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The Livingston Inn

752 E Gorham St , Madison, WI 53703 USA (Show map)
9 Reviews
$159 - $275
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Built in 1854 and home to two Madison mayors, The Livingston Inn is where history meets hospitality! This breathtaking home features nine fireplaces, eleven-foot first floor ceilings, lake access, and stunning architectural details inside and out. The Livingston Inn offers spacious, beautifully appointed guest rooms on the second floor. With private baths, working fireplaces, and daily maid service, this B&B is a delightful respite for its guests. The Livingston Inn Bed & Breakfast combines the relaxing comfort of a majestic historic home while subtly providing many modern day conveniences. All guests are served full breakfast daily and may enjoy Wi-Fi, cable TV, online movies, and daily delivery of local and national newspapers. Close to the airport, downtown, the State Capitol, State Street, and the UW-Madison campus, The Livingston Inn is an ideal location for the business or leisure traveler.



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  • Guest room5
  • Service5
  • Value4.9
  • Cleanliness5
  • Dining5

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Chicago escape to Livingston Inn

5 on December 26, 2014

My boyfriend and I had a wonderful, relaxing trip at Livingston. Dave was incredibly helpful and a gracious host; he gave us great recommendations for how to explore the city and was very considerate. We had such an amazing time at Livingston - it was the perfect winter getaway, with the cozy, warm rooms and gas fireplaces. We cannot wait to return!

Great for everyone, even for a long-stay

5 on November 04, 2014

I've stayed at the Livingston Inn for 2 weeks and everything's been great. It is quite, breakfast is amazing and varies everyday, people living there are all very kind and would do anything to help you. The property itself is an old victorian house very well preserved, has a fireplace in all the rooms and the atmosphere inside is really nice. It is located only 15mins walk from downtown and is close to several good restaurants. Lake Mendota is directly accessible from a rear-garden path where one can simply sit over a pontoon and enjoy the beautiful view. Overall, I strongly recommend the Livingston Inn to anyone passing by Madison.

The Livingston Inn is a 'must stay' in Madison, WI

5 on August 19, 2014

We stayed in The Livingston Inn March 2014 and had an amazing time. Peggy and Dave are wonderful! the food, conversation, accommodations - everything was top notch:) Lots of laughter too - we will definitely re-visit The Livingston Inn in the future:)

Peggy & Dave Rock!!

5 on August 04, 2014

My wife and I recently spent three days at the Livingston Inn in Madison, Wisconsin. I initially selected the Inn due to the positive reviews that I saw online and also due to its proximity to the lake. We were not disappointed at all. Our room (Mendota Room) had a view of the lake which was also very appealing. Here are some comments for potential B&Brs: The best part of our stay was by far the owners Peggy and Dave Furlan. We felt like we were part of the family by the time we left. We were greeted around 4 PM by Dave and he talked with us for over an hour. He even gave us each a drink. We have stayed in B&Bs all over the US and we have never had owners take such an interest in us. Peggy was so warm and friendly. She asked us what we wanted to eat for breakfast. The last day she made delicious Swedish Pancakes. Every day we had muffins, eggs, bacon, yogurt, fresh fruit (blueberries and strawberries), granola, orange juice, and coffee. It was a great way to start every day. Peggy even sat down with all of us and talked with the people that were staying at her B&B. Every evening they supplied us with a beverage (wine or beer) and they had cookies or candy for us at the end of the evening. The B&B itself is a beautiful redecorated mansion that used to house the first two mayors of Madison. It is centrally located; a few blocks from the Capitol, right next to the lake, one block to a few restaurants and one block to the city bike rentals. Madison has bike rentals all over the city. You can rent a bike and ride it to different locations; check it in and sight see. Then you can get back on another bike. If you’re older like me, you can bike a little and then walk the rest. The only critique that we had was the room was a little warm in late July. However, we communicated this to Peggy and she supplied us with a fan. The mansion has central air, but each room did not have their own AC. All in all 5 out of 5 stars.

What a find!

5 on May 26, 2014

What a find and what luck! On a last minute lark we decided to overnight in Madison and had the good fortune to stay at the Livingston Inn. Dave could not have been more welcoming and hospitable. Our room and the house were luxurious Victorian and a real retreat from our busy week. Dave knows his town and was extremely helpful with dinner reservations and current attractions. We enjoyed his company and conversation of shared experiences and acquaintances. We only missed meeting his other half, Peggy. I guess we'll just have to go back!

