Peaceful Family Getaway to the Country

Sleeping Accommodations: 10 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms, Sleeps 34

Bedding Information: 2 King, 5 Queen, 4 Doubles, 6 Twins, 2 futons,1 sofa sleeper

We offer a
*3 bedroom-2 bath Cottage
*6 bedroom-3 bath Ranch House
*1 bedroom Lakeside Cabin

This is the place for people who
live in the city but have country
in their heart! Located in the
foothill's of the Ozarks just
minutes from:
*JOHNSONS SHUT-IN'S
*ELEPHANT ROCKS
*TAUM SAUK MOUNTAIN
*THE BLACK RIVER
*THE OZARK TRAIL
*FORT DAVIDSON
*COUNCIL BLUFF LAKE
*DILLARD MILL AND
*BELL MOUNTAIN WILDERNESS

Here is the place you can come to
and leave behind your concrete,
traffic and pollution, your busy
schedules, stresses, worries and
cares and just relax and find
peace in these beautiful scenic
surroundings.
All the places are family friendly with dolls, and play
dishes, classic toys, books, puzzles, board games,
trucks and cars and more!

The Ranch House is perfect for large groups or
family reunions. Take a float trip, hang out by the
river area, fish and explore the country side.

Outside the cottage door there is
a gently flowing creek. Cows and
horses graze in the nearby
pastures. The birds sing
melodious tunes and the frogs
announce that spring has
arrived as you sit out on the deck
or front porch and take in the
scenery and beauty.

Just outside the Lakeside
Cabin is our small spring fed
lake. Stocked with Bass, Bluegill
and Crappie.


You may see hawks, squirrels,
rabbits, deer, coyotes,turkeys and
maybe even site an Eagle.

IN THE EVENINGS AFTER
CANOEING, FISHING OR SEEING
THE SITES relax around a
campfire, listen to the whip-
poor-wills sing and the owls call
out.

Or (my favorite) take a walk down
the road with just the starry sky
and full moon to light your way!

There are lots of woods to
explore and as you hike these
hills you come upon creeks and
springs. Enjoy fishing in
our lake stocked with bluegill,
bass and crappie.
Enjoy PRIVATE ACCESS to
beautiful Strother Creek which
flows into the Black River.

Play, swim or fish here where
crystal clear, clean waters flow.

Just outside the Cottage: FOR
THE CHILDREN, let their
imaginations soar as they play
"Laura" from Little House or
"Daniel Boone" in our rustic
child's cabin playhouse or they
can explore our special closet
filled with dress-up clothes for
girls and boys, cowboys and
cowgirls alike.

There are dolls, and dishes,
classic toys, books, puzzles,
board games, trucks and cars and
more!

ATTENTION SCRAPBOOKERS!!!
We cater to groups of ladies who
enjoy scrapbooking!
Leave the cooking up to us and
just crop all day and all night
long.
We call it 'Country Croppin'!

You and your friends will enjoy
great fellowship and great food
here at Koinania. Are you a
consultant or the organizer
for the cropping weekend?
If so, we offer you an incredible
deal. YOU ATTEND FREE!!!!!

Ask for details when you call Call / Email Owner


  • Air Conditioned
  • Barbecue-Charcoal
  • Deck
  • Full Kitchen
  • Heated
  • Internet Access
  • Linens Incl
  • Porch
  • Video Library
  • No Smoking

Appliances:

  • AM/FM Radio
  • Blender
  • Cassette Player
  • Ceiling Fans
  • CD Player
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Range
  • Cookware
  • Dish Washer
  • DVD Player
  • Fax Machine
  • Freezer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Utensils
  • VCR
  • Washer/Dryer

Activities:

  • Auto Racing
  • Bicycling
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking/Biking Trails
  • Horseback Riding
  • Kayaking
  • Rafting
  • Row Boat
  • Snorkeling
  • White Water Rafting

Other Property Features & Appliances:

Family activities
*And we have a list of all the great places to go (most of them FREE) with driving directions provided.





COUNTRY CROPPING: Join other ladies for a weekend of cropping and scrapbooking. Bring all of your supplies and 'Crop til you Drop'. Meals provided! Just relax and have fun finishing up your latest projects.
Ask how you can attend FREE!! Email us for details! or
Call 573-269-4544

Other Attractions:

State parks and Historical sites nearby!

*Bell Mountain Wilderness--5 minutes

*Johnson Shut-In's State Park--25 minutes

*Elephant Rocks State Park--30 minutes

*Taum Sauk State Park--40 minutes

*Dillard Mill Historical Site--35 minutes

*Civil War site Fort Davidson

*Black River canoeing at Lesterville--20 minutes

*Swimming in the streams and creeks--2 minutes

*plus much, much more. Call about the various local fairs, festivals and horse shows.

