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Clarance Gonstead Guest Cottage, Prairie Style Stone & Cypress

14 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights


Mount Horeb Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

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 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 wood burning stone fire place together with the proximity to down hill and cross country trails make an ideal winter retreat.

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

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Joyce Wall
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 14, 2016
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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 wood burning fireplace provide for a romantic getaway complete with Music served up from an Ipod and played though the vintage Marantz stereo from my college days.

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.


based on 14 traveler reviews

Clarance Gonstead Guest Cottage, Prairie Style Stone & Cypress
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

Romantic & Cozy With Stunning Views & Great Hosts!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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Peaceful abode

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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most amazing getaway

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Wonderful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Marquette, Michigan


  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Arlington Heights

Amazing property

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
42 Miles
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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Cleaning Fee of $30 is assessed only for single night stay.

50% deposit is non-refundable

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Mount Horeb Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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

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