We LOVED the Livingston Inn!

5 on February 03, 2014

Peggy was great - she was very friendly and helpful. We loved the Inn - the rooms are beautiful - we loved our fireplace! We will be staying here next time we go through Madison.

Great visit!

4.8 on October 19, 2013

Peggy was a fantastic host! The house was beautiful and the fireplace in our room was very romantic. The homemade breakfast was delicious.

Great place to celebrate 14th anniversary!

5 on August 15, 2013

On the spur of the moment we decided to come to Madison WI to celebrate our anniversary. We were lucky enough to find a room available midweek in the beautifully restored Livingston Inn. Peggy was a gracious and friendly host, making us feel welcome and giving us suggestions on things to do and places to eat in Madison. Although the sunset was obscured that night by clouds, it was a bonus to be able to sit and enjoy the peace and quiet that being by a body of water seems to bring. Having brought our bikes along we rode around Lake Monona the next morning after a lovely breakfast. We look forward to a return visit!

Our stay in Madison, Wisconsin.

5 on June 06, 2013

We had a perfect time at this wonderful B&B in Madison Wisconsin. Our hostess, Peggy, was more than kind with her helpful hints if it was finding the perfect restaurant for us to eat or getting us a glass of wine at the end of the day. Her breakfasts were fantastic. I wish I had some of the bacon right now! Honestly, this was the best B&B we have every stayed in! Libby Mitchell and Jim Herity

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Rooms & Rates

General Pickering

The Gothic-revival style of The Livingston Inn is modeled after the Pickering House in Salem, Massachusetts. The vaulted ceiling and linen wallpaper of the Pickering Room convey the grandeur of the architectural origin. The room offers the privacy of the former servant’s quarters and includes a separate sitting area. Its spacious bathroom boasts of being the first indoor facility in the City of Madison. Guests will enjoy a queen-size bed, decorative gas stove, and private bath featuring a delightful shower with body sprays.

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

Nightly Rate: $159 - $250

Nightly Rate: $159 - $250

Lake Mendota

Year-round, guests in the Lake Mendota Room can look west and enjoy a scene of the Lake Mendota shoreline toward the UW-Madison campus. A second large window offers a pillowed window seat overlooking the front garden. The privacy of this room is accentuated by its own staircase off the back parlor. Guests will enjoy a queen-size bed, gas fireplace, and private bath featuring a shower with body sprays.

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

Nightly Rate: $175 - $300

Nightly Rate: $175 - $300

William T Leitch

Named in honor of the builder of this glorious mansion, the William T. Leitch room stands in the center of the home upon ascending the grand central staircase. The room features rich burgundy tones, beautiful antique furniture, and a large picture window overlooking the front garden. Guests will enjoy a queen-size bed, gas fireplace, and private bath with shower.

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

Nightly Rate: $159 - $250

Nightly Rate: $159 - $250


According to local lore, the original property owner, William T. Leitch, grew willow trees along Lake Mendota from cuttings from Napoleon’s grave at St. Helena. The Willow Room features Monet-like flower wallpaper, a queen-size bed, and a beautifully designed mantel around the gas fireplace. The private bathroom, originally a storage area for hoop skirts, contains a spacious shower complete with body sprays.

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

Nightly Rate: $159 - $250

Nightly Rate: $159 - $250

Harman Hideaway

Stories tell us the last prominent family in our home, Gordon and Dolly Harman, resided in this room as their bedroom, becoming the perfect vantage point to hear their daughters trying to sneak in late at night. Guests will find the Harman Hideaway Room up the staircase off the back parlor in a special place toward the back of the house. The room features a window looking out to Lake Mendota along with a queen-size bed, beautiful gas fireplace, and private bath featuring a delightful rainfall shower with separate hand-held wand.

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

Nightly Rate: $159 - $250

Nightly Rate: $159 - $250

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Location Type

City, Downtown, Lakeside


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

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Nature area, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Board games, Clothes dryer, Parking, Telephone, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities , Free health club membership

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, In-room internet, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 3pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night minimum on weekends
  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: A credit card is required at the time of reservation to hold the room. Payment in full is due upon check-in.
  • Cancellations: If reservations are cancelled more than two weeks prior to arrival, the cancellation fee is $50.00. If reservations are fully or partially cancelled two weeks or less prior to arrival, the cancellation fee is equal to the full amount of the cancelled reservation.



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752 E Gorham St , Madison, WI 53703 USA (Show map)

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