Skip to content

Riverview Ranch & Resort - 3BR

4.97(39 reviews)SuperhostGalena, Illinois, United States
Farm stay hosted by Roger
8 guests3 bedrooms4 beds2.5 baths
Entire home
You’ll have the farm stay to yourself.
Enhanced Clean
This host committed to Airbnb's 5-step enhanced cleaning process.
Roger is a Superhost
Superhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
Cancellation policy
Add your trip dates to get the cancellation details for this stay.
House rules
This place isn’t suitable for infants (0–2 yrs) and the host doesn’t allow pets, parties, or smoking.
Wide open spaces in nature’s playground. Cozy 3 br 2 ba unit. (approx. 1,300 sqft). Full kitchen with everything you need. Friendly dogs, mini pig, horses, guinea pigs, goats, turtle. Large lobby w/ sat TV, bar. Table converts to pool table or ping pong table. Air hockey table. 6 mi. to Galena. Spectacular sunsets, star gazing, fire pit, gas grill, hiking, bird watching. Outdoor pony rides, kayaks, bicycles available for extra fee. Near public hunting, Trains.

The space
This is a unique 22,000 sqft facility in a country setting. Come enjoy our slice of animal lover's and nature lover's paradise. Lobby has Direct TV, ping pong, pool table, air hockey, bar. Lobby can be converted to workout room with rowing machine, stationary bike and weights. The building has horse stalls and a large riding arena viewable from unit. 3's dining room and from the lobby. (equuarium).
Chestnut mtn. is 0.9 miles from our place to the bottom of the slopes or 3.3 miles to the parking lot at the top of the mountain.
In fall and spring migrating water fowl fly over and hang out in the river in front of us. Geese, pelicans and ducks are common sights for about 4 months of the year.

A beautiful one mile walk along River Road has breathtaking views of the Mississippi. Many species of wildflowers bloom all along the road. Wild mulberry trees and raspberry bushes offer snacks. Sheer rock cliffs and wonderful wooded areas filled with wildlife. Chestnut Mountain ski resort has a pier from which you can watch the sunset over the water.

We often have campfires where we tell stories and sing songs under the stars.. we provide the firewood. If you play a musical instrument please bring it. I have some guitars you can borrow if you can’t bring your own. This is a great way for kids to overcome their fear of public speaking.

We have a large horse watering tank that we use to cool off in summer. It holds three adults or four kids at a time. We also have garden hoses you can use to spray your husband while he is grilling the steaks.

Did I mention we have horses? They love being petted. Rides are available for an additional fee.

Note: Our indoor riding arena roof collapsed under heavy snow load on 2/22/2021. We hope to have it rebuilt by June 2021. Until then, we won't be able to provide horseback riding indoors. It should not affect any other aspect of our business. We still plan to do petting zoos and horseback riding outside. Guests are asked to please forgive our construction operations which will be away from the guest accommodations and activities. We won't do construction on weekends so there won't be any construction noise for our guests.

More info at RiverviewRnR.com.

Guest access
Guests will have exclusive use of Unit. 3. It is about 1300 sqft of living space.

Guests are not allowed in horse stall area/ riding areas or in pastures without a signed liability waiver and accompanied by a wrangler. (Roger or Sabina). Guests may pet horses over the fence unaccompanied, at their own risk.

Please do not enter unit 1 or 2, the downstairs kitchen or the lobby office. Owners occupy these private spaces.

Feel free to use the lobby. We will pass through the lobby often.

Other things to note
Please do not enter any horse enclosures unless my wife or I authorize it and accompany you. Also, we need a signed liability waiver before any guests are allowed to do equine activities such as horseback riding or to borrow the kayaks or bicycles.

Sniff and Greet:

Our Dogs get excited when new people come so we ask that you allow them a short sniff and greet when you arrive. They are friendly but they often bark as they run up to strangers. Especially our very friendly German Shepard, Bessie, can be intimidating for people who are afraid of dogs. If someone is afraid of dogs in your group please let me know and I'll keep tight controls of Bessie until that person is comfortable. It won't take long. Bessie loves to be petted. Nala, mini Dachshund, loves to play "gimmie that" and Pepper, yorkie mix, loves to be scratched.