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Property Reviews

Write a Review
June 17, 2007
Owner-Supplied Testimonial
I need to update these testimonials. We have a guestbook in the cottage which is FULL of wonderful comments. Soon i will get them down in writing here!!
July 31, 2005 James and Sharn Willis Cochran, GA
If you need to leave the hustle and bustle and stress of everyday life and want to relax on a little slice of HEAVEN than this is the right place to go! This has been our best vacation ever. Our children swam in the creek, caught crawfish in the stream, lizards on the deck, played in the beautiful cabin with it's bowls and butter churn, dressed up, enjoyed visiting state parks nearby and had a fantastic time.
The cabin is SO comfortable and very relaxing. There are books and toys in abundance and the scenery is breathtaking.
Not one of us wanted to leave and after just one day home we are already wondering when we can return!

July 19, 2005 Don Good Zion, IL
We enjoyed our stay at Koinania Cottage. It was quiet and comfortable. Our stay gave us a chance to relax and cool our feet in the Black River. The Wiltbergers are such wonderful hosts. We also enjoyed nearby Elephant Rock State Park. An interesting outcropping of granite.
May 17, 2005 Chris & Mark Pusateri Near Chicago
Our family just returned from our 4th year at Koinania. We all love the quietness, the fresh air, the fellowship.

On top of all of that, we love the outdoors and all that we can do, see, experience there.

We collected / examined / observed many critters, birds and plants, including my youngest daughter last year actually was able to stand still long enough to pet hummingbirds at the feeder. The hummingbirds were wonderful to watch so closely - they weren't afraid.

We hiked, rode, swam, sizzled our hair at the burn pile, explored, rested, watched videos, played dressup, saw Pilated Woodpeckers, watched fighter jets dog fighting, went dancing, sat out on blankets enjoying the sun, read, ...

A wonderful, peaceful, funfilled time, hard to return to our noisy suburban living!
January 11, 2005 John Menken anonymous
This was a great middle place where our Chicago area family vacationed with our daughter from Phoenix, who flew into St. Louis. St. Louis and Branson are both a day trip away. We did the 4-hour drive to Branson, and stayed one night at a motel on that end. That put Silver Dollar City within range of the cabin. Near the cabin, we delighted in Elephant Rocks and Johnson's Shut Ins State Parks. Council Bluff Lake was an absolute favorite.
January 6, 2005
Owner-Supplied Testimonial
August 8-12th
Thank you so much for hearing God’s call to provide a true retreat place for families from the “real world”. It has been a truly refreshing experience for us to be secluded in this haven- a sweet reminder of God’s grace & providence in our lives. We hope to be back & in the mean time we will remember your ministry in our prayers. May God richly bless & keep your family. Peace.
“Peace to all of you in Jesus”
Lori, Jonathan, Abi, Lina, & Reed
January 6, 2005
Owner-Supplied Testimonial
5/6/
We had such a wonderful time, there are tears of parting. Horses! Newborn kittens, playing flashlight tag, swimming in the river, the Ball, Demolition Derby, skinning snakes, roasting marshmallows, the fellowship.
Thank you for Koinania Cottage, for all that you did for us.
In Christ’s Love,
Mark & Chris
Sarah, Marky, Deanna, & Gina
Elk Grove Village, IL.
To: the Wiltberger family
I had the best time ever. I had so much fun playing with the horses, Roasting marshmallows, going to the Demo Derby, Swimming, hiking, catching cridders, and everything else. Hope to see you next year. Love
Gina
I had a great time playing with the horses, tadpoles, snakes, frogs, toads, and everything else. Hope to see you next year.
from Marky (12)
I had a wonderful ten days and I hope we will come again thank you for finding those horses for us it has been my favorite vacation ever!
Love Sarah
I had a great time playing with the horses, going swimming & hiking, playing hide & go seek in the dark, roasting marshmallows, playing with the kittens, going to the Demolition Derby, & everything else. I hope we can come again next year.
Love Deanna
January 6, 2005
Owner-Supplied Testimonial
Duane & Mary and girls-
Thank you so much for your hospitality and generosity to our family. This time was truly a gift from God. Thanks for letting Him use you!
We enjoyed. . .
-going for swims in the spring-fed stream
-horseback riding at Brushy Creek (excellent!)
-catching little lizards, tree frogs, and turtles; making them our pets for the week and then letting them return to the forest
-searching for treasures in antique shops
-ice cream at Pilot Knob (the best!)
-Swimming and playing on the rocks at Johnson Shut-Ins State Park
-hiking the trails & climbing the rocks at Elephant Rocks State Park
-playing board & card games together in the evenings, watching movies and eating popcorn and staying up late
-getting to know you! Thanks for the delicious meal and the enjoyable conversation!
God Bless You! In Christ’s Love,
The Lennon family

