4.2 on October 30, 2013
The banana split pancakes were delicious! Horesback riding was lots of fun!
4.0 on October 30, 2013
All was really good but little to no hot water at peak times
4.8 on October 29, 2013
Wonderful place to stay for the last day of vacation (or any time)! What a way to just sit back and relax. The room was spacious, the whirlpool in the room was relaxing, good company and the food was excellent! What more could a person ask for.
4.6 on October 29, 2013
We stayed in the Amish Room. Very comfortable with whirlpool tub and seperate shower in private bath. Common areas were very pleasant. Pool closed for the season and hot tub not working that day. Unfortunately, couldn't make it an extended stay. Lots to do in the area. Great place!
5 on October 23, 2013
Very nice, classy and comfortable. Ruth our hostess was warm and friendly. We plan to stay there again. Thank you.
4.6 on October 12, 2013
Our stay was wonderful at Plain & Fancy Bed & Breakfast. Located just outside the hustle and bustle of city living. Perfect for our anniversary weekend. The hospitality was wonderful, never annoying or invasive. Little extras were included that made the stay that much more likable. We really enjoyed the conversations with everyone who both ran the house and stayed at the house. We will be back!
5 on October 07, 2013
We stayed in Scarlett's hideaway. It had a private entrance and faced the river behind the property. The room was beautiful and even though it was 80 outside the basement room was cool enough we could start a fire in the fireplace. We would definitely stay again!
5 on September 16, 2013
With changes in our lives, which now have us working together, our day-to-day lives have become going to work then home and trying to keep the office at the office. My husband has always enjoyed photography. He purchased a new camera and we decided to travel the state throughout the year and so he can take pictures of the old mills in Missouri. The opportunity to getaway for three day weekend came up and we decided to go to the East Central part of the state to start the “photo tour”. We have always enjoyed staying at B&Bs. “Plain & Fancy” was the best decision for our hub that weekend. We were able to travel out from there with great food (the Banana Split Pancakes are amazing!) and conversation around the big table each morning. The day trips ended each day with a wonderful room with a huge luxurious bathroom each evening. We cannot wait for the next photo weekend away at another Missouri B&B!
4.4 on August 21, 2013
We stayed in the Scarlett Hideaway Suite. It was Nice, Large, and Clean. Bathroom was alittle small but overall the room was very nice. We really enjoyed the Fire Place and Jacuzzi Tub. The Room Price was alittle high in comparison to other places we have stayed but we were still happy with the choice. It was very peaceful and quite which is what we wanted. The Food was AMAZING! The Staff was extremely helpful and friendly. We will be returning in the future.
5 on August 16, 2013
Great rooms, friendly people, Fantastic breakfast... loved the pool and hot tub, the horse back riding around land was really nice. fishing behind the house or out at the pond was good... really enjoyed our stay, would recommend to anyone.
5 on July 25, 2013
Very relaxing clean quiet environment. Definitely a great place for couples to sneak away for a weekend.
3.8 on July 15, 2013
The only thing we didnt like is that the door to our room only locked from the inside. When we were away we were unable to lock the inside door (butterfly room). Luckily we were the only guests at the time with access to the main house. That being said, everything else was wonderful. The grounds are well maintained and the pool area is immaculate. Its very clean and we loved the house's character. The innskeepers, Brenda and Tom were quite helpful with whatever we needed whether it be directions or a puzzle to keep us occupied. Would definately recommend! Enjoy!
4.4 on July 03, 2013
Wonderful views from porches, very relaxing venue! Would recommend!
4.6 on June 30, 2013
We had a very nice time at Plain and Fancy. We stayed 3 nights, had the place all to ourselves most of the time. Except when we needed something there was always someone around to take care of it.Very pleasant owners, would liked to have had more time to visit with them.And maybe will in the future.
3.2 on June 27, 2013
We had a peaceful anniversary trip away from the kiddos and I was looking forward to nothing more than peace and quiet, and that's exactly what Plain & Fancy provided. We don't eat grain or dairy and the breakfasts were spot on, we didn't have to compromise even once! They have a beautiful property including a peaceful creek, refreshing swimming pool and gorgeous pond to watch the sunset over. We stayed in the Butterfly Room which is right next to the main entrance and adjacent to the front porch, so the room wasn't as dark or as quiet as I would like. So if I stayed there again, it would be on the second floor.
