The Speckled Hen Inn B&B

5525 Portage Road , Madison, WI 53704 USA (Show map)


Escape to The Speckled Hen Inn to rest, relax, and enjoy the pleasures of a simpler life just outside one of the finest small cities in America. Stroll through the gardens or wander the woods and meadows where wildlife enjoy Mother Nature's Bed and Breakfast. Watch the sheep and llamas grazing in the pasture as you relax to your favorite music and a glass of wine in the gazebo.



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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.3
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Nowhere else we would stay in Madison - it's perfection

5 on June 19, 2015

Bob, Pam and Happy have created a perfect country inn - that happens to be fifteen minutes from the Capitol, the centre of town. We were in the Starkweather Creek Room for three glorious days. Exceptional breakfasts. Warm and wonderful hosts. The grounds are exquisite. Cannot recommend it highly enough. If you think it is too close to the highway, don't let that put you off - inside the house, you would swear you are in deep country. Eggs, fruit and maple syrup from the farm. This is a 100 yard food paradise.

A great stay.

4.8 on November 30, 2013

My husband and I had a wondeful time. We love the room that we chose and most especially the privacy. The food was great and love their hospitality. We are already thinking of going back here.

Wonderful Experience

5 on July 17, 2013

The Speckled Hen Bed and Breakfast came highly recommended by every travel site I checked and from friends/family. If you are looking for a quality Bed and Breakfast in Madison PLEASE stay here. You will definitely enjoy it. Booking directly through their website took about ten minutes from start to finish and we received a reminder a few days before our reservation via email explaining policies, etc. Upon arriving we were checked in right away and given a tour of the facilities: ~ Our Room (Lakes) ~ - Steam Shower (Had never used one before, major highlight of our stay) - Rain Water Shower (Out of commission during our stay) - Two person tub with water jets (I want one of these in MY house now) - Very large bed with multiple king-sized pillows. - Satellite Television (We didn't use it at all, but it's there) ~ Common Area ~ - Multiple board games (Chess, Checkers, etc) - Nice selection of wines. - Complimentary sodas and a few snacks (pretzels, etc) - Quite a few couches and chairs to lounge in. ~ Outdoors ~ - Large fenced area for 10 (ish) sheep and (at least) one llama. - Multiple sitting areas both directly in-front of the house and down by the sheep. - Scenic walking routes throughout the property (we didn't use most of them as there were TONS of bugs when we were there) We spent our evening lounging in the room, taking walks on the property, sweating in the steam shower, soaking in the two-person bath-tub, watching the sunset (everything is perfectly positioned to watch the sunset), and then falling asleep contented in the excessively comfortable bed. We woke up, took another walk, ate a home-made breakfast which consisted of eggs from the property's hens and artichokes which I believe were from the property as well. After this we checked out, paying via card, and were on our way back to life.

stay in token creek room

4.4 on April 29, 2013

loved our stay. as residents of Madison we love finding a place in town to get away to and at the Speckled Hen Inn it was hard to believe we hadn't traveled miles and miles away, it was so easy to leave our work and business behind and unplug.

The best of both: countryside and city

4.8 on August 16, 2012

We stayed at Speckled Hen Inn in July 2011, and promised to write a review - so sorry to be a year later! We loved this inn - the location was ideal for us as it is so close to the city for exploring Madison and well-situated for the drive to Taliesin, but feels absolutely as though it is in the country with a view of the lamb pasture and hen house. Delightful! Breakfast with home-made bacon was delicious and we enjoyed the innkeepers' hospitality. We found it a quiet, relaxing stay - even found the slight hum of the hghway soothing!

Home away from Home

5 on June 23, 2012

My husband and I recently spent the first two days of our honeymoon here and had a wonderful time. The accommodations were perfect down to every last detail: fresh water in the rooms, a private bathroom with a roomy shower and clawfoot tub, complimentary soda and coffee in the communal kitchen, a great selection of literature in the room, wine galore to charge to the tab, board games in the living room, a plush bed, and fresh-baked cookies from the assistant. The wooded property is beautiful, with a lane that winds around the llama / sheep pasture. As mentioned in another review, it is fairly close to the interstate, but I found that I didn't notice any noise. We stayed on a Sunday / Monday, so we barely had any contact with other guests. The stay was private and quiet. The owners are friendly, but leave you to your own devices. The breakfasts were hands-down the best we had on our honeymoon; the owners should open a restaurant! My husband is vegetarian and I am an ovo-vegetarian, and our dietary needs were more than accommodated. We got oatmeal-blueberry pancakes the first day, an omelet with eggs from their own hens the second day, and fresh fruit with every meal. I'm still writing odes to the blueberry tart that I had for dessert the second day. Highly recommended. We will definitely be back.

Gorgeous place to send your vacation!

