5 on July 30, 2017
The Belle Aire Mansion Guest house was very welcoming, with all the little details to make you feel... right at home. The location was about 1.5 miles from downtown Galena, and easy to travel to/from. Making a left hand turn into the driveway is tricky, when on coming traffic is going 20mph beyond the speed limit. The house sits back from the road, and one does not hear the traffic. It is a shame that Galena allowed industrial type buildings to be built up around these beautiful home, as land was sold off around this estate. I felt it took away some of the charm, when looking out the windows. I would stay here again. The friendliness,. Value, and comfort was more important than the view. The comment was more for the city, to preserve the Old Galena charm as much as possible, instead of allowing any type of business go in, where ir ruins the character of the city.
4.6 on July 09, 2017
It was our first time staying at a Bed and Breakfast and the owners of the Belle Aire Mansion made sure it was a enjoyable stay. They were extremely freindly and there were nice things around the house such as cookies and fudge. Coffee was brewed for us in the morning outside our room and I would go have a cup on the veranda before heading down for a delicious homemade breakfast with great company and hosts.
4.8 on June 28, 2017
It was our first time ever staying at a Bed and Breakfast and we enjoyed it very much. The owners were the nicest people and made us feel.very welcome and treated us like old freinds. The room was nice, the breakfast was delicious, fresh orange juice and coffee every morning. We already want to go back.
4.0 on May 15, 2017
We thoroughly enjoyed Jan and Lorraine, their hospitality, their beautiful B & B and the delicious considerate breakfast!! We will for sure be back!!
5 on May 10, 2017
Jan and Lorraine were the perfect hosts! Very warm and welcoming. Rooms are comfortable, quiet and clean and the home cooked breakfast is very yummy.
5 on May 04, 2017
Lorraine and Jan where are wonderful hosts! The property was clean &vbeautiful! they were friendly & gracious and served a delicious breakfast with wonderful conversation. We liked that it was a little outside of town, but only a couple of minutes. Very peaceful.
4.6 on April 05, 2017
Friendly and knowledgeable inn keepers and delicious breakfasts highlighted by quaint and comfy accommodations!
5 on February 27, 2017
Our stay with Jan and Lorraine was wonderful. The breakfasts were beyond delicious. The conversation was appreciated and enjoyable. When we came back after dinner each night it felt like coming home to family. We highly recommend a visit here.
5 on February 23, 2017
The couple that owns it are really nice people and made you feel welcome, I can see why they've been doing this for 30 years. They also know alot about the activities you can do in the area.
5 on February 05, 2017
Best experience we have ever had in Galena! Jan and Lorraine we exceptional hosts and their B&B perfect! Cant wait to go to Galena again and stay longer with the Belle Aire Mansion! Thanks again Jan and Lorraine for making our stay an Anniversary to remember!
4.6 on January 15, 2017
This was our 2nd stay here and have enjoyed the facility both times. The rooms and attached baths are clean and the breakfasts are first rate. It is located a bit from downtown Galena, but that also makes it that much quieter.
5 on December 12, 2016
You will not find better owners than you will here. I have stay at B&Bs for over 10 years and these owners are the best!
4.8 on December 04, 2016
Galina was a half-way meeting point for family, and Belle Aire Mansion was the perfect place to stay. It is a couple of miles from the main area of town, which was perfect for us. The inn is away from the traffic and busy-ness of downtown Galina which was nice. The rooms are comfortable, and quiet. They have a couple of deluxe suites that are very nice. We didn't stay in them, but they were vacant when we arrived, so we were able to take a peak. They look like a perfect get-away. The Jan and Lorraine have it set up very nicely, with a coffee/tea bar upstairs on the bedroom level. So, you can tiptoe out in the morning for your first cup of coffee. or grab a cup and enjoy the morning on the upstairs porch. The best part of Belle Aire is the wonderful innkeepers. Jan and Lorraine are wonderful people. They are warm and welcoming from the minute you arrive. They are friendly and accommodating. They always met us as we returned to the inn, to check if there was anything we needed. There never was......They take care of everything!! They are fun to share a morning cup of coffee with, and have great stories to share, but are also sensitive to guests desire to visit among themselves. The breakfasts were delicious, and it was great to see how Jan and Lorraine work as a team throughout the process. Oh, and did I mention fresh chocolate chip cookies? Yes! Lorraine makes fresh chocolate chip cookies and there is ALWAYS a fresh supply in each guest room. Yum! And there is always an array of sweets on the dining room table for guests to enjoy any time, day or night. We were so glad we chose Belle Aire Mansion. It was a wonderful weekend, with wonderful hosts. We plan to return!
4.4 on November 29, 2016
We really enjoyed our room and our innkeepers were great. In all the years of staying at Bed and breakfasts, these innkeepers are the best we have met by far!
5 on October 20, 2016
We had a great Baby-moon Weekend getaway in Galena at the Belle Aire. Jan and Lorraine were so friendly and welcoming. They were also very accommodating to meet our dietary needs. We would certainly stay there again.
5 on October 15, 2016
We were extremely pleased with our visit at Belle Aire Mansion. From the moment we first walked through the door, it felt like home. Our host were adorable and sweet and very helpful. This has to be my favorite B&B stay so far. I hope to return and have already started recommending it to others.
4.2 on October 02, 2016
We enjoyed our stay at Belle Aire Mansion. Our room, the Blue Room, was spacious and felt very homey. Breakfasts were delicious and filling. Jan and Lorraine was wonderful hosts and we would definitely stay again.
5 on September 28, 2016
Wonderful B&B with innkeepers who treat you like family! Lorraine and Jan are awesome hosts! The breakfasts were outstanding! Very charming and comfortable B&B. We felt like we were in the comfort of our own home. Will definitely return.
4.4 on September 11, 2016
We had a great time here. Jan & Lorraine are very gracious hosts and Lorraine is a great cook! Always willing to help us in whatever we needed. One thing that needs to be replaced is the mattresses on the beds. They were not comfortable. If the beds would have been comfortable, the "rooms category" would have gotten a better comment.
