Inn At Irish Hollow and Country English Cottages

2800 S Irish Hollow Road , Galena, IL 61036 USA (Show map) Diamond Collection

Professionally Inspected & Certified Diamond Collection


The INN at IRISH HOLLOW and COUNTRY ENGLISH COTTAGES is rated the best Country Inn in the Midwest. Set on 500 acres of magnificent rolling hillsides and valleys, the Inn offers the perfect setting to reconnect and be pampered in the heart of Galena's picture-perfect countryside. Guests enjoy personalized comfort, superb hospitality and lush amenities designed to thrill the most sophisticated traveler. The Irish Hollow award winning kitchen creates gorgeous meals hand-crafted from the world's finest natural and organic ingredients, along with selections from the Inn's own organic farm gardens. The lavish Full Country Gourmet Breakfast is served daily. The tremendous seven-course Candlelight Dinners are included in the seasonal packages. The onsight Massage Staff provides Hot Stone Therapy Massage which integrates the best techniques from around the world, ranging from a 75 minutes to a 2 1/2 hour experience. The 500 acre estate is cut with miles of hiking trails, streams, rock outcroppings, wooded ridges and connects to a 1500 acre nature preserve. Featured as a favorite by The New York Times, The Chicago Sun-Times, Midwest Living, Glamour and Country Living magazines.




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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.9

Irish Hollow

4.8 on February 22, 2018

Great place, would recommend it to anybody. Thx again


4.8 on February 03, 2018

Treat yourself & your significant other to a wonderfully indulgent'll never forget it!!!

Absolutely amazing weekend getaway!

5 on January 26, 2018

Took my girlfriend here for a weekend getaway to celebrate her birthday and it was absolutely amazing! The room was incredible, the staff was so welcoming, the food was delicious and the entire experience was relaxing and wonderful. They met all of our needs and willingly made accommodations to allergy/food restrictions. Overall it was just amazing and we can’t wait to go back!

Wonderful pampered stay

5 on January 20, 2018

We spent two nights in the olde orchard cottage Beside a warm fire and beautiful surroundings. Gourmet breakfast was served in our room each morning and our seven course dinner in the Inn was outstanding. We had temperatures in the zero range but were toasty warm in the cottage. Plenty of firewood is supplied for the gorgeous fireplace and we were greeted with a bottle of champagne and box of gourmet candy’s. The grounds are beautiful and the hiking trail right outside the door leads you through the back woods. The cottage is spacious and was decorated for the holidays in every corner and cranny. The bed and sheets were heavenly and the service was impeccable

Wonderful experience in a wonderful setting

4.2 on January 13, 2018

My wife and I always try to spend a couple of days away during the Christmas season. We chose Galena, IL as our destination and the Inn at Irish Hollow because of an article my wife remembered reading a couple years ago. The Inn lived up to it’s billing. It is a uniquely beautiful Inn that is located in a rural setting that is just as beautiful. Candlelight dinner in our cottage the evening we arrived was more than I expected as was breakfast which was served in the main inn the next morning (we could have had breakfast brought to our cottage as well). The Inn was very accommodating to ensure that we enjoyed the meals we were served and the portions were enormous. The French maid’s cottage was well kept and meticulously decorated - meeting our standards for comfort and expectations of old world Victorian charm. Both the quiet Christmas music and The fireplace being ready to light we’re nice surprises when we walked into our cottage. The experience at the inn at Irish hollow was very serene and added joy to our Christmas this year.

Inn at Irish Hollow is in a class by itself!

5 on December 28, 2017

My wife and I enjoyed a long weekend at the Inn at Irish Hollow to celebrate our anniversary. The time was truly magical, thanks to the innkeeper and staff paying attention to every little detail. Our food was off-the-charts delicious and creative. The newly renovated guest room was absolutely breathtaking but still relaxing and comfortable. We wish the calendar would rush by so we could be there again for another anniversary stay!

A new tradition

4.8 on December 25, 2017

When my wife and I walked into our cottage it’s was a breath taking moment. They rooms were all decorated for Christmas like something out of a hallmark movie. The service was outstanding as were the accommodations. My wife and I will make this a yearly tradition. Having a few days of peace and quiet away from the world was needed.

The peaceful, relaxing, nourishing Inn at Irish Hollow

5 on September 24, 2017

Our 5th stay at this remarkable country inn proved just as wonderful as the 1st visit years ago. Amazing dinner and breakfast delivered to the well-equipped cottages, wood-burning fireplaces, screened porches, several well-maintained walking trails, and a friendly, efficient staff make for a relaxing getaway. The Inn is less than a calf hour from historic Galena. Lee and Wendy

5th stay

5 on September 13, 2017

Recommend Inn at Irish Hollow for a most restful, peaceful getaway

Love the Inn at Irish Hollow

5 on July 18, 2017

This was our second time staying at the Inn, and we weren't disappointed!!! It lived up to the expectations we remember from our first visit. They are so accommodating at the Inn -- we needed to leave early on our day of checkout, but they made sure to make us some breakfast for the road!!! The dinner they brought to our room was also excellent. And the cottages are darling - so beautifully appointed and tucked away with full privacy in the woods. Can't wait to go back for another stay.

