About the property
- Cottage900 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum StayNone
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,
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 24, 2018
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.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Phil and Joyce were such great hosts! We loved the guest house!
Awesome place to stay
We loved our overnight stay at the property. What a lovely home in Mt Horeb. Joyce and Phil were amazing hosts. Would highly recommend this place.
Unique space with storied past
Phil is a gracious host; he patiently gave us a full tour of the property to include details about its history. The guest cottage is a lovely place to relax: comfortable, cozy, well equipped. The location is a perfect home base from which to explore the charms of the area.
A unique and charming property!
We absolutely loved getting to stay in such a unique and historical home! Joyce and Phil are fantastic hosts and were very welcoming. The guest house is cozy and comfortable! The perfect place to stay if you find yourself in or near Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin.
Beautiful Winter Retreat
Wisconsin winters can be long and cold, so when I saw that Mount Horeb had a winter festival (the Scandihoovian Winter Festival, to be exact!) I figured my husband and I could plan a weekend retreat to enjoy the festivities. I chose the Gonstead guest cottage because it was a convenient walk to many of the Scandihoovian festivities - but soon after we arrived, I realized staying at the cottage was a treat in and of itself! The in-floor heating was a delight to return to after wandering around in snowy weather, the architecture was stunning, and everything about our stay was wonderful (not much beats curling up on a couch with a blanket to watch the snow fall)!
Joyce and Phil were delightful hosts - Joyce hurried over when we arrived to give us a quick intro to the cottage, point out a towel we could use to wipe off our snowy boots, and recommend some great places for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We had a great time alternating between outdoor festivities (including frozen turkey bowling!) and returning to the cottage to relax and warm back up. If time allows, we'll have to come back in the summer - the property was beautiful in the snow, and I'm so, so glad we were able to stay there.
Charming and comfortable cottage - welcoming hosts
From the moment we pulled in, Joyce and Phil went out of the way to make us feel comfortable at the cottage and sharing a bit of its history. There is plenty of space and it is quite private from the main house. The kitchen is well-equipped and everything in the cottage works properly. We lounged in both the main room and the gallery room and enjoyed the comfortable furniture and variation in light at different times of day. The heated floors were such a treat and delivered such nice even heat at all times even though it was quite cold outside.
Following the snowfall on Saturday night, not only was the driveway cleared promptly, the hosts also cleaned the snow off of our car. Just one of those small touches that made this such a great and effortless stay!
Bike Trails, Cave of the Mounds, Duluth Trading Company, Norsk bowl, American Players Theater and Taliesin in Spring Green, Blue Mounds State Park.