5 on August 24, 2016
My daughter and I just spent the weekend at Belle Aire Mansion with Jan and Lorraine. We had the best weekend ever! The room and private bath were beautiful. Lorraine's breakfast were fresh and delicious. We travel to Galena often and will definately stay here again.
4.2 on August 20, 2016
Jan and Lorraine knocked themselves out to make sure we were comfortable, and yet they didn't seem to break a sweat. They are a charming husband and wife business partnership and very down-to-earth. Our accommodations were very good, the king bed was firm, and the breakfast was hearty and healthy.
5 on July 20, 2016
My wife and I recently stayed here for our 1st Anniversary and wow were we impressed! From that first moment when we were greeted by name and given a tour of the house to the rooms we had brought for and the meals that were personally brought up to the room every morning, it was simply magical! We enjoyed everything about the room and we look forward to coming back again!
4.0 on July 19, 2016
We were looking for a place to stay for a couple of nights while in Galena. This fit our needs. Lorraine and her husband were very gracious hosts and served wonderful breakfasts. They even let me use their freezer for the fresh blueberries we purchased!
4.8 on July 05, 2016
If you want exceptional warm service this is the place to stay. The owners are beautiful people and made us feel right at home. They were willing to do whatever it took to make us comfortable. This is not my first time staying there and the service brought me back. The grounds are beautiful and you feel like you are stepping back in time. GORGEOUS! If you have not stayed there you should...Jan and Lorraine are amazing!
5 on May 31, 2016
I chose Belle Aire Mansion to surprise my wife for our 39th wedding anniversary. I was pleasantly surprised as well. Jan and Lorraine treated us like family. Breakfast was supposedly "healthy" although I question whether the apple/cinnamon/walnut/etc. pancake (that was more like a fancy coffee cake) topped with apple/maple syrup was really healthy. However, it was REALLY good. We will be back again....
4.4 on May 15, 2016
Very friendly and homey feel. Breakfast was delicious French toast and baked apples. Good value.
4.6 on April 27, 2016
This was our first time staying at a bed and breakfast. We will certainly do it again. The host was outstanding and the breakfast in the morning was great. The fireplace in the room didn't work, but otherwise the room was very clean and bed was comfortable.
Thank you for the nice review. I wish you would have let me know that your fireplace was not working. They get a bit fussy when they haven't been used for a bit. I would have been glad to get it going for you. I hope that you will come back and see us again. Thanks, again.
- Lorraine Svec (innkeeper)
5 on March 26, 2016
Jan & Lorraine are absolutely wonderful. I loved the atmosphere and people. I will definitely be going back!
5 on March 24, 2016
Jan and Lorraine made our first B&B stay one to remember!! They were so hospitable, making us feel like family throughout our stay, and really went above and beyond for us!! The food was great, the beds were comfortable, everything was clean, and they were very knowledgable about what was going on in the town!! I highly recommend staying at the Belle Aire to anybody looking for a quiet getaway with great people! Our stay was perfect and we will definitely be back!
5 on March 12, 2016
Lorraine and Jan are gracious hosts and people. The house is amazing and very cozy. It was my home away from home and I enjoyed staying here and will again soon. The food and company is something I will never forget, one of the best bed and breakfast experiences I have had.
4.8 on February 18, 2016
Jan & Lorraine go out of their way to make your visit special with many added extras. While the rooms are more than adequate, the suites are very roomy. Definitely a very good place to stay while visiting Galena.
4.4 on December 21, 2015
We've stayed in Galena more that a handful of times and this is by far the best value. Sure it's not right by Main Street, but the gracious hosts offer to give you rides to Main Street and back (as long as the return time is not too late). They go above and beyond to make you feel welcome. The breakfast was fantastic!
5 on December 07, 2015
If you're interested in a B&B in Galena, look no further. Lorraine and Jan make you feel like you've just gone back home to visit mom and pop, a true homey comfort is felt when staying there. The rooms are as expected through the pics you can see online. If you're going in the winter time, perhaps ask for an oscillating fan or two, as it can get quite toasty in there. Opening the windows seemed to work just as well. Lorraine and Jan have been in the area for several decades, so they're also quite knowledgeable about the area and its histories, shops, restaurants, etc, and it proved to be helpful. Oh, and I cannot forget to mention the WONDERFUL breakfasts that are served! Mmm mmm! If you have allergies, they will cater to your needs, as well. Lastly, the home is quite beautiful. The specific rooms are all updated enough for today's standards, but the history and beauty of the home as a whole make it such an enjoyable experience. All in all, it was well worth the money we paid and would stay there again.
4.4 on October 22, 2015
Jan and Lorraine were two of the friendliest people we have ever met. They made you feel right at home. We could have stayed and talked to Lorraine all day. Very knowledgable about Galena and surrounding areas and activities. You can tell they have a passion for what they do, and we will definitely stay there the next time we head to Galena.
5 on June 03, 2015
The Belle Aire Mansion was very quiet and restful and the innkeepers, Jan and Lorraine were very personable and helpful. My bride and I stayed here 2 nights at the end of May for our 28th wedding anniversary. We stayed in the Canopy Suite which had a sitting room, private bath, fire place, whirlpool and very comfortable bed. Fresh baked chocolate chip cookies in the room added a special touch.The breakfast was very good and Lorraine was very willing to accommodate any dietary restrictions we might have had. The Mansion is set far back on the property and is extremely quiet. It is located only a few minutes from downtown Galena. It was our first time to Galena area and it was like we had a personal assistant helping us make the most of every minute there. This B & B became an integral part of the whole Galena experience not just a sleeping place.
5 on May 28, 2015
Loved the Belle Aire Mansion! Jan and Lorraine were great hosts and were helpful in touring Galena. Would not hesitate to stay here again!
5 on May 25, 2015
Lorraine & Jan are absolutely wonderful, we stayed in the Garden Veiw Suite, and it was more than we expected. Breakfast was wonderful and their company and knowledge of the area was great. I would recommend this B&B. Such a personal touch in everything they do!!
4.4 on April 15, 2015
My visit to the Belle Aire Mansion was very pleasant and made my weekend stay in Galena quite memorable. Quiet rooms, excellent food, and exceptionally friendly and accommodating hosts all made the experience unique. I would definitely return there again!
