A Great Mini-Moon Weekend Away
My wife and I were married on 12/12/12 in Peoria, IL and we wanted to spend the weekend with some of our bridal party in Galena for our "mini-moon" (short Honeymoon - our REAL honeymoon will take place in 2013). Overall, we were very pleased with almost everything! I gave it 4 stars b/c there were a few things that weren't available, or that we thought would or should've been in the house. Overall, it was a nice, clean house for what we were looking for (my wife and I and 8 members of our bridal party).
The pictures pretty much show you almost everything the house has to offer. Some things are a little outdated, but for the weekend and what we paid - it was well worth the money. I was in contact with the property manager, Abby, several times before the weekend and she was very responsive and helpful. I appreciated her attention to detail. Everything is laid out in an email (or two) and the documents/welcome letter that she provides you. The rental process was smooth from start to finish.
Everyone LOVED the fact that they had a bathroom (big) in their bedroom. That was SO convenient. Two of them had whirlpool jacuzzi tubs, which was great. Our bedroom had a pretty decent sized flat screen t.v. and doors leading out to the hot tub. The walls are pretty thick in that you may be able to hear a little chatter outside; however, you can't hear anyone having a specific conversation.
Hot tub was hot - 104 degrees first night and about 100 degrees the second night. It fits 8 comfortably and 9 very tightly! :)
Grill worked great both nights. No problems there. We had plenty of "gas in the tank."
The house is almost the first one when you get into Galena Territory. It's off of the road so there isn't as much privacy as some may like. Also, the hot tub/three seasons room is about 30-40 yards from another house so you don't have 100% privacy.
We don't have kids but they had childproof things on our master suite door. They also had a crib, which was off in the corner.
For the price we paid we were happy. If you want an updated kitchen, floors, furniture, wall decor, appliances, etc. - then this isn't for you. But if you're fine with the fact that you're saving money and it's only a few days, stay here.
My bridal party loved it and we did too. Will we go back to this house? If we want to save money, yes. We'd like to make it an annual tradition and may "hop" around to different houses to see what else is out there! :)
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay. We agree this home is absolutely perfect for the large, budget-minded group. It offers several great amenities such as the outdoor hot tub, wood burning fireplace and pool table but at a very affordable price. The location provides easy access to the Galena Territory and Route 20. Thanks again for staying with us!
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