Rooms & Amenities
Explore our location at the Maxwell Mansion
The Maxwell Mansion is an upscale historic mansion hotel, with period/antique furnishings, rustic-chic and barn-themed
decor, updated technology, a speakeasy and ballroom, located in downtown Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
The Stable Suites are much more modern and dramatically designed with an equestrian “urBarn” (urban/barn) style with unique furnishings, sleek accents and reclaimed Wisconsin barn finishes.
Our most luxurious rooms are located in the Stables with Dutch door access, heated floors, two person peek-a-boo steam showers and our most decadent decor pieces. All rooms mix century-old charm with modern sophistication, full with amenities and personal touches to make your stay completely indulgent and satisfying.
The Historic Mansion offers four traditional style rooms with exquisite antiques, en-suite baths and old world sophistication:
Louisamay Alcott Room | Take a 3D virtual tour
Jane Austen Room | Take a 3D virtual tour
General Grant Suite | Take a 3D virtual tour
Virginia Wolfe | Take a 3D virtual tour
The Carriage House has an equestrian “urBarn” (urban/barn) style with unique furnishings, sleek accents and reclaimed Wisconsin barn finishes. The Carriage House offers a combination of King and Queen rooms designed to appeal to all types of travelers. Experience full relaxation with our memory foam mattresses, luxury linens, in-room two person whirlpool tubs and chromatherapy lighting.
Carriage House 11-17
Carriage House 11 | Take a 3D virtual tour
Carriage House 12 | Take a 3D virtual tour
Carriage House 13 | Take a 3D virtual tour
Carriage House 14 | Take a 3D virtual tour
Carriage House 15 | Take a 3D virtual tour
Carriage House 16 | Take a 3D virtual tour
Carriage House 17 | Take a 3D virtual tour
Carriage House 21-27
Carriage House 21 | Take a 3D virtual tour
Carriage House 22 | Take a 3D virtual tour
Carriage House 23 | Take a 3D virtual tour
Carriage House 24 | Take a 3D virtual tour
Carriage House 25 | Take a 3D virtual tour
Carriage House 26 | Take a 3D virtual tour
Carriage House 27 | Take a 3D virtual tour
Maxwell Mansion History
In the Spring of 1855 prominent Chicago Surgeon and real estate prospector Dr. Philip Maxwell started construction of a large, handsome summer dwelling in Lake Geneva on land he had acquired years earlier, which at the time was “lakefront” property. The estate was named “The Oaks” in honor of the centuries-old trees surrounding the mansion.
The following Spring in 1856 he and his wife Jerutha moved into their grand new summer home overlooking Geneva Lake. Thus we titled the property MaxwellMansion1856.com as it was their first year enjoying the Mansion.
Tall windows, broad entrances, elaborate ornamental wood moldings, marble fireplaces and grand staircase gave testimony to Dr. Maxwell’s position as a community leader. Regarded as one of Lake Geneva’s finest landmarks, the building predates all of the area’s notable summer mansions and served as a summer residence for a line of several prominent Chicago industrialists who entertained both political and social dignitaries. General Grant once stayed here and it was also the site of an early courtship of Nancy Davis, who later became the wife of President Ronald Reagan.
The property was rescued from total dereliction in the late 1970′s by Ruth Ann and Christopher Brown who made it their home and established it as a five room bed and breakfast for more than two decades .
In 2002 Nancy Golden Waspi followed her heart and purchased the property to create a charming Inn and Restaurant named the “Golden Oaks” in honor of her Family and respect to the original name “The Oaks”. She further Improved the property and filled the home with love and great energy for the next decade creating beautiful and memorable experiences from all who visited.
In 2012 Andrew Fritz of Lake Geneva’s Baker House 1885, adopted the home from Nancy and began to put his creative twist on things. This became a detailed three year renovation project which included acquiring the adjacent land and buildings, which were originally part of the five acre 1856 Maxwell Estate. The completed boutique resort now encompasses three acres of gardens, lounges, outdoor fireplaces, a heated pool, croquet and bocce ball amusement and 30 luxury hotel rooms steeped in history and renewed with dramatic Gilded Age grander.