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Brightwood Inn

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

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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
  • Onsite Dining4.3

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A Perfect Relaxation Location

4.2 on February 27, 2015

Beautiful house, beautifully appointed rooms and very clean. Amenities are above average for a B&B - individual thermostats, Egyptian cotton towels, silky soft sheets & a fireplace in every room! Perfect location and just far enough off the main road. Nice common areas with a fridge & microwave for guest use, books and a vast DVD library. Breakfast was always an egg dish - maybe would have liked more variety, like pancakes or french toast one day - but Sharon & Kevin are very accommodating, so just ask. We love the Starved Rock area and when not camping, this will be our go-to place!

Another fantastic weekend

4.8 on February 21, 2015

This is the second time we've stayed at Brightwood, and it was as good as can be expected. We absolutely loved every minute we spent here, and look forward to coming back.

Lovely dog friendly get away

4.8 on February 19, 2015

We spent a night at the Brightwood Inn over Valentine's Weekend and had a wonderful time. It was a quick, scenic(rural farm country) 1.5- 2 hr drive from Chicago. We were drawn to the Brightwood Inn after learning that they had a dog-friendly room. Upon arrival we were greeted warmly by the inn keepers and given a tour. Our dog had never been in a house so big, and she explored with excitement. We settled into the spacious Vieux Carre room, which is on the first floor with nice window view of the grounds and a warm gas fireplace. While in the area we explored Mathiesson and Starved Rock State park, and then enjoyed a relaxing soak in the huge jacuzzi tub back at the inn. Breakfast was simple and very satisfying consisting of eggs, bacon, scones, juice, and pancakes with a tasty elderflower syrup option. Throughout our short stay, we felt very at home and would love to stay at the Brightwood inn again when in the area.

Nice stay

4.0 on February 18, 2015

We had a very nice stay. The house was well taken care of. The Sequoia room was nicely appointed and the gas fireplace was a welcome amenity. Breakfast was delicious.

Large rooms, great location for Starved Rock and Mathiessen State Park

4.8 on February 12, 2015

The Brightwood Inn was built as a B & B and it shows. The bedrooms are all large as are the bathrooms. Each room has a gas fireplace.There are several common areas, all comfortable and supplied with drinks (non-alcoholic), games, books and music. Cookies are usually available. Though breakfast is only served for an hour, the sweets and savories were all good. Our room, the Mackinac,overlooked a field on the west from which we saw a beautiful sunset. Sharon, the host, was full of information, suggesting a good place for dinner and trading music recommendations with the other couple who were with us. Their room, the Mallory Square, was charming. If you are going to Starved Rock, this is a great place to stay.

Great place to explore Starved Rock

4.6 on February 02, 2015

Our hosts at Brightwood Inn were so gracious - we had the whole place to ourselves and they treated us like we lived there. Breakfast was scrumptious. Location was really close to Starved Rock, where we went to see some eagles. Nothing about this trip disappointed :)

Getaway from the City

5 on January 29, 2015

For a weekend away or even a night away from the City, Brightwood Inn is great. Wonderful service and spectacular location.

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!....

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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


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!


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

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