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 room4.5
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.5

Oct 20 - 22

3.6 on October 29, 2017

Had a very nice weekend. Joe was a good host.

Innkeeper Response
Happy Holidays

- Joe (innkeeper)

Great stay with the most comfortable beds!

5 on October 04, 2017

We stayed in the Country Charms suite. This was for a girls weekend and we had more than enough room, the food was delicious and Joe the innkeeper was very friendly.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you very much for your kind review. It was a pleasure having you both here. You are welcome back here anytime. Have a great Fall and Holiday season.

- Joe (innkeeper)

Charming B&B

3.4 on August 31, 2017

Enjoyed our stay at BW. Room was nice, service was great as was the location.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you. We have a wonderful location. Off street parking is very helpful in the busy downtown. Have a great fall.

- Joe (innkeeper)

Enjoyable visit

4.8 on August 22, 2017

Excellent location, very nice rooms, a unique and tasty breakfast as well as a knowledgable, pleasant innkeeper made this an excellent choice to stay in Galena.

Innkeeper Response
It was very nice having you here and being able to share this wonderful little town. Thank you and have a great year.

- Joe (innkeeper)

An enjoyable experience

5 on August 11, 2017

Start with an optimal location, add comfortable, well appointed rooms, an excellent breakfast and an experienced innkeeper with a very friendly approach and you have a very enjoyable experience. This is a place we will be revisiting.

Good Job, Joe

5 on July 30, 2017

This was delightful and so close to Main St. i am very picky, but Joe has thought of everything from shampoo to the wonderful cookies, and outstanding breakfasts. It was like staying at "Grandma's". Every single place you look is a truly unique collection of interesting objects from little clocks to birdhouses over the front door. The conversations with Joe and other guests were enjoyable. He is always on duty to answer questions about the town, attractions, restaurants,etc. Thanks for a wonderful time and I will definitely come back

Innkeeper Response
You are welcome! It was very nice meeting you and I am looking forward to your return. Enjoy the Fall and rest of the year. I hope you have a great one!

- Joe (innkeeper)


5 on June 30, 2017

Location is perfect. Right in town. And there is off street parking which is essential. Park and walk wherever you go.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you very much for your kind review.. Location and off street parking in the busy downtown of Galena is very helpful. Have a great rest of the year, we shall see you next time you need a break. :)

- Joe (innkeeper)

Loved it!

5 on June 01, 2017

Brierwreath Manor is a beautiful, simply delightful place to stay in Galena! Joe and his family provide friendly conversation, delicious breakfasts, and service that is above & beyond expectations. Its location only a block off of main street made for an easy walk to any shop or restaurant. We loved our stay at Brierwreath Manor and will definitely return.

2nd visit at Brierwreath Manor Bed and Breakfast

5 on May 22, 2017

The owner Joe is so pleasant and bends over backwards to make sure you have everything that you need. Breakfast is super and the fresh coffee is always flowing . Bedrooms are beautiful and clean . The water pressure when taking a shower is super strong . Lets not forget the chocolate and chocolate chip cookies in the room .

Innkeeper Response
You are why we do this!!! We love to hear from our guests, and look forward to seeing them again so we can catch up on what is going on in life! Have a great summer and rest of the year.

- Joe (innkeeper)

Great B&B Experience

4.2 on April 08, 2017

This was our first time staying at a Bed and Breakfast. We were unsure of how things would go as far as interacting with the host, quality of the food, and the experience in general. Joe was an incredible host. Food was very good. Location cannot be beat, one block away from everything in downtown Galena. Would stay here again.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you! Wow Incredible host with good food and a location that can not be beat!!! See you next time!

- Joe (innkeeper)

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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

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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 PM-9 PM
  • Check Out:: 10 AM
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Fire Marshall
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Not encouraged. teenagers ok
  • Childcare Provided: No Adult retreat
  • 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
  • Deposit Amount Required: Payment due at arrival.
  • 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.
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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

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


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