Allen's Log Cabin Guest House

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


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 room4.2
  • Service4.0
  • Value3.7
  • Cleanliness4.2
  • Onsite Dining3.5

Weekday getaway

2.8 on December 05, 2015

Checking in , person at desk every RUDE !!! Also when making reservations we were told we could smoke in cabin. Upon arrival were told, NO smoking in cabin. ???

Allen's Cabin's

2.8 on November 16, 2015

The cabin was very nice and we really enjoyed having the fireplace to sit around with a bottle of wine. It was close enough to town that we could do sight seeing and shopping, yet not have to stay in a hotel.

Absolutely love this place! Wish I could live here!

4.2 on November 12, 2015

We had a wonderful stay in the Chetlain cabin which has room for 6 even though we were only 2. Gobsmacked by its authenticity so for anyone who has any interest in history this is a must. Gorgeous views in every direction. Reminded me of Ireland. Loved the huge fireplace, great hot tub, nice furniture. Windows could used some TLC but I can understand wanting to preserve the cabin in its true form. Cant wait to go back! Tammy is an awesome lady too by the way! So friendly and helpful. If you enjoy Galena you have to stay here at least once!

Innkeeper Response
I'm so glad you liked it!!! Funny you should mention the windows.....if you noticed upstairs, there was one window finished. We started working on the windows this summer and Amelia at the Ryan Mansion "stole" my carpenter to finish her ballroom for ghost dinners!! Priorities are a must in Galena!! We should have all the windows replaced by next fall. The wood is so old it's difficult to make it look authentic without using old wood. We're getting there, a little bit at a time :)

Cozy Romantic Getaway

4.6 on October 30, 2015

We traveled from Chicago for my boyfriend's birthday. Loved our stay and the service was great!

Wonderful stay!

4.2 on October 29, 2015

This was our second time staying in the Smith cabin (we stayed there in 2011, as well) and, once again, we loved it! The cabin is cozy and quiet -- perfect for a romantic getaway. My fiance and I were able to relax and enjoy a nice fire, and the jacuzzi was wonderful. We highly recommend this place and hope to come back again!

Would definitely go back!

3.0 on June 08, 2015

Great cabins but quite pricey!

Innkeeper Response
Once I get solar and wind power I'll be able to lower prices :)

Great stay

4.0 on March 29, 2015

It was just what we wanted. Clean and cozy. Close to downtown Galena. We will be back

Wonderful getaway

4.0 on March 25, 2015

We were looking for a quaint getaway with a real fireplace. The Jacuzzi tub was a big bonus. Very cute, very clean. Tammy met us for check in and reassured us several times to just call if we needed anything. no onsite dining, but the website made me give a rating. Very quiet and certainly a break from the standard room. Would recommend to anyone and would certainly come back again!

A Nice Weekend

5 on January 28, 2015

I'm not one to leave a comment or review for internet purposes. After reading so many reviews, it's apparent that the only people leaving comments are the ones that were totally jacked about the experience, or had a particularly bad experience. The majority of people - in this instance people who were looking for a semi-rustic, staying-in-a-log-cabin experience, with a fireplace, hot tub and history, are perfectly satisfied with the experience and don't leave a comment. So, here's my review. The people were friendly. The cabin was quaint, clean, and rustic. It was exactly the experience we were looking for. A great way to get away. I would recommend it to friends - in fact, I already have. If you're looking for amenities - a pool, spa, room service - you need to go to a hotel or resort that provides those features. If you want a unique, spend-a-weekend-in-a log-cabin experience, Allen's is a great place for that! -Doug Gaster

Back for a 2nd HoneyMoon

5 on January 14, 2015

This stay was just as romantic as it was when my wife and I stayed 17 years ago. We had a great time! Will visit again.

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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, University, Vineyard, Winery

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On-site amenities

Copier, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Telephone, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Fireplace, Fridge, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Microwave, Outdoor grilling, Parking, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wheelchair access

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, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 4p - call ahead
  • Check Out:: 11am - 1pm
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • 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 Other, VISA, Mastercard, Cash
  • 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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