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


5 on November 15, 2016

BRIERWREATH MANOR IS AWESOME!!!! I would HIGHLY recommend it to anybody going to Galena. Joe, the Inn Keeper, is very knowledgeable about Galena and all of the lovely nick knacks and decorations in his establishment. Joe is also a WONDERFUL cook and a very friendly, kind person. Peggy Sue and Lynne thoroughly enjoyed our stay there and will DEFINATELY stay there again when visiting Galena next time. THANK YOU JOE FOR YOUR WONDERFUL HOSPITALITY!!!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for making me smile. WOW!!! What a warm and wonderful review from some fabulous ladies. I greatly look forward to your return so we can catch up on life and make more memories!!!! Happy Holidays!!!

Perfect Weekend!

5 on November 09, 2016

This was our first time staying at Brierwreath Manor. It was the best bed and breakfast we have ever stayed at. Joe was a most gracious and accommodating host. The rooms were comfortable and quiet. Breakfast was delicious both days. We were able to park the car on site and walk to dinner and shopping. This will always be our go-to B&B in Galena. Thanks Joe!

Innkeeper Response
Happy Thanks Giving!!! It was wonderful having you here!!! Your Welcome!!! Have a great holiday season, and Happy New Year.

Great place to stay in Galena.

5 on November 01, 2016

Great location, value and atmosphere. Innkeeper made us feel very welcome and provided good information about the town and area. Joe is very knowledgeable about Galena. Food was very good and quite satisfying. Would definitely recommend this B&B

Innkeeper Response
It was very nice visiting with you during your stay. My guests are the most interesting part of this job! We learn many things from each other. 5 star review is just wonderful, Thank you so much. I am glad you enjoyed your stay here and, I look forward to seeing you both again when you are in need of a quiet retreat Have a wonderful holiday season. :)

Cozy & Kind

3.8 on October 25, 2016

The bed & breakfast had a great location. The host was great. Breakfasts and conversation were wonderful.

Innkeeper Response
Cozy and kind, very nice!! With wonderful breakfasts and conversation!! I will take it. Just one short block off Main St. with off street parking is always a plus. Have a nice winter.

Perfect Hospitality

5 on October 25, 2016

Joe greeted my two sisters and I at the front door and welcomed us into his beautiful home. He gave us a tour and even helped us get our luggage up to our room. Our room was very comfortable, quiet and we truly felt at home. Joe served an amazing breakfast, grabbed a cup of coffee and filled us in on the history of his home when we asked. It was really a great experience and we would return again if ever in the area. Thank you, Joe!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for your wonderful review. It was great to have you here! Come to visit when you are ready for another get away.

Enjoyed our stay!

4.8 on October 21, 2016

We really enjoyed our over night stay at the Brierwreath Manor. The room exceeded our expectations. It was nice to have a sitting room to watch TV away from the bedroom. Joe was a wonderful host and made a breakfast to die for!! The best pecan French toast I have ever had along with sausage and fruit. We also enjoyed the company of two other couples and Joe, who sat and joined us in the conversation. The location was one block from the downtown. Very convenient.

Innkeeper Response
It was very nice having you here and thank you for a very nice review. I am looking forward to your return. I greatly enjoy my guests.

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.

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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:: 4-9 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.
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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, 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


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