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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 HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 14, 2017

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 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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average rating of 4.9736843 based on 38 reviews
5

Great place and location!

  • 5 of 5

Loved the cottage. Will be back in the summer!

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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5

Comfortable, Quit and Restorative

  • 5 of 5

Peaceful surrounding, short walk to store, shops and restaurants. Remarkably comfortable in all types of weather. Parks, bike trails, attractions and beautiful scenery all within a short drive. Wonderful hosts. Would recommend and will definitely go back.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great location! Awesome Hosts!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were very intrigued when we saw this Frank Lloyd Wright inspired home and apartment online! We were not disappointed when we arrived. We loved the design and space of the Gonstead Guest Cottage! The owners,Joyce and Phil, are very friendly and do whatever it takes to make your stay comfortable yet they also give you total privacy. The location is perfect! It is only a few blocks away from downtown Mt. Horeb where you can find great restaurants, drinking establishments and cute shops.

The owners provide bikes which can be used on the bike trail which again is only a few blocks away. Unfortunately, for our one night stay, we kept ourselves too busy in town to enjoy the bikes. If we come back again I think we will definitely hit the trail.

If you've ever wondered what it would be like to live in a Frank Lloyd Wright home you do not want to pass this one by! Beautiful!

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Unique setting near Madison and Taliesin

  • 5 of 5

We chose this guest cottage for its unique atchitecture. The hosts were knowledgeable about its design and offered helpful suggestions on things to do and see in the area. A great base for biking, hiking, stargazing and touring the area.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great FLW-inspired "apartment"!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first stop on a trip through Frank Lloyd Wright country in Wisconsin and Illinois that included seven tours from Racine to Oak Park. The apartment connected to the main house exceeded our expectations in so many ways: quiet, spacious, original building but with upgrades, relaxed environment and, of course, it is so FLW in its Prarie House design. It was our favorite building on our one-week trip and we could touch everything!

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Terrific cottage with iconic style

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is a wonderful find - an opportunity of a lifetime for those who love Frank Lloyd Wright style. Joyce and Phil are such gracious hosts, providing helpful information about sight seeing, restaurants, and they even have bikes to use. There are cute restaurants and shops only a 10 minute walk away, and a fantastic bike trail. The home has every comfort you need, including a well appointed kitchen. Staying here was the highlight of our trip.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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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 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.5%

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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