My boyfriend and I stayed here and it was such a wonderful experience! The rooms were beautiful and clean, bordering a giant farm. It was absolutely peaceful. The owners were very nice and accommodating--we will definitely be back!
Out side of the fact this is one of the most affordable and comfortable bed and breakfast we've ever been to; the owners are extremely polite and personable. Breakfast is really good, the rooms are nice and spacious/comfy. The bed is super soft and comfy... They have a nice fireplace and beautiful scenery as you look out into the countryside. Our specific room had a hot tub in the bathroom with a nice serene lighting and excellent privacy. Its like being at home.. Can't wait to go again for our anniversary.
Rooms were bigger and nicer than expected but could use some updating and repair. There were some settlement cracks in the ceiling and some caulking around tubs could use refreshing. These are small things in comparison. We had a wonderful time and the Brightwood Inn was an incredible place! The caretakers were wonderful and the food was good. A very homey place. My wife didn't want to leave! I highly recommend it!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Was looking for a romantic weekend getaway for our 21st anniversary. Price was over what we wanted to pay for our weekend. But comparable to other B&B's. We really enjoyed our stay. The inn-keepers were friendly, as well as the others we met staying. Rooms are clean and neat. Breakfast was awesome. We look forward to going back in warmer weather, so we can enjoy the outdoors.
We had a wonderful weekend in the at Brightwood Inn in the Mackinac room! We started off with a very nice gift basket for our stay. Sharon and Kevin feed us some fantastic breakfasts. For Valentine's we were also treated to some homemade chocolate strawberries and handmade truffles. SUPERB! The Mackinac room was very nice. You are able to see the sunrise and sunsets from all of the great windows. The bed and sheets were super comfy and soft. We slept like a baby. Add in some eagle watching and ice waterfalls at Starved Rock, it was a perfect weekend. Thank you Sharon and Kevin for a wonderful weekend. We will definitely be joining you again.
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!
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.
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.