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Galena Log Cabin Getaway

2.5 out of 5.0

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Me and my mom just wanted to visit the Alpaca's and walk the grounds like it had stated on the website. We visited this "farm" last summer. The word weird doesn't even describe it. The address was to some back country, out of the way road which led to rundown cabins and weeded fields with only two alpacas. There was nobody around and it was so creepy we turned around and drove from that backwoods disaster like someone was actually trying to kill us. Such a bizarre place. Although we still get a good laugh that this is supposed to be such a lavish "alpaca and goldendoodle farm". Good one.

I called here to ask about visiting their alpacas. The person who answered the phone said, “I’m busy shopping and don’t really have time to talk to you. What is it you want?”. I said I was interested in visiting with a group of knitters. Her response was that most of the alpacas were off limits unless you were a guest on the property. I said we were looking to visit on Sunday of the next weekend and I asked about taking an alpaca for a walk, which is an activity promoted on the website. She sharply replied, “Well, you know that’s not free.” I wasn’t aware of that because there is no mention of a fee on the website. I was told, “I’m very busy with guests and I probably won’t have time for you. You can call me a half hour before you are going to arrive and I can let you know then if I have time. It’s a lot of work.”. Needless to say, we did not visit because clearly we would be imposing and putting them out. It’s not that we were looking to get something for nothing, but this person was so rude I didn’t inquire further about their fees because I decided I would never spend a dime at this business.

This is a difficult review to write. I must first state that our encounters with Ruth, the owner, could not have been more positive. Ruth was very, very nice and she provided us so much information about local attractions that she felt may have been of interest to our family, as well as discounts we could find on Groupon. She also insisted on providing extra bedding for our comfort even when we did not ask. With that being said, I feel that Ruth and her family may not be able to care for the property and provide needed repair and upkeep. Please note that our family tents camps and have stayed in cabins before. This is a cabin and we expected a rustic setting. However, when you are paying the rates charged, and when you read the description and look at the pictures, I was expecting more of a B&B experience. On the contrary, what we experienced was a cabin that was dusty, the floors were also dusty and grimy, there were piles of dead bugs in corners, there were cob webs hanging from the ceiling everywhere, several spindles on the rocking chairs held together with electrical tape, and the bathtub was dirty with very poor upkeep. The toilet and sink were old but clean. You are provided with a gallon of water to make coffee and brush your teeth as the well water smells very, very strongly of metal which lingers in the air and on your skin for about 10-15 minutes after washing. The continental breakfast is delivered to your cabin and consists of packaged yogurt, packaged fruit cups, and pre-packaged cinnamon rolls. The landscaping was overgrown with weeds and there were several wasp nests on our cabin. The Alpaca's were there but the owners no longer breed goldendoodles. I hope the owners are able to find away to turn this property around. The cabins are very cute and the property is beautiful. My feeling is the owners have come on hard times and have not been able to put money into the place, not that they do not care. I just wanted people to be aware of what the property was like for the money you are paying.

Similar to others, I was aware of the mixed reviews but decided to give the cabin a go. The cabin itself is OK but the price is astronomical for what you get. We spent a little over two weeks touring Wisconsin and Illinois staying in fancy hotels, budget motels and camping. This was the most expensive accommodation of the entire trip and, sadly the most disappointing. Positives: It is close to Galena It is rustic The owner Ruth, is very friendly and helpful. The cabin was air-conditioned Negatives: For the price I would expect a better standard, for example the TV is ancient and the sound was distorted making it uncomfortable to watch The cabin was quite fly ridden (which I realise can happen in the countryside) but old fly paper next to the window was full of dead flies and appeared to have been there for some time. Iris also quite difficult to sleep with flies buzzing around and landing on you as you're trying to drop off The cabin is very dark and the lighting isn't great. Just felt a bit depressing returning to a dark room with no view. There are odd touches like an old Christmas tree, dusty teddy and frilly over the top shower curtain across a stained bath adding to a feeling that things are more run down than shabby chic We were given a breakfast basket and water when we arrived. I didn't realise this would be the only coffee, water and plastic disposable spoons we would be given as we were there for 2 nights. We had to ration drinking water on morning 2 and recover spoons from bin to wash. Breakfast was very sugary - highly processed muffins/buns - no choice which again at the price was more of a cheap motel breakfast. (Don't get me wrong I like a cheap motel, you get what you pay for) not here! The grounds are not landscaped in any way. We were provided with two camping chairs to use outside the cabin. There was no where obvious to sit, we looked out on the alpaca enclosure which was really a muddy bit of ground with a large murky puddle. Had I paid half the price I think I would still have been disappointed, but it was the cost which really made it difficult for me. I don't think it would take much to make the experience much more pleasant - better lighting, a bit of TLC around the site and some home comforts like a TV which works and free access to drinking water and food that isn't going to turn you diabetic in a mouthful. I just feel I was ripped off, especially as we went on to a 5 star Chicago hotel for which we paid less and checking prices around Galena whilst we were there I think we would have had a much more positive experience. As it was we avoided the cabin as it wasn't a pleasant place to spend any time in or around. Sorry - I try to be balanced in my reviews. Some people may love this, but I think for the money there are much better choices out there.

