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Secluded Wooded Retreat 6- BR, W/Pond, Hot Tub, Sleeps 12+!!

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 6 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 4.5 Baths, (Sleeps 12+)

As you drive down our wooded lane you leave behind your hectic daily life and enter your own private refuge.

The Main House has 4 BRs and 3.5 baths. The main floor has open floor plan w/ a gourmet kitchen, a 6-seat island, dining room table for 10, and a naturally lighted sitting room with an old fashioned wood stove. The main floor MBR contains a king bed, private bath w/large two head shower, and a private balcony. Off the dining area is another balcony and a covered/screened-in porch. The kitchen has a stove and gas grill with all the utensils needed to prepare a feast for family and friends.

The lower level offers 3 spacious BRs w/ queen beds w/built-in bookcases, 2 full baths and walk out access to a large backyard. The centrally located media room contains a large TV and lots of comfortable seating.

The Coach House has 2 queen sized BRs and 1 full bath. A game area with pool, foosball, poker, and air hockey tables. Also a video seating area.

A brick walkway leads to a private pond, deck/pier w/arbor, hot tub and lots of outdoor furniture to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere.

Renters of Galena Territory homes have access to a Marina(to fish or rent boats, tennis courts), Owner's Club(fitness room, basketball court, new indoor/outdoor pool), Golf Courses(63-holes & driving range), Winter Sports(ice skating, sledding, cross country skiing), Shennadoah Riding Center(trail rides & lessons).

Historic Galena, a 15-min. drive, offers a return to the 1850's with museums, restored Main Street containing antique/boutique shops, restaurants and nightly entertainment.

Dubuque, Iowa, a 30-min. drive, offers river boat rides on the Mississippi River, an Aquarium, Indoor water park, Two Casinos and a Dog Racing Track.

Keywords: secluded, private, vacation, rental, hot tub, pond, retreat, house, scenic views 6 - bedroom

More Details

David Batka
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 5, 2018

About David Batka

About eight years ago friends of ours loaned us their house in Galena Territory for a couple of days while the well was being repaired at our home. Also at this time we were looking for a place to build a therapeutic riding center for special needs individuals. We fell in love with the Galena/Jo Daviess County experience and decided this would be the place where we would build the center. In 2008 our dream was realized and the center was opened. It is called 'Area of Dreams' and is located on Blackjack Road near Chestnut Mountain Ski Area. See links for further information.

David Batka purchased this chateau / country house in 2008

Why David Batka chose The Galena Territory

The center relies 100% on volunteer help. At the time we lived 3-hours away and most of the volunteers were from the same area. The center operates on weekends, so we needed a facility to house the volunteers who came on weekends. Luckily we found this unique property that fit these needs.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

This is a very secluded/private property that makes people feel they are deep in the north woods even tho civilization is just over the next hill or on the other side of the trees. As people enter the house they immediately begin to relax due to inviting and warm atmosphere of the house. Next they cannot wait to explore the many unique and fascinating features of the property. The tin ceiling, wood stove, hot tub and pier, pond, media and game rooms, and interesting decorative items. The open floor plan offers a wonderful place for family and friends to enjoy each others fellowship.


The Galena Territory Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 4.5
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (5), Sleeper Sofa(2) or Futons (1)
  • Air Hockey
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Secluded Wooded Retreat 6- BR, W/Pond, Hot Tub, Sleeps 12+!!
average rating of 4.85 based on 20 reviews

Absolutely a wonderful place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed here and we all loved it! The property was very clean and also was very large. We all had lots of room to enjoy different activities. The owner was also extremely nice and accommodating.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you and your family enjoyed your weekend getaway. Hope to see you again. Sincerely David
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Very cozy

  • 5 of 5

Accomadations worked perfectly for our group.

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Would definitely book this property again.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this house with our kids and grandkids (13 of us total) over the New Year's Eve weekend, and had a marvelous time. The property is absolutely gorgeous in its secluded setting, and offers all the amenities one could want. The way the space is set up, with the large open public area and then plenty of privacy for each of the six bedrooms, was just great. We were unable to enjoy as many outdoor activities as we'd hoped due to below zero temps the entire time, but even at that did venture out to the hot tub a few times and really enjoyed that. Had it been a bit warmer, we would have taken more advantage of being able to go sledding, snowshoeing and even ice skating right outside our door. In lieu of outdoor activities, we did appreciate having access to the beautiful facilities at the Owners' Club.

The kitchen was very well-stocked and extremely functional for all of our meals, even accommodating several cooks in the kitchen at once, and the huge dining table was great for our meals and game-playing. We had a few questions about how things worked during the course of our stay, for which the owner was exceptionally accessible and helpful.

Given the frigid weather, we would have loved to take advantage of the wood stove in the great room (and had it been even a little warmer, the beautiful fire ring in the back yard as well!), however didn't realize that we needed to provide our own firewood, so that is one thing I would suggest to other renters. All in all, this is a great property, and we would definitely book it again.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Location

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful view and property! Great fall getaway with the whole family. Plenty of room for everyone. Enjoyed the pond view and rolling hills, the game room in the coach house and the hot tub too! Clean and comfortable.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful setting and amazing house and coach house. We had room for all of us!! It was perfect

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Rental Home

  • 5 of 5


Thank you. Our best rental experience ever. House is clean well kept and one of the few rental homes where you have total privacy. We will be coming back next year for our annual golf trip and hope that the property will be available.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Downtown Galena
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Eagle Ridge Resort/63 holes
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Downtown Galena or Eagle Ridge Resort
Nearest Ski
12 Miles
Chestnut Mountain
Nearest Point of Interest
12 Eagle Lane
Nearest Point of Interest
Owner's Club
Nearest Point of Interest
Shennanoh Riding Stable
Nearest Point of Interest
Eagle Ridge Inn
Nearest Point of Interest
General Store/Gas Station
Nearest Point of Interest
Lake Galena Marina
Nearest Point of Interest
East Golf Course(9-Holes)
Nearest Point of Interest
North Golf Course
Nearest Point of Interest
South Golf Course
Nearest Point of Interest
The "General" Golf Course
Nearest Point of Interest
Galena Territory Main Entrance
Nearest Point of Interest
305 North Inn/Downtown Galena
Nearest Point of Interest
Arena of Dreams/Therapeutic Center
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Tax Rate 11.0%

Credit needed to hold reservation. Full payment is made is the form of a check at time of check-in.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.