Speckled Hen Inn

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So close to home, and yet so far away…

Life got you a little stressed?  Whether it’s a getaway weekend or a StayCation,  The Speckled Hen Inn Bed and Breakfast may be just what you need!  Close to the city, yet feels like it’s a million miles away, our country estate has 20 acres to meander, relax, and just be.   Who can’t appreciate a white fenced serene pasture with sheep and llama grazing and frolicking or a myriad of wildlife making their appearances now and again.  Combine that with a symphony of birds serenading as you enjoy a good book, a stroll around the grounds, or a nap in the hammock, it’s an amazing escape.   The 5500 square foot inn provides plenty of space with a variety of leisure activity rooms to stretch out.  And suites that offer private balconies,
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Awarded into the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame 2019!

The Speckled Hen Inn has again been named a winner in the 2019 TripAdvisor Hall of Fame for achieving  a Certificate of Excellence for 6 years running.   We want to thank our guests for their continued patronage and loyalty over the years and we are always so glad to see our guests return.   Some of our repeat guests love to stay in a different room each time they visit and others have that one favorite room that they call their own.  Whichever you prefer, we welcome you back and look forward to providing you with an exceptional experience.   And with summer upon us, look for more new breakfast creations as well as your old favorites when the gardens explode so
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Winter Season Savings Ending Soon!

Visit Madison Magazine Winter 2018-19

As members of the Greater Madison Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, The Speckled Hen Inn Bed and Breakfast wants to make Madison a destination in all seasons! We’re offering WINTER SEASON rates from November 1 – April 30 (excluding holidays) and a choice of even lower rates from Sunday-Wednesday nights!   Because we need a break too, we won’t be providing breakfast on Monday-Thursday during winter season except when holiday rates are shown.  But you’ll still get your favorite suite with a  fireplace and jetted tub, the cozy Inn and we’re only minutes to downtown. PLUS, we’re partnering with a local favorite so you can experience a fabulous breakfast just a stone’s throw away from us that is not only unique, but fun!   We love it when our guests experience Madison like the locals do and The
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Planning the Garden

It is easy to find information on planting a garden but we think that planning the garden is just as important.  Only a plan well executed and blessed by the good Lord can assure the best results. Days like today are perfect for working outdoors: when the sun is shining yet there is a good breeze to keep you cool. The April rains have been preparing the soil to be easily cultivated yet full of moisture to help the plants quickly adapt to their new environment. We’ve also been working hard cleaning up the property and preparing our flower and vegetable gardens for planting.   After breakfast, many of the guests like to take a stroll around the bountiful gardens while taking notes
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Find what is real and important in life.

Every now and then I need to be grounded, to find what is real and important in life. In a time of controversy and divergence, it is easy to view the world as a conflicted web of despair especially if you concentrate on the negatives that life can sometimes bring. When there are struggles, sometimes it’s important to just get away. Stop, rest, refresh. When we are rested it is easier to refocus our energy on gratitude instead of our problems because there is so much to be grateful for. When we bought the inn a year ago, it was a place that offered us that rest. Not in the physical sense, because running an inn on a property this
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Upgrades & New Amenities

We’re making changes – and we think you’ll like them!   When you come to the Speckled Hen Inn, we want to be sure you have the kind of stay you will think about again and again as the place you just can’t get enough of.  From the moment you step onto the property, we want you to feel welcome, relaxed and at home.   We love to see the change that immediately occurs in our guests as they arrive, leaving their stresses behind, taking a deep breath and smiling as they close their eyes for just a moment longer to realize they are finally here and it is time to unwind – and just be.   The Adirondack chairs beckon as a place to enjoy
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The Gazebo – A place to enjoy a little music, a little wine, a pretty view.

Earlier this summer I visited Olbrich Botanical Gardens, our award-winning city garden in Madison, Wisconsin.  I discovered that they had created several small sitting areas throughout the garden where visitors could stop and rest and enjoy the views of the garden or perhaps become a part of the garden.  I decided that guests might enjoy doing the same thing at The Speckled Hen Inn. I often feel that some guests, with their desire for privacy, fail to take advantage of all the extra little places around our property where they can share a quiet conversation, relax and enjoy the natural surroundings, and disconnect from whatever it is that they need to get away from.  Our rooms in the Inn are great
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A Rainy Day at The Speckled Hen Inn

It has been a long hot summer in Madison, Wisconsin.  There was hardly any rain at all during the months of June and July.  All the ferns in the beds around the Speckled Hen Inn turned brown and crispy.  It was a struggle just to keep up with the watering of the vegetable gardens, flower pots and new trees and shrubs that had been planted this spring. But now, it’s August and a few rain showers have turned the pastures green again.  The lawn is recovering from dormancy and we are no longer stressing about how we will feed our sheep and llamas this winter.  The gardens are providing lots of fresh veggies for the breakfast table and a few peaches
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Addition to the Garden at The Speckled Hen Inn Bed and Breakfast

Today it really begins.  The carpenters arrived at The Speckled Hen Inn around 9:00AM, just as the lumber delivery truck was departing.  Their mission is to build the garden shed of my dreams, Pat’s Playhouse, another Fischbeck Folly. The plan has been developing all winter long.  We spent hours pouring through folders of saved magazine clippings.  We consulted our library of garden design books.  We clicked our way from one end of the internet’s photos files to the other and finally came up with a design simply sketched on a pad of graph paper.  There is an air of finality about a design finally drawn using a straight edge. Then there were endless debates about where to put the little building.  It should
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