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The INN at IRISH HOLLOW and COUNTRY ENGLISH COTTAGES is rated the best Country Inn in the Midwest. Set on 500 acres of magnificent rolling hillsides and valleys, the Inn offers the perfect setting to reconnect and be pampered in the heart of Galena's picture-perfect countryside. Guests enjoy personalized comfort, superb hospitality and lush amenities designed to thrill the most sophisticated traveler. The Irish Hollow award winning kitchen creates gorgeous meals hand-crafted from the world's finest natural and organic ingredients, along with selections from the Inn's own organic farm gardens. The lavish Full Country Gourmet Breakfast is served daily. The tremendous seven-course Candlelight Dinners are included in the seasonal packages. The onsight Massage Staff provides Hot Stone Therapy Massage which integrates the best techniques from around the world, ranging from a 75 minutes to a 2 1/2 hour experience. The 500 acre estate is cut with miles of hiking trails, streams, rock outcroppings, wooded ridges and connects to a 1500 acre nature preserve. Featured as a favorite by The New York Times, The Chicago Sun-Times, Midwest Living, Glamour and Country Living magazines.
Absolutely exquisite English Countryside Cottage for two, featuring huge limestone wood-burning fireplace in both the bedroom and the sitting room, leathered walls, and beautiful amenities. The all-marble bathroom has large double whirlpool, walk-in shower and separate stool room. Huge King poster bed overlooks fireplace. The furnishing are comfortably gorgeous, on hardwood floors and oriental rugs. Wet bar features espresso maker, fridge small appliances, coffee/tea service. The screened sitting porch overlooks the lush hillside and casual gardens at Irish Hollow. Romantic Getaway, plus!
Grand Cottage for two at the base of the antique apple orchard, with wood-burning fireplace in both the bedroom and the sitting room. A huge all-granite bathroom features double whirlpool and step-in shower. Remarkably beautiful furnishings and accessories throughout, with screened sitting porch, perfect for a romantic breakfast for two (delivered to your door on request). Hardwood and granite floors, wet bar with espresso maker, fridge and the works, stereo system. The picture perfect spot for romance!
Gorgeous Historic Cottage set in it's own Garden. Originally built for the French Maid in 1880s the cottage has been preserved and updated with beautiful bath with large double whirlpool, walk-in shower and separate stool room. The two-sided fireplace is open to both the bedroom and the sitting room. Wonderful overstuffed funishings, gorgeous woodwork, hardwood floors, oriental rugs and beautiful amenities, coupled with the Inn's magnificent food makes this the perfect romantic stay in the country.
A Magnificent Romantic Cottage for two. Huge stone fireplace in both the living room and the bath on the spa tub deck. Custom decor with gorgeous furnishings, elaborate comfort, and scintilating views. Every amenity that you could hope for, plus! The details, such as customized Ipod, WiFi, sumptuous bedding, two person shower room with body sprays and rain, A must-stay! Beyond the ultimate Galena Bed and Breakfast!
The ultimate Galena Getaway Cottage! Every detail has been considered for your ultimate visit to the Galena Countryside! Stunning decor, detailed amenities, and every conveniece await your visit. Perched on the old railbed, the views dfrom the cottage are spectacular. Wood-burning fireplace in both the bath and sitting rooms, screened lounge porch, delivered breakfast, custom designer furnishings, lush linens, WiFi, and wet bar all combine to provide for the perfect private romantic getaway that you have been needing!
