Brightwood Inn

2407 N. Il rt. 178 , Oglesby, IL 61348 USA (Show map)
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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
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.3

Weekend Getaway

4.6 on September 12, 2017

Clean & quiet. Owners were down to earth and very hospitable. Breakfasts were delicious and offered many choices.

worth every penny

4.6 on September 09, 2017

Quiet, wonderful room and food. Great get away! Eat some of John's home made granola! It is to die for!

wonderful quiet getaway

4.6 on August 29, 2017

we are regulars at the Brightwood and we love it...what a treasure!

Wonderful Stay at Brightwood Inn

5 on January 03, 2017

My husband and I had a wonderful stay at Brightwood Inn. The rooms were very comfortable and clean. The homemade breakfast in the morning is fabulous! My mom stayed in the Turkey and we stayed in the Tort. The views of the rooms are beautiful. I would suggest staying at the Brightwood to anyone.

Sorority Reunion

4.8 on October 29, 2016

It is the most perfect place for comfort, availability to interesting activities, hospitality, gathering of friends or just chilling. It is beautiful and well maintained. The hosts are fantastic and most accommodating. We loved it. Susan Trevor

Worth the trip for sure!

4.6 on October 24, 2016

Our hosts were very gracious making us feel welcomed and going out of their way to make sure we had all that we needed to feel informed and rested. The home feels like home and easily qualified as photo worthy. Thanks for your service oriented attitudes. Our experience was splendid! Larry and Judy Simcox

great weekend getaway

3.6 on October 23, 2016

great place for a getaway, will be returning

Classy Place

5 on October 21, 2016

Very clean and very friendly at a reasonable price. Real close to Starved Rock and Mathieson Park. Breakfast was delicious too.

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.

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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

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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.
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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!

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