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The Speckled Hen Inn

5525 Portage Road, Madison, WI 53704
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Miami
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158 reviews 158 reviews
29 hotel reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed my stay at this bed and breakfast, a home that had been a "dream home" converted by the owners once their kids had flown the coop. Our room was comfy and quiet, overlooking the grounds of the Speckled Hen, filled with chicken, llamas, goats and gardens. It is located near an interstate, but we really didn't hear the... More 

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Speckled_Hen_Inn, Owner at The Speckled Hen Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write the review. You provided a nice description of the Inn and the experience. Thank you for staying with us and we hope to see you again in the future. Bob More 

Madison, Wisconsin
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3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is not much I can say that hasn't already been said by others on this site. This is one of my favorite B&Bs'. The inn is beautiful at all times of the year - in fact, I would encourage you to experience it in winter as well as summer. Each room has a distinct personality (for lack of a... More 

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Speckled_Hen_Inn, Owner at The Speckled Hen Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind comments. You have hit on my reason for doing this…I so enjoy the “intellectually stimulating” conversations with the guests. I just can’t think of any other venue where one can meet, and enjoy, so many wonderful and interesting people. We just love or guests…seriously. I agree that winter is a good time to enjoy the... More 

Madison
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tasteful attractive inn, very clean and luxurious. As mentioned below, you get there by driving through a new and ugly housing development, but the actual site is wooded and lovely. There are gardens and a gazebo and a large paddock with llamas and goats. The house is spacious, and beautifully decorated, the appointments new and elegant, including the lotions and... More 

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Speckled_Hen_Inn, Owner at The Speckled Hen Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for the “clean and luxurious” complement. It is surprising that as you come over the hill from Madison and leave the city limits, you are suddenly in the country with no view of “civilization”, but downtown Madison is on 7 miles away! Amazing…this is exactly how we felt in 1984 when we first found the property. We are... More 

Lake Mills, Wisconsin
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed a one night stay at The Speckled Hen Inn recently to celebrate our anniversary. There were several things that set the inn above most others we have stayed in: our room had two upholstered chairs, two luggage racks, dual-headed shower, ample closet space (and ample hangers), no burned-out lights, and a great view. There was even a computer... More 

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Speckled_Hen_Inn, Owner at The Speckled Hen Inn, responded to this review

To be considered as “one of the best” from someone who has stayed at over 40 B&B’s is about the best thing that anyone can say about us. Thank you especially for pointing out the extra touches that we have tried our best to add to the rooms to make them a step above ordinary. We look forward to seeing... More 

Prospect Heights, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a great B&B experience. My wife & I have stayed here at least 10 times throughout all four seasons, usually for private getaways but also as a central meeting spot with distant friends. Pat & Bob are the perfect innkeepers, providing a wonderful country inn and picturesque gentleman's farm on the fringe of Madison. We've stayed in every room... More 

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Speckled_Hen_Inn, Owner at The Speckled Hen Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a descriptive review. I really like your term “gentleman’s farm”, it is perfect. I like to think of the Speckled Hen Inn as a “country estate” with a few sheep and a Llama to make it picturesque. As for the “girls and their fresh eggs”, that is definitely part of the franchise.... More 

Libertyville, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

When approaching the Speckled Hen you drive though a sub-division and may start to worry. You will then round a end and come upon a farm and the entrance to the place. The owners are incredibly nice and accommodating. We stayed in a 2 room suite that had a bathtub in the bedroom (large enough for 2 of course). The... More 

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Speckled_Hen_Inn, Owner at The Speckled Hen Inn, responded to this review

The Speckled Hen Inn…0.2 miles outside of the City of Madison and it’s another world! Yet it is only 7 miles to Downtown Madison and the State Capitol. It is the best of both worlds. We love our 50 acre paradise and we are glad that you did as well. We are also glad that you enjoyed the Haywood Hardy... More 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

My brand-new husband and I spent Dec 12th and 13th 2014 at The Speckled Hen Inn and just loved it. We had a private wedding in Baraboo at the courthouse, then spent the rest of the weekend wandering around with the Hen as our base camp. Our room was warm and romantic, our breakfasts were heavenly, and our hosts were... More 

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Speckled_Hen_Inn, Owner at The Speckled Hen Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for spending your honeymoon with us and best wishes for a wonderful life together. We look forward to your return this summer so that you can really enjoy the birding photography opportunities that our property offers. Try early spring when migration is in full swing…it is beyond my ability to describe in words. You will see species that... More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I stayed there one night in December. Arrived on the late side, so didn't get to see all of the property or enjoy the common areas, but the bed was very comfortable, and appreciated the whirlpool tub and fireplace in the room. Good closet space and some reading chairs by the fire place were also nice touches.... More 

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Speckled_Hen_Inn, Owner at The Speckled Hen Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind comments. We are glad that you enjoyed your brief stay and look forward to your return when you can stay longer. Bob More 

Chicago, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We were looking for a winter hideaway and The Speckled Hen Inn was perfect. We stayed in the Heywood Hardy Suite with a bed so comfortable that my husband wanted to know where to buy the pillows and sheets--and maybe the mattress. The breakfast was delicious and charming with food right from the farm and stories from the Chef. The... More 

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Speckled_Hen_Inn, Owner at The Speckled Hen Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind comments and recommendations. The bed and bedding are amazing. The bedding is from a company that specializes in supplying Bed & Breakfasts. Having done this for 14 years now, there in none better. We can purchase them for you if you are interested. The matress is handmade locally. I really enjoyed our conversations over breakfast... More 

Minneapolis
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

My husband and I stayed at the Speckled Hen Inn for a long weekend over the summer. We brought our bikes and planned to check out Madison by bike and this location worked well! It was about a 40 minute ride into town via Portage Road and the Starkweather Creek bike path (Google bike directions were accurate). The Inn itself... More 

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Speckled_Hen_Inn, Owner at The Speckled Hen Inn, responded to this review

The Madison area is a perfect venue for cycling. We have excellent City trails and there is also easy access to the numerous State trails. In fact, had Chicago won its bid for the summer Olympics, Madison would have been the cycling venue. We are glad that you found The Speckled Hen Inn a “great place to stay” and thank... More 

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Address: 5525 Portage Road, Madison, WI 53704
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Location: United States > Wisconsin > Madison
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Number of rooms: 5
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