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

Bucolic bliss

5 on November 11, 2015

Lovely, spacious rooms in peaceful rural setting. Yet, nothing is far away, state parks, hiking trails, boating, tons of history nearby, and just cruising along the country lanes is a delight. The Inn is meticulously clean, the inn-keepers friendly and helpful, the breakfasts delicious.

Brightwood Inn, Oglesby IL

4.8 on October 24, 2015

Beautiful B&B surrounded by quiet, wide open spaces. Large, comfortable room, friendly hosts, delicious breakfast. We will definitely come back.

Fabulous Weekend

5 on October 11, 2015

We make a trip to Starved Rock every fall and this by far was the best. We stay at a different location each time. However, we will no longer be trying different places. We will definitely be staying at Brightwood Inn. The entire experience was wonderful. The hosts were friendly and helpful. The room was exactly as described in the pictures but even better. The place was immaculate and every detail was thought of.

Lovely Getaway!

5 on October 08, 2015

I've visited Brightwood twice now - once with a friend on a writer's retreat and once for an anniversary getaway with my husband - and my only complaint is that I couldn't stay longer. It's really a lovely time-suspended getaway spot, surrounded by beauty and elegance, both in the B&B and the nature around it. Highly Recommend!

Amazing stay at an amazing bed and breakfast

4.4 on September 27, 2015

Our stay was fantastic! The owners were super friendly and the atmosphere very cozy! It was a nice short drive to starved rock, very convenient. Highly recommended.

Delightful Starved Rock B&B

4.4 on September 14, 2015

The only surprise here was how perfect Brighten Inn is. Our hosts were welcoming, the rules are clear, the facility is beautiful - spacious, warm and inviting. Breakfast was superb. We were only sorry that we couldn't stay another day.

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!

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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
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


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
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


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
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


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
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


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
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen


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
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King


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
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


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

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King


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
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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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!