4.8 on June 24, 2013
My husband and I were celebrating an anniversary. We went horseback riding with our guide Tim. The Scarlett room was great. We loved the fancy but plain style of the bed and breakfast; it gave a sense of peace and relaxation. The stars are so bright at night. The breakfast was so delicious;it leaves you wanting more of the great flavors. The pool was an added plus too!
3.2 on June 19, 2013
Plain & Fancy is nice but could use some cleaning up.
5 on June 12, 2013
We spent our Anniversary here for one night & it was awesome!!! The room was great, loved the tub & shower. We will for sure be back next year for our next anniversary
3.8 on June 10, 2013
The grounds were beautiful, I wish we had planned a few less activities so we could have spent a little more time just relaxing, reading on a quiet bench and lounging by the pool. The staff were friendly and helpful.
4.4 on May 29, 2013
My husband and I had a very relaxing stay.
4.0 on May 24, 2013
Spent a long weekend at Plain and Fancy. We arrived after the designated check-in time, but the entrance info and such was easy to find and use. We stayed in the Butterfly Room. I initially didn't love that it's right off the home's entrance and the room didn't lock from the outside, but neither turned out to be an issue in reality. And the bathroom in this room is awesome! Breakfast was delicious (eggs and muffins one day, banana split pancakes the other). There are not very many options for eating out in the town, but enough for a weekend if you're not looking for a fine dining experience. The location is very convenient. It's easy access to 21, and just a short car ride to Taum Sauk, or Johnson Shut-Ins, or Elephant Rock state parks.
3.6 on April 13, 2013
This B&B was exactly what we were looking for. Everything was clean and the owners are very nice. The only thing we can complain about was that we expected a full course breakfast. Don't get me wrong, the breakfast was great, but it was plated and brought to us and we expected more of a variety to eat instead of one entrée.
4.8 on March 23, 2013
Had a wonderful stay. Will definetly revisit.
4.0 on March 04, 2013
Very good except one of the provided robes had strong perfume smell from a previous guest and while we got a nice bottle of wine for the outdoor hot tube, they forgot the bottle opener.
5 on November 25, 2012
Very impressed! My husband took me to the bed and breakfast for my birthday as a surprise. We also went horseback riding and fishing. It was a very fun and relaxing weekend. Tom and Brenda are both very enjoyable. We had fun with Tim on the horseback ride and fishing. Would enjoy going back to the bed and breakfast.
4.4 on November 16, 2012
The Merello's have outdone the rest of B&B with clean nice rooms, great breakfast, and all at a great value.
4.2 on October 31, 2012
This was a wonderful place to stay for our 25th anniversary. It surpassed my expectations in many areas. Very clean and well kept. Many interesting things to see in the area but not too many places to eat! Stayed in Scarlet's Hideaway. Very nice. Had a great time. Would definitely like to return someday. The property is beautiful! Nancy, Granite City, IL
3.6 on October 16, 2012
If you like staying in a new house...this remodeled home is the place to go. Hosts were gracious, attentive, and provided a good breakfast. However, breakfast was at 9:00 AM, which was about an hour too late for us, but coffee was ready at 7:00. I thought the room rate was a little high, but I know the innkeepers have to work hard to maintain a clean, quality facility. A creek and wooded area behind the house provide a peaceful place to explore.
3.8 on September 10, 2012
The breakfast was great! There just wasn't alot to do locally.
4.8 on August 15, 2012
Great room and even better breakfast foods. What more could you want?
5 on August 12, 2012
For our one year anniversary my wife and I wanted to stay at a bed and breakfast near Johnson Shut-Ins. This was our first bed and breakfast and it was great. The food was amazing and the butterfly room was perfect.
4.6 on July 23, 2012
What a wonderful time! Plain & Fancy is just that. Tom and Brenda make you feel at home. The accommodations are tops. Stout Creek runs just behind the B&B which made for great birding. (The bald eagle was a plus!) The hot tub, pool and affiliated riding stable also made for great fun. And its located near several very nice state parks. Also, Brenda is most helpful at navigating you to the best area restaurants. All this at a very reasonable price.
4.6 on July 18, 2012
My husband and I stayed at Plain and Fancy from July 13th -July 15th. It was so quiet and peaceful and very romantic. The Butterfly Room was so beautiful. I would recommend anyone that wants to getaway with the love of their life and have a very romantic time together, please try this place out. Brenda and her husband Tom are awesome. I can't wait to go back for our Anniversary.
