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Downtown Madison on Lake Mendota

Bedrooms 5
Space 5,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

5 bedroom, 6 bath arts and crafts home in the heart of Madison

Stunning historic arts and crafts home near downtown Madison and right on the shore of Madison's largest lake, Lake Mendota. This is a big house at over 5000 sq. feet of living space. There are 5 bedrooms each with private bath. We are located in James Madison Park where you will find a beach, volleyball, children's play structure and basketball courts. We have a 6 stall parking lot behind our house at your disposal. There are 3 bedrooms on the second floor, and 2 on the third. There is 2400 sq. feet of first floor living space. The sunset views from the home are breathtaking. Because our home is also run as the Mendota Lake House B&B, our calendar on this site is not updated as often as we would like. The owners have a private apartment in the walk out basement portion of the house.

David Waugh
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018

About David Waugh

In late 2012, my husband, Bob Klebba, and I purchased the historic Collins House and have opened her as a B&B. I love architecture and I am both thrilled and humbled to own this stunning home. The house was built in the prairie school style by local architects Louis W. Claude and Edward F. Starck. I feel strongly that this house should be a place for everyone to enjoy. Whether it be guests at the Inn, or guests at a private function, or neighbors walking by, we are happy to invite the public into our home. And, I think it is important to offer a range of price options. When I travel, I look for unique places, well situated and clean. And that's what we have here. The location is incredible. We have a vibrant, busy neighborhood out front, and out back we have the stunningly beautiful and tranquil lake Mendota.

Bob and I have lived in Madison for 30 years and love sharing our knowledge of this beautiful area. In addition to innkeeping, we own a plant nursery 10 miles west of town, Morningwood Farm Nursery and Greenhouses. We share our private living quarters with 2 labradors -- Coco and Arnie.

David Waugh purchased this house in 2012

What makes this house unique

We are one mile from the UW campus, and only a 15 minute walk to the Capitol square. Some of the best restaurants and cafes in Madison are in our neighborhood.


Madison House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Children over the age of 12 welcome
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
  • Each bedroom has its own private ensuite bathroom. There is 6th full bathroom on the first floor.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • Books
  • Television ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Events that include non nightly guests incur additional charges. Please enquire.


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Downtown Madison on Lake Mendota
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Hope to back next year. The perfect spot for a family Xmas. Thanks guys.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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christmas 2017

  • 5 of 5

great stay at the mendota lake house, David was a perfect host!

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved the home, the view, worked perfectly for our family (4 night stay) RECOMMEND!!

  • 5 of 5

We can't thank the owners enough for allowing our family to share this space. The yard of flowers was spectacular! The rooms were huge, beds comfortable - we loved the front sun room to hang out & view the lake. Amazing job with renovations - we felt at home and happy! Highly recommend this home for "close to the action" place to stay in Madison!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying with us and so glad you enjoyed your stay! And thanks for writing this lovely review! David and Bob
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Beautiful weekend!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here with 5 couples and it was absolutely lovely!! The house is so quaint and beautiful and the view is to die for. So many to places walk to from here and the owners were so gracious and wonderful making sure that we had everything we needed. 5 bedrooms......all cozy with their own sitting areas and bathrooms.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was so nice to meet you all and so glad you enjoyed your stay. Hope to see you again in the future.
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  • 5 of 5

Wonderful original Arts and Crafts architecture, comfortable rooms with AC, phenomenal view of Lake Mendota and exquisite view of sunsets over the lake, fantastic front garden, very convenient location, all the necessary amenities, lots and lots of living space for a sizeable group to relax in, very pleasant and helpful host. Can I say more?

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $500

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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