There is no light pollution for night sky viewing out on Panther's Den Road, which is why we have many return guests who bring their photography equipment. This Incredible image was taken by one of our recent guests.

Milky Way over The Cove Cabin


    Last minute seven day opening at The French Creole Cabin!

    Creole Cabin:
  • June 5th - 11th! This includes a three day weekend.

  • The Hollow Cabin:
  • May 29th/20th Booked
  • May 31st/June 2nd available at The Hollow. Booked

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Openings will be updated here. Check back often.

New Pets Allowed Policy

Gift Certificates for any occasion!

Mothers Day Gfit Certificate with hot tub and fireplace Gift Certificates

Experience the Solitude and Seclusion
Rocky Comfort Cabins

More than just a place to stay, it's an experience.

Since The French Creole Cabin is at the highest elevation on the property and surrounding terrain, you will be treated to a full sunrise and sunset.

From the Creole Cabin, enjoy watching the weather come in from miles away, or the surreal experience to watch as the fog slowly rolls in, and rises above the canopy of the forest.

Unique Southern Illinois Cabins on The Shawnee Hills Wine Trail

"It is like being at the four seasons in the middle of nowhere.
Hands down the cleanest and pristine rentals I have ever stayed in."
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Whimsical Hobbit style or Enchanting French Gothic, unique hidden away luxury cabins, walking distance to Blue Sky Vineyard. Designed and built for Romance and Relaxation.

Now is the time to plan your summer vacation!

July, August, September, and early October is peak pollinator time. The cottage gardens and native prairie plantings are incredibly busy with butterflies, hummingbirds, blue birds and so many other species. We have made a special effort to plant milkweed, the only plant on which monarchs will lay their eggs.

Butterfly Palooza!

New Monarch butterfly in front of round yellow door

Hot Tub at the Creole Cabin

Open Summer Dates

Book your summer vacation today while you still have more choices on dates. If you need help looking at the online calendar, please call Nancy and we will help you look at available dates.

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Our focus has long been to increase the numbers of native pollinators, especially the threatened Monarch Butterfly, at Rocky Comfort Cabins. At our little Shawnee Forest Oasis on Panther's Den Road, Makanda, we now have several prairie patches and native cottage gardens supporting a plethora of native wildlife.

Enjoy nature's bounty while sipping your morning coffee on the panoramic wrap around country porch of the Creole Cabin. While it may be a distant memory, you will once again remember how it truly feels to relax, and to lose yourself in the moment.

The Cove Cabin
Earthen Shelter Cabin

Round wooden door and fireplace.

Available dates through December at The Cove:

  • June 14th/15th Booked
  • July:
  • July 3rd, 4th, and 5th (3 day minimum), our Fourth of July Holiday Stay! Booked
  • November
  • November: 1st/2nd.
  • November: 7th - 9th
  • November: 13th - 22nd
  • November: New Weekend Opening! 16th/17th/18th Booked

French Creole Cabin
Ultimate Romantic Getaway

Cozy Christmas stay at the French Creole Cabin, romantic lighting

Available dates through December at The Creole:

  • June 14th/15th Booked
  • November
  • November: 1st/2nd
  • November: 8th/9th
  • November 13th - 16th
  • November 20th -30th

The Hollow Cabin
Earthen Shelter Cabin

Cozy Hollow cabin living and kitchen area.

Available dates through December at The Hollow:

    Last minute four day opening at The Hollow Cabin!
  • May 29th/20th Booked
  • May 31st/June 2nd just became available! Booked
  • September:
  • Sept 6th/7th Booked
  • Sept 11th - 15th Booked
  • October:
  • Oct 23rd - 26th Booked
  • October
  • November: 1st/2nd
  • November: 13th - 16th
  • November: 20th - 23rd
  • November: 27th - 30th
  • December: 8th -11th (Weekend Opening!)

Plan an Adventure!

Our online calendar goes out 325 days. If you would like to book four days or longer past the online calendar, please call to see if your preferred dates are available.

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Article about Hobbit Style Home at Rocky Comfort Cabins

Goreville Water Fall in Winter

Goreville waterfall in winter, 15 minutes from Rocky Comfort Cabins.

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Please call Nancy at 618-201-8681 for more information.

Plan your romantic escape from the everyday at the French Creole.

  • The French Creole Cabin
  • Wine barrel on wall vase with grapes
  • Place for two at the Creole Cabin
  • Woman looking at view from front porch.
  • creole-cabin-back
  • Romantic rustic bedroom vaulted ceilings
  • French Gothic battle axe
  • Vaulted Ceilings Rustic Cabin
  • Shawnee Forest Sunset at Rocky Comfort Cabins. Image by Brian Kluball
  • Woman relaxing on front porch of the French Creole Cabin
Wine barrel on wall vase with grapes

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Unique Southern Illinois Cabins on The Shawnee Hills Wine Trail

Peaceful and Uncrowded.

Secluded and Private, all three cabins have a scenic path to beautiful Blue Sky Vineyard, the premiere award winning winery on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. We are out in the rolling Shawnee Hills. There is no internet or WIFI so it is a perfect way to disconnect for a romantic southern Illinois cabin getaway for two.

The cabins all are whole homes a minimum of a football field apart. Just bring food, do a little hiking and, if you wish, you might not see another soul. We look forward to being your place to stay for an amazing getaway on The Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. Did somebody say wine? Yes please! :)

Ed and Nancy
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Unique and Secluded Getaway

French Gothic sculpture with candle
Romantic Ambiance, Upscale Amenities, and Spectacular Views soothe the senses and renew the soul.