5 on April 08, 2015
We stayed here for two nights and had a wonderful time. The primary goal was to relax and get away from it all for a few hours. We mainly stayed at the B&B with a couple of small excursions into Galena. The facilities at the Garden Vue Room were excellent, the fireplace and the balcony were our favorites. We could of done with seeing more of Jackson, the delightful gentleman of a lab that lives with Lorraine and Jan, but I suppose he had other duties to attend to. The food is outstanding, to be honest they were the best meals we found in Galena, and the bed was very comfortable. I don't usually sleep well in a strange bed, but I was out like a light and stayed out there. I think it's fair to say you do get your money's worth. It was hard leaving that Sunday, I seriously wanted to stay one more night, but we all know how that goes.
3.4 on April 02, 2015
We fully enjoyed our stay at Belle Aire. We had the Garden Vue Suite which is the largest of the rooms. Lots of sunshine, small balcony, fire place, and a two person Jacuzzi to unwind in at the end of the night. Lorraine an Jan were very friendly and the breakfast was delish. The B&B is not in walking distance of downtown Galena but only a short drive down 20. It was a very relaxing get away and we enjoyed our stay there.
5 on March 31, 2015
The Service was awesome.. Hosts went out of their way to make sure every need was met and we had a wonderful time. I highly recommend this Bed and Breakfast. Bill Kocher
4.8 on December 17, 2014
Lorraine and Jan are extermely nice people and hosts. They made us feel very comfortable as they open their home to us.
3.8 on October 26, 2014
Enjoyed staying here. Felt like walking into my grandmother's home. Welcomed every time. Porch furniture and rooms may need some updating but we enjoyed our stay. The service was wonderful and warm. The value of our room was good for our two day stay. Enjoyed breakfast time with the other guests and innkeeper.
4.4 on September 24, 2014
We loved staying at the Belle Aire Mansion Guest House! Lorraine is possibly one of the sweetest people you will ever meet in your life and her pecan french toast is out of this world! I honestly cannot imagine staying anywhere else in Galena when I know how wonderful the Belle Aire Mansion is! Completely recommend!
3.8 on September 19, 2014
Lorraine was very friendly and immediately made us feel welcome. This was out first experience at a bed and breakfast and would definitely return. Great location, short drive to the downtown area.
5 on August 24, 2014
Lorraine and Jan will help you out with anything that you might need. The breakfast is always great.
4.8 on August 11, 2014
Aunt Lorraine, as she calls herself, is so friendly and has the second-mother feel to her. You know, the type you feel you could tell anything too? Which especially makes it extra homey here. For a family room, The Blue Room, there should be more garbage cans and there is an really annoying drip when using the shower. Finding "secure, tight" outlets to charge our cell phones was challenging. We kept forgetting to bring bottled water back with us, to put in the communal fridge in the hallway; otherwise I believe it may be well water. The breakfast each morning was delicious! It's great not having to worrying to about going somewhere for breakfast in the morning. I liked the location; not even 5 minutes away from the shopping in Downtown Galena. Was out of town a bit, but was perfect as it was quite. Miniature Golf is only 2 minutes away; nothing special yet still fun as a date night. Overall, we would stay here again. The only reason we wouldn't is because we wanted to try something new/different.
4.0 on August 11, 2014
The owners are very helpful in getting everything you request. The rooms are country decorated, which is not my style, but fits in the part of the country you are in. It is in a nice location to get to downtown Galena very easily for exploring the many shops. Would consider going back and trying one of the other rooms.
4.4 on July 23, 2014
We recently had our first stay at BA. We absolutely lived the charm of the house as well as the innkeepers. Loraine makes you feel at home immediately and goes out of her way to make sure you're happy. Breakfast was delicious, the garden view suite was fantastic! The only improvements I could possible think of would be a flat screen tv in the master suite and adding a DVD collection alongside the VHS one. It would also be so cool to have some hammocks to lay in around the property since it's so beautiful out there. Loved our stay and we can't wait to go back!
3.8 on June 25, 2014
We truly enjoyed our stay with Jan & Lorraine. They are great people! The house and furnishings were lovely. The cookies outstanding.
4.2 on June 04, 2014
Jan and Lorriane are wonderful innkeepers!!!! thoughly enjoyed my stay there. One negative: the bed in the victorian room was less than comfortable, and every move you made the bed made noise to. I would encorage the innkeepers to have that taken care. YES! I would stay again. Thank you Jan and Lorriane!
5 on May 28, 2014
We had a wonderful stay! Jan and Lorraine were awesome hosts and welcomed us into their home. I would definitely stay ther again!
5 on May 24, 2014
Our stay was made as special as we had hoped it would be. Breakfast in our room was very nice. The room was finominal and romantic. Perfect place for celebrating special romantic events.
5 on May 14, 2014
The owners are very friendly and have a lot of information on the Galena area. Their dog is very friendly and added much enjoyment to our stay.
4.6 on April 07, 2014
This was our first stay at the Belle Aire but it won't be our last. We stayed in the Blue room which was very comfortable and private. Our hosts, Jan & Lorraine made us feel right at home and went out of their way creating unique delicious meals to accommodate a food allergy. We enjoyed their company and the other guests were great. I would highly recommend the Belle Aire you won't be disappointed!
5 on April 07, 2014
When we arrived, Lorraine told us that there were some unexpected vacancies tonight and if we were interested, we could upgrade to another room (originally we were staying in "Ruthie's Room". We looked around for a bit decided to go with the upgrade. The new room was fantastic! Hot tub and all the amenities! As part of the check-in process, Lorraine asked if there were any special dietary requirements. My girlfriend has a digestive issue with certain types of foods. Jan went into Galena to pickup the ingredients for a breakfast just for us that satisfied the requirements. It was a fantastic trip, I look forward to spending another weekend in Galena. If we do, it will definitely be with Jan & Lorraine at the Belle Aire Mansion Guest House.
4.0 on March 13, 2014
Jan & Lorraine are very welcoming and hospitable! They also cook up a mean breakfast that makes you want to stay an extra night just for the food. They explained everything up front and held a good balance in keeping their space and wanting to learn about your life.
