Our Historic Mansion in Oconomowoc Wisconsin
Inn at Pine terrace was originally a grand cream city brick home built in 1879 as a private a summer residence for the two brothers, Peter and Henry Schuttler. The home was modeled on the design of a French nobleman’s castle near Vienna. The original owners were wagon builders from Chicago who named their estate Mon Bijou which translates as My Jewel. Mon Bijou remained in the Schuttler family for more than 40 years and hosted notable visitors throughout that time.
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 the home acted as the centerpiece of the 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, intricate 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. Modern amenities complement the Victorian history to provide comfort and convenience. The inn features a salt water swimming pool for summer fun in the sun.
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 innkeepers are Jeff and Tirzah Gresley. We, along with our children and cat, became innkeepers in June 2017.
We share a passion for hosting guests at the Inn at Pine Terrace. We consider our mansion home a treasure and wish to share it with others. We delight in creating a welcome atmosphere for guests and families. We love meeting new guests!
We have wonderful memories at the inn. We shared our second date at the inn where we made and ate scratch waffles at the beautiful turret dining table. It was a wonderful experience. We announced our engagement in the dining room of the inn at a beautiful dinner party and hosted family and friends here for our wedding. We have made Sunday family suppers a tradition at the inn.
Since our first summer here, we have dreamed about making this our home and hosting guests for unforgettable experiences.
We are succeeding John and Ruth Gresley who have been innkeepers here for 7 years. John and Ruth remain local residents. Prior to this inn, they hosted guests at The Gresley House Bed and Breakfast in Mequon, Wisconsin.