It is best to just relax and move slowly any time you meet a new dog. Once the dogs get your scent and you pet them, they will become your best buddies very quickly. Doggy treats help break the ice.

Nala tends to bark directly at strangers for about a minute and then she starts to warm up and come in for the snuggles. Pepper usually runs in for near immediate snuggles.

Bessie likes to stick her nose right into you asking you to pet her.

If we are not home when you arrive, we will put the dogs in our living unit and we will coordinate with you through airbnb to give access to the lobby and unit 3 at the top of the stairs.

In summer we attack mosquitos aggressively with multiple bug zappers. Even though we are close to the river the bugs are not bad. In summer we recommend bringing bug spray anyway. Some of them sneak past our zappers.
Wide open spaces in nature’s playground. Cozy 3 br 2 ba unit. (approx. 1,300 sqft). Full kitchen with everything you need. Friendly dogs, mini pig, horses, guinea pigs, goats, turtle. Large lobby w/ sat TV, bar. Table converts to pool table or ping pong table. Air hockey table. 6 mi. to Galena. Spectacular sunsets, star gazing, fire pit, gas grill, hiking, bird watching. Outdoor pony rides, kayaks, bicycles availa…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
2 single beds

Amenities

Wifi
Kitchen
Free parking on premises
TV with standard cable
Hair dryer
Air conditioning
Cable TV
Heating
Dryer
Washer

Select check-in date

Add your travel dates for exact pricing
4.97(39 reviews)
Check-in
Add date
Checkout
Add date

4.97 out of 5 stars from 39 reviews

Cleanliness
Accuracy
Communication
Location
Check-in
Value

Location

Galena, Illinois, United States

We have seven friendly horses, three friendly dogs, two goats, and a miniature piglet. We are less than a mile from the Chestnut Mountain Ski slopes. The city of Galena is a scenic six mile drive or bicycle ride away. Kayaks can be put in nearby to explore the Mississippi River and islands. There are numerous other nearby attractions. See our guidebook for more info. We enjoy walking along River road. There are great bicycling trails along river road. Wildlife abounds. There is a boat landing nearby.
We have seven friendly horses, three friendly dogs, two goats, and a miniature piglet. We are less than a mile from the Chestnut Mountain Ski slopes. The city of Galena is a scenic six mile drive or bicycle rid…

Hosted by Roger

Joined in August 2018
  • 39 Reviews
  • Identity verified
  • Superhost
I am a former US Marine fighter pilot. My wife, Sabina, is from Germany and has a PhD in Criminal Justice. We are empty nesters with a big nest. We live in unit 1 and rent unit 3. Unit 2 is under renovation and we plan to make it available as soon as Covid 19 gets beaten back a bit more.
I am a former US Marine fighter pilot. My wife, Sabina, is from Germany and has a PhD in Criminal Justice. We are empty nesters with a big nest. We live in unit 1 and rent unit 3.…
During your stay
We live on the premises in unit 2B. Unit 1 is being renovated. We often enjoy campfires and welcome guests to join us. We ride horses regularly. We welcome observers to watch us ride and train the horses. Our neighbor is a world class eventing instructor and trains his students in his pasture across the street. If you are here when he is training students you will see some some cool jumping. If you need something just let Roger or Sabina know. If we don’t answer indoors try hollering for us in the stables or in the pasture area. If you'd like to meet the horses face to face in the pastures please ask us to introduce you to them.
We live on the premises in unit 2B. Unit 1 is being renovated. We often enjoy campfires and welcome guests to join us. We ride horses regularly. We welcome observers to watch us ri…
Roger is a Superhost
Superhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
  • Languages: English, Deutsch
  • Response rate: 100%
  • Response time: within an hour
To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.

Things to know

House rules
Check-in: 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Not suitable for infants (under 2 years)
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events
Health & safety
Committed to Airbnb's enhanced cleaning process. Learn more
Airbnb's social-distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
Nearby lake, river, other body of water
Heights without rails or protection
May encounter potentially dangerous animal
Cancellation policy

Explore other options in and around Galena

More places to stay in Galena: