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3 Bedroom 5 ⭐️ Home 37 Acres With Mississippi River Views Near Chestnut Mountain

Bedrooms 3
Space 3,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 9 Mississippi River Views near Chestnut Mt Ski

BRING YOUR DOGS and let them run in the country on 37 acres! This is a house you both can enjoy! (Please note, that was a cat-friendly house until 2014, in case you or anyone in your group are sensitive or allergic to cats/hair. It has been over 3 years without cats.)

I just started the Rocky Hill Farms Facebook page - check out photos!

Coming Spring 2018 - Tree Pod swinging Cabana and Lounger at


This house was a Swedish Barn, from Barrington, IL, that was taken down and resurrected on this site, in 1987, the architect taking advantage of the Mississippi River and tri-state views from every window and vantage point. It has been and continues to be a conservation and preservation property.

Every window in this house has a view of something special – a valley, a ridge, a tree, a prairie. The views are “million dollar”! The Mississippi River (and refuge) can be seen in all seasons, but the view in winter expands as the leaves fall. At night, the lights of Dubuque and the bridge can be seen year round. In summer, you’ll see the lights of the barges shining down the chute. Pilot Knob can be seen as can Sinsinawa WI. Tri state views! Lights of Galena at night as well. The topography of the property, affords views in all directions. An overhead shows where the 5 or so major ridges (fingers) protrude from the property. The view from the back deck is to the Northwest (largest part of the River bend).

Chestnut Mountain resort is 3 miles away and the lights of Chestnut can be vaguely seen through the woods at night.

This is a working conservation farm. As such, the owners, workers, or volunteers may be on the property attending to syrup, bees, garden, woods or landscape at anytime. Their access will be limited to the garage, shed and exterior. We will do our best to allow you maximum privacy, and will not enter the house.

We operate 'Rocky Hill Farms' with several business incomes:

• Maple Syrup – there are approximately 16 buckets to collect maple sap, from trees in the front yard as well as the silver maples in the back yard. Tapping the trees occurs in mid to late February and lasts 2-4 weeks, depending on temperatures. Daytime temperatures need to break into the 40’s and nighttime temperatures need to be below freezing. In the past, Rocky Hill Farms has produces 2-4 gallons of Maple syrup that has rich undertones of vanilla, butter, bourbon and smoke. Bottles of this premium handcrafted and organic syrup are for sale for guests and by request.

• Morels – morel mushrooms brought $50/pound in downtown Chicago, during late April to mid May, collecting as much as your time allows – filling 2 5 gallon buckets every year.

• Blackraspberries – collection time is late June through July on the paths that surround the property, collecting several gallons of berries every year.

• The Organic Garden – over the last 3 years, we have put in 6 raised beds filled with rich compost materials and dirt. No pesticides have ever been used. Garden production is extremely high in this rich soil. There are 1 cherry tree, 1 plum tree, and 1 peach tree that were planted in 2011, and are producing well. Organic vegetables and fruits are sold at local farmers markets and/or to local restaurants. Vegetables are available to pick for your enjoyment while at the farm. Our policy is "pick a vegetable, pick a weed too!"

• Prairie – the prairie was planted in the Fall of 2010 with over 67 species of flowers and grasses. No pesticides have been used in the maintenance, instead opting for prairie burn and cutting of weeds until prairie is established, typically 3 years. The prairie is prime for seeds, which will be packaged and sold as Rocky Hill Farms Illinois Native Prairie Wildflower Mix. Have used Cory Ritterbush of Prairieworks, Inc (Shullsburg, WI) to consult on the project. A species list is available with hyperlinks to the species.

• The Tree Farm – approximately 32 acres are in a managed Tree Farm Plan with the IDNR State of Illinois. There are numerous white pines, oaks and black walnuts. The “woods” are also in the tree plan, and are being managed to limit invasive species and to promote the growth of the good hardwoods.

• The “Woods” – we have had several naturalists come and walk the property and the property is home to several unique features including some sinkholes at the southern end of the prairie, numerous rock outcroppings at about 800’ elevation surrounding the property, with views of the Mississippi River from several, rare wildflowers including the endangered Canadian Violet, numerous ferns. There are two natural springs lower on the property. Wild ginseng also exists. We have done some restoration to increase the view, cut invasive species and promote good tree growth.

• WILDLIFE - we feature the occasional bobcat, deer, turkey, raccoons, possums, and over 80 species of birds.


