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Guest House

Carbondale, Illinois, 62901

©  D. Gorton

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Finnish sauna and Japanese Ofuro soaking tub for two, sited beside the pool for an invigorating plunge.


Flower and vegetable gardens with fire pit and koi pond

Centrally located in Carbondale only 2 minutes from SIU and the downtown area, and a beautiful 20 minute drive to multiple State and National parks with abundant hiking opportunities!

A note regarding Covid-19 precautions: 

The pool house is a completely separate building with dedicated entrances and gates. Guests have access to fenced 2/3 acre gardens and walkways and have sole use of the swimming pool.

One day allowed between guests.

Contact with hosts will be based upon CDC guidelines. We are retired professionals who live on the property.

The Pool House is  located in the historic Arbor District. Our neighbors are  professors and graduate students at SIUC. The Pool House is a separate building  set within 3/4 acre of fenced grounds with spacious gardens and our main house. We have dedicated parking and a private entrance for guests. A 5 to 10 minute walk to Southern Illinois University, Memorial Hospital, and Downtown, The Pool House  is a 900 square foot cottage that can sleep at least four. Furnished with mid century modern furniture by Danish designers such as Hans Wegner, Poul Henningsen and Jens Risom, it has a gourmet kitchen, washer dryer, and dishwasher. Every guest has access to the pool which is sometimes used by members of the neighborhood as well. Your hosts are Jane Adams, retired Anthropology professor at SIUC and D. Gorton, retired New York Times White House Photographer. All of the photos on this site were made by D.  The Pool House is licensed by the City of Carbondale - Lic. No. VRU 2024-04 - and State of Illinois - Lic. No. HM-15747.


©  D. Gorton



Gourmet Kitchen


We supply tri-ply cookware, Keurig coffeemaker, dishwasher, herbs, vegetables and condiments from our garden. As a special order, we will stock the  larder at your request for a fee of $50 an hour in shopping time.

High Speed Wifi


We have very high speed internet with strong wi-fi in all rooms of the guest house. The two television sets are linked through ethernet to the internet and cable channels.

         Smart House

The Pool House is fitted with the latest digital devices including Nest thermostat, Yale keyless entry, and Google Home Assistant which provides voice commands for music or information.



Our 3/4 acre lot has a "woods garden" filled with early spring ephemerals, flowering borders, a vegetable garden, brick paths and patios with outdoor seating . We are an Illinois Audubon Society certified Bird and Butterfly Sanctuary..



We are set up for extended stay with a washer-dryer, ironing board, iron, and linen changes when requested. We have extensive storage with dressers and wardrobes.


We honor and respect all political views. Feel free to expound your ideas if you like. This is a college town where liberal views predominate. But many people hold conservative, libertarian, and a wide variety of non-conforming views. We value all respectful and caring relationships and the brilliant diversity of the human race.

Swimming Pool


Our swimmer's pool is over 9 feet deep, 36 feet long and 16 feet wide. We close the pool as late in the season as possible and open as early as possible to accomodate swimmers who enjoy bracing swims in the off season. Remember that children must be accompanied by adults.

Child friendly

The Pool House has an enclosed front porch to keep adventurous toddlers close. Kitchen cabinets have child locks and a high chair is available. 



You are welcome to use our  bar-b-que grill and smoker. In addition, we have a gas Cuisinart grill. We request that you provide your own charcoal. The grills must be placed on non combustible surfaces without over hanging trees or buildings.



We  have dedicated off-street parking in our driveway. There is also

on - street parking.  Look for the Pool House sign attached to the lantern in the front yard. Park alongside the sign. You'll see the entrance to the Pool House straight ahead.


        Work space

There are desks on the ground floor and upstairs , well lit and spacious, that are served by high speed internet WiFi. Power connections are through surge protectors.

             Fire Pit

The fire pit is a great place to gather in the evening. We supply a bundle of wood and kindling. If more is needed, Schnucks grocery has them packaged. Please be respectful of our neighbors and be "sotto voce" . No singing the unofficial SIU Fight Song: "Who Let The Dogs Out"!!!!! after 10PM.

©  D. Gorton




©  D. Gorton



Rock Climbing and Zip Lines


Climbers come from all over the world to test themselves against the rocky outcrops of the Shawnee Hills, especially at Giant City State Park. You can catch a zip line on Rocky Comfort Road which is just down the road from Blue Sky Vineyards where you can relax with award wining wines and beers. Be sure that you do it in this order: climb, zip and then wine.

Embrace the Outdoors


Whether you hunt with a camera, a fishing pole, or a gun, the area around Carbondale offers a jumping off place to the most ecologically diverse region in the country, and maybe the world. Just south is the Cache River Basin designated by the UN as a "Wetland of international significance". It is the furtherest north that many species of plants and animals inhabit, and the furtherest south that other species inhabit. Rent a canoe and paddle back in time on the Cache.

Winery Tours and Tasting


The Shawnee Hills Wine Trail winds through lush forested hills; peach and apple orchards open on to distant vistas of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Organized tour busses travel to most of the wineries, but its easy to navigate on your own. Maps are available in the Pool House.

Religious Congregations


Carbondale is the regional center of religious practice in Southern Illinois. Most Christian congregations, including Eastern Orthodox and a Quaker meeting, are represented as well as a Muslim Mosque and a Sufi community, a Buddhist Temple, the Baha'i Faith, a Hindu Temple and Chabad Lubavitch and Reform/Conservative Jewish congregations, and a Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship.

Specialty Foods


One of the oldest farmer-run markets in the country is located in West Town Shopping Center on West Illinois 13 next to Murdale. Shopping Center. It operates every Saturday morning March through November. Murdale also houses the International Grocery with a mind blowing assortment of foods from around the world, and the Neighborhood Coop which specializes in organic foods.

Hit The "Strip"


Generations of SIUC students have spent their leisure time on the "Strip". The stories that can be told of the stretch along Illinois Ave. can now be updated. The city is spending huge sums to upgrade the infastructure.  Thriving music venues, restaurants and bars are regaining their place along the storied "Strip". Be sure and visit the most authentic, retro bar in the MidWest: PK's on Illinois where the photo above was made of the "Caberet Decadance".

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