Belle Aire Mansion Guest House

11410 Route 20 West , Galena, IL 61036 USA (Show map)


Surrounded by nine peaceful acres, Belle Aire Mansion, is a tranquil home away from home. Built in the mid- 1800's,this Southern style mansion is one of the oldest in the Galena area. Once an old farm house, Belle Aire has been a bed and breakfast inn for 30 years. Your innkeepers, Jan and Lorraine Svec, have been welcoming guests for 27 of those years. Their guests comfort is their biggest concern and they offer experienced personal service, providing rooms with romance and relaxation in mind. Cuddle up in a suite with a warm fireplace opposite a soothing double whirlpool, or choose an antique-filled room just to your liking. Each guest room has a private bath, satellite TV, VCR's, and a jar filled with home-made chocolate chip cookies. Enjoy the magnificent view from one of the verandas or walk the grounds of beautiful trees and flowers. Stroll down a tamarack-lined lane, or just sit on the porch and take in the quietness. Your hosts hope your stay in Galena will be a memorable one and bid you..."Welcome Home....To our home."



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  • Guest room4.4
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.6

Homey B&B

4.4 on May 15, 2016

Very friendly and homey feel. Breakfast was delicious French toast and baked apples. Good value.

Belle Aire Mansion

4.6 on April 27, 2016

This was our first time staying at a bed and breakfast. We will certainly do it again. The host was outstanding and the breakfast in the morning was great. The fireplace in the room didn't work, but otherwise the room was very clean and bed was comfortable.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for the nice review. I wish you would have let me know that your fireplace was not working. They get a bit fussy when they haven't been used for a bit. I would have been glad to get it going for you. I hope that you will come back and see us again. Thanks, again.

Excellent place to stay

5 on March 26, 2016

Jan & Lorraine are absolutely wonderful. I loved the atmosphere and people. I will definitely be going back!

Great Place and Great Hosts!

5 on March 24, 2016

Jan and Lorraine made our first B&B stay one to remember!! They were so hospitable, making us feel like family throughout our stay, and really went above and beyond for us!! The food was great, the beds were comfortable, everything was clean, and they were very knowledgable about what was going on in the town!! I highly recommend staying at the Belle Aire to anybody looking for a quiet getaway with great people! Our stay was perfect and we will definitely be back!

Great Place to Stay!

5 on March 12, 2016

Lorraine and Jan are gracious hosts and people. The house is amazing and very cozy. It was my home away from home and I enjoyed staying here and will again soon. The food and company is something I will never forget, one of the best bed and breakfast experiences I have had.

Gracious hosts

4.8 on February 18, 2016

Jan & Lorraine go out of their way to make your visit special with many added extras. While the rooms are more than adequate, the suites are very roomy. Definitely a very good place to stay while visiting Galena.

Must Stay!

4.4 on December 21, 2015

We've stayed in Galena more that a handful of times and this is by far the best value. Sure it's not right by Main Street, but the gracious hosts offer to give you rides to Main Street and back (as long as the return time is not too late). They go above and beyond to make you feel welcome. The breakfast was fantastic!

Home Away from Home

5 on December 07, 2015

If you're interested in a B&B in Galena, look no further. Lorraine and Jan make you feel like you've just gone back home to visit mom and pop, a true homey comfort is felt when staying there. The rooms are as expected through the pics you can see online. If you're going in the winter time, perhaps ask for an oscillating fan or two, as it can get quite toasty in there. Opening the windows seemed to work just as well. Lorraine and Jan have been in the area for several decades, so they're also quite knowledgeable about the area and its histories, shops, restaurants, etc, and it proved to be helpful. Oh, and I cannot forget to mention the WONDERFUL breakfasts that are served! Mmm mmm! If you have allergies, they will cater to your needs, as well. Lastly, the home is quite beautiful. The specific rooms are all updated enough for today's standards, but the history and beauty of the home as a whole make it such an enjoyable experience. All in all, it was well worth the money we paid and would stay there again.

First bed and breakfast stay

4.4 on October 22, 2015

Jan and Lorraine were two of the friendliest people we have ever met. They made you feel right at home. We could have stayed and talked to Lorraine all day. Very knowledgable about Galena and surrounding areas and activities. You can tell they have a passion for what they do, and we will definitely stay there the next time we head to Galena.

