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Mendota Lake House B&B

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Resident Pets


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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