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Brightwood Inn

2407 North State Route 178, Oglesby, IL 61348-9736
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Brightwood Inn is 4 minutes directly south of Starved Rock State Park and nestled within the confines of Matthiessen State Park. Newly constructed in 1996 and located 90 miles southwest of Chicago. We are a peaceful, luxurious, romantic getaway amid the natural beauty of the parks. Satellite TV, DVD, and free wi-fi connection, gas fireplaces in all rooms(on in season only) and whirlpool hot tubs in 6 rooms. Three rooms have private balconies. There is also a full, hot complimentary breakfast. Business conferences and family reunions welcomed.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Non-smoking hotel
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Air conditioning
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Judy wrote a review Mar 2021
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My husband and I spent a night at the Brightwood Inn due to its proximity to Starved Rock and the fact the Inn is in a rural setting. We were not disappointed--the room is pleasant,comfy and clean, our breakfast was cooked to order and delicious. We especially enjoyed sitting on the back deck sipping wine admiring the view and watching the sunset. We plan on returning in the fall to admire the fall colors
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Date of stay: March 2021
Response from , Owner at Brightwood Inn
Responded 11 Mar 2021
Thank you Judy! We put a lot of love in to everything we do! We look forward to seeing you in the fall. The last several years later October is better for colors than early or mid October. See you then.
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Badger Traveler wrote a review Oct 2020
34 contributions1 helpful vote
Comfortable B&B with so many special touches. It started with the option of hot soup when we arrived. Clean comfortable room. Owners are very friendly and knowledgeable about the area. Overlooks Matthiessen Park and less than 10 minutes from Starved Rock State Park. Surprisingly, there are many amazing restaurants close by.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Kurt J wrote a review Oct 2020
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We stayed here in March 2018, and again in October 2020. This time, it was just a stopover on a trip, and we wanted to stay away from population centers. We got in late after a long drive, and everything was great. The large rooms are relaxing, hospitality is awesome. It's family owned, and you are dealing with the owners/managers/cooks - so they are invested and engaged. Breakfast was cooked to order, they have a cute little gift shop of handmade crafts, love the common areas as well.
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Date of stay: October 2020
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: 2 rooms are showers only, 6 have in-room jacuzzis. Rooms are similar, 2nd floor, no elevator is...
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GoPlaces380769 wrote a review Oct 2020
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The Brightwood Inn is a great location to visit the parks, and the breakfasts were good . The entire Inn from the exterior and interior needs to be refreshed, gardens cleaned out old furniture replaced, and aluminum roof flashing flapping in the wind repaired. Our first night there after all day hiking in the park we went to bed and started to smell sour urine (yuck, not a good night sleep), the next morning we talked to the Inn keeper, and the next night the bed was corrected and fresh smelling. The room interior needed refreshed, replace the old stained carpet, old faded wallpaper borders replaced and the tile grout in the bathroom cleaned of the black mold growing on it. I'm not sure it was worth the cost of the room. I also would guardedly recommend this Inn to friends with warnings.
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Date of stay: October 2020
Response from , Owner at Brightwood Inn
Responded 19 Oct 2020
Yes you are right the entire Inn needs to be refreshed both inside and out, but 2020 is not the year. We have been slammed with people since the middle of June with the only break being in August when the Derecho ripped through here and we had no power for 6 days. Why do you think it looks like this on the outside? A Derecho is a land hurricane. We had 100 mph winds sustained for 30 minutes. We sustained a lot of damage as did everyone in the area. We finally got a bid last week for repairs. Contractors all over northern IL are slammed with work. If you are insinuating that your bed was not clean I can assure you that everything from the pillow covers to the mattress cover was washed fresh. NO ONE has EVER stayed here and slept on an unclean bed. EVERYTHING on your bed was clean. I know because I do all the laundry and make all the beds. I'm not some hired hand here. I have a vested interest in the Brightwood Inn. When we removed everything we smelled every single item. After we were finished Kevin's mom came over and thoroughly smelled it as well. She has a nose like a bloodhound and could detect no smell at all. Nothing. We determined you were one of those that wants their bed changed nightly and instead of asking nicely makes up a reason. The mold in the bathroom occurred during the 6 days our power was out as it was very humid and the temp was ungodly hot. As soon as we slow down here we will take care of it. It is not a simple clean, but an overnight job. I don't know if it's black mold as there are several different types of bathroom mold. Which are unsightly but not dangerous to health. We are in the process of updating rooms but we can't replace everything in this 10,000 square foot building with 9 rooms at once. Especially in a covid year when we don't know if the governor will shut our area down today. Fortunately for us there are very few people like you who stay here. The house full we had this weekend more than makes up for your kind. We have a great amount of return business and for good reason. You really should have left that first morning. Had you left I would have been happy to give you your money back. Instead YOU made the choice to stay. Please don't ever recommend us to anyone you know.
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Demi s wrote a review Dec 2019
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My husband and I stayed here for our first anniversary and I can say that nothing could have been better. I am completely in love with this place and genuinely didn’t want to leave. I can’t wait for our next stay here and I would DEFINITELY recommend it!
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from starvedrock, General Manager at Brightwood Inn
Responded 1 Jan 2020
Thank you so much Demi. It was such a pleasure to meet you and we can't wait to see you and your family again. If it was possible to rate our guests you would get 5 stars as well. Thank you again and have an awesome new year! Kevin & Sharon
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US$140 - US$168 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Brightwood Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Brightwood Inn?
Nearby attractions include Matthiessen State Park (2.0 km), Starved Rock State Park (4.1 km), and LaSalle County Historical Society & Museum (6.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Brightwood Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Brightwood Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Brightwood Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Brightwood Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Nonie's Bakery & Cafe, Starved Rock Lodge - Main Dining Room, and Skoog's Pub & Grill.
Are there any historical sites close to Brightwood Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting St. Mary's Catholic Church (6.4 km) and Grand Village of the Illinois (5.4 km).
Is Brightwood Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.