5 on February 18, 2014
If you're looking for a great get away, I would highly recommend the Belle Aire. My boyfriend and I stayed their for a romantic night on our anniversary. We were delighted by the features of our suite. The pictures on the website of the Canopy Suite do not do it justice! The bedside whirlpool was wonderful and the fireplace was so relaxing. The Suite itself was large and decorated beautifully. Finally, the hospitality of our Innkeepers, Jan and Lorraine, was enough to make us want to return to the Belle Aire for our next stay in Galena.
4.6 on January 22, 2014
I recently stayed at Belle Aire as a getaway with my girlfriend. Everything was what I wanted and I can not stress enough how hospitable Jan and Lorraine were during our stay. The best part was is I requested some things to be present in the room upon our arrival (flowers and wine) and Jan and Lorraine staged these items in the room. It really made the experience that much better knowing that these innkeepers would take time out of their day to run and grab these items for me. I would have paid for their time to grab these items but they only charged me for the price of the wine and the flowers even though I insisted on paying more. Thank You Jan and Lorraine!
5 on January 12, 2014
Our stay at Belle Aire was absolutely wonderful! The innkeepers were delightful and had many extra personal touches to enhance our stay. We definitely will be coming back.
4.8 on December 16, 2013
Lorraine and Jan are wonderful people with a tremendous gift for hospitality! We so enjoyed our time away and certainly they created part of that enjoyment. We hope to return to Galena and will definitely go back to Belle Aire! Russ and Mary 12/2013
5 on December 15, 2013
My girlfriend n I found just what we were looking for in the Belle Arie Mansion! For our first experience at a bed breakfast it will not be our last!
4.4 on December 02, 2013
Friendly people in a quaint atmosphere , good value!
3.2 on December 01, 2013
Nice stay. A little difficult to sleep due to branches banging on bedroom windows and wind blowing and causing noise in the fireplace vent to outside.
4.4 on November 15, 2013
This was my first time at a B&B and it definitely won't be my last. The room was very nice and clean and the owners were great.
5 on November 13, 2013
Totally enjoyed our stay at this wonderful, friendly, comfortable B&B. Our hosts were the best and will definitely return to hopefully enjoy the fall colors.
5 on November 06, 2013
Jan and Lorraine are wonderful and accomodating hosts, and we had such a lovely weekend. Cozy rooms, delicious dining, and such a great value. We will definitely be back to visit again soon! Plus, they have a sweet dog named Jaksun who made our stay that much sweeter. Allison and Rob Elfline
4.2 on November 03, 2013
It was a wonderful and romantic getaway. Awesome food and the inn keepers were so nice and welcoming.
3.8 on October 25, 2013
We stayed here for our honeymoon 20 years ago and enjoyed coming back to the same place. Everything was pretty much like we remembered it. The room was very nice as was the service and breakfast. We will definitely be recommending this Bed and Breakfast to others. Thank you
4.4 on October 23, 2013
Extremely friendly inkeepers and delicious breakfast! If you want to be near Galena but not submerged in the hustle and bustle of town, this is the perfect place. Just a few minutes drive from town and you are in a peaceful and relaxed environment. We will definitely return!
3.4 on October 10, 2013
love this place:) and will return. the room was huge. the owners are super nice and very knowledgeable about the area. however i wish they had a breakfast menu or atleast a second option. we stayed two days and i didnt eat breakst neither day.
4.6 on October 08, 2013
4.4 on October 07, 2013
This is the second B&B we've stayed in in Galena. Belle Aire Mansion is about two miles away from the downtown area, so it's not a close walk, but not inconvenient, either. The innkeepers were wonderful, very friendly and accommodating. As clean as everything is, the place needs a bit of TLC, which the innkeeper did say he takes care of during the off season. The breakfasts were delicious, and the rooms very quaint. The upper level porch was a nice place for us to gather with our friends, who stayed there as well. We would stay there again, and would recommend it to others.
4.4 on October 07, 2013
Jan and Loraine are the best. They are personable and take care of there guest as if they are family. I highly recommend the Belle Aire Mansion as a place to stay in Galena Il..
4.2 on October 07, 2013
This was our very first stay in a bed and breakfast. We had a wonderful experience and plan to go back someday! The rooms were beautiful and the in keepers were very friendly!
5 on September 16, 2013
We couldn't have been happier with the accomodations, we had a great time with all the new people we met. The hosts were the best part of the stay. We felt right at home there, Lorriane and Jan couldn't have been more pleasant. We will definitely be back for another visit.
4.8 on September 11, 2013
I have stayed at many bed and breakfasts and I can honestly say that" Aunt Lorraine" (as she fondly refers herself to) and Jan were by far the warmest, friendliest and most giving innkeepers I have ever met. That is saying a lot as I have been to quite a few over the last 15 years! By the time you leave, you really do feel like a part of the family. I was enjoying the weekend with a couple of my friends and they couldn't be more accommodating. We are talking about going back with our Bunco club for more good times! The rooms were nicely decorated and very spacious and clean. They also have a nice veranda with table and chairs which we enjoyed on the second floor. The snacks are never ending. From the freshly baked chocolate chip cookies waiting for you in your room to the candy and snacks in the dining room ,your sweet tooth will be happy happy happy! Thanks for your wonderful hospitality Lorraine and Jan! You made our stay memorable. AnnaMarie
5 on September 05, 2013
Lorraine & Jan are such wonderful B&B hosts we came back. We stayed at Bella Aire for the second time for 3 days/2 nights in the Garden View Suite. LOVE the cookies and the home is so quiet and comfy. Great food, great accommodations, great conversations. What else could you ask for? Oh, did I mention the great cookies? ;-) We will be back, again.
4.0 on September 03, 2013
The Belle Aire Mansion was wonderful! Jan and Lorraine went above and beyond to make our stay wonderful. It is a beautiful home and property to spend a relaxing weekend getaway!
4.2 on August 29, 2013
We stayed in the garden vue suite to celebrate our 1st anniversary loved the hot tub and the veranda
5 on August 20, 2013
Jan & Lorriane are awesome. They made our stay very comfortable.
