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A Beautifully Restored And Completely Updated 1930's Forest Lodge.

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,300 sq ft
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, Huge Deck, Modern Kitchen Surrounded By Towering Forests

Cherry Lake Lodge is a newly renovated historic woodland cabin with all the comforts of home. This unique retreat has its’ origins as lodging and work station for researchers when Morgan Monroe State Forest was part of the Northeast Forest Experimental Station in the 1930’s.

The lodge’s large elevated back deck overlooks acres of natural beauty- a great escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Watch for deer, wild turkey and forest wildlife as you relax on the expansive deck and enjoy the comfort of your own woodland retreat.

The nearby 3 Lakes Trail and Mason Ridge Trail offers 10 and 3 mile hiking opportunities. The 4 acre Cherry Lake is a short stroll away and a great spot for a picnic or throwing out a fishing line from the gentle, manicured shoreline.

Cherry Lake Lodge was completely renovated in 2013. It features 2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms (including the master bath) and a pull out sleeper sofa in the great room. Maximum overnight capacity of the lodge is 6.

The improved floor plan features a new kitchen, adjoining dining area, great room with fireplace and wide deck across the entire back of the house overlooking the surrounding woods.

Only 45 miles from Indianapolis, 30 minutes from Bloomington and 2 hours from Louisville. Cherry Lake Lodge is an ideal location and 1-of-a-kind get away for small retreats and families.

More Details

Property Manager
Jon Roales
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 April, 2018

About Jon Roales

Morgan-Monroe State Forest had its beginning in 1929 as an Experimental Forest. Research and active forest management is still part of this State Forest. Today visitors can enjoy Cherry Lake Lodge, the restored and fully updated 1930’s research station. The 2 bedroom modern cabin is nestled down a quiet forest lane near the State Forest office. State Forests are great places to visit and we are pleased to be able to offer this unique experience to the people of Indiana and those visiting our State.

Jon Roales purchased this lodge in 1929

Why Jon Roales chose Martinsville

In 2011 we embarked on a project to make unique forest retreat homes available to families and small groups who might enjoy the deep forest experience as much as we do. Cherry Lake Lodge is the second project we have completed. The first lodge is Covered Bridge Retreat located in Parke County, Indiana and nestled in 300 acres of State Forest. Covered Bridge even has its own campground and equestrian facilities for hosting large groups. We knew Cherry Lake Lodge was something special and with care we added an extra bedroom, bathroom and fully updated the cabin with modern amenities. Our staff live nearby and are accessible in case of emergency.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday lodge in Martinsville in Benton

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , guest bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Master bathroom with ceramic shower
  • The lodge features 2 full bathrooms, including the master bathroom. Nicely accented with ceramic floors and showers.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Master bedroom- includes master bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Guest bedroom with direct bathroom access.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , This sleeping area is the Great Room with sleeper sofa
  • The Cherry Lake Lodge has 2 bedrooms with all new furnishings in 2013. Queen size beds and bed side stands in both bedrooms. Master bedroom has deck access. There is additional sleeping on great room sleeper sofa. Maximum overnight capacity is 6.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair accessible
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
Nicely appointed lodge with all new furnishings. Starter set of paper product included. Guest to provide additional paper items as needed (e.g. toilet paper, paper towels, napkins) Owners will provide house cleaning after guest departure. Guest is asked to do basic clean-up during stay and before departure (e.g. wash and put away dishes, clean up spills and wipe counters, sweep excess dirt on floors)


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A Beautifully Restored And Completely Updated 1930's Forest Lodge.
average rating of 4.882353 based on 17 reviews
Avon, IN

Beautiful and restful getaway

  • 5 of 5

This was a very sweet and comfortable place to stay, very comfortable for 4 people. Great to get away from the bustle of real life. We stayed for a couple of nights. Be prepared to drive 30-45 minutes to get anywhere. Will definitely return.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful! Clean! We loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Stayed for the weekend for a little get away! Great place for that!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

This is the second time my family and I have stayed here. It is a wnderful get away.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Locked myself out the first night, the DNR assistant manager John came immediately to our rescue.

We got married this weekend and this was absolutely wonderful. We will be back.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful cabin!

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful cabin. I was really impressed. Hardwood floors, beautiful tile work, "cabin" furniture. We really enjoyed our stay here. There is a hiking trail within walking distance from the cabin. Lovely wrap around deck. Just enough open space to be able to see the stars at night. Firewood for the fire pit was provided. Gas grill and well supplied kitchen although we didn't cook any meals. A little drive to get to a restaurant. I have Verizon and could make phone calls/texts although reception was spotty but poor internet signal, also poor satellite signal for the tv but we are in the woods so this was expected. Should be enjoying the outdoors. Cabin is handicapped accessible. Towels and bedding provided. Mattresses were firm but comfortable. Cabin was very clean.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quite, remote cabin in the woods

  • 5 of 5

Nicely furnished, clean and roomy 2BR cabin in a beautiful wooded setting. We used this for extra family sleeping quarters for a reunion at nearby lake - worked out great!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Indianapolis International
Nearest Barpub
15 Miles
Bloomington and Martinsville
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
State Road 37
Nearest Restaurant
15 Miles
Bloomington and Martinsville
Car: necessary

Cherry Lake Lodge is surrounded by 23,000 acres of State Forest land. The State Forest offers several hiking trails, and is a popular spot for spring mushrooms, seasonal hunting, bird watching, geocaching and camping. The 1930's fire lookout tower is located near the Forest's playground and open to public climbing during set hours. A short walk away, Cherry Lake is a 2 acre pond that offers good bankside fishing for family fun.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday lodge in Martinsville, USA

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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Tax Rate 12.0%

3 night minimum on holiday weekends.
14 night maximum stay.
Maximum overnight capacity is 6.
No tents or RVs permitted.
Payment methods: Check or credit card only.
No online payments accepted.
Reservations can be made up to 1 year in advance of arrival.
Guest required to adhere to lodge policies and sign a use agreement/damage waiver.

50% due at booking.
Balance due within 30 days of arrival.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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