The Livingston Inn

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


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 room5.0
  • Service5
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness5.0
  • Onsite Dining4.9

Excellent experience

5 on April 23, 2016

Highly recommended.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your review! We're very glad you enjoyed your stay. Peggy and Dave

Fantastic B&B

5 on April 06, 2016

Simply a wonderful and gorgeous building at a prime location in Madison. Peggy was awesome and the house more than lived up to expectations. There were free almonds and chocolate snacks as well as a glass of wine to make us feel super pampered and the house was located within walking distance of every major sight in town. I recommend this place to anyone looking to visit Madison. Also, her pancakes were divine.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review on! We're so glad you enjoyed your stay and all those little extras we provide. We feel so fortunate to reside in such an ideal location on the isthmus and we're so happy when guests take the time to enjoy it. And we appreciate the extra compliment on the pancakes!

The Spirit of Halloween and of Hospitality

4.2 on November 08, 2015

“Consider yourself at home, consider yourself part of the family.” These lyrics from Oliver reflect the way we felt at the Livingstone Inn. Peggy and David offered us a home-like experience while we were visiting family in Madison. Peggy certainly got into the “spirit” of Halloween with decorations that added to the historic ambience of the Inn. We had a tasty variety of foods for breakfast every morning, and there were treats out for snacking. Local beers and wines were available for the taking. Our room was comfortable and well appointed. Much of the artwork throughout the inn was original and interesting, along with the many collectables that B&B owners love to accrue. We had a delightful stay at the Livingstone Inn.

Wonderful anniversary present

4.6 on October 15, 2015

Our children gave us a weekend stay at the Livingston for our 35th anniversary. Peggy was decorating it for Halloween which just added to the beautiful Gothic home. The room was tastefully decorated and spacious compared to some B & B we have stayed at. We enjoyed the location especially in the evening when we took the wine provided down to the pier to watch the sun set. Peggy and Dave were very helpful with recommendations and directions. The food was outstanding. We truly enjoyed the hospitality and our accommodations. What a wonderful gift!

Innkeeper Response
It was such a pleasure to welcome you to our B&B. We really enjoyed seeing how much you enjoyed all the special places around the inn as well as in our neighborhood and city. Best wishes for health and happiness for many years to come! Warm regards, Peggy and Dave

Just awesome...

5 on October 13, 2015

We had an wonderful experience staying at the Livingston Inn. It is an amazingly beautiful place wonderfully restored by Peggy and Dave. An awesome location for anyone that is familiar with Madison, situated on the isthmus between Lake Mendota and Lake Menona, just walking distance to the Capitol and many top rate restaurants, as well as hip and trendy places for us hip and trendy folks...ha!....and close to the university for visiting parents. Our hosts Peggy and Dave were very welcoming, friendly, interesting to talk to, and exceptionally helpful especially with restaurant suggestions. The place itself was immaculate. Rooms were roomy! ...with very comfortable beds and top quality linen. Breakfast was great...I highly recommend Dave's home made granola and yogurt....and don't miss out on the chocolate cookies waiting for you after a late night. We'll definitely be back! Janice and Mike (all the way from Australia). Thanks so much!

Welcoming, clean, quiet, relaxing close to lakefront acess, downtown and campus

4.8 on September 24, 2015

Perfect B & B for a nutritious breakfast, a helpful, informed, welcoming Innkeeper, close to downtown, lake and campus...all within walking distance, clean, private and quiet accommodations...feel comfortable anywhere in or around the house. If you are not normally someone who enjoys staying in a B & B the Livingston Inn will change your mind!

Innkeeper Response
We appreciate all of these great observations and putting them into a review. Your last statement is a wonderful comment to hear, and we hope many guests will discover the same! Warm regards, Peggy and Dave

