Four Levels of Luxury in the Middle of Nature [#263784ha] | View Property
5 Bedroom, 5 full Bathrooms, 2 half Bathrooms, Sleeps 12
$569 - $669/nt US Dollars
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Great For Big Groups
Great For Big Groups
This place was excellent! My family and I stayed here over Christmas and the owner was nice enough to set up a tree for us. The description provided was accurate, the place was very clean and the rate was quite reasonable. I would certainly recommend this to a friend.
- Guest Tim (Chicago, IL USA)
- Date of stay 12/22/12
- Review Submitted 12/27/12
Owner response: Happy to hear you enjoyed your stay. The tree has become a tradition that the our whole family takes part in. Thank you for taking the time to write a review and Happy Holidays to you and your family.
Perfect house for a winter ski weekend with friends. Beautiful kitchen attached to awesome bar area with a great juke box. House is unique and comfortable. Easy to access main roads and head to town/skiing. Owners were great and very easy to work with. Might even have to come back this summer!!
- Guest Jon L. (Chicago, Illinois)
- Date of stay 02/10/12
- Review Submitted 02/19/12
Owner response: We are happy to hear you had a geat time. Come back and see us anytime. Thank you for taking the time to write a review.
Christmas in Galena Territory
Christmas in Galena Territory
Once again, the home in the Galena Territories provided many Christmas memories that will be remembered for years. Mother Nature even contributed with an unpredicted couple of inches of snow on our "Christmas Eve" experience. The drieway and steps were cleared first thing the next morning, so we had no inconvenience from the snow. The hill next to the house made for ideal sledding for the grandkids. To say that this vacation home is perfect in every way would be an understatement. Looking out over the wooded area in the morning we caught glimpses of deer, rabbits, squirrels and even a lone coyote. One of the grandkids was given a camera for Christmas, which got a real workout almost immediately it. It is hard to put in words how fantastic the inside of this home is. Nothing is left to the imagination. It has it all, from the enormous bedroom suite upstairs to the hot tub on the deck.. This home is clean,easy to find and has amenities that make any vacation a memorable experience. The many decks give fantastic views of the woods and golf course. There is even a game room down a hallway that can be enjoyed without noise carrying throughout the rest of the home. I would definately recommend this home to anyone. My grandkids, as well as their parents and great grandmother all agree with me on this. We had a wonderful Christmas weekend.
- Guest Jim D.
- Date of stay 12/16/11
- Review Submitted 12/19/11
Owner response: We are happy that we have been able to be part of your Christmas experience in such a positive way. We had nothing to do with the dusting of snow but will gladly take credit for it. The wild life in the Territories is spectacular and the best time to get a gimps of it is during the winter months. We never tire of it! Thank you for taking the time to write a review and Happy Holidays to you and your family.
FABULOUS! Great, user friendly and beautiful home. The trip was easy from start to finish. This home contributed to memories for our children and grandchildren that were above and beyond our expectations. Home is very well equipped especially the kitchen. No need to drag along your big casserole dish to make your favorite breakfast....it's there (yes! I brought mine along with other items that I did not need because the home was so well stocked). Love! Love! Love! this place for any occasion or to just get away from the hustle bustle. Our family will be making efforts to make an annual visit.
- Guest Teresa G.
- Date of stay 10/28/11
- Review Submitted 11/09/11
Owner response: We were happy to hear you enjoyed your stay. Since we have a large family ourselves it was not hard to think big when we stocked the kitchen. Thank you for taking the time to write a review.
Very pleased - and we will be back.
Very pleased - and we will be back.
We stayed at this property with a group of friends for my husband's birthday. I can't say enough good things about the property itself, the cleanliness, the location and all the amenities. Every single person in the group we were with is planning on staying there again. The owners were great to work with and made our stay very enjoyable. THANK YOU!!!
- Guest Wendy H.
- Date of stay 06/10/11
- Review Submitted 08/12/11
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, girls getaway, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
Owner response: I have shared your review with our caretakers. They work very hard to make our home shine. We do hope you come again and count on repeat guest. We are very happy you enjoyed your stay and look forward to your return visit. Thank you for taking the time to write a review.
This house is amazing!!
This house is amazing!!
