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The Speckled Hen Inn
Ranked #1 of 7 Madison B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
GreenLeadersPlatinum level
Brown Deer, Wisconsin
2 reviews
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

We have been to Madison on overnight stays in the past. No more hotels for us! Pat and Bob were very welcoming from our arrival. Our room and bathroom were spotless. We spent a lot of time sitting outside enjoying the property.....very quiet and relaxing. The breakfast was delicious and I enjoyed Pat's descriptions as the food was served. I look forward to our next visit to see what Bob is making for breakfast.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Speckled_Hen_Inn, Owner at The Speckled Hen Inn, responded to this review, September 6, 2013
Gary – We are glad that you enjoyed the property and were able to relax outdoors. It is nice that you have broken the hotel habit and have decided to “stay outside the box”! See you again soon. Thank you for the “spotless” comment…very important to us.
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

We just returned from a two night stay at The Speckled Hen Inn and are already talking about a return trip!!! The entire experience was nothing short of spectacular and exceeded are expectations in every way. As a Marriott Elite Member for years, we often default to one of their hotels wherever we go. So glad we decided to do something different!
The property is just fantastic and the owners, Bob and Pat, make you feel like an extended member of their family. We stayed in the Heywood Hardy Suite, it was wonderful...inviting, spotless, cozy, but, spacious. The bed was delightful and the linens were top notch. As far as we could tell, you couldn't pick a bad room. All of them had access to outdoor space and were tastefully decorated. It was so quiet the entire time, noise was never an issue.
Bob, Pat and the Inn's official mascot, Happy (the goldendoodle), were really what made the experience so special. My husband and I are, by nature, inquisitive people and loved hearing about Bob's adventures and how the inn came to be. And the breakfasts...words just won't do them justice. Every ingredient was fresh (some right from the Speckled Inn grounds) and the meals were delicious. We had fruit, several beverage options, a large entree and dessert (YUM!) on both days and were full until dinner time. And the little touches went a long way. A Madison area "favorites" booklet prepared by Bob and Pat was available to us to pick places to visit or to plan a nice meal out. There were cookies, scones and beverages available 24/7 in the lounge area. Truly, it was ALL wonderful and our time there went way too fast. From here on out, any trip to the Madison area will include a visit to The Speckled Hen Inn for us!!!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Speckled_Hen_Inn, Owner at The Speckled Hen Inn, responded to this review, September 3, 2013
AF- thank you for a very special 200th review of the Speckled Hen Inn. Interesting that you mentioned Marriott Elite. I was also a member in my previous corporate life. I always thought that Marriott did a good job, and in fact we considered them as our template for the Inn. They always met my expectations around the world, but Pat and I wanted to do something to “exceed guest expectations”. Thank you for letting us know that we are achieving our goal. I am very happy that you are already planning your next trip. You made our Holiday weekend very special as well and we look forward to seeing you again. Happy mentioned that ALL guests need to bring “doggie boxes” back to the Inn for him from the restaurants since that is why they call them “doggie boxes”! Thank you from all of us.
Bob, Pat & The Doodle
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed September 1, 2013 via mobile

This B&B is amazing. We felt very welcomed by Pat, Bob, and Happy. Our breakfasts were scrumptious and beautiful in presentation, too. The Madison Lakes room was everything we read about and more. We will definitely be returning. Thank you so much for making our anniversary weekend so memorable!!

  • Stayed August 2013
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Speckled_Hen_Inn, Owner at The Speckled Hen Inn, responded to this review, September 2, 2013
Ms Glee, Thanks for choosing to come to The Speckled Hen Inn to celebrate your anniversary. A little time together is the very best gift that busy young couples can give each other. We are glad that you enjoyed the breakfasts and thanks for mentioning our efforts to make them beautiful, as well as scrumptious, with our presentation skills. It is good to know that those years at Cooking School paid off!
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Hudson, Wisconsin
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

