Restored Historic Stone House in the Country


Entire home hosted by Samantha & Bruce

  1. 6 guests
  2. 3 bedrooms
  3. 4 beds
  4. 2 baths
Dedicated workspace
A private room with wifi that’s well-suited for working.
Self check-in
Check yourself in with the lockbox.
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The only house like it in Wisconsin and featured in this month's Madison Magazine! Built in 1868 by an abolitionist from South Carolina, this gem of a historic stone home is being lovingly restored. It's all about inclusivity, great comfort, and extraordinary style. Set on 18 wooded acres, you can hike the surrounding area, play croquet, build an outdoor fire. New kitchen and bath, and great wifi, too. Your stay will be contributing to this important restoration endeavor!

The space
It's not every day that you can stay in a house listed on the National Register for Historic Places in Wisconsin--and contribute to its restoration! We purchased the property April 1, 2021 and have worked hard to prepare it for guests this year. Some of the finest craftspeople have been devoted to its painstaking restoration. We were just awarded the 2022 Preservation Award from the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation. We invite you to follow our progress on IG: Restore.Brisbane.House.

The Brisbane House is a blend of modern comfort and historic appointments. As it was built over 150 years ago by an abolitionist, we're honoring his legacy by showcasing original contemporary art by nationally-known Black artists. William Henry Brisbane was outspoken in the cause of human rights. Come here to celebrate, appreciate, and when you leave, you'll be taking some of Brisbane's courage with you to make a better world.

In the main house, there is one bedroom (queen bed), a full bathroom, and den, on the second floor. There are two bedrooms (one queen, two XL twins) on the third floor. It's a tall, skinny house so the stairs are steep! The HVAC system is newly configured and is very comfortable.

The little kitchen is new, beautiful, and well-equipped. The locally harvested cherry table and benches seat eight, ten with two additional chairs.

We've just completed a first floor connector that contains a new full bathroom and a hall to the adjacent structure, the "summer kitchen." It's not a kitchen now, but a gorgeous bedroom with big beautiful new (appropriate) windows that has a queen bed on the main level, and two XL twin beds in the loft, accessible up a loft ladder. In total, the entire property sleeps 10 and can be reserved for seven plus guests in listing called "Restored Historic Stone House and Additional Bedrooms." It's a great space for grandparents or another family who wants their own space.

You will be some of our first guests--but because of high demand, most stays have a three night minimum in high season. Please inquire if this really will not work for you.

***If you'd like to reserve the more accessible first floor bedroom and bathroom in the summer kitchen in addition to one or two bedrooms in the main house (for a total of up to six people), please be specific when booking so we can adjust the price and discuss options.***

There are several restaurants within 10 miles either west to Spring Green or east to Mazomanie. Madison is a 35 minute drive to the east. If traveling through Madison to arrive at your destination, note there's a terrific local grocery store, the Willy Street Co-op, on your way out.

Soaps and cleaning products are either unscented or contain organic essential oils. No synthetic fragrances or fabric softeners. Environmentally friendlier bath towels are "quick dry." Most sheets are of organic cotton. We participate in Alliant Energy's "rush hour" energy saving program during the summer months but of course you can adjust the temperature so that you're comfortable.

Explore the 18 acres around the house. There is a small fire pit in the yard, firewood to get you started in the garage. There is a pine barrens and trails in the hills leading all the way up to the top of Rattlesnake Ridge, a restored prairie. Maps are in the house. Dogs (additional $100 fee) can be off leash on the property by must be on a leash if hiking on neighboring properties (and please pick up after your dog). In the winter, help yourself to the snowshoes in the garage.

Where you'll sleep

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What this place offers

Valley view
Garden view
Dedicated workspace
Free residential garage on premises – 6 spaces
Pets allowed
30" HDTV with Fire TV, Netflix, Roku
Free washer – In building
Free dryer – In building

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Where you’ll be

Arena, Wisconsin, United States

Explore the 18+ acres that surrounds the house, including a pine barrens, and a bluff with a prairie on top! The Wisconsin River runs through Arena (about 4 miles away) and there's a great boat launch nearby. It's also 10 miles from the artist community of Spring Green, also the home of American Players Theater, Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin, House on the Rock, lots of restaurants and a farmers market. Short scenic drive to trout fishing streams. Great trails can be found within walking distance (maps provided), and at nearby Governor Dodge State Park (including a scenic waterfall and natural spring houses). It's a 35 - 45 minute drive to Madison, WI, our state capital.

Hosted by Samantha & Bruce

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I can't live without travel and cooking and eating great, local food. I love all things Italian and I play tennis and pond hockey. I'm a native Wisconsinite (so that means I love up north, too). Bruce loves the ocean and mountains, having grown up in Southern California. We're not strangers to mindfulness. I am the executive director for a chamber music festival and love to promote the visual arts, too. Bruce is a printmaker and artist and works at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. We LOVE Airbnb and want to make sure you have a clean and comfy place to stay. We're happy to give you space while you're here but even happier to get to know you!
I can't live without travel and cooking and eating great, local food. I love all things Italian and I play tennis and pond hockey. I'm a native Wisconsinite (so that means I love…

During your stay

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Check-in: After 3:00 PM
Checkout: 12:00 PM
Self check-in with lockbox
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed

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Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm

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