Before staying at the Log Cabin Getaways, we read quite a lot of reviews. It seemed like this place was either lover (5 stars) or hated (1 star), with really no reviews covering the middle. Well, we decided to give them a shot and booked for a weekend. I'm glad we did, the cabins were lovely and the hospitality of the owners is amazing. Now to be fair, these cabins are basic and very much the rustic charm you can expect from a cabin in the woods. The one we stayed in had a bed on the main floor, rocking chairs, tv, mini fridge and microwave, second bed in the upstairs loft area, fireplace, and bathroom. 4 adults or a small family can fit comfortably in the cabin. There is no wifi (none was promised or advertised). So if you need to be connected online, keep that in mind. The view of the stars at night is amazing. You will really be able to see you shadow by the light of the moon. This is a great place to stay for star gazing. Alpacas were onsite an out our entire stay. We were able to get them to come over to us with some grass. They were really neat to see. The location is also a plus, just being a short drive (maybe 10 minutes) to Galena. The only real let down was that the bathroom could use some repair or updating (everything did work and was functional). We were caught off guard by the sulfur (best guess) smell in the water, I'm pretty sure it's from well water. We knew it would hurt anything or the scent doesn't stay after showering, but it might catch you off guard. There was a gallon of drinking water supplied when we arrived, so no worries about what to drink. Overall the stay at the cabin was a pleasant experience and wonderful for star gazing. It is a very rustic and basic set up as I mentioned. If you are looking for internet access and more amenities, you may want to keep looking. If you just want to get away and relax away from it all, this place may just be for you.

Quiet and romantic spot that is close enough for a short drive (less than 15 minutes) into downtown Galena. Bars/ restaurants/vineyards-wine tastings all at your disposal. See photos for the layout of the cabin. Allows dog as well. Host was absolutely amazing!!

This place is really in the middle of nowhere. The log cabin is very primitive. If you are interested in experience life in the rural and basic, this is the place for you. If you need modern convenience, this is not the place for you. It does not have Wifi , soften water, carpet, or lots of lighting and you may live next to a beehive. But the owner's hospitality is 2nd to none. She makes sure that we have breakfast everyday, our kids have enough bedding to sleep on. She offer her advice on whatever we need. There is also a pair of binocular in each room for you to view the stars. We stayed here because we want to see milky way. It is a place highly recommended by some stargazers. I think people either love it or hate it.

This place is past its time ...it's actually scary in every sense. We were very disappointed with this place specially since their website made it look like a special place. I recommend families to stay away.

Actually, be careful if you book here. We booked online and were called 2 hours before checkin to be told there was no room for us. After a half-hearted apology, the explanation was " things happen." We never did see the rooms, but if this is an indication of how this hotel operates, we are hopeful it will be out of business soon.

We stayed here for a wedding in Galena. Its an easy drive to the shops downtown and very close to most of the wedding venues. The cabin was rustic without being overly so and it was lovely to wake up to the alpacas grazing out front. Also, it was so quiet and the sky was beautiful at night. This would be a wonderful place to travel with a dog, lots of running space. The breakfast basket delivery was a nice touch and the DIY/no-fuss check in was very easy for traveling folks unsure of when they would get into town. Also, the owners found something I forgot at the cabin, contacted me immediately and are shipping it to me. Super nice of them!

9401 West Hart John Road Galena IL

Hotel highlights

  • Free continental breakfast

Located within a mile (2 km) of Casper Bluff Land and Water Reserve, Galena Log Cabin Getaway is within 3 miles (5 km) of Horseshoe Mound. This 5-room bed & breakfast welcomes guests with in-room amenities like kitchens, fireplaces, and sitting areas.


Dining

Free continental breakfast is included with your stay.


Rooms

Guests can expect to find a TV with satellite channels and a DVD player. Other standard amenities include a kitchen, a fireplace, and a sitting area.


Property features

Helpful staff is there to provide tour or ticket assistance, as well as offer insight about the area.

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Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

51.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 49 reviews