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Spend time Above it All! 8 Person outdoor Hot Tub, new pool and clubhous """

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

Our secluded home sits high above it all on Cogan Drive in Galena Territory. It is surrounded by forest on three sides and has two decks, overlooking 10-15 miles of trees, farmland and pastures. It is located very close to the Owners Club pool and recreation facility and very close to the Marina. At the Marina one can rent row boats and pontoons for relaxation or fishing. Right outside our home and running through the entire territory are miles and miles of trails that are perfect for hiking and cross-country skiing. We are 2 minutes from the championship golf courses located at the resort. We are 10-15 minutes from the downhill skiing at Chestnut Mountain. We are 10 minutes from the quaint restaurants and shopping of downtown Galena. Also, located in the area are wineries and Kayaking facilities.

Keywords: Secluded 3 bedroom home

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Mary Kelsay
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
February 26, 2018

About Mary Kelsay

My husband and I are both educators and many years ago we decided to buy our rental home as a place to vacation with our family during our summers off, and a place to share with other people. We love our home because it allows us peace and relaxation that we do not always find in the Chicagoland area. We love the quiet and privacy of our house. We have three daughters with whom we have shared many wonderful times in Galena. We believe that it is the perfect getaway!

Mary Kelsay purchased this house in 2002

Why Mary Kelsay chose The Galena Territory

We chose to buy our home in Galena because of it's proximity to the Chicagoland area and because of all of the wonderful amenities the area provides. Every season is special in Galena! From swimming and hiking in the summer, to watching the changing of the leaves and the cool golf in the fall, to downhill and cross country skiing in the winter, and watching the new foliage appear in the spring.

What makes this house unique

We enjoy relaxing on either the top or bottom deck of the home and taking in the awesome view provided. In the winter we love sitting in the outdoor hot tub then warming up by the fire. All seasons allow us to sit in our living room and watch nature right outside the window. We have spotted many types of birds, wild turkey and deer. In the summer the kids walk to the pool or hike the trails nearby.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for opening up your wonderful home to us. We had a great time! The hot tub was a definite benefit and allowed us to truly relax and enjoy each others company. The views are absolutely breathtaking and your deck allowed us to appreciate the terrain even more. Thank you for the stocked supplies in the kitchen and throughout the house. We hope to return soon to enjoy the views again!
Jun 2015
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The Galena Territory House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • jetted tub
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Spend time Above it All! 8 Person outdoor Hot Tub, new pool and clubhous
average rating of 4.612903 based on 39 reviews
Sterling, IL

Wonderful get-away!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at "Above It All" for a girls' weekend and felt the accommodations were fantastic! We enjoyed our morning coffee on the spacious upper deck with amazing views. The large kitchen/dining/living area was great for evening meals and late night visits. Relaxing in the hot tub under the starry night sky was delightful! We found everything to be clean, comfortable, and accommodating. The owners were very friendly and provided all the needed information. I hope to return with my husband for a romantic weekend!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place for a girls get away!

  • 4 of 5

We rented this home for a ladies get away! Perfect setting. Views were amazing. Home was comfortable and provided our group of 6 ladies plenty of space.

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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girls getaway

  • 5 of 5

My girlfriends and I just spent the weekend here. We LOVED it. The owner was very warm and friendly. It is very spacious yet cozy . The hot tub is Excellent. Which was a key factor for us. Beautiful fireplace to sit by and enjoy our drinks and meals. Large table for playing games. Sure it had 1 or 2 things could be upgraded. But We would definately go back there. Views are beautiful. Great porches. I recommend this home. Thank you Kelsay Family

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Girlfirends Weekend!

  • 4 of 5

Five lifelong college girlfriends spent a wonderful and relaxing weekend at the Above it All home. The best word to describe the home is "comfortable" The great room encompasses the entire upper level and provides plenty of space for togetherness, from cooking, playing board games, watching a video and most importantly, catching up. The upper deck was just the place for a BBQ and dinner at the picnic table. We didn't take advantage of that huge hot tub. No time!

Loved the surroundings...trees, trees and more trees! A great area for walking and a short walk to the beautiful club house provided all of the activity amenities one would want. We spotted a few wild turkeys during our stay.

The bedrooms being on the entry level would provide a wonderful opportunity to sleep in, but we didn't. Both bathrooms are on the lower level, no problem for us, just a little inconvenient.

A few concerns worth noting that lessened the vacation feel for us. The toilets are in need of replacement as there are typed instructions taped to the toilet top on how to make them stop running. In the master bath, we regularly had to jiggle the handle and even remove the top, put our hands in the tank, to wiggle a handle to make it stop. Not much of a problem in the 2nd bath. Additionally, having to haul garbage to the disposal site across the Territory left a bad taste in our mouths. Seems like something the housekeeper would do instead of the guests.

Other minor issues, there is only one TV, perhaps, 36" and enough seating for 6 adults in front of the TV. TV seemed really small relative to the huge room and huge, gorgeous fireplace. The great room A/C is extremely loud but does a tremendous job of cooling that huge room.

All in all, we enjoyed our stay and had a great time on our first trip to Galena. Mary was wonderful to work with, timely with communication and willing to help in any way possible.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Green Valley, IL

Great weekend get-away!

  • 5 of 5

There were 6 of us (3 couples) who stayed the weekend in this beautiful home. Mary Kelsay was great to work with, was very helpful, and offered numerous times to help us find places to go and things to do in the Galena area.

This home is lovely, clean, and everything we could have hoped for.

HUGE thumbs up from us. We would highly recommend staying here. The living-room and kitchen areas were clean and welcoming, the bedrooms were just right, and the hot tub was AWESOME! Great place to stay. Thanks Mary for making our weekend getaway be so incredible! :)

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Roselle, IL, US

Great times in Galena

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had a wonderful time in Galena and it all started with this amazing house in the territories. Three bedrooms, hot tub, fire place, and close to downtown helped make this a memorable weekend for us. The house is walking distance to the clubhouse and a farmers market. We will definitely stay here again and recommend it to any couple or couples looking for a weekend away from the kids. We also plan on bringing the kids and using the clubhouse in the future. What a great find.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.