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Sweet Gum Bottom Bed & Breakfast

27761 Straughn School Rd , Andalusia, AL 36421 USA (Show map)
102 Reviews
$135 - $160
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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Dining4.8

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Birthday Weekend

4.8 on December 05, 2014

Great weekend!!!! Made to feel at home from the moment you arrive. The accommodations were excellent and the breakfast was outstanding. We will definitely be back.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks for the great review and we can't wait to see ya'll again!

Such a great place to relax!

5 on November 28, 2014

We spent two great nights at Sweet Gum Bottom because our friend was getting married at the chapel on the property. From the moment we arrived it was immediately clear how special and charming SGB and our stay would be. Our room was gorgeous, with incredible 20-foot dark wood ceilings. The antique bed creaked quite a bit when you moved around, but otherwise it was pretty comfortable. The bathroom was lovely and very contemporary and the jetted tub was a great place to relax. We started each morning with a delicious breakfast (Laura is a great and creative cook) which we loved eating in the glassed-in porch overlooking the side yard. We aren't people who relax easily on vacation (we tend to try to do, see, and eat everything around), but SGB was such a peaceful and relaxing place that we easily spent the whole day hanging around doing nothing but walking on the property, strolling down a pretty country road, and napping on the cushioned double swing on the porch. If you're looking to relax and unwind this is the perfect place to do so. Our friend's wedding at the chapel was perfect. The chapel itself was built by Ricky and his friend, using wood they chopped down from trees on the property - it's a really special place. It happened to be raining like crazy during the ceremony so it got a little loud with pecans falling onto the tin roof, and there seemed to be a bit of a wasp problem, but none of that bothered us and, in fact, added to the charm. If we end up in Alabama again there's no question that we would return for another stay here.

Innkeeper Response
We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay here! It is a quiet and peaceful area! Please do come back to Sweet Gum Bottom anytime you are in South Alabama! We would love to see you again!

Better than Home!

5 on October 16, 2014

We have stayed with Ricky and Laura at the beautiful Sweet Gum Bottom B&B twice now. It is truly like staying at my dream home. Luxury, cozy, yummy...what more could you want? It is a treat to sit down to eat breakfast and have items I have only heard of and always wanted to try! One day I would like to stay for the whole weekend just to relax out in their garden! ~Beth from Barney, GA

Innkeeper Response
Thanks Beth for the kind words! Next time you're in our area, reserve 2 nights! I think that's a great idea! lol See you then! Laura

Andalusia treasure

4.0 on July 18, 2014

We were very impressed with our accommodations! Beautiful comfortable rooms and the service was excellent. Highly recommended. We will definitely be back!

Innkeeper Response
Glad you enjoyed your stay and please come again, soon!

Sweet Gum Bottom Rocks!

4.6 on July 09, 2014

Our first experience at a bed and breakfast and it won't be our last! It's a very remote and relaxing home in the country. We loved the homemade breakfast, pecan french toast. Wish we could have stayed more than a day.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for staying with us! While we do seem remote, we are only 5 minutes from the downtown area. It is nice to be so close and yet seem so far!!! Best of both worlds! Hope to see you again, soon!

27th Annv.

4.8 on July 01, 2014

My wife and I have stayed and enjoyed several B&Bs over the past 27 years……..and this is the best one out of them all.

Innkeeper Response
Wow!!!! We are honored at your review! Thank you so much! It is guests like ya'll that keep us going! Thank you soooo much!' Laura and Ricky

Definitely recommend...

4.2 on June 24, 2014

This was our first B&B, and we enjoyed it so much that we intend to visit one every year. PROS: #1- The service was more than I expected. Ricky and Laura made us feel welcome and spent as much time talking to us as we wanted, but they didn't follow us around or hog our time. We very much enjoyed their company, and they went out of their way to make us comfortable. #2- Another pro is the breakfast. My wife and I tried to predict whether it would come from Sysco or be homemade, but we were really surprised the next morning when we were served courses of baked mangoes, baked apple pancakes and bacon, and then frozen yogurt in a little chocolate cup. It was fantastic and the presentation was all there. #3- The flower garden in back is beautiful, and guests are encouraged to spend time in it. There's a fire pit and a hammock and plenty of seating. If you'd rather stay indoors you can see it through the glassed-in back porch. #4- There are LOTS of antique stores, flea markets, and places to eat within 15 minutes. There are several other things I liked, but these four are the highlights. CONS: If I could change one thing about Sweet Gum Bottom I'd give it a bigger common area. Maybe people who B&B don't often want a lot of interaction, but I enjoyed the time with other couples and would have appreciated a room with a few couches. That's pretty much it for the cons, and I'd highly recommend this place to anyone. P.S. I don't know how this review will look once it's posted, so I want to be clear about why I gave "Rooms" and "Value" only three stars. There's nothing wrong with either, but three stars means they met my expectations. It certainly doesn't mean they get a low rating, but we got pretty much what I expected in those categories. I hope this review is helpful and that you'll consider making Sweet Gum Bottom your next B&B!

