Brierwreath Manor Bed and Breakfast

216 N Bench St , Galena, IL 61036-2239 USA (Show map)


Brierwreath Manor Bed and Breakfast is a regal Queen Anne,located one short block off Galena's historic Main St. With 19th Century splendor and 21st Century comfort, it is popular for its warmth and hospitality. The classic wrap-around porch invites you to relax in the rocking chairs, or glide on the porch swing while enjoying a drink or some homemade chocolate chip cookies. Drinks await you at the 24/7 drink buffet in the upstairs hall.



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

Quiet, with period details

3.8 on October 11, 2016

This is a nice B&B off the beaten path. It was a quiet street with beautiful views of the town. I think the only off-putting thing was that there was WAY too much stuff everywhere. Everything is decorated: walls, floors, shelves, and the whole house feels very small because of it. We stayed in the room where it's decorated in red, white, and blue. There were teddy bears everywhere, and it's especially annoying when they're on the floor under tables and chairs. In the upstairs hallway, there's a shelf with full-sized candlesticks and tapered candles, which is fine, but under the shelf on the floor, there are more stuffed animals and knickknacks. We were trying not to knock them over while wheeling in our suitcases. The parlor is beautiful, but again, so much stuff, that it's busy and disorienting. I think it's a nice place, they just need to declutter so it feels a little less overwhelming.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your review. Being just one block off Main St. In Galena with off street parking is a wonderful thing if you have been to Galena and know how busy it can get. If you are a minimalist I can understand why there is too much stuff for you. We have enjoyed collecting and running this Bed & Breakfast for almost 30 years, and have cleared some of the clutter. I think the pictures on the website give an accurate look at what you should expect.


5 on September 22, 2016

On September 16th my girlfriend and I took a trip to Galena, IL. She has always stayed at the Brierwreath Manor. It was my first time staying in a B & B and may I say I truly loved it! Joe the owner made me feel like family. I really enjoyed our conversations every morning with the other quests. We shared some great stories. Joe's chocolate cookies were so yummy. I look forward to returning to this place again. I highly recommend the Briarweath it was close to all the shopping and eateries.

Innkeeper Response
I am supper happy to hear your first B&B experience was a good one. You both can come and visit me anytime!

Girlfriend Get Away

4.8 on September 21, 2016

My girlfriend and I stayed at Brierwreath this past weekend. It was her first time at a B&B. I have stayed at Brierwreath many many times over the last 8 or 9 years. We stayed in the Heirloom Room which is very spacious with a huge bathroom including a claw bath tub. Brierwreath is in a great location. Once you park, either in their driveway or on the street, you are within walking distance for everything on Main Street. This B&B has a great homey feeling. It always feels like I'm going back home when I stay at Brierwreath. Joe (just has his parents before him) was warm and very friendly. He was able to answer any of our questions whether it was on history or restaurants. The cookies in the room were soft and delicious! Meeting the others who were staying at breakfast was also very enjoyable and the conversation never stopped. We can't wait to stay there again! I would highly recommend Brierwreath! And, I can not say enough good thinks about Joe, the innkeeper.

Innkeeper Response
WOW!!! You are always welcome here!!! I am so happy to hear you had a great time. Have a great fall and wonderful winter. I love my returning guests!

Perfect B&B Experience

5 on September 12, 2016

Joe was the perfect host!! We loved the personal touches in his home. We loved the never empty jar of chocolate chip cookies and great breakfasts. It was a one block walk to main street! Joe had great suggestions of where to eat, he was exactly right. We will definitely go back to Breierwreath the next time we are in Galena. Nothing bad to say!!

Innkeeper Response
Your cookie jar will be extra full next time you come!!!! I think you have left the perfect review. :) Have a wonderful fall if I don't see you.

Brierwreath Manor B&B August 2016

4.8 on September 06, 2016

The rooms were clean quiet and nicely decorated. The house is lovely and has lots of nice antiques. Joe, our inkeeper, was was an extreamly nice and pleasant fellow and the breakfasts were outstanding. Location is quite close to Main St and parking is not bad as there is both on and off street available.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for coming to visit, it was very nice having you here! Thank you for your kind words about me," a extreamly nice and pleasant fellow" :) Wow...I look forward to seeing you again.

