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Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages
Ranked #4 of 32 Galena B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Chicago
1 review
“Romance and Family a Trip to Remember...”
Reviewed 13 July 2008

We have never stayed at a Bed&Breakfast before, but my brother was getting married in Galena so we thought we'd try one out since we usually stay at a resort out there to ski (but this time we were staying in July). I took my boyfriend, and my brother's family to Hawk Valley and it was the most beautiful trip we have had together in so many years we actually planned another family trip to follow. The property is gorgeous, the cabins and house are beautiful and the hosts are friendly. We absolutely LOVED the food! We will definately stay there again in the future and bring even more people next time!

Thanks again for the great stay!

  • Liked — The beautiful Property, great rooms, wonderful food, and dear hosts.
  • Disliked — Can't say a bad thing about the place --- Really :)
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
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Oak Lawn
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Reviewed 8 July 2008

Hawk Valley Retreat - great place, great inn keeper, peaceful yet there's always something to do if you have the time or the inclination. Highly recommended for those who desire 1st class accomodations. Breakfast is also excellent!! We definitely will be returning for our third trip to this little oasis in the country!!

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  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
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Solon, IA
1 review
Reviewed 16 June 2008

Breathtaking. Refreshing. Peaceful. These are just a few of the words I would use to describe our stay at the Hawk Valley Cottage. We were there to celebrate our 10-year wedding anniversary on Fri and Sat nights. Fri eve we were served a pork tenderloin meal in our cottage by candlelight. Included in the meal package was a bottle of wine. The meal was quite tasty and the scenery was wonderfully romantic. Later that eve we ran the water in our whirlpool bathtub when we noticed a hot-air balloon in the sky. We watched it carefully as it headed our direction. We ran out to meet the crew of 12 as it landed within 20 yards of our cottage. What an exhilarating view and unique experience! Sat morn we were served a spectacular breakfast at the main house and then two massage therapists arrived at our cottage for a 60-min massage. So, so relaxing, need I say more... Afterwards we headed to Galena Cellars for some wine tasting, made our purchases and then sat out on their verandah for a lite lunch of cheese, crackers and, of course, a bottle of wine. The sky was blue and the countryside was breathtaking. We headed downtown Galena to enjoy the rest of our afternoon looking inside their unique shops and then went to our 5:30 dinner reservations. Upon arriving back to Hawk Valley that evening we caught up with the friends we made at breakfast that morning and sat on the main house deck for hours of countryside sounds (bullfrogs, hummingbirds, etc) and good conversation. The following morning we had another delightful breakfast at the main house before we checked out and headed for home. I would highly recommend a weekend at the Hawk Valley Retreat. We will be returning the following season as we want to experience each of the fours seasons at this resort. To experience the beauty and quietness would only be a vow to return to it. Enjoy! Shawn and Rhonda

  • Liked — Privacy, secludedness, peacful tranquility, sounds of nature
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Chicago
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Reviewed 16 June 2008

A stay at Hawk Valley was just what our relationship needed! We had a gorgeous cottage to ourselves, complete with fireplace and whirlpool, that was set apart from the main house. The grounds are breathtaking and there is a stocked pond that we enjoyed hours of fishing at. Only minutes from Galena, we were able to enjoy the peace and quiet of a rural environment and then go into town for shopping, a trolley tour and dinner. Jane is very sweet, knowledgeable and makes amazing breakfast! This was a great place to help us relax, unwind and get to know each other again.

  • Liked — Great views and breakfast
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, IL
1 review
Reviewed 16 June 2008

Jane and Fritz are the owners and so very hospitable. I made a last minute reservation the night before and Jane was very accommodating. The property has rooms in the house and private cottages. It's secluded enough for privacy and quiet time, but 10 minutes from Galena. I stayed in one of the rooms. It was very clean and had a great over-sized bathtub.

The morning breakfast was fabulous and accommodated the vegetarian traveler. Jane's expertise and knowledge of Galena makes her an in-house travel guide!
We met three other great couples and ended up having a "patio party" one night.

This is a great place for bird watching too!

  • Liked — View & Seclusion
  • Disliked — I couldn't stay there longer!
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Hollandale, WI
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Reviewed 7 June 2008

What a wonderful find. Truly a healing experience for mind, body and spirit. The cottage was so comfortable, we hated to leave for jaunts to Galena. Peaceful, quiet, private...was anyone else there? Hats off to the owners who clearly are not only sincere, welcoming hosts, but for their vision and dedication to providing this sanctuary for widlife and humans alike. The breakfast was perfect...satisfying in both taste and portion. I especially enjoyed the hot stone massage...right in our cottage..and by a skilled massage therapist! Wow. How perfectly relaxing. I will return...sometimes alone, sometimes with my partner... to recharge, restore and relax. I know I will be warmly welcomed, truly accepted and sincerely appreciated.

  • Liked — Privacy in natural surroundings
  • Disliked — No real fireplace
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Glenwood, IL
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Reviewed 7 June 2008

My wife and I have stayed at Hawk Valley every time we visit Galena, this being the 8th time. The first time we ever stayed was also the first time we stayed at a Bed& Breakfast. No other B&B compares and we have stayed at a few others in the last seven years. Hawk Valley sets the standard as far as we are concerned.
We have always stayed in the Woodlands Room and were always pleasantly satisfied. Each of the 3 rooms in the main house has it's own private entry with a porch or outdoor sitting area. This last time we stayed in one of the cottages, which were built my the owner himself. It was the best!! All the amenties of home including a microwave, small fridge, dishes for 4 people, tv, jacusi tub, and a extemely comfortable bed,etc. After a busy day in Galena, Hawk Valley is the perfect place to relax and unwind on the cottage porch and watch the sunset with the sounds of birds or watching an occassional deer.
There is a walking trail, a pond, many birds, and beautiful gardens. Jane and Fritz the owners are wonderful people who offer advice on things to do, where to eat, and anything new that might be of interest. Jane makes all the breakfasts from scratch. We have been there when there are 2 couples or as the last time 7 couples, young or old.
You will not be disappointed be it an overnight stay or a long weekend!!!

Thanks again to Jane and Fritz for a great time!!!!

Les and Judy

  • Liked — Location close enough to town about 5 miles, but far enough away to relax and have peace&quite
  • Disliked — NA
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages
Address: 2752 W Cording Rd, Galena, IL 61036-9747
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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 32 B&Bs / Inns in Galena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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