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“A Treat in Galena” 5 of 5 stars
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334 Spring Street, Galena, IL 61036   |  
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Ranked #1 of 34 Galena B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Iowa, USA
2 reviews
“A Treat in Galena”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2011

We stayed two nights at the Farmer's Guest House in Galena IL last weekend, and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The rooms are beautifully furnished with country-style beds and tables and feature flat-screen TVs with DVD players. This becomes important because the Farmer's Guest House offers a huge range of recent movies in a cabinet in the parlor that you can choose from, take to your room, and watch as a great way to unwind after a day of shopping in Galena. There is also an awesome selection of jazz CDs for the same purpose. If you'd prefer a larger venue, the parlor has a wide-screen TV that can also be used. Our room had a gas fireplace that was not only scenic, but also very effective in kicking out additional heat. The bed was very comfortable. Breakfast featured a range of offerings, all of a very high quality. For example, on the last morning we had home made raisin bread, fruit in yoghurt, quiche, english muffins and bacon. The location is ideal - no need to fight the traffic in Galena for a (rare) parking space. The inn is within easy walking distance of the shopping area. Kathy and Jess were also the source of some great dining and entertainment recommendations. All in all, a great place to stay!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2011

Very friendly owners and inner keeper! Awesome building and rooms, very comfortable. Well worth the trip!

  • Stayed February 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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Genoa City, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2011

Kathy & Jess are great people! This is what a "Bed & Breakfast" is all about! We are already planning another visit.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2011

Our visit at the Farmer’s Guest House was by far our best B&B experience. The accommodations were spacious and comfortable; including a cozy warm gas fireplace and nicely sized whirlpool bath. The breakfast was delicious. The common areas were bright, nicely decorated, welcome and relaxing. Wine and cheese at 6:00 added a very special touch. All of the above would be reason enough for a 5 star rating. But without a doubt, the gracious hosts, Kathie and Jess make the Farmer’s Guest house the delightful destination that it is. Sitting down with Jess and Kathie instantly felt like you were at home, having a cup of coffee with friends you’ve known for a long time. This could easily become an annual pilgramage for us.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Round Lake, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2011

My wife and I stayed at the Farmers' Guest House for a long holiday weekend. We booked the Annie Lloyd cottage located behind the main house on the hill. The cottage was very clean and cozy. The first floor had a gas fireplace, sofa, flat screen TV/DVD, jacuzzi and half bath. The king bed, second TV/DVD, full bath and dresser were on the second floor. The bed was very comfortable with plenty of pillows and fresh linens every day. Overall, the cottage was a bit smaller than the pictures would make it seem, but nonetheless was perfect for just the two of us. If you bring any valuables, bring a travel safe as the cottage lock and door were not very secure. In fact, we often joked about the shoddy doors and locks present in every store, restaurant and hotel in the town, but I suppose that's just the former Detective in me speaking out. One caution, though it did not apply to us - the steps leading up to the cottage through the house are narrow and steep and Galena in general is not handicapped friendly.

The hosts Jess and Kathie were friendly and gracious, and gave us some good tips on places to dine and hear live music. Breakfasts were wholesome and tasty, though it is only served for one hour in the morning. Homemade cookies are available all day and they're fantastic.

We walked by some of the rooms in the main house and they were all surprising large, especially the main floor suite, and were clean and nicely decorated without being cluttered.

Farmers' Guest House is a short walk (two or three blocks) to the heart of Galena's main street. This was the perfect distance to walk off big meals and avoid the noise of Main street traffic.

A great experience overall - we'll definitely be back and we definitely highly recommend Farmers' Guest House.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Genoa, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2011

We thoroughly enjoyed our overnight at the Farmers' Guest Inn. Our hosts, Jess and Kathie, made our stay a wonderful relaxing experience with great food, good music and the opportunity to become acquainted with interesting people from diverse walks of life. The conversations and connections we made at breakfast are memories that will stay with us a long time. Thank you so much!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Cordova, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2011

My husband and I have never been to a Bed and Breakfast before and we both were very happy with our stay at the Farmers Guest House. The owners Jess and Kathie were great hosts, knew the history of the area, and gave us list and menus of restaurants to eat at. We enjoyed ourselves and will be going back again.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Additional Information about Farmers Guest House

Address: 334 Spring Street, Galena, IL 61036
Location: United States > Illinois > Galena
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 34 B&Bs / Inns in Galena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located within walking distance to historic Main Street, Farmers Guest House has been serving guest for 148 years. WineTime, new country breakfast, ice, hot & cold beverage service, cookies, free wifi, DVD library, in-room full bath, flat screen TV, thermostat to control heat and central air, luxurious towels, sheets and bath amenities, concierge service, off-street parking and all the comforts of home in one place - Farmers Guest House. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Farmers` Guest House Hotel Galena

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