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“Highlight of Galena - Royal Treatment at Famers' Guest House”

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Farmers Guest House
Ranked #3 of 32 Galena B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Ames, IA
2 reviews
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“Highlight of Galena - Royal Treatment at Famers' Guest House”
Reviewed July 11, 2007

We had originally booked to stay one night, but when we checked in, met the owners and saw the exceptionally clean rooms, we stayed a second night. This B&B provided outstanding service because of the genuine hospitality given to us by the owners, Jess & Kathie, and their assistant, Charles. They really cared about us and made us feel like a part of their family. Whenever you can go to someone else's refrigerator for free pop & water; plus get as many home-made cookies to eat out of their cookie jar, now that is family. The home-cooked breakfasts were delicious...wish we could eat like that every morning. The value we received far exceeded the costs paid to experience the royal treatment and accommodations at Farmers' Guest House. We will be back!

  • Liked — The down-to-earth
  • Disliked — Nothing as everything exceeded my expectations.
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
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Chicago
1 review
Reviewed July 10, 2007

Just returned from spending 2 wonderful nights at the Farmers' Guest House in Galena, Illinois. Jess and Kathie couldn't have been more accomodating! They are dedicated to providing the best service to their guests. They are very knowledgable about the area and offer helpful suggestions about what to do and where to eat. We certainly enjoyed our stay and will most definitely return.

  • Liked — friendliness of owners
  • Stayed July 2007
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GalenaBedandBreakfst, Owner at Farmers Guest House, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Thank you for taking the time to review the Farmers Guest House. We take great delight in assuring you the best possible stay while enjoying all that Galena has to offer.
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Iowa
1 review
Reviewed July 7, 2007

Warm & relaxing bed & breakfast in quaint city of Galena. Great hosts, fabulous breakfasts and fun people to meet. This is our second stay at Farmers' Guest house. We took our 3 month old daughter and she was just like family to Kathie & Jess. They went out of their way to make us feel at home with a new little one. It will be an annual visit for us. Pete & Elenor's suite was perfect with its skylights, fireplace, whirlpool tub and access to the bottomless cookie jar:).

Stayed July 2007
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GalenaBedandBreakfst, Owner at Farmers Guest House, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Thank you for taking the time to review the Farmers Guest House. We take great delight in assuring you the best possible stay while enjoying all that Galena has to offer.
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Evanston, IL
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Reviewed July 6, 2007

From the very start, the owners made us feel welcomed and comfortable. In fact, our entire vacation was amazingly relaxing (compared to our usual urban lives). The owners were very accomodating and interested in our well being. We especially enjoyed the breakfasts, the 6 pm wine and cheese, the extensive jazz collection and wonderful home entertainment system. We also couldn't stay away from the cookie jar for too long.

In summary, this B&B is well maintained and is a wonderful place to hang out. Of course, the Galena downtown is walking distance, so it is easy to also get out and about.

Stayed July 2007
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GalenaBedandBreakfst, Owner at Farmers Guest House, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Thank you for taking the time to review the Farmers Guest House. We take great delight in assuring you the best possible stay while enjoying all that Galena has to offer.
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Racine, WI
1 review
Reviewed July 6, 2007

What a wonderful place! Kathy and Jess go out of their way to make their guests feel at home. We felt comfortable from the moment we stepped through the door. The decor is charming and inviting. Having a great breakfast every moring was a definite plus. It was our first time in Galena and they directed us to many activities of the town. We were even able to take an unscheduled ghost tour thanks to Kathy. We will definitely be back!

Alanna and Scott
Racine, WI

  • Liked — The owners
  • Disliked — size of the room
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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GalenaBedandBreakfst, Owner at Farmers Guest House, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Thank you for taking the time to review the Farmers Guest House. We take great delight in assuring you the best possible stay while enjoying all that Galena has to offer.
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Naperville, IL
1 review
Reviewed July 2, 2007

My husband and I just spent our first Anniversary at Farmer's Guest House B&B. We absolutely loved it! The House is close to town o you don't have to drive very much, if at all! The breakfast was amazing and we enjoyed the wine and cheese hour at 6:00. The people were extremely friendly and the owners made sure that everything was perfect for our stay! The house and grounds are beautiful as well! We will definitely be going back to the Farmer's Guest House and would highly reccomend it!

  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
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Thank teach1024
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GalenaBedandBreakfst, Owner at Farmers Guest House, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Thank you for taking the time to review the Farmers Guest House. We take great delight in assuring you the best possible stay while enjoying all that Galena has to offer.
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Illinois
1 review
Reviewed July 2, 2007

From the moment I was warmly welcomed by Kathie and started the tour of this charming old building, I felt at home. In the large and cheery dining room, the cookie jar is always filled and the cold drinks always available. The main floor gathering room is spacious and comfy, and there's another small sitting room upstairs where the coffee pot is on for early morning risers. Because there are a variety of rooms where you can go if you don't want to stay in your private room, the house feels even more homey.

My room was cozy, beautifully decorated, and immaculately clean. It was a hot day, and the individualized room air conditioning control was appreciated. I don't miss an opportunity to eat and a chance to visit with other travelers, so the wine and cheese gathering was a delightful early evening break from shopping. The next morning, a wonderful breakfast of fresh fruit, apple french toast, and coffee cake was served along with stories and history of the house and town.

Kathie and Jeff Farlow (owners) and Charles (who tends the garden and does the baking), all love what they are doing and share their enthusiasm with their guests. I'll definitely stay here on another trip to Galena.

  • Liked — The variety and pleasantness of the gathering areas throughout the house.
  • Disliked — in the bedroom, the lack of a dresser or table for clothing once unpacked.
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
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GalenaBedandBreakfst, Owner at Farmers Guest House, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Thank you for taking the time to review the Farmers Guest House. We take great delight in assuring you the best possible stay while enjoying all that Galena has to offer.
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Property: Farmers Guest House
Address: 334 Spring St, Galena, IL 61036-2128
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Location: United States > Illinois > Galena
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Galena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Farmers Guest House 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Selected as one of the TOP TEN B&Bs in the U.S. of 2015 and with a Food Network winning chef, Farmers Guest House has been serving guest for 150 years. Located downtown, one block from historic Main Street, and including many amenities such as daily WineTime, award winning champagne 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, your exceptional experience begins at Farmers Guest House. ... more   less 
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