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Walking Iron Bed and Breakfast

21 State Street , Mazomanie, WI 53560 USA (Show map)
74 Reviews
$125 - $160
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Walking Iron Bed and Breakfast is a historic 1865 brick Victorian Italianate home located at 21 State Street in Mazomanie, WI. Nestled among the scenic bluffs and rolling farmland of beautiful southwestern Wisconsin, and just 25 minutes from the state capital city of Madison, Walking Iron Bed and Breakfast is conveniently located to many area attractions. Spring Green, American Player's Theater, Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin, the House on the Rock, and the Wisconsin River, are just a few of the unique places to visit. Boasting five elegantly appointed guest rooms with period antiques, iron beds, private baths and whirlpools, and restored formal parlor, library and dining room, Walking Iron Bed and Breakfast blends luxury with history! As your hosts, David and Karisa Friske are committed to making your stay one that you won't soon forget!



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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Dining4.8

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Set the Bar high!

5 on November 06, 2014

We needed lodging after a wedding reception at the Old Feed Mill and found this wonderful B&B online. This was our first B&B experience and these hosts set the bar very high on EVERY level. The house is beautiful, historical, and well appointed but still very homey. Our room, Lenora's Garden View is spacious, elegant, and quiet and the king size bed and pillows were super comfortable, all so different from chain hotels. Breakfast was flavorful and copious and Karisa so attentive and friendly. We were so impressed with the entire experience, and may stop by on our way to Richland Center to see the gardens in bloom and otherwise stay again on one of our road trips to wineries and micro-breweries. P.S., I felt lucky to get the "off-season" price Nov. 1, which made it even more appealing!

Gregarious Hosts

5 on September 24, 2014

We spent two nights in this exquisite B & B. Everything was perfect -- the rooms, the food, and the hosts. They were obiously "people persons" who loved to communicate with their guests. However, the interactions were limited to arrival and breakfasts -- the remainder of the time we were left to enjoy this beautiful Victorian home. Would highly recommend to anyone!

Innkeeper Response
So glad you had a wonderful time at our B&B. Thank you for taking the time to write a review!

Perfect quiet getaway in rural WI

5 on August 24, 2014

This was exactly what my partner and I needed. I wish we had been able to spend more time here. It was quiet, relaxing, and exceeded our expectations in comfort.

Innkeeper Response
We are so glad you had an enjoyable stay! Maybe next time you will be able to stay longer!


5 on August 22, 2014

My husband and I stayed at Walking Iron on a road trip through the Northern US. We booked the Doctor's Suite and it was fabulous: clean, quirky, historic, beautiful. Breakfast in the morning was fresh and filling. We would absolutely recommend this B&B and hope to return ourselves! So much hospitality! There is tea and coffee available 24/7 and tons of material to read about the area and the B&B. The only negative to note: many local businesses are closed on Mondays. We had hoped to eat at the Old Feed Mill, which is a quick 2 minute walk from Walking Iron, but it was closed!

Innkeeper Response
So glad you had a wonderful time!

Wonderful B&B!

5 on August 14, 2014

We planned a last minute weekend get-away trip centered around the Wollersheim Winery in Prairie du Sac. Luckily for us, the Walking Iron B&B had that Friday night available. We had a wonderful weekend - I would highly recommend the winery and this B&B. Our room was amazing. The renovations done on the home were obviously a labor of love. There was so much detail and comfort. The food was fabulous, and the hosts were great! We plan on returning to the winery, and will definitely choose to stay at the Walking Iron again (instead, this time we will plan ahead in order to be able to stay more than one night!)

Innkeeper Response
So glad you found us and were able to stay at least for one night!

Beautiful, Clean, Quiet B&B

4.6 on July 16, 2014

Love this B&B! Karisa and David run such a clean and organized place. The history is amazing and they have a book in each room explaining the previous owners and their own adventure in buying and fixing the place up. Unbelievable detail that is really fun to explore. Make sure to visit the third floor library! The B&B is close to American Players Theater and we always canoe or kayak the Wisconsin river. Favorite places to eat are Spring Green General Store which has gluten free options and really fresh excellent food.

An exceptional and convenient escape for Madisonians

4.8 on June 30, 2014

Quiet and lovely location. Dave and Carisa are perfect hosts, attentive and available but provide you your personal space. The home is very quaint. Mazomanie has a very interesting history. Although the activities right in Mazo are limited, try to get dinner on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night at the Wall Street restaurant. Also, the history museum (open only Sunday afternoon) and the history walk are worth it. Highly recommend a visit

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Thank you for staying with us!

2nd Visit as good or better than the first

5 on May 14, 2014

This is the second time we visited this B&B and it has set a high standard for what a bed and breakfast should entail. The hosts are lovely, willing to chat but not overbearing. The breakfast was timely and delicious. The rooms are unique and charming. My only regret is that we have been there too early to catch the gardens in full bloom. Mazomanie, itself, is a little gem of a town in a great location. It is an easy drive to Madison and Devil's Lake/Baraboo. We haven't explored many of the other surrounding areas, but I will say that the Wollerscheim winery is a 100% must-visit. Overall, this is a spectacular B&B that we are already planning to visit again next year.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for choosing us to stay with again! Looking forward to next year, maybe the flowers will be in bloom on time!


4.8 on September 30, 2013

Walking Iron was charming. Beautifully decorated and clean with modern amenities. Karissa, the owner, was friendly and inviting and makes a delicious home-cooked breakfast.

Wonderful, historic B&B, fantastic getaway!

4.6 on July 10, 2013

Lovely home with a very romantic setting. Breakfast was very good and the hosts were wonderful! Highly reccommend!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you! So glad that you enjoyed your stay!

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Location Type

Historic downtown, Downtown, Village


Madison, WI (MSN-Dane County Regional)

Directions to property:

3 hours from Chicago, 2 hours from Milwaukee, 1/2 hour west of Madison. Walking Iron Bed and Breakfast is located 1 block from downtown Mazomanie. From Hwy 14, turn north on Brodhead. Continue down the hill to the stop sign at the large flag pole (town center). Turn right on Hudson, go 1 block, turn left on State Street (Hwy Y). Park in front if accessible, or in the driveway.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, The House on the Rock, Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin, American Players Theater, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery

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Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Washer/dryer , 24 hour coffee and tea, Massage facilities, Four person sauna, Full Breakfast Friday-Sunday, Continental Breakfast Monday-Thursday.

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Governer Dodge State Park, Devils Lake State Park, Wisconsin River, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Snow shoe trails, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3-5 pm
  • Check Out:: 11 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Smoking is allowed on the porch areas only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Two-night minimum on weekends June 1st thru October 31st.
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Reservations must be guaranteed by credit card or check with 50% of one night room cost.
  • Cancellations: More than 14 days or more before arrival, full refund, minus a $20 cancellation fee. 13 days or less before arrival, full charge if the room is not rebooked.



David and Karisa

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  • Time Served: 9 am Friday-Sunday
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Restrictive , Vegetarian


21 State Street , Mazomanie, WI 53560 USA (Show map)

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