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Brightwood Inn

2407 N. Il rt. 178 , Oglesby, IL 61348 USA (Show map)
184 Reviews
$135 - $255
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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.

Rooms & Rates


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

  • 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

  • Maximum Capacity: 2


Queen size bed with panel headboard, private balcony, private bath with oversize whirlpool tub, separate shower and a large bay window.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2



  • Maximum Capacity: 4

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

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Wonderful B & B

4.8 on September 24, 2014

The owners are very accommodating, even when I said I was Vegan, which put a crimp in what they could serve me for breakfast. The Inn is newer, well maintained,, and comfortable. The ground are nice to walk around and, of course, Matthiessen Park is right next door, which is where the Wine Festival we attended was, so very convenient. We also enjoyed the hiking at Matthiessen Park - and Starved Rock is a short drive down the road, where we ate dinner, again convenient to visit there and hike there if desired. It was a very nice place to stay.

Thanks for a great weekend!

4.4 on September 24, 2014

Better than I could've imagined! I would definitely go back there. Sharon was so welcoming upon our arrival and friendly throughout our stay. Thank you!

Another perfect stay!

4.8 on September 17, 2014

Third time my husband and I stayed at this B&B. The rooms are comfortable and our hosts accommodating. Be sure to bring your bikes for a great ride along the canal.

Very nice overnight stay

3.4 on September 17, 2014

We decided at the last minute to find a drivable location to visit just overnight to celebrate our anniversary. We found the Brightwood very comfortable, with very pleasant grounds. We appreciated that we didn't need to book two nights. The location is very close to the towns and starved rock and being off the beat and path was a good thing, we avoided the crowds to the parks. Our only complaint, we didn't have any creamer in our rooms (do have nice single cup coffee makers), and we love our coffee and breakfast was served a bit late for us, 8:30 a.m. We like to rise early, get a bit and head out for more adventures. Otherwise a nice stay and a good value. Recommended.

Great Stay!!

5 on September 16, 2014

My boyfriend and I truly enjoyed our stay at Brightwood Inn. The room was large and the bed was very comfortable. The staff we extremely welcoming and served a delicious breakfast in the morning. I loved that the Inn was surrounded by nature - it was a great escape from the city!!

Great time

4.8 on August 20, 2014

Had a great time spent the day hiking and doing wine tasting came back sat down in the back porch watched the sun set great view as we had are wine are room was very nice and the view in the moring was great will come back

Nice place to stay Friendly staff

4.6 on August 05, 2014

Nice quiet remote location near State parks, awesome staff good food peaceful relaxing time.

Utica Getaway

3.8 on August 03, 2014

We had a very nice stay at the Brightwood Inn

June 2014

4.0 on July 01, 2014

We enjoyed the two days we spent at Brightwood. The operators provided good information about the surrounding area and provided us with good suggestions for dinner.

I would come back

4.6 on June 26, 2014

Updated rooms are clean and spacious. Good size room for the price. I would definitely come back!

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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, In-room internet, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi

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
  • [Resource Id: alcohol_provided, Set: propertyview] 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
  • [Resource Id: disabledaccess, Set: propertyview] Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: during high season and holidays
  • 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!

Details Diamond Collection

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

Property highlights

Free $75 gift card with a $250+ gift card purchase