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
I am an Architect and my wife is a recently retired 4th grade public school teacher.
Joyce Wall purchased this cottage in 1993
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.
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.
What a wonderful time we had! The Gonstead Guest Cottage was absolutely perfect with every accommodation pre-thought out by our hosts to make our visit perfect! Joyce and Phil were the perfect hosts. Judy showed us around immediately upon our arrival to get us familiar with our lodgings, showed us where to have fun and eat locally and provided assistance with any questions we had. When we had a little problem with how to work the stereo, Phil came right over and assisted. Our hosts were so lovely and warm that they made us feel right at home! We loved the coziness and romantic feel of the cottage. It was decorated beautifully and the bed was super comfortable. The views are gorgeous and the grounds are stunning. Even the cute little town of Mt. Horeb was so inviting. We met some friendly people in town and at the restaurants and pubs we visited. We will definitely be visiting again soon but not soon enough!
We so enjoyed our stay! Mt. Horeb is the perfect small town and Madison is a quick drive for big city entertainment. This home is so inviting and comfortable, we didn't want to leave. Perfect get-away for adults, we will visit again.
This is definitely a place everyone should spend at least one weekend!!!!
The peaceful and serene surroundings make it a delightful and relaxing way to reflect on the real beauty of life, nature as well as architecture.
You could not ask for a more wonderful family who own and operates the property rental.
They make you feel like family in there beautiful guest cottage. We treasured every moment there whether relaxing in the beautiful stone cottage or touring the quiet little town of Mount Horeb.
A million thanks to the Wall family for restoring the beautiful Gonstead homestead and opening the guest cottage to all your friends whether new or old.
God bless, Kevin and Kara
We really enjoyed our anniversary get-away at the Gonstead Guest Cottage. The pictures do not lie. It is beautiful, comfortable and has everything you need for a relaxing stay. Joyce and Phil were very welcoming and we appreciated the restaurant recommendations and the cribbage board they brought us. We will definitely be back and will be telling others about the wonderful place to stay in a lovely little town.
Fantastic place. Cottage comfortable, quiet, and clean. We intended to have a biking vacation, but there was a lot of rain while we were there. The cottage was so nicely equipped, that we enjoyed our time hanging out and relaxing instead of biking. Owners very friendly and made us feel welcome. Would stay again!
We had a wonderful time staying at Gonstead Guest Cottage. It was such a different architecture. Joyce and Phil are marvelous and so fun to chat with and we also felt very at home and welcome. The cottage was very comfortable, quiet and in a neighborhood setting, so it did make us feel at home in a multitude of ways.
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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My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
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* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.