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.
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.
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!
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.
4.8 on September 09, 2014
Good description to find the place, surprisingly friendly, perfect home for days, near downtown, you can walk in, lots of things to do around, go the Achula trail, great nature experience
5 on August 06, 2014
Love the cottages!
5 on July 25, 2014
Our tech start-up needed a quiet, comfortable place for company founders to brainstorm ideas for a new project. Jessica's Cottage was a perfect place to get away from the office and focus! I'll be sure to have family stay at Magnolia Plantation when they visit Gainesville. Thanks to the awesome owner/staff!!
5 on May 30, 2014
We have stayed at the Magnolia Plantation for the last 15 years I or so, ever since our son attended the University of Florida at Gainesville. The Magnolia is superb, with little cottages sprinkled throughout, if you choose privacy, or the main house, a restored regal historic residence. The surroundings are magical, with water fountains, gazebo, a little bridge, cobbled pathway, and lush giant trees. This is amazing. The beds are super comfortable, crisp beddings, wonderful decor, full kitchens in the cottages, just a joy. Yes, this is one of a kind hidden treasure.
4.2 on April 21, 2014
Lovely southern home with very, very helpful and understanding hosts. Highly recommend!
5 on April 15, 2014
Hubby and I enjoy frequenting BNB's but none moreso than the Magnolia Plantation in Gainesville, Fl. What's the difference that makes going back here an anticipated pleasure each time? Engaging inn keepers Joe and Cindy, chance meeting of short-cationers from close by, an old downtown within walking distance with an eclectic variety of restaurants to choose from adds to the charm of this unique place. We always feel like coming here grants us "permission to put away cell phones, turn off TV's, and walk softly" on wooden floors in the main house. Making our own home feel like the paradise we visit upon every visit here is a personal goal. And to all of my friends up north who need to get away from the snow and cold, this is your destination for a recharge.
4.2 on March 25, 2014
Conveniently located to downtown restaurants, owners were most pleasant and very helpful with recommendations. Joe has lots of interesting stories! We stayed in the Secret Garden which was very private and the court yard was beautiful.
Airport, City, Downtown
Gainesville, FL (GNV-J R Alison Municipal) 3 miles
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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
Bed and Breakfast, Cottage, Historic Inn
Air conditioning, BBQ grill, Copier, DVD Player, Fax Machine, Piano, Private entrance, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities
Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, In-room internet, 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
Bicycles, Shopping, Sight-seeing
Joe & Cindy Montalto and Abbey, the Collie
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.
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!