Please read about the changes that have taken place at The Judge Lewis House. We are no longer taking individual room reservations nor serving breakfast. However, The Judge Lewis House is still available for “All Guest Rooms Reservations”. For 1 low price you will have all 3 guest rooms (please see our Photo Gallery for guest room info) with a maximum occupancy of 6 guests – Our rate is 175.00 per night plus tax. This does not include a kitchen, but we do have a small area off the dining room with a microwave, toaster, small fridge and a Keurig coffee maker. Guests are invited to bring in food if they want or enjoy one of the many places to eat in Madison County. This is perfect for families or larger groups looking for a place to relax while touring our beautiful community. We do require a 2 night minimum stay.

The Judge Lewis House is located in beautiful Winterset, Iowa. Winterset is the county seat of Madison County, home to the world renowned covered bridges made famous by “The Bridges of Madison County” novel and film. Our property is only a few minutes from each of these historic bridges. We are also just minutes away from the Madison County Historical Museum, The Iowa Quilt Museum and the John Wayne Birthplace & Museum.

The Judge Lewis House was built between 1867 and 1869 by Judge William Henry Lewis. Mr Lewis was one of Winterset’s early pioneers, coming here in1864 to settle in a community where he could practice law. Among his other professions, Judge Lewis served as the Mayor of Winterset, and was a teacher as well as a lawyer. Judge Lewis was also Superintendent of the construction of our beautiful courthouse, and we have been told that he was the builder of the beautiful carved stair casings in the building. He moved his wife to their new home, which he had previously built, in 1870. Here he gave up law and began a well known nursery. He called his land “Fairmont,” and it was here that he sold trees and shrubs of all kinds all over the state.  The estate is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places as  the “Judge W.H. and Emma Lewis Historic District” – honoring Judge Lewis for his pioneering efforts in horticulture as well as his contributions to the early settlement of Winterset. Included in this designation is the barn (which is now home to several goats, sheep and horses), the summer kitchen which we use as an exercise room (and you can too) 😊  along with the chicken coop, the Judges “garage” and 2 corner stones/hitching posts.  Our property also boasts several trees which have been determined to be a part of the original Fairmont Nursery.

We are so fortunate to have some of Judge Lewis’ own personal writings for you to enjoy. He was proud of his land and we are so excited to share it with you. The property also features a playhouse for your children (yes, we welcome kids but we ask that they are never left unattended) as well as a park-like setting playground. The chicken coop will is also busy with lots of chickens, too! If you want, you can feed Montana and Rose — our two horses —  and the cats in the barn… While you’re at it, you might as well feed Hank. He is our hound dog, and he’d love to show you around!

Give us a call at 515-462-5141 or end us an email – judgelewishouse@yahoo.com to make your reservation directly with us. You can also view us on VRBO and AirBnB. Thanks and we look forward to you visiting Winterset and Madison County.

Mark & Kayla Hawkins