Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages

2752 West Cording Rd. , Galena, IL 61036 USA (Show map)


Affordable, luxurious, romantic guestrooms and cottages available. Specializing in gourmet dinners and on-site massage. Golf and wineries nearby. Relaxed & quiet setting just 10 minutes from Main Street Galena. Ten secluded acres, pond, walking trail and gardens. Birdwatching and stargazing paradise. Some rooms handicapped accessible. Unsurpassed hospitality. Check our website for packages, specials, and curent rates on all of our rooms and cottages. Gift Certificates also available.



Write A Review
  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Highly Recommended

5 on September 17, 2014

Close enough to town, but situated in a peaceful setting makes this the ideal retreat for Galena visitors.The owners are welcoming and provide a tasteful breakfast that will keep you satisfied through to the afternoon. I will continue to make this my preference in the future. Barb

Fantastic !!!

5 on August 10, 2014

This was our first stay at a B&B. Wendy and Hal were outstanding hosts. Hawk Valley far exceeded our expectations. The house is lovely, clean and very homey. Our room The Woodlands had all the comforts of home and we loved the deck with patio table and chairs to enjoy our coffee and dessert at night. A very special weekend for us, can't wait to go back next year !!!

Great weekend!

4.8 on July 28, 2014

My wife and I just celebrated our wedding anniversary by spending it in the Pines cottage the weekend of July 25-27. Every aspect of the weekend was outstanding. We took advantage of the Romantic Dinner Package and the Traditional Spa Package. Both were very enjoyable. The cottage, with its double whirlpool and king size bed, was very cozy. Wendy and Hal were very gracious hosts. We are letting all of our friends know of the Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages!

A lovely retreat

4.4 on May 14, 2014

Tucked away on the hills outside Galena, Hawk Valley Retreat & Cabins is an outstanding choice. The 10 acres are lovely and include a walking path and a pond. We stayed in the Pines cabin and it is spacious, nicely decorated, and has a private porch where we sipped our wine in the evening.

Hawk Valley Retreat was Fabulous!!

4.8 on April 09, 2014

I highly recommend Hawk Valley to any couple who wants a nice quiet getaway. The cottage was amazing, there were homemade cookies daily and the service was superb!

Amazing Spring Break Weekend

5 on April 02, 2014

My husband and I enjoyed an amazing weekend in the Pines cottage. The food was wonderful and we loved the private dinner. It was great to have a hot stone massage in the room also.

Hawk Valley Bed and Breakfast

4.8 on April 02, 2014

This is a lovely B&B with private cottages as well as rooms in the owner's home. The breakfast is always delicious, and the property is gorgeous! The cottages we stay in are always clean, with great amenities such as a fireplace, jacuzzi tub and flat screen TV with DVD player! I highly recommend Hawk Valley in Galena, IL!

OMG - Like being at Grandma's!

4.8 on March 19, 2014

This was our first experience at a B&B. I will definitely be going back to Hawk Valley. We stayed in the Swan Lake Room, one of three in the main house. It was spacious for a bedroom & the bathroom was very nice sized. Hawk Valley has four individual cottages. Both mornings, we ate a delicious, hearty hot breakfast. The servings were very substantial, One of the options was a "Romantic Candlelight Dinner for Two". The cost was $90, but worth every penny. We selected an appetizer, entrée, two sides and dessert. It was enough to serve four! Some of the benefits of Hawk Valley over the other B&B's I researched, Hawk Valley has separate doors that lead from the bedrooms to the wrap-around deck that circles around the entire main house, breakfast serving time is based on when each couple gets to the dining room to eat, cookies & candies are always sitting out for guests. Hal & Wendy are a wealth of information, they suggested several spots to visit that we would not have known about, off the beaten path. I would definitely recommend this B&B to anyone looking for a casual, laid-back, country setting with delicious food served to feed an army. They are only 8 miles from town, just seems farther because of the country roads, but it doesn't take but 10-15 minutes. When we left, it felt like telling Grandma good-bye to her good cooking & comfy home. Can't go wrong here!!

Absolutely amazing stay!

4.4 on February 26, 2014

Great hospitality by Wendy and Hal. Warm and inviting. Felt like being at home but with a full service chef! Rooms were warm and cozy and nicely decorated. Beautiful grounds covered with snow...definitely a nature's paradise as advertised...and definitely going back in the summer! Hal's cooking was amazing considering my husband & I are from the Chicagoland area and have many restaurants to compare to. Hal's culinary skills by far can beat any of the Galena restaurants in town. We picked the romantic dinner as an add on package & had so much food that there was enough for leftovers for a nice lunch the next day! Delicious and a great price too:) Close enough to town yet secluded for a nice romantic or family get away. You definitely won't go hungry!

Best B&B

4.6 on February 19, 2014

Beautiful scenery & very peaceful accommodations outside of town but convenient to all Galena has to offer.

View More Reviews

Rooms & Rates

Somerset Cottage

A one bedroom cottage ($225/night/weekends) with king bed, electric fireplace, A/C, sitting area, TV/DVD system, full bath w/ double whirlpool tub, kitchenette (w/microwave, refrigerator, coffeemaker, sink, dishes), wireless internet, eating area, outside propane grill, private porch, and a parking space adjacent to the cottage. A full breakfast is included each morning. Rates are lower for mid-week stays. Visit our website for additional information and availability of house rooms and studio cottages.

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $225

Swan Lake Room

The Swan Lake room, featured on this website, has a king bed, private bath with shower, mini fridge, private entrance, wireless internet, and TV/DVD system.
The Woodlands and Garden rooms feature the same ammenities but with queen beds. A full breakfast is included each morning with all stays. Visit our website for additional information and availability of guest rooms and cottages.

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

Nightly Rate: $0 - $98


Location Type

Countryside, Small town


Dubuque, IA (DBQ)

Directions to property:

From Rockford, Illinois, take Route 20 west to Elizabeth. Turn north onto Elizabeth/Scales Mound Road (west outskirts of town) and go 9-1/2 miles to Cording Road. Left on Cording to Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages. From Dubuque, Iowa, take Route 20 east to Galena. Turn left onto Main Street and go to the second stop sign (Meeker Street). Turn right onto Meeker/Stagecoach Trail and go 7 miles to Cording Road. Right on Cording to Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Casino, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ruins, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Cottage

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Fax Machine, Library, Videos , on-site massage, gourmet dinners, snowshoes, skiing nearby, wineries nearby, golf nearby

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Board games, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Canoeing, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Stargazing, Birdwatching, On-site Massage, Snowshoes and sleds, Catch/release fishing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Snow shoe trails

Check Dates Visit Website


  • Check In:: 3:00p.-8:00p.m.
  • Check Out:: 11:00a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Outside only - County Ordinance
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night minimum on weekends and holidays
  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: To secure a reservation, a deposit equal to one night's stay is required or may be secured by your credit card.
  • Cancellations: Cancellation requires a 7 day notice, when one or two rooms are reserved. When reserving three or more rooms, a 30 day notice is required. If cancellation is less than required, a charge for the entire reservation will be incurred. You will not be charged if we are able to rebook your room(s).



Wendy and Hal Gilpin

Languages spoken


About the innkeepers

Traveling, Hiking, Enjoying the Great Outdoors, Cooking, Going Green, Meeting new people

Check Dates Visit Website




  • Time Served: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Restrictive , Vegetarian