I'm from California and last fall I flew to Wisconsin in search for a home to have a family reunion and celebration for my Son and Daughter n Law. They got married in Vegas and our side of the family lives in Wisconsin and Illinois. It made travel so easy for everyone..Nine family members stayed in the home and some made it a day trip and others stayed in hotels. We stayed in this beautiful home for 5 day and loved every moment. The home is decorated beautiful, clean and the views from every deck were amazing. The Jute Box was a hit with tons of great music. On Saturday our guest came and we had food catered from Vinney's in Galena who has the best Italian food. The owners of this home were wonderful to work with and made everything so easy. All our quests said," it was by far the best party they ever attended" If you are looking for lots of space, beautiful views and a beautiful home check this one out. I want to thank Joyce the owner for sharing her beautiful home with all of us. All the memories will be cherished forever. Thank You Thank You. Lauretta
- Guest Lauretta W.
- Date of stay 05/25/11
- Review Submitted 06/28/11
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
Owner response: Lauretta; I am glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Each year we upgrade and replace to make sure this home meets high standards. It is a long way from California and I am happy that our home met your expectations. Congrats to your Son and Daughter-in-law. Thank you for taking the time to write a review.
My wife and I, along with a group of our friends - mix of couples and singles- stayed at this home on a ski weekend trip in Jan 2010. Everyone who got to the house was amazed by its size and how nice it was. The owners were extremely easy to work with and the process as a whole went very smoothly. One of our main concerns was the hot tub and when we got there, it was on and ready to accomodate us - I do not think more than 4 were ever in at one time though, would get pretty tight above that number. I only have 2 knocks on the house - hot water and garbage. My wife and I stayed in the master bedroom and the bathroom up there is very beautiful...unfortunately though when we tried to take advantage of the great tub, we were able to fill it about 1/3 full before we were completely out of hot water...doh! The next morning I attempted to shower, and then I was also greeted by only cold water (i have no idea if other people at the time were all showering as well). No other guests seemed to have an issue with the hot water so I am not sure if it was only something to do with the master bath. The other knock is the garbage situation. There is no garbage pickup which is clearly stated by the owner prior to renting but you would think there is a dumpster right nearby to dump at...there is not. The public dumping site is a few miles away, about an 8 min drive one way. We had a full house and over the course of 2 days there we accumulated a good amount of garbage, so it took us multiple trips...and each trip took about 15-20 mins overall so keep that in mind when you're getting ready to do cleanup. Overall though, I'd definitely recommend staying here!
- Guest tuparker (Chicago)
- Date of stay 01/21/11
- Review Submitted 01/25/11
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, age 55+, families with teenagers, families with young children, sightseeing.
Owner response: I am sorry about the hot water problem. We have 3 hot water tanks in that home and the one that services to upper level is new. I will have someone check it and could have had someone out there if you had contacted us. I include our number for any problems that do arise. We were available this weekend and did not hear from you. As for the garbage, it is pretty much out of my control. The Galena Territory Association is the boss of the dumpsters and I doubt they will plant one anytime soon closer to the home. I will however, mention it to the governing board. Thank you for brining the water situation to my attention and taking the time to write a review.
This is an ideal house for any group of friends or family members that want a place to stay for a few days that has everything you could ever need. This house has an enormous kitchen that is ready to be used, large dining room table, on site laundry, a bathroom for every bedroom, a pub (complete with popcorn machine, flatscreen tv, glassware, small fridge, and 2 tables suitable for card playing or hanging out), a hot tub, indoor fireplaces & an outdoor fireplace, 2 grills, lots of porches for lounging, a desktop computer & WIFI throughout the house, and some great reading nooks. The views from the various porches of the house are spectacular. You can see miles from the top floor. The house is very neatly kept and is in fantastic condition compared to other house rentals I have previously been in. All anyone would need to stay here is some food, clothes, DVDs in case you want to watch some movies, and a willingness to relax. This property is only 5-10 minutes away from downtown Galena and local shopping, which is convenient. All of my friends and family that joined me had a wonderful time to say the least. I can't wait to stay here again!
- Guest Chi Town Al (Chicago)
- Date of stay 12/29/10
- Review Submitted 01/11/11
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, age 55+, families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway, sightseeing.
Owner response: Your input is important to us as it helps to make the important decisions when it comes to updates and the care of our home. Glad to here you enjoyed yourselves. We want our guest to return and they only come back if a great time was had. Thank you for taking the time to write a review.