5 on July 02, 2012
My parents booked my husband and I the weekend there right after our wedding. Not only was the B&B beautiful, but it has a beautiful view, great location and the best service. The owners were beyond nice and keep their place VERY clean and kept up. We will def reccommend it to others and return ourselves! Btw do the trail rides, it was beautiful and a lot of fun!! Awesome B&B! 5stars!!
5 on June 26, 2012
The grounds were beautiful and well kept. We loved how the gazebo, seating area around the fire, and the hot tub overlooked the creek bottom. It made our honeymoon very romantic in the evenings, looking at the stars, listening to the sounds of nature and watching hundreds of lighting bugs light up the woods. Breakfast was better than any restaraunt I have been to! Scarlet's hide-away was amazing and Rhett's suite was full of charm. Oh yeah, the covered deck at the pool, which also overlooked the creek (where we saw a shovel sized softback turtle) was a pretty cool place to hang out too! The hosts were a very friendly and helpful couple who were there when you needed them, but left you alone to enjoy your privacy. We would recommend Plain & Fancy to anyone! - Jerrod & Caressa
4.8 on June 25, 2012
Though it wasn't cheap, this was an amazing place. I would certainly go back and I would most definitely recommend it.
4.8 on June 08, 2012
The rooms are beautiful and sparkling clean. The breakfasts were tasty and presented beautifully both mornings we were there. The location is quiet and peaceful, perfect to rest and relax with someone special. The horse-ride is also super fun and an interesting ride through the woods. You will be amazed how large the farm is. I'd take the ride in the beginning of the stay so that you can relax in the hot-tub or Jacuzzi afterwards :)
Thank you so much for staying with us. I am so glad that you got to go on the trail and enjoy the ride through the woods. Hope you did get to use the hot tub after your ride!
4.8 on June 06, 2012
We came here on our honeymoon and it was amazing. Room was great and private, breakfast was delicious, and the area was really nice.
We were happy to have you as our guests. Perhaps you can start a tradition; celebrating every anniversary at Plain & Fancy.
3.8 on June 03, 2012
we were wanting a little getaway for our Anniversary and my birthday......and we RECIEVED it here!!!!!:)our room was the Scarlet's Hideaway and it wasn't quite as big as it looks in pictures but plenty of room for us.our own little coffee brewer and jacuzzi tub that nicely fit two.we enjoyed the homemade cookies:) The pool, room,grounds, it was all lovely! O and don't forget the breakfast in a pretty dining room and delicious food! Thank you Tom and Brenda for sharing your home with us:)
5 on May 25, 2012
Brenda's knowlegde of the area and sites was very knowledgeable and helped in planning ht days events. Highly recommend the scarlet hide away room!
5 on May 16, 2012
Plain & Fancy is a nicely decorated B&B. The owners have classy taste and do not clutter the beauty of their establishment. Food was great and company even better. Everything was clean and tidy.
4.6 on May 14, 2012
My new wife & I really enjoyed our stay. The staff were all very friendly and the food was amazing. We visited some local wineries, spent some time relaxing in the hot tub and had a wonderful horse back ride before we returned home. We will deffinitely be back.
5 on April 26, 2012
I had no idea there was so much to do in Ironton. We saw Elephant Rock, Johnson Shut Ins, went horse back riding and stayed in this wonderful B&B. The view over the water was so calming. The food was great, you must ask about the walnuts, and everything was so clean. The bathrooms were not converted closets, they were large new baths. This is a must go to for everyone. BW/St. Louis, MO
5 on April 24, 2012
Really enjoyed this place.Everything was as good or better then advertised. Very pleasent people,great food,beautiful surroundings and great location. whole place was impecably clean and perfectly decorated. Hot tub felt great after long day of hikeing the local sights. We had the Rhett Butler room which was very spacious for two or just right for four. If you are in the area don't miss out an Baylee Jo'sBBQ and Seafood rest. in Ironton,faboulous!!
5 on April 08, 2012
We loved our stay in the Scarlett room. It was so peaceful and quiet. We got good recommendations for dining locally, a lovely breakfast. We will be back!
5 on April 04, 2012
We had a wonderful time at Plain & Fancy. The home is wonderful, the views spectacular, and the food was simply out of this world.
4.0 on February 17, 2012
Service was wonderful and the food was tremendous. We loved Scarlets Hideaway and will most definitely be returning for another weekend. Very romantic.
Thank you so much for staying with us; we look forward to seeing you again.
4.8 on December 20, 2011
This was our second stay at Plain & Fancy and it was just as enjoyable if not more so than the first. Brenda and Tom are exceptional hosts with a knack for details. You will not regret trying this B& B and chances are you WILL be back if you do.
