Spacious room to spread out.Very bright with great views of the lake.  Access to your own private deck overlooking the lake.
Walt Whitman-downtown-private bath

Private room

2 guests

1 Bedroom

1 bed

Private room

2 guests

1 Bedroom

1 bed

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About this listing

Gorgeous arts and crafts bed and breakfast on the lakeshore in downtown Madison. Enjoy stunning sunsets or stroll to one of the many quality restaurants nearby.

The space

This 1911 arts and crafts house recently opened as The Mendota Lake House B&B. You simply cannot beat the location - inside a park, on the lake, in downtown Madison. Walk to the farmer's market on the Capitol square, or take a hike to campus just 1 mile away -- closer if you are a good swimmer! The Walt Whitman room is very large with views of lake Mendota and your own private deck overlooking the lake. The private bath has a large 2-person whirlpool spa tub. Enjoy the luxury bath towels and robes.

There is a 2-night minimum on weekends.

The house has 5 guest rooms each with en suite bath. Each room has it's own lock and key. Bob and I have our own private apartment in the lower level so guests enjoy the full use of the first floor of this stunning 1911 prairie style home. This includes a full kitchen and 2400 sq. feet of area to lounge.

If you prefer eating out, there are excellent restaurants nearby.

We live with 3 Labrador retrievers: Coco, Ada and Arnie. We all live in the private lower level of the house. They love visitors so you are always welcome to take them for a walk in the park.

If you will be taking the bus while in town, the bus stops right out front. If you prefer to bike, there is a B-Cycle kiosk located down the street in the park. If you are bringing a car, you can park in the small lot behind our house.

If you are looking for cheap eats, we can point you in the right direction. If you are looking for restaurants that cater to vegetarians (like Bob) we know where to go. Want to know more about Madison -- we've been here for 30 years!

We are looking forward to meeting you.

Note, for short stays, we include a continental breakfast. For longer stays, we offer full use of the first floor kitchen.

Other things to note

Note, because we are a bed and breakfast with a separate reservation system, our calendar on this site may be out of date. Also, the house is not child proofed. Please enquire if you wish to bring young children.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 11AM
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Room type: Private room


Weekly Discount: 25%
Weekend Price: £136 / night
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House Rules
Check in is anytime after 3PM

As much as we would like, we cannot accept pets. We have 3 labs that live in a private section of the house. No smoking allowed in the house.

2 night minimum on weekends



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2 nights minimum stay

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4 Reviews

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Bob User Profile
October 2016
David and Bob were both very welcoming and outgoing. Location was ideal for anyone visiting the University.

Tim User Profile
August 2013
Fantastic, architecturally significant home. Fantastic view of the lake. Fantastic hosts who perfectly balanced friendliness and helpfullness with a respect for guest's privacy. The only downside: going back to real life after staying with Bob and Daivd:)

Chris User Profile
August 2013
David and Bob were wonderful, gracious hosts and had a wealth of information about the surrounding area. The room I stayed in had a lovely view looking onto lake Mendota and was spacious and well furbished. If you want a comfortable and laid back place to stay while in Madison, look no further.

Evan User Profile
November 2012
great hosts, great house, great location. need i say more? highly recommended. seemless communication too!
David & Bob User Profile
Response from David & Bob:
Evan, great having you and Kat. Thanks for the feedback. You should come back this summer and hang out some more on the great deck. I am hoping for some good migratory bird action next spring.
November 2012

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Madison, Wisconsin, United States · Joined in October 2012
David & Bob User Profile

Hi there, I'm embarking on a new venture in my life -- innkeeping! My husband and I purchased a prairie style mansion on lake Mendota in downtown Madison. I love architecture and I am both thrilled and humbled to own this stunning home. The house was built in the prairie school style made famous by architects Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. My passion is gardening and I have about 1/3 acre right on the lake to keep me occupied. I love the idea of AirBnB because it embodies what I like best about travel -- staying someplace that is homey and comfortable -- the exact opposite of most hotels. You also have the added benefit of built in tour guides. Bob and I have lived in Madison for more than 30 years and we have a lot of information to share.

Response rate: 100%
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Response time: within an hour