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“Great Spot” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mendota Lake House B&B

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Mendota Lake House B&B
Ranked #5 of 7 Madison B&B and Inns
Brampton
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25 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Great Spot”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2013

We recently spent a week at this B&B. If you appreciate staying in a heritage house you will no doubt enjoy this home and the surroundings. It's more of a "cottage" feel I would say, but quite comfortable and we enjoyed the hosts too. They have worked very hard to restore and beautify the home and gardens. Madison is a great place to visit for a holiday - this location has all the advantages of being right on the lake and beside a large park/beach, as well as being walking distance the the capitol and top restaurants. The best of both worlds! There is also a 24 hour self-serve laundry just half a block away, which we took advantage of during our stay, very convenient. There is quite a bit of traffic noise from the street on weekdays, but this is eased somewhat if you close the windows. The breakfast is continental - we didn't take much advantage of it in favour of the local bakeries, but the coffee was good (important!) and the breakfast items were made available for several hours each morning, which was convenient.

Room Tip: We stayed in two rooms - the Oscar Wilde, which is extremely spacious, but partly faces on to the bu...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Woap
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dpwaugh, Owner at Mendota Lake House B&B, responded to this review, 19 July 2013
Great having you folks staying with us. We often refer to our house as our little cottage on the lake. And at over 7000 sq. feet, I love that a house of that size can feel cozy like a cottage. Great description! Thanks for taking the time for giving us a review. Hope you'll come see us again!
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Austin, Texas
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2013

Spacious downstairs rooms that exude a solid charm. I enjoyed the soft classical music playing in the background. Our room upstairs (Tennessee Williams) was also large with an antique tub and nice towels. The toiletries hidden inside the plain containers are high quality and natural. The owners are friendly but not imposing and seem happy to take the time to talk or leave a guest alone as to the guest's whim. The Mendota Lake House B&B is a historic property but newly opened by the present owners. Expect there to be a bit of peeling paint, and not every doily in perfect place. Also the continental breakfast, while tasty, is minimal. Downtown and the university are very close. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would happily return.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Karina M
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dpwaugh, Owner at Mendota Lake House B&B, responded to this review, 19 July 2013
Great meeting you folks and thanks for this review! I have immediately inspected all doilies! It was great having you, we really enjoyed your visit. Hope to see you again soon.
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Scotland
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26 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2013

We stayed here 3 nights as part of a months holiday crossing USA by bus and train.It was a perfect place to stay,a lovely old (for USA!) house on the shore of the lake.It is nice to see older properties which haven't been spoilt by modernisation, retaining the features and atmosphere but still being a very comfortable place to stay.It is a great situation with public transport right outside the front door though is walkable to and from downtown.We had a lovely 3 days and thanks to David and Bob for everything.Keep up the good work!!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank ethne30
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dpwaugh, Owner at Mendota Lake House B&B, responded to this review, 13 June 2013
Great having you folks. I really appreciated how much YOU appreciated the public transport. Thanks for the delightful visit. AND, I will look you up when I make it to Scotland!
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Moraga, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2013

This is a beautiful house with lovely touches everywhere. We considered it our best B & B experience ever; in fact, found it hard to leave for home, which was a first. The Oscar Wilde room, where we stayed, has a stunning view of the lake and the architect did a great job with the layout, which has the short hallway entrance opening out to a wide vista as you enter the room proper. The fireplace is a nice touch. As another reviewer mentioned, this is a luxury suite and the spacious sitting area is bathed by natural light and is an ideal place to read.

The continental breakfast was simple but foodie quality. Delicious granola (one of the best we've had), fresh fruit (peel it yourself), organic milk and cream, a scrumptious local organic peanut butter, jam, butter, cheese, juice, large selection of organic teas, and French press coffee. And English muffins. Hmm, maybe not so simple a breakfast after all.

Bob and David are warm, unpretentious, funny and very helpful. We had opportunities to talk to both at length and found them just delightful. One thing we especially liked is that they use such high quality, environmentally-friendly products, like Dr. Bronner and Seventh Generation soaps.

For those who want to watch TV, there is one in the living room but we were thrilled not to have a TV in the room. Wi-fi is also available.

