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Historic 4br,1bath Home, Walking Distance from Downtown, Beautiful Views of City

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,365 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Historic 4br,1bath Home, Walking Distance from Downtown, Beautiful Views of City

Union house hotel is now a private residence with 1 queen bdrm, 1 full bdrm, 2 single bdrms & flexsteel queen sofabed in lr. 1 full bath, fully appointed kitchen, beautiful dr with seating for 10, lg lr & cozy den. Just blocks from grant park, walk/bike path, restaurants and pubs, shopping, visitors cnter, grant's home, museums, wine tastings carriage rides and ghost tours. A short drive to championship golf courses, horseback rides and trails, swimming, balloon rides, skiing, fishing, casinos,

Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
16 October, 2017


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Galena in Jo Daviess County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2365 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Senior Adults Only Community ...
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
This private home is one of the most historic places in the city. The views from all the large windows capture the beauty of the region. Situated between two walking bridges and just two blocks from Grant Park, the location could not be more perfect! There is also a 5 mile walking and. bike path directly behind the property


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(6 traveller reviews)

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Historic 4br,1bath Home, Walking Distance from Downtown, Beautiful Views of City
average rating of 3.5 based on 6 reviews

Great Home and Location!

  • 5 of 5

This home worked perfectly for our needs. It was within walking distance of the downtown. Plenty of parking.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Brian for your 5 star review! I can't tell you enough how much we appreciate such gracious guests! We hope that you can return for another Galena Getaway very soon. Carla
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Great Location for experiencing downtown Galena

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful weekend at this historic house. It is very old, but has a lot of character. It was very clean, extremely spacious, and the owners were very responsive. They met us to open the house for us, and checked in with us on Saturday by text to make sure we were settled. The house couldn't be in a more convenient location. It is just a bridge walk away from downtown. This is exactly why we picked the house, for the location and spaciousness. We had two families fit comfortably. Kids loved the house and thought the decor was great.

Would stay again.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Rori for your lovely review. We were so happy that your two families could spend a beautiful weekend in Galena. Our home is very historic and was built in 1839 and was the original hotel for the area before the DeSoto House was built downtown. It was also the first stagecoach stop and livery for the area during the Civil War. Galena is steeped in wonderful history and is a great place for a weekend getaway for two people of a group or a family like yourselves. We hope you can find some time to spend with us in the future as you were just perfect guests. We look forward to your next visit. Carla
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Great Location... Interesting Stay

  • 1 of 5

First let me say, the location of this rental is perfect - definitely within walking distance to downtown Galena.

The home itself was...meh. The home leaves a lot to be desired. Also, I tried calling and texting the owner multiple times in advance of our stay and received no response until it was too late and we were there already. It was truly frustrating. The home is very old, there is plywood on the outside it looks like covering a hole in the siding? The entrance you walk into has a pile of "junk" sitting around as soon as you get in the door.

First, the upstairs toilet ran the whole first day and night we were there. The owners did come to check on it Saturday, but if they had been actively taking care of the home, I'm not sure why this wasn't fixed BEFORE we showed up. It interrupted our morning. There were also a lot of SPIDERS. I am allergic to some spider bites, so this was no good for me.

Second, it was SOOOO HOT upstairs where we were trying to help - AC in the bathroom and ceiling fans did not help AND we were there in OCTOBER. THERE IS NO CENTRAL AIR.

In addition, it was WAY over decorated - At some point, less is more. it took away from the feeling of the historic home. It was also just clean enough.. but not as clean as I would expect for a vacation rental - old/historic or new.

MAJOR DISCLAIMER : We were also asked to pay cash for additional fees that were not included in the VRBO listing. For example, we brought our 2 small dogs (for the Dachshund Races - 4 lbs and 10lbs) and had specifically chose this place for that reason. We selected the traveling with pets option before checkout, so we were shocked when we were asked to pay extra when we got there. We also called ahead and left messages multiple times (my phone records show 4 calls to be exact) to let them know that our friends also decided to join us - they wanted extra cash for this, but the sheets in the rooms had not been changed for their arrival and joining us. HOW CAN YOU CHARGE EXTRA FOR A DIRTY BED?! We paid it, but truly - that is why I used the website! When I leave cash, what is to say that the owner will not also come back and request extra fees from my deposit or through the website?