Now favored by our return guests, the completely renovated Creole Cabin has oodles of eclectic nuances from the French Gothic to The French Quarter. The Intimate nooks and warm romantic atmosphere is only the beginning of your enchanted stay, where stressors melt away.

Feel pampered with the extras

Looking outside the bedroom window at the hot tub
Wrap yourself in luxurious fluffy 100% Turkish cotton spa robes. Private Hot Tubs at all three cabins.

Abandon the day to day chaos. Relish the decadence of relaxing over a fresh cup of coffee in the morning from fresh, locally roasted coffee beans while wrapped up in a cozy robe, or simply linger over a glass of wine in the evening. Enjoy; This is your time.

Your Private Cabin Getaway in Beautiful and Eclectic Makanda, near Carbondale, Illinois.

Our goal is to be the premium place for a getaway in southern Illinois. All three of our cabins, The Creole, The Cove, and The Hollow are quite unique and many repeat guests have a difficult time deciding which is their favorite!

Voted Top Ten Illinois Cabins

We are honored that Rocky Comfort Cabins was selected by Illinois Tourism as one of the 10 Top Cabins of Illinois. Enjoy Illinois is the official tourism site for the state of Illinois.

Living Roof with grasses and chimney

Stay with us and explore our cabins, the Shawnee National Forest,and the spectacular wine trail for yourself!

Voted Best Wine Trail

Need another reason to visit Southern Illinois? The Shawnee Hills Wine Trail was recently named the BEST Wine Trail by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Top Pours Competition.

Bottle of white wine with two full glasses at sunset

Congratulations also goes to these other award winners - FEATHER HILLS VINEYARD: Best White Wine, HEDMAN VINEYARD: Best Food, BLUE SKY VINEYARD: Best Winery for a Wedding | Best Winery for an Overnight Stay | Best View at a Winery | Best Sparkling Wine and Best Tasting Room.

Rocky Comfort Cabins

Just 20 minutes from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and on Shawnee Hills Wine Trail Cabins.

Hide away and rekindle the romance in one of our luxurious cabins. Cabins, hot tubs, and the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail are open all year round.

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Travel Protection Option

Travel Protection takes the 'what if' concern out when making future plans. In response to the uncertainty of this past year, Resnexus, our booking software, offers the option of purchasing Travel Protection. Reduce worry and receive a 100% reimbursement if one of the following last minute illnesses or health conditions causes you to cancel your booking:

  • Illness / Injury
  • COVID-19 Infection
  • Pre-existing Medical Condition
  • Pregnancy Complication
  • Death of Immediate Family Member

When making your reservation, the Travel Protection option will appear as an option when you go to Check-Out. *Travel Protection Option is not available for previously made reservations. Please remember the Travel Protection policy only kicks in when cancelling 14 days or sooner before your arrival. The Travel Protection (WFB) fee is non-refundable. We do not receive the 10% fee. It is immediately collected by the company subsidizing it. Peace of mind planning for a peaceful, uncrowded, magical getaway. The new Travel Protection Policy website better explains the services.

Cancellation Policy.

Reservations with Travel Protection

  • Travel Protection policy only applies 14 days or less before your stay if a medical emergency arises.
  • Travel Protection policy - No refunds If your reservation is cancelled 15 - 41 days before your arrival. If we are able to rebook your stay, we will offer a credit voucher for the days rebooked, less the Travel Protection fee and our cancellation fee.
  • Travel Protection policy - If a cancellation occurs 41 days or more before arrival, we will issue a refund of your deposit, less the 10% Travel Protection fee and the 10% cancellation fee. Refund check will be issued within 30 days.

Reservations without Travel Protection

  • Refunds given if the reservation is cancelled 41 days or more before arrival. The amount refunded will be less the 10% cancellation fee. Refund check will be issued within 30 days.
  • Cancellations received 41 days prior to the check-in date will forfeit the room deposit and a fee equal to 100% of the remaining balance will be charged against the credit card on file.

Updated policies due to Covid-19


Our local TV station came out and chatted with us in 2020 when the pandemic hit.

We are all in this together and we will work very hard to help local business stay afloat during this intense time of uncertainty.

Most of all our hearts are with everyone's health and welfare, and we share in our worry and concern for the people we love and the people we do not even know.

Cancellation Policy|

We continue to navigate the pandemic and are working hard to give our guests peace of mind, and to keep our small business solvent.

This past couple of years has made things very tenous with cancellations, rescheduling, and credit vouchers, due to Covid. This is not sustainable for us. Thank you in advance for supporting us and for understanding our rescheduling and cancellation policies. This way, we can continue to offer guests a much needed escape to our little piece of paradise.

In the event of a pandemic, government shutdown, or an uncontrollable event, vouchers will be issued instead of refunds. Credit Vouchers will have an expiration date 18 months from cancellation.

A 10% cancellation fee is required for all cancelled reservations. Refunds given for cancellations if notified before 41 days prior to check-in, less the cancellation fee. Cancellations received 33 days days prior to the check-in date will forfeit the room deposit and a fee equal to 100% of the remaining balance will be charged against the credit card on file. If Travel Protection does not apply and we are able to rebook your dates, we will issue a credit voucher for the nights rebooked, less the 10% cancellation fee.

The Travel Protection policy only goes into affect 14 days prior to your reservation.

No refunds/vouchers for no-shows or early departures.
If you need to reschedule, or pick up a different time, there will be a rebooking fee of $30.00 if before the 41 days.

Changing Cabins

Once you have reserved a cabin, we request that guests not ask to switch cabins. The Cove, The Creole, and The Hollow are all beautiful, unique, and have the same ammenities. $30 re-scheduling fee will apply for changes in reservations.

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