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Belle Aire Mansion Guest House

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

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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 room4.3
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.6

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A very enjoyable stay.

4.8 on December 17, 2014

Lorraine and Jan are extermely nice people and hosts. They made us feel very comfortable as they open their home to us.

Service was excellent!

3.8 on October 26, 2014

Enjoyed staying here. Felt like walking into my grandmother's home. Welcomed every time. Porch furniture and rooms may need some updating but we enjoyed our stay. The service was wonderful and warm. The value of our room was good for our two day stay. Enjoyed breakfast time with the other guests and innkeeper.

Wonderful place to stay!

4.4 on September 24, 2014

We loved staying at the Belle Aire Mansion Guest House! Lorraine is possibly one of the sweetest people you will ever meet in your life and her pecan french toast is out of this world! I honestly cannot imagine staying anywhere else in Galena when I know how wonderful the Belle Aire Mansion is! Completely recommend!

Great place to stay

3.8 on September 19, 2014

Lorraine was very friendly and immediately made us feel welcome. This was out first experience at a bed and breakfast and would definitely return. Great location, short drive to the downtown area.

Outstanding place to stay

5 on August 24, 2014

Lorraine and Jan will help you out with anything that you might need. The breakfast is always great.

Very hospitable

4.8 on August 11, 2014

Aunt Lorraine, as she calls herself, is so friendly and has the second-mother feel to her. You know, the type you feel you could tell anything too? Which especially makes it extra homey here. For a family room, The Blue Room, there should be more garbage cans and there is an really annoying drip when using the shower. Finding "secure, tight" outlets to charge our cell phones was challenging. We kept forgetting to bring bottled water back with us, to put in the communal fridge in the hallway; otherwise I believe it may be well water. The breakfast each morning was delicious! It's great not having to worrying to about going somewhere for breakfast in the morning. I liked the location; not even 5 minutes away from the shopping in Downtown Galena. Was out of town a bit, but was perfect as it was quite. Miniature Golf is only 2 minutes away; nothing special yet still fun as a date night. Overall, we would stay here again. The only reason we wouldn't is because we wanted to try something new/different.

Friendly stay

4.0 on August 11, 2014

The owners are very helpful in getting everything you request. The rooms are country decorated, which is not my style, but fits in the part of the country you are in. It is in a nice location to get to downtown Galena very easily for exploring the many shops. Would consider going back and trying one of the other rooms.

Worth the price just for Loraine's company!

4.4 on July 23, 2014

We recently had our first stay at BA. We absolutely lived the charm of the house as well as the innkeepers. Loraine makes you feel at home immediately and goes out of her way to make sure you're happy. Breakfast was delicious, the garden view suite was fantastic! The only improvements I could possible think of would be a flat screen tv in the master suite and adding a DVD collection alongside the VHS one. It would also be so cool to have some hammocks to lay in around the property since it's so beautiful out there. Loved our stay and we can't wait to go back!

Had a good time!

3.8 on June 25, 2014

We truly enjoyed our stay with Jan & Lorraine. They are great people! The house and furnishings were lovely. The cookies outstanding.

Victorian Room

4.2 on June 04, 2014

Jan and Lorriane are wonderful innkeepers!!!! thoughly enjoyed my stay there. One negative: the bed in the victorian room was less than comfortable, and every move you made the bed made noise to. I would encorage the innkeepers to have that taken care. YES! I would stay again. Thank you Jan and Lorriane!

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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: $105 - $125

Nightly Rate: $105 - $125

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: $145 - $165

Nightly Rate: $145 - $165

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: $90 - $100

Nightly Rate: $90 - $100

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: $85 - $95

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: $165 - $185


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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  • Check In:: 2-10p.m.
  • Check Out:: 11:00 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights on weekends.
  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One Night's Stay
  • Cancellations: Room must be cancelled at least 7 days in advance for refund of deposit. Multiple room reservations require longer advance notice.



Jan & Lorraine Svec

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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



Hot Deal

A "Suite Deal"

Regular Rate: $185 now $135 (27% Savings:)

Stay with us at Belle Aire for two nights Monday through Thursday and get the special rate of $135/night on either of our whirlpool/fireplace suites. These suites are normally $185 and $165/night. What a "suite" deal.

expires Wednesday

Special Package

Massage Package

We are happy to be able to offer you in-house massages in association with Healing Touch Massage. Stay in one of our whirlpool/fireplace suites and the massage can be done right in your suite, or, if you choose to stay in one of our other comfortable rooms, our Serenity Room is a perfect respite for a quiet, relaxing massage. Please call Lorraine for more information, or see our package at our website. Prices for massages start at $65.00 for a one-hour massage.

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

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