5 on September 02, 2014
The Irish Hollow Inn is amazing. We stayed in the Gardener's Cottage on 9/1/14. After driving down some hilly gravel roads while gazing out at the beautiful Illinois countryside, I finally arrived to check in at the inn. Matthew was there to greet me; He was very hospitable and explained the area (trails and the town of Galena) in great detail. He gave me a bunch of maps and informed me of dinner and breakfast times, which they make for you. You eat in the same building where you check in. Matthew’s service was truly wonderful. I work at hotels, so I notice the little things that the staff do to really Wow their guests. I left the main building, and drove to the next street where my cabin was. I also noticed the landscaping on their property was very beautiful. There was easily enough parking for two or three cars at the cabin. Upon walking up to the cottage, I heard music coming from the inside. It turns out they turned on classical romantic music for us, which was playing through their complimentary iPod-- through their surround sound speakers. There was chocolate and champagne set out for us as well, which was a nice touch. It’s a perfect space for two people to use, and it kind of resembles the inside of castle. Everything was very clean and there was a lot of detail put into keeping the place up to date. (Note, there were no phones or alarm clocks or TV’s in the cabin, which is a great plus). The Jacuzzi in the bathroom was very fun, and there was a double rain shower room if you needed it. (There’s even a sun room where you can sit out and watch the rain). The best part was the bed, which was extremely comfortable. Eventually it was 7pm so we walked over to have supper. One of the gentlemen seated us at an already prepared table. We had our delicious 7 course meal, which was enough to fill me up (and I eat a lot). The next morning, we had a delicious breakfast as well.
5 on June 25, 2014
From our first visit several years ago, we've been back at least five times. You won't find a better place to stay in Galena, or Illinois for that matter, that is as wonderful and romantic as the Inn at Irish Hollow! The cottages are beautifully decorated, making you not want to leave, but you must, in order to enjoy the lovely grounds and incredible food that awaits you in the main house. We were there in January, and happily only left our cottage to stroll thru the snow for breakfast, then back to our cottage for a relaxing day in front of the fire. Back again in March (staying at a different cottage, equally as enchanting), and we've booked our next stay for October. No doubt, we're addicted!! The food is some of the best we've ever experienced, and always something surprising. The innkeeper, Matthew, really knows how to take care of his guests, and you want for nothing. This is most definitely worth the price!!
4.8 on August 10, 2013
We enjoyed the luxuries of the private cottage and the extremely unique and delightful breakfasts that were brought to our door. The seven course meal was fantastic and my bf said he's never eaten such good food as he did this weekend. The staff were beyond friendly and welcoming. This weekend was not enough-will definitely be going back!
5 on May 21, 2013
You have to give Irish Hollow a try. You will then be looking to book your next visit. It is that good. The Inn Rooms are wonderful. This year we stayed in a cottage. I now will be booking their cottages from here on as it is a more full experience. The cottages smell wonderful and are decorated in a way that will make you want to take photos of each room as I did. The firplace and the screened in porch to retreat to had us spending more time at the Inn than we originally planned - with no regrets at all. Matthew is an amazing host and makes sure you are well taken care of. The entire staff is of the finest in Hospitality services. Nothing unprofessional here and they love what they do. My wife & I now have an annual tradition here at Irish Hollow. Anthony & Ann
5 on May 05, 2013
For our 26th anniversay this year we decided to go to Galena. I found The Inn at Irish Hollow on the internet and we made our reservations. What a fabulous time we had. From the time we arrived Matthew was the best host. All of the staff want to do all they can to make your visit exceptional. The cottage we had was beautiful and cozy and the food was fabulous. We were so spoiled we hated to have to leave. We will go back for sure.
5 on August 25, 2012
My hubby and I were looking to do something fun and different for our 18th anniversary on August 19th. We decided to go with a B&B , and since we both love Galena, I found Irish Hollow thanks to Google and boy am I glad I did. We were amazed beyond words when we got there, it was so much off the beaten path and the setting looks like something out of a picture postcard, the weather was perfect, the inn was perfect, our room was cozy and done beautifully, the champagne, the flowers, the chocolates, the breakfast every morning, the 7 course dinner, it was just the most superlative of experiences. We stayed at The Shopkeeper's Suite in the Inn, it was so "old timey" and beautiful. I'm actually torn if we will take this same room if available for our next visit or a cottage. We got some hiking done and even had Molly, the inn's cat come along during our hikes, it was so cute how she kept step with us all the way. The couple's massage was one of the most relaxing massages I have had and I am no stranger to massages. Matthew & Tony were so helpful in answering all our questions , and there was absolutely no issue with adapting the food to my hubby's dietary habits ( he is a vegetarian ). This has to be one of the nicest anniversaries we have had so much so that we will be going back in November and probably many many times after that.
