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

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.

Nice weekend

4.0 on March 29, 2017

Great location very nice host.

Great weekend!

5 on February 26, 2017

This was our third year at the brierwreath and we love it every year! Such a quaint, beautiful spot. It is so close to the downtown area and the service is second to none. We highly recommend galena and brierwreath!

2 Nights in the Country Charms Suite

4.6 on February 19, 2017

We stayed 2 nights in a (very warm) February weekend. We enjoyed the attention to detail in the room and delicious breakfast. Since it was warm we also enjoyed a few beers on the huge porch. The inn is perfectly located a block off Main Street shops and restaurants. It's quite nice to have only a short walk to your bed after a long day of exploring the city. The only downside is that the beds were a but stiff for our tastes, and the pillows were a bit beat up. Other than that we would definitely recommend staying here!


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!!!

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!

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

Cozy & Kind

3.8 on October 25, 2016

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

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!

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.

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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
  • 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

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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