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Speckled Hen Inn

Your host(s):
Patricia & Robert Fischbeck
Web Site:
5525 Portage Road
Madison, Wisconsin 53704
Guest Rooms:
5Bathrooms: 5
$150 - $240
Check In/Out:
3:00PM - 11:00AM
Extra Person Fee:

Speckled Hen Inn

The Speckled Hen Inn is located just outside the city of Madison and thus assures easy access to everything that this gem of a city has to offer. Fine restaurants, interesting bookstores, and the famous Dane County Farmer's market are only moments away. Yet, when you are seated in a lounge chair in the garden watching the baby lambs chase each other around the pasture, you would easily believe that you are miles from the lively pace of the city.

The Inn has five uniquely decorated guest rooms. Four of the rooms have fireplaces. Four rooms have whirlpool tubs and king-sized beds. All rooms are appointed in a manner that assures your comfort and relaxation. Hair dryers, silky-soft robes, and fine eco-friendly bath amenities are provided for guest use. All bed and bath linens are 100% cotton micro-fiber to pamper you and the environment. The Heywood Hardy Suite and the Starkweather Creek room have attached outdoor seating areas where you can relax at a cafe table and watch the wildlife and the sheep and llamas in the pasture. The Token Creek Room and The Rising Sun Room have window seats where you can snuggle in and watch the sheep graze or catch up your reading. All rooms also have TV's with DVD players and off switches to encourage conversation. But sometimes, for young parents with children at home, the luxury of watching something on TV without interruption is a priceless experience.

The multi-course breakfasts feature the finest and freshest ingredients skillfully prepared on-site by the owners who also tend the gardens, orchards, and flock of hens who produce a part of your breakfast. You probably will not need to make plans for lunch. Your hosts are happy to share recipes for the breakfast treats you want to share with the folks back home. Breakfast is served daily between the hours of 8:00 and 10:00 or at other times by special arrangement, in the lovely candle-lit dining room. Enjoy the owner's collection of glass stemware and the Dickens Village while you dine.
During the warm weather months, by special arrangement and for a slight additional charge, your breakfast may be delivered to the Gazebo in the center of the Japanese Garden. Your breakfast will be packed in Japanese Bento boxes and you may begin you day in absolute privacy.

The Speckled Hen Inn has spacious indoor areas for guests to enjoy. The Garden Lounge is the primary reception area. Here you will find all sorts of information to help you plan your time in the Madison area. There are maps of the city and the University of Wisconsin Campus, brochures from local and regional attractions, and a great collection of books about the area including restaurant guides, bike maps and books filled with fun facts and intersting history of the area. Information on hiking, birding, golf, and winery tours awaits the guests. There is even a lap-top computer in the room for guests to use. Links to favorite restaurants with their up-to-date menus, local newspapers, and the Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau are on the desktop. You can even check your email, if you must. There is also a little galley kitchen for guests use in the Garden Lounge. There is a refrigerator,and microwave oven in the guest kitchen as well as all the dinnerware and glassware you might need. Complimentary soft drinks, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, pretzels and microwave popcorn are always available.

Upstairs, the library provides a quiet place to sit and read or enjoy quiet conversation. The hosts are happy to share their library of cooking and gardening books with their guests and they will also share their list of favorite Madison area bookstores, should you want to add to your own library. In the winter months the birds at the feeders on the balcony outside the library provide hours of entertainment.

Guests also enjoy strolling through the gardens and exploring the 50-acre estate. The Japanese garden features a large pond with a waterfall and hundreds of hosta plants. The cutting garden, surrounded by the classic white picket fence, produces cut-flowers for the Inn and herbs for the kitchen. The veggie garden down by the stable produces veggies and fruits that often find their way to the breakfast table and pumpkins for fall decoration. Watch the baby orchard mature and enjoy the fresh pears, cherries, berries, apples and hopefully peaches.

Cancellation Policy

A valid credit card number is required to hold a reservation. Visa, Master-Card, Discover, and American Express cards are accepted.
Reservations cancelled within 48 hours of arrival will be subject to a charge to that credit card of one night's rental or 50% of a longer booking. This will be waived if we are able to re-book the room. No-shows will be billed for their entire visit.
Reservations of multiple rooms for multiple nights are subject to a non-refundable 50% deposit payable by check or credit card 30 days in advance of the first reserved day.

Area Activities

  • Cultural: Breweries
  • Cultural: Galleries
  • Cultural: Historic Sites
  • Cultural: Museums
  • Cultural: Wineries
  • Cultural:Theater
  • Shopping: Unique Shops
  • Silent Sports: Biking
  • Silent Sports: Birding
  • Silent Sports: Canoeing
  • Silent Sports: Fishing
  • Silent Sports: Golf
  • Silent Sports: Hiking
  • Silent Sports: Kayaking
  • Silent Sports: National/State Parks
  • Silent Sports: Tennis
  • Winter: Cross Country Skiing
  • Winter: Ice Skating
  • Winter: Snowshoeing

Food Service

  • Breakfast: Full
  • Special Diets Accommodated

Inn Amenities

  • Accessibility: First Floor Rooms
  • Air: Central
  • Business: Copy Service
  • Business: Fax Service
  • Business: Internet Access
  • Common Area: Computer
  • Common Area: Fireplace
  • Common Area: Piano
  • Common Area: TV
  • Complimentary: Beverages
  • Complimentary: Light Refreshments
  • Entertainment: Movie Library
  • On Site: Gift Shop
  • Outdoor: Gardens
  • Outdoor: Guest Areas
  • Outdoor: Off Street Parking
  • Travel Green Certified

Inn Policies

  • Alcoholic Beverages Available
  • Alcoholic Beverages Permitted
  • Children: 12+ Permitted
  • Payment: Cash Accepted
  • Payment: Checks Accepted
  • Payment: Credit Cards Accepted
  • Payment: Traveler's Checks Accepted
  • Pets: Innkeeper Pets in Residence
  • Pets: Limited / Inquire
  • Smoking Outside Only

Minimum Stay Required

  • Special Events

Property Type / Geographic Setting

  • City / Urban / Suburban
  • Rural

Room Amenities

  • Air: Air Conditioned Room
  • Air: Ceiling Fan
  • Appliance: Iron/Ironing Board Available
  • Bath: Air Jet Tub
  • Bath: Hair Dryer
  • Bath: Private
  • Bath: Robes
  • Bath: Shower
  • Bath: Steam Shower
  • Bath: Whirlpool Tub
  • Bed: Extra Bed Available
  • Bed: King Bed
  • Bed: Luxury Linens
  • Bed: Queen
  • Entertainment: CD Player
  • Entertainment: DVD or VCR
  • Entertainment: Television
  • Entertainment: Wi-Fi Access
  • Fireplace: Gas
  • Fireplace: Wood Burning
  • Private Deck
  • Private Entrance

Well Suited For

  • Romance: Elopement
  • Romance: Escape
  • Romance: Honeymoons
  • Travel: Business
  • Travel: Gay Friendly
  • Travel: Single
  • Travel: Vacation Getaway

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