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 room4.4
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.2

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.

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.

A Wonderful Home

3.8 on October 08, 2015

This is very spacious, wonderfully relaxed B&B, with awesome views of Lake Mendota. We enjoyed curling up in the sunroom and watching the sun set. You can't beat the proximity to the campus and many, many restaurants. David and Bob will give you their best recommendations.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you!! Glad you stayed with us.

Can't wait to return

5 on September 16, 2015

What a wonderful place!!! I wish I could keep this gem all to myself! But I must share! We loved it, this was our second stay, already booked our next visit. Hosts are wonderful , warm people. Great location, so much to do and see.

beautiful place in a wonderful location

5 on August 25, 2015

Our hosts were so friendly and lovely, and the location is spectacular. We had a wonderful time, and only wish it could have been longer.


3.0 on August 17, 2015

Great location, will go back when it's finished.

Second stay as good as the first.

5 on August 15, 2015

I had a beautiful room with a private porch facing the lake. The breakfast consisting in fresh baked scones, fresh fruits, orange juice, and coffee was as ddelicious as I remembered. The hosts , David and Bob, were as gracious as before. However, the "summer garden" was a magnificent follow-up to an equally magnificent "spring garden". I look forward to finishing my research at the Capitol and viewing the "autumn garden". I doubt there is any equivalent "B&B: value".

Beautiful, Restful, Convenient

4.6 on June 16, 2015

I stayed in the Gore Vidal room, which although it had no balcony, had a gorgeous view of the sunset and was exceptionally quiet. I spoke with both David and Bob, who were warmly congenial and yet kept on with their own tasks very comfortably. They had happily agreed to have breakfast out earlier than usual the next morning since I had an early flight out. The house is roomy, with large separate public spaces for sitting away from other guests, and is situated right off the lake with pretty walkways and easy walking to very good restaurants. The entire too-short stay was really wonderful, and I'm eager to stay again soon.

Enjoyed our stay. Great location. Wonderful hosts.

3.4 on May 10, 2015

Enjoyed talking with our host and other guests. It was a great location - central to the places we wanted to see. It was right on the water - a beautiful view.

What a gem!

5 on May 07, 2015

I arrived to find an exquisitely maintained landmark arts and crafts building with an expansive front porch and a front lawn filled with spring bulbs and willows (a testament to the owners' nursery experience). The back yard had ample parking space and a wonderful view of Lake Mendota. My room was large, spotless, and comfortable. it faced Lake Mendota and I was awakened by birds each morning. Breakfast was a simple elegant meal of scones, cheese, cereal, and fruit. The hosts, David and Bob, were not intrusive. However, a fortunate prolonged conversation with them showed them to be very knowledgeable about Madison and dedicated to preserving Madison's remarkable social values. (David and Bob are truly remarkable!) The restaurant referrals were excellent and I was introduced to the burgeoning "local gourmet foodie" scene. Of note, public bus transportation stops in front of the building and goes to both the University of Wisconsin and the Capitol. I have been to numerous hotels throughout the United States and Europe and have visited several bed and breakfasts. Mendota Lake House B & B is very special. I would recommend it to anyone visiting Madison, especially prospective University of Wisconsin students and their parents and interested parties attending Wisconsin legislative sessions. I recommend that visitors speak with David and Bob as an important part of the Mendota Lake House experience. AMD

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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


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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