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Magnolia Plantation

309 SE 7th St , Gainesville, FL 32601-6831 USA (Show map)

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Magnolia Plantation Bed and Breakfast Inn is an 1885 French Second Empire Victorian home in Gainesville, Florida. Joe and Cindy Montalto purchased the 5400 square foot home in 1990 and began the restoration process. The house had its original floor plan when Joe and Cindy purchased it and they decided that it was very important to retain the integrity of the house as much as possible. All the woodwork inside the home is original. If you enjoy seeing the way people would have used their home in the 1800's you will enjoy visiting the Magnolia Plantation. It truly is a family affair. Joe's father, a Landscape Architect, designed the gardens, pond and waterfalls. Cindy's mother lives in the carriage house and helps Cindy with the Inn. Joe and Cindy also live on the third floor of the house so someone will always be around to see to your needs. You should find yourself feeling very much at home shortly after your arrival because of the attention to detail. There is a stocked refrigerator with complimentary beverages and baskets of fruit and snacks. There is even a "boo boo sick" drawer filled with the items you may find you have left at home or may need to go to the drug store for. "Sleeping in" or waking up "at the crack of dawn" work equally as well at the Inn. Breakfast is as casual as a cup of coffee (ready before 6 AM, its on a timer) or by showing your smiling face to Cindy you can enjoy a full breakfast in 15 minutes. Gainesville is less than half-hour drive to many antique shops, clear water springs, museums, bike trails and of course is the home of the University of Florida and the 1996 National Champion Florida Gators. And we're pet friendly.



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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.6

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Oasis in Gainesville

5 on March 24, 2015

We stayed for the 2nd time in the Secret Garden cottage during our weekend visit to see our son at UF. It was so relaxing, especially hanging out in our own private garden outside our cottage. Magnolia Plantation is truly an oasis, and always our choice in Gainesville!

From stress to tranquil

5 on March 01, 2015

Mangolia Plantation made a highly stressful situation into a mini vacation for me and my dogs. I had a extremely ill dog and the University Vet School told me Friday afternoon that if I could be there Monday morning they could possibly help Ceili. My problem I live over 6 hours away and I have two other dogs, one a rescue recovering from hip surgery. Cindy took it in stride and without missing a beat took us all in. With welcoming paws she, Joe, the staff and their dog Abby had us set up and moved into a wonderful cottage. They accommodated us and made my time worry free. The vet school saved my dog and Mangolia Plantation saved me. Thank you.

It Does Get Any Better Than This

5 on January 29, 2015

If you are looking for the perfect B & B it doesn't get any better than this. The accommodations are unbelievable. We have stayed there twice within the last six months and we are looking forward to many more times. The rooms are immaculate and the service is everything you would expect, and more. Don't miss an opportunity to stay at the Magnolia Plantation. George, Cindy & Jake


2.4 on January 15, 2015

We spent 4 nights in the Carriage House, and frankly, I was quite disappointed. The web site advertised a B&B, but when I called to reserve the room, I was told there would be no breakfast or wine and cheese in the evening. As a result, the price was somewhat lower than normal. In fact, there was no food or service at all during our stay. The room was quaint with all antique furnishings, but not very functional. The bath/shower arrangement was quite inconvenient...a huge whirlpool-type tub that was hard to climb into with a shower head coming out of the wall that was difficult to get under if you are over 5' 8" tall. There was no curtain so water splashed all over the bathroom. The fireplaces were nice, and the bed was very comfortable. The grounds were attractive, but not well maintained. I felt the place needed some TLC. The reviews had led us to expect better than we feel we got.

Great Stay!

4.0 on January 05, 2015

We stayed here for three nights after our wedding and LOVED the carriage house! The porch and bathroom sell the space. WONDERFUL! and romantic :)

Great place

5 on December 17, 2014

Clean and beautiful house and cottages. Cindy & Joe are great. Well worth the stay. Food is great.

The perfect Christmas Getaway

5 on December 16, 2014

Thank you for the Perfect Christmas Getaway. Wonderful people, family oriented and all around Southern Hospitality. Joe, Cindy Abby and are all AMAZING!!! Thank you for the Memories (our piece of Heaven on earth Curt & Lisa Rowell from Fl.

Perfect place if visiting UF

4.2 on October 28, 2014

We recently stayed at Magnolia while we were attending family weekend at UF. The Inn is a beautiful escape back in time. The rooms are beautifully decorated and each have a fireplace. We stayed in the Jasmine room, and I loved all the framed family heirlooms with pictures of the Montalto family. It felt like you were staying in a family home with all the personal touches. Breakfast was outstanding. The hosts were gracious enough to let our college student join us for breakfast and didn't even charge us for it. The hosts were very friendly and we enjoyed talking to them. Grounds shady, private, beautiful fountains and landscaping. Will definitely go back for a future stay! I tried to click outstanding for room, service and dining above but it would not take so my rating is higher than shown.

Great stay

5 on October 25, 2014

We found the Cinnamon Cottage the perfect little home for our extended stay. The cottage was comfortable, cozy, extremely clean, and peaceful. The gardens around the property very beautiful and the owners and staff where attentive and quick to please and make us feel at home. We loved our stay at the Magnolia Bed and Breakfast and highly recommend to other travelers. It was perfect!

Magnolia Plantation B&B

3.8 on October 21, 2014

We had a fabulous visit to the Magnolia Plantation B&B for UF Homecoming weekend. Beautiful property-from the room (Magnolia Room-spacious with lots of light, and with private bathroom), to the peaceful garden setting complete with ponds with waterfalls. Unusually large property with several cottages and ponds in addition to the main house. Innkeepers were attentive and friendly; it was reassuring to know they had owned the Inn for 20+ years. Close enough to UF campus to ride bikes, but located on a nice quiet street with other B&B's. Our first visit; we will be back.

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Location Type

Airport, City, Downtown


Gainesville, FL (GNV-J R Alison Municipal) 3 miles

Directions to property:

See our web site for detailed instructions to the Inn.

Area Attractions

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

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Cottage, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Air conditioning, BBQ grill, Copier, DVD Player, Fax Machine, Piano, Private entrance, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service, VCR, Videos, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycles, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: Between 2-6p.m.
  • Check Out:: 11:00 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes children are welcome in some of the cottages
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Yes Pets are allowed in some cottages with prior notice
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Cancellations: 7 days prior to date of arrival or you have the option to rebook your reservation for another date.



Joe & Cindy Montalto and Abbey, the Collie

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About the innkeepers

Cindy and Joe restored the 1885 French Second Empire Victorian Mansion to Magnolia Plantation and open to a full house on May 3, 1991. Since then the inn has received many honors including being selected as the best bed and breakfast inn in 1996 and 1997 in the State of Florida by the Florida Living Magazine Readers Survey.

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  • Time Served: 8:30a.m. - 10:0. a.m.
  • Serving Location: You may also have breakfast brought to your room., Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room, Guest room

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Signature Dish

Pina Colada Muffins
These amazing muffins are moist and taste just like a Pina Colada frozen drink (without the alcohol)! You won't be able to eat just one!



309 SE 7th St , Gainesville, FL 32601-6831 USA (Show map)

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