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
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.3

Beautiful place

5 on September 22, 2016

We stayed at Brightwood inn for the wine festival and it is like home. Very clean great breakfast & sharon and Kevin are very nice. We will be staying there again next time we are there. Highly recommend staying there.

Romantic Anniversary stay at B&B

4.2 on September 15, 2016

We were looking for a place to stay near Starved Rock State Park, and decided to try the Brightwood Inn because we have never stayed at a B&B. I'm gad we chose to stay there because it was so quiet and peaceful, the rooms were large, and the complimentary breakfast was wonderful. The location to the park as well as other attractions was perfect and they provided a list of local restaurants as well as their menus to help you find a place to eat. We booked the anniversary package it was a little more but worth it! We had very yummy chocolate covered strawberries waiting for us in our room when we checked in as well as a basket of complementary spa items, and when we got back from the park on Saturday we had a cake for two waiting in our room and it was delicious! The Brightwood was clean and the staff was helpful, and we will most likely stay there again.

Best relaxing trip I had!

5 on September 07, 2016

This was an awesome place to stay. Service is great, room is great and everyone was just super friendly. Will go back again!!!

A beautiful space well cared for by welcoming owners

5 on August 26, 2016

My husband and I could not have asked for more generous care givers nor a more welcoming serene inn to come back to after a long day of hiking area mountains and touring area sites. The Mallory room was nicely appointed with yellow sunflowers and pale blue accents on the wallpaper, towels, lounge chairs, coverlettes and pillows. The carpet was clean & plush, the bathroom was amazingly spotless with both a shower and a jacuzzi tub, and the air conditioning was a complete joy to return to after a long sweltering day in the sun. We were given excellent recommendations for dinner and Sharon sweetly chatted with us and other guests each morning. The Brightwood Inn was a bright and memorable stop during our summer vacation treck this year. We would highly recommend this Bed and Breakfast in Oglesby, Illinois to everyone. It's even worth going out of the way to stay in one of these sweet rooms and to enjoy the most hospitable owners. The orga ic, farm to table breakfasts (with divine granola!!) takes this place over the top. Do yourself a favor; stay at the Brightwood Inn in Oglesby! No regrets.

Great place

5 on August 08, 2016

Stayed here before and enjoy the inn and innkeepers, will be back again.

golf outing

5 on August 08, 2016

wonderful place to stay they make you feel like family

Lovely place in the country!

4.8 on July 14, 2016

Nice, clean, quiet, large room. The breakfast option has a choice for everyone. Spent time on the back porch watching the hummingbirds. A lovely needed getaway!

Great Room, Staff, and Location

4.6 on June 21, 2016

We had a wonderful stay. The staff was friendly, helpful, and easily accessible. The location near Starved Rock State Park was ideal. The room was relaxing and comfortable. We would definitely come again!

Relaxing Getaway

4.4 on June 01, 2016

This was a very well maintained BB that came with better than expected hospitality. We will be back!

Great stay for a 1st Anniversary

4.4 on May 10, 2016

First time ever booking a B&B, first surprise for anniversary stuff. Easy process for booking, quick communication from the owners, overall wonderful stay from beginning to end. Good cooking in the morning and multiple choices for breakfast (all good). 9/10, 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: No
  • 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

Languages spoken


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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!