About this listing
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.
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 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 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. so you can visit with friends/family or enjoy the stillness).
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, since Madison Airbnb hosts are required to be licensed by the City of Madison and State of Wisconsin, we are in full compliance.
Enjoy the entire house. The screened-in porch and patio are great for warm summer evening meals. The kitchen has everything within reach. Your organic breakfast will include fresh fruit, English muffins, 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 empty drawers, or 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 and other grocery stores).
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!
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.
Please no smoking or pets. Treat our house kindly. We would appreciate it if you would remove your shoes upon entering the house.
Samantha and Bruce have a great house with a cool art vibe throughout. I didn't spend a whole lot of time there, but it was exactly what I was looking for in a place to stay. Close to downtown and everywhere you'd want to go, clean and comfortable, and they were both great to chat with and made good recommendations for me. Breakfast in their 4 seasons room was great too. I'll look them up again if I'm back in the area!
I had a wonderful time staying with Sam and Bruce in Madison. Their beautiful home is ideally located near the Hospital and west end of campus, and it is a relatively short walk to the lake. When I arrived around dinner time on Friday night they already had a hand drawn map to their favor local restaurants ready for me. In fact, my favorite restaurant that I ate at during my trip was only a 5 minute walk from their house. I would absolutely stay with them again!
Sam and Bruce - Thanks again for everything!
Wonderful, easy stay! Lovely and welcoming family, comfortable room, and a nice neighborhood with several bus lines nearby.
Sam and Bruce were wonderful hosts. They made me feel very welcomed and communication was quick and easy. Their home, listing and neighborhood were lovely and conveniently located to Madison's attractions. The bed was very comfortable and I slept great! The decor colors and beautiful art through out their home make this a 'very happy place to stay".
I just LOVED my stay with Samantha and Bruce! I was in a out a bunch for work, but it was so wonderful to come back to such a cozy home each evening. They made it extra special by treating me with a local beer! I was so thankful that even on a last minutes notice, they also were able to accommodate and additional team member that had not booked a place to stay. It was so wonderful that we were able to carpool back to their house and not have to find additional accommodations for him. I would highly recommend their gorgeous home!
Beyond grateful to Sam and her lovely family. In town for a brief family emergency, I reached out to Sam for an overnight stay close to UW Hospital. She was not only quick to respond and super accommodating, but just a really warm and gracious host. The house is in one Madison's great neighborhoods, just a couple of blocks from my focus, but also near Monroe Street (try Brasserie V for an awesome gastropub:), Hilldale shopping center, and the university. Great cozy room, I slept like a rock. Enjoyed a hot shower and homemade granola in the morning. Gorgeous home straight out of House Beautiful. What a wonderful experience.
Very beautiful house of artist! There are so many decorations letting you enjoy your stay and feel how beautiful mind they have: flower ring on the door, art pictures on the wall, nice color palette everywhere and so many other details to list. Samantha and bruce are very hospitable and considerate. They prepare almost every thing for guest. Every time I came back very late at night, I saw they kept the light for me. And also, there is bus stop just one minute walk and there are many bus lines bringing you anywhere in Madison. Really enjoy my stay here!
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About the Host, Samantha (And That Is Bruce)
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!