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“A gem of a B&B for Galena, IL”

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Abbey's High Street Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #22 of 32 Galena B&B and Inns
Libertyville, Illinois
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“A gem of a B&B for Galena, IL”
Reviewed 29 July 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.

Room Tip: All rooms are on the second floor and each has its own private bathroom; we stayed in the 'Eliza...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cottage Grove, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 25 June 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, travelled as a couple
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Lake in the Hills, IL
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Reviewed 19 June 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, travelled as a couple
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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Reviewed 1 March 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, travelled as a couple
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Westby, Wisconsin, United States
Level 2 Contributor
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Reviewed 1 February 2013

We are so excited because today after work we leave for our new favorite B and B in Galena, Abbey's High Street. We stayed there in October and planned to come back this weekend while we were there. We've stayed in several B and B's in Galena, and none were bad, but Abbey's is our favorite. Kathleen and Tom are spectacular hosts and Kathleen's breakfast is fabulous! The rooms are beautiful and comfortable as is the common living areas. A beautiful gazebo and front porch make for wonderful quiet time settings. Can't wait to get there tonight!!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Naperville, Illinois
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Reviewed 9 November 2012

We stayed at the Abbey High Street after reading the other positive reviews on tripadvisor, and we couldn't have been more pleased. This was a perfect location to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Kathleen and Tom (and Queenie the dog) were so welcoming and wonderful hosts, without being intrusive. Our room was very clean and comfortable. It had a private bathroom, and an in-room jacuzzi, which was relaxing after long walks downtown. Kathleen's home-made breakfasts were just so delicious. The other visiting guests made for easy conversation during breakfast. There was also a lovely garden and gazebo, which was great for coffee in the morning, or a cocktail at night by an open fire and some star gazing. One morning we were there to find hummingbirds flying around by the feeder.

The B&B is located about 3 blocks from the main street in Galena, and offered a nice view from the room we stayed in (see photo, although a bit blurry from the window screen). The building was built in about 1850, and Kathleen & Tom have done an amazing job working on restoring the building. Kathleen & Tom, thank you again for making our anniversary special. We'll certainly stay at the Abbey High Street in the future.

Room Tip: Get the jacuzzi room if you plan on walking a lot. It's a great way to treat yourselves.
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sheridan
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Reviewed 22 October 2012

My husband and I have gone to Galena now a few times for the Columbus Day Weekend. We've stayed at a couple different B&B's now and when we came across Abbey's, we haven't done another one since! Why keep looking for a place to stay, when Abbey's is the BEST!
Tom and Kathleen have made their home so inviting for their guests, you are just so relaxed and comfortable while you are in their home. The garden is absolutely beautiful, which also houses a gazebo! With this B&B sitting high on a hill, you are overlooking the village while relaxing in the gazebo! The fall colors are breathtaking!
My only downside to that weekend, was waking up that first morning back home and laying in bed, craving Kathleen's breakfast, knowing that I wouldn't be getting any! Kathleen is an excellant cook, her breakfasts are delicious!
A big Thank You out to both Tom and Kathleen for all the hard work you do for others! It is noticed and greatly appreciated! You do have a beautiful home!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled 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
Region: 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:
Abbey`s High Street Hotel Galena
Abbey`s High Street b&b

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