5 on August 05, 2013
What a great stay. Everything exactly as shown online! Spacious yet cozy room with a jacuzzi and veranda! First time we have stayed in a B&B, had a great experience, and can't wait to return!
5 on July 31, 2013
Nice house, friendly people, good food.
5 on July 31, 2013
This was our first B&B and loved every moment of our stay. Lorraine gave us a warm welcome and let us get settled before even checking in, which was great after a 3 hour drive. Lorraine and Jan are such wonderful host they kept us company during breakfast until others came down. They made us feel at home right away, the food was delicious and waking up to coffee was the best. They also gave great recommendations for dinner, which we enjoyed as well. Everyone who stayed in the house was very nice and enjoyed sharing stories as well. Our room was the perfect size for a nice relaxing getaway with my partner. We will most be coming back very soon! I already told my friends and family! T & Lilly
4.8 on July 30, 2013
Our stay was very home-like. It was very nice and we definitely plan to go back and stay in the same place many more times! They were soooo nice and very sweet and affectionate we will continue coming back for our little get a ways and our son will also be able to expierence the visit as well! Eventually thanks for making it such a great time! See you real soon! ! Stephanie and Ryan
4.4 on July 19, 2013
Very very very friendly, warm and welcoming inn keepers. They were so sweet and thoughtful. The b and b was very charming and had a pleasant sense of comfort. I did very much enjoy the experience and would most certainly return.
5 on July 09, 2013
we stayed here for the 4th of July weekend Hospitality/Food/Care and rooms was Great and very clean everything you would expect in a B&B..the only bad thing if you even want to call it that is the location it is not in DT Galena but it turned out to be a good thing because it was pritty loud and busy that weeknd so it worked out great plus their is a big diffrence in prices compared to DT Galena B&B's we deffinately look forward to coming back here.
5 on July 08, 2013
It was my first time to stay at a bed and breakfast.Lorraine & Jan made it a great experience.Rooms were neat and clean. Breakfast was amazing and they sat at the table and visited with the guests. They made my stay in Galena a very enjoyable one..
5 on June 24, 2013
My husband and I had never been to a B&B before. We went for our honeymoon/1st anniversary. We stayed Friday-Sunday June 21-23. We both wish we could have stayed all week. Jan and Lorraine are two extremely nice people. Both are the kind of people that you HOPE are at your family reunion!! So much fun to just sit and talk with them. They opened their home and their heart to everyone there. We asked for recommended dinner spots, and Lorraine was absolutely right! Lorraine even helped my husband plan a special surprise for me. She and her husband go out of their way to make their guests comfortable!! Our room was truly gorgeous! Her cooking was AMAZING!!!!!! We are planning 2 more trips right away. One for Oktoberfest and again for our anniversary. We may go for just the day in October, but we will still stop in and say hi to our new family. Thank you Jan and Lorraine for not only helping us in making our memories awesome, but for becoming part of our lives! Thank you, Kelsey and Dustin
5 on June 23, 2013
Had a great time, great service very nice place
5 on June 15, 2013
Stayed 3 nights in the Victorian room, no muss, no fuss. The hosts could not have been more friendly and accommodating. Snacks were always available, and a Culver's was in easy walking distance for an ice cream fix.
4.8 on June 14, 2013
Jan & Lorraine were awesome! Never felt more at home as a guest in my life.It was like being part of their family.. Like a Son from downstate. They made our stay in Galena wonderful. Will be back soon!
5 on June 05, 2013
Loved our stay! The innkeepers were absolutely amazing! We needed a weekend away together and the Garden View Suite exceeded our expectations. Beautiful quiet property in a country setting. Sweet Lilacs outside our private patio and wonderful homey atmosphere. We plan to return in the fall.
4.4 on May 17, 2013
Our favorite part of the stay was having breakfast in the lovely dining room and talking with Jan and Lorraine. We didn't feel rushed to hurry up and leave when we finished and talked a little bit about anything and everything. They were very hospitiable and you felt more like a friend visiting them rather than a paying guest. We enjoyed our stay at The Belle Aire Mansion and hope to go back sometime.
5 on March 30, 2013
The owners made us feel right at home.
5 on March 10, 2013
What can I say??? This was the first time we've stayed at A B&B. Our Hostess Lorraine met us at the front door and welcomed us. After a short tour of the Mansion, she showed us to our room the "Garden Vue Suite" Breathtaking to say the least. Staying two nights has us hooked on B&B's if all Inn Keepers treat their guest half as well as we were treated by Jan, Lorraine and Jaksun... great food and conversations each day. Jaksun is their Puppy that if you sit and talk to him he will tell you how he gets no treats and where the best treat stores are in town and to please bring him one :-) I highly recommend this place to everyone, great relaxing weekend for the wife and myself, We are already planning our next weekend getaway. Tony and Wendy
4.6 on January 05, 2013
Overall a great stay. Food was just okay but the hospitality was wonderful and the accomodations were great.
5 on November 12, 2012
Very friendly hosts, nice rooms, great breakfast. I really appreciated their support of the B&B for Vets promotion.
5 on November 11, 2012
We were treated like family the whole weekend, which made our stay even better. Besides the delicious homemade food, we were given recommendations and other information to make our weekend perfect. I would recommended the Belle Aire Mansion Guest House to anyone.
5 on October 15, 2012
Bella Aire was our first B&B. It was outstanding. We went there for our 10-year anniverary recently and everything was marvelous. We loved the breakfast and the owners are charming and great to talk to.
5 on October 10, 2012
We were made to feel at home. Our innkeepers were a wondeful couple and nice to be around. They even gave us tomatoes to take home. A wonderful stay. would go back again.
4.4 on October 07, 2012
My wife and I had a great weekend staying at the Belle Aire. The couple that runs the B&B are wonderful and the breakfasts are fantastic. The rooms have a lot of history and it made for an interesting stay.
4.2 on September 26, 2012
Jan and Lorraine were top notch in terms of friendliness. The rooms were spacious, clean and we enjoyed our weekend stay there. I would recommend this as a venue to stay at for anyone looking for a B & B in the Galena, IL area.
