The Buckingham Inn

1615 Summit Avenue , Madison, 53726 USA (Show map)


Three guest suites feature distinctive decor that mixes nostalgic and contemporary details. Each suite has a sitting area, luxury bedding, bathrobes and spacious bathroom with jetted tub and spa-style shower. Free amenities include savory complete breakfast, high-speed WiFi, HDTV, Blu-ray player, internet music and movies, in-room refrigerator, and passes for Madison's bike-share program. The building's yearlong renovation stayed true to its original Prairie School style of design, influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural principles. One suite is elegantly designed to suit those with impaired mobility. Free off-street parking is provided.




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  • Guest room5
  • Service5
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness5
  • Onsite Dining4.9

Autumn in God's Country Sept 2017 Stay

4.8 on October 02, 2017

The Buckingham Inn property and innkeepers Heidi and Tom offer a superb BnB. The rooms are large, fully appointed and elegantly furnished (Heidi's fine taste!). Breakfast each AM is a gourmet serving of fresh local. Location can't be better for everyone visiting the UW campus (1.5 blocks from Camp Randall, 3 blocks from Engineering campus, 4 blocks from School of Vet Med, etc. Highly recommend.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your recommendation and for posting a review. We're so glad you enjoyed The Buckingham Inn's accommodations, furnishings, and fresh-made breakfasts! We hope to host you again soon.

- Tom (innkeeper)

Beautiful Buckingham

5 on June 30, 2017

The Buckingham Inn is comfortable elegance. We enjoyed the University Suite for one night and are already planning our next stay. The inn keepers are lovely and attentive. We highly recommend The Buckingham Inn.

Innkeeper Response
It was wonderful meeting you. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and appreciate your recommendation and all of your kind comments. We look forward to hosting you again! Best wishes to you.

- Tom (innkeeper)

Buckingham Inn

4.8 on January 17, 2017

The Owners are friendly, and the room appointments are top notch. The room is UM themed, which at first glance did not impress, but once you started to look at the level quality in the details, from the lighting, fireplace, bed to the bathroom, you notice the amount of thought put into the construction. No doubt, a place I would recommend.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your comments. Each room at The Buckingham Inn has a different theme related to Madison or the University of Wisconsin, and we are glad you found the accommodations to be of high quality. Best regards to you!

- Tom (innkeeper)

Consistently wonderful!

5 on December 05, 2016

My husband and I make the Buckingham a 'must do' when we travel to Madison. We always thoroughly enjoy our time there. Tom and Heidi are most gracious and excellent chefs! The building itself has such character, history and charm, and the ambiance and consistent attention to every detail makes us look forward to our next visit!

Innkeeper Response
It is such a pleasure hosting you on your visits to Madison. Thank you for posting a review and for all of your kind comments about the inn and your stays with us. We hope to see you again soon at The Buckingham Inn!

- Tom, innkeeper (innkeeper)

Real taste of Madison

4.4 on October 07, 2016

This place captures all the things that make Madison unique - Prairie-style decor, a farm-to-table breakfast, and a great location a half block from campus.The common/dining space is cozy, with several nooks for quiet reading or reflection.There is a miniature grand piano in the corner of the sitting room - very old with chipped keys and uncertain action, but still in tune. There are two rooms upstairs, and one room right off the entrance that is more-or-less handicap accessible (a few stairs up, and a few back down, into the room). Bed was great. Bathroom shower and tub were top-of-the-line. We stayed on the first floor and there is some noise from above in the bathroom, and from the entranceway as people come in, but it was not disruptive. Breakfast was great - local foods, including greens which were much appreciated for breakfast! Eating is at a common table for six. The couple who runs the place are friendly but not chatty. They offer water/juice/wine during the 4-6 check-in period. There are three (tight) parking spaces to the side of the house. The neighborhood is a combination of stately private homes and fraternity houses. Very lovely - would stay again. If you have the money to splurge for a night, this is a nice place to do it.

Innkeeper Response
We are happy you enjoyed The Buckingham Inn's accommodations, location, and fresh-prepared breakfast! It was a treat to hear you sing and play our piano. Thank you for staying with us.

- Tom, innkeeper (innkeeper)

Top Notch B and B

5 on June 10, 2016

We spent 6 days with hosts Heidi and Tom. Spotless. Excellent food. Convenient location to U W. We need extra support while in Madison. Tom and Heidi were more than helpful for which we are thankful. We will stay at the Buckingham whenever we are in Madsion

Innkeeper Response
We appreciate your comments and are glad to know you enjoyed The Buckingham Inn, the location and food. We were happy to accommodate you and look forward to hosting you again!

- Tom (innkeeper)

Friendly and professional inn owners and many impressive amenities

5 on May 15, 2016

Our 3 night stay at The Buckingham Inn was an absolutely wonderful getaway! It was especially comforting to have a cozy retreat to relax in after a day of exploring Madison. We appreciated so many details that Heidi and Tom put into making their B & B a unique experience including the: - very helpful and warm personal welcome - helpful book of instructions in the room about how to operate devices (TV, blue ray player, exterior door keypad, jacuzzi tub, etc...) and other tips - printed list of your meal recommendations. - fresh flowers and the personal note they wrote for our anniversary - B-cycle passes plus the helpful hints on where to ride (along with a good map!) - Netflix, Pandora - delicious local chocolates - excellent wine/juice available each evening - tasty, healthy, well balanced breakfast (including nice variety of juice and tea choices!) - snacks and bottled water/soda available in the room - beautiful and interesting decorating accents throughout your home - comfortable, clean furnishings - interesting current local area reading material - very relaxing (pampering!) shower

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for all of your comments. We're happy you found The Buckingham Inn such a relaxing retreat after enjoying your days exploring Madison. We're glad you could make use of the B-cycle system and the restaurant recommendations. We hope to host you again at The Buckingham Inn!

