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Mendota Lake House B&B

704 E Gorham St , Madison, WI 53703-1522 USA (Show map)
2 Reviews
$75 - $145
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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service5
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.5
  • Onsite Dining3.0

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Perfect place for the holiday celebrations!

4.0 on July 06, 2013

We stayed here to take in the July 3rd/4th Madison celebrations. The house was clean and welcoming, historic, but comfortable. Since we booked only a few days ahead we were in the James Baldwin room on the top floor. We were very pleased with the room! There was plenty of space, a kitchenette, futon sitting area and bathroom had plenty of space. It was nicely decorated...(not too busy, pleasing color scheme) and a great view of the lake! We biked downtown easily and took in the concert on the square, biked back and were able to have a nice view of the "Rhythm and Booms" fireworks from the park next door! Perfect location for us! Breakfast was continental, but just enough for a quick bite before heading out the next day. The owners were very personable and helpful...we felt very welcome!

Great value, lovely house & hosts

4.6 on April 15, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed at Mendota Lake House last week and we loved it! The house is located within easy walking distance of downtown Madison and is situated right on the lake--the view from our room was beautiful! Our room was also huge and very comfortable/homey (Oscar Wilde room). I'm not a big fan of roses and doilies on every surface, so the clean, simple style of the room--and the house in general--was perfect for us. David & Bob (the owners) were charming & made us feel welcome right away--they purchased the home relatively recently, and it was fun to chat about the process of acquiring it and their plans to update it over time. Also, because scheduling allowed, they let us linger in our room past checkout time, which was awesome. I will note, lest anyone be disappointed, that as of now the breakfast is continental vs the sit-down meal you often see in B & B's. It was actually great for me because I'm neither an early riser nor a breakfast person, so being able to wander down and have some fantastic cheese, fruit, toasty english muffins, cereal and juice at noon vs choosing between waking up earlier than I'd like to or feeling like I'm missing out on part of the "experience" by sleeping in was nice...but I know a fancy breakfast is a big part of what some people love at B&B's, so just a heads up! Considering the fact that the other B&B options I found in the immediate area were twice as expensive, I certainly didn't mind the lack of french toast in raspberry sauce :) All in all, I wouldn't hesitate for a second to return--we were already talking about coming back in the summer to take advantage of the beautiful lake & nearby park before we'd even left!

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Rooms & Rates

James Baldwin

The James Baldwin room is a nice size room on the 3rd floor facing the park and the lake. You will have a great view as you check email on the free wifi. Ensuite bath includes both tub and shower. With a small kitchenette, you have everything you need to feel right at home. There is a 2 night minimum on weekends. Please read over our policies before booking.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $125 - $105

Nightly Rate: $125 - $105

Oscar Wilde

The Oscar Wild room is the biggest room in the house with large windows on 3 sides. Plenty of room to spread out and make yourself to home. There are views to the Capitol and lake Mendota. The beautiful private bath is lined with period subway tile and includes a 2-person whirlpool spa tub and shower. Enjoy the plush luxury towels and bathrobes . You will have a good nights sleep on the king-sized Tempur-Pedic bed covered up with a goose down comforter. Free Wifi and free parking.

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

Nightly Rate: $125 - $145

Nightly Rate: $125 - $145

Walt Whitman

The Walt Whitman room is simply stunning. All windows look out onto the lake, plus, you have your own 2nd floor deck overlooking the lake. The private bath includes a 2-person whirlpool spa tub and shower. Enjoy the plush luxury towels and bathrobes . Free Wifi and free parking.

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

Nightly Rate: $115 - $135

Nightly Rate: $115 - $135

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. And you can count on us to be kind! This is a lovely 2nd floor room with its own private deck. The private bath is large and includes a whirlpool tub and shower. Free Wifi and free parking.

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

Nightly Rate: $95 - $115

Nightly Rate: $95 - $115

Gore Vidal

The Gore Vidal room is on the 3rd floor and is super cozy and super sweet. This room is on the lake side of the house and the sunset view from this room is breathtaking. This room has its own private bath with tub, shower and luxurious towels. Free Wifi and free parking.

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

Nightly Rate: $75 - $90

Nightly Rate: $75 - $90


Location Type

City, 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, Historical interests, Lake, Museum, Nature area, Children's Museum, State Capitol, Restaurants, Performing Theater, Picnic area

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Wired internet

On-site activities

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

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  • Check In:: 3PM
  • Check Out:: 11AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: No
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited over age 12 or with prior approval
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night minimum on weekends
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 50% of reservation
  • Cancellations: For cancellations more than 2 weeks out, we will issue a full refund. For cancellations within 2 weeks of arrival, there is a 50% charge of the total value of your reservation unless we are able to rebook the room.



David Waugh and Bob Klebba

Languages spoken

English, French, Italian, Spanish

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About the innkeepers

Gardening enthusiasts, historic preservation.

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  • Time Served: 7-9AM
  • Serving Location: Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Vegetarian


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

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