Our Historic Mansion in Oconomowoc Wisconsin
Built in 1879 as a private a summer residence for the two Schuttler brothers, Inn at Pine Terrace was modeled on the design of a French nobleman’s castle near Vienna. The original owners, wagon builders from Chicago, named their estate Mon Bijou (My Jewel). Mon Bijou remained in the Schuttler family for more than 40 years and hosted notables such as Mark Twain, many of the country’s beer brewing elite including the Miller, Anheuser, Busch and Pabst families, as well as railroad and industrial barons.
In the 1920s, the home was sold and began its life as the Pine Terrace Resort. The inn property consisted of 150+ acres stretching down to Fowler Lake and acted as the centerpiece of a popular lakefront resort.In 1986, more than 1.5 million dollars were invested to restore the inn. Taking 2 years and using the finest local craftsmen and furniture makers, the inn was restored to its original grandeur. Since then, Inn at Pine Terrace has been run as a bed and breakfast, allowing both local and distant travelers to enjoy a night’s rest in a true piece of 19th century history. The original carved woodwork, floors and elegant door hinges remain in place in the parlor and library. The wallpaper in the inn is Bradbury and Bradbury, the elegant Victorian paper found in many historic homes of the time.
Inn at Pine Terrace is one of the finest and largest of the Victorian mansions still standing in Oconomowoc today and is listed on the national Register of Historic Places.
The current owners and innkeepers are John and Ruth Gresley.
Owning a B&B had been John’s dream for many years. The first opportunity came along when they purchased a four-bedroom inn in Mequon, WI in 2000. They named the first B&B The Gresley House Bed and Breakfast. After ten years of experience, John was ready for a larger place, so they visited Inn at Pine Terrace, which just happened to be on the market. They purchased Inn at Pine Terrace in November 2010.
John has a background in Human Resources, previously working in retail, employee services and university human resource departments. Ruth is a Registered Nurse and previous to her retirement served as the Dean of the School of Human Services at Concordia University Wisconsin.
The Gresleys have lived in several antique houses and are committed to historic preservation as well as being as “Green” as possible. They have two sons, two daughter-in-laws and two grandbabies (one girl and one boy) both born in summer 2013.