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

People2
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.

Keywords: Guest House, cottage, cabin, prairie style, mid century modern, mcm

More Details

Owner
Joyce Wall
Member since: 2007
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
11 August, 2017

About Joyce Wall

I am an Architect and my wife is a recently retired 4th grade public school teacher.

Joyce Wall purchased this cottage in 1993

Why Joyce Wall chose Wisconsin

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 Marantz 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 wines and a brewpub offer more reasons to extend your stay.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Mount Horeb in Dane County

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • 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 Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • 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 ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • 2 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • Horseshoes
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis

Reviews

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average rating of 5.0 based on 24 reviews
5

Special place

  • 5 of 5

Hosts were wonderful and welcoming. Cottage is unique in that it was a step back in time for us as we has stayed in the one bed cottage over 50 years ago with the original owners. As a architectural historical cottage it has a few quirks perfect for a couple- looking to enjoy unique setting and its charm in beautiful garden, would stay again thankyou for allowing us to enjoy your oasis close to town w & m

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful. Peaceful. Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at the Gonstead Cottage during our visit to the Madison area. After a full day of hiking and bicycling, it was wonderful to come "home" to our respite in Mt. Horeb. We had space to wander and space to stretch out and read. Phil and Joyce were friendly and kind to greet us and let us know if we needed anything at all while still being so respectful of privacy. A perfect balance! It is probably one of the nicest places we have ever stayed and would definitely stay here again. In fact, we hope to get to stay there again!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Restful and restorative

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at the Gonstead Guest Cottage in charming Mt. Horeb. Phil and Joyce were the perfect hosts; they showed us the property, recommended the best places to visit, ensured we were comfortable, and made themselves available for whatever we might need. The cottage itself was clean and comfortable; perfect for a relaxing long weekend.

One thing to watch is that the cottage does not have air conditioning. We found this to be a non-issue on our warm but mild late June weekend. The place stays cool naturalyl due to plentiful shade and opening windows, and we noticed the cottage was stocked with plenty of fans as well.

All in all we had a wonderful stay. Phil and Joyce were a delight and so was their cottage. If we find ourselves in the region again we will surely be back.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

One of a Kind Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful property. The layout and architecture of the rooms offer a pleasant time away. The scenery of the nearby towns and parks offer incredible views. Excellent area for bicycling and sightseeing! Owners are truly delightful and super-caring!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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An in-town prairie style gem

  • 5 of 5

A perfect home base for exploring Mt. Horeb and the region. The cottage is a cozy spot for a lovely weekend in the driftless area. You will be delighted with the mid-century architecture. Not only is it a sweet dwelling, there is a gorgeous yard with perennials where you can while away your time on the hammock or reading in an adirondack chair. Six blocks from Main Street, you can walk into town, with restaurants and art galleries. There are bicycles available to ride the nearby bike trail

Less than 30 minutes to Madison, we hit the farmer's market and got first-of-the-season strawberries! This weekend was the spring art tour, with artists in the area opening up their studios and showing their work. The weather was perfect. We had a great weekend here!

All-in-all, the Gonstead cottage is a go-to spot if you're here to enjoy the area.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A really unique piece of architectural history! Lovely property in a small town.

  • 5 of 5

We had a fun weekend in Mt Horeb. The cottage was comfortable and had everything you need. Fun to walk to town for meals and a great walking/biking trail close by.

  • Review Submitted: May 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
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Location

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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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Mount Horeb, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
£116
for 1 night
From
£90
From
£107
Fri,Sat
£626
£2,083
 

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £23.27

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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