We just stayed at the speckled hen and it was truly amazing! Our room (Madison Lakes) was immaculate, the spa like bathroom is beyond amazing! Bob and Pat are wonderful and welcoming. The property is so well maintained and beautiful. It was so nice knowing that after sight seeing in Madison all day we had this wonderful place in the country to come back to. The breakfast at the speckled hen are too good to try and write about, all I can say is they far exceeded any expectation I had. Everything Bob and pat served for breakfast was homemade and/or home grown. The chickens and sheep are so fun to visit on a walk and the gardens were also beautiful to walk through. Can not wait to go back! Also happy the dog... is just that the happiest dog.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Speckled_Hen_Inn, Owner at The Speckled Hen Inn, responded to this review, August 30, 2013
Celina

Magic! Since you two are in the restaurant business, describing the breakfasts as “too good to try and write about” is the ultimate complement. We enjoyed growing it and serving it to such appreciate people as you guys. I hope you will visit us again, since I remember you saying at breakfast that the Speckled Hen Inn is your “special” place. Today the Happy Dog and I are in the smokehouse making a little more magic. Again, thank you for being our guests. You are special as well.

Bob
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jonsey1115
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

My husband surprised me with a trip for our 5th anniversary and I could have not been more happy with his choice. The Speckled Hen has the most amazing atmosphere. You feel so at home and really just want to spend time hanging out there. The grounds are so beautiful. Bob and Pat obviously put so much time and love into making this place a special place to stay. The best thing was the amazing breakfast each morning. Not only was the food incredible, but the conversation with the other guests and the owners was outstanding. We were also greeted by the best dog ever, Happy. We enjoyed ourselves so much, I would love to make this an annual anniversary trip. Thanks so much for a great weekend. I recommend this Inn to everyone.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Speckled_Hen_Inn, Owner at The Speckled Hen Inn, responded to this review, August 26, 2013
Jonsey
Thank you so much for such thoughtful comments. We did put a lot of time and love into this place. We started with a bare piece of land 30 years ago and turned it into our dream. We are glad that it is in your dreams as well. It is a special place. As long as there are guests like you, we will continue to be here for your future anniversary trips. Hope to see you next year.
Bob, Pat and Happy
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Hammond, Indiana
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

The Speckled Hen is a reason to visit the Madison area all by itself. The room was immaculate, clean, comfortable..one can get very spoiled very easily there. Pat and Bob are excellent chefs and wonderful conversationalists. Doomo arigato gozaimasu!

Room Tip: The Madison Room - AAAA+. Just needs a strong curtain rod on the door frame.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Speckled_Hen_Inn, Owner at The Speckled Hen Inn, responded to this review, August 24, 2013
Dan
Thank you for visiting with us and for finding The Speckled Hen Inn a “destination” in itself. That is really a strong compliment and makes us very proud. We have tried very hard to make the property something special and are glad you agree. Our goal is to pamper and, of course, offer an environment that is immaculate, clean and comfortable. Doomo arigato gozaimasu to you as well. Hope to see you again.
Bob and Pat
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San Antonio, Texas
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

We stayed in the Madison Lakes Room, and it was perfectly appointed. You will wake up to lovely farm views and maybe even one of the sweetest dogs you will ever meet, Happy. We did not want for anything, but we did wish were able to spend more time at the home. In addition, we had some of the best breakfasts I've ever eaten. The farm fresh ingredients made everything worth it. I highly recommend staying here if you are in Madison, and if I make it back they have more than earned my repeat business! Great room, food and people. I don't know what more you could ask for.

Room Tip: Madison Lakes is great with private access and a more modern feel than the other rooms offered.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Speckled_Hen_Inn, Owner at The Speckled Hen Inn, responded to this review, August 21, 2013
Brent
You made Happy’s day. It was really a pleasure to meet you during your trip to Madison. You are great people. I appreciate the comments on the “farm-to-table” breakfast. We enjoyed growing the ingredients and preparing the breakfasts for you. I hope that your travels will bring you back to Madison in the future.
Now that I know you also cook, you may have to help with breakfast! Again, thank you for being with us and for the kind comments concerning the Inn.
Bob and Pat
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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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