Brightwood Inn

2407 N. Il rt. 178 , Oglesby, IL 61348 USA (Show map)


Brightwood Inn is 4 minutes directly south of Starved Rock State Park. Newly constructed in 1996, and nestled on 14 acres of meadow within the confines of Matthiessen State Park, the Brightwood Inn was built to resemble a vintage farmhouse complete with a verandah and rocking chairs. The Brightwood Inn will provide you with a peaceful and luxurious stay amid the beauty of nature. In the morning the dining room serves a full hot complimentary breakfast to our inn guests. Being "Farm to Fork" the meals feature fresh organic herbs and vegetables from our gardens when in season.



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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.4
  • Value4.1
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.3

Great first B&B experience

4.8 on August 30, 2015

Our first stay in a bed and breakfast to celebrate our anniversary, and what a delight it was! We were given recommendations for local restaurants, and all our questions and concerns were more than adequately addressed. Our room had a lovely patio with a view of the sunset. We will absolutely stay here again.

Had a wonderful time at this beautiful Inn

4.0 on August 21, 2015

We were scheduled to stay in the Mallory Square Room but since there was no one who booked the Aspen Suite during our two night stay, the owners upgraded us at no charge. We loved the Aspen Suite it had more than enough room for the two of us. Private Balcony was nice. The owners Sharon & Kevin were wonderful. Very helpful, sweet. Wonderful breakfast included as well. Very Clean! Loved the features of this property; water available, soft drinks available, fridge, cookies, games, DVD's etc. There are only three things that I would add/change to this Inn (but it wouldn't stop me from going back) is a swimming pool, more comfy couch in Aspen Room & the Wi-Fi in the Aspen Suite did not work very well. I know why do you want Wi-Fi when your staying at a beautiful Inn? The answer is so you can find things to do in the area since some items we have planned prior to our drive out did not pan out. If you go to this area a restaurant that is a must is: Casa Mia in Naplate (Ottawa). Their Filet Mignon amongst everything else was perfect. We live in Chicago, so we have great steaks, but this was one of the best steaks I've ever had.

Great place!

4.6 on August 20, 2015

our first experience with a B & B. It was awesome. Great place, great setting , beautiful grounds, great updated rooms, and great food!! We will definitely be back!


5 on June 05, 2015

Everything was great! Felt very home-y, the room was nice and spacious with a jacuzzi and balcony. The staff was very friendly and hospitable. Would stay again!


3.4 on April 26, 2015

The whole Inn and Makinac room were beautiful. Bathtub nice. Good food, but small portions. Pillows and towels smelled like vinegar. Never got our Orange Juice at breakfast. Hostess friendly upon arrival and at breakfast, not so friendly on departure.

Wonderful B&B for a relaxing getaway

5 on April 23, 2015

We've been to this B&B twice now, and absolutely love it. The rooms are clean, comfortable, and spacious. The breakfasts are delicious and freshly made (not just continental breakfast). The owners are around if you need them, but have a separate house next door, so you really feel like you're on your own private retreat. The outdoor areas are nice places to sit and relax. It's a quick drive to nearby towns, so it's convenient to go out for dinner or pick something up.

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5 on April 21, 2015

This is out 2nf time staying at the inn. The place is clean and cozy. We wake up relaxed and ready to start our day. We plan on making it our annual getaway trip for out anniversary. We've only stayed one day each time. Next year we are planing a 2 day and stay in a different room each time.

Spring Break Getaway

4.6 on April 02, 2015

My husband and I did a relaxing one night stay at the Brightwood Inn to kick off my Spring Break. Our room was lovely. Breakfast was delicious and plentiful. Perfect place to stay to visit our favorite state parks and do some wine tasting. Will definitely be repeat visitors!


4.8 on March 30, 2015

The building is very beautiful. I loved all the little things that were around to make it special: movies to watch, soda, cookies, items with the logo, pictures from the area of the room name, and the list goes on. Thank you for making our 11th anniversary very special.

Our stay

4.6 on March 29, 2015

We had a lovely stay at this Bed and Breakfast, we will definitely come back.

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Rooms & Rates


Queen size cannon ball bed, private bath with shower and pedestal sink. Large windows with a view down the lane. Second Floor

  • Maximum Capacity: 2


Queen size sleigh bed, private bath combination whirlpool tub and shower, large windows with spectacular view of the park meadows at sunset. Second Floor

  • Maximum Capacity: 2


Queen size bed with panel headboard, private balcony, private bath with oversize whirlpool tub, separate shower and a large bay window with northern view of park. Second Floor

  • Maximum Capacity: 2


Queen size sleigh bed, large 2 person hot tub, seperate shower. Private balcony. Kitchenette and seperate living room. Queen size pull out in living room area. Third Floor

  • Maximum Capacity: 4


Two queen beds side by side, shower/no tub, large flat screen TV, writing desk, 2 comfy chairs. Large room with a beautiful view. First floor

  • Maximum Capacity: 4


King size bed, private balcony, northern view of park. Large 2 person hot tub with seperate shower. Very large room and bath. First Floor

  • Maximum Capacity: 4


Queen size canopy bed. 2 person hot tub in bay window with a southern view of the park. seperate shower in bathroom. Second Floor

  • Maximum Capacity: 2


King bed, western and southern view of the park. Combination hot tub and shower. Pull out double couch. Second Floor

  • Maximum Capacity: 4


Queen size pencil post bed, private bath with shower and pedestal sink. Large bay windows with a view down the lane. Second Floor

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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Location Type



Chicago, IL (CHI-All Airports) 90 miles

Directions to property:

Utica exit (IL Rt 178) off of I-80, 6 miles south on right side of road just past second exit to Matthiessen State Park.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Historical interests, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Starved Rock State Park, I&M Canal Natl. Heritage Corridor, Cross country skiing, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Country Inn, Farm

On-site amenities

Fax Machine, Internet Service, Library, Videos , Feather Bed, Microwave on site, Guest Fridge on site

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Skydiving, Geocaching, Progressive dinner, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Whitewater Rafting

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  • Check In:: 3 - 6 PM
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited adults come here for a quiet getaway
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Small, well-behaved pets allowed in Vieux Carre for $25.00
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: during high season and holidays
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 50% of first night or one night for multiple days
  • Cancellations: Cancellations made at least 7 days in advance will be fully refunded. For cancellations less than 7 days in advance, your deposit will be forfeited. If we are able to book your room in the remaining time, we will provide a full refund. All cancellations are subject to a $15.00 bookkeeping fee.



John and Jo Ryan

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About the innkeepers

Gardening, entertaining guests, cooking, hiking and biking.

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Full hot

  • Time Served: 8:30am to 9:30am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Restrictive , Vegetarian , Gluten free, Lactose intolerant

Signature Dish

Biscuits and Gravy
Made from scratch bicuits and gravy. We've been told they're the best they've ever had!