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Rooms & Rates

The Stonewood Cottage

Absolutely exquisite English Countryside Cottage for two, featuring huge limestone wood-burning fireplace in both the bedroom and the sitting room, leathered walls, and beautiful amenities. The all-marble bathroom has large double whirlpool, walk-in shower and separate stool room. Huge King poster bed overlooks fireplace. The furnishing are comfortably gorgeous, on hardwood floors and oriental rugs. Wet bar features espresso maker, fridge small appliances, coffee/tea service. The screened sitting porch overlooks the lush hillside and casual gardens at Irish Hollow. Romantic Getaway, plus!

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

Nightly Rate: $240 - $425

The Olde Orchard Cottage

Grand Cottage for two at the base of the antique apple orchard, with wood-burning fireplace in both the bedroom and the sitting room. A huge all-granite bathroom features double whirlpool and step-in shower. Remarkably beautiful furnishings and accessories throughout, with screened sitting porch, perfect for a romantic breakfast for two (delivered to your door on request). Hardwood and granite floors, wet bar with espresso maker, fridge and the works, stereo system. The picture perfect spot for romance!

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

Nightly Rate: $240 - $425

The French Maid's Cottage

Gorgeous Historic Cottage set in it's own Garden. Originally built for the French Maid in 1880s the cottage has been preserved and updated with beautiful bath with large double whirlpool, walk-in shower and separate stool room. The two-sided fireplace is open to both the bedroom and the sitting room. Wonderful overstuffed funishings, gorgeous woodwork, hardwood floors, oriental rugs and beautiful amenities, coupled with the Inn's magnificent food makes this the perfect romantic stay in the country.

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

Nightly Rate: $245 - $445

The Gardner's Cottage

A Magnificent Romantic Cottage for two. Huge stone fireplace in both the living room and the bath on the spa tub deck. Custom decor with gorgeous furnishings, elaborate comfort, and scintilating views. Every amenity that you could hope for, plus! The details, such as customized Ipod, WiFi, sumptuous bedding, two person shower room with body sprays and rain, A must-stay! Beyond the ultimate Galena Bed and Breakfast!

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

Nightly Rate: $425 - $595

The Station House Cottage

The ultimate Galena Getaway Cottage! Every detail has been considered for your ultimate visit to the Galena Countryside! Stunning decor, detailed amenities, and every conveniece await your visit. Perched on the old railbed, the views dfrom the cottage are spectacular. Wood-burning fireplace in both the bath and sitting rooms, screened lounge porch, delivered breakfast, custom designer furnishings, lush linens, WiFi, and wet bar all combine to provide for the perfect private romantic getaway that you have been needing!

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

Nightly Rate: $425 - $595

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Location Type



Dubuque, IA (DBQ) 19 miles

Directions to property:

From Chgo: I-90 to Rockford, Hwy 20 West past Elizabeth, IL 3 miles to Rodden Road, left 2 miles to Irish Hollow Rd., right 1 mile to property. From Dubuque: Hwy 20 East, over the Mississippi River, past downtown Galena, over the Galena River to Blackjack Road, right 3.3 miles to Irish Hollow Rd., left 3/4 mile to "Y" in road, LEFT!!! to remain on Irish Hollow Rd. 5.5. miles to property. From Platteville, WI: Hwy 84 South to Galena, Hwy 20 East past downtown Galena, over the Galena River to Blackjack Rd., right 3.3 miles to Irish Hollow Rd., left 3/4 mile to "Y" in road, LEFT!!! to remain on Irish Hollow Rd. 5.5 miles to property.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Hot Air Balloon Rides, Horseback Riding, Canoeing/kayaking, On-site Massage Spa, Eagle/Bird watching, Christmas Events, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Cottage, Historic Inn, Farm, Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, Piano, Telephone, Wedding Facilities , Bicycles/helmets, Picnic Baskets, Valet Service

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Turndown Service, Wet bar, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, 500 acres with miles of Hiking Trails, Horse-drawn Buggy Rides, Candlelight Dinners, Couples Massage, Downhill skiing, Picnics, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails

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  • Check In:: 4:00pm/flexible
  • Check Out:: 12:00pm/flexibl
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only On exterior porches only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Outside only
  • Suitable For Children: No Suites and Cottages are designed for one couple
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night wknd packages
  • Deposit Amount Required: Credit card guarantee or Check for 50 percents of entire bill required with all reservations.
  • Cancellations: Due to the Inn's intimate size and exclusive location, 30-day cancellation required for full refund, (less $50.00 administrative fee). If cancellation occurs within 30 days of arrival, (regardless of when reservation was made), the customer is responsible for the reservation in full. We will happily credit any amount the the reservation staff is able to sublet. Regretfully, No exceptions.
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Tony Kemp / Bill Barrick

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  • Time Served: 9:00-10:00 or by request
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining room, Breakfast Room, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian gluten free, vegan, all special diets

Signature Dish

Seasonal Candlelight Dinners
The Irish Hollow kitchen is renown for world-class fare served in the simple surroundings of the Old General Store Dining Room. Menus are hand-crafted from natural and organic ingredients from around the garden, the area and the world. Extraordinary meals such as the Summer Countryside Picnic, the Autumn Harvest Dinner, and the Old World Christmas Dinner, thrill connoisseurs year-round. Amazing pastries, uniquely delicious breakfasts, outrageous dinners, handmade chocolate, and out-of-this-world pillow cookies keep guests begging for the Inn's well-kept secret recipes. Our kitchen skillfully and delightedly accommodates special dietary needs and preferences and specializes in GLUTEN-FREE alternatives.

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