Brierwreath Manor Bed and Breakfast

216 N Bench St , Galena, IL 61036-2239 USA (Show map)


Brierwreath Manor Bed and Breakfast is a regal Queen Anne,located one short block off Galena's historic Main St. With 19th Century splendor and 21st Century comfort, it is popular for its warmth and hospitality. The classic wrap-around porch invites you to relax in the rocking chairs, or glide on the porch swing while enjoying a drink or some homemade chocolate chip cookies. Drinks await you at the 24/7 drink buffet in the upstairs hall.



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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.5

Fabulous and comfortable

4.2 on August 09, 2016

The stay at Briarwreath was perfect. The location is perfect, and the service was especially impressive, as all our need were anticipated and met with subtle perfection. The quality of the house and the charm of the decor were really just cherries on top of a luxurious and wonderful stay.

Innkeeper Response
Impressive service, subtle perfection and a luxurious and wonderful stay. Wow Thank you!!!

This was our first B&B experience. We will definitely try again.

5 on July 20, 2016

Larry and Pam Deardorff

Innkeeper Response
Welcome Home!

Girlfriend Getaway

5 on July 14, 2016

I received a 3-night stay at Brierwreath with a best friend as a Christmas gift from my husband. Galena was equal distance from our homes and we met there and had a fantastic time. The bed and breakfast is beautiful, conveniently located to all the shops and historical sites. We never used the cars as we could walk everywhere. Joe, the owner, was so hospitable and informative. From the homemade chocolate chip cookies awaiting us upon arrival in our room to the delicious breakfasts served daily we felt welcomed and pampered. The room was comfortable, quiet, and clean and the bathroom so nice. It was nice to be able come back to Brierwreath after a busy day and relax on the front porch and just visit or read before heading out to dinner. There is not one negative thing I can say about it. I would highly recommend staying there to anyone heading to Galena.

Innkeeper Response
You are both welcome back anytime!!! Thank you for a fabulous review!!! I am looking forward to your return so we can visit some more. Have a great year!

Wonderful, Wonderful, Wonderful

5 on June 22, 2016

My sister and I were very pleased with the accommodations at Brierwreath. I had never stayed at a bed-and-breakfast before because I was uncomfortable with the idea. Boy was I wrong! It was perfect. Joe was a wonderful innkeeper, knowledgeable and available. We have already referred Brierwreath to our friends. Have no doubt, when in Galena, stay here! You'll find an excellent bed & breakfast and the walk to Main Street is right there!

Innkeeper Response
WOW!!! Thank you for a wonderful review and recommendation. It was a delight meeting you and your sister! I am looking forward to seeing you again, you both were a treat. Have a wonderful summer!

Very nice stay at Brierwreath

4.6 on June 20, 2016

Close and convenient to shopping. Joe is a most gracious host. Breakfast was yummy!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you. It was nice to meet you, most gracious host with yummy breakfasts. Close and convenient to shopping with off street parking!!! I will take it! Have a nice summer.

I recommand this for everyone who enjoys a cosy stay in an unique piece of history!

5 on June 13, 2016

We stayed 3 nights in this wonderful B&B and it was from the first day fantastic! Rooms are very clean (I have a small dust allergy). Joe (the host) was really friendly and made us feel like home. Everything you asked he did with a smile, this is a person who runs his B&B with heart & soul. We had every day a different varied breakfast. (if you wanted a second portion, it was no problem) There were several beverages available at all hours of the day. On our last evening we had a good chat with Joe on the porch; as an European we really enjoyed this.

Innkeeper Response
Some guest stand out in my memory, and you are one of them! What a wonderful and interesting conversation we had on the front porch. I loved learning about your country! Looking forward to one day coming to your homeland to see your beautiful world, and see you both again. Have a great year. Your both always welcome back here. :)

Best Girls Weekend Ever

4.6 on June 08, 2016

Joe has a great house and was a great host to me and my sisters and mom. We really enjoyed the morning breakfast and conversation. The rooms were so big that the 4 of us could sit and talk and not feel cramped like in a hotel room. This was my first experience with a Bed and Breakfast and I can't wait to do it again.

