Walking Iron Bed and Breakfast

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


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 room4.8
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Great Experience

5 on August 27, 2017

Quiet, comfortable, charming. The rooms are like traveling back in time, yet with all the modern amenities one could ask for. The bathrooms are definaty 21st century, Lovely gardens, delicious breakfast, great hosts, excellent value.

Great Place to Say.

5 on July 06, 2017

A wonderful B&B. Great hosts, rooms, breakfast and location. HIGHLY recommended.

Comfort, beauty, and history abound at this B&B

5 on March 18, 2017

We loved our stay at the Walking Iron. Dave and Karisa were friendly and very informative as to things we could do in the area. Our room and the house were filled with fascinating bits of history which we thoroughly enjoyed. Our room was very comfortable with plenty of space. If you find yourself in the area, we highly recommend a stay here.

Best B&B Experience

4.2 on August 15, 2016

I've not stayed at many b&b's, preferring the vrbo experience instead, but Dave & Karisa's Walking Iron was definitely my best experience yet. The house was beautiful and filled with wonderful finds. My room was very comfortable and spacious. And, Karisa's breakfasts were amazing! Anyone that walks away from one of her breakfasts hungry is just nuts! Dave and Karisa are fun, warm, and gracious hosts. I definitely felt at home staying in their wonderful inn. If I find myself back in the area, I will definitely stay here again.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your stay. So glad that you had a wonderful experience. Keep us in mind if you are ever in the area!

- Karisa (innkeeper)

Elegant and restful

5 on June 11, 2016

My husband and I sought a short getaway for our anniversary and were pleasantly surprised to find such a beautiful bed and breakfast so close to home. The elegant decor and quiet surrounds were perfect for us, and it was within a very short walk of beautiful paths and the main street and dining. My favorite bit, though, was the respect they showed in all the little details of the house for the history of it: discovering the brief plaques on the walls and photos of the original owners and original architecture was a real treat.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for taking the time to write a review! So glad you enjoyed your stay with us!

- Karisa (innkeeper)

Mixed business with pleasure!

5 on April 14, 2016

Working for the week in Prairie du Sac, I decided to treat myself to some pampering. David and Karisa have a lovely home in the 'Itallianate' style. You feel like you are staying in a very cozy museum. My room looked out over the garden, was on the first floor and had a lovely whirlpool tub. The bed was a dream. Karisa was kind enough to have my breakfast early on my 'work' days. And on my day off, historic downtown Mazomanie and a nature trail were both an easy walk away. If you will be within 30 miles of 'Mazo', consider treating yourself to a lovely experience.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for the wonderful feedback! So glad you were able to mix business with pleasure!

- Karisa (innkeeper)

Weekend Birthday Trip

5 on March 20, 2016

We stayed at this lovely home for the weekend to celebrate our birthdays and had a wonderful experience. We were greeted with cheese curds and snacks which was a great plus considering we had driven a few hours and needed a pick me up snack. David and Karisa were such great hosts, they made us feel comfortable and at home. Breakfast was delicious! It was a perfect place to stay. Stayed in Clara's Veranda, such a beautiful room with a spacious and luxurious bathroom. The town was great to walk around especially on a nice sunny day. Close to breweries and the Wollersheim Winery which is also a great location. Looking forward to coming back! Thank you!

Innkeeper Response
So glad you enjoyed your birthday getaway with us! Thank you for taking the time to write a review!

- Karisa (innkeeper)

Fantastic Gem!

5 on March 01, 2016

We discovered this Bed and Breakfast because of a wedding at the local Mill. What a wonderful surprise we had. It was absolutely beautiful and the host so friendly. The breakfast was delicious! We'll be back...just to stay there and visits sites around.

Innkeeper Response
So glad you enjoyed your stay with us!

- Karisa (innkeeper)

What A Nice Surpirse!

4.6 on January 04, 2016

I have wanted to stay at this B&B ever since enjoying a Sunday brunch at The Old Field Mill not that long ago. My choice was Alsie's Retreat in December 2015 for a two night stay. A perfect warm and cozy room to spend the night away. Unfortunately I had to cut my stay short due a winter storm that was coming in. The innkeepers Dave and Karisa graciously gave me a gift certificate to accommodate my second night for a return visit! I appreciated their kindness and hospitality and look forward to stopping by again when everything is in bloom.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for taking the time to write a review!

- Karisa (innkeeper)

Wonderful evening!

5 on December 20, 2015

We loved walking into the room with the soft music greeting us. The house is beautiful. They have put so much work into restoring it. The room and bathroom were very clean and comfortable. Breakfast was prompt and delicious. Everyone was impressed. I bet it would be even more beautiful in the summer with the gardens in bloom.

Innkeeper Response
So glad you enjoyed your stay! Hope you can sneak away and visit us when the gardens are in bloom!

- Karisa (innkeeper)

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Rooms & Rates

Lenora's Garden View

This room is named for Lenora Kester, the Doctor's wife who lived in the house from 1899 to 1954 and especially enjoyed her gardens. The room features a Victorian floral decor, making this a perfect room to relax and reflect. A king-size iron bed, large private bath, English Art-Nouveau shower tiles and wicker furniture create a peaceful, atmosphere. Surrounding the corner whirlpool are hand-cast plaster cartouches depicting morning and night. Located on the second floor.

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

William Thomspon Room

Named after the builder of our home and decorated in the Italianate style, the William Thompson Room contains rich burgundy wallpaper, regal carpet, hand-painted lincrusta frieze and ceiling medallion. Central to the room is a queen-size half-canopied iron bed with pillow-topped mattress. The adjoining private bath features classic-styled fixtures, ceramic floor tile and six-foot double whirlpool, giving this room a sense of royalty. Located on the second floor.

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

The Doctor's Study

Enter your room through Doctor Kester's re-created turn-of-the-century study - medical journals and top hat neatly hung up, a crank wall phone and calendar situated as if the doctor just returned from a house call. Step under the arch and into the bedroom with Rococo gold and cream wallpaper, queen-size brass bed with cast cherubs, past the remote-controlled fireplace, and into your cozy private bath. This bath has the best of both worlds with it's large two-person shower featuring separate controls, body sprays, and the hand-made English tile version of "A Coign of Vantage" by Lawrence Alma-Tadema make this the ultimate showering experience! Step around the corner to enjoy the large double whirlpool bath, Doc Kester's remedy to all your ailments! Located on the first floor.

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

Clara's Veranda

Inspired by art nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha, Clara's Veranda blends the exquisite detail of nature with a dreamy sense of escape. Retreat into your garden-themed room of generous proportions...the king-size scrolled iron bed with full canopy...the private bath, complete with double whirlpool and marble-tiled shower. Surrounded by whimsical architectural antiques and hand-painted tiles, you'll savor the passage of time! Step through the French doors and onto Clara's Veranda...your private garden haven! Located on the first floor.

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

Alsie's Retreat

Our coziest room, Alsie's early American decor will take you to a simpler, quieter time...the quilted queen-sized iron bed sits calmly amid antiques: the crackled pitcher and bowl, faded immigrant's trunk, and Scandinavian memoirs are all reminders of what might have been Alsie Peterson's, the home's Danish domestic servant in the 1870's. Her room would have been a welcomed respite after her household duties, a comfortable space to call her own! With a double whirlpool and small full bath, make Alsie's Retreat your personal retreat! Located on the first floor.

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

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Location Type

Historic downtown, Downtown


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, Lake, Movie Theater, 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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Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Villa

On-site amenities

Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Sauna, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities , 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, 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.
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David and Karisa

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

Special meal options

Restrictive , Vegetarian

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