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 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 met on Memorial Day 2012. We had 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 later that summer and hosted family and friends here for our wedding in 2013. 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.