3 Bedrooms - 1 on each floor, with 2 sleeping lofts

3 Full Bathrooms - 1 on each floor

Gourmet Kitchen with separate pantry and wine cooler, SS appliances, 6 burner gas stove w griddle

Woodburning Fireplace, Heat and AC

Combined Kitchen, Dining, Living Room (Great Room)

Upstairs TV Lounge area

Bose sound system Bluetooth

Back Deck with dining seating for 16, 2 loungers, and a small seating area and views

Covered Front Porch with Rocking Chairs

Large Screened Porch with Seating Furniture

Hot Tub outside Lower Level

Hiking/Walking Trails

3 Miles from Chestnut Mountain Ski Resort, fine dining

8 miles from Historic downtown Galena


1st floor - Master Bedroom with Queen bed (sleeps 2)

2nd floor - There is a bedroom with a queen bed (sleeps 2). This bedroom has an adjoined sleeping loft with twin bed (sleeps 1). Also upstairs next to the TV lounge is another loft space with a R&B convertible bed that can be 1 twin, 2 twins or 1 queen when separated.

Please note that when requested as queen - both mattresses will be on the floor with a featherbed covering and comfortable linens. When requested as 2 twins, both mattresses will be on the floor, but separated, and with comfortable linens. Since these beds are low to the ground, you should be able to get up/down comfortably (i.e. may not be appropriate for older adults, individuals with bad knees, etc..) When requested as a twin, mattresses are stacked, and bed has comfortable linens.

Lower level - 2 twins (sleeps 2), new Jan/2014, both with comfortable linens.

2 Extra plush air mattresses are available with plenty of room anywhere


1st floor off master bedroom/main hall with jacuzzi tub and separate shower

2nd floor, full with shower

Lower level, new, full with walk-in shower

OUTDOOR fire pit w Adirondack chairs. Hot tub. Front, rear and screened porches.


Pets allowed with permission, pet fee and prior approval. Please inquire before making deposits/payment. You must sign the Pet Addendum which will be sent to you. $100 first pet, $25 each additional pet. Maximum 3 pets.


• Fall 2011: new gourmet custom kitchen. Stainless steel appliances including

o 48” KitchenAid duel fuel range w/ griddle

o custom cabinet depth Kitchen Aid side by side refrigerator

o Kitchen Aid dishwasher

o JennAir under counter microwave drawer

o Kohler sink w/ disposal

o Soapstone counters

o Cabinets are knotty maple

o Seed glass used in “hutch”, transom, and cabinets in pantry

o Pantry includes a stainless steel beverage cooler, a 48” antique cast iron sink, custom cubby holes (mudroom).

• Whole house interior painted 2011-2012

• Spring, 2013: entire lower level remodeling which included:

o Custom wine room

o New pantry/storage

o New shower/sink/toilet with radiant flooring

o New ceramic floor throughout

o Radiant flooring in bedroom

o Large walk in closet in lower level bedroom

o New light fixtures throughout

o New walk in mudroom for coats/shoes/etc…


Property is an excellent property for snowshoeing and xxskiing. Equipment can be rented locally (please inquire and I can help you make arrangements.) Walking and hiking are our favorite activities here as is cycling on the country roads.


I am happy to coordinate many activities for you and have done so for my own company. I can arrange for bootcamps, yoga classes/instruction, golf outings, retreats, and getaways, massage therapists to come to the house, chefs to cook healthy meals, grocery/liquor delivery services, and more. Please inquire if you have a group and you wish me to help plan your weekend or week getaway. Great house for weddings, corporate retreats, and girls getaway weekends, and family reunions. This house is not acceptable or appropriate for loud parties or college/high school drinking parties. Please do not even inquire.

More Details

Kathy Kent
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
24 June, 2018

Why Kathy Kent chose Galena

This property 'spoke' to me the moment I saw it. Long driveway, towering oaks, rolling hills and woods. When I heard the story, of how the structure was an old barn that was resurrected on this property years ago, I understood the importance of preserving its history, thus began my own personal service project of preserving and conserving the house and property. This home has served as a personal journey for me, and I hope to share it with you.

What makes this house unique

Things I love about this house and property:

I LOVE sitting on the front porch with a cup of coffee watching the sun come up to the east. In summer, the warm sunshine gently warms the porch. In spring and fall, I wrap myself in a blanket and enjoy the sunrise.

I LOVE sitting on the front porch rocking chair, listening to the rain.

I LOVE sitting in the screened porch late into the evening, reading a book, or just listening to the owls hooting and the coyotes howling.

I LOVE sitting on the porch in the mornings, with my coffee, in April and May, with the bird migration - the sounds of the birds can be deafening! But I love it!

I LOVE sitting on the deck, having my lunch. Quiet and a view.

