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Brierwreath Manor Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #21 of 33 Galena B&B and Inns
Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
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“Fantastic home away from home”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2011

We called the Brierwreath on short notice; Lyn and Mike were able to accommodate us. The B&B is inviting and interestingly decorated. Our room, the Heirloom Suite, was fun – big bedroom and parlor – long meandering bathroom with claw-foot tub and separate shower – a surprising amount of space for a B&B. Lyn and Mike showed great hospitality and served an amazing breakfast. Highly recommended home away from home in Galena.

Room Tip: Heirloom Suite great for 2 or 3.
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2009

led on a girls getaway to Galena and stumbled on this little gem...we stayed in the Heirloom suite which is PERFECT for this type of getaway...it was originally 3 rooms in the house and now is a main room with big antique bed, rockers and small tv in one room...adjoined with a smaller room with a twin bed & dresser that can be shut off with a curtain and a HUGE bathroom with clawfoot tub & all the amenities (diff types of bubbles, bath salts, & rubber ducky) AND a big shower & sep area with a huge sink & plenty of room for your "stuff". Everywhere was something to look at...antique shaving accessories over the commode, old music boxes, candlesticks galore, teddy bears...even our key ring held an antique....and the crystal everywhere just gleamed....lyn the owner says her favorite word is "sparkle" and it shows!! Our breakfast was ser ved on great china with crystal and included strawberry (yum) & OJ, two types of coffee and yes plenty of creamer, egg & bacon souffle, fruit cup topped with whipped cream & nuts & an english muffin with great jam!! Conversation at the table was fun & lively and we had to pull ourselves away to check out!! Delightful and a block from the shops!!

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2009

The innkeepers were very accessible and always polite. We stayed in the Mayor's Suite and had plenty of room. The bed was extra comfy and the shower nice and large. The fireplace really warmed up the room. We were able to walk to all the Main Street shops and restaurants, as parking in that area is hard to find or you have to pay for it. We parked at the inn and didn't have to move the car until we wanted to go out of Galena. The food was excellent, and the innkeepers would ask you the day before if what they were serving the next day would be alright.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2008

Where to begin...

The fireplace isn't real, at least in the Heirloom Suite, but the "crackle and the sparkle" are just two electronic switches away.

The "delicious" breakfast was more like a Second World War ration, consisting of only one piece of each item, that is, one sausage and one piece of french toast, but don't fret your watchful hosts will gaze upon you as you starve. And really, no cream for coffee?

But the best part of any romantic weekend is the warm cuddly night in soft sheets, oh I forget, Brierwreath's sheets gave us rashes! I don't know about the rest of you, but I prefer my chocolate chip cookies warm and with milk, not cold, hard and possibly expired in a glass jar.

We won't return, but do have many 'special' memories to share.

  • Liked — Walking distance to town
  • Disliked — The room, breakfast and decor
  • Stayed January 2007, travelled as a couple
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Brierwreath, Owner at Brierwreath Manor Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 17 March 2011
I am sorry we are not everything you expected. But it is hard to please everyone all the time. We do our best and if you communicate with us we will do what we can to make your stay enjoyable.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2008

Lyn and Mike are very gracious hosts. The chocolate chip cookies where to die for! Comfortable beds and a cozy fireplace made our stay wonderful. Breakfast was outstanding and we will be back soon. And will tell all our friends about this place.

  • Liked — Chocolate chip cookies
  • Disliked — Road conditions...it snowed
  • Stayed February 2008
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Additional Information about Brierwreath Manor Bed and Breakfast

Property: Brierwreath Manor Bed and Breakfast
Address: 216 N Bench St, Galena, IL 61036-2239
Region: United States > Illinois > Galena
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 33 B&Bs / Inns in Galena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3

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