5 on September 25, 2012
Good value and good choice. Glad we picked em for our first of many Galena trips.
5 on September 23, 2012
We have stayed in most of the B&Bs in Galena, but this has been by far the best we have ever visited. The inn keepers Jan and Lorraine make you feel as if you are part of their family from the moment you arrive and until the momment you depart. The breakfasts they prepare are the very best and during the breakfast time the inn keepers are very engaged in the conversations at the table making the time very enjoyable for all. We will definately be back for more.
5 on September 05, 2012
This place was wonderful. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and the experience we had. We strongly recommend staying at the Belle Aire Guesthouse and Mansion. We plan to go back again someday maybe on our anniversary.
3.2 on August 30, 2012
Jan and Lorraine were friendly and accomodating. We felt very welcome. The B&B is charming, and quiet since it is outside of town and set back from the road. The room was nicely decorated and comfortable.
4.2 on August 01, 2012
The food was fabulous! The host and hostess were fun and embodied the spirit of a B&B.
4.4 on July 19, 2012
Lorraine and Jan always greet you at the door with a smile and hug to make you feel welcome. They are very informative of the sites to see and things to do and especially where to eat and relax. We have always learned something new about the area and local history during our relaxing breakfast and visiting with the other guests. Our rooms have always been spotless and we welcomed the air conditioning this past weekend when it was so hot and humid. My husband always enjoys his special cookie jar on the night stand.
5 on July 08, 2012
We enjoyed this, our first stay at a B&B. Jan and Lorraine are wonderful hosts and the accomodations were lovely, quiet and peaceful. The cost was less than any motel I could find. We enjoyed our time in Galena!
4.6 on July 02, 2012
Jan & Lorraine are the best. Go here if you want an experience of home away from home. Amenities aren't cutting edge, but who needs that when the people are so warm and friendly? A few minutes from downtown Galena, and a perfect place to relax for a weekend.
4.6 on June 14, 2012
Jan and Lorraine were exceptional hosts and the web site pictures of the Garden View Suite do not begin to do it justice. One of the better B&B rooms I have ever stayed in. Had a wonderful relaxing weekend.
3.8 on June 14, 2012
The innkeepers made the entire stay. Jan and Lorraine were so welcoming and very knowledgeable about the area. Staying with two people who truly love what they do made the stay so enjoyable!!
5 on April 25, 2012
Lorraine and Jan could not have been any more incredible! My husband and I had the privilege to stay with them and their hospitality was beyond what we expected. We would recommend this B&B to anyone that is looking to get away and wanting to be taken care of.
5 on April 04, 2012
My wife and I had the BEST TIME at the Belle Aire! This was our first time at a B&B and it was GREAT! Jan and Lorraine were most inviting. The breakfast was worth the making the trip all by itself. Definatly will go back.
5 on April 02, 2012
This was our first experience with a bed and breakfast. It far exceeded our expetations. Lorraine and Jan were great hosts who go out of their way to provide an enjoyable stay. We stayed in the Garde Vue room, with a jacuzzi and fireplace. It was a very romantic and very relaxing stay. The shopping in Galena is also a wonderful experience. Thanks again to Jan and Lorraine for making our stay special.
5 on March 14, 2012
One of the top B&Bs we have ever stayed at. Not in the thick of downtown, which was just fine with us. Most friendly and accomodating hosts we have ever had. Looking forward to staying with Jan and Lorreine again soon.
5 on January 18, 2012
My boyfriend and I stayed here over the Martin Luther King Day holiday to ski on Chestnut Mountain. Jan and Lorraine made us feel like we were staying with family! The food was great, the house clean and super cute, they were flexible with our accommadations and gave us great reccomendations! We will definitely stay here again!
5 on October 23, 2011
This stay was a surprise for my wife, celebrating a belated 20th anniversary. I set up the reservation in March for stay in October. Lorraine and I shared emails to finalize all the details; conformation and information letter sent to a friend's house, scheduling an hour-long in-room massage with Jerry, and a setting up a dinner reservation at The Log Cabin Greek Steakhouse. She even readjusted all of this after I had to change the from the original reservation because my wife couldn't get it off from work. The stay was wonderful! Jan and Lorraine made us feel at HOME. Breakfasts were delecious and the surroundings so quiet and relaxing. This was our first B&B stay and we're not sure if we would have ever found a more reasonably priced and satisfying place to be. Hats off to the Svecs.
3.8 on October 18, 2011
Very enjoyable stay. Accommodations were quite good, breakfast was good, and our hosts were most pleasant and very helpful.
3.6 on October 17, 2011
The inn is set back from the highway, and is very quiet and peaceful. The hosts are very friendly and welcoming. We would stay here again and recommend it to anyone planning a visit to Galena. The only drawback (a minor one) is that it is located a short distance from town and as a consequence you have to drive (and find a parking place) when you want visit the shops or go out to eat.
5 on October 15, 2011
You could have not asked for a better host. The couple took us to the downtown area so we wouldn't have to be in traffic. The breakfast was outstanding. I wish we could have stayed a few more days.
3.2 on October 14, 2011
The innkeepers were friendly and the room itself was as described. However, the inn was billed as "eleven secluded acres," which couldn't be further from the truth. It's on the main drag surrounded by fast food and other businesses. It was a fine place, but not what we expected.
4.2 on September 30, 2011
Lorraine and Jan were fabulous hosts. They made us feel at home immediately. They even emptied their garage so that we could park our motorcycles inside. In addition, they shared their knowledge of the area attractions and even took care of making reservations for us. We stayed for three nights and had wonderful breakfasts each morning. If you are looking for a comfortable place to stay, this is it! We would definitely recommend the Belle Aire Mansion to our friends.
4.0 on September 08, 2011
My weekend didnt start well but when i got to Belle Aire Mansion they meaning Jan and Lorraine were real sweet hearts. They have a very nice and clean place. We enjoyed. LaTonya, Chicago Il
3.6 on September 08, 2011
Jan & Loraine were great hosts. Good conversation at breakfast. Cooking was excellent. The blue room was spacious and clean and the chocolate chip cookies everyday was a nice touch. I would definitely recommend the Belle Aire Mansion to anyone who is looking for a nice getaway weekend.
