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Brightwood Inn

2407 N. Il rt. 178 , Oglesby, IL 61348 USA (Show map)
196 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.



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

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What clean restful day away

4.4 on December 31, 2014

clean and the Whirlpool in the Merrimac room was great fun with some bubble bath. The pillows were comfortable and ones I wanted to take home. The bed was perfect sleeping. The well water is available as reverse osmosis water in the first floor. Free soda in the same are two. Breakfast was grapes, cantaloupe, cranberry scones, pancakes and two strips of bacon. We recommend Skoogs to eat and drink in Utica. Starved Rock is the feature attraction to see bald eagles and the Starved Rock itself. The Hegeler Carus mansion in Lasalle offers tours for $10. It does get dark at night so bring a flashlight to find your car at night. We would stay here vs. the Starved Rock Lodge or Great Bear Lodge. It is quiet and the hosts let you alone. The address is not on the email confirmation, but it is easy to find. Reservations can be made online and it works great. It was a cloudy night so the Dish TV was spotty at times.

Door County Room

3.4 on December 22, 2014

Have stayed in this room before. Nice to have a fireplace and separate controls for the heat/cooling. Comforter on the bed was heavy and too warm. Had to place it on the bottom of the bed. The mattress seems to be sagging in the middle. Breakfast was good both mornings. Would have been nice if there was bottled water in the room. Tea made in the room with water from the faucet tasted terrible. Would return again.

Holiday Fun...

5 on December 13, 2014

Wanted a nice place to stay for Thanksgiving close to Starve Rock, and the Brightwood in is the best!....

first trip to starved rock

4.4 on November 22, 2014

Thank you so much for our wonderful stay at Brightwood inn. The meals were great and the details shared about all the activities in the area were greatly appreciated. If it wasn't for the wonderful advice about Matthieson state park, we would have missed one if the most beautiful views in the area. Can't wait to come back!

Excellent getaway

4.8 on November 17, 2014

Will try very hard to get back sometime soon! We absolutely loved the inn and the hosts! So comfortable...almost like being at home. The stay was just perfect! Loved the food, too. Was excellent.

Great place to relax and recharge

4.8 on November 11, 2014

Great place helpful staff and good value. Enjoyed the fire place in each room.

Excellent Place to Stay

5 on November 05, 2014

A very welcoming place to just relax and unwind. This was our first experience with a B&B and we weren't disappointed. Very comfortable bed and nice size room with shower and great views of the beautiful grounds. They cook up a great breakfast that truly sets you up for exploring Matthiesen Park. We Just left, and we're already trying to figure out when we can come back!

A wonderful place to stay and enjoy!

5 on October 22, 2014

We had a wonderful time at the Brightwood Inn. Although we were celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary we are not a young couple and this was a great place to visit and to enjoy each other. We stayed in the Mallory Square room which is a very bright, colorful room with a fireplace and large Queen size bed. We would definitely return to this B&B! Very close to Starved Rock but since this was "Fall Color" weekend Starved Rock was so crowded we enjoyed Mathiessen State Park which is even closer to the Brightwood Inn. Take some time, get away from it all and enjoy the Brightwood B&B!

Great Stay!

5 on October 22, 2014

We loved the fact that the Inn was a little of the road and VERY Quiet. The rooms were huge!

Best in the area

5 on October 22, 2014

Always a pleasure to stay at Brightwood. The setting is marvelous, the innkeepers accommodating, the beds luxurious.

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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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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
  • 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!


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

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