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Striking 4 Bd/3.5 Ba, Incredible Wooded Views, Fireplace, Pool Table, Fire Pit

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

4 BD/3.5 BA

As you enter our pride and joy, rough-hewn cedar home, special touches abound! The huge river rock fireplace is the centerpiece of the main level and “Happy Joe,” the elk above, is the spirit keeping a watchful eye on everyone staying at Boulder Creek. A hand carved totem pole tells the house story. The floor-to-ceiling windows bring the outdoors in and keep this great room bright and cheerful. Bring a pianist (professional or amateur) and you can enjoy a nightly concert from the baby grand piano in this favorite gathering spot. No musician available? Don’t worry, the stereo and extensive CD collection will overjoy music lovers! Also on the main floor is the fully equipped kitchen with dining table and seating for ten, a romantically appointed master bedroom (queen bed) with fireplace and French doors to the exterior balcony, and large connected bath with jetted tub and separate shower. Another half bath is available just off the front entry.

From the great room you can walk out onto the deck, which spans the length of the cabin, and watch the wildlife in action. Every view from this home offers a panorama of wooded landscape. Positioned high on a bluff, seasonal views of Lake Galena appear. This is a special place where lifetime memories will be made. Beware… you will want to return as often as possible!

On the upper level, with open walkway above the great room, there are two more bedrooms (each with queen bed) and a large bath with window and skylight. The bedrooms are decorated in appropriate woodsy themes!

The lower level is the center of recreation in this gorgeous log home. The surround sound television area is fit with a huge movie library of all genres. The L-shaped sofa opens to a queen sleeper providing a perfect place for the kids to camp at night. A large open area with an abundance of toys & games will keep children occupied for hours at a time. Billiards enthusiasts can have a progressive pool tournament throughout their stay or just indulge in a friendly game anytime they choose. The fourth bedroom (queen bed) and a full bath are also located on this level.

From the lower level recreation area take a step outside and you are in the middle of one of the most beautiful wooded areas in the Galena Territory. Keep the feeders full and you will enjoy a spectacle of colorful birds, wild turkey, deer and many other surprise visitors. Walk down to the fire-pit, start a small fire and share stories with friends and family but whatever you do… don’t forget the marshmallows!

More Details

Property Manager
Tranquil Trails Vacation Rentals
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About Tranquil Trails Vacation Rentals

We are a brother/sister plus spouses team with hectic and crazy schedules that absolutely needed a secluded and peaceful place to retreat. We are a unique combination of a music promoter & rock and roll musician, and a transportation executive & fashion industry recruiter. As a result you will find a chic melodic tone flowing through our home! Though our schedules still keep us on the go we are working hard to free up as much time as possible to enjoy our vacation home. When we can’t do that, we invite others to enjoy it in our place and feed our wildlife friends.

Why Tranquil Trails Vacation Rentals chose The Galena Territory

We love the outdoors, hiking, and nature of all variety. Galena and its surrounding area provide a treasure of nature preserves and hiking trails. Pioneering is never disappointing! We are always discovering new areas and bountiful unspoiled lands to explore. The business exec among us is happiest when on the golf course and when we found an area that provided both, in generous measure, we knew we found our paradise. Our interest in genealogy and local history is fed by Galena’s many historic sites, and you’ll find a montage of our ancestors gracing a wall upstairs.

What makes this house unique

Every vantage point whether on the inside or the outside of our home, offers a panorama of tall woods that change with every season. We could not have chosen a better spot to relax, savor our limited free time, commune with nature and appreciate the wildlife that we love so much. Boulder Creek is certified as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.


The Galena Territory House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Main Level Master Bath - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Upper Level Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Lower Level Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Main Floor - toilet
  • Soap, Shampoo, Conditioner, Towels and Hair Dryers are Provided
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Main Floor Master Bedroom - 1 queen , With Fireplace and Balcony
    Upper Level Bedroom #1 - 1 queen
    Upper Level Bedroom #2 - 1 queen
    Lower Level Bedroom - 1 queen
  • All Beds Have Good Quality Mattresses
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
The Galena Territory provides more than 24 miles of varied terrain hiking trails. Go for a short walk or an all day trek. If you overdo it, remember massages and other spa services are available at the Stonedrift Spa within Eagle Ridge Resort! A weekend is never long enough!


