Reservations are made in the following manner: Contact innkeeper via phone at (618)-893-4716 leaving a message if necessary and I will return your call as soon as possible - please leave your name and phone number. Just as easy use my email to drop your phone number, give details or ask a few questions, and when is a good time to call in your direction
100% Reservation deposit is required for single couple usage - 50% deposit for more than one couple. The reservation deposit is refundable in case of cancellation when notifying innkeeper two weeks in advance or if given shorter notice the innkeeper is able to reschedule others for date(s) previously scheduled. In the case of two or more couples visiting full payment is expected shortly on arrival.
During the winter the 3/4 of a mile private single lane road has been known to become impassable following ice or snow storms (it took 6 days for 16 inches to melt away the last winter). Vehicles with positraction might have little to no success of making it to the top of a steep grade (about 15 car lengths) during the fall when dry or wet leaves lay on the road. Full refund in the winter months of reservation money in situations of bad weather include not only local inclement weather, but also, also covers the routes from where you originate to this destination. During the last twenty years the actual average time the road here is blocked had been one or two days (the last five years has been less kind).
Personal Checks, Money Orders or certified checks accepted when sent one week before arrival. Credit Cards are not accepted. In other situations where payment via postal service is not applicable, such as due to short notice reservations, cash only upon arrival.
One and occasionaly a two day notice is required to schedule a reserved visit.
Adults 18 years of age and over only.
No RV/mobile homes, or vehicle towing trailers, boats or stretched Limos allowed to approach the castle account there is a fairly steep private single lane curved incline as you approach the top of the bluff. Backing down the bluff is impractical and for some folks scary. Nor is there ample turning around for such modes of transportation once you were to come to the top of the bluff.
During the winter the 3/4 of a mile private road has been known to become impassable following ice or snow storms (it took 6 days for 16 inches to melt away the last winter). Vehicles with positraction have little success of making it to the top of a steep grade (about 15 car lengths) during the fall when dry or wet leaves lay on the road. Full refund in the winter months of reservation money in situations of bad weather include not only local inclement weather, but also, also covers the routes from where you originate to this destination.
Arrival time between 3-5 pm (dependant on previous days number of visitors) and noon departure if guests scheduled on that date, But if there are no other reservations the day before or after a planned visit I am open to earlier arrivals or departures account it seems to help folks settle in, freshen up prior to engaging in activities here or in the community or simply improving the amount of time to enjoy the castle or avoid hassles of returned traffic to areas like St.Louis.
A typical breakfast of juice, coffee, eggs, bacon, potatoes and toast, pancakes, or French toast are considered covered in the room rate. When asked what speciality the castle offers with meals throughout much of the year Morel mushrooms lovenly gathered in spring does make for great omelets. Having been open for seven years now I have noted that about half of the folks visiting really like not returning very often to the lowlanders world, as such, guests should be aware that the e cooking up a storm and enjoying the formal dining area is considered quite appropriate, but seeing that your on vacation the innkeeper does the dishes and cleanup affording you better use of your time. A Weber barbecue setup is provided along with black cherry wood for smoking your delectable entree in a gourmet fashion.
Alcoholic consumption only by those of legal age. Friendly, moderate and responsible drinking patterns only.
Before guests are allotted permission to take private walks during the day, I need to acquaint folks to safety issues of the terrain and where the boundaries lay. Some guests who have spent decades traversing nearly all the terrain in Southern Illinois have give the following response = 'What the hey is going on with this mountain?'. Usually the best way to explain the situation is to show the numerous number of cave vents, crevaces and significant holes in several areas. I first start off pointing out one open crevice that might not be easily observed, (as a must show for safety reasons due to most likely outcome of an adult ending up with broken hips), and noting how other old exposed huge slabs of rock walls are seperated laying about that were thinking about falling over some long time ago to join the others slabs missing between the wings of Wing Hill Mountain taking a trip to the Gulf of Mexico. Good thing to bring walking sticks for hikes and taking your time when hiking in this area. Another explanation of the features just described of separated large slabs of rock is figurable when caving below. Unlike the Cobden cave nearby with its notable feature a full crawling effort for spelunkers, Wing Hill Mountain caving is more like walking and squeezing between the slabs with some nice occasional rooms to rest in pondering if Daniel Boone may have left some gold laying about. The Main entrance of Rich's Cave where the water flows is posted as of 2009 as no entry with warnings of $5.000 and $100,000 fines plus your choice of time in jail depending on which species of bats you bother. Other cave runs go in the various other directions but no mapping is available and efforts by the areas caving club of late have been halted. This East Wing of the mountain which basically describes the much of the castle property has a greater incident of the holes than the the other parts of the mountain. Common sense restrictions of not walking around at night on the mountaintop beyond the immediate castle walkways or private drive, (taking along flashlights required and staying to road just like a vehicle) is necessary for safety issues.