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Allen's Log Cabin Guest House

11661 W. Chetlain Ln. , Galena, IL 61036 USA (Show map)
103 Reviews
$149 - $250
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Family owned and operated!! Situated on the Galena IL boyhood estate of Civil War General Augustus Chetlain, this quiet country setting is the ideal antidote for the stress of city living. Nestled a mere 2 miles from Main St. Galena, Illinois are five rustic, original 1800s log cabins updated with luxurious amenities such as double whirlpool tub, wood burning fireplace, coffee maker, dorm size frig and microwave, central heat and air conditioning. Cabin rates also include continental breakfast, campfires, and occasional bonfires. Outdoor grilling is acceptable if you bring a grill. Conveniently located a short distance from downtown Galena and an all night Super Walmart in case you forget something, yet completely surrounded by 120 acres of grazing pasture. Private, secluded and convenient. We boast complete privacy, we don't bother you, you can bother us any time. .galena-illinois-lodging



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  • Guest room4.1
  • Service4.0
  • Value3.7
  • Cleanliness4.1
  • Dining3.6

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October stay

4.2 on October 23, 2014

Beautiful views fromthe cabins. Large fire places and cofortable beds. We'll be back.

Cozy Cabin

4.2 on October 22, 2014

My husband and I loved the authentic log cabin feel. The fireplace was amazing and sleeping by firelight was so romantic and relaxing. Our cabin was cozy and we felt right at home. Being able to have our dog there with us made it even better. The owner was accommodating and told us to contact her any time day or night if we needed anything. If the nights had been a little warmer we would have loved to enjoy a fire in the fire pit outside! We thought we would be getting more than just bread and juice for breakfast, but the bread was very good. Also, I paid $35 for chocolate to surprise my hubby for our anniversary. It was delicious and from Rocky Mountain Chocolate factory, but we were under the impression it was going to be chocolate strawberries or something. Four pieces of chocolate was not worth $35 when Rocky Mountain is right downtown.

Innkeeper Response
I'm so glad you enjoyed the cabin!! If you go back to our website it clearly states "Out of season we will substitute strawberries with other gourmet chocolates." And, the chocolates came from Rocky Mountain and from Chocolat'. When you buy a package from us you are paying for someone to go downtown and collect the chocolates from two different stores for you and have it waiting on your bed when you check in. In a monetary system nothing is free :)

A great 25th Anniversary get away!

4.2 on October 20, 2014

My husband and I loved the place! We had a cozy romantic cabin and being able to take our dog with us made the stay even better. We will be back

Very Romantic - No worries

3.6 on October 19, 2014

My girlfriend and I read all the reviews. We were somewhat hesitant about staying. We even brought our own cleaning supplies which we DID NOT NEED. What we had was a very romantic stay at a rustic cabin that was very clean with modern upgrades, Direct TV (found Bears game), hot tub, great heat etc...We fed apples by hand to the cows on the adjoining farm. They office was very well kept and the owner was very funny in a sarcastic way. We will definitely by back. Rob Z.

Innkeeper Response
Oh, yeah, throw me under the bus lol You're welcome back any time :)

Nice getaway

3.8 on September 17, 2014

The John Smith cabin was part of a getaway weekend for my wife and me. The cabin was very clean and comfortable for two people. Tammy was very accommodating and helpful, stating we could call her 24/7 with any needs.

Pricey, but a neat experience

3.2 on May 07, 2014

We stayed in the larger cabin, since we had two adults and two teens. It was priced a little high, but since we were just going for one night, we went for it. We wanted to have a "cabin" experience, not a "hotel" experience. The cabin was neat. It looked alot nicer on the inside than it did in the photos. It was clean and had everything you would expect. The kids liked the loft. It isnt perfect, but you have to remember --it was built in 1865!!! We had fun walking around and looking at the cows. We lit a fire, sat on the front porch, etc. Overall, a good time.

Innkeeper Response
I remember your visit. If the gas and electric companies would lower their prices I would be able to lower mine, too :)I'm very glad you enjoyed yourselves and hope to see you again :)And thank you for returning my key :)

Unique Cabins for a One Time Stay

3.0 on April 23, 2014

We stayed as a family with our dog in the Chetlain cabin. We wanted to visit the Galena area and staying in a log cabin seemed a unique way to do it. The cabins are charming, but in need of some maintenance, and the host is very nice. Having said that, I would have to say that it is doubtful that we will be visiting again. The property is much smaller than I imagined and there is no hiking or other activities in the area. I had pictured staying in a cabin and being able to explore nature around me. There is nothing to explore and the cabis are pretty close together. It is in "Galena", but not really in Galena, so there isn't anything to see in the area within walking distance. Therefore, I would have to say that while the cabins are charming, they are pricey, and not something that I would do again.