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Striking 4 Bd/3.5 Ba, Incredible Wooded Views, Fireplace, Pool Table, Fire Pit
average rating of 4.8636365 based on 22 reviews

Flood of 2017

  • 5 of 5

The home is beautiful, which was wonderful since we spent a lot of time there with the weather. There is a lot of space, and a large table to gather for dinner. We picked the perfect house. Thank you for sharing your home.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's so good to hear that the rains did not stop you from enjoying your getaway and that the house provided a perfect backdrop for your stay. Hopefully next time you will have a chance to explore more of the area. Thank you for choosing Boulder Creek and for the nice review!
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  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful cabin. This was our Christmas present to our three sons and their significant others. The home was clean as a whistle, well stocked, and big enough for all of us to be comfy. Loved the big dinner table and the warm fireplace. It was close enough to town to go shopping and far enough away for peace and quiet. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with us and helping us start a family tradition. And a special shout out to Ginger she was great to work with and answered all my questions. Thank you agin we're already looking forward to our next visit.

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love initiating new traditions! Thank you Don, for the nice review and choosing Boulder Creek for your family gift. This home is in such a lovely area of the Galena Territory and we're happy you and your family were able to enjoy the entire surrounding. Looking forward to hosting you again. All the best!
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Brimfield, IL

Amazing home. Warm and cozy. Perfect for our family

  • 5 of 5

Four days was definitely not long enough for our family to enjoy all Boulder Creek has to offer. The location, the home itself and the property are just outstanding. We enjoyed great views of wildlife from every window. We gather in Galena after Christmas with all five of our kids and our grandson, as the older ones live several hours away and have work and military obligations and were just ecstatic when we walked into the house in January to find it still decorated for Christmas. I was immediately tearful, as each time we have rented a home after Christmas, there have been no decorations. Our gift exchange under the tree was especially warm and wonderful this year! We enjoyed sledding at the Nordic Center this year and of course, shopping and wine tasting in Galena. Thank you for an exceptional Christmas gathering. The Bays family

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You have just created the most beautiful image in my mind! Thank you for choosing Boulder Creek and for sharing your experience with us. What a beautiful tradition your family enjoys. Have a great 2018 and we hope to welcome you again. Thank you so much!
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6 teenagers stuck inside for a frigid 4 days...not only did we survive, they enjoyed it immensely!!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful place to relax, share quality time together, without the rest of the world invading.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, that's an endorsement! Thank you and please remember us the next time you need to turn off the rest of the planet! We look forward to seeing you again!
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Beautiful home perfect for a family getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully spacious home with all the amenities necessary for a comfortable and fun retreat. My family of 10 (4 teens and 6 adults) stayed two nights. We really enjoyed the games and fireplace. Our parents are in their 70s and can’t do stairs very well so they really appreciated the bedroom with a large bathroom on the first floor. My dad walks with a rollater due to bad knees so getting past the two sets of (2-3) steps were a bit of a struggle for him. We REALLY enjoyed the home and couldn’t get enough of the beautiful scenic view from the large windows.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Dana... It's so nice to know we provided the scenery for some family bonding and memory collection! You tolerated some crazy cold weather too. Thank you for choosing Boulder Creek and we welcome you back always. All the best in 2018!
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We had a wonderful stay in this lovely cabin!

  • 4 of 5

The property has many amenities and is a joy to visit. A little wear and tear that could use replacement rather than electrical tape and the fire pit is not safe for children to access. Also, I would put a framed map by the front door with owners club, trash station and area attractions clearly marked. No signal for internet maps and navigation in car not functional inside private development like this. Minor problems typical for any rental.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Tom, for the nice review. I will get to work on the map suggestion near the door. We are planning to work on the fire pit path this coming spring however I do try to let guests know it is currently a rough path to access. Appreciate the suggestions and hope to welcome you again!
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Dubuque Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
3.5 Miles
Woodlands Lounge
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Eagle Ridge Golf
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Route 20
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Woodstone Restaurant
Nearest Ski
17 Miles
Chestnut Mountain
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Apple Canyon Lake
Car: necessary

This 4 bedroom 3.5 bathroom home is located near Lake Galena in the beautiful Galena Territory. Boat rentals are available to fish or cruise this picturesque and well stocked body of water. If you love nature of all kinds, you have found a perfect spot to watch, listen, and enjoy many species of wildlife. The Territory Owners Club is just minutes away from our home and offers an outdoor pool, indoor pool, game room, fitness center, basketball court, tennis courts, and children's playground. No matter which direction you are coming from, the soft rolling hills in this corner of Illinois are uniquely welcoming and promise to take you far far away from your daily mental routine. Explore the area by day and retreat to our peaceful pocket of paradise by night.




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning Fee $110 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

Age minimum for primary renter is 25 years.
Two night minimum stay required.
Rates and minimum night stays may vary on holidays.
Contact manager for events requiring additional accommodations.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.