I LOVE setting up an air mattress on the deck outside, watching the stars and the meteor showers, and falling asleep to the quiet.

I LOVE how my friends say, every time they come out here, 'It's so quiet out here.'

I LOVE walking the prairie in the morning with the dew on the grass.

I LOVE walking the prairie in the evening with a glass of wine.

I LOVE gardening, and canning and drying what the garden produces.

I LOVE tapping the trees and making maple syrup!!!

I LOVE sharing beekeeping with neighbors!

I LOVE utilizing every inch of outdoor recreation of this property - walking, snowshoeing!

I LOVE the birds (over 60!) and wild animals.

I LOVE the prairie and how it changes colors with the seasons.

I LOVE the sunsets over the Mississippi!

Please enjoy this house as much as I do.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Galena

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • 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 11 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , jacuzzi , Master bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure , Upstairs
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower enclosure , Lower level - radiant floor (handicap accessible)
  • Lower level completely remodeled in 2013.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Upstairs Sleeping Loft #1 - 1 single bed , This loft adjoins the upstairs bedroom.
    Upstairs Sleeping Loft #2 - 2nd Floor adjacent to TV lounge - 2 single bed , This is a R&B convertible bed, can be 1 or 2 twins or 1queen
    Upstairs Bedroom 2 - with adjoining sleeping loft - 1 large double bed , Upstairs: Queen bed (there is an adjoining sleeping loft #1)
    First Floor Master Bedroom - 1 large double bed , First floor master bedroom
    Lower Level Bedroom - 2 single bed , 2 New Twin Beds (Jan '14)
  • There are two extra plush air mattresses (twin) that can be set up in many of the rooms. All rooms are very spacious. Please note that the sleeping loft (bedroom #2) adjoins the bedroom - it is 4 steps down and separated by a partial wall of two closets (think loft living). Great room for kids or a couple w kids. Also note in separate upper level loft area - this is a Room and Board style daybed, that can be a sofa bed, twin bed, 2 twin beds or a queen bed. If requested as 2 twins, or queen, mattresses are separated and placed on the floor, and may not be appropriate for individuals who have difficulty getting up off floor level. They are very comfortable beds. The loft is an 'open space' (i.e. no closed doors).
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • long term rentals available
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • festivals
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • ski
Guests are provided a starter pack of supplies that include: All linens and bath towels and kitchen towels 3 rolls of toilet paper per bathroom (regardless of length of stay) 2 rolls of paper towels (regardless of length of stay) 4 kitchen garbage bags (regardless of length of stay) 2 10-cup coffees plenty of coffee filters (size 10 cup) plenty of teas and sweeteners Limited pantry items including olive oils, spices, salt, pepper, flour, sugars, vinegars, etc… dishwasher detergent dish soap hand soaps, small shampoo, conditioner, body wash in all bathrooms laundry soap


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3 Bedroom 5 ⭐️ Home 37 Acres With Mississippi River Views Near Chestnut Mountain
average rating of 4.9615383 based on 26 reviews

There can only be a few places like this left!

  • 5 of 5

Rocky Hills Farm is amazing. Of course the house it self is great. Plenty of room, nicely decorated, everything you could want and an incredible kitchen. The pictures show you all you need to know about the house.

But, the best part is 37 acres of nature that most people never have an opportunity to be part of.

6 of us made the trip from the Chicago Suburbs with permission from Kathy to do some trap shooting. All of us have FOID and used only bio degradable clay pidgeons. Where else can you get up in the morning, use the hot tub while birds are waking up, then go for a long hike in a prairie AND woods, then make breakfast in a gourmet kitchen, then go out to set up a day of trap and target shooting. We shot for hours! It was so much fun. Lunch and dinner were cooked on a very nice grill right on the front porch while you rocked in the chairs. The screened in porch had plenty of room and nice touches so you could play board games etc at the table in the evening.

We didn't leave the house once we got there.

Here are some things to know. This really is away from it all. Bring all the food and drinks you think you will need with you. All the kitchen equipment you could need is there. Bring bug spray and use it.... again, this is not the suburbs, you will get bitten if you do not prepare. Bring good walking shoes and comfortable clothes, this is not a flip flop place. The trails and woods are amazing and worth packing the extra things.

You need to go to this place. We sat around the table and drank, and ate and laughed for hours. Kathy, the owner couldn't have been more accomodating and really does want everyone that comes to use and enjoy this special place.

Pick this one! It is really one of a kind!!!

