Shale Lake.. get away and play... 
Cabins and Cottages

COVID 19...The Cabins and Cottages at Shale Lake are still open.  Packaged Wine (or beer) can be delivered to the Cabin or Cottages.

We are taking additional measures to make sure that every visit conforms to the State regulations in efffect.

The units are 50 feet apart. Please practice social distancing.  Most of the units have full sized kitchens.  Many of our local restaurants have drive-up windows and several more are offering delivery.  Just call or text us for the specific information.

We believe our little get away is what everyone needs during this time.  There is no better place to be alone together.

    The Log cabins are located at the South end of the lake where the old Mine Road used to run into Route 66.  Just steps away from the lake, all of these cabins have a screened in porch, air conditioning and an open floor plan. The cabins have a full kitchen with stove and microwave and a 3/4 bath (full size shower).

Each cabin is different in size and style.  All of the cabins have televisions in the bedroom and living room.  The living room T.V.s have a DVD player.

    The Cottages sit atop a 60 foot tall hill overlooking the country side, the vineyard and the lake.  Flanked by woods and horse pasture, the view is breathtaking.  The cottages are each unique in size and style.  Three of them have open porches and low rise ramp entrances.  The larger ones have full kitchens and all have a 3/4 bath.

Check out our TINY HOUSE
All rates are considered base rates and based on Double Occupancy.  There is a $20 charge per night for each additional guest (after the first two).  The additional $20 per person charge is applied to the credit card on file after the stay.  Changes made in the number of additional persons must be reported at / or prior to check in.   Unregistered cabin guests onsite after 10:00 p.m. will be asked to leave or incur additional charges. 

There is a $25 non-refundable pet fee (per pet) per stay if the pet is REGISTERED at the time of the reservation.  Non-registered pets reported after check in and not registered by 9:00p.m. the same day of check in will be charged $40 per pet per stay. 
 Damages caused by a pet are subject to our damages policy (see terms and conditions).  Cabin 9 plus Cottages 10,11,12,13 &14 are pet free cabins. For the comfort of our guests with allergies please do not take a pet into these cabins/cottages. 
TOURS: All 10 of our cabins/cottages are different in layout and décor.  There are no two alike.  We are not staffed to offer tours of the cabins however we do occasionally offer "open houses".  If you would like to be notified of our next open house, please contact us.  We have a photo book available at the Winery which includes interior views and cabin layouts.  There is limited parking and turn around areas at both the Cabin and Cottage sites.  Please respect the privacy of our cabin guest by not driving thru areas marked as "cabin guest only".
DISCLAIMER:  Due to the inability to control what the numerous search engines display as "our policies", the policies displayed on this page and in OUR terms and conditions will be the policies used.    Reservations made via other search engines are not confirmed until an email confirmation is received from us.  A cabin cannot be booked for the same day via any booking site including our own. 
You must call for availability if you wish to stay with us tonight!  


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Packages & Weekly Specials 

  Review our Terms and Conditions
Compare the cabins and cottage by SIZE AND LAYOUT Check out our CABIN SPECIFIC AMENITIES chart for detailed differences.
The Lazy Shanty (#2)                                                                                  The Mule Quarters (#4)

#1 Cabin
 The Shale Lodge This family cabin sleeps 2-6 people.

There is a King sized bed in the Master Bedroom, A Queen bed in the back loft (staircase access) and a Queen bed in the front loft (ladder or staircase access)  The bathroom is in the hallway.  The cabin has a back door and central heating and air conditioning for all rooms except the porch.

#2 Cabin  The Lazy Shanty This three room cabin sleeps 2-6 people.  There is a Queen bed in the bedroom, a Queen bed in the loft and a Full sleeper sofa
in the living room (not recommended for adults). The loft area has a small staircase and short ceilings (4').  The bath is located in the Bedroom. The cabin has central heating/ air.

# 3 Cabin The Mine Shack  This Route 66 cabin is decorated in a 1970's retro theme complete with door beads and a lava lamp!  This cabin sleeps 2-4 people with a Queen bed in the bedroom and a Full size sleeper sofa in the living room (not recommended for adults) Air conditioned.
Groovy Man!


 #4 Cabin  The Mule Quarters This Route 66 cabin is decorated in an Americana theme and sleeps 2-4 people with a Queen bed in the bedroom and a Full size sleeper sofa in the living room (not recommended for adults). The screened in porch has curtains and lounge chairs. Air conditioned.

