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Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages

2752 W Cording Rd, Galena, IL 61036-9747
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Contactless check-in
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Updated 28/07/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#3 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Galena
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You are invited to relax, restore and explore at Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages, a nature lover's Bed & Breakfast. We are located just 8 miles east of downtown Galena. Stroll our 10 secluded acres of meadows and gardens. Complete with a pond, walking trail, panoramic valley, and sunset views. Watch the birds, enjoy the porch swing, or relax in our gazebo, and make it your own private haven. Visit our goats, chickens, and honey bees. At Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages your accommodation choices include three rooms in the main house or four private cottages, and we also have a renovated barn that is available through full property rental or for day events. Each morning, wake up to a hearty full breakfast with home-baked pastries which is served in the dining room of the main house. When we decided (and it was a quick decision) that we wanted a lifestyle change, we decided on a Bed and Breakfast. We traveled the country and finally found Hawk Valley Retreat. After that, it was never a question about where we would settle, and we have never looked back. We invite you to join us in our little retreat away from life, where you can relax and pretend that the rest of the world doesn’t exist (at least for a few days). John and Jim, your hosts Each of our guests chooses to experience Hawk Valley Retreat in different ways. For many, it is simply sitting on one of the porches or in the gazebo and listening to what nature is offering that day. For others it is walking the property, stopping to identify a flower or bird, or perhaps simply taking the time to do nothing and being able to enjoy doing nothing. Breakfast discussions often include conversations about what everyone did the day before, shopping, dining out, seeing a show, massage, or providing colorful commentary on the outdoor activities they participated in such as kayaking, hiking, golfing, or maybe even ziplining. Not a day goes by when we don’t discuss some of the wildlife that we have seen, whether it be deer, wild turkeys, hummingbirds, hawks, or eagles. The best part of breakfast (besides the food) are the friendships that develop amongst our guests. The great thing about a trip to Galena Country is that it’s your story to write. Take on an outdoor adventure along the Mississippi River. Spend hours exploring the nooks and crannies of our many historic sites. Tap into your inner foodie and indulge in rich local flavors. Browse endless boutiques and shops featuring exquisite works of art from local artists. Soar the skies in a hot air balloon. Take a trolley around town. Or tee up a round of golf on our championship greens. Simply put, Galena Country has something for everyone. So, drive, run, hike, bike, or soar your way over here. We guarantee you’ll leave with a story to tell.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Canoeing offsite
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Conference facilities
Couples massage
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Full body massage
Adults only
BBQ facilities
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
First aid kit
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
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Air conditioning
Dining area
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Private balcony
Seating area
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
iPod docking station
Whirlpool bathtub
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Sosazzy wrote a review 24 Sep
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As soon as we arrived on the grounds we knew this was going to be a wonderful 2 day get away. From the fresh baked chocolate chip cookies...the views..the most comfy bed...the scrumptious breakfasts..the sounds of the crickets watching the moon on our back swing...John was a wealth of knowledge as to where to hike and bike. All the little touchs were so appreciated! A gem indeed!!
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from , Owner at Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages
Responded yesterday
Thank you. We always try to be helpful in directing our guests to activities we think they will enjoy, I am glad we succeeded!
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Katherine M wrote a review Jun 2020
Grinnell, Iowa17 contributions8 helpful votes
Property's Favourite Review
We loved our two-day stay at Hawk Valley. Our cottage was lovely, breakfasts delicious and the meal we ordered for our dinner was amazing. We felt completely safe despite the epidemic. If you need to get away for a while, we strongly recommend entrusting yourselves to the Innkeepers of Hawk Valley Retreat and Cottages. They have done all the careful thinking about how to keep you safe, so you can relax.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from HawkValleyInnkeeper, Owner at Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages
Responded 8 Jun 2020
Thank you, Katherine. We are so glad that we were able to be there and that you enjoyed your stay.
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Heidi S wrote a review 19 Sep
5 contributions1 helpful vote
John and Jim, the innkeepers at Hawk Valley Retreat in Galena Illinois, we’re absolutely amazing!! Our stay with them was just lovely. The grounds are so wonderful, spacious and the air smelled so magical. We were there for a wedding and wished we could have stayed longer. They covered every detail and made our stay wonderful. And the food! The breakfasts were an experience of different delightful and so tasty dishes each morning. We were stuffed with such good food and then could swing on the porch swing right outside the dinning area to take in the beautiful scenery. The retreat is close enough to downtown Galena for excursions and far enough away to feel like the busy world is very distant. I’m so thankful they shared their place with us! We will definitely be going back again.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from , Owner at Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages
Responded 6 days ago
Thank you so much for your kind words. We loved having you and your family stay with us and look forward to hosting you again.
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Mark H wrote a review 19 Sep
1 contribution
The place was amazing. The food was excellent and the property was breathtaking. We are definitely coming back. They were very hospitable. It is very close to a vineyard which was nice. Another must see i.e Galena Vineyards
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from , Owner at Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages
Responded 6 days ago
Thank you so much, we are so glad you enjoyed your stay. We are also so glad you liked our favorite vineyard, Galena Cellars, we agree that it is a must visit.
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Alysa W wrote a review 13 Sep
1 contribution
In 2020 we had to scramble to replan our honeymoon. We landed on Galena as it is only a few hours from our central Illinois home, but we had never been before. We chose Hawk Valley after looking at a few options online and we are so glad we did! We loved it so much in September of 2020 that we decided to return in September of 2021 for an anniversary/babymoon trip! We have stayed in the cottages both times and love the private and peacefulness of them. Cottages are CLEAN and UPDATED - not cluttered and dated like you find in many B&Bs. The property is beautiful and we enjoyed spending evenings in the gazebo and visiting the goats each day. The breakfast! Best breakfast I’ve ever had and so filling you can just have a snack for lunch. John and Jim are so nice and I highly recommend Hawk Valley for your next getaway!
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from , Owner at Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you so much! Congratulations on the upcoming birth. We look forward to seeing you again and again.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages
Which popular attractions are close to Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages?
Nearby attractions include Galena Cellars Winery (4.2 km), Thunder Bay Falls (7.7 km), and A Bushel And A Peck Country Store (6.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, barbeque facilities, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages?
Conveniently located restaurants include Woodlands Restaurant at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, Council Hill Station, and Woodstone Restaurant.
Are pets allowed at Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Ulysses S. Grant Home (12.7 km), Root Beer Revelry (13.0 km), and Washburne House State Historic Site (12.9 km).
Is Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.