Where History Meets Luxury.
A Boutique Upscale Hotel.
We are a Boutique upscale historic mansion that offers a peaceful, fun, and spa like getaway here in Mazomanie, WI. The beautiful Villa is nestled among the scenic bluffs, woods, and rolling farmland of beautiful Southern Wisconsin and yes, only 25 minutes west of Madison, WI! Our vision is all about you enjoying your stay in luxury you won’t forget. We want you to have fun but also be able to get away and relax in a spa like setting. We have many things to do at our Inn such as Yard Games, Kayak, Bike Ride, Hike, Splash in the Creek, Fishing, Lounge near the Creek, Enjoy Music or a Cocktail when our Speak Easy is open, sit in the Beer Garden, Play games in the Game Room, Read a book in the Library, book a spa service in the lower level Spa, Lounge in the Parlor/Music Room, Relax in a rocker and enjoy company or quiet on our wrap around porch, host an event or party, get Married or retreat to your room and enjoy your private Whirl Pool and pillow top beds.
History runs deep.
The year was 1865 when an enterprising barrel cooper from Milwaukee named William Thompson journeyed to Mazomanie and began building this stately home.
Financed by his success with the Mazomanie Flour Mill, Thompson constructed this impressive Italianate home.
In 1899 Dr. John Kester bought the house and opened his Practice with Dr. Pinckerton. He also raised race horses in the Carriage house in back. He died in 1923 leaving his wife Lenora to live in the house a total of 55 years. She lived in the house from 1899 until age 90 in 1954. She was a teacher at Richland County before she married Dr. Kester in 1888.
Our town’s name, Mazomanie, comes from Chief Mazomani, a leader of the Sioux of Minnesota. His name translates to “The Iron That Walks,” or “Walking Iron.” Our town was named by Edward Brodhead, a superintendent of the railroad during the 1850’s.
Chief Mazomani was described as a firm friend of the whites. He was wounded on September 23, 1862, in a battle between a band of Indians led by Little Crow, a Sioux chief, and the U.S. Army near Yellow Medicine River, Minnesota. Chief Mazomani had sought a flag of truce, but was shot while running toward the Army’s lines. He died several days later.
One hundred and thirty-one years later, David and Karisa Friske became the new owners, and the monumental task of restoring the home to its original grandeur became their goal.
The Friske’s began a full-scale restoration in 1996. Three years later the doors were open.
Over the years they have restored the carriage house and converted it into their personal residence. It was built in 1909 and was converted into an art studio in the early 1980’s. Cathedral ceilings and oak beams blended with the rustic decor make their home a real contrast to the Victorian splendor of the main house.
Fast forward to 2019 when Justin and Jennifer Martinez purchased The Mansion. The boutique Hotel will not only accommodate guests but will host Weddings, events and parties. There is a Speak Easy open to the general public 5:00-10:00pm on Friday and Saturday nights with yard games, a beer garden, and frequent live music. We also have a Wellness Spa for guests.
“We came here on the weekend because they had live music, a food truck & their speakeasy/beer garden was open. The atmosphere was absolutely amazing & the drinks delicious. We highly recommend the Bees Knees or their old fashioned!
While listening to the band we were able to swing on some hammocks they had in their garden. The lilys were blooming and it felt so magical. After the band we played some of their many yard games including Jenga! Once it gets dark out the string lights, fire places & water fountains really set the atmosphere in the beer garden. This place is truly a gem & we will be back! It’s laid back and classy all at the same time!”