Innkeeper Response
We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay! And that the PROS out-weighed the Cons ! :) and I'm glad that you explained the rating on rooms and value. lol Hope to see you again, soon! Take care!

A Bed and Breakfast You Won't Want to Leave

4.6 on June 09, 2014

With a little luck and help from google maps, I found this charming bed and breakfast. It proved a real find—quiet, pristine, full of character, grounds that invite you to wander and roam a bit, and a breakfast that wakes you ready for the day. The proprietor is a delight and as we mentioned more than a few times, we'll be stopping by Sweet Gum Bottom again and again.

Innkeeper Response
Such kind words! Thrilled you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to seeing you again...soon!!!

Relaxing in Paradise

5 on April 21, 2014

My husband and I needed to get away for a little while to relax and recharge, and Sweetgum Bottom was an answer to our prayers. Sweetgum Bottom B & B is located out in the quite country side of Andalusia Alabama, and is the most wonderful place to stay to let go of all your stress and just relax. Ricky and Laura or the most wonderful host, and we enjoyed chatting with them while on our stay. The hours spent swinging on the porch were so peaceful and the breakfast was the best. The room we stayed in was wonderful and everything was just a prayer answered. We are planning our next trip back and can't wait.

Innkeeper Response
What you have described is our wish for every guest that stays at Sweet Gum Bottom! We feel we have accomplished our dream if you can relax and let go of everything, even for a few hours...thank you for your kind words!

A slice of Heaven in AL

5 on April 03, 2014

If you are looking for a quiet get-away from urban congestion you will find it here! The area is tucked away from the noise and lights of the big city , yet close to good ole fashion down home cooking eateries. The breakfasts that accompany your stay were as beautiful to look at as delicious to eat! Ricky and Laura Oswald have truly put their heart into this property, you wont be disappointed with this choice for your stay! Pam and Bob Benson

Innkeeper Response
Thanks Mr Bob and Ms. Pam, it was a pleasure to meet you and look forward to your next visit with us! Take care!

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Rooms & Rates

Laura Leigh Suite

Perfect for romantic Alabama weekend getaways, this suite is a favorite among our guests. This room features a high, four-poster, rice bed with hand-pressed linens and is beautifully decorated with a candlelight fireplace, fainting sofa (just in case), and a quaint little table for two. Before crawling into bed, take a wonderful whirlpool bath and relax...the bathroom features two antique vanities, Jacuzzi, a glassed shower, and spa robes. Planning a honeymoon in Alabama? Then this romantic suite at Sweet Gum Bottom is for you.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $155 - $155

Lindsey Paige

Take a deep, long breath and walk into the Lindsey Paige Suite, a favorite room among our guests who are celebrating romantic getaways in Alabama. When you fall into bed, you will fall into luxury. Fine linens (600 count or more) wrap around you like a soft cloud. Enjoy a romantic, candlelit bath in the two-person Jacuzzi. A soft lounger will relax every muscle. Make reservations for a getaway for two at our secluded Alabama bed and breakfast, and see for yourself.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $160 - $160

Bethany Dawn Suite

A romantic Alabama weekend getaway to Andalusia might include travel accommodations in this luxurious suite. A perfect little hideaway for two, this sumptuous guestroom offers a candlelight fireplace, romantic loveseat, table for two to enjoy a delicious dessert, and a wonderful Jacuzzi to soak away your cares. Then curl up together in this very comfortable king-size bed with hand-pressed linens, pull the covers up and, be forewarned, you may never want to get out!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $135 - $135

Kennedy Anne Suite

This beautiful suite at Sweet Gum Bottom Bed and Breakfast creates a wonderful setting for romantic Alabama vacations. It is furnished with a wrought iron, king-sized bed and hand-pressed linens. Relaxation is assured in the pair of club chairs that provide a cozy view of the flickering gas fireplace. It’s the most comfortable seating in the house! This suite also has a private bath with glassed shower. Contact us today and make reservations for the Kennedy Anne Suite for your Alabama weekend getaway or honeymoon travel.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $140 - $140

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Location Type

Countryside, Small town

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo

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Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Board games, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Piano, Wedding Facilities

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Antiques, Gifts shops, Museum, Nature trails, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 4:00
  • Check Out:: 11:00
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Outside only
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments Other
  • Cancellations: one week



Ricky and Laura Oswald

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  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, Guest room


27761 Straughn School Rd , Andalusia, AL 36421 USA (Show map)

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