Wonderful place to stay in Galena

5 on August 31, 2016

My friend and I stayed here last weekend. We were welcomed by the host, Joe, and shiwn to our suite. It was spacious, clean and superbly decorated. Breakfast was freshly cooked and served hot. The house is located just a block from the shopping district. Would stay there again in a heartbeat!

Innkeeper Response
You were both a delight to have here. Come back again when you need to relax. :)

very pleased

5 on August 23, 2016

excellent establishment, very friendly, great service and food, would recommend to anybody

Innkeeper Response
I am looking forward to your return, It was very nice meeting you. Thank you for your kind review. Have a fabulous year.

Great stay!

5 on August 22, 2016

We enjoyed our weekend trip to Galena very much and loved staying at Brierwreath B&B! The location is perfect-close to restaurants and historic sites. We didn't use our car at all once we arrived to the B&B (there's convenient on-site parking as well). Rooms were nice and well appointed. Coffee/tea available all day. Joe even baked delicious chocolate chip cookies for the room! Breakfast was good as well. We would absolutely stay here again!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you! You are welcome back here anytime. Wishing you all the best.

Fabulous and comfortable

4.2 on August 09, 2016

The stay at Briarwreath was perfect. The location is perfect, and the service was especially impressive, as all our need were anticipated and met with subtle perfection. The quality of the house and the charm of the decor were really just cherries on top of a luxurious and wonderful stay.

Innkeeper Response
Impressive service, subtle perfection and a luxurious and wonderful stay. Wow Thank you!!!

This was our first B&B experience. We will definitely try again.

5 on July 20, 2016

Larry and Pam Deardorff

Innkeeper Response
Welcome Home!

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Rooms & Rates

Mayor's Room

This room use to be the bedroom of Galena's Mayor. Frank Einswieler. He was mayor of Galena for about 15 yrs from the early 70s to the mid/late 80s.

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

Nightly Rate: $100 - $120

Country Charms

This room will sleep 3 with a queen and a twin sleeper/sofa, decorated in American country.

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

Nightly Rate: $100 - $120

Heirloom Suite

Queen size bed with a twin day bed. Huge private bath with walkin shower,and antique clawfoot tub.

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

Nightly Rate: $110 - $130

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Location Type

Downtown, Small town, Wine country


Carbondale, IL (MDH-Southern Illinois)

Directions to property:

Turn north onto Main Street off of US 20. Proceed on Main St. to the first stop sign. Franklin ST. Turn left, go 1 block, turn left, onto Bench ST. we are 4th building on right. 216 N. Bench St

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Boutique Shopping, State Historic Sites, Scenic Views Mississippi Valley, Hiking and Biking, Apple River Fort State Historic Site, Ghost tours, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Tours, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type


On-site amenities

Air conditioning, Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, Copier, DVD Player, Fridge, Library, Microwave, Parking, Telephone, Washer/dryer , Home made chocolate chip cookies, Garage / Motorcycle parking, Off street parking, 5 Golf courses within 10 miles, Porch, Rocking Chairs, and Swing, Mississippi River within 5 miles

Room amenities

Alarm clock, CD player, Ceiling fans, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bird watching, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 4-9 PM
  • Check Out:: 10 AM
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Not encouraged. teenagers ok
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No allergies
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night on weekends Fri/Sat Sat/ Sun
  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash
  • Cancellations: We require a 14 day notice. If we rebook the room there will be no charge to you. However if we can not rebook the room your credit card will be changed for a one night stay.



Joe Cook

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About the innkeepers

Living in a historic town makes me want to share our history with our guests. I enjoy taking care of and feeding guests. There is a history lesson for everyone who visits and wants to learn Galena's History. Enjoy relaxing on our front veranda while having a homemade chocolate chip cookie or sip your favorite drink. Or relax in the refuge of your suite

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  • Time Served: 8:30am to 9:30am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian No Gluten,sugar free, Vegan , No Lactose

Signature Dish

Apple Blueberry Pancake
An oven baked pancake with apples, blueberries & walnuts covered by an apple cidar sauce & served with fresh fruit and breakfast meat. Ham,sausage,bacon. Coffee and juice