Innkeeper Response
I remember your visit. You asked me on the phone if we were located close to town and I told you two miles and you said that was pretty close. Then you asked about hiking trails and I told you they were downtown. You said ok and reserved a cabin. I'm not sure what maintenance you are referring to in the Chetlain cabin, we just put a brand new roof on the cabin and if you would have called me, like I told you, you can 24 hours a day, I would have told you to flip the breaker and the jets on the tub would work. If you don't call me, I can't help you out.....the check in sheet states clearly "call me ANY TIME for ANYTHING". I hope you reconsider staying again now that you know your issues can all be taken care of with a phone call. I'm sorry you didn't appreciate the "lack of nature" and hiking trails, but you were told over the phone and our website does have pictures :) Thank you for staying with us and we appreciate your comments, that's the only way we know how to make your stay as pleasant as possible, which means you need to comment to us before you leave so we have a chance to.

Real Cabin Feel

2.8 on April 10, 2014

We really wanted to experience staying in a log cabin and Allen's Log Cabin gives you that experience. A plus about this place is that it is one of the few places that has wood burning fireplaces, which was a huge plus for us. What a beautiful view of open fields looking out a big window near our Jacuzzi tub. We very much enjoyed the sunrises and sunsets as well as the dark starry skies at night...very tranquil and relaxing experience. With the pros does come a few cons that we cannot omit. We did have trouble with getting enough hot water to enjoy the tub. We were unable to enjoy the tub on the first night and when we brought it up to the Innkeepers the second night, she wasn't too accommodating. We did not allow that to ruin our experience so we came up with our own plan, and eventually were able to enjoy our hot tub.

Innkeeper Response
I remember your visit. You were given a check in sheet with specific instructions for the whirlpool tub. We have never had an issue with the tub as long as the directions are followed. You were also given a discount for your next stay and you can choose another cabin. The check in sheet clearly states all instructions for tubs, fireplaces and anything you need. Thank you for staying with us, we hope you change your mind and stay again. Your discount is transferable so you can give it to a friend if you prefer.

Cute, quiet getaway

3.0 on April 02, 2014

The cabin was adorable, quiet and relaxing. It just had a couple small minor defects. The ceiling fan light bulbs were burnt out and not replaced, so the overhead light did not work, the hot tub drain was extremely slow and the fitted sheets on the bed did not fit properly and are not of a high thread count as the website states. For the nightly cost, I would have expected none of the deficiencies. Other than a few small items, the cabin appears exactly as it does in the pictures. It is adorable with great romantic atmosphere and did not ruin our stay.. I would return.

Innkeeper Response
I remember your visit. Thank you for saying you would return in spite of the small errors. I do remember telling you if you have a 30 foot ladder or know somebody tall you were welcome to change the bulbs for me because I'm the only one here and don't have a ladder....yet. I also have two very good high watt bulbs in the room already and really enjoy the smaller electric bills when the ceiling fan lights aren't used. As for the sheets, I just purchased them at Younker's and they seemed to fit fine. If you would have called I would have been glad to change them for you. When you have complaints, it's always best to voice them while you are here visiting so we can deal with it then. Leaving it in a review online is not going to get anything accomplished while you're here. Please, always know, our policy is to make your stay as pleasant as possible. Call us ANY TIME for ANYTHING and we will be glad to do what we can. Hope to see you again.

Very cozy and peaceful

4.4 on March 02, 2014

The cabin was absolutely beautiful. It was warm and there was limitless firewood to set the ambiance of the entire weekend. I would definitely recommend this place for a nice getaway.

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Location Type



Dubuque, IA (DBQ) 20 miles

Directions to property:

We're only 1.5 miles from Main St. Galena IL, off Hwy. 20. At the Chetlain Lane traffic light turn west (opposite Wal-Mart) and we're 1/2 mile up on the left.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery

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On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, Computer, Copier, In-room internet, Internet Service, Telephone, Wi-Fi , 1000 thread count Egyptian Cotton sheets

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Billiards, Bird watching, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, picnicing, roasting Smores over an open fire, feeding the cows, playing with our dogs, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 4p - call ahead
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Yes We prefer you smoke outside on porch.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes Children Welcome! Under 16 are free!
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Yes $25 pet fee
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night minimum on weekends. Call for one night availability.
  • Accepted payments S, y, s, t, e, m, ., C, o, l, l, e, c, t, i, o, n, s, ., G, e, n, e, r, i, c, ., L, i, s, t, `, 1, [, S, y, s, t, e, m, ., S, t, r, i, n, g, ]
  • Deposit Amount Required: Full payment due 14 days prior to arrival.
  • Cancellations: Cancellation Policy is 14 days. If you cancel within 14 days of your reservation and we cannot rent the cabin you will be charged for the full stay plus tax and will be issued a gift certificate for a later date.



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11661 W. Chetlain Ln. , Galena, IL 61036 USA (Show map)

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