Best Value Out There
Best Value Out There
Our group consisted of 12 young professionals in their late 20’s and we couldn’t have been happier with our stay. I have been using the Home Away network for years now and houses often look better online than in person. I had a sneaking suspicion that this would be one of those houses and was thrilled to find out I was 100% wrong. One of the most common tricks is to make the house look remote only to find it in the middle of a housing development. Although the house wasn’t completely remote there was plenty of privacy and it backed up to a beautiful view that was unblemished with houses. The map on this page is pretty specific to the house’s location so you can find it on Google Maps “Satellite View” for a better idea of its surroundings. The house itself is a little confusing to get around at first, but you will have it down after a few hours. There are 5 bedrooms which are all queens except for 1 king and 2 twins. Although you are allowed to have 12 people we felt that we were stretching it a bit. We ended up putting three people in the king and one on the couch(very comfortable). There is some space that goes pretty much unused so an air mattress isn’t a bad idea if you plan on using the entire 12 person capacity. Aside from the sleeping situation there was plenty of room for 12 people with tons of bathrooms. In these large houses hot water can be an issue, but we never run out which is a huge plus. Another one of my pet peeves about Home Away rentals is that you often need to heat the hot tub once you get there. If you don’t get it on by around 5:00 you usually can’t use it the first night. I was once again happy to discover that it was already heated up and waiting for us. We came from Chicago and it took just under 3 hours to get there. The house is amazingly easy to get to. You just get off of 20 at a huge “Eagle Ridge” sign, then take the first right and its directly in front of you. The house is an easy 5 min drive to downtown Galena which is a cool little town if you have never been. The girls went shopping during the day while the guys stayed in and watched football. Beyond that we didn’t really leave the house since the purpose was to remove ourselves from the world, but there is plenty to do and see. I give the house 5 out of 5 stars and put it in the top few that I have ever rented and the best value for any house in the US. If we had stayed in Chicago we would have spent close to what we spent this past weekend
- Guest Dan (Chicago)
- Date of stay 11/05/10
- Review Submitted 11/08/10
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, girls getaway, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
Owner response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review. The lower levels do contain a Futon and day bed for sleeping. People often walk by them without noticing until they are pointed out. We appreciate your input and value the importance of providing a realistic presentation of our home. We update our pictures every 6 months as we do not want our guest to be disappointed. Our present guest is often our future guest and it is great when they leave with a smile!
*Setting the reservation was easy, because we could speak directly to the home-owner. All of the transactions were verbal, then confirmed in hard copy. *Home was Unbelievable!.... almost like being on a cruise ship.. The house is so large, we actually couldn't find our rooms the first night ;o) It has all the amenities for an absolutely perfect getaway. *We, a bunch of 50+ girlfriends, spent the days in Galena doing the "Wine Chocolate and Jewelry Class", eating, shopping, etc. The class was fun and we all have a memorable, handmade souvenir. *Vinnie Venoucchi Restaurant was extremely accommodating (and delicious). We really enjoyed the evenings of music, snacks and just plain old comradery in the screened porches at the house. *We've already scheduled the date for our return, and have decided to make this an annual retreat from reality. (Think we'll try the "Ghost Tour" next year)...CAN'T WAIT
- Guest Denise (Homer Glen, IL)
- Date of stay 09/10/10
- Review Submitted 10/04/10
Recommended for: Age 55+, girls getaway, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
Owner response: We are happy to share are home. It does take a little navigating but once you get the hang of it, it's a charm! Thank you for taking the time to write a review.
Pefect place to stay!
Pefect place to stay!
This house is amazing! The house is decorated beautifully, clean and in a quiet location with breathtaking views. We got married at this house. It was the perfect location for a very important day. The master bedroom made the perfect bridal suite with all large mirrors, furniture and mini fridge for our mimosa's. All the men joined at the bar and in the game room. We had our ceremony outside on the garden terrace (the view made an amazing back drop) and the reception was inside. Our guests had a wonderful time admirring the views, drinking and dancing in O'Donnells pub and just relaxing with good conversation on the many decks. We had our immediate family stay with us at the house for the entire weekend. It was so relaxing and intimate, Our Friday night rehersal was a cook out at the house, We have so many cherished memories from the entire weekend. If I had it to do over again...I would just add a few more days to our trip. I would highley reccomend this house for important events and gatherings. This house is a one stop shop for special occassions! I would be happy to share pictures with anyone considering doing any kind of event similar to ours at this house.
- Guest Kristine H (McHenry, Il)
- Date of stay 05/28/09
- Review Submitted 11/08/09
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, families with young children, girls getaway, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
Owner response: Congratulations to the bride and groom on your marriage and we are glad we were able to add to your special day. Thank you for taking the time to write a review.