There is a bus stop in front of the house with many different buses passing by. Downtown is within easy walking distance.

We would stay there again in a heartbeat.

Room Tip: We only got a glimpse of one other room, also on our floor--it looked fantastic.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank picksandpans_12
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dpwaugh, Owner at Mendota Lake House B&B, responded to this review, 8 May 2013
Thank you for this wonderful review. You hit on everything that is important to me as an Innkeeper. You made my day!! And we really enjoyed our visit with you -- birds of a feather! Hope to see you again the next time you are in Madison.
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Peoria Heights, Illinois
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24 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2012

Fun new inn right near downtown Madison. Recently opened so still figuring out the ropes, but great promise for the future. Awesome room layouts, still in need of some updating. Two person jacuzzi is a nice touch; would love a working fireplace to make the experience complete. A little high priced in the current state with a fairly basic breakfast, but would happily come back in nicer weather to enjoy the location right on the lake. Would recommend for people who want to experience downtown Madison and the rich architectural history of the city.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank TurnipAndDearAdventures
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dpwaugh, Owner at Mendota Lake House B&B, responded to this review, 18 December 2012
Thanks for staying with us and providing us with great feedback! We strive to have a good selection in our continental breakfast but we do realize the ideal is a full breakfast. It is our goal to move in that direction and maybe at this time next year we will be there. I hope you'll think of us again when you visit!
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Barre Mills, Wisconsin, United States
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2012

New B & B in Madison, WI. A wonderful old craftsman mansion on Lake Mendota. It was warm, inviting and very comfortable. Close to UW campus and the state capitol. The room was well appointed with a king bed, soft large towels, bathrobes and wonderful views. There no televisions in the rooms which I love but there is Free Wi Fi. Plenty of parking a nice continental breakfast and fantastic coffee. The owners were wonderful hosts and I would highly recomend their beautiful home for a stay in Madison...we will be back many times!

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Gale B
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dpwaugh, Owner at Mendota Lake House B&B, responded to this review, 11 December 2012
Thanks for the review! It was great meeting you and hope to see you this summer. If you have any questions about events in Madison, please get in touch.
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Roseville, Minnesota
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2012

This new B & B is in a 100+-yr old mansion on Lake Mendota, with great views of the lake (and sunsets) from most rooms, easy access to the capitol and UW campus, access to a nice walking path on the lake, and friendly and interesting hosts. Our party had the Whitman and Wilde rooms, both of which were spacious and comfortable. We appreciated nice touches like extra large towels and bathrobes, and whirlpool tubs. All in all a great Madison home away from home.

Room Tip: The Wilde room is more like a luxury suite, with a large sitting area and windows on three sides.
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Karen O
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dpwaugh, Owner at Mendota Lake House B&B, responded to this review, 5 December 2012
Hi Karen, thanks for this nice review! Bob and I really enjoyed having you and Don, Gretchen and Cooper staying with us. You have a great family with many interesting things to talk about.
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Property: Mendota Lake House B&B
Address: 704 E Gorham St, Madison, WI 53703-1522 (Formerly Collins House Inn)
Region: United States > Wisconsin > Madison
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Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Madison
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Mendota Lake House B&B 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Want to be on the lake and downtown? We are on a hill overlooking Lake Mendota, Madison's largest lake. And we are a 15 minutes walk to the State Capitol building. Sunsets are breathtaking. We are on a busy street in a funky neighborhood with eclectic shops and award winning restaurants, and we are one mile from the University of Wisconsin campus. In our back yard is lake Mendota and complete tranquility where you can take a stroll along the lakeshore path, or sit back and watch the boats while the sun is setting. While we don't serve a hot breakfast, guests enjoy a hearty continental breakfast with fresh and organic products. We will provide you with what we look for in our own travels -- a clean room with a comfy bed at a reasonable price in a great location. Because Bob and David have their own private apartment in the lower level, the entire house is for our guests -- including the kitchen should you want to save money and eat in. Languages spoken include French, Italian and Spanish. We are always making updates as time and money permits. And while we do have some fancy upgrades happening, our goal is to keep things simple which translates to keeping it affordable. Hope to see you soon! ... more   less 
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