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“Great Stay at Great House”
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Great House
Ranked #1 of 3 Galesburg B&B and Inns
Peace Dale, Rhode Island, United States
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“Great Stay at Great House”
Reviewed 29 April 2012

We recently enjoyed a great stay at the Great House while my son was visiting Knox College. The Great House was the perfect place to stay as it is conveniently located near to the college and downtown. It also is located in a neighborhood well suited to a nice evening stroll.

The house itself is a gem and is very well appointed for the guest. We stayed in the Lincoln Room and it was great. Bring a couple of pennies to leave on the mantle and peruse the many Lincoln pictures, busts and books in the room.

Betty was an engaging host, providing us with a tour and history of the house and my wife and I both enjoyed longer conversations with her during our stay which were delightful. Breakfast was very good and filling, easily taking us to a dinner that evening.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Monroe, New Jersey
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Reviewed 17 April 2012

I was born and raised in Galesburg but haven't returned for roughly 30 years, so when I found this incredible house on TAdvisor we just HAD to stay there! I lived just down the street and used to walk by this place and fantasize how fantastic it must be to live in such a majestic house. Well thanks to Betty the wonderful owner of this property my dreams were realized at last! She has spared little in the renovation of this house and it is just fantastic from top to bottom. Coupled with great service including a wonderful breakfast, you just can't go wrong staying here! Especially when you consider the alternative, staying in a regular old hotel.....We totally loved it.....you must however be aware of the trains that run through G-burg (not something the management can do anything about!) sometimes nearly constantly it seems but for many this is the charm of this city and you should wrap your arms around the character the trains create. Anyway, staying here is a treat of treats and you'll love it, we flew out from New Jersey and drove down from Chicago which is about a three hour trip, take the toll road, even though you pay a LOT of tolls, the road is great and the drive is much more pleasant than using HGWY80. There is a blow dryer in the room, nice firm bed and each room is dedicated to a particular president and their family, not in a political way but more about the man and his family, very unique. Say hi to Betty for us and ENJOY THEE GREAT HOUSE!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Galesburg, Illinois, United States
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Reviewed 16 April 2012

We were married at the Great House on 04-14-2012. Our wedding was planned in a very short time (less then 60 days) on a very very tight budget. We never imagined how elegant and dream like our wedding would really be. Betty was beyond accomodating to this jittery bride and was not only comforting but took care of even the small details that made our day perfect. we were married in the music room with our 37 guests seated in the living room in chapel style seating. My daughter (flower girl) and Step son (ring bearer) and i walked down the beautiful stairs where i met my father to walk up the isle. this is an ideal place to have an intimate romatic elegant wedding and my memories of the beautiful dining room with our cake and horderves will always make me teary eyed. Our guests were stunned by the elegant decor and history of the house and could not stop talking about what a beautiful unique venue we had chosen. we also spent our honeymoon night in the Jefferson bridal sweet and rented 2 rooms the night before for family to stay. Breakfast was not only elegant but delicious, We cant say enough about our wonderful experience. Were even planning future partys for family there and cant wait to return for our first anniversary!!!!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Louisville, Kentucky
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Reviewed 18 March 2012

Beautiful old mansion lovingly restored and very close to downtown. The owner is very engaging and is well informed about the history of the house and the town. Great value. We certainly plan to stay here again on our next visit to the area.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, IL
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Reviewed 25 February 2012

The Great House is very nice Bed and Breakfast and a wonderful alternative to the rather dull chain hotel offerings in Galesburg. This huge house had been completely remodeled at some point in the past so a stay there is a stay in a very nice house, just what you'd want in a B&B. The rooms are clean, comfortable, well furnished and owner is very friendly. Breakfast was also very tasty and served on antique china, a nice touch. The large parking lot in back is also a plus. We would stay again.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Auburndale, Florida
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Reviewed 20 September 2011

My husband and I went to Galesburg, Illinois, to visit the Knox College archives for genealogy research and donation of items and to get away for our anniversay. We chose Great House for our stay and were wonderfully surprised at what a jewel we found in Galesburg. This beautifully restored home is operated by a caring innkeeper who lovingly restored this period home with great integrity and beauty. Our Washington Room was beautifully decorated, the bed linens were of the highest quality affording a comfortable rest, and the cleanliness of the place was exceptional. Ladies, don't pack the hair dryer, there is one there. There also toiletries such as shampoo, face soap, shower gel and lotion if you choose to enjoy those. Now...the full breakfasts are served on a variety of high quality china daily, with remarkably excellent breakfasts complete with lighted candles. You will not regret the stay! Thank you Betty for being so gracious and accommodating!

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Springfield, IL
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Reviewed 26 May 2009

We found the Great House to be everything we were looking for in a B&B; it is clean, quiet, inexpensive, centrally located for sight-seeing, private baths, and owned by an interesting and energetic innkeeper. Since we were traveling by motorcycle, the paved off-street parking is a plus. Since our "carrying capacity" was limited, it was important that all the necessities (shampoo, blow dryer, etc) are provided. The home was completely refurbished in the 1990s and early 2000s, so everything works and is in great shape.

Guests have free access to the parlors, music room, and dining room, plus the decks and porch outside. There were no 'minuses' with this stay. Breakfast was prepared at the time we requested, and was not elegant but very satisfying. It would have been nice if coffee were available earlier, and perhaps Betty would provide that if asked.

Overall, a great stay, and one B&B we will return to when our travels take us to Galesburg.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Great House
Address: 501 E Losey St, Galesburg, IL 61404
Region: United States > Illinois > Galesburg
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Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Galesburg
Number of rooms: 3

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