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“A walk back in time!”

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Abbey's High Street Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #22 of 32 Galena B&B and Inns
Mokena, Illinois, United States
1 review
“A walk back in time!”
Reviewed October 5, 2013

My first time visit to Galena, for a small family wedding. I researched on the internet for an appropriate B&B. when I read about Abbey's High Street Bed and Breakfast, I just knew that was the spot.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by Kathleen. She is a sweet and wonderful hostess. Making us feel at home and welcomed. Kathleen has a fun and warm personality. It is apparent that she loves the path she has chosen, to serve and open her home to others.
The home itself is a cherished beauty. Decorated to perfection for the era of long ago. The home has historic value, once owned by General Grants physician. It sets on a high peak, with a clear view to Grants home from the gardens gazebo. Kathleen's garden is breath taking!
The plated breakfast that is served, is appealing to the eye and delicious! Kathleen and her husband Tom are perfect hosts. Their visit with the guests during Sunday morning breakfast was sincere and charming.
It was a pleasure and a privilege to stay at the Abbey.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Fort Madison, Iowa
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

We were very pleased with our visit to Abbeys High Street B&B! Tom and Kathleen made us feel very welcome. (As did Queenie and Lady also). They told us the history of the house and it is quite obvious they love the home and have done a wonderful job restoring it back to a beautiful Victorian home. We enjoyed visiting with them and exploring Galena. If you get the chance to go to Galena, be sure to stay at Abbeys High Street B&B.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

We could not have been more pleased with our stay in Galena at Abbey's High Street. We planned a trip for my wife's birthday and picked Abbey's from choices on the Galena/Joe Daviess County website. My wife and I were intrigued by the history of the home, liked the location and really wanted to see the gardens and gazebo.
When we arrived in Galena, we took a trolley tour to get our bearings. Johnny, our tour guide asked where we were staying and said wonderful things about Abbey's. "The people who run Abbey's are some of the nicest people", he said. And he was right.
Checking in, we were instantly charmed by the home itself and Kathleen. After welcoming us she gave us a tour and some of the history, showed us to our room and left us on our own saying, "I always tell guests to enjoy it as if it's your home too".
We put our bags away and had some delicious lemonade in one of the parlors then strolled through the beautiful and well manicured English gardens. During our stay, we spent a lot of time enjoying a spectacular view of Galena and Grant Park from the porch swing in the gazebo. U.S. Grant and the doctor that originally owned the home were friends and used to sit in the same spot enjoying the same view.
The 1850's home is so delightful. Our room had a Jacuzzi, private bath, fireplace and antique canopy bed. The home and gardens are immaculately clean and tidy. The breakfast was phenomenal with items fresh from the kitchen garden.
Abbey's is located just a few blocks from Main Street so it was very convenient to pop into town and do touristy stuff then return to the quiet privacy of the house and gardens. That is exactly what we did for our entire stay. We would get up early and go canoeing or shopping then come back "home" and relax enjoying some of the wine we bought on the gazebo or in the Jacuzzi.
Our hosts were so welcoming and we really did feel very much at home. One of the nights we stayed there was a full house and yet we still felt as though we had the whole house and gardens to ourselves. There are many different areas of the garden to enjoy and several different porches and sitting areas so you can mingle with other guests or enjoy your privacy.
We have been telling all our friends what a great trip to Galena we had and staying at Abbey's High Street is truly what made our getaway so special. Thank you Kathleen, Tom (and Queenie)!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Libertyville, Illinois
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

My husband and I have stayed in B&Bs in many different countries, including Britain (England, Wales, Northern Ireland), Israel, Canada and all over the US. Abbey's High Street B&B is one of the best we've stayed at. This is a lovingly restored pre-Civil war house, owned & hosted by a wonderful couple, Tom and Kathleen . The house is adorned with many period pieces and comfortably furnished; the gardens (and gazebo!) are delightful, a delicious full breakfast is served every morning and our hosts were founts of information about the house, the town and area. We enjoyed many conversations with them as well as the other guests. We stayed for a long weekend and loved it; will definitely plan to return to this delightful B&B for our next trip to Galena.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cottage Grove, Wisconsin
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

The pictures don't do this bed and breakfast justice. You need to see this lovely home in person. I was very intrigued with the attention to detail that I witnessed in every room. Kathleen's background in antiques is duly noted throughout this beautiful historic setting. Adding to the whole experience was knowing that the doctor who revolutionized surgical practices during the Civil War, lived in this enchanting home. Oh, and the breakfast was scrumptious!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Lake in the Hills, IL
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Reviewed June 19, 2013

We celebrated our 22nd anniversary in Galena, and Abbey's High Street B&B made it the perfect weekend. From the moment we walked in the door, we felt welcomed and comfortable. Tom and Kathleen are terrifically friendly, but honor their guests with privacy as well. They have done an incredible job restoring this beautiful home! All the more respectable because it is the work of their own hands and pursuit of their dream. We enjoyed the pretty gardens, the delicious breakfasts, and the convenience of walking to town - yet being high enough on the hill to have a quiet respite from Main Street. Top notch all the way! Cozy, comfortable, warm hosts...feel like we made friends and learned so much about the local history. We absolutely look forward to return visits.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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Reviewed March 1, 2013

We had four couples in our party, so we rented all the rooms for the weekend. Tom and Kathleen were perfect hosts. Their home is beautiful, and the breakfasts were delicious. We had a great gathering space. We definitely plan on staying at Abbey's High Street Bed and Breakfast again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Abbey's High Street Bed and Breakfast

Property: Abbey's High Street Bed and Breakfast
Address: 105 South High Street, Galena, IL 61036
Location: United States > Illinois > Galena
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Free Parking
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Ranked #22 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Galena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Also Known As:
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Abbey`s High Street b&b

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