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Mendota Lake House B&B
Ranked #5 of 7 Madison B&B and Inns
Reviewed 13 April 2014 via mobile

My husband and I came here for a quick visit and house hunt in the Tenney Laptham area. We stayed in the Gore Vidal room which was comfortable and spacious at a budget price. I really enjoyed talking to rhe inn keepers who were very knowledgeable about the area. The continental breakfast was more than adequate given the great room rates. Highly recommend for a weekend getaway if you are on a budget.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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dpwaugh, Owner at Mendota Lake House B&B, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2014

Thanks so much for this great review. You hit upon something very important to us - a range of lodging options at an affordable price. It was great seeing you and give us a shout if you have any questions about the neighborhood!

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Reviewed 3 January 2014

Our family rented the entire Mendota Lake House B&B for the week of my sister's wedding. The house is just lovely and David and Bob have done a wonderful job making it inviting and warm. After a 14 hour drive from Philadelphia, it was so welcoming to come into a warm fire in the living room and a gorgeous Christmas tree, lit and inviting.

The hosts were great about attending to our needs during the week. With 12 family members taking over their home, they were kind and generous and very helpful. They allowed us to use the kitchen, as well, which was a wonderful addition to our week and made life a lot easier since so many of us were from out of down during Christmas.

I cannot speak highly enough about the Mendota Lake House B&B and we will be back! The house is lovely, the hosts were welcoming, and the views spectacular. Bravo, David and Bob!

Room Tip: My parents stayed in the Oscar Wilde room and loved it - worth the splurge!
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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dpwaugh, Owner at Mendota Lake House B&B, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2014

Thanks for this great review!! We really enjoyed the energy of having a family in the house during the holiday. And what a great clan you all are!! So organized and fun. Hope to see you back again - maybe when the lake isn't frozen!

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Reviewed 7 November 2013

In late August 2013, my wife and I rented the charming Mendota Lake House in Madison, Wisconsin.

The objective here was to establish a conveniently located, comfortable and attractive place of lodging for friends and family in preparation for our son & daughter-in-law’s wedding reception, to be held at another location, later in the week.

In shopping for the ideal house we had two prerequisites that were not negotiable. One was that the lodging had to be in close proximity to downtown Madison and the other was that each bedroom had to have its own full bathroom. The Mendota Lake House not only satisfied those requirements, it exceeded our expectations in that it sits a mere 200 feet from the shore of Lake Mendota, offering beautiful views of the Lake over which even more lovely sunsets can be seen. What’s more, in terms of downtown convenience, the house is a leisurely 15 minute walk from the State’s capital square. And, as an added attraction, the house’s property adjoins the lovely James Madison Park.

Through our initial email contact with Lake House owners, David Waugh and Bob Klebba, we found them as responsive, friendly and accommodating online as they were when we met them in person. While David and Bob actually live in the basement apartment of the house, we always found them available, engaging to speak with and ready to assist if needed.

The house’s dining room, living room, sun rooms (there are two) and kitchen provided the space, comfort and utility we needed to entertain, visit with, and feed our family. Its five bedrooms were comfortable and clean with the second floor rooms being particularly spacious.
While the house’s interior is well furnished and has a historic ambiance, the grounds around the building are beautifully arranged with strikingly colorful foliage and flowering plants.

Lake House owners Waugh and Klebba are skillful entrepreneurs in that they also operate the Morningwood Nursery & Greenhouse in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin. In a reciprocal style of advertising the eye-catching plants around the house not only attract attention to the B&B but ultimately to David and Bob’s nursery.

I should also mention that a large, private parking area at the rear of the house will easily accommodate four cars. For more space, a public parking area is also adjacent to the house.

In all, the Mendota Lake House was a wonderful place to stay—one which we will always remember fondly.

Room Tip: Second floor rooms are particularly spacious.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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dpwaugh, Owner at Mendota Lake House B&B, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2013

Loved having you folks!! What a great group of family and friends. Thanks so much for taking the time to pen this wonderful review. We are looking forward to seeing you again in the future!

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Reviewed 5 November 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Mendota Lake House. It's a stunning historic arts and crafts style house with a lot of character and charm and, while it's very spacious and open, it also feels cozy and intimate. The view of the lake is spectacular, and the grounds are very pleasant. We stayed in the Gore Vidal room (all of the rooms have great names), which is described as a smaller room, but it still had a sitting area, and we found it more than spacious enough for our needs. The hosts, David and Bob, were very helpful, easygoing and interesting, offering restaurant recommendations and good conversation in general. David encouraged us to use the television and common area as well as the kitchen, which we really appreciated, and it was immediately clear that guests at Mendota Lake House are welcome to relax and make themselves at home. This is a friendly, lived-in place where you feel very comfortable, and it would be ideal for an extended stay. Breakfast was just fine for us; the website clearly states that a continential breakfast is served, so that is what we expected. The offerings, which included cheese, English muffins, cereal, oatmeal, fruit, scones and yogurt, actually exceeded our expectations of a continental breakfast. Parking is provided, and the location is ideal, with many places of interest within walking distance, or only a short drive away. We also thought the rates were reasonable. All in all, Mendota Lake House provided a very enjoyable and comfortable stay, and we definitely plan to return (hopefully when the weather is warmer so that we can really enjoy the lake).

