’s an eco-friendly toilet which means the left button is to flush solid waste, the right button is to flush liquid, but either one uses minimal water pressure so just something to be aware of ;-) as an fyi. Staying in a rural setting also means that while you will see and hear beautiful wildlife you’re also going to see spiders/webs, ants, mosquitos, weird looking beetles, horse flies, bumble bees, etc. Bring some bug spray or citronella candle if you want to try to keep those pesky creatures minimized. We do have an electric insect lamp inside the enclosed screened in porch area which you may also use. There are lots of mature trees, so tree leaves and cotton tree fuzz will no doubt be floating around the cabin. If you have allergies, make sure to bring some allergy medicine with you to help alleviate any symptoms. While we’ve spent the last six months remodeling the inside, our next task is to modernize the outside. We just added a 5' cedar privacy fence but want to add some rural landscaping grasses, perennials, flowers, build kayak shelves, enhance the man cave garage, re-grade the boat launch, etc. Lastly, while the cabin is a perfect little getaway, please don’t forget it does not have hotel amenities. Bring items you want/need (shampoo/conditioner, firewood/lighter, cooking spices, beach towels, laundry soap, dish soap, etc.) or you can drive a short distance to the local gas station/convenience store in downtown Clifton, or Walmart Supercenter just 15 minutes away. Some of our Guests leave various items (salad tongs, bowls, and laundry pods) which you are free to utilize as well.
Guests must agree to these House Rules:
- You agree to the Liability Waiver (last paragraph of listing description of space) and to all terms & conditions contained within.
- Minimum rental age requirement of adults 25 and older - only confirmed Airbnb Guests are allowed on property.
- No more than 6 guests (adults and children) allowed.
- Life jackets must be worn while kayaking or canoeing.
- Guests shall not use the premises in such a way as to violate any law or ordinance, commit waste or nuisance, or annoy, disturb, inconvenience, or interfere with the quiet enjoyment of any other nearby resident.
- No parties or events allowed. You will be asked to vacate the property immediately if police are called to property for any reason.
- No loud music or excessive noise (being in a rural setting, sound travels and it's a close-knit community of year-round residents who appreciate the tranquility of the area).
- No campfire if dry or windy. Attend/be present during campfire at all times. Extinguish completely before leaving property or retiring.
- No candles or open flames allowed in home.
- Please use hot pads to place hot food on (kitchen table, island and countertop).
- Please wipe up any spills immediately (since wood laminate floors do not deflect water well*).
- Please hang up any wet towels and place in bathtub upon check-out (*same reason as above).
- Trash: Please remove all trash from the cabin. I like to recycle so if you do too, it would be great if you could separate recyclables from garbage and put in separate bags. Just be sure to remove all trash from cabin and place inside the left side of the garage in blue (garbage) or orange (recyclables) bins before you leave.
- Bedding: Please remove all used bedding (pillow cases, sheets, blankets) and place on top of beds or couches upon check-out.
- Towels: Please place all used towels in bathroom bathtub upon check-out.
- Dishes: Please wash and put away any dishes/silverware/pots/pans.
- Before you leave, please make sure all windows are locked and closed, air conditioning and ceiling fans turned off, lights off and entry doors locked.
- Please drive slowly in and out of the subdivision due to the private country road being maintained solely by the year-round homeowners that live there.
- Enjoy your stay!!!! Relax and unwind at the Little Cabin Down Yonder.
Hi AirBnb Friends! Life is short, so find ways to live it well. Born and raised in the Chicago area (79th & Austin in Burbank, then later in Tinley Park – go VJA), I was accustomed to the fast-paced hustle and bustle, going here and there, trying to be patient in rush-hour traffic, etc. It’s just part of growing up in the ‘burbs. It’s not perfect, but it’s always been my Sweet Home Chicago. I love our city!! And the skyline and the amazing restaurants. Add to that our sports teams (half our house are Cubs fans, half Sox) and you can’t beat the eclectic windy city vibe.
However, through the years, every now and then, I’ve longed to just slow down and relax. About eight years ago, I met and married a country boy. I learned a lot from him about small towns and I fell in love with the laid-back atmosphere that the country has to offer. I always looked forward to taking a ride down south to just kick back and have some beers and good conversation with friends and family.
We have four kids that are self-sufficient so it’s easier for us to take more opportunities to hop on the motorcycle and get out of dodge. My oldest, Adam, just graduated Central Michigan University after playing on a baseball scholarship while there (#FireUpChips). He’s currently in Quantico Virginia trying to make it through Officer Candidate School as he wants to be a future leader in the Marine Corps. Allie, my only girl, just finished her freshman year at Northwestern University, playing for the women’s volleyball team (#3, #GoCats! #GoB1G!). Nate just graduated from high school and will attend Marquette University this fall. He plans on joining the ROTC program there as he too wants to serve as a future military officer. The only birdie I will have left in the nest will be my Nolan, who at 15 years old is the only musically inclined kid we have. He loves playing the trombone and is in his schools marching band and a youth orchestra.
I keep busy with two jobs – my day gig is at a global alcohol company located right here in Plainfield and my evening/weekend gig is as a licensed Real Estate Broker serving the surrounding communities. My hubby is a Police Officer in the Western suburbs with over twenty years of experience.
As you may have guessed, we keep very busy and look forward to those moments when we can just simply slow down and unwind. We bought the Little Cabin Down Yonder to do just that. It’s literally right where my hubby grew up and went to high school (Central HS) and all of my hubby’s friends and family are still down there.
There's this song by Switchfoot called "Life is short so I wanna live it well". I absolutely love this song!! The lyrics "Life is short; I wanna live it well, One life, one story to tell, Life is short; I wanna live it well, And you're the one I'm living for, Awaken all my soul, Every breath that you take is a miracle, Life is short; I wanna live it well, yeah" inspires me in so many ways. Take time for you and the ones you love. Every day I thank God for another day of life. Sharing our cabin with other travelers is a perfect way to share a little tranquility with others. Hoping you take some time for you. Unplug from social media. Unwind just a little bit. We hope you enjoy our little cabin as much as we do. Cheers!