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.
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 :)
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!!
My boyfriend and I always look forward to staying here when we want a quick romantic getaway from the city. I love making coffee in the morning and sitting on the rocking chair on the porch to start off my day. A lot of outdoor activities to do in close proximity and cute independent shops and restaurants in walking distance to grab dinner or an ice cream cone.