5 on June 26, 2012
The Inn at Irish Hollow has to be the best experience we have ever had at a B & B. The service was outstanding. Matthew was very attentive and welcoming. Our room far exceeded our expectations with a beautiful fireplace, whirlpool tub, sitting area, and extremely comfortable bed; the owners provided for every need-- and then some. The food was completely amazing. We enjoyed the beautiful, peaceful atmosphere and look forward to our next visit!
5 on June 18, 2012
We truly felt as though we had landed in Paradise when we stayed at the Inn at Irish Hollow. We have stayed at many B&Bs through the years, but the Inn was the best of all...hands down. Our dinner and breakfasts were truly memorable. We enjoyed playing the Steinway grand, sipping wine on the porch, and walking the trails. Matthew is a gem! We offered to adopt him, but he insisted his place was at the Hollow...sigh.
4.2 on April 03, 2012
My husband and I drove 7 hours to stay at this oasis in the middle of farmland! This inn was recommeded to me by my sister. She said we would enjoy it and she was right! Matthew and his staff are absolutely fabulous! The food was amazing, the attention to deail in everyaspect was obvious. The massages that we got were rated number one by my husband. We will be back to try a cottage and will be recommending Irish Hollow to our friends and family. Thank you to all the staff for a wonderful weekend!
4.4 on March 17, 2012
We have stayed at Irish Hollow in one of the cottages many times over the last 6 years. It is always a lovely experience. The cottages are all charming and great for a couple. There is no television! What really brings us back is the grounds. The hillside acres behind the cottages are fun to explore. The old railroad right of way is great for a less strenuous walk. Our dog would love these grounds as well but no dogs are allowed. After eating the breakfast or the dinner walking is not possible. There is always too much to eat. If possible put something aside and save it for later. Our only comment about breakfast is that we have had many of them but there seems to be only 2-3 versions. For us this is an expensive place to stay but we miss it if we haven't been here for awhile.
Dubuque, IA (DBQ) 19 miles
From Airport: Left out of airport onto Rt 151 to downtown Dubuque. Exit Hwy 20 East to Galena. Cross Mississippi River, past downtown Galena, over Galena River to Blackjack Rd., right 3.3 miles to Irish Hollow Rd., left 3/4 mile to "Y" in road, LEFT!!! to remain on Irish Hollow Rd. 5.5 miles to property.
Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Hot Air Balloon Rides, Horseback Riding, Canoeing/kayaking, On-site Massage Spa, Eagle/Bird watching, Christmas Events, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery
Board games, CD player, Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, Piano, Telephone, Wedding Facilities , Bicycles/helmets, Picnic Baskets, Valet Service
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, In-room internet, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Turndown Service, Wet bar, Wi-Fi
Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, 500 acres with miles of Hiking Trails, Horse-drawn Buggy Rides, Candlelight Dinners, Couples Massage, Downhill skiing, Picnics, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails
Matthew, Bill and Tony
Bill, Tony and Matthew... the ideal combination as co-innkeepers at Irish Hollow. Tony brings his expertise from managing at the Chicago Hilton. Bill, formerly with the Ritz Carlton of Chicago, designs the ultimate exquisite country-gourmet meals. Matthew, a resident of the Irish Hollow Valley all of his life (except for his four-year stint at college), is the perfect host!
Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , gluten free, vegan, all special diets
Seasonal Candlelight Dinners
The Irish Hollow kitchen is renown for world-class fare served in the simple surroundings of the Old General Store Dining Room. Menus are hand-crafted from natural and organic ingredients from around the garden, the area and the world. Extraordinary meals such as the Summer Countryside Picnic, the Autumn Harvest Dinner, and the Old World Christmas Dinner, thrill connoisseurs year-round. Amazing pastries, uniquely delicious breakfasts, outrageous dinners, handmade chocolate, and out-of-this-world pillow cookies keep guests begging for the Inn's well-kept secret recipes. Our kitchen skillfully and delightedly accommodates special dietary needs and preferences and specializes in GLUTEN-FREE alternatives.