- Tom, innkeeper (innkeeper)


5 on February 21, 2016

We stayed here for our anniversary and it exceeded expectations. Nice location within walking distance of the hustle bustle. Great room, great breakfast, nice amenities. Innkeepers were excellent and the place was very clean. We would do it again.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your review. We are happy you enjoyed your suite and amenities, and we are honored you chose The Buckingham Inn as you celebrated your anniversary. We hope to welcome you again in the future!

- Tom, innkeeper (innkeeper)

Very Satisfied Customers

5 on December 30, 2015

Looked to get away from the kids for my wife's 30th Birthday. The stay was wonderful, quiet neighborhood in the city, very clean, very comfortable room. The Inn Keepers were very kind, and accommodating. We only ate there for breakfast, but it was wonderful. Plenty of complimentary features (snacks, drinks, amenities). We would recommend this B & B to anyone looking to stay in the city for shopping and site seeing without being too much in the hustle and bustle of it.

Innkeeper Response
We are glad you had a wonderful stay at The Buckingham Inn! It is nice to know you enjoyed the breakfast, amenities, and our city neighborhood. We would welcome the opportunity to host you for another future getaway!

- Tom (innkeeper)

Madison's Newest "Great Place to Stay"

5 on September 24, 2015

When we could not find a hotel in Madison recently to visit Madison for a weekend football game, we stumbled upon the Buckingham Inn -- and now, we'll never want to stay any place but the Buckingham Inn! Just a block from University of Wisconsin's Camp Randall Stadium, this newly opened bed and breakfast is not only perfectly located but incredibly charming and comfortable. The innskeepers, Tom and Heidi, have a wonderful story to share about how they came to own and create this B&B, and we were impressed by the thought and planning they put into the Buckingham Inn. They have thought of everything in creating their special bed and breakfast, which combines modern conveniences (a large, spectacular spa-like bathroom in each guest room) with period-perfect restoration which will make you feel like you walked into a home circa 1911. We enjoyed looking at the perfectly appointed common rooms and beautiful decorating details, as much as the delicious breakfasts. Tom and Heidi are terrific hosts, and we can only hope this place does not become so popular that we cannot squeeze in again for another visit soon.

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Rooms & Rates


1 King Bed/Max 2 Guests/No Children Under Age 16 The Varsity Suite on the second floor is our largest and most luxurious at 550 square feet. Feel the warmth of the gas fireplace. Sit and read or enjoy the view out the windows of the all-season porch. Create your own spa experience in the stunning bath with corner air-jet tub and separate shower with rain head, hand-held and body sprays. The suite is furnished with fine linens; wall-mounted HDTV with Blu-ray player, Netflix and Pandora; and large dressing area.

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


1 Queen Bed/Max 2 Guests/No Children Under Age 16 The Mendota Suite on the first floor features handsome oak woodwork and classic crown molding. Relax in the tranquility of marine blue-colored walls. Unwind in the vividly tiled bathroom with air-jet tub and separate shower with rain head, hand-held and body sprays. This suite includes features designed for those persons with physical disabilities and differences and those with impaired mobility. 350 square feet. The suite is furnished with fine linens; wall-mounted HDTV with Blu-ray player, Netflix and Pandora; and roll-in shower with drop-down seat.

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


1 King Bed/Max 2 Guests/No Children Under Age 16 The second floor University Suite's location and soft green-colored walls combine to offer guests quiet relaxation in a spacious setting. Enjoy views of the surrounding neighborhood from the corner table. Soak in the air-jet tub or soothe tired muscles in the shower that features a rain head, hand-held and body sprays. 350 square feet. The suite is furnished with fine linens; wall-mounted HDTV with Blu-ray player, Netflix and Pandora.

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

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Location Type

University campus, Downtown, Urban


Madison, WI (MSN-Dane County Regional) 6 miles

Directions to property:

Property address is 1615 Summit Avenue in Madison, Wisconsin. Located two blocks south of University Avenue and one block west of Breese Terrace.

Area Attractions

Art Galleries, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Live Music, Museum, Nature area, Night life, Performing Theater, Sports venue, University, Zoo

Inn Details

On-site amenities

Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, Copier, Desk, Fireplace, Ironing Board, Parking, Piano, Telephone, Walk to mass transit, Wheelchair access, Wired internet , Ice machine. Blu-ray player with free Netflix and online music in each suite.

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, DVD Player, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Shopping, Sight-seeing

Check Dates


  • Check In:: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m
  • Check Out:: 11:00 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Diners club, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: First night's room rate and tax. Two-night deposit required for University of Wisconsin home football weekends and other special events.



Tom and Heidi Notbohm

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About the innkeepers

Long-time Madison residents who are excited to share our insights of local events, favorite places, restaurants, and sights in this beautiful and active city. We are living our dream of moving back to the university neighborhood and operating a bed and breakfast!

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  • Time Served: 8:30 a.m.
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Vegetarian Gluten-free available