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UPSCALE COTTAGE: Near Beach, Playgrounds, Governor's Mansion

Bedrooms 2
Space 126 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Newly remodeled one story 2 bedroom/2 bath home in family friendly community

Enjoy upscale comforts fit for a Gov in this charming well-furnished one story cottage style home located two blocks from Wisconsin's stately Executive Residence on Lake Mendota.

This small home has just undergone a major remodel inside and out and is ready for you to enjoy. Find new bathrooms; an expanded and open kitchen-dining-living area with new stainless steel appliances, tile floors and backsplash, granite counter tops; refinished hardwood floors; first floor laundry and back entry; fresh paint; new deck and attached garage.

The south facing kitchen - dining - living room area is filled with natural daylight. There's seating for 6+, a 40" Sony Smart TV, cable TV, Apple TV, DVD, and fast high speed Internet. Grind your favorite coffee beans and prepare those fresh veggies you've picked up at the Dane County Farmer's Market on Capitol Square (seasonal, Saturdays) in the well-equipped kitchen.

There are two bedrooms - one with a king bed and one with two extra long twin beds. There are bedside lamps and USB recharging stations, a walk-in closet, and racks and benches for your luggage.

One of the two full bathrooms has a walk-in shower, and one has a walk-in shower and whirlpool tub. Enjoy the south facing deck with a patio table and seating for six, and a gas grill.

All of this and more awaits you, whether you're in Madison for business, a special event, a UW football game, health care, visiting family, or simply enjoying the best that Madison has to offer.

The home is conveniently located near the airport in the small, family-friendly community of Maple Bluff, a "hidden gem" that hugs Lake Mendota's eastern shore. Enjoy Fireman's Park and Playground that abuts the back of the property, Beach Park and Playground with its awesome panoramic views of the Capitol and new playground equipment ~ an easy 3 block walk from the house.

The home nicely accommodates a small family of four or two senior couples ~ up to a maximum of four people (including children of all ages).

"Our cottage isn't the Governor's Mansion and our gardens aren't weed-free. But we think you'll find it to be a comfortable, family-friendly alternative to one of Madison's finer hotels."

More Details

Sonja Durkee
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
21 September, 2017

About Sonja Durkee

When we're not traveling, enjoying the cottage ourselves, or being guests in a Homeaway/VRBO property near our sons and their families in Silicon Valley, we're likely enjoying Wisconsin's four seasons as a recently retired couple.

Sonja Durkee purchased this house in 2014

Why Sonja Durkee chose Southern Wisconsin

We love Madison because there are so many fun things to do in and around the city! Some of our top picks are the Dane County Farmers' Market that takes place every Saturday morning during the growing season, the Art Fair on the Square on the second week-end in July, canoeing on the Wisconsin River near Sauk City, bicycling, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Allen Centennial Gardens at UW, watching the eagles by the dam on the Wisconsin River near the Wollersheim Winery in January, and visiting Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin and the American Players Theater in Spring Green in the summer.

What makes this house unique

This 'like new' older, one-story cottage style home is located in the small, family-friendly community of Maple Bluff, and has a kid-friendly park abutting the property. It's walking distance to a quiet public beach with new playground equipment and awe-inspiring distant views of the Capitol and sunsets. Sometimes, if you time it right, you can catch a sailboat regatta taking place just offshore. The home is convenient to downtown Madison and walking distance to a fantastic bakery-restaurant.

We've stayed in many vacation rentals across the country and have come to expect and appreciate open communication; cleanliness; beds with headboards, bedside lamps and USB ports; a well-equipped kitchen; great Internet and cell phone connectivity; and, a full and timely deposit refund. As a guest in our home, you can expect these things from us.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We are enjoying our stay. What do we need to do to reserve September 19-22, 2016, September 25-28, 2017, and September 24-27, 2018?
Aug 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Madison, Wisconsin

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 126 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Please leave our home as you found it. Ask if you have questions.
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master bedroom bath - toilet , shower enclosure , jacuzzi
    Main bathroom - toilet , shower enclosure
  • Lighted make-up mirror, night light, hair dryer. Starter supplies: Toilet paper, Kleenex, make-up remover pads, body wash.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master bedroom - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Bedroom 1 - 2 single bed , Two XL twin beds
  • Bedrooms are well-lit and have hardwood floors. They share a walk-in closet with drawers and plenty of hanging space. There's also an upholstered bench and a rack for luggage, USB charging stations in each bedroom, and a printer.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski pass optional
  • ski
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The Maple Bluff Country Club at the end of our street is a grand, private, historic golf club with dining, pool, tennis, fitness and meeting facilities that has reciprocity with many other private clubs across the U.S. If you're a member of a similar club in your home community, you may be able to enjoy some of the same privileges that MBCC members enjoy. Ask Owner for details.