  • Review Submitted: 20/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your amazing review. You "got it" - the essence of just being at the farm and experiencing all it has to offer. Please come back again as each season is different and has something else special to offer! Kathy
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Better than your typical VRBO

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at many places through VRBO and other sites both in the States and abroad. This place is at the top of our list. The house is a charming mix of modern and country with all the amenities you could need. The property is spectacular and you really feel like you have gotten away. Close to the Palisades and Galena so many opportunities to both be outside and enjoy shopping if that is what you like. We will definitely be back.

  • Review Submitted: 28/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Arlington Heights, IL

Beautiful property to unwind, reflect and gather with loved ones

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much for opening your home to me. It was such a beautiful weekend and just what I had hoped for to remember and celebrate the life of my mom. She would have loved this spot and I will have some fond memories with family to comfort me when I am sad and missing her. It was so nice to be able to bring our beloved dog, Daisy. She had so much fun running outside and hiking the trails with us. Would definitely rent with you again.

  • Review Submitted: 02/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful property....both the home and the land!

  • 5 of 5

Our family came for a long weekend retreat. It was so amazing! The restored barn makes for an incredible homestead and the acreage was perfect for the family to hike. We had our four legged family members along, too, and it was a wonderful space for them as well! I mentioned to Kathy we never turned on the t.v. while we were there; it was not needed. Everything from the gourmet kitchen to the beautiful scenery from all the windows and the breathtaking views from the deck made this place a favorite. Kathy was very responsive to any inquiries, and so easy to work with. We hope to visit this incredible property again! Thanks, Kathy, for sharing your special home with us!

  • Review Submitted: 11/04/2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for visiting and the wonderful review and kind words! I would love to host you again. You were awesome guests. And- I have a bottle of wine for you! Kathy
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Beautiful, clean, relaxing, charming

  • 5 of 5

Thank for opening your rustic and beautiful home. It was a great city getaway and so relaxing. The farm treats were great too!!

  • Review Submitted: 22/02/2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible Property!

  • 5 of 5

Rocky Hill Farms is an amazing property. The house and grounds really are beyond description - words and photos are simply not adequate to describe this location. I traveled here for an anniversary weekend with my husband and our two American Bulldogs. To say we loved it is an understatement. The grounds and surrounding scenery are breathtaking. The house is so well-equipped and beautifully furnished that I was amazed. I've stayed at several rental homes, many high-end, and none came close to the amenities offered at Rocky Hill Farms. Of course I loved the gourmet kitchen - fabulous! We all loved the beautiful front porch, the large back deck, and the wonderful screen porch (complete with beautiful wind chimes). The location is perfect - a quick 15 miin drive into downtown Galena. The grounds must be experienced - sitting outside at night listening to the call of the Barred Owl while stargazing at the brilliant display of stars overhead is an amazing experience. While I enjoyed the peace and tranquility of the property with its exceptional array of plants, trees and birds, my husband and logs loved hiking and running (bounding) through the prairie and woods. I really cannot say enough good things about Rocky Hill Farms. If you're on the fence at all, seriously, just stop your research and book now. This is by far the best place in Galena. And a bonus - owner/hostess Kathy is beyond wonderful. Very responsive, professional, courteous and accessible via Home Away, call/text, and facebook messenger. Thank you, Kathy, for opening your beautiful property to the public. We look forward to returning soon.

  • Review Submitted: 31/10/2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Summit Bar and Grill Chestnut Mountain
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Eagle Ridge Resort
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
US 20
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Sunset Grille - Chestnut Mountain
Nearest Ski
3 Miles
Chestnut Mountain Resort
Car: recommended

While this house is rural, sitting quietly and privately on 37 acres, it is located just 3 miles to Chestnut Mountain Resort (bars, restaurants, skiing, alpine slide in summer, putt putt golf, hiking, mountain biking, off-road Segway tours) and 8 miles to historic downtown Galena with dozens of restaurants, bars, wineries and outdoor activities (kayaking, biking, SUP - check out Fever River Outfitters). Hospital is 15 minutes away, and it has a fitness center with day pass for $8/day. Walmart and groceries are also 15 minutes away. Dubuque is 30-40 minute drive away and there are lots of restaurants and a Casino at the Port of Dubuque. Local hunting in JoDaviess County is outstanding and the property has large bucks, does, and turkey on and nearby. (Hunting is prohibited on the 37 acres. You must secure your own hunting license and locations.)


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Galena

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Summer/Fall Peak Season
25 May 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection AU$133.05
Cleaning Fee AU$201.58
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$671.95
Pet Fee AU$134.39

Upon satisfactory departure and inspection, the damage deposit shall be refunded. Damages for which charges will be incurred include anything except normal wear and tear. In the event that special cleaning is required, an amount will be taken from the damage deposit. Grocery service available.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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