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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
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 19, 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 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 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

Exceptional! 5/5 -
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Clarance Gonstead Guest Cottage, Prairie Style Stone & Tide Water Cypress
average rating of 4.967742 based on 31 reviews
4

What a great location.

  • 4 of 5

The cottage was just what we needed. The location allowed us easy access to all the area has to offer. Phil and Joyce are such gracious hosts.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nothing to respond to here. Only positive remarks in the guest book. They loved everything and gave us a four star rating.
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Fulton, MO
5

Perfect for our Stay

  • 5 of 5

We picked this area to visit so that, among other things, we could visit Taliesin. What better place to stay, than the Gonstead Guest Cottage! Designed by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright! Our hosts, Phil and Joyce saw to it that we had everything we needed, answered all our questions and provided complete privacy while still being available if help was needed. Mt. Horeb is a wonderful town. Very clean, safe and friendly with lots of restaurants and fun shops. Wineries and distilleries are also plentiful in the area. Fall color was just getting started and was beautiful.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

A hidden treasure

  • 5 of 5

What an incredible stay! We cannot day enough about the amazing hospitality and amenities. The joy Phil and Joyce have in sharing their beautiful cottage is unmatched to anywhere else we’ve ever stayed. The architecture is second to none.

We were able to adventure to nearby Madison and get the fill of the city and come back in the evenings to a quiet and cozy space.

The only thing I’d change is that we would have stayed longer.

Going here will be a decision you never regret. The experience of a lifetime.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I so enjoyed this property and the owners!! We are Frank Lloyd Wright fans and love the design of this house and cottage. So much space to relax in and beauty for the eye also. We will be looking for a reason to come and stay again!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Marinette, Wisconsin, USA
5

Living the Dream

  • 5 of 5

We once toured Wright's Taliesin, enjoyed it and wondered what it would be like to live there. Gonstead, designed by a Wright trained architect, provides that opportunity. The use of stone, wood and light in the apartment brings delight, peace and serenity to one's senses. It allows you to step back from the world, take a breath, and relax. It intensifies feelings and wonder that a Taliesin tour merely stirred. Joyce and Phil were gracious hosts. They have truly undertaken a labor of love and we who stay at Gonstead benefit. We regret that we used the apartment too much as a base for our outings instead of enjoying the property more. Although three days was not long enough, any longer would have made it difficult to go back to an ordinary, uninspired home. Thank you for making a place like this available.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Saint Paul, MN
5

Gem in a great small town.

  • 5 of 5

For anyone who appreciates architecture, to stay in a home like this is a privilege. On top of the aesthetics, we were provided with all we needed to enjoy Mount Horeb and the surrounding area. Phil and Joyce were gracious hosts and I'd recommend their cottage to anyone.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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.

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