Basically, I gave it 1 star despite it being in a great location. Next time, we'll deal with downtown parking.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our home is a beautiful Galena gem and has been lovingly restored internally and the restoration work is being continued on the exterior. When guests book with us it is important for them to view the website for the listings of amenities, rates and fees as well as pet accommodations. All info is provided on the webpage for your convenience. When I confirmed your reservation 24 hours before your arrival, you were only 2 guests. The rate that you booked did not include other persons or animals. These additions are listed on the Homeaway rental quote. It is also important to remember that this property is a private residence and not a motel. Any pet friendly hotel/motel would charge $75.00 for a single pet. To date, I have not received the $35.00 pet fee and did not deduct it from the deposit. Also, all clean linens and towels are provided for you in the linen closet. The home is professionally cleaned and beds freshly made upon the day of your arrival for the amount of guests you will be expecting for your visit. The comments about the decor are also unfortunate as there are 24 full photos on the website for your viewing. You should have chosen another property if you were looking for a different type of place. The toilet was not broken and needed a minor adjustment as well as the air conditioning units where running at 72 degrees when my husband double checked them. He provided a large floor fan and was on the property for just 5 minutes as not to disturb you. This a wonderful home and a great place to enjoy Galena and this absurd review should be viewed for what it is. We welcome all new visitors to our home and know you will enjoy your stay as so many others have. Carla Coppotelli
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Old home that needs some TLC and an exterminator

  • 2 of 5

Overall, the property served it's purpose and the owner, Carla, was very attentive to our needs. Unfortunately, we will would not consider staying there again as we found mouse stool in the pull out couch, multiple bugs throughout the house, and a water leak in the ceiling. Needless to say we were checking mattresses for bed bugs, which appeared to be negative, since one bed had 8+ bugs on top of it and was on the phone with another hotel at 2 AM looking for alternative places to stay. If you do stay here, use lights minimally at night to decrease the attraction of bugs. Thankfully, nobody appeared to endure bug bites, however we were all on edge going to sleep. Parts of the house had an unpleasant odor.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location, location, location!

  • 4 of 5

We visited Galena for a girls' trip, and we can't say enough about the location of this rental. Not only is it walking distance to the shopping area, but you walk through a beautiful park to get there. The house met all of our needs. Anything that we needed was available to us. While the decor of the house was a bit much, the character that it gave the house provided for a very "homey" feel and good conversation points. The house sits on a quiet street in a neighborhood that is just as cute as can be! We had a blast in Galena!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Allison for the very nice review. We are so happy that you were comfortable and happy with your stay. It is always a pleasure to have a girl's group for the weekend to shop, dine and generally have a good time. Please come back to Galena soon and rebook with us at Union House. Carla
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Convenient location to downtown!!

  • 4 of 5

We 4 ladies very much enjoyed our stay at this historical home! Luckily, we each had a bedroom; although we shared 1 bedroom. But it worked!!

The home is a bit over decorated, which we were prepared for, because the photos show this on line.

After removing all the plugin room fresheners (migraines and allergies), the floral smell was not too overwhelming. (Understanding old sometimes comes with stale.)

The location is ideal if you want to be downtown. We never moved the car and the walk bridges are close enough to walk over to the popular shopping and dining side of the river!! However , down the street is from the house is another restaurant we enjoyed very much - Otto's Place!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you ladies for your kind review. We are always happy to know that you enjoyed your stay and could get around with ease and convenience. Parking is at a premium downtown, so being able to leave your car and walk to shopping and restaurants is a big plus. We hope you can join us in the future! Carla Coppotelli
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Galena, USA

Rental Basis:
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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £227.46
Property Damage Protection £44.73
Cleaning fee £56.87
Tax Rate 15.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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