5 on August 15, 2011
For all this place is, the greating was the most memorable. Before we were out of the car, they were coing out the door to greet us. Over the past 11 years we have stayed almost exclusively in BnBs. Maybe this has happened to you, but not to us. Whenever we needed something, it was provided with a smile. At no time did my wife and I feel like we were intruding into someone's life or we were asking them to help us with somethine "after hours." Conceirge services were complete. When we asked questions about resturants, etc, we got "the local" version and not the tourist bureau version. Without question when we return we will use this facility.
5 on August 12, 2011
The innkeepers, Lorraine and Jan are the best! They made us feel welcomed, the rooms are amazing, and the breakfasts were outstanding. This has been our second year going to Belle Aire Mansion and we have not been disappointed. If going to Galena you have to stay at the mansion with Lorraine and Jan. Michelle Barth Minonk, IL
4.6 on July 27, 2011
Lorraine and Jan were great hosts. Staying at this B&B was a wonderful experience. They made us feel so much at home. The room we stayed in was clean and comfortable. The breakfast was delicious and breakfast time with all the guests and the innkeepers was a lot of fun! We will definitely stay at Bell Aire Mansion again
5 on July 27, 2011
We absolutely LOVE this bed and breakfast. It's the only one we stay at when we go to Galena. The Curtisses
4.4 on July 22, 2011
The owners were so friendly and welcoming. They made us feel right at home. The service was absolutely wonderful and so were the breadfasts. The room and house were very clean. The owners made this such a wonderful experience for us that we will be going back.
4.8 on July 21, 2011
My fiancee and I recently stayed in the Blue Room at the Belle Aire Mansion Guest House. We had an absolutely wonderful time. Lorraine and Jan were like our Aunt and Uncle and will definitely be back again soon. We highly recommend the Belle Aire Mansion Guest House.
4.0 on July 20, 2011
It was nice to have a place to come back to during the day to relax from the hot weather. The breakfasts served were very good.
3.8 on July 12, 2011
My friend and I had a very comfortable and pleasant time at the BelleAire Mansion. Lorraine is very accomodating and friendly. Will definitely return! The chocolate chip cookies were delicious!
5 on July 06, 2011
Lorraine and Jan are awesome hosts!!! They made our stay at their B & B a most memorable one. We enjoyed talking with them at breakfast. They made us feel like part of their family. We'll definitely stay with them next time we visit Galena!!! Again, AWESOME place!!!!
4.2 on June 20, 2011
We stayed at the Belle Aire for two nights while we visited the historic town of Galena, IL. The owners, Jan and Lorraine are wonderful folks that seemed like old friends. The room we stayed in, the Canopy Suite, was quiet, spacious, and restful. The drive into town was only about 10 minutes, and Lorraine and Jan always had great suggestions about where to eat, what to see, and do. We would describe the Belle Aire as a "home away from home".
4.8 on May 23, 2011
My husband and I stayed at The Belle Aire Mansion Guest House for a long weekend. This was our first time at a B & B and our first time to Galena. Jan & Lorraine are the best. They made us feel like family. The breakfasts were amazing, and they will keep you laughing. Their adorable little dog Jordie was so friendly. We will be back.
5 on May 11, 2011
We had a great time. The hospitality of Jan & Lorraine was excellent. We would definetly go back again and again. Breakfast was delicious. The conversations were lovely, and the recommendations were spot on.
5 on May 04, 2011
The innkeepers Lorraine and Jan were awesome! They went above and beyond our expectations! It's such a beautiful setting, very quiet and away from downtown. We're planning to come back next year!
4.4 on April 27, 2011
My boyfriend and I just returned from a wonderful 4-day weekend stay at Belle Aire Mansion Guest House. The Innkeepers were very attentive and kind, and they were understanding of our food allergies and went out of their way to accommodate us. We had booked a suite, and the room really did live up to the high price tag. The hot tub was wonderful, relaxing, and easy to use. And, it was lovely to have enough space to comfortably eat breakfast in the room each morning. The view wasn't spectacular, but we were more concerned with relaxing indoors than looking outdoors. Belle Aire Mansion is a wonderful place to relax and rejuvenate, and I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to "get away from it all."
4.4 on February 24, 2011
Incredible hospitality given by Lorraine and Jan! Simply put what a B&B should be! We will defintely stay here again on our next vacation to Galena
4.0 on November 22, 2010
Lorraine and Jan are great hosts. The location is convenient for exploring the area.
5 on November 09, 2010
It was the first time we stayed at a B&B and were not sure what to expect. Lorraine and Jan were the nicest people ever and made us feel so welcome. I would recommend them and the B&B experience to all our friends and family. It is way better than a cold and impersonal hotel! Cathy Gischlar & Karen Shallow
4.8 on November 06, 2010
From the moment we arrived, we were greeted like family. When we would return at night, we were greeted with "Welcome home!" The rooms were great, the beds comfortable, and the whole place was very clean. I needed reservations for a couple of places, and Lorraine made them for me. I would recommend this B&B to everyone staying in the Galena area.
4.4 on November 02, 2010
A relaxing break in a friendly setting. We had massages and would highly recommend them! Such a nice service they offer!
4.6 on October 28, 2010
Outstanding hospitality, good and very accommodating owners, clean, well (if not, under) priced, and quiet. These folks make you feel like you’re at home. Highly recommended.
4.6 on October 19, 2010
Just stayed a weekend in Galena and it was worth every minute, mainly because of Belle Aire Mansion and Jan and Lorraine. This B&B was wonderful and we could not ask for anything more. The room was great, the breakfast was outstanding, and the hosts were what really made the weekend. They are willing to help in anyway and made us feel very comfortable, but more importantly, at home.
4.4 on October 17, 2010
Lorraine & Jan were very hospitable innkeepers. We enjoyed our stay at the Belle Aire very much--the area is beautiful with lovely vistas from the bedrooms. The food was absolutely delicious-the homemade chocolate chip cookies [a jar in every room] were too hard to ignore even if you are on a diet!
