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 room4.9
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.9

Romantic anniversary celebration

5 on September 07, 2018

We had a wonderful stay. The grounds are magical. Our cottage was beautiful, spacious and private. There were lovely surprises and special touches everywhere. The best part was the lovely staff, Vincent, Davina and Michelle. They made our stay perfect. Their warm welcome, attentive service and desire to make our stay exceptional were wonderful.


4.2 on September 01, 2018

The cottage and grounds were exactly as portrayed in the online photos. The Stonewood Cottage has quality craftsmanship and is beautifully decorated. The staff was wonderful. The entire experience was just like stepping into a storybook - one that we will want to revisit often!

Absolutely Must Book a Stay

4.8 on August 22, 2018

Spent an anniversary weekend recently and was absolutely blown away in every aspect of our stay. From the moment we rang the bell to acknowledge our arrival until we checked out, we were treated like royalty. The service level is unmatched - period. Food was 5-star, and outstanding.

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5 on August 03, 2018

This B&B is a superlative experience. My wife and I have stayed at multiple Relais & Chateaux (this in is not) and I can say without equivocation that the two nights we stayed were as good or better than as any of those. The dining experience was great and they worked wonderfully with our constraints. I read reports and reviews about the inn prior to arrival referencing cleanliness and dated rooms and the only thing I can think is that these were reports from competitors because it was immaculately kept and detail oriented, inviting decor. There are only a few B&B’s at the Inn at Irish Hollow’s level in the entire Midwest and I would place this Inn at the top! As to the surrounding scenery, Galena,Il and the immediate vicinity is comprised of farmland with gentle rolling hills which in mid-July gave the impression of Tuscany with cornfields! Randy Robinson

Wonderful experience!

4.8 on July 23, 2018

We stayed at the Inn and it was a wonderful experience. The food and enhancements were all exquisite. The staff was incredibly friendly and wonderful to work with. We will definitely be back!

Special place to which none can compare

5 on July 23, 2018

We have been staying at Irish Hollow for years now. Ever since our first stay at the Stonewood Cottage, we have been in love with Irish Hollow! This place can honestly not be beat! From the gorgeous property to the service to the romantic atmosphere and friendly staff and owners, it is a terrific experience! This was our first time, staying in one of the suites, instead of a cottage. Our plans were very last minute and only suite number 2 was available. I can't tell you how extremely pleased we were with this suite! Everything was beautiful and couldn't have been done any better! The decor and the paint colors, furnishings, copper is all just beautiful!! We had a chance to talk to Bill one of the nights when we came in late. We were complimenting him on the awesome suites and he shared with us that he had done the paint...and I know he does many of the decorations, if not all and the gardening and the list goes on and on! He is obviously very talented and puts so much care into each room, creating a gorgeous atmosphere!! Every time we leave "the hollow", as we call it, we start planning our next trip! We are so thankful to have such a terrific place to stay where you can get away from the fast pace of life and truly relax! Such a special and incredible place! We will be back, again and again! Thank you to the staff and to all who make this such a special place! ¿¿

Romantic, Quaint, Cottage in the Country

4.8 on July 06, 2018

Our stay at this bed and breakfast was unimaginably wonderful. The most impressive part of our visit was the way we were treated. They spoiled us!! The food was exquisite. They delivered it to our room, beautifully presented. They tidied our room and left goodies. We had champagne and wine and the list goes on. I was so happy with our stay and we plan on going back to visit a different cottage some day!

Relax and get away with awesome food

3.6 on July 02, 2018

We return every year for a weekend of relaxation and to unplug from it all. Quiet setting with 500 acres to roam. The food is second to none. If you want to reconnect and enjoy the sounds of the country, this is the place for you. Service is exceptional and the staff is extremely friendly.

Everything was perfection

5 on June 30, 2018

If you are looking for a romantic getaway, this is the perfect place. They have thought of every detail to make sure that your stay is more than what you were hoping for. Can't wait to go back again.

Great weekend getaway

5 on June 18, 2018

Our two sons gave us a gift certificate for the weekend. We were promptly greeted upon arrival with fresh cookies and a quick check in. The cottage was wonderful, We had flowers waiting for us in the room. The champagne was properly chilled. The picnics were very special. The 7 course meal on Saturday is second to none. If you factor in the cost of the meals and other services, this was a fantastic value!

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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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