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UPSCALE COTTAGE: Near Beach, Playgrounds, Governor's Mansion
average rating of 4.95 based on 23 reviews

Just Perfect

  • 5 of 5

Clean, beautifully appointed, pristine--what a fantastic place in a charming neighborhood. We loved our stay at the cottage. The kitchen is fully outfitted, and the grill and outdoor space was a bonus. There is nothing I would change about it, and we would love to stay here again. An ideal spot in Madison.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I don't think it's possible to write a more positive review. Thank you!
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Beautiful comfortable home

  • 5 of 5

Sonja's cottage is beautiful and maintained pristinely. Spacious, clean, and comfortable. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad we could accommodate you again, Olivia. Thank you for the exceptional review!
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Top rated VRBO property in Madison

  • 5 of 5

We use VRBO extensively and consider this property to be a great value. Very clean and comfortable. The owner is a pleasure to work with. A wonderful VRBO place to stay if you visit Madison. We put this VRBO rental in our A+ category.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the excellent review, Bill and Joanne! We're pleased that you found our little place to be an A+ for being clean, comfortable, and a great value! That means a lot to us because we know you've stayed in many vacation rental properties across the country. Please come back!
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Wonderful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

The home was clean and comfortable. We were in walking distance to good restaurants. Sonja was very helpful. Would stay there again in a heartbeat.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful home, accessible owner

  • 5 of 5

This house is absolutely beautiful. It's tastefully designed and comfortably furnished, everything is in perfect working order, and it's immaculately clean. It has everything you could possibly need for a summer vacation visit: grill, outside seating, air conditioning, near a lake and a park. I really appreciated that the owner checked in a once a day by text. I have stayed in other homes where it was very difficult to get hold of the owner when I had a question or a problem. I didn't have any questions or problems with this house anyway, but it was reassuring to know that I could reach the owner easily if I did. I would stay here again any time!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Beth! We're please that our little place worked so well for you, and hope you'll come back the next time you're in the area.
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Great stay!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this immaculate home for just over a week as our daughter and her friend attended a tennis camp. We used the well equipped kitchen as well as the propane gas grill for some eat-in meals. We frequented the Manna Bakery which is only two blocks away for their pastries and wonderful home-made soups. My wife and I made use of the tennis courts at Beach Park (only three blocks away) as well as hitting with the tennis pro at Maple Bluff Country Club which is at the end of the street - so convenient.The area is also great for early morning runs - very scenic along the lake and a great hill climb on Farwell.

The wifi worked well and we took advantage of the Apple TV and smart Sony TV - if you sign in with your Apple id you have access to all of your movies on iTunes. Any Netflix users can get access through Apple TV or the smart TV app. We were able to watch a replay of the French Open women's finals through the Tennis Channel app on Apple TV - first ever Latvian Grand Slam winner!

Access to downtown Madison is only 10 minutes and you can get to some very nice dining - try Harvest if you're into farm to table cuisine. If you like ethnic food try Ha Long Bay for Thai and Umami Ramen for the best ramen in Madison.

Sonja was so easy to work with and very accessible for any questions that we had. We certainly plan to return to this gem of a property!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so pleased that you and your family so enjoyed your stay. Thank you for a great review and for the tips re. the TV, restaurants, etc. We look forward to having you back for a 'Round 2' this fall!
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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Dane County Regional Airport
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Manna's Cafe & Bakery; Bear & Bottle
Nearest Ski
35 Miles
Devil's Head or Cascade Mtn.
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Beach Park & Playground
Car: necessary

Bicycle or walk on the sidewalks of tree-lined neighborhood streets, past the Governor's Mansion (1.5 blocks from house), beaches, and numerous parks. Continue to the Capitol on Saturday mornings for the infamous Dane County Farmer's Market on the Square, the Art Fair on the Square event held the week-end after the Fourth of July each year, and the numerous other festivals and activities held there throughout the summer (13 minutes on bicycle).


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Madison, Wisconsin

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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee A$150.72
Damage Deposit A$628

Rates shown are based on max. 4-person occupancy.

Please see Agreement for policy re. entertaining others.

Fees incurred by Owner for INTERNATIONAL credit card fees will be passed on to Guest.

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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