Thank you for staying with us once again. We love having guests who come back and see us. We hope that we can continue to meet or exceed your expectations and that we will see you again sometime in the future.
4.4 on December 04, 2011
The rooms was luxurious and private. The view outside was beautiful and the service was fantastic. I have already recommended it to family and friends.
Thank you so much for staying with us and recommending us to your family and friends. Hopefully, we will get to meet some of them!
4.8 on November 22, 2011
Everything was perfect. We really enjoyed our stay and hope to come back again!
5 on November 21, 2011
breakfast was awesome. we stayed two nites and had a great time. very relaxing
4.0 on November 06, 2011
My wife and I had a very nice stay. The breakfast meals were WONDERFUL, and we enjoyed sharing the meal with the other guests. Nice, comfortable, quiet place. Wish we could have stayed longer!
Thank you for staying with us. Hope to see you again sometime!
3.0 on November 03, 2011
The suite with the kind bed could use a coffee table by the couch to put food and drinks on. Was surprised there weren't soaps, lotions, shampoo included. The food was very good and we didn't leave feeling like we overate, just right. Thank you
I also am surprised that you did not find the toiletries that we provide in the rooms. I will certainly look into the issue. There is to be a non-foaming bath oil on the steps of the jacuzzi tub, along with a bar of herbal soap. Linen spray on the nightstand by the bed. And, in the bathroom there should have been a bottle of bath gel in the dual spa shower, a premium anti-bacterial hand soap as well as a concentrated room spray. If requested, other supplies can be provided. I had not thought of putting an end table by the love seat. Thanks for the suggestion.
3.8 on November 02, 2011
My wife and I enjoyed our stay at Plain & Fancy very much. The room was very clan and comfortable and the breakfast was unbelieveable. It was a good value for the money ($140/night). We did not get to use some of the other facilities, hot tub, horses,etc. due to the coolness of the temperatures, but this is a place that we would defintely stay again.
4.4 on October 31, 2011
We were pleased with all aspects of the Plain & Fancy Bed and Breakfast. The home is gorgeous and comfortable. The breakfast was fabulous. This was our first stay at a Bed and Breakfast and we are glad to have had a wonderful experience.
2.8 on October 20, 2011
Disappointed in personnel - vert unfriendly. Didn't make me feel welcome in any way. Tons of little things wrong in water bridge cabin. ie flickering lights - smoke alarm blaring away. No heat . This last item was fixed however.No provision for handicapped access. No handrails and Step into main house almost impossigle to get up.
5 on September 07, 2011
Me and five of my girlfrinds stayed at the the cottage that is attached to the pool. We arrived late, but they were very accomadating to that! They left instrustructions to which cottage we were staying in the mail box so we had no problems with that. The directions on their web site were PERFECT and we had no problems getting there. The grounds were VERY pretty and well kept. Overall, we had a fantstic time and all of us would come again and stay at the bed and breakfast or the cottages!
4.8 on September 02, 2011
What can I say about Plain & Fancy Bed & Breakfast. Lets start with saying that the pictures on the website barely does justice to how gorgeous and beautiful of a place this really is. Tom and Brenda are the most amazing host ever. Their place was extremely clean and each and every room was so special and decorated so well and not to forget the awesome breakfast they cooked for us every morning. Felt right at home :) So here's goes the story. My boyfriend & I had decided that we would book a vacation where neither of us have any idea to where we were going till the day off. We were supposed to just pack our bags and then book a flight. We did a search on kayak and entered random 5 to 6 airports in US. Saint Louis came up first so we booked our flights 9 hours before we were leaving. Now ofcourse it was my bf's suggestion that we can't go from one city to the other so he got a car rental and we drove 80 miles away from the airport and arrived at this bed and breakfast. He had booked us a special night at this place "Gazing the Stars" - a hot tub night starring at the skies & stars amidst forest & trees. Brenda lit candles for us and gave us a bottle of chilled wine. It was simply breathtaking. We went to Johnson's shut-ins nearby the next day where there is waterfall and a beautiful lake in the middle of this park where you can swim. We also went canoeing for 6 hours on Black river and horseback riding the next day. Each and every moment on this trip was amazing. We would most definitely visit this Plain & Fancy bed & breakfast again and definitely recommend this place to anyone who wants to experience adventure, romance, thrill and an experience of a lifetime :) V & A
4.6 on July 28, 2011
the hospitality is great. The horseback ride was fun and the food was delicious
Thanks for staying with us; we hope to see you in the future.