Happy Anniversary Weekend

5 on June 03, 2015

The Belle Aire Mansion was very quiet and restful and the innkeepers, Jan and Lorraine were very personable and helpful. My bride and I stayed here 2 nights at the end of May for our 28th wedding anniversary. We stayed in the Canopy Suite which had a sitting room, private bath, fire place, whirlpool and very comfortable bed. Fresh baked chocolate chip cookies in the room added a special touch.The breakfast was very good and Lorraine was very willing to accommodate any dietary restrictions we might have had. The Mansion is set far back on the property and is extremely quiet. It is located only a few minutes from downtown Galena. It was our first time to Galena area and it was like we had a personal assistant helping us make the most of every minute there. This B & B became an integral part of the whole Galena experience not just a sleeping place.

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Rooms & Rates


Lovingly decorated in blue and white, this spacious room has a king brass bed for your comfort. A daybed, antique tea table and fireplace, complete this warm, cozy room. Private bath with crystal chandelier. All rates based on double occupancy. For additional adult, $15.00 extra charge. To be charged at time of check in.

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

Nightly Rate: $115 - $130

Canopy Suite

Decorated in pink and white, the Canopy Suite is perfect for anyone celebrating a special occasion. A sofa graces the sitting room. A queen size canopy bed, fireplace and double bedside whirlpool add to its special appeal. Top it off with an antique trunk and private bath. So Romantic! Rates based on double occupancy.

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

Nightly Rate: $155 - $170

Ruthie's Room

A lovely room decorated in rose and cream, Ruthie's Room is filled with antiques. A queen size brass bed, mahogany dressers, ice cream table and chairs and an old-fashioned parlor stove, make this room warm and relaxing. And for a special surprise, in the private bath you will find an antique clawfoot tub (with shower) and plenty of bubble bath.

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

Nightly Rate: $95 - $105

Victorian Room

Sleep in a bed that is over 150 years old. In this room it is easy to transport yourself back to the 1880's. the queen size walnut bed has a high carved headboard. Place your clothes in an antique marble top dresser. A comfy chair, old fashioned parlor stove, and private bath with shower finish off this room with style.

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

Nightly Rate: $90 - $100

Garden Vue Suite

The ambiance and comfortable friendliness of a B&B with the luxuries you are looking for. Watch the beauty of a sunset from your own veranda or cuddle in front of a warm fireplace. Romance is at its best in this deluxe suite. A bedside double whirlpool and queen size bed add to the appeal. You can request breakfast in your room, as there is a small dining area,coffee maker and mini-refrigerator (stocked with sodas) Private bath with double shower.

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

Nightly Rate: $175 - $190

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Location Type

Countryside, Small town


Dubuque, IA (DBQ) 20 miles

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Historic Architecture, indoor water park, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, CD player, Outdoor grilling, Parking, Piano, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities , cookies in every room, early risers coffee buffet, double whirlpool in suites only

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Library, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Minature Golf, indoor water park, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Swimming

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  • Alcohol Provided

Terms and Conditions



Jan & Lorraine Svec

Languages spoken


Resident Pets


About the innkeepers

In 1987, two Chicago-area sisters, Lyn and Lorraine, and their husbands Mike and Jan, realized a dream. Together they purchased the beautiful Belle Aire Mansion Guest House just minutes from Main Street in Galena, IL. With their families, they moved to Galena and began doing what they really wanted to do: provide gracious and comfortable lodging for guests traveling to Galena for a relaxing getaway.

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  • Time Served: 8-10 a.m.
  • Serving Location: Honeymoon Suite: In Room, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian



Special Package

Honoring Our Veterans

It is a privilege to offer a 10% discount to all of our active duty and retired veterans. We are proud to have you protecting us and our country. Just call Lorraine and say "Semper Fi" or if you book online, just add that to the special requirements section of the form. It would be our honor to serve you!!

Riverboat Cruise Package

HE JUST KEEPS ROLLIN’ ALONG That “Old Man River,” the Mighty Mississippi. Take a cruise back into history on the “Spirit of Dubuque,” an authentic and nostalgic paddle wheeler. We offer wonderful dinner packages in celebration of “America’s River. Each package includes a two-night stay in the room or suite of your choice, an early risers’ coffee buffet, a full, country breakfast each morning, home-made chocolate chip cookies in every guest room and two tickets for the dinner cruise. Mid-week luncheon cruise packages are available. Weekend dinner cruise packages at $340.00 Please see our website for a complete list of prices and more information. Space is limited. Be sure to book early for these fun-filled packages.

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