A Great Historic House in Downtown Madison

5 on September 17, 2015

My wife and I had a wonderful five night experience at the Livingston House. The historic home is located in downtown Madison within walking distance of the capitol square, the UW campus, State street, and both lakes Mendota and Monona, but still with enough distance to seem quiet and secluded. We stayed in the Harman Hideaway which provided a comfortable queen bed and an updated bathroom in keeping with the style and history of the house. Peggy, one of the owners, provided tasty homemade breakfasts each morning featuring egg scrambles, omelets and german pancakes with fruit and muesli. Peggy also provided a wealth of knowledge about downtown Madison, especially restaurants and shops. If you knew what you wanted to do, Peggy could get you there. If you didn't know what you wanted to do, Peggy could help you develop a plan. It was a great stay and we'll stay there again when we visit Madison.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for taking a time to write this thoughtful review! We really enjoyed your time at the house, and the many interesting conversations. We wish you all the best! Warm regards, Peggy and Dave

A Great Historic House in Downtown Madison

5 on September 16, 2015

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our five-night stay at the Livingston House in Madison. The house was located within walking distance to all the important areas of downtown Madison--the capitol square, State street, the UW campus, and both lake Mendota and Monona. Still, at night our room was very quiet and comfortable. We stayed in the Harman Hideaway room, a cozy room with a queen bed and a tastefully updated bathroom, all in keeping with the history of the house. Peggy cooked tasty and unique breakfasts each morning including various egg scrambles, omelets and german pancakes, served with a homemade muesli, fruit, bacon, etc. She was also very knowledgeable about the area, especially restaurants and shops. If you know where you want to go, she can direct you there; if you don't, she can help you develop a plan. Finally, between Peggy and the other house guests, breakfast conversation was very invigorating. Don't forget to show their little dog Ella a little love.


5 on July 07, 2015

My husband and I stopped at the Livingston B&B on our way home after our wedding. It was the perfect oasis from the wedding mayhem! The minute we got there Peggy, one of the owners, sat down with us and asked us what our needs and wants were right off the bat. Besides the fact that the house is stunning and beautiful with a rich history stored between the walls, our room had a converted closet originally designed to house hoop skirts that was now a beautiful walk in shower with several jets jutting out from the wall. It was surprisingly big considering it used to be a closet! The room also contained a working gas fireplace and a TV with access to Pandora radio, Netflix, and Amazon Prime. The owners offered us complementary wine and beer for the evening as well which we enjoyed on their deck that looked over the lake. The next morning we had a delicious breakfast (eggs made to order) in the sunroom! Due to our crazy wedding weekend we asked to have a private breakfast alone and the owners totally delivered. This place was within walking distance to the square downtown and we were able to visit our favorite bars and restaurants. This place was beautiful and a complete steal considering all that you get with the room. The owners were amazing and we will definitely be back if possible!


5 on March 12, 2015

We had an amazing time here at The Livingston! I can't imagine how our stay would have ended being anywhere else. The homeowners are the best wealth of knowledge about the area and are warm and welcoming. Breakfast is wonderful and the house/room is picturesque! I won't stay anywhere but there from now on, then again we are moving there, but our staycays will be awesome! :)

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Rooms & Rates

Standard Guest Room

Our standard guest rooms include a queen-sized bed, private bathroom, fireplace, cable TV and free online movies, free wifi, and daily maid service. All rooms are air-conditioned and include full breakfast daily, free health club membership, and complimentary beer and wine in the evening.

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

Nightly Rate: $159 - $250

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

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

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


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

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

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Location Type

Downtown, Lakefront


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

Directions to property:

When exiting the airport, follow International Lane. At the stoplight take a left onto Packers Avenue. Packers Avenue will eventually become Gorham Street. Travel Gorham Street to North Livingston Street and turn right. North Livingston Street is the next street for a right turn after the traffic light on Paterson Street. The Livingston Inn is at the corner of East Gorham and North Livingston Streets.

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

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Ironing Board, Parking, Piano, Telephone, Walk to mass transit, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities , Free health club membership

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

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 AMEX, 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.



Peggy and Dave Furlan

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Resident Pets


About the innkeepers

Owners Peggy and Dave Furlan will warmly welcome you to their family and home. Peggy and Dave have extensive experience in professional hospitality, having worked in the hotel and travel industries in the resort town of Breckenridge, Colorado, where they met, married, and opened a restaurant which was awarded Best of Summit County. Peggy has extensive knowledge of wine and food, including locally produced organics, and Dave began working in his family’s restaurants in Denver at the age of 11.

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  • Time Served: Flexible
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Vegetarian , Gluten-free, vegan

Signature Dish

A family recipe drawing on our family history in the restaurant business.