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 room4.9
  • Service5.0
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.9

Amazing Inn!

5 on October 19, 2016

Husband and I loved our 5-day stay here which gave us time to learn the history and enjoy the ambiance of this historical site. Beautifully recovered with attention to detail, kind of a magical place that you can not get enough of. One of the oldest houses in Madison; close to downtown and the Capitol and the "real" Madison which we fell in love with. The greatest asset to this B&B is the hostess, Peggy, who effortlessly draws the morning breakfast guests into warm exchanges and accommodates everyone's needs for their stay. We loved this place. Jo and Roger Hickman

Another wonderful stay

5 on October 05, 2016

We returned to the Livingston Inn after four years and it was like going home! Peggy welcomed us as old friends while we caught up on family and it was reassuring to see that the inn was as lovely and comfortable as we remembered. Dave continues to cook up a delicious hot breakfast including homemade breads and granola. He and Peggy have established a wonderful home away from home in Madison.

Innkeeper Response
We were so happy to see your reservation and have the opportunity to catch up on everything once you arrived. Both of us strive to find that balance between maintaining what people enjoy about our inn and making little refinements and improvements along the way. In the end, though, it is about the people we meet and how much we enjoy welcoming them to our B&B. Thank you for staying with us and for your review! Warm regards, Peggy and Dave

Livingston Inn is a fabulous place to stay!

5 on September 05, 2016

Not only was Peggy a friendly, knowledgeably & fun host, her little sweetie if a dog Ella, made the inn more home-y & staved off missing our own pooch. Peggy's dining recommendations were spot-on, our room was both beautiful & comfortable, and Lake Mendoza is literally right down the street! We could see it from our bedroom window too. The Inn was near everywhere we wanted to go: the Zoo, the Chavez art museum, & more. A terrific place to stay in Madison & feel a part of one if it's historic neighborhoods.

Innkeeper Response
We are so glad you enjoyed our B&B, its proximity to so many places in Madison, and of course, Ella! She loves it when people want to spend time with her. Thank you for taking time to write a review, and we hope you enjoy the upcoming autumn season in your area. Warm regards, Peggy and Dave

A lovely Getaway!

4.6 on August 17, 2016

We arrived to meeting the co-owner, Peggy. She had a cheerful and kind demeanor and was incredibly hospitable and pleasant. We were shown our lovely and large room (the bathroom was huge), and Peggy was clear in explaining the accommodations, while not being intrusive. The home itself, was simply lovely. Peggy was ready to offer us any suggestions that we may have needed re: restaurants, culture, etc. In a nutshell, we felt like we were in excellent hands, and well cared for. Not something we have ever experienced in the past! We highly recommend the Livingston Inn, for the location, the accommodations, the delicious food, and the wonderful owners Peggy and Dave. They are a class act.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for taking the time to write a review on We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your stay at our B&B and appreciated our extra efforts to make each guest experience special and personal. Enjoy the rest of your summer! Warm regards, Peggy and Dave

July in Madison

5 on August 06, 2016

I stayed at the Livingston Inn for two nights a couple of weeks ago and I couldn't have been happier with my choice. I must confess that I don't usually stay in b&b's as I am more accustomed to the anonymity of a hotel. But Peggy strikes the perfect balance between offering a warm welcome and respecting her guests' privacy. She responded promptly to my telephone and email inquiries and greeted me with a warm welcome when I arrived. She is very knowledgeable about dining in Madison and her recommendations were spot on. And the Livingston Inn is also home to Ella, a sweet little cocker/poodle mix who greeted me both mornings. Ellen Barreto

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your review! We're very happy you enjoyed your experience in our B&B and appreciate your comments about how we balance our interactions with guests. And we're so glad you got to meet Ella! She definitely loves it when she can meet our guests. Warm regards, Peggy and Dave

A great place to stay in Madison

5 on July 23, 2016

Peggy is a gracious host. We brought our own bicycles with us to ride around Madison and Peggy allowed us to leave them in her garage overnight. Our room was very clean, quiet, and comfortable. Breakfast was quite good. When we return to Madison, we will see if we can stay here.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for writing us a review. We're always happy when guests have the opportunity to bring their bicycles and see many places in Madison that can't often be seen by car. We're glad you enjoyed your stay at our B&B and hope you enjoy the rest of your summer. We hope to welcome you back in the future! Warm regards, Peggy and Dave

Beautiful place - We'll be back

4.8 on July 08, 2016

We had a wonderful visit to Madison and we loved the Livingston Inn. Peggy was so knowledgeable and helpful. When we arrived, she showed us around and suggested that we sit out on the water and enjoy the evening. Chairs and table were out on the dock. What a nice surprise! She gave us several suggestions for dinner within walking distance. Also, upon learning that my husband was a Frank Lloyd Wright fan, she suggested that we go to Taliesin. A great side trip. Our room was clean and comfortable. It had air conditioning, which we definitely used. Our breakfast the next day had plenty of different choices for me (I'm not a carb eater). Finally, I accidentally left something in the room and Peggy chased it down and sent it to me. Thanks!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for taking the time to write a review and telling us all the little things you appreciated and noticed during your stay here. Taliesin is definitely a great choice for a visit during this time of year, so we're glad you went. And we're glad the post-visit mailing worked out! Enjoy the rest of your summer! Warm regards, Peggy and Dave

Bike trip

4.2 on June 20, 2016

Stayed here for bike trip around the lake very nice. Walking distance to downtown since there is nowhere to park. Great food could use more snacks beautiful park right next door on the lake.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for writing a review on We're glad to hear you enjoyed your stay and all the amenities offered by a city built between two lakes!

Girls Biking Trip

5 on June 17, 2016

They could not be more gracious and helpful. Let us store out bikes in the garage, helped map out destinations. The food was fabulous and the restaurant suggestion outstanding. Love every minute in this beautiful historic home!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for being such fabulous guests! It was so wonderful to see how you enjoyed different spaces throughout our B&B during your stay plus all the fun adventures and outings you planned as a group. We are very happy to hear you enjoyed your stay. Warm regards, Peggy and Dave

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

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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.