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The River House on the Mississippi River in Thomson, IL

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Enjoy a getaway on the peaceful, quiet River House on the Mississippi River. In the mornings the only sounds you might hear are the sounds of the birds. In the summer you will watch barges and riverboats go by, or watch the flock of white pelicans on the River. In the wintertime eagles are on the ice in front of the house. On this part of the river, Pool 13, there are many inlets for boating and kayaking. The area is known for its fishing tournaments. There is a public boat launch 1 mile up the road, and there is a local place to rent boats. The River House has a dock for boating or fishing. The wildlife and spectacular sunsets offer many outstanding photographic opportunities. The Thomson area is on the Northern Illinois Wine Trail, and it features many wineries with tasting rooms. There are many antique shops and quilting shops nearby. You can also enjoy the local orchards and live summer theater. Nearby are the Palisades State Park, the Ingersol Nature Center, the Thomson Causeway, and Eagle Point Park. Thomson is on the Illinois Bike Trail, and bikes can be rented in town.

The River House is a one story ranch house, and it sleeps 6 with 4 beds. The house has 2 bedrooms, plus an entryway room with a queen size hide-a-bed. The master bedroom has a queen bed, and the second bedroom has two twin beds. An inflatable twin bed is also available. There are 2 full bathrooms. The house has a complete kitchen, central air, and a washer and dryer. In the winter a wood fireplace is available. Outside there is an eating area on the wrap-around deck. A gas barbecue grill is available and a fire pit for campfires.

The River House is 2 1/2 hours from Chicago and Madison, Wisconsin, and 1 hour from Dubuque, IA and the wonderful National Mississippi River Museum. It is a 45 minute drive to Galena for sightseeing, shopping, and good restaurants. In Galena, Cascade Mountain offers downhill skiing and snowboarding. It is also a 45 minute drive to the Quad Cities, a large metropolitan area that features wonderful museums, including the Putnam, the Figge Art Museum, and John Deere.

Whether you want to relax watching the sunset with friends, or whether you want to go sightseeing in Galena, our house will meet your needs. We live next door and will be available to answer any questions and make sure your visit is a very pleasant one.

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Nana Campana
Member since: 2012
Speaks english
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
16 August, 2017

About Nana Campana

My husband and I used the River House as our weekend getaway, before we moved here from the Chicago suburbs. We are both from the Midwest (Wisconsin and Illinois). I am a retired teacher, and my husband is a retired sheet metal worker. We lived in the River House full time while we were building our house next door. This area is really beautiful, and we enjoy boating, the sunsets, and the quiet, although we do head into Chicago frequently to enjoy theater and other city things. My favorite time here is in the fall and winter, when it is extra beautiful on the River. People are friendly here, and the neighbors will welcome you.

Nana Campana purchased this house in 2001

Why Nana Campana chose Illinois

The River House is a great getaway. It is only 2 1/2 hours from Chicago, which is very convenient. It is a quiet, relaxing place in the woods on the Mississippi River with a spectacular view. Since the house has a wrap-around deck overlooking the river, you can eat outside and enjoy the fresh air and the view. The house is on one floor, and there are few steps to worry about.

What makes this house unique

Since the house is on a wooded cul-de-sac, the area is very peaceful and quiet. Yet nearby there are many wineries, quilting shops, and antique shops to enjoy. Boating on the river is wonderful.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Thomson

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , soap provided
    Bathroom 2 - master bath - toilet , bath with shower , 2 sinks - soap provided
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 single bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , Has master bathroom with shower, tub, and double sinks
    Entryway bedroom - 1 large double bed , queen size hide-a-bed
  • Queen size Beds (1), 2 twin beds and 1 inflatable twin bed, queen size hide-a-bed (1)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • video player
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 bicycles
  • long term rentals available
  • limited accessibility ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • ski
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Quiet and relaxing or tourist activities in Galena or Quad Cities


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The River House on the Mississippi River in Thomson, IL
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 30 reviews
Bloomingdale, IL

Perfect gateway for family or friends

  • 5 of 5

Very nice and quite place, view is beautiful. Owners are very nice and helpful people. We will definitely be back and recommend to everyone.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Carol stream il

Very nice place

  • 5 of 5

The house was clean, cozy and spacious. It had everything you would need for barbecue or bonfire. There was no wifi but everything else was perfect.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The River House is a place to gather, connect, refresh, and relax. One of our guiding principles is: "Never go too long without watching a sunset." Atticus
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Just what the doctor ordered!

  • 5 of 5

We were needing and looking for a quiet, comfortable place close enough to home due to driving restrictions. We decided that the Mississippi River was an "easy" drive and started looking at the Savanna area. We decided that the River House on the Mississippi River was a natural fit - one story, easy to get in to and quiet. After talking to Nana on the phone and then meeting Ron and Nana, we knew we had made the right choice. They were available if we had questions and did not intrude upon us. We spent many hours sitting on the deck, listening the the birds, watching the barges and the sunset. Perfection!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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VERY Quiet Get-Away- Wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of six. Two parents, two teenagers and two 20-somethings. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at The River House. Ron and Nana were excellent hosts. The house was clean and well-stocked with everything we could need. Our favorite part was mornings on the deck drinking our coffee and catching up with each other. We enjoyed the birds and the squirrels as they danced through the trees. It was surprisingly not buggy. We were able to see two of the sunsets, but this time of the year there were more bugs at the river at sunset and we couldn't stay down there long. Nana left a lot of information about things to do. They even had a closet of board games which our family enjoyed. There was one thing I wish I knew before we came: there is no wifi and we only got 1x signal (at best) on our iPhones. This was actually very much a blessing as it forced us to disconnect from our normal lives! What a gift! However, had I known, I would've done much more internet research on activities and places to go before we left. This became a planning challenge for us, but we managed. We also enjoyed the late day shade that the mature trees provided, but they did block much of the view of the river. If you are looking for a quiet, peaceful getaway with your family, this is a great place to go! Ron and Nana will take good care of you. Next time we are looking for a place to go as a family, we will certainly consider The River House!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: As stated in our listing, we do not have wi-fi, but it is available nearby. Most guests just use their phones. A detailed list of local places to visit is always mailed to each guest before arrival. The River House is a place to gather, connect, refresh, and relax.
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Battle Creek , MI

Everything we needed and wanted!

  • 5 of 5

The house had everything we could have wanted, nicely stocked. We fished from the shore and had bonfires and cooked on the grill and enjoyed lots of cooking in the nice kitchen. The photos of the home showed the master bedroom from several different angles, and I mistakenly thought they were separate rooms... this is a two bedroom home. Which was fine for our purposes, I was just surprised. It was nice having a washer and dryer, and we enjoyed the large tub in the master bathroom. It was a beautiful area, and we will probably stay here again someday.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The River House is a 2 bedroom house. However, the entryway room has a queen-size hide-a-bed in it, and there is a door separating it from the rest of the house. We always contact guests right after booking to make sure the sleeping arrangements will work for them. We are glad that guests enjoy the kitchen and large dining room table. A lot of good cooking and visiting has gone on there!
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Woodridge, IL

Great place for a weekend

  • 5 of 5

Nice and clean house with a great view of the river. Owner very nice and accommodating. Not too far from activities. Overall a wonderful experience for everyone.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

There is plenty of unique shopping and dining in nearby Galena, and The National Mississippi River Museum in Dubuque, Iowa is fabulous.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit A$127.81

Rates are subject to change until booking is completed. The $100 refundable security deposit is required for each rented week. Extended stay rentals are available.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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