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Luxury Lakeview Villa #13 near St. Louis

SuperhostStaunton, Illinois, United States
Tiny house hosted by David
2 guests1 bedroom1 bed1.5 baths
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This Cottage is our Honeymoon Suite complete with full kitchen, king size bed, spa room Jacuzzi tub, outdoor shower, BBQ grill, fire pit and private courtyard. It has a great relaxing view of the lake and surrounding area from the bedroom and porch. The Winery at Shale Lake is also located a short walk away!

Guests to all Shale Lake cabins and cottages are subject to a 3% Local Hotel Tax due upon check-in and separate from any taxes paid or collected by Airbnb.

The space
This Cottage is our Honeymoon Suite complete with full kitchen, king size master bed, outdoor shower, BBQ grill, fire pit and very private courtyard with a multi-level deck. The Spa Room with 2 person Jacuzzi tub also has an electric fireplace, TV, vanity and reading nook. The view of the lake and surrounding area from the bedroom and porch is romantic and relaxing.

Guest access
Guests to Shale Lake are welcome to explore our 211 acres. Hike the trails through the woods, fish the lake (catch-and-release only), enjoy the sunsets (or sunrise) from a porch or build a fire and watch the stars at night. Choose the Cabin or Cottage that fits your relaxation needs the best - hilltop open porch with great views or lakeside screened-in porch nestled near the woods. And, of course, The Winery at Shale Lake is a great place to visit on weekends (Fri-Sun) for your food, drink and relaxation needs.
This Cottage is our Honeymoon Suite complete with full kitchen, king size bed, spa room Jacuzzi tub, outdoor shower, BBQ grill, fire pit and private courtyard. It has a great relaxing view of the lake and surrounding area from the bedroom and porch. The Winery at Shale Lake is also located a short walk away!

Guests to all Shale Lake cabins and cottages are subject to a 3% Local Hotel Tax due upon check-in…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 king bed

Amenities

Laptop-friendly workspace
Carbon monoxide alarm
Heating
Iron
Essentials
Kitchen
Fire extinguisher
Private entrance
Wifi
Hot tub

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Location

Staunton, Illinois, United States

Shale Lake is located on 211 acres of the former Mt. Olive and Staunton Coal Company Mine #2 and The Winery at Shale Lake is the only "Coal Winery" in Illinois (one of only 2 in the US). The property was reclaimed in the 1980's. Susan and David Wesa purchased the property in 2006 and renamed it Shale Lake after the 46 acres of shale hills leftover from the mine. In 2007 they planted the vineyard and opened the horse boarding stables. The Winery (with tasting room) was opened in 2010 and produces 2,000 gallons of wine annually.

HIKING TRAILS
There are 212 acres available for exploring. The entire perimeter has some form of fencing (some chain link and some barbed wire). There are a few interior chain link fences as well. You are welcomed to explore the
entire property except for the outbuildings. There are a few wooded trails that are maintained annually.

HILLTOP VIEW
There are horses in the pastures in front and behind the cottages.

VINEYARD
The vineyard is approximately 14 acres planted in 2007. There are 74 600' rows. We have 6 varieties of grapes: Norton, Chambourcin, Marechal Foch, Vignole, Cayuga and Traminette.

LAKE
Our 24 acre lake was reclaimed in the 80’s. The lake averages 5’ deep - if you fall in, STAND UP! Cabin guests may fish, CATCH AND RELEASE ONLY. We have crappie, bass, catfish and bluegill.

FOWL, FUR and SHELL
We host a lot more than humans at Shale Lake! You may see a Grey Heron soaring in for the night and occasionally a white one, too. We have Swans and White Northern Pelicans stopping almost every year. We also have at least 3 Barred Owls, a pair of Red Tail Hawks and a mating pair of Bald Eagles that winter in the north woods. We have more than our share of turtles including some snapping turtles the size of a tire! If you find one hibernating in a creek, best to leave it alone!

WOODED BOUNTY
We have some unusual plants and trees. The old coal mine employed as many as 700 people. There were buildings in and around the woods. The buildings are gone but you will find cactus thriving in the shale dust and a huge bed of iris blooms (planted by office ladies). We have a yucca grove, pecan & walnut trees, plus apple and persimmon trees. The old metal stove was not grown but rather thrown here by locals using the property as a dump. There is a lot of really cool, really old stuff. Please feel free to explore and take any trash…ehh..treasures with you!
Shale Lake is located on 211 acres of the former Mt. Olive and Staunton Coal Company Mine #2 and The Winery at Shale Lake is the only "Coal Winery" in Illinois (one of only 2 in the US). The property was recla…
Getting around
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Almost all errands require a car.
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Bike Score®
Minimal bike infrastructure.

Hosted by David

Joined in August 2015
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During your stay
Shale Lake is family owned and operated. The owners live on-site and are available for guests needs by phone, email and text.
David is a Superhost
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  • Language: English
  • Response rate: 100%
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Things to know

House rules
Check-in: 2:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m.
Checkout: 11:00 a.m.
Self check-in with keypad
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
Safety & Property
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Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm