Private Rm, Walk to UW or Hospital

House - Private room · Kendall Ave, Madison, WI 53705, United States
Samantha (And That Is Bruce)

Our historic and art-filled home is close to the UW campus but is located in a quiet and pretty neighborhood. We love to comfortably accommodate our guests inviting you to use the pretty screen porch, back garden patio and well-equipped kitchen.

Your host, Samantha (And That Is Bruce)
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Our historic and art-filled home is close to the UW campus but is located in a quiet and pretty neighborhood. We love to comfortably accommodate our guests inviting you to use the pretty screen porch, back garden patio and well-equipped kitchen.

The Space

We'd love to host you, especially if you are here investigating whether Madison is a good place for you to go to school, live, or work! If you are only looking for a single room while visiting the UW-Madison campus, hospital, or downtown, our house is close to all and is pretty, cozy, bright and clean.

Built in 1936, we're in quiet College Park, at the foot of historic University Heights. Your room has a cozy extra-long single bed with lots of pillows and a down comforter, blackout shades on the windows. When you're here, I'm not in the bedroom/office. If it is mutually agreeable, I might ask to use my desk to run a chamber music festival, when you are not at the house.

If you are looking for an entire house, check out our other listing (Cozy Artist's House)...our three bedrooms, two-bath home consists 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 a feather bed) in the living room can sleep two.

In the house, you'll find a great wi-fi connection, a flat-screen T.V. in the kitchen, iron/ironing board, and hair dryer upstairs. There is a stereo with iPod hook up in the living room (no T.V. there, for peace and quiet)!

We're a busy family of three who love art, music, travel, and locally sourced food.

Footnote: the view from the (website hidden) map from the street is not Kendall Ave. Also, we are mandated to pay sales and lodging tax, with which we comply.

Guest Access

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 washer and dryer, they are 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! We may or may not be here to greet you personally, but will arrange to leave you a key and connect when we get back.

We will help you with your itinerary or restaurant recommendations. We can discuss dinner options with us or you may even want to cook while you're here (we're very close to Whole Foods).

The Neighborhood

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 nearby farmers' 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!

Getting around

We are very close to the UW-Madison hospital (12 minute walk), and a short bike ride, bus ride (Madison Metro) 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. Madison is too small to have a subway.

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!

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Weekly Price: $510 /week
Cancellation: Flexible
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Samantha and Bruce have a wonderful place and were ideal hosts.. The room is perfect for one person, very light and colorful! The house is spotless with do many touches of beauty, like the roses in my room and on the dining room table. They were kind enough to offer a healthy breakfast and delicious coffee. The house is just like its description in the listing, filled with art, a roomy bathroom, porch area, etc. The neighborhood is safe, full of 1930s homes, trees , and sidewalks. Highly recommended!

    June 2014
  • My stay with Sam, Bruce, and their daughter Lilly was lovely. This was my first time using Airbnb and they gave me a wonderful experience. I was only there for one night and since we were all busy we didn't have much interaction. Bruce and Lilly showed me around the house and made me feel very welcome. The house is very cozy and full of beautiful artwork. It was very clean and my room was comfortable. I had a little desk to work at and they left clean towels (and even a little chocolate) for me to use. They also provide lots of information about local resources in a binder in their guest room. I would definitely recommend Sam and Bruce's house for a single traveler. The house has everything you could need and is in a nice neighborhood! Thank you!

    June 2014
    Samantha (And That Is Bruce)
    Response from Samantha (And That Is Bruce):

    Rita, you are very kind, thank you for the nice review.

    June 2014
  • Such a lovely house and would recommend it to anyone. Beautiful prints scattered about (Bruce is an artist). Very kind people, only wish I'd had more time to speak with them.

    June 2014
  • Sam and Bruce's house was wonderful and comfortable. Very tastefully decorated. I didn't get a chance to meet Sam, but met Bruce and their daughter, both who were very plesant, helpful, and accomodating. I would recommend this room to any single traveler in Madison, especially if you want a place near the UW. Couldn't have asked for a better place for the night.

    June 2014
    Samantha (And That Is Bruce)
    Response from Samantha (And That Is Bruce):

    Well, you'll just have to come back some time! Thanks for such a nice review.

    June 2014
  • I had a great 2 night stay with Samantha and Bruce. They were very hospitable and accommodating. Their home was clean, comfortable, and beautifully decorated. Along with their recommendations, they have put together an awesome binder with things to do and places to eat in Madison. I would refer this posting to anyone visiting Madison, and would personally book with them again.

    In addition, I needed 3 nights and they only had 2 available. They were great in helping me find a place to stay for the third night that was about the same price and very near by. An effort above and beyond what they needed to do.


    May 2014
    Samantha (And That Is Bruce)
    Response from Samantha (And That Is Bruce):

    Thank you Chris and Matt. We'd be happy to have you back again, Chris, so consider us if you return. I am glad Meg's place worked out, thank you for being flexible.

    May 2014
  • I really enjoyed staying in Sam's and Bruce's house. It is so cute and cozy house (much nicer than the pictures in airbnb). There are a lot paintings in the house. So I felt like I was staying a small gallery. Sam was so kind and warm, and very helpful for me to learn about Madison. Bruce was also very warm and fun to talk. If someone plans to visit to Madison and looks for a nice place to stay, I strongly recommend their place.

    May 2014
    Samantha (And That Is Bruce)
    Response from Samantha (And That Is Bruce):

    Chioun, thank you for the nice review. I hope you have some time to relax and be with your husband!

    May 2014
  • I have had a very charming stay at Samantha, she is really taking care of her guest and even if my stay has been short we have had time to meet and talk.
    The bedroom was very confortable and calm.
    Very nice place where to stay !

    April 2014
  • Sam and Bruce were very hospitable and helpful; their home is quiet, clean, warm, and charming. I would definitely recommend them to friends.

    April 2014
  • Sam and Bruce's lovely home was the perfect place for my one-night stay in Madison for a graduate school interview. Located conveniently near campus, public transportation, and great lunch and dinner spots (thanks for the recommends, Sam!), I really couldn't have had a more pleasant stay. Sam is the perfect hostess and all of my needs were 110% taken care of. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend their home to anyone who needs a place to stay in Madison!

    April 2014
    Samantha (And That Is Bruce)
    Response from Samantha (And That Is Bruce):

    Sarah, thank you again for such a nice review. I'll be curious to know if you become a Madison resident!

    April 2014
  • Loved it here! Sam and Bruce's house is gorgeous, clean, and located in a beautiful neighborhood within easy walking distance of the hospital and driving distance of everything. Sam and Bruce were friendly, welcoming, and very easygoing about my late arrival due to travel snafus. The room is clean and cozy, there was even tea and dark chocolate! Would definitely stay here again. :)

    January 2014
    Samantha (And That Is Bruce)
    Response from Samantha (And That Is Bruce):

    Rachel, be sure to let us know if you come to live in Madison so we can give you a "Congratulations!!"

    January 2014
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University School of Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Executive Director, Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society; Manager, The Baskerville Condos; Art Consultant & Owner, Untiltled Consulting
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!
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