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

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.

Great B & B!

5 on May 28, 2015

Loved the Belle Aire Mansion! Jan and Lorraine were great hosts and were helpful in touring Galena. Would not hesitate to stay here again!

Relaxing weekend get away

5 on May 25, 2015

Lorraine & Jan are absolutely wonderful, we stayed in the Garden Veiw Suite, and it was more than we expected. Breakfast was wonderful and their company and knowledge of the area was great. I would recommend this B&B. Such a personal touch in everything they do!!

Pleasant Weekend Retreat

4.4 on April 15, 2015

My visit to the Belle Aire Mansion was very pleasant and made my weekend stay in Galena quite memorable. Quiet rooms, excellent food, and exceptionally friendly and accommodating hosts all made the experience unique. I would definitely return there again!

Excellent Choice with Belle Aire

5 on April 08, 2015

We stayed here for two nights and had a wonderful time. The primary goal was to relax and get away from it all for a few hours. We mainly stayed at the B&B with a couple of small excursions into Galena. The facilities at the Garden Vue Room were excellent, the fireplace and the balcony were our favorites. We could of done with seeing more of Jackson, the delightful gentleman of a lab that lives with Lorraine and Jan, but I suppose he had other duties to attend to. The food is outstanding, to be honest they were the best meals we found in Galena, and the bed was very comfortable. I don't usually sleep well in a strange bed, but I was out like a light and stayed out there. I think it's fair to say you do get your money's worth. It was hard leaving that Sunday, I seriously wanted to stay one more night, but we all know how that goes.

Lovely Place!

3.4 on April 02, 2015

We fully enjoyed our stay at Belle Aire. We had the Garden Vue Suite which is the largest of the rooms. Lots of sunshine, small balcony, fire place, and a two person Jacuzzi to unwind in at the end of the night. Lorraine an Jan were very friendly and the breakfast was delish. The B&B is not in walking distance of downtown Galena but only a short drive down 20. It was a very relaxing get away and we enjoyed our stay there.

Amazing Deal, Service and Place.

5 on March 31, 2015

The Service was awesome.. Hosts went out of their way to make sure every need was met and we had a wonderful time. I highly recommend this Bed and Breakfast. Bill Kocher

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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

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

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

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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  • 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



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. Please contact the inn directly at +1-815-777-0893 to redeem this deal.

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