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.
4.0 on February 02, 2014
Friendly, courteous, clean, and very comfortable atmosphere.
5 on January 01, 2014
The Inn is very charming. Our cottage was clean. The staff very friendly. And they welcome your dog as part of the family, offering extra covers for the beds and couch in case your dog is used to sleeping on it.
4.8 on November 12, 2013
My stay here was perfect!! A relaxing atmosphere with serene grounds, and surroundings. I could walk to downtown and feel safe. Cindy and Joe were so accommodating and the food was delicious!
5 on October 30, 2013
Thank you Cindy, Joe & Ms. Abbey! We had an absolutely wonderful time with you this past weekend. It was one of the most relaxing & truly enjoyable times in years. You're an amazing couple with a true love for people, and pride in your business. You've still got it after 23 years!! Best wishes always, A & D
5 on October 17, 2013
We were extremely satisfied with everything about this inn! The owners made us feel at home and were very accommodating! We will definately return in the future.
Airport, City, Downtown
Gainesville, FL (GNV-J R Alison Municipal) 3 miles
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, Bicycles, Shopping, Sight-seeing
Bed and Breakfast, Guest 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
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!