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Clarance Gonstead Guest Cottage, Prairie Style Stone & Tide Water Cypress

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 900 sq ft
Property type cottage

Overview

About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, 2 person romantic getaway

Clarance Gonstead Guest Cottage was built for the world renowned chiropractor in 1952 by Architect, Herb Fritz Jr. in the Prairie Style of architecture made popular by Herb's Mentor, Frank Lloyd Wright. The cottage is centrally located in town on two acres and separated from the main house. The exterior is clad in clay tile and lanon stone and the interior finishes are stone and tide water cypress walls with quarry tile and carpet floors.

The hilly local terrain, abandoned level rail road trails and off road trails in the state park provide opportunity for all levels of biking enthusiasts. Mount Horeb has an 18 hole golf course, public pool and almost weekly organized events within walking distance. The radiant floor heating system and the proximity to down hill and cross country trails make an ideal winter retreat, unfortunately we have had to fall in line with all the other inns and discontinue use of the wood burning fireplace to satisfy insurance restrictions so we installed a 4K television with a sound bar that provides the visual and auditory ambience of a variety of wood burning fire places and the floor provides the heat. You also have the flexibility of watching a movie on an internet TV.

Keywords: Guest House, cottage, cabin, prairie style, mid century modern, mcm, Taliesin, FLW, Frank Lloyd Wright,

More Details

Owner
Joyce Wall
Member since: 2007
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
September 22, 2018

About Joyce Wall

I am a retired Architect and my wife is a retired 4th grade public school teacher and we are both on to our second and third retirement jobs.

Joyce Wall purchased this cottage in 1993

Why Joyce Wall chose Mount Horeb

We purchased the property because of the mature landscape and to prevent the landmark with it's historical connection to both Frank Lloyd Wright and Clarence Gonstead, from becoming 6 lots in a planned subdivision.

My wife walked across the street through the baseball diamond to work and I worked out of my home office for years so it was a good fit while raising kids.

What makes this cottage unique

Winter sunrise through the large sheets of glass, casts shadows on the field dressed lanon stone walls and reflects a warm tone off the low cypress ceilings. The radiantly heated floor and Music served up from an Ipod and played though the vintage stereo together with convenient proximity to down hill, cross country, skating and snow shoeing makes it a great romantic getaway for more energetic guests.

In the summer, the well placed mature landscaping provides cool shade and the thermal mass provides natural air conditioning so you can enjoy the interior environment or relax in a hammock under the filtered light of a mountain ash.

The proximity to Main Street and the Bike trail means that you can leave your car parked in the driveway to enjoy the Quaint downtown and traditional residential urban planning of the old town where sidewalks are not interrupted by driveways and garages are on the alley. Downtown is now home to the Duluth Trading Company and numerous art galleries with both traditional and European choices in dining. Locally brewed beers and wines offer more reasons to extend your stay.

Amenities

Mount Horeb Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • 2 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseshoes
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis

Reviews

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Clarance Gonstead Guest Cottage, Prairie Style Stone & Tide Water Cypress
average rating of 4.983871 based on 62 reviews
5

Beautiful Mid-Century Experience

  • 5 of 5

It was a unique pleasure to stay in such a beautiful embodiment of mid-century modern aesthetics. This reminded us of places we've seen in architecture books and documentaries, but never experienced first hand until this visit. The Gonstead guest cottage is spacious with generous amenities, and their hospitality was exquisite! An excellent retreat if you're visiting Taliesin (Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center) or House on the Rock.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Comfortable and quiet!

  • 5 of 5

The “cottage” is a very unique and relaxing place to stay! We were in Mount Horeb to celebrate our son’s marriage and it was nice to have a little place available to escape the madness of the day, as many parents may understand all the prep sometimes required prior to the big day! While the building does not have air conditioning, it was at a comfortable temp most likely due to the organic materials of the house! The total experience led to a very relaxing and comfortable stay. The architecture is amazing and historical! The owners were very thorough and helpful, while not being bothersome! Located in a pretty little town with many interesting and fun businesses in the downtown area, which is a short distance away! The landscaping leaves one feeling secluded and private! The owners have done a nice job maintaining the older structure, and have kept the interesting details of the home intact!

Would recommend to those not expecting high end accommodations and to those who can appreciate a glimpse to the past.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Very nice well kept home & property.

  • 5 of 5

Had a very nice time. Eat at the Grumpy Troll. Good food.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
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5

Great small town getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay, it was home away from home. The hosts were very accommodating and made sure we had everything we needed. We will definitely stay here again when we are in the area.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Timeless Classic

  • 5 of 5

This guest house is like stepping back in time with its Frank Lloyd Wright influence. Painstakingly restored by its meticulous owners, this is a real treat for architectural lovers. Grounds are very beautiful also. Hosts were very accommodating. Will definitely stay here again if in the area.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
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5

Wonderful !

  • 5 of 5

Great hosts!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
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Map

Nearest Airport
42 Miles
MSN
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
Grumpy Troll
Nearest Golf
1.9 Miles
Norsk Gulf Club
Nearest Motorway
1.2 Miles
Hwy 18-151
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
Bistro 101
Nearest Ski
5.3 Miles
Tyrol Basin
Nearest Beach
1.6 Miles
Stewart Lake
Car: necessary

Bike Trails, Cave of the Mounds, Duluth Trading Company, Norsk bowl, American Players Theater and Taliesin in Spring Green, Blue Mounds State Park.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $30

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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