3.6 on October 13, 2010
Jan & Lorraine made us feel so welcomed! They were so friendly and available.
3.8 on September 27, 2010
Hosts were very cordial and hospitable and we helpful with directions to other attractions.
3.0 on September 23, 2010
I've been to a lot of bed & breakfasts and this stay was like staying at Grandma's or Auntie's house. The hosts could not be any nicer, very sweet couple and very chatty. The food was great. No complaints about this property but the rooms were very out dated and the only way I could describe it was that it was like you were staying at someone's house, not the way all B&Bs run. I felt as though I was intruding upon someone's living space.
5 on September 14, 2010
I arrived in galena for the weekend from chicago and i stumbled along this wonderful bed and breakfast near the galena golf course. This was exciting for me because i love to golf and the location was wonderful. I was welcomed with arms wide open from the wonderful owners jan and laurane svec, they were the most nice and sincere people i've ever met in my life. The feeling of comfort and relaxation is key in every getaway, and this bed and breakfast has it all. These wonderful people also have an amazing spa room with an excellent on-call massage therapist after a long day. So if your looking for something with great food, wonderful people, and an excellent vacation atmosphere this is a must visit.
5 on April 28, 2009
Just stayed at the Belle Aire Mansion and found it to be a very pleasant experience. Great breakfasts and an early coffee buffet for those up early. Yummy chocolate chip cookies and other snacks. Friendly innkeepers who welcome you home when you return for the day. Nice.
5 on November 27, 2008
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, my girlfriend and I had the pleasure of spending the night at this wonderful B&B. What an outstanding night. The rooms were extremely romantic. A fireplace and also a jacuzzi were included in two of the rooms. Fortunate for us, we had one of them. Quite a luxurious stay if I might add. If you are looking for a romantic getaway in beautiful town, this is the place to stay. The owners/operaters were extremely down to earth, and made us feel right at home. What a night!
4.4 on August 28, 2008
Our 1st time trying a B&B. It exceeded our expectations. The inn keepers were so welcoming I almost forgot we were paying to stay there! We were treated like old friends coming for a visit!
3.4 on August 11, 2008
The hosts were very warm and thoughtful of our needs. They enjoy exchanging stories with guests and also shop locally--we met them buying candy!!!
4.6 on August 05, 2008
Our hosts were wonderful, they served our breakfast early so we could still eat before we had to leave to get home in time to go to work.
5 on August 02, 2008
My husband and I stayed at the mansion for our 5 year anniversary. First time at a B & B. What a wonderful experience. Jan and Lorraine made us feel right at home! We recommend the Garden Vue Suite!! We ate in our room one morning and down in the dining room the next. We truly enjoyed visiting with the innkeepers. Such warm people! Highly recommended!!
3.8 on July 17, 2008
We enjoyed the visit. The hosts were great. Very relaxing. Stayed only one night but would go back. The grounds were well cared for and gardens beautiful.
5 on July 14, 2008
Excellent! I highly recommend Belle Aire to those looking for a Galena getaway.
4.6 on July 14, 2008
Belle Aire Mansion and their hosts, surprised us. This was our first B&B experience. Belle Aire is a handsome estate, Victorian/Country decor was lovely. My wife and I had a hard time leaving the dinner table and go play because the food, ambiance and fellowship was so engaging. Our hosts were engaging, friendly and went beyond call of duty in serving us.
5 on July 12, 2008
Our stay at the Belle Aire Mansion was wonderful. My husband and I brought our daughters to Galena for the first time. What a great experience. The Innkeepers, Lorraine & Jan, made us all feel at home. They were very helpful with recommendations of places to go and giving directions. The Blue room was very comfortable and cozy. The breakfast was delicious and they were very accomodating towards the children's appetites. We look forward to going back again soon!
5 on June 19, 2008
We had a fabulous 3 night stay at Jan and Lorraines home in Galena. We hadd a fantastic time, the welcome from the innkeepers was so warm, the grounds were immaculate and the food to die for!
4.6 on February 16, 2008
My husband and I took a five day four night stay in Galena and chose to stay at the Belle Aire Mansion just a few minutes outside of historic Galena. From the moment we walked into Jan and Lorraine's beautiful B&B we felt like we were at home. Both Jan and Lorraine were very friendly and outgoing; and we felt like we were part of the family. We stayed in the Canopy Suite which had a beautiful seating area, private bathroom, whirlpool tub and fireplace - we were shocked at how much space we had to move around. Every day our room was tidied up, our bed remade and a jar of fresh cookies was waiting for us on the dresser. Breakfast each morning was beyond phenomenal - Jan and Lorraine went out of their way to ask us if we wanted anything in particular and even cooked us custom omelets on our last day there. We were the only guests during our stay and every morning Jan and Lorraine kept us company during breakfast. Not only did they give us tips on places to eat and visit, but we also learned a great deal about their family and their time in Galena. My husband and I like to stay at different B&B's for the different experiences - but as long as Jan and Lorraine are the innkeepers the Belle Aire is the B&B we will continue to call home when we travel to Galena. Thanks Jan and Lorraine for everything!!
5 on February 10, 2008
On previous visits to Galena, we've stayed in town, but this time, we found that the acreage surrounding the Belle Aire provides a very pleasant and peaceful change. Our early morning walk around the property took around fifteen minutes, and was a great way to start the day. We came in from our walk, and Lorraine served our breakfast which provided the quality and quantity that we had hoped for. It was a highlight of our visit. The Inn Keepers are fabulous. Friendly and able to give advice on local attractions, and will let you know what you might expect at the local restaurants. We visited during October and were pleasantly surprised to find numerous hot air balloons being launched as part of a local festival, and we had front row seats, viewing the action from the front porch of the Belle Aire! All in all, a great weekend. We'll be back!
5 on May 06, 2007
We spent my birthday weekend in the Garden Vue Suite at the Belle Aire Mansion and loved every minute of it. Jan and Lorraine were excellent hosts and great cooks. Delicious cookies in your room!! I highly recommend the Belle Aire Mansion. We will definitely go back.