Suzie could not have been more helpful! She was out of town but was constantly in touch with me about anything we needed.... two things in particular were requested .... my nephew asked me if we could camp out .... I was not up for "roughing it" so I googled cabins in southern Illinois... one of the things I asked Suzie for was a camp fire so it would feel more like we were camping ... from North Carolina or wherever... she sent her husband to set up a place to have a fire... we were amazed that he set up a brick fire pit with fire wood available... the boys (12 and 16) were not too good at building a fire but they had a MARVELOUS time trying... the other issue was fishing. Because it is a private lake we could fish without a fishing license.... the fishing was AMAZING.... the boys were thrilled to catch lots of fish (we did catch and release) more importantly one of the adults with us came with so much anxiety because of a sick daughter... she was able to let the healing properties of the water and fishing restore her weary soul to a place of serenity if only for a few days .... if you are looking for a place to take a step back from your life and just be.... this is a great place to do it!!
The house is beautiful but also livable.... It's less like a luxury hotel and more like staying at Aunt Opal's house for the weekend.... something I haven't been able to do since her death in 2002.... if you get there and didn't bring something you need there is a dollar general 10 minutes away.