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The Speckled Hen Inn
Ranked #1 of 7 Madison B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
GreenLeadersPlatinum level
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
1 review
“Lovely as always”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2013

We have stayed at the Speckled Hen many times, and are always excited about our visits. The room is lovely, and includes a gas fireplace, dvd player, huge tub, and shower for two. The innkeepers Pat, Bob (and Happy the dog) are gracious, friendly, and helpful, always a pleasure to talk to. Even though we are well aware of the size of the breakfasts, and plan ahead by eating little for dinner the night before, we are still unable to do full justice to this amazing meal. Prepared with fresh, local ingredients with occasional references to international culture (i.e. Mexican hot chocolate), the breakfasts are hearty, elegant and always delicious. We recommend the Speckled Hen Inn very highly.

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Speckled_Hen_Inn, Owner at The Speckled Hen Inn, responded to this review, February 19, 2013
Barbara
It was good to see you guys once again. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay again and look forward to many more. Thank you for your kind comments on our breakfast; we could cut back, but that would just be wrong!
Bob
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013

I came across the Speckled Hen Inn through a google search for good stays in Madison, Wisconsin. After much research on the place and reading through all of their info via their website, I was excited to make a reservation with them. I am so thankful I did so. My husband and I absolutely loved our stay at the Speckled Hen Inn! We had the Madison Lakes room... It was beautiful. It was spotless and had every little thing you could imagine to make your stay more comfortable and home-y. The spa bathroom addition was quite lovely as well!
Not only was the room perfect, but so was the food. We choose our breakfast time to be 10:00 A.M. and enjoyed a 3-course meal at the dining table. It was scrumptious. We got to know a little more about the innkeepers and met a few other's during this experience as well. I definitely recommend this place to EVERYONE. The people are great, the food is delightful, and the room was perfect. We will definitely be coming back!
P.S. Their dog "Happy" was a delight. We already miss him! :)

Room Tip: Madison Lakes room is PERFECT for a romantic night with your loved one! :)
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Speckled_Hen_Inn, Owner at The Speckled Hen Inn, responded to this review, February 19, 2013
Thank you so very much for the strong recommendation of the Inn. We are pleased that you found the room "spotless" which is how it should be. Happy awaits your next visit.
Bob, Pat and Happy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

I recently spent a night at The Speckled Hen Inn in their Madison Lakes room with my boyfriend. The stay was nothing short of amazing. The room was immaculate and had all the ammenities that I can dream of. The innkeepers Bob, Pat and Happy is so welcoming and made us feel like part of the family. I can't wait for our next visit to The Speckled Hen Inn and I look forward to sending my parents there for their anniversary.

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Thank Hui-chun K
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Speckled_Hen_Inn, Owner at The Speckled Hen Inn, responded to this review, February 19, 2013
We are pleased that the Madison Lakes Room met your expectations and that you found it "immaculate". I will let the staff know. We look forward to meeting your parents when they visit.
Bob
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2013

We stayed here on Valentine's Day and had a wonderful time. The breakfast was fantastic, one of the best I've had, and I am a breakfast lover! The room was very nice and cozy. Charming owners and the dog Happy was adorable. Overall, a great experience and I'd highly recommend it!

Room Tip: It was nice having the jacuzzi. The view of the forest and animals was pleasant.
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Speckled_Hen_Inn, Owner at The Speckled Hen Inn, responded to this review, February 19, 2013
We are very pleased that the "breakfast was one of the best that you have had". We really enjoy doing them and when we please, we feel even better.
Bob
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2013

The accommodations are outstanding. We stayed in the Starkweather Creek Room with a King Size bed, fireplace, jacuzzi tub, double shower, and a beautiful view. Homemade gourmet award-winning breakfasts were offered at 3 different times. A great couple's getaway.

Room Tip: Not a bad room in the house!
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Thank roonsters
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Speckled_Hen_Inn, Owner at The Speckled Hen Inn, responded to this review, February 13, 2013
Thank you for visiting and we are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for mentioning the 3 different breakfast times, so that other future guests can be aware of this; we fell a key to relaxation is being able to do what you want, when you want, when you are away.
Award winning breakfast...WOW!
Chef Bob
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2013

We have stayed at the Speckled Hen Inn many times in the past few years and it is always a wonderful experience. Pat and Bob could not be more gracious hosts and the breakfast is always amazing and has something from their garden. Everything is extremely fresh and original. The property is amazing with sheep, wild turkeys and of course Happy! Happy is the greeter and is a full sized Goldendoodle which we met a puppy. He is quite the gentleman and always well-behaved. We are particularly fond of the Madison Lakes room, but all are great. There are always fresh cookies and drinks available. Wine is also available for purchase at a reasonable cost. It is always a pleasure to visit each season!

Room Tip: No swimming pool All rooms are great, but we like the Madison Lakes room for privacy and lay out.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank wrdtrvler48
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Speckled_Hen_Inn, Owner at The Speckled Hen Inn, responded to this review, February 12, 2013
Thank you for your kind coments. How time flies, Happy is 5 years old and thank you so very much for visiting all those years. Repeat guests are the best compliment we can get. We are starting to plan the gardens for next year, so another "local" breakfast awaits you next year!
Best wishes and thank you...again.
Bob
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2013

My husband and I were delighted to find this great B & B. We were only looking for something more fun than a hotel while visiting our grandchildren close by, and what we found was a destination all unto itself! The Inn, the owners and the surroundings are all perfect. Breakfast is a great treat! Pat and Bob and Happy(the perfect dog) are quite the family! We have been in all seasons, and it is always beautiful. We love Bed and Breakfast vacations and this one is superb.

We have been back several times and are always planning our next trip. The Speckled Hen is the perfect get-a-way with a vacation feel but close enough to Madison for great dinners. They always make the Texans feel right at home. We have plenty of space and privacy to enjoy their amazing view.

Pat has helped us find lots of things we needed in the community including a "church of our choice" for one Sunday and always has restaurant suggestions.

Melinda and Jerry

Room Tip: We love the rooms upstairs for the view!
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Thank m2johnston
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Speckled_Hen_Inn, Owner at The Speckled Hen Inn, responded to this review, February 6, 2013
Melinda and Jerry

We love Texans, actually we really love you. People like you make this job really fun. Thank you for declaring Happy, "The Perfect Dog", he most certainly is. We are really looking forward to you next visit,
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Property: The Speckled Hen Inn
Address: 5525 Portage Rd, Madison, WI 53704-2756
Location: United States > Wisconsin > Madison
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Madison
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Speckled Hen is just outside the city of Madison and has 5 spacious guest rooms. The 20-acre property features gardens, trails, orchards, vineyard, wetlands and meadows where the Inn's sheep and llamas graze. The Inn is recognized for their 3 course farm to table breakfast cuisine featuring owner and locally produced eggs, dairy, fruits and vegetables. Here you will find Life and Lodging in Sustainable Style. ... more   less 
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