#6 Cabin The Boat House
(Open April thru October only) This unit has a 2 night minimum stay from Thursday thru Sunday.
This is the only unit with a weekend stay minimum.  This unit can be booked for just one night on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. This three room ADA cabin is floating on the lake! It is anchored to the shoreline and accessed via a 100 foot fixed ramp.  The unit is floating and does have slight movement.  It has its own private deck and an all season kitchen with an electric stove top, small micro/convection combo oven, and fridge.  Watch the lake life or fish out the front door.  Sleeps 2 (ONLY), in a King sized bed and features a walk in 2 person shower.  This unit has a propane grill 15 feet from the unit and a fire ring on shore 350 feet from the unit.  It has full plumbing with a marine toilet (poop-yes, tampons-no)  Wall Heating and air.  For safety, Maximum Occupancy strictly enforced.  Sorry, NO PETS 


#7 Cabin The No.2 Pond Yacht (coming Summer 2021) This decommissioned 55 ft Yacht will sleep up to 8 guests.  It has 2 staterooms with king sized beds plus a crew quarters with 2 twin bunks.  It has a full sized kitchen with sink, oven, microwave, range and dishwasher plus it has a outdoor kitchen on the top deck. There are 2 bathrooms plus an indoor living room and and outdoor living space.  The Yacht is permanently moored to a private dock and includes a fire ring on shore.  Luxurious for two guests, incredibly comfortable for four guests or just plain fun for eight guests!  

#10 Cottage The Shale Chalet This 2 room ADA Compliant Cottage is decorated in a calming old world theme. 
It sleeps 2-4 people with a Que
en bed in the living area and a Queen bed in the 4' loft (no ADA access).  The loft is open to the living area and is accessed via a staircase.  This is the smallest of our units but it has the largest bathroom.  The bathroom has transfer bars at the toilet and in the shower plus a fold down shower chair.  There is a mini fridge, microwave and coffee maker (no stove). Wall heat and air.

#11 Cottage The Manor We call this cottage our "ladies night out" unit but really it works well for any medium sized group.  The cottage is set up for 2-7 people with a KING sized bed in the Master Bedroom and four separate beds in the large loft (3 twins and 1 full).The short ceilings in the loft are 4' in the front and 3' in the back.  The living area has a large country dining table and a full sized kitchen.  The private bath has an additional dressing area in the hall way.  The porch has 2 porch swings and a breakfast bar overlooking the view of the lake. Central heating and air plus ramp access.

#12 Cottage Snob Hill This cozy cabin decorated in a tree house theme sleeps 2-6 people.  Ideal for couples (the loft is semi private and the bathroom is located in the hallway).  There is a King bed in the Master bedroom and a King bed in the loft.  There is a sleeper sofa (not recommended for adults), a full size kitchen., a dining hall (drop down table to seat 6 in the "actual" hall way) open porch, ramp access and central heating and air.



#13 Cottage The Lake House  Our Honeymoon Suite.  This beach themed cottage only sleeps two.  It has a King sized bed, full kitchen, bathroom and Spa room.  It has a large indoor shower, a Jacuzzi tub, electric fireplace, 2 TVs, and a Dining table.  The enclosed and very private courtyard has an outdoor shower (April to October), Gas BBQ grill, Covered fire pit and bistro table. 
No ramp.  Central Heating and Air.

#14 The Bungalow  This cottage is ideal for a longer stay, business trips, extended stays or long term reservations.  It has a larger full size kitchen and larger bath with lots of built in storage and even a shower/half tub combo.  The Living area has an entertainment center, walk out deck, 2 dining areas and private BBQ.  The master bedroom has an adjustable SLEEP NUMBER queen size bed plus a sleeper sofa (not recommended for adults).   Ramp access and central heating and air.        

These are full service cabins and cottages.  All of them are furnished with bedding, towels and basic dishes. 
Please check our INVENTORY LIST
to see what we provide. 
There is no charge for any of the dishes however if the items are not left clean a $20 use fee will be charged. 
We have firewood available. 
$6 a bundle which can be added to your reservation. Due to Illinois State law regarding insects, please do not bring firewood from outside of Madison county. 
We offer catch and keep fishing to our cabin guests.

Catch and Keep Regulations

See Winery Page for hours of operation.
We have pack and play cribs available. 

All of our cabins and cottages are non-smoking.

Cabins 1-4 at the edge of the Lake

View of lake and cabins from the porch of Cottage 10-14

            We opened our first four cabins in September of 2013. 
We opened the next three cottages in January of 2015.
We opened our last two cottages (Long Term and Honeymoon) in 2016.
Finally, we opened the floating cabin in June of 2017.
It was a giant project for two people and we truly appreciate your patience.
COMING 2021..our 11th cabin, a floating yacht on the North end of the lake.


Cabins and Cottages at Shale Lake

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