Historic Midwest Resort History
Let us take you back in time… back to the beginning of the original estate… back to where our story begins… In 1890, the original manor was built as a private residence known as the Kelly Estate. It consisted of 12 acres – home to a Main House, Stable House, Tack House and Pump House. Years later, in 1945, a newspaper publisher and a teacher by the names of Herb and Lucille Heidel purchased the residence for $20,000.
That same year, on a cold, snowy New Year’s Eve, the Heidels welcomed their first guests for a quaint lakeside dining experience. From here, the charming estate expanded as Heidel House’s reputation for hospitality and fine dining grew. By the 1970s, the family-run retreat had become one of the most popular destination resorts in Wisconsin.