Magnolia Plantation

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


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. Joe and Cindy and their Collie, Abbey 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 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 and you can reach either coast in less that 1 hour.



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

Hidden Gem Near Charming Downtown Area

5 on September 07, 2015

A friend and I discovered the Magnolia Plantation a few years ago while making monthly trips to Gainesville for school. The rooms and cottages were so charming, warm and clean, and the owners, Cindy and Joe, were so kind, it quickly became our home away from home. We have gone back to Gainesville several times just to enjoy the comfort and relaxation of our favorite cottages: Nutmeg, Ginger and the Carriage House. The big front porch or balcony (in the Carriage House) are great for reading, sipping wine or coffee, chatting or even working. Some of the cottages/rooms also have fireplaces, and the Inn is within walking distance of Gainesville's vibrant, charming downtown, which has some excellent restaurants, bars, coffee shops and stores. My husband and I travel frequently, and this has been one of our favorite places to stay ever.

Wonderful time!

5 on August 05, 2015

Our stay in the Carriage House was relaxing and quaint. Close proximity to downtown Gainesville and plenty of dining opportunities was a bonus! Whether short or long term stay, the Magnolia Plantation is a great place. Joe and Cindy run a low key yet top notch B and B.


3.8 on May 27, 2015

Beautiful place, good value, good location, rooms/cottages for any need. Ponds, gazebos, secret and not so secret gardens. Wine, cheer, breakfast in bed! Fireplaces, jacuzzis, pianos, organs and CDs oh my! Garden fountains, Keurig coffee, caring owners and a beautiful collie. Would return without hesitation. Property and rooms could use just a few touches and some up keep.

Gainesville's Oasis in the middle of the city

4.8 on May 25, 2015

This is our second stay in recent months as my husband is receiving outpatient treatment at Shands. I can't say enough about this wonderful place. It is secluded, even in the middle of town, serene, and absolutely charming. We've opted to rent one of the cottages- there are 8. Each is unique and immediately feels like home. The last trip we brought our dog- the inn is dog friendly. Joe and Cindy assigned us the Secret Garden, which has a large, enclosed courtyard. This is definitely an incredible inn and definitely worth a trip to Gainesville even if you are not a Gator fan!

a B&B gem

4.0 on May 07, 2015

The Magnolia Plantation Bed and Breakfast Inn in Gainesville, Florida is a quaint, historic lodging with all the modern luxuries. The sounds of plentiful fountains and the breeze rustling through the lushly shaded grounds are the perfect background for relaxing on a porch with a good book. For those needing more stimulation, a vibrant downtown and the University of Florida campus are both within walking distance. The breakfasts are delicious.

Pleasure and peace

5 on April 10, 2015

I have stayed here a couple of times for work. To be able to come back to a place with a full kitchen is such a pleasure! Cindy and all the staff are very accommodating and friendly. I really liked sitting outside or on the porch in the quiet.

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.

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Location Type

Airport, 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

Cottage, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Air conditioning, 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, 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. We also are pet friendly with prior approval in most of our cottages.

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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!