January 6, 2005
Owner-Supplied Testimonial
From Your Scrapbook friends.
We have just had a great time staying here with you this weekend. But we do not want to leave. It was everything we thought it would be. Mary, we really want to thank you for all you have done for this bunch of gals. The food was great! With all that is going on in the world today it was so good to come here and leave all that behind for a couple of days, and to feel the presence of God all around while here.
Thank you, Pam
Thank You so Much Nancy
Everything was great! Pat
I really needed this Thank you Andrea
Thanks for everything the food was great Carrie
Country Croppin Fun! Amanda
Everything was perfect. Thank you so much! Sharon
January 6, 2005
Owner-Supplied Testimonial
Dear Wiltbergers-
Thank you for a splendid family vacation abode! There were so many thoughtful family-friendly touches-great children’s books & comics, games, family videos, nature books, nets to catch interesting creatures, etc.!!
We loved the crystal clean creek-swimming, fishing, & looking for interesting rocks! We even came ‘home’ with a catfish and fried it (a first for us)!
Thank you for sharing your blackberry bramble with us! Nothing is as delicious as freshly picked berries w/ sugar and milk-especially when you endured August heat, bees, & multitudes of thorn scratches all over your hands & arms to get them!! It brought back memories from my childhood on the farm in Iowa. Then, however, I wore a long-sleeved shirt and spared my arms!!
The children thoroughly enjoyed your collection of dress-up items-the cowboy boots & gun were the biggest hits!!
Your serene setting was inspirational for time with the Lord (praising Him for His creation) and photography. Keep serving the Lord in this way- it is a blessing, your family is precious!
(Tom & Brenda,
Paige, Brooke, &Erica)
February 15, 2003 Pat Kershaw Branson Missouri
A great place for a few restful days. Great to launch from for visits to Elephant Rocks and Johnson Shut-Ins. Comfortable facility and pleasant hosts.
January 25, 2003 Lennon family Chicago, IL
What a peaceful place! And so many things to do together as a family. We loved exploring and playing in several of the state parks in the area, swimming, horseback riding, finding frogs and turtles, rock hunting, browsing in antique shops. In the evenings we enjoyed playing board games, watching videos, or star gazing together. It was one of the most restful vacations our family has ever had.
January 23, 2003 Joe and Mary Heun Payson, Arizona
What a wonderful place to be. Beautiful scenery, peaceful setting, and the most gracious hosts you could find. Be sure to join them for a game night. You will enjoy knowing the whole family. We are looking forward to going back.
January 22, 2003 Rebecca Kloker Rushville, Illinois
I loved being here I got to bring my horse and then go riding on trails and my mom got to stay at the house and read. it was a dream come true for both of us! When we got there it was late at night and we couldn't really tell how anything looked outside. I still remember wakeing up vary early to the sunrise and as I looked out at the sun hitting the hill with all sorts of color and the dew on the grass and the calfs playing with each other my breath was taken away. Now I have been a lot of places, to the grand canion the rocky mountians and the beaches of California. But there was something difrent about this it was so peacefull and you felt like you had lived there forever like you were in the comfort of your own home. All I can say is thank you for the experince of a lifetime! Hope to be back soon!
December 16, 2002
Owner-Supplied Testimonial
What guests have shared with us:

The kids love it here. We will return. I can’t remember a time when I wanted to stay longer somewhere instead of getting back home!
Linda D, IL

This visit has been full of wonder for us and quite an adventure
Cindy Z, IL

It was the first time my daughters swam in a creek! They loved it! I’m sure tears will flow tomorrow when we leave… This is such a peaceful place.
Janet L, IL

We enjoyed building onto our friendships in a peaceful environment when we live in such a hectic, rushed environment at home. We all agree we would love to come back here.
3 families from St. Louis, MO

The Hedding family has enjoyed this visit to Missouri like no other visit to this state.
IL

Andrew and Karl were honored to be the first ever to catch fish in your lake. Everyday was a new adventure for them. We simply enjoyed watching them pretend to be the Americans, French or Spanish, Union or Cowboys depending on which battle they were re-enacting at the moment. These were definitely among our finest days of home schooling yet!
Alicia G, IL
(Grandparents, daughter and grandsons in the country)

This was our best vacation ever!
Chris and Mark P, IL

Rental Rates

Season Begin End Daily Weekly Monthly Min. Stay
Weekend 5/20/2011 9/30/2011 $325.00 $1,500.00 - 2
Weekdays 5/20/2011 9/30/2011 $175.00 $250.00 - 2
Fall 10/1/2011 5/24/2012 $200.00 $995.00 - 7 nights

Other Information:

Owner Comments:
Rates listed here are for Cottage only- see our website for rates on the Ranch House and Cabin. Military discount: take 10% off the cost of your stay for active or retired. We support our troops!!! God Bless America! America, Bless God!! COUNTRY CROPPIN! WE OFFER SCRAPBOOK RETREATS TO GROUPS OF 4 OR MORE. ASK ABOUT OUR 1/2 price ATTENDEE SPECIAL. CALL MARY NOW.... 573-269-4544 *Ask about our pastor/missionary specials. Call for special rates. 573-269-4544
Payment Options:
Personal Check
Deposits:
Deposit: 1/2 down pay balance 2 weeks before arrive or Pay in full at time of reservation. (discount may apply)
Tax: 6%
Cancellations and Refunds: Credit towards another stay within 6 months of reserved date with 4 weeks advance notice. Less than 4 weeks notice: Refund or credit if able to re-book.
Other Fees: Add $20 per person/ per night for extra people children under age 3 are free!
Check In: 4:00PM
Check Out: 11:00AM
Required Stay: 2 nights/ 7 night week special
Rates and terms are subject to change without notice.
Unless otherwise specified, rates shown are in US Dollars (USD).

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