4.8 on June 03, 2012

The food here was amazing!the Rhubarb tart is to die for. Bob and Pat were so welcoming. This was my first time staying at a Bed and Breakfast but they made me feel at ease from the moment I stepped foot on their property. Happy, the Goldendoodle, just made my day. I felt like it was a little piece of heaven. My fiance and I had a wonderful time we will be sure to return to enjoy these amenities again.

Delightful experience

4.0 on August 29, 2011

I just stayed just for one night but it was so comfortable. And Pat and Bob served an amazing breakfast. I shall go back to stay longer.

Wonderful weekend!

4.8 on March 21, 2011

My husband and I were traveling for a wedding and stayed in the Haywood Hardy plush, so relaxing. The in room fireplace, and the in room jacuzzi were wonderful! Bob and Pat are very friendly and terrific cooks, and the Goldendoodle, Happy, brightens everyone's day. We will definitely be back the next time we are up this way!

Wonderful, relaxing country inn sooo... close to the city

4.4 on January 04, 2011

We have stayed at this inn 4 times, twice this year alone. It's best when you can stay awhile and enjoy this scenic and peaceful property while doing all the many things Madison has to offer. Pat & Bob really provide a great country inn experience (only 15 minutes from the Capitol). One of our top two favorite inns in WI.

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Rooms & Rates

Token Creek

Local Theme - named for the little village just down the road. King-sized bed Gas fireplace flanked with comfortable wing chairs Window seat with a view of the sheep and llama pasture Flat pannel TV with satellite service and DVD player Attached bath with a medium sized double air-jet tub and a separate dual-head Roman shower

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $185 - $200

Heywood Hardy Room

Spacious, luxurious, romantic suite. King canopy bed Fireplace Double whirlpool tub in romantic curtained alcove Private outdoor deck with view of garden and gazebo. Private attached sitting room Spacious bath with dual-head shower

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $250 - $250

Badger Den Room

UW Madison Badgers theme - decor incorporates many items from UW Madison Queen-sized bed Large Desk Window seat with a view of the sheep and llama pasture TV with DVD player Fireplace Private bath across the hallway with a claw-foot soaking tub and a separate walk in shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $150 - $165

Starkweather Creek Room

Local Theme - named for the creek that is the back boundary of the estate King-size canopy bed with light bridge Fireplace Seating area with a view of the sheep and llama pasture TV with satelite service and DVD player Attached bath with double jetted tub, double vanity, and separate dual-headed shower

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $190 - $205

Madison Lakes

The Madison Lakes Room is a contemporary retreat. The sunken bedroom has a king bed, gas fireplace, flat screen HDTV, and wet bar. Step up to the spa-like bath with huge tiled shower and air-jet tub. Comfy lounge chairs, a table and chairs for dining, work or games and a small desk area make the room a private retreat.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $250 - $250

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Location Type



Madison, WI (MSN-Dane County Regional) 4 miles

Directions to property:

The Inn is located on the northeast side of Madison just outside the city on a 20-acre parcel of property. Exit from Interstate Highway 90/94/39 at exit #135A (Hwy 151 South). Proceed to the 4th stoplight and turn right on Portage Road. The Inn is 2 miles ahead on the left side of Portage Road. Downtown Madison and the University campus are 7.5 miles from the Inn.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Eco-tourism, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, University of Wisconsin, State Capitol Building, Farmer's Market, Frank Lloyd Wright Sites, Monona Terrace Convention Center, Overture Center for the Arts, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Ski area, Sports venue, Tours, University, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Farm, Ranch

On-site amenities

Air conditioning, Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, Fridge, Library, Movie library, Parking, Piano, Private entrance, Telephone, Wet bar , Complementary Soft Drinks, Gazebo, Two Private Guest Lounges, Private Dining Available, Video Room

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Bath robes, CD player, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Videos, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 3:00PM or after
  • Check Out:: 11:00
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Over the age of 12 only unless the whole Inn is reserved.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: A valid credit card number must be provided before a reservation is confirmed.
  • Cancellations: Guests who cancel their reservations within 48 hours of check-in will be charged for 1 night unless the room is re-booked. No-shows will be charged the full amount of their reservation. All cancellation requests must be made in writing or by email and will be confirmed by the Inn. Please inquire about our cancellation policy for parties booking booking multiple rooms for multiple nights.
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Heather & Tom Shannon

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

llamas and sheep

About the innkeepers

Our love of gardening is reflected in the beds and borders surrounding the Inn. The hosta collection is still growing! Cooking is our other passion and that shows on the breakfast table and in our willingness to exchange favorite recipes with our guests.

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  • Time Served: as requested
  • Serving Location: Garden Gazebo, Library, Breakfast Room, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian low carb, to-go, gluten-free

Signature Dish

Scones with dried cherries and white chocolate.
Guests love the scones from The Speckled Hen Inn. The drop scones served warm and moist from the oven, are filled with dried Door County cherries and bits of white chocolate. A sprinkle of natural sugar crystals on the top adds a sweet crunch.


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