I love living in Wisconsin. The state has a lot of beautiful outdoor places to see and explore. It is a great state if you love the outdoors. I enjoy staying at new places and exploring new things. When we were in Madison, Wisconsin on a romantic getaway, we stayed at The Speckled Hen Inn Bed and Breakfast one night. So the next night we thought we would check out the Mansion Hill Inn and see which one we liked better.
The 9,000 square foot, 11 suites, Mansion Hill Inn is located at 424 N Pinckney Street in the downtown area of Madison, Wisconsin. It was a lot different than the Speckled Hen Inn that we stayed at the night before. It was a large Victorian Style building and look very old but inviting. It was built in 1857 and the architecture is truly amazing.
The location is nice but loud. Outside you hear traffic, airplanes and all the other noises you hear in the big city. So it is not as secluded and peaceful as the Speckled Hen Inn was. If you are looking for action close by though, you would like this place. It is walking distance from shopping centers, nightclubs, and the Capital Building.
We stayed in the Alexander A. McDonnell Room which was really beautiful. It had tall windows that let lots of light in to brighten up the room. The 10 foot tall tester bed was really comfortable and big and to the right of the bed was a large window to look at the view.
The walls had white and light gold striped wallpaper. On the ceiling was a beautiful antique chandelier. The marble fireplace really added to the room also. It was beautiful and probably my favorite part of the room besides the bed!
In front of the fireplace was an area that had 2 dark pattern chairs and a small foot rest. So you could relax in front the fire. But the chairs weren’t that comfortable because they had no arm rests of them. So we just took pillows and laid on the floor instead.
The bathroom was smaller, but that is ok. Because once again we had a private bathroom at a Bed and Breakfast! In here was a good sized oval whirlpool tub on the beautiful marble tiled floor.
The dining room was very elegant also. It had a large oval table that sat about 10 or so people at it. The room was decorated with large paintings of scenery and sconces. There was also a hand carved Italian marble fireplace in the room to keep the guests cozy.
You could order bottles or glasses of wine here also. They had a list of what was available from their wine cellar. They offered many different choices for really good prices.
The staircase inside was really cool! It went 4 stories high and was very steep. It was one of the cool spiral staircases that you see in the older houses. It really added to the old style atmosphere inside the house. But for the elderly and pregnant women it may not be as efficient for them to get to their rooms.
I loved the tall large windows all throughout the building. Also all of the antique chandeliers, stained glass windows, tiled marble floors, and all of the decorations in the place. They had large vases full of flowers, gorgeous floor rugs, beautiful paintings on the walls, and may other little touches that added to the overall atmosphere of the Inn.
For breakfast, they served it on a silver platter. It was really nice. We had Belgium waffles with fresh strawberries on it. They were ok but not the best. They did bring it to our rooms, which was nice. You could eat as you relaxed in bed.
Overall it was missing the beautiful peaceful country scenery that was relaxing. The location of the Inn is in the middle of the neighborhoods where all of the university students live at. So it was pure craziness in the area. The buildings in the area are also really close. So as you sat on your balcony you could hear college kids partying and having barbeques next to you.
The backyard was very beautiful with flowers, pathways and fountains, but it wasn’t anything like The Speckled Hen Inn was. They were very peaceful. Mansion Hill was right in the heart of Madison’s downtown, so it was noisy. But other than that it was a great place to stay at. I guess when I think of Bed and Breakfasts I think of peace, quiet, and relaxation. If you are looking for that I would not recommend Mansion Hill.