Our historic, art-filled home is close to the UW campus and hospital, but is located in a quiet and pretty neighborhood. We'd love to comfortably accommodate you throughout our whole home. Check out our special price for the Christmas holiday!
Our house is pretty, cozy, bright and clean (and now fully licensed by the City of Madison and State of WI). We're on the desirable near-west side in quiet College Park, at the foot of historic University Heights, right on the bus line to downtown (about 7 mins.). Built in 1936, we have 3 bedrooms (and a sofa bed) and 2 bathrooms. In all, we can accommodate six. Our house is beautifully decorated with art and antiques and maintained with lots of attention to detail.
The three bedrooms consist of one king bed; one extra-long twin in the office; and one extra-long twin in the third bedroom (all with down comforters). A full-sized sofa sleeper (with an optional feather-bed to make it comfier) in the living room can sleep two.
For the most part, you can reserve our house for weekends, but check our calendar and inquire about longer stays, we'll try to accommodate you! Please check our other listing if you'd just like to use one of our single rooms in the house, it may be available for a nightly rate of up to $79 most any time. If that's the case, we'll set you up and leave you alone!
In the house, you'll find a great wi-fi connection; a flat-screen T.V. in the kitchen and master bedroom (plus VHS/DVD player); iron/ironing board and hair dryer. There is a stereo with iPod hook up in the living room (no T.V. there, for peace and quiet)!
Kids, we have games and books for you! We live one block away from Stevens Park, a recently rebuilt neighborhood playground with basketball hoops. We're a busy family of three who love art, music, travel, and locally sourced food and would be glad to help you find what you're looking for while staying in Madison.
Footnote: the view from the (website hidden) map from the street is not Kendall Ave. Also, Madison Airbnb hosts are now required to pay sales and lodging tax and we are in compliance with the State Health Department's laws.
Enjoy the entire house. The screened-in porch and patio are great for warm summer evening meals. The kitchen has everything within reach. Your mostly-organic breakfast will include delicious items, including fresh fruit, breakfast beverages, and French-press coffee or tea. If you'd like to use the garage, feel free, and laundry is in the basement. Since this is our primary residence when you're not here, please use luggage and clothes racks provided outside of our closets.
Interaction with Guests
We will definitely connect through Airbnb or email to confirm plans. If you are new to Airbnb a connection over email or the phone is nice. We'd like to know of any special requests to make your stay terrific! When you rent the entire house, we will not be there although we may meet at check in if it works for all of us.
We will help you with your itinerary or restaurant recommendations. You may even want to cook while you're here (we're very close to Whole Foods).
Our neighborhood is tree-lined and excellent for strolling. It's quiet but near the UW hospital and campus. Madison is also a great place for foodies! Visit one of three near-by farmer's markets on a Saturday morning for amazing cinnamon rolls, fresh goat cheeses and hickory nuts. If you like to run or walk, go to picnic point on Lake Mendota or through the beautiful UW Arboretum's gardens or wooded trails. Frank Lloyd Wright's Unitarian Meeting House is within walking distance for architectural history buffs. Of course, you can always catch some kind of Badger game, too!
We are very close to the UW-Madison hospital (12 minute walk), and a short bike ride, bus ride or 30 minute walk to campus (through a pretty neighborhood). 20 minute walk to Camp Randall to see a UW-Madison football game. We are two short blocks from a major bus route (University Ave.), which can take you to the Kohl Center, the Capitol Square (for the Monona Terrace or Ironman), shopping at Hilldale or at boutiques along Monroe Street or just about anywhere else you want to go! We also live on a designated bike route, Kendall Avenue. Bike to campus or bike paths that take you to the beautiful city trail. You can park in our garage (one car) or on the street. Street parking is limited to 2 hours on weekdays and Saturdays, but we can help you figure it out. From the airport, you can take a short cab ride to our house, about 15 minutes.
Other Things to Note
The Sunday NY Times is delivered to the house, so feel free to enjoy it. In the summer, our Shorewood pool membership could be available to you as guests ($10 per guest). Please ask!
Please no smoking or pets. Treat our house kindly as there are many interesting artworks, rugs and artifacts. We would be grateful if you would remove your shoes upon entering the house. Please be mindful of keeping windows closed when the heat or A/C is on (or turn it off and open the house).
We had such a lovely stay in this comfortable, family home.
Samantha is extremely easy and friendly to deal with and, on arrival, there were lots of extra toys and stuffed animals waiting for our three little kids. There is also delicious homemade granola for breakfast and fresh flowers in the rooms. It's the details like this that make the difference.
The house is well located for exploring Madison and I hope we will be back soon. On leaving, our three year old said, 'Can we come back here and stay for a long time?'. I think the trip was a success!
Lorna, I so appreciate your review and your comments. You and your family were very thoughtful and I am so happy you all had such a good time. It's so fun to see the wonder in the little kids' eyes and in their comments, isn't it? Enjoy the sunny day.
We spent a pleasant weekend in Sam and Bruce's house. The place is gorgeous with plenty of books, paintings and art works. We had a dinner party to celebrate Chinese New Year and this house definitely reminded me of home. Thank you Sam and Bruce! I'm happy to visit again!
Hi Sam and Brice,
Thanks for opening up your home to us for the holidays. We had a lovely time. The tree you set up was beautiful, and our girls enjoyed playing with the stuffed animals that you left.
The location of the home was fantastic, and the house was charming, as you had described it.
The house is gorgeous and comfortable. The hosts welcoming and accommodating.
Excellent rental. Samantha and Bruce have a great home in a convenient location. Highly recommend.
Everything about our experience at the Cozy Artist's House was wonderful. It didn't take long to feel at home and settle into this gorgeous Madison home.
My friends and I traveled from across the country for a reunion after a few years of living apart. The house was great because we all felt like we were back living together just like we did as college students at UW.
One of the great parts about the house is all the sunlight the it gets throughout the day thanks to all of the open windows.
We couldn't have asked for a better experience!
Sam and Bruce were the best hosts I could have hoped for! They were extremely prompt with their communication and provided everything we could have asked for as a guest. I would recommend this place to anyone!
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I work for a chamber music festival and love to promote the visual arts, too. Bruce is a printmaker at the UW and artist. I can't live without travel and cooking and eating great, local food. We want to make sure you have a clean and comfy place to stay and we're happy to get to know you or leave you alone!