Mendota Lake House B&B

704 E Gorham St , Madison, WI 53703-1522 USA (Show map)


Historic 1911 arts and crafts home in downtown Madison, on the lake, near the Capitol. One mile to UW campus. We are a plain and simple B&B that caters to travelers looking for a clean room at a great price with a fantastic location. We are committed to being your best value in Madison. Our breakfast is continental style with all organic and local (when in season) products. Bob makes the granola! We also feature baked goods from Batch Bakehouse. Our cleaning products are all natural and scent free. We are on a busy downtown street with numerous amenities nearby. The back of our house faces the stunningly beautiful and tranquil Lake Mendota. Sunsets are magical. Our house is also located in James Madison Park, with a beach, volleyball pit, play structure and numerous other amenties. Or wander around and enjoy nature in this downtown park.




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  • Guest room4.2
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.5
  • Onsite Dining4.0

Couple Weekend Getaway

4.6 on January 27, 2016

My husband and I stayed here for a romantic getaway. We were not disappointed. Our hosts were very friendly and offered great advice on things to do and places to eat in Madison. I was worried when I read "continental breakfast" but I was not disappointed at all. All organic offerings and fresh baked goods from a local bakery. We did not go away hungry at all. Our room was delightful and huge! Beautiful view of the lake. We will definitely stay with them again next time we have a mini-vacation in Mad-town.

Madison get a away

5 on December 24, 2015

Found this B& B on our drive to Madison. My partner had never stayed at a B&B and I've only stayed at them in Europe, so we were a little apprehensive. We were pleasantly surprised. Very easy to find, and on site free parking were bonuses. Our room was large and super comfortable. The King sized bed was a Tempurpedic mattress that gave us a superb night sleep. Continental breakfast was organic and healthy, we were able to enjoy this In the sun room over looking Mendota Lake. Dave and Bob are both very pleasant, polite, informative, and helpful. Short walk to down town and local restaurants are also within walking distance. Highly recommend ands we will be going back. :)


3.8 on November 25, 2015

Rooms were lovely however the bed was too soft in the top floor bedroom (rust) and it was way too hot.

Fabulous stay in Madison

4.4 on November 20, 2015

Conveniently located to everything and beautiful property. Also an excellent value! We stayed in the Gore Vidal Room. Super cute and quiet with a view of the lake. The only thing I would say was the bed seemed a bit "saggy" (I don't think it was only due to the softness of the feather bed.) However, I would absolutely stay again!

Great place close to everything downtown.

4.2 on November 16, 2015

Charming home, restored in the period it was built. Friendly staff. Quiet neighborhood.

A feel of European Ccolonialism in the New World

4.2 on November 15, 2015

We had a wonderful time while in Madison, the weather was still very nice, that helped. But even in the rain and storm we were very comfortable in the beautiful sitting rooms of Mendota Lakehouse, very turn of the century with nice details and of course the spendid view of the lake. Not far from the centre, but renting a bike is also fun. David and Bob are the best hosts, really. My daughter and I want to wish them all the best in further developing their guesthouse.

Weekend Getaway

4.4 on November 13, 2015

The Mendota Lake House is a beautiful old house situated right on the edge of Mendota Lake. My girlfriend and I took a weekend in Madison in early November 2015 to enjoy the city and relax. We stayed in the Oscar Wilde room, a large space with a comfortable seating area to the left, bed and dining table to the right, electric fire and great views! It was a great room, and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. A short 15 minute walk to the Capitol building and the center of everything. Bob and David were very welcoming. Highly recommended! If we head back to Madison we will certainly be back.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks you guys for the kind words. Hope to see you back.

Nov. 6-7th stay at Mendota Lake House B&B

5 on November 12, 2015

I had the pleasure of staying at Mendota Lake House B&B in Madison last weekend and couldn't be happier with our stay. David and Bob did a wonderful job making our stay comfortable and making it feel like home. I would stay here over a hotel any day.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks for staying and thanks for letting us know. We always hope guests feel at home and are always so happy when they do.

Would Come Back because of great location

3.2 on November 06, 2015

Great Value and Location!!!!!!!

THE best place to stay in Madison!

5 on October 16, 2015

The beautifully apportioned home, the fabulous individually decorated rooms and the location right on the lake!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much! We are glad you enjoyed your stay.

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Rooms & Rates

Walt Whitman

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. Coffee is ready around 7AM along with fruit, cheese, baked goods, cereal and juice. Those staying for longer periods are welcome to use our kitchen.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Tennessee Williams

"Whoever you are: I have always depended on the kindness of strangers," (Blanche Dubois.) I named this room after my favorite playwright, Tennessee Williams. The Tennessee Williams room is very cozy with a queen bed and your own private balcony with views to the front and the lake out back. The large tiled bath features a whirlpool tub and plush towels. I have a two night minimum requirement for weekend bookings. Coffee and a continental breakfast will be available starting at 7AM. But feel free to sleep in!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Gore Vidal

Very cosy room on the 3rd floor with great views of the lake. En suite bath with tub and shower. Check your email on free wifi while gazing out at the lake. Free parking too!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Oscar Wilde

The Oscar Wild room is the biggest room in the house and has great views of lake Mendota. The private bath is beautiful with period subway tile and includes a 2-person whirlpool spa tub and shower. You will have a good nights sleep on the king-sized Tempur-Pedic bed covered up with a goose down comforter. Check your email on the free wifi and there is free parking too! Complimentary coffee is ready by 6:30 along with fruit, cheese, baked goods, cereal and juice. Enjoy your breakfast in the oak paneled dining room, or sit in the glass enclosed front room overlooking the lake.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

James Baldwin

Large room with private bath. This room faces the lake and the park and with windows on two sides, it is really bright and airy. Check your email on our free wifi and there is free parking too. Coffee and continental breakfast starting at 7AM. But feel free to sleep in!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Location Type

Downtown, Lakefront


Madison, WI (MSN-Dane County Regional) 5 miles

Directions to property:

Located on a major street through downtown. Direct route from airport to campus and Capitol.

Area Attractions

Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Museum, Nature area, Night life, Children's Museum, State Capitol, Restaurants, Performing Theater, Picnic area, University

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Mansion

On-site amenities

Computer, Fireplace, Fridge, Ironing Board, Kitchenette, Library, Microwave, TV, Walk to mass transit, Wi-Fi

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Radio, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycles, Boating, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming

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  • Alcohol Provided

Terms and Conditions



David Waugh and Bob Klebba

Languages spoken

English, French, Italian, Spanish

Resident Pets


About the innkeepers

Gardening enthusiasts, historic preservation.

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  • Time Served: 7-10AM
  • Serving Location: Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Vegetarian


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