Innkeeper Response
It was nice having you and your family here. Thank you for the nice review. Have a great summer.

Quiet, clean and great location

5 on April 20, 2016

I stayed at the Brierwreath Manor for three days in April. My "room" really consisted of a large bedroom, sitting room and two-section bathroom. It was very clean and comfortable. Breakfast was ample: A main entree such as quiche, pancake or french toast was offered,along with fruit and a carbohydrate, if warranted. It was always hot and delicious! The manor's location was one street above Main Street, which was ideal. Everything was close by and convenient for stopping back "home" to drop off packages, etc. I would highly recommend Brierwreath!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for highly recommending Brierwreath. It was a pleasure having you here for 3 days. Have a great summer!

Easy walking to Main Street Galena.

4.0 on April 17, 2016

The Briarwreath Manor B&B was a delightful week-end choice for shopping, dining, and evening entertainment. The B&B is located in convenient proximity to the major attractions in Galena. The large suites are filled with whimsy and tchotchkes, with coffee and tea available early morning before a lovely breakfast.

Innkeeper Response
Location Location Location. You had perfect weather. Off street parking is a big plus. Looking forward to your next visit.

Nice place

3.2 on April 12, 2016

This is a very nice B&B. Off street parking and the closeness to the downtown makes this very desirable. Pleasant and quiet.

Innkeeper Response
Pleasant and quiet in a very nice B&B. Thanks!!!

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Rooms & Rates

Mayor's Room

This room use to be the bedroom of Galena's Mayor. Frank Einswieler. He was mayor of Galena for about 15 yrs from the early 70s to the mid/late 80s.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $100 - $120

Country Charms

This room will sleep 3 with a queen and a twin sleeper/sofa, decorated in American country.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $100 - $120

Heirloom Suite

Queen size bed with a twin day bed. Huge private bath with walkin shower,and antique clawfoot tub.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $110 - $130

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Location Type

Downtown, Small town, Wine country


Carbondale, IL (MDH-Southern Illinois)

Directions to property:

Turn north onto Main Street off of US 20. Proceed on Main St. to the first stop sign. Franklin ST. Turn left, go 1 block, turn left, onto Bench ST. we are 4th building on right. 216 N. Bench St

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Boutique Shopping, State Historic Sites, Scenic Views Mississippi Valley, Hiking and Biking, Apple River Fort State Historic Site, Ghost tours, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Tours, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type


On-site amenities

Air conditioning, Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, Copier, DVD Player, Fridge, Library, Microwave, Parking, Telephone, Washer/dryer , Home made chocolate chip cookies, Garage / Motorcycle parking, Off street parking, 5 Golf courses within 10 miles, Porch, Rocking Chairs, and Swing, Mississippi River within 5 miles

Room amenities

Alarm clock, CD player, Ceiling fans, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bird watching, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 4-9 PM
  • Check Out:: 10 AM
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Not encouraged. teenagers ok
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No allergies
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night on weekends Fri/Sat Sat/ Sun
  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash
  • Cancellations: We require a 14 day notice. If we rebook the room there will be no charge to you. However if we can not rebook the room your credit card will be changed for a one night stay.



Joe Cook

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About the innkeepers

Living in a historic town makes me want to share our history with our guests. I enjoy taking care of and feeding guests. There is a history lesson for everyone who visits and wants to learn Galena's History. Enjoy relaxing on our front veranda while having a homemade chocolate chip cookie or sip your favorite drink. Or relax in the refuge of your suite

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  • Time Served: 8:30am to 9:30am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian No Gluten,sugar free, Vegan , No Lactose

Signature Dish

Apple Blueberry Pancake
An oven baked pancake with apples, blueberries & walnuts covered by an apple cidar sauce & served with fresh fruit and breakfast meat. Ham,sausage,bacon. Coffee and juice