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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dpwaugh, Owner at Mendota Lake House B&B, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2013

Thanks for this great review -- very well written and thoughtful! We really enjoyed having you and are especially happy when people use the space as their own. That is what we really strive for -- a place for guests to feel comfortable and at home. Thanks for staying with us!

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Reviewed 8 October 2013

We booked for 2 nights at Mendota Lake House & were very pleasantly surprised. The lake house itself is stunning, it's like stepping back in time. The furnishings in the lounge, dining room etc were comfortable & beautiful. We liked the concept of one large table for breakfast but only met one other guest at breakfast whilst we were there. Breakfast was ample (for us anyway). Fruit juices, tea, coffee, cereals (recommend the granola), muffins, cheese, jam, fresh fruit & yogurts. We stayed in the Oscar Wilde room & this was huge. Triple aspect, great views of the lake too. Lovely bathroom with whirlpool bath which unfortunately we didn't get to sample. David & Bob, the hosts, are really welcoming & made us feel at home & that's the nice thing about staying here, you do feel like you're staying with friends in their home which worked for us. Would definitely recommend & wish we'd stayed longer. Thanks David & Bob & good luck with Mendota Lake House. Oh & the front gardens are stunning too !

Room Tip: Oscar Wilde room was comfortable & beautiful views but do not know about any of the other rooms.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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dpwaugh, Owner at Mendota Lake House B&B, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2013

Thank you for this great review. Every day I look out at the lake and feel so fortunate to be in this house and to be able to share it with so many wonderful visitors like you. Thanks so much for taking the time to review our B&B.

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Reviewed 25 September 2013

Mendota Lake House B&B is in a fabulous location. The rooms are big, airy, and have comfortable beds. Some of the rooms have balconies that overlook Lake Mendota. Our stay there was comfortable and pleasant. However, where was the breakfast? We were told breakfast was served from about 7:30 to 10:00 Upon arriving in the dining room at 8:30 for "breakfast" I found three pieces of cheese, an English muffin sitting in a package near a toaster, a few bananas and peaches (same ones as on the table the night before). I kept waiting, expecting more food to be brought out. There were two containers of cold cereal sitting on a buffet table. But that was it!!
A few other amenities were also missing: no hair dryers in the rooms. Also, some cheese, cookies or some other dessert or sweet item would have been appreciated in the evening.
Bob, the host was extremely helpful, kind and welcoming.
If you want a comfy, pleasant place to stay in a great Madison location, this is great. Just don't expect breakfast. Expect a pleasant hotel.

Room Tip: Tennessee Williams room has a great balcony and view along with a lovely sitting area.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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dpwaugh, Owner at Mendota Lake House B&B, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2013

Thanks for letting us know we could spruce up the continental breakfast. Our current offering includes two kinds of organic cheese, plain english muffins, 3 fresh fruit offerings, home made organic granola, a commercial cereal, organic yogurt, juice, tea and coffee. My business model is to charge less in exchange for a light, self serve breakfast. Those looking for a big beefy breakfast will definitely not find it here. We do have wonderful places nearby that serve an excellent full breakfast. However, I really appreciate this feedback as it allows me to strive to do better!

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Reviewed 11 August 2013

Before booking, we checked out all of the Madison B&Bs before settling on the Mendota Lake House, in part due to its great location and view of Lake Mendota. We were very happy with our choice. Our plane got in very early, so we called Bob to see if we could leave our car in their parking lot even though check-in wasn't until 3 PM. He graciously offered us both the parking spot--necessary for Madison--and an even earlier check-in if we needed. We stayed in the Oscar Wilde room, and the photos don't do the room justice. It is very spacious, attractive, and comfortable. It would be perfect for an extended stay. We appreciated the tempurpeadic mattress as well. The entire house is a lovely example of the prairie school of architecture and was a treat to see and experience. The yard and gardens are beautiful, very diverse, and inviting. The continental breakfast fit our tastes--homemade granola (yum!), good coffee, fruit, etc. Bob recommended the restaurant Fourquarter, just a block away, for dinner and we couldn't have been happier with that suggestion. Excellent! The only drawback--and this is out of the owners' control--is street traffic noise. But, given the choice location, that would be hard to avoid. We'd definitely stay here again, especially considering that the owners just moved in 9 months ago and are working hard at upgrades, etc.

Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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dpwaugh, Owner at Mendota Lake House B&B, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2013

Thank you for this great review! We feel very fortunate to open this great house to people who are away from home. So glad you chose to stay with us! And we are so lucky to have such a top notch restaurant as the Forequarter so close. Those folks really know what they are doing.

David

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Additional Information about 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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Ranked #5 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Madison
Price Range: £66 - £111 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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