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Review of Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages

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Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages
Ranked #4 of 33 Galena B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Illinois
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29 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“We didn't want to leave....”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2012

We visited here last weekend. We had a fabulous time. My husband and I spent the weekend and wished we would have stayed here the whole time. We met Hal and Wendy when we checked in and they are the sweetest people in the world. They were very helpful all weekend long. The breakfasts were amazing and the cabins adorable. The weather was nice enough we were able to sit in the rockers for a couple of hours and enjoy the sun and the sounds of the wind blowing through the pines behind our cottage. The views were beautiful as well. If you are ever in Galena for a weekend this is the place to stay. I really wish we could have stayed a few days more. We will be back we are sure of that. We hope to be able to spend 4 or 5 days next time just relaxing. We met some very nice people who were also staying at the B & B this weekend as well. Thanks Hal & Wendy for everything. Can't wait to see you again next time!

Room Tip: I am certain the rooms in the inn are lovely, but if you want privacy rent one of the cottages. We...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Buffalo Grove, Illinois
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16 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2012

This was our second trip to Hawk Valley. We stayed in the Pines with our two daughters. We loved it. Wendy and Hal are awesome hosts (not to mention great cooks!). It is so restful and peaceful at Hawk Valley and only 2.5 hours from home. Can't wait to go back again.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

Hawk Valleg Retreat is the best place I could think of to stay near galena. Staying at Hawk Valley, you have a private cabin with a king sized bed (tons of pillows included), a mini kitchen, porch, board games and movies provided free, and a freaking hot tub!! The grounds are superb, with long paths leading you through scenic fields, ponds, forests, rolling hills, and general romance. And possibly best of all is the top notch service the owners provide. They can handle any special request, are extremely kind, trusting, welcoming, and hospitable to all guests, and come morning, will prepare a full handmade meal special for each of their guests. And I'm not talking continental breakfast nonesense. I'm talking fresh fruit bowl each, a hot out of the oven apple turnover, French toast with bacon and maple syrup, or whatever else they happen to make that day, all hand crafted to perfection. Perfect scores for an absolutely lovely romantic weekend.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2012

Wendy and Hal were so hospitable and sweet! They had a dream and made it happen with this B&B and what a WONDERFUL dream it was/is! 7 acres of it! Our stay was relaxing, the house immaculate (and re-decorated I might add, more modern look since the old owners prior to April) and the breakfast was AWESOME! Bacon & Tomato quiche one morning with fresh fruit and the next, homemade granola in vanilla yogurt and blueberry (or plain) pancakes w/ bacon.. YUM!

This place has it all, in the middle of nowhere.. And at the same time, only a 10 minute drive into downtown Galena!

I almost want to rate this B&B as awful just so I can have the place to myself!!! lol

Great job Wendy and Hal! Keep up the good work! Many thanks!...

Room Tip: All three of the rooms within the main house are very well kept and nicely decorated in modern decor...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Inocense
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2012

We had a wonderful time in our Hillside cottage which was, I think, on the most beautiful place! We had jacuzzi, small kitchen, fireplace, beautiful bathroom, balcony, trees all around the cottage, etc. The service was awesome, Wendy and Hal are great people, very very nice. We were there for New Year's Eve and we had our 2nd anniversary. It was romantic and just perfect. Very close to retreat is Galena and Chestnut Mountain Ski Resort, with great view of the Mississippi river. Can't wait to see this place in Fall or Spring.

I can not describe you the Christmas Tree! It was magical.

We will come back again soon.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Renata M
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Additional Information about Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages

Property: Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages
Address: 2752 W Cording Road, Galena, IL 61036
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Region: United States > Illinois > Galena
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 33 B&Bs / Inns in Galena
Price range (per night): ₹ 6,586 - ₹ 14,652
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
You are invited to retreat from the real world in a peaceful country setting located on ten acres, eight miles east of Galena. At Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages you have the luxury of choosing from three rooms in the main house or four cottages on the property. Each cottage has a king bed, double whirlpool tub, electric fireplace, full bath, TV/DVD/Satellite system, wireless internet, kitchenette, eating area, sitting area, and porch. Our guestrooms each have a private entrance, private bath, TV/Satellite system, wireless internet, and king or queen bed. ... more   less 
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