Farmers' Guest House
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking
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Historical Traveler Reviews Farmers' Guest House Galena
Full of charm!
We had a great time @ the Famers' Guest House. Convienently located near downtown Galena, this B&B was fantastic!. Proprietors Kathie & Jess Farlow were very warm and friendly. It was just like staying with old friends. The rooms were clean and comfortable, as were all of the common areas. Make Farmers'Guest House your place to stay if ever in Galena, Il.
Ready to book again
We truly enjoyed a three night stay at Farmers' Guest House. Our true remorse arrived the morning following our departure when we awoke to a chain hotel's presentation of a breakfast. We were considering phoning Kathie and Jess immediately to book a return visit - or finding out whether they might deliver any of their breakfast items. Thank you Kathie and Jess for a memorable get-away.
Karl & Nel
Been to Galena many times, but none where as great as when we stayed at the Farmers Guesthouse. Great people very friendly and inviting. The best breakfast in town, we have stayed so many times that we have seen just about every room, everyone is special and delightful. Being so close to town you needn't even drive your car to town. You go in as a customer and leave as a friend.
Extremely enjoyable stay
I've been going to the Galena area for many years but never stayed in one of the local B&Bs. Recently, I stayed at the Farmers' Guest House. The building was built in the 1860's so it was historical and beautifully decorated! Our room with private bath was comfortable, cozy, and very well maintained.
We enjoyed a wine and cheese social hour in the evening and a fabulous breakfast in the morning (the french toast was exceptional!). We were within easy walking distance of downtown Galena.
The innkeepers, Kathie, Jess and Charles, were very congenial and knowledgable about the Galena area. We particularly enjoyed hearing the history of the Farmers' Guest House.
A place not to miss!
The Best Reunion B & B Ever!
Our 7 siblings, 4 spouses, 5 cousins, and one grandchild converged on this B & B in Galena for three great days. This house comfortably hosts 22, and our crowd found the many comfortable common areas perfect for both small and large communing on and off during the day.
Jess and Kathie, our Farmers Guest House Hosts were dedicated to our enjoyment, providing a scrumptious breakfast each day, answering any questions about the area we might have, and connecting us with entertainment and local businesses.
The town of Galena was just a quick walk around the corner, and we enjoyed shopping and eating there each day. The trolley ride around this historic Midwestern destination was utterly fascinating!
I was a rainy dreary first day in town, but this B & B was so comfortable and engaging that we didn't mind at all.
Farmers' Guest House is outfitted with marvelous decorations, all the CD's and DVD's you might want to borrow, games, a piano, a hot tub, lovely garden areas - it's just tremendous. All of us remarked on our excellent beds and linens. We had such a good time there.
And I would enjoy it for just a cozy two person get-away also, because of the unique layout of the rooms. There is a suite with a jacuzzi on the ground floor which is lovely. I can't say enough for how perfect this whole experience was.
Kathie and Jess are experts at the hospitality business, and it is such a natural fit for them, that we left feeling we had discovered new friends. It is no wonder that they have so many lodgers who return to them.
Great!!! I would love to live here..
I love The Farmers Guest House... I've been there 6 times in less than a year..I have taken a total of 39 friends and family and they all loved it!!! Hope to be back before summer is over..Looking forward to Christmas the decorations are amazing..
One night is not enough
This is a wonderful facility in an extraordinary one of a kind town. The innkeepers are gracious, thoughtful and wonderful hosts.
The rooms are great and the rates are reasonable given the facilities. Breakfast is wonderful. These are the creme de la creme of innkeepers.
Few could imagine the delights of Galena, IL. but it offers many things for many interests - historic buildings, great retail, wonderful dining and great history.
You should do the place justice - both the inn and the town - and plan to stay more than one day.
Top Grades for Farmer's Guest House!
From the moment we stepped through the magnificent front door, we were welcomed with open arms to this beautiful establishment.
Jess showed us around the common areas while pointing out the numerous amenities. Hundreds of DVD's and CD's we could help ourselves to, a cookie jar to raid whenever we wished, complimentary bottled water and soda, along with ice and buckets. A big-screen television in the living area, along with an invitation to wine and cheese nightly at 6. Games, puzzles, and pictures galore made us feel at home right away.
We were then shown the upstairs library, where Jess told us coffee was brewing by 7 every morning. Again, pictures, games, and books were everywhere to enjoy.
We chose a standard room, which was immaculately clean, as was the entire inn. We were invited to peek into other rooms that were as yet uninhabited, and found the suites to be spectacular. (Next time!)
Breakfast was a treat, with tasty waffles, fruit, cereals, breads, egg dishes, juices, and bottomless cups of coffee! Kathie and Jess were entertaining, while serving our breakfast, and happy to sit and answer any questions we had about the inn or Galena in general.
Charles, a staff-member, was most enlightening with his horticultural knowledge while giving us a tour of the Lindmar gardens across the highway. He was also very entertaining with his stories, and though we were all strangers, we all left feeling like friends.
I can't recommend any B&B in Galena higher than the Farmer's Guest House. We've stayed in many B&B's in this little town and this was definitely a highlight to remember. The owners enjoy their work and do everything in their ability to make your stay in Galena a pleasurable experience. A+++++
More like Famer's Besthouse
We have stayed at this B&B several times now. It is much larger than your average B&B, in that it has something like 10 rooms (including "normal" rooms and suites), as well as an unconnected 2-floor cabin. The owners, Kathy and Jess, are extremely nice people who go out of their way to make your stay enjoyable (heck, Jess will even officiate your wedding). Same for staff member Charles.
The whole place is beautifully decorated and offers many conveniences. Like another review mentions, there are large dining and common areas chock full of decoration and character. A bottomless cookie jar features very tasty cookies. The fridge with pop, water, and milk (as well as the coffee and tea on the side) is invaluable. All rooms have a nice sized TV with DVD player, making the biggest problem selecting what movie you want to choose from their large collection.
Breakfast is also great. My favorite breakfast dish there thus far would be some sort of French toast marmelade dish that really must be experienced. The wine & cheese hour at 6 rounds things out nicely.
The Farmer's Guesthouse is also located on a main road just a couple blocks from downtown. This is a good thing because getting onto the sidestreets where some of the other B&B's are can be a bit confusing.
I will say that the Guesthouse was not our top choice the first time we went to Galena. It was short notice, and all the smaller B&B's were already booked solid, so we chose here. Definitely a fortunate turn of events, as we have not looked back since.
Five trips to date and going back again in Dec. 04 for trip #6 - excellent, more like an old Italian Inn then a B&B. Clean, beautifully decorated, large common areas (dinning and sitting rooms with big screen TV, lots of DVD and CD's to choose from) exellent breakfast each morning, wine & cheese at night, free soda/water/hot tea/coffee all hours, little treats (cookies etc), hot tub in a beautiful tree filled back yard, walking distance to the main shopping area and restaurants. You have a question the owners have the answer. This is a great place, don't miss it.
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