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The Cobden Cottage

About The Cottage

A Private Getaway To Refresh The Soul

Home. What does it mean? How do we find it? Can we ever return to it? At The Cobden Cottage, we believe we can.

Nestled among the rolling Shawnee Hills, adjacent to the Southeast Ozarks, The Cobden Cottage offers a retreat from the frantic frenzy of city life. It’s the perfect destination for your rural retreat. The Cobden Cottage is near the famous Shawnee Hills Wine Trail. Nearby attractions include The Shawnee National Forest with its maze of hiking trails, Giant City State Park, Panther Den, Pomona Natural Bridge, Little Grassy Lake, Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge, Bald Knob Cross of Peace, Historic Anna, and The Lincoln Memorial.

Enveloped in privacy by inviting woods, this cozy cottage is the perfect combination of rustic country life with modern convenience. Just a few twisting, winding miles outside of the idyllic, picturesque town of Cobden, Illinois, pop. 1200, named for Sir Richard Cobden of the Illinois Central Railway Company, the cottage is the perfect balance between modern accessibility and solitary retreat.

Rife with nostalgia, The Cobden Cottage is styled in the mid-twentieth century. Listen to vintage vinyl records on the state-of-the-art refurbished 1958 Magnavox by Sanders Amps. Talk on the genuine rotary desk phone in the office. Invite the kids to read books from your childhood, such as Charlotte’s Web, and The Happy Hollisters. Feel like you have stepped back to a simpler and more wholesome time.

But The Cobden Cottage is more than just a Wine Trail Air BnB, it represents an attempt at a more sustainable eco-friendly, community based living as a way of life. We hope to expand services next year to include classes, workshops, and retreats that focus on the integration of nature, health & wellbeing, and optimal living in harmony with nature.

The cottage features a hydroponic organic garden system as an ongoing experiment in biodiversity and learning opportunity for anyone interested in homesteading and relying less on corporate farming and the toxic impact this harmful industry had on the environment. In our concept of The Cobden Cottage, we’ve drawn inspiration from The Biggest Little Farm and Kiss The Ground.

The cottage kitchen is stocked with real free-range eggs from a local farm. Enjoy wines from local wineries, as well as baked goods and berry jams from Color & Spices. Guests are encouraged to visit the back yard garden to pick lettuce, spinach, turnips, radishes, peppers, pole beans, and tomatoes, as well as delectable shiitake mushrooms from Farmer Stu for salad!

In the Spring of 2022, The Cobden Cottage will be offering internships for people who want to learn everything from organic gardening, composting, naturalism, and ornithology, to carpentry; and how to integrate a closer relationship with nature into our day-to-day lives.

Local businesses include the Center For Lost Arts Retreat Center, featuring yoga, meditation, and naturalist retreats, Pack Rat’s Paradise antique boutique at the Cobden Village Shops as well as the delicious culinary delights of the Iron Wisk, and authentic Latin-American cuisine of Taqueria Pequena.

Please join The Cobden Cottage family by emailing your contact info. You will receive info about rental availabilities, events, and videos on areas of interest for small homesteaders and the psychological and emotional healing aspects of deepening our relationship with nature.

The cottage is the perfect getaway. It’s so peaceful!

Jerry Anderson



The Cobden Cottage has filtered spring water on tap from Alto Pass Water, a state-of-the-art brand new filtering system, new hot-water heater, and brand new plumbing! The cottage has central air and heating, as well as fans and portable space heaters. All the creature comforts of home and at your disposal! The cottage is stacked with the basics of natural environmentally safe soaps, shampoos, dishwasher soap, as well as organic coffees, Farmer Stu’s chai brews, a salad/vegetable garden, and local free range eggs, as well as breads baked by local baker Dani

Free WiFi & Smart Fire TV

While the cottage provides a nostalgic return to simpler times, we understand the needs and sensibilities of modern living. If you want to plug in, just connect your devices to the high-speed internet connection and all your devices will be singing right along! This is also helpful of remote working and/or school.

Free Parking

A winding gravel drive adds to the country charm, room enough for 4 – 5 vehicles with no trouble and enough room to make a U-turn. Please be careful and watch for traffic on Old Hwy 51 when turning in and out of the drive.

Bedroom Comforts

The Cottage has two full bedrooms, and one and a half baths, one Bed/Bath Master Suite, and “kid’s room” is across the hall. The mail bath features a full-sized bath-tub for those who like to soak in a hot healing bath. Soothing salts and aromatherapies are provided. We provide 800+ Thread count Egyptian-Cotton sheets with goose down pillows and comforters, as well as genuine “Granny-made” patchwork quilts. The cottage can sleep two more in the front room with a languishing comfort mid-century sofa and splits into two sectionals Sheets and towels are provided.

Hot Tub and Cold Pool

…on order make your reservations for Spring 2022!


The Cobden Cottage has a state of the art dishwasher as well as being fully stocked for all the cooking and baking that you might like to do.

Washer & Dryer

State of the art brand new GE washing machine and late model dryer fully functional and for your convenience.

Computer Station

Fully functional office and workstation with built in desk, computer connection dock, printer, scanner and fax machine.


The HP 9015 can connect via blue tooth to your devises and the printer fully stocked with printer cartridges and paper.

Coffee Maker

Microwave, electric tea water heater, blender, butchers-block island in middle, ice-maker, and cold fresh natural Spring water dispenser.

Checkin & Checkout

Check out is at 11am, and check-in is a 3pm.

Changes Upon Request

Cancellation Policy

We require a full 48-hour business day cancellation notification by email, text, or phone. Carrier pigeons and smoke rings are acceptable as well!

House Rules

Please! No shoes in the house! Please leave you shoes, boots, etc. in the mud-room. Please shut off all appliances, including heaters, coffeemakers, etc. when going out. Please be sure to lock all three (3) doors. Please strip the beds and leave sheets and towels on the floor. Please remove all items from the refrigerator that you brought in. Please wash all dishes, by hand or run the dishwasher. Please get previous pet permission. Please obtain toddler gate locks and child needs approved ahead of time. Your safety and comfort are our priority!

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Location & Nearby Attractions

The Shawnee National Forest with its maze of hiking trails, Giant City State Park, Panther Den, Pomona Natural Bridge, Little Grassy Lake, Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge, Bald Knob Cross of Peace, Historic Anna, and The Lincoln Memorial.


The Iron Wisk Bistro & Bar
Famer Stu’s at The Cobden Village Shops
Taqueria Pequina
Old 51 South BBQ
Flams Orchard
The Starview Café
Downtown Abbey
Fuzzy’s Tavern
Giant City Lodge
Rendleman Orchards Farm Market

Sight Seeing

Historic Anna
Lincoln Memorial
Historic Alto Pass
Bald Knob Cross
Union County Museum
Alto Clay Works
General John A. Logan Museum
Lincoln Memorial
Devil’s Kitchen Lake
Panther Den
Trail of Tears
City of New Orleans train


Boat Rentals at Crab Orchard
Blueberry Hill Farm
River-to-River Trail
Pomona Natural Bridge
Panther Den

Bars & Lounges

Fuzzy’s Tavern
Old Feed Store

Shows & Entertainment

Old Feed Store Music Venue
The Cobden Cottage Front Porch House Concerts

Biking & Hiking

Shawnee National Forest Trails
Horseshoe Lake Hiking & Biking

Day Trips

Garden of the Gods
Bellsmith Springs
Metropolis (Home of Superman!)
Bison Bluff Farms


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