King bedroom, 2 queen Bedrooms, Bunks, twin bed, wood fireplace, large family room, deck with hot tub and gas grill, large yard, satellite tv, dvd player, single whirlpool, close to Owner Club which has the indoor/outdoor pool, game room, exercise room, basketball and tennis court, lounge area, free wifi at the Owner's Club, hiking trails, horseback riding, boat rentals at the Marina, and fishing!
4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, hot tub, spacious living room
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Large open floor plan
This house fit our needs perfectly. Large living room with working wood burning fireplace was just what our getaway group was looking for. The kitchen is well-stocked with everything we needed to cook several meals. The house is not new, but it is in great shape ... has a large amount of wood which is shown in the pictures ... made it nice and cozy on a cool, rainy early fall weekend. The home sits on a very large lot and while you can see other houses they were quite far away which made it nice and private. We even used the hot tub on the deck in-between rain showers. The owners were quick to respond to all of my pre-trip questions. The only downside was not having internet at the home. I would stay there again.
The things we wish we had known
We took a family trip with 5 adults and 1 toddler. The great room was amazing and allowed us all to be together in one space with enough tables for puzzles, games, eating, etc. There is a children's gate to the basement, for which I was very grateful and a spare one in the closet to block off the upstairs. For the most part, this was a nice space for us to get together and was well stocked in the kitchen and even had extra box fans. My husband LOVED the hot tub in the early mornings and late at night. There is a very comprehensive guide to what to do/where to go/eat in Galena which helped us plan a lunch and a dinner out. My recommendations:
1. I think that Rosebud needs to do a better job at listing all the amenities. We packed so many extra things that we didn't need to because they were already provided in the house (box fans, child's seat, child's gate, etc)
2. We were kind of hoping with such a large yard, amazing view and it being summer time there would be a fire pit of some sort, there is not, only an indoor fireplace.
3. It should be noted that there are NO bedrooms on the main floor which was a bit inconvenient.
4. For the most part, the house would be considered "clean" but there were cobwebs and dead bugs EVERYWHERE and the basement is VERY damp and the tile floors get a little slippery. Getting into bed at night was a little.....uncomfortable (nothing like a wet sheet).
5. The no wifi or phone service was also a little bit inconvenient but was something that we did no about in advance.
For the most part, the stay was what we needed but the above are a few things I wish we had known prior to our visit.
Great property, house, location, views
Overall we loved our stay at this log home. The rooms were spacious and very comfortable. The location was great, the owners club was only a 10 minute walk away so the kids were able to come and go without needing rides constantly. The club house amenities were great with both an indoor and outdoor pool, exercise room, indoor basketball court, as well as the game room with free pool tables and ping pong tables.
The main reason I did not rate this house as 5 stars is that there are a few maintenance issues. There is an obvious leak in the garage which is under the deck. When it rains, the water seeps into the bedroom which shares a wall with the garage as well as the hallway, when trying to exit the house through the garage during the rain, it was like walking through a water fall in order to get out. The basement has a musty smell probably due to this water leakage issue. Another reason I did not give 5 stars was because the cell phone signal was very poor. We had both Verizon and AT&T phones and neither could get data connections, occasionally a phone call or text would make it's way through, but for the most part, there was no service. For those who are trying to get away from these modern conveniences this may not be an issue, however, I was on call for work during my stay there, and I had to constantly drive towards the club house to get any sort of signal and to access the internet. I had a portable Mi-fi with me, but since it relied on Verizon service, it did me no good. I just needed to drive a few blocks in either direction to get signal.
The kitchen was a bit outdated, but all of the appliances worked without issue. Kitchen was well equipped with plenty of dishes, pots, pans, bowls, utensils. We used the grill and oven. The air conditioning worked great, which was good since it was 90+ degrees during our stay. There was water dripping above the kitchen table from the ceiling, we assume it was related to the air conditioning condenser, we just made sure not to sit in the location where the water was dripping.
The hot tub was a plus. The upstairs master bedroom was very charming and comfortable, definitely the best bedroom in the house. There were all kinds of games and puzzles located throughout the house for our use. Lots of sitting areas with 3 tables and plenty of chairs. I would definitely consider coming again, just be aware you may be more "off the grid" than you are used to :)
Come and explore the beautiful countryside of The Galena Territory and surrounding Jo Daviess County. Enjoy hiking, bicycling, renting a boat to go out on Lake Galena, horseback riding, golfing, skiing, swimming at the outdoor pool, tennis, and much more! Go downtown Galena to have some unique shopping and dining experiences. Join us for Galena's Country Fair on Columbus Day weekend in October or the Luminaria in December. We have Art Festivals, Carriage Rides, Trolley Tours, Historic Home Tours, and so much more!