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“A Wonderful Peaceful Getaway”

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Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages
Ranked #4 of 32 Galena B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Aurora, Illinois
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“A Wonderful Peaceful Getaway”
Reviewed 3 August 2014

I stayed here about 15-20 years ago, and the improvements Hal and Wendy have made to the property are awesome! I spent time reading and relaxing in the screen gazebo. The quiet and peacefulness of the property was just what I was looking for. The breakfasts are delicious! The birds and wildlife are so enjoyable to see -- and take you away from the busy city life. I will definitely be back!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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HawkValleyInnkeeper, Owner at Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages, responded to this review, 13 August 2014
So happy that you came back and that you enjoyed some of the changes. We look forward to your next stay.
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Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 2 August 2014

Hawk Valley Retreat and Cottages was our first time ever staying at a bed and breakfast, and the experience sold us. We decided last minute to go to Galena and found this bed and breakfast to try. From the first phone call to us leaving the experience was easy and so stress free. The surroundings are so peaceful and serene and the hosts Wendy and Hal are so warm and inviting. We definitely picked the best place for our first try at a bed and breakfast. We will certainly stay here again.

Room Tip: We stayed in the main house and it was super quiet, but there are also private cottages available.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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HawkValleyInnkeeper, Owner at Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages, responded to this review, 13 August 2014
So happy that you chose us for your first B&B stay and we hope that you will continue to stay at B&Bs in the future...of course we look forward to your next stay here at Hawk Valley.
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

My husband and I were looking for a last- minute getaway for our anniversary and actually used the reviews on trip advisor to book this place. We never stayed in a bed and breakfast so this was an adventure for us. We booked the Somerset Cottage and the Romantic Dinner Package. The place is quite a distance from the city center of Galena, but that's what makes it great. It was quiet with greenery everywhere and the view from the cottage was very pretty especially at sunset. Wendy and Hal are excellent hosts and their breakfasts were delicious. The dinner was so good and filling. Wendy and Hal braved the rain to bring the dinner to us dine in the cottage. :-) Overall, we had a great time and would return again.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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HawkValleyInnkeeper, Owner at Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages, responded to this review, 1 August 2014
We are thrilled that you enjoyed your first experience in a B&B and even more so that it was at Hawk Valley Retreat. We hope that you will continue to check out B&Bs when on vacation and of course hope that when you return to Galena that you will also return to Hawk Valley. And...a little rain never hurt anyone...glad that you enjoyed the dinner.
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Arlington Heights, Illinois
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

Hawk valley retreat and cottages was our first foray into the deep green Illinois countryside. Galena, to begin with, is a treat by itself, throw in a stay at the Hawk Valley, with Wendy and Hal, the hosts and you have the makings of a robust experience of a/an/the ___ getaway! You fill in the blanks. For us it was one the best weekends ever. Tucked away just off the beaten track the open land and cute cottages come into view as you take the driveway to the entrance. There you are greeted with a gazebo along with a grand view of the hills and the lake that's within the property, with a heart shaped fountain. We were welcomed by our hosts as we got there received the keys to our cottage and were taken on a little tour of the inside of the main house. The hosts, Wendy and Hal are both very friendly and are eager to make you feel right at home from the get go. We got a great rundown of the area along with a guided map. All requests within reason were attended to with a smile. The cottage itself was impressive. With ample space and a double whirlpool and fireplace and I was pleased with my choice of lodging I had discovered. Walk across the room in the cottage and we open a side door to a patio complete with two chairs a table and a BBQ. Paradise. It was at this time I looked up in the sky beyond the back garden trees and I saw a hawk. Then it hit me, well we are at Hawk Valley, how fitting. The evening was just as I thought it would be, amazing. Tucked away in the woods hearing the toads by the lake and the super moon (it was that night)bright in the night sky, reminded me that I was getting the best experience of the great outdoors and indoors. The night was peaceful and quaint and breakfast the next morning was nothing short of a lavish treat. We were so Happy to spend our weekend here and we cant wait to get back here again.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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HawkValleyInnkeeper, Owner at Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages, responded to this review, 1 August 2014
We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay and that you enjoyed the peace and quiet that comes along with Hawk Valley Retreat. You are so right, The Super Moon was indeed beautiful and out here in the country it just looks and feels so much bigger. Thanks again and we hope to see you soon.
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Normal, Illinois
1 review
Reviewed 29 July 2014

A few years ago, I was looking for a place in the country that was quiet but close enough to go visiting in town in Galena. My hubby and I wanted to get away for a few days for our anniversary. Hawk Valley is perfect! It is around 8 miles or so from town, so it is out in the country and is quiet. You can drive into town if you want to walk around town and see the shops or have dinner, but you can also just sit outside at Hawk Valley and do absolutely nothing! Hal and Wendy are wonderful hosts! If you step out to go to town, they always surprise you with a clean & tidy room, fresh cookies, and an assortment of coffees/teas to put in the single-cup coffee machine. I want them to do the same at my house, but I'm not sure that's going to happen! :) We have been back several years, and plan to go back again!

Room Tip: There are rooms in the main house, but there are also 4 cabins that are like your own little home aw...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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HawkValleyInnkeeper, Owner at Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages, responded to this review, 1 August 2014
We are so happy that you continue to return to Hawk Valley Retreat and that you take advantage of what Hawk Valley is all about...rest and relaxation. We thank you for your kind words and look forward to your next visit.
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Cary, Illinois
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Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

Hal and Wendy were amazing hosts. The food they prepared is worthy of Michelin rated restaurant! The place is super clean and cozy and quiet! Location is perfect as well. Only two miles from the winery. 9 miles from downtown Galena. We will be back!!

Stayed July 2014
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HawkValleyInnkeeper, Owner at Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages, responded to this review, 25 July 2014
We thank you for your very kind words and hope to see you again soon. It is guests like you who make us so happy that we decided on this "career". Thanks again.
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
1 review
Reviewed 16 July 2014

Hawk Valley fulfilled our expectations of a relaxing and quiet weekend. They were very gracious to provide a gluten free breakfast to suit my dietary needs. It was excellent! They were very friendly and the cottage we stayed in was lovely! We were able to make a delicious dinner using the grill they provided. We would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: The cottage was worth the extra money.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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HawkValleyInnkeeper, Owner at Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages, responded to this review, 19 July 2014
So happy that you enjoyed your stay and always happy to accommodate dietary needs. We appreciate the feedback you provide on the foods that are prepared as it always us to determine dietary breakfasts for future guests. Thanks again for choosing Hawk Valley...look forward to seeing you again.
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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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