The guest room, which features a lofted queen bed and a couch; for larger parties, the couch folds down to a second queen bed.The guest room, which features a lofted queen bed and a couch; for larger parties, the couch folds down to a second queen bed.
Large, Sunny Room in Eclectic Apartment Downtown
4 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
4 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
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Seasoned locals host in a unique, century-old building with parquet floors and abundant light. As central as it gets. Blocks from the Capitol, State Street, and UW-Madison. Charming private room with spacious living room; filled with light and curiosities.

The space

*Last-minute requests are welcome.*


The apartment is on the third floor of a classic red brick Victorian building. It maintains many features from the era, including parquet/hardwood floors, a gas fireplace (non-functional), and large 4-foot-wide windows with south and western exposures for lots of natural light.

We're located in-between the Capitol building and one of Madison's two major lakes (including a large park with beach and playground), with a less-than-five-minute walk to either.


We're collectors at heart; there's a reason our place has been nicknamed "the museum" by our friends! The majority of our guests find the apartment's aesthetic fun and/or charming, but if you're a minimalist, it's probably not a great fit. No hard feelings - everyone decorates differently :)


The guest room and our bedroom are located on the northwest end of the apartment; the guest room has two queen size beds (one of which is lofted). The living room also has a thick, comfortable, full-size futon bed. We also have a pack-n-play available (please request in advance).


We generally have access to an off-street parking spot for an extra $5 per day; Sunday street parking (and overnight street parking every night) is free. There's also a parking garage a block away that's reasonably priced.


We're active locavores, including canning and homebrewing. As the building is more than a century old, the kitchen isn't the largest, but we've found creative ways to make the best use of the space available. Everything is labeled, and we have ample cookware available for guests to use. We ask that you wash any utensils, dishes, etc. before you check-out, and let us know if you'd specifically like additional fridge space (generally, we reserve half of one of the two shelves for guest use).


Coin-operated laundry machines are located in the basement; each load, washer or dryer, costs $1.


We live in a building that's more than century old, which means we get to enjoy the charms that come with historical architecture, but we also have to accept its quirks (like outlets in amusing/befuddling places). If you've never lived in an old building, a few things to note:

- It can get a bit dusty, despite regular cleaning.
- Sometimes the outlets are hard to find, though we utilize out-of-the-way extension cords and power strips to mitigate this for guests.
- Some of the doors squeak and some of the floorboards creak.

It's a lovely place with charm and character, but every now and then, a window gets a bit stuck; hot water can take a few minutes to reach our bathroom. We love our home not in spite of, but because of, these little quirks. We hope you will, too. :)

Guest access

Private bedroom. Shared living room, kitchen, and bathroom. Our home is your home. :)

Our two cats, Gus and Baxter, are sociable, low-key creatures. They're ragdoll/siamese mix, and so are considered hypoallergenic.

Interaction with guests

Every guest is different. When schedules convene, we like to chat and connect, and sometimes even play a board game! However, we both have busy schedules, and sometimes socializing just isn't in the cards.

We're proud Wisconsinites; Brad's lived in Madison for 9 years and done a lot of local traveling, so he's pretty familiar with the area. We're always happy to make recommendations and help you find what you're looking for.

Free parking on premise

Extra people £11 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Discount: 15%
Weekend Price £57 / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
2 queen beds
Common spaces
1 sofa bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events

Respect us and our space and we should get along fine. No pets, and smoking outside. Please do not feed our cats.

If you're going to be more than 15 minutes earlier or later than your pre-arranged check-in time, please call or text us in advance; otherwise, we don't guarantee we will be home.

Before checking out, please do the following:

- Hang used towels in the bathroom
- Wash any dishes you used during your stay


You must also acknowledge
Cat(s) live in the house


Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit

1 night minimum stay

164 Reviews

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Gus User Profile
September 2017
Hilary and Brad were excellent hosts who have put a lot of thought and effort into running their Airbnb. The guest accommodations are well-maintained and the apartment is fully stocked with anything you might need, including a bevy of spare toiletries. The apartment is very comfortable and entertainingly decorated, and its location is fantastic. We were attending events located near the state capitol, and it took us less than five minutes to walk there. There are also a number of excellent places to eat nearby. I would definitely consider staying at Hilary and Brad's place again the next time I am in Madison.

Sarah User Profile
August 2017
Hilary's place is really quirky and interesting, filled with fascinating bits and pieces. It is a very short walk to the Capitol and the lively square. Try the breakfast 'wedges' at the takeaway place on the Kitty Corner from the Museum Shop.

Megan User Profile
August 2017
Hilary and Brad were very nice! It was in a great location!

David User Profile
August 2017
Hilary and Bradley are great hosts and made me feel very comfortable staying in their home! The location is great, close to the Capitol, James Madison Park and a short walk to campus and the terrace.

Jessica User Profile
July 2017
My husband and I stayed at Hilary and Brad's place while we were in town for our "babymoon" and it was an excellent experience. Hilary and Brad are very nice and accommodating. One of the nights we were there, they had a Game of Thrones viewing party that they invited us to and we happily attended. They also sent us home with some fresh cat nip from their garden for our fur children which was very sweet. Their apartment is a short walk to the capitol building and an even shorter walk to the lake, making it a prime location for many outdoor activities and great restaurants alike. The apartment is located on the third floor of their building (no elevator) and that was a bit of a challenge for me being pregnant and all but that didn't effect the quality of the time my husband and I had there. The apartment is spacious and welcoming and our room was clean and cozy. Hilary and Brad label everything clearly for their guests so it made existing in the space very easy. The room doesn't have an AC but even on the hottest of the days we were there, the box fan that was kept in the window kept things at a comfortable temp. They also have two very sweet and friendly cats that could easily earn the affection of even the most anti-cat person. My husband and I found their recommendations list to be on point and helpful so we highly encourage any future guests to utilize that. Staying with Hilary and Brad was an added bonus to an already stellar trip. Their hospitality is bar none and I highly recommend them to anyone visiting Madison.

Bridget User Profile
July 2017
This apartment is very sunny and welcoming. The bed was comfortable. Bradley, and Hilary especially, are kind and welcoming. The location is excellent.

Paola User Profile
July 2017
The room is big and there are two beds so it's perfect for more than two people. The cats are really lovely, they will try to enter in the room but you can simply make them leave. The bathroom is fully equipped, it's an old house and plenty of things so it can be dusty. There's no air conditioning so it can be hot but there's a fan that you can use. Hilary was really welcoming and they left us instructions to find the keys in case of their absence. The location is perfect to see Madison!

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Hilary And Bradley User Profile

We’re an easygoing, sociable couple. Brad works in forestry and ecological land management and plays the washboard; Hilary's a former bartender/public radio journalist-turned-start-up web developer and plays board games.

We love to cook, explore, listen to records and be crafty. (Also big proponents of craft beer.) As native Wisconsinites, we’re rather fond of our city and state, but have both traveled the world.

Hilary speaks normal English, solid Spanish and embarrassing French; Bradley speaks charming English and everything plants.

We have two friendly, lovable cats named Gus and Baxter and way too many hats.

Languages: English, Español
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a day

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