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“Ryan Mansion-Galena, Illinois”

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Ryan Mansion Garden Cottage
Ranked #30 of 32 Galena B&B and Inns
Reviewed October 4, 2011

From Cheri B:The Innkeepers, Wendy & Bill, were wonderful hosts, home is gorgeous, and my room was lovely and very inviting. I so much enjoyed the gazebo and the peaceful feeling I enjoyed my entire time at the Mansion. Wendy has the sweetest nature with helpful advice where to eat. She even took my picture with the beautiful and tasty breakfast. I have ben there 3 times: first for a tour with Bill and twice to stay. Grand both times...a must stay!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 19, 2011

My significant other and I needed a quiet weekend away. This was our first B & B experience, and we loved it! We both agreed that we would return to the Ryan Mansion again.

Upon arriving, we were greeted by the innkeepers' daughters, Olivia (in full costume). She gave us a tour of the house and made us feel very comfortable. The house is beautiful and they've done a wonderful job of keeping it historically accurate. There are, of course, modern things within the house, but they managed to keep them hidden under lace doilies and curtains. We stayed in Katie's Room, which was small but certainly adequate. This is the only room without an actual shower, so we made do with the tub, but we were aware of this when booking. Most of the rooms are on the front of the house, which unfortunately faces a highway. The traffic noise is audible, but our room was on the rear of the house so we never noticed it. Breakfast was served promptly at 9:00am and was delicious both days (egg/sausage/cheese/cranberry strata with fruit and the best blueberry scones on Saturday, pumpkin bread pudding with sausage and fruit on Sunday). Coffee was available no later than 8:00am on a cart in the hallway. As others have noted, there are tours during the day. Since we were not there during the day, they didn't pose any imposition on us. Olivia assured us that they did not show occupied rooms, but we actually tucked our stuff away so they could include it in the tour.

Cons: Location (on a highway in a commercial area, not walking distance to downtown...but still less than a 3 minute drive!)

Pros: EVERYTHING ELSE!

Room Tip: Rooms on back side of house (Katie's and the cottage) are quieter. All are wonderful!
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 27, 2011

Wendy, Bill and Olivia made us feel like members of the family when we stayed at the Ryan Mansion. We felt as though we travelled backwards in time 135 years. What a delightful experience! We can't wait to stay there again. Hopefully, soon! The breakfast was delicious and Minnie's room was charming and comfortable with incredible attention to detail.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 17, 2011

This B & B is also open for tours starting at 10am. It's a beautiful house but the main focus seems to be on the tours and not on the B&B part, so I would recommend finding another inn closer to downtown galena and just driving to see this one for a tour.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 20, 2010

We had never stayed at a B&B before and had no idea what to expect.We stayed in the garden cottage which was charming.Super romantic.Fireplace,whirlpool,private deck,very Victorian style.Many good spirits at this property. It has a wonderful pond and many large trees.Mansion tour was very interesting,and i loved all the victorian decor.Our hostess made the best coffee in the morning and served it on a silver coffee service in the main mansion.Then a delicious!!!french toast and sausage breakfast. We will definately return here.It was beautiful,relaxing,happy,shiny, and made the BEST honeymoon!Thank you!!
christa and roger

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 1, 2010

We had never stayed at a Bed & Breakfast like this, and we loved the historic quality and charm of The Ryan Mansion! We stayed in the Ryan Suite, which had a very comfortable, romantic looking bed. There was a whirlpool tub in the room as well, between the bedroom section and the separate sitting room. It was nice to have two separate sections. We were very happy with our room. The only drawback could be that the windows in the bedroom look onto a hall/walkway that leads to other rooms. It had thick, lace curtains that you could not really see through, and there were no guests staying in that section of the house, but if there were it may have seemed a little less private. The fireplaces are not in use, so if you are looking to use them, it's not an option. We didn't get to see all of the rooms because 2 of them were already occupied, but some of them are really small. If you're not planning to spend much time in the room, they would be just fine. The Ryan Suite was plenty spacious for us, however.

The house itself was decorated for Christmas, and it was such a warm, richly decorated space. It felt like you were going back in time! The owners are very passionate about the history and that time period, so I feel we got an authentic experience. Upon checking in, we got a tour of the house. The breakfast is served at 9:00 sharp (a meal was even made to accommodate my dietary restrictions) and it was delicious! We sat with 2 other couples everyone seemed really happy with the food. Just make sure you get to breakfast at nine, because the food will be waiting for you if you are not! The location isn't too far from Downtown Galena, but since the original owner of the house owned quite a bit of land, there are no other historic homes in the area. From downtown you have to drive past some non-historic places (like Walmart, McDonalds, and Piggly Wiggly), but I suppose it is nice to have close access to a store for any quick purchases. So you're not nestled in a historic area since you are actually sandwiched between 2 hotels and a gas station.

Overall, we were very happy with our stay and it certainly was more memorable than any hotel stay we've ever had! We would love to go back!

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 16, 2009

We just returned from a trip to Galena. My husband and I stayed at the Ryan Mansion. Bill showed us around and shared a good bit of information about the mansion, its renovations, and answered all of our questions about the area and things to do. He even let us in on a beautiful secret spot to see the Mississippi River. If you stay there, be sure to ask him for details! It was fun to see a glimpse of how people lived back in the 1870's with all of the authentic items at Ryan Mansion. Breakfast was served right at 9AM as promised. It was delicious! Would stay there again.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Address: 11373 W US Highway 20, Galena, IL 61036-9685
Location: United States > Illinois > Galena
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Suites
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Ranked #30 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Galena
Price Range: $169 - $220 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Ryan Mansion Garden Cottage 2.5*
Number of rooms: 1
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This is no longer a Bed and Breakfast We are only renting the cottage behind the house with garden and pond view. Ryan Mansion garden cottage is a beautiful, historic garden cottage located just 1 mile west on Hwy 20. We offer gas fireplace , Jacuzzi tub in select rooms and coffee and mini fridge There is a breakfast restaurant just steps from your cottage. ... more   less 
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