4.2 on July 24, 2011
We stayed on a Saturday-Sunday. We loved the room. The jacuzzi felt great, and we had what was probably the best shower ever. We were served a banana split pancake for breakfast and it was absolutely delicious.
Banana split pancakes are our specialty; glad you enjoyed!
4.2 on July 24, 2011
Really enjoyed our stay at the Cottage. Great location for doing all of the activities in the Arcadia Valley Area.
We are happy that you enjoyed your stay at one of our cottages. Arcadia Valley really is a pretty part of Missouri with lots of outdoor activities.
4.4 on July 21, 2011
Stayed in the Red Hat Suite and greatly enjoyed the Inn. Our hosts were fun and helpful, suggesting local points of interest. Very relaxing and nice surroundings. Food was very good and many extras made the Plain & Fancy B&B a place we will return.
We are happy to know that you had a pleasant stay and we look forward to your return visit.
4.8 on July 11, 2011
I highly recommend this place. Our stay was fantastic and I don't have anything wrong to say about this bed and breakfast maybe one thing our stay was to short and I wish we can come back again.
Thank you so much for choosing us. Maybe you can come again and stay longer next time!
4.6 on July 07, 2011
Great place to stay. Enjoyed it a lot! Floated the Black River. Rode horses. Enjoyed Elephant Rock and Johnson Shutins State Parks. Had a great place to stay while doing so. Very relaxing location.
Thank you for staying with us. I am so glad you got to enjoy the natural beauty of our area!
4.4 on July 04, 2011
My children and I always love this wonderful B & B. The ride was fun with Tim and Brenda is always friendly and wonderful. Will be back in the Fall to see the colors on the hills. Thanks for a wonderful time.
Thanks for choosing us once again; we look forward to your visit in the fall!
4.4 on July 03, 2011
Spent 2 nughts for aour 45th anniversary Everything was perfect - great hosts! Wow! those breakfasts. We really enjoyed the trail ride as well - one of my reasons for selecting P&F
Thank you for celebrating your anniversary at our home. May you have many more anniversaries to celebrate in the future!
4.2 on June 29, 2011
My boyfriend and I were looking for a nice, relaxing weekend and that is exactly what we got! The room was perfect, very clean. We enjoyed the hot tub and pool. The meals were delicious. I loved the fresh baked cookies and fluffy robes. Definitely would recommend this place!
Thanks so much for staying with us. Perhaps we will see you and your boyfriend again sometime!
4.2 on June 27, 2011
The rooms were very clean (I mean extremely clean) and it was nice to have a kitchen and washer/dryer during the trip. The pool is a good size for kids. We had a GREAT trail ride at the cattle ranch next door (sold via the B&B). The horses were gentle and well trained, the trail cowboy was friendly and good with the kids (and nervous adults), and the trail was itself was fun. We also enjoyed the Johnson's Shut-ins. We would stay here again.
Thanks for staying with us! We are happy that you enjoyed your visit and hope it is the first of many.
4.4 on June 21, 2011
First time at a B&B and absolutely loved our 2 day stay. We had the Scarlett Hideaway which was very nice and private. The hot tub was great to sit in at night and look at the stars. We really enjoy our stay and the privacy we had for a romantic weekend.
We are pleased that you enjoyed your first time bed and breakfast experience. Hopefully, you will be able to enjoy many more beautiful bed and breakfasts that the state of Missouri has to offer.
4.8 on June 07, 2011
A wonderful experience. My wife and I celebrated our 30th anniversary there. We took advantage of the horseback ride and enjoyed "Spring Fling" package. Tom and Brenda are great hosts!
We were happy to be a part of your 30th anniversary celebration. Thanks so much for staying with us!
5 on May 09, 2011
Everything about the stay was OUTSTANDING! My Husband and I enjoyed the property the minute we step foot on the property. Room was everything and more and the trail ride over 256 acres of land was to die for! The breakfast was great. This was the best anniversity stay yet. Keep up the OUSTANDING WORK Tom and Brenda and we look forward to staying with you all again real soon!
3.8 on May 09, 2011
The room was nicely decorated enjoyed the jacuzzi tub and spa shower.
4.6 on April 03, 2011
Had a great one night stay. Plan to go back and spend more time. Room was amazing with a view of the creek. The breakfast the next morning was wonderful.
Thank you for staying with us and we look forward to your return visit!
4.2 on March 23, 2011
Being an indian national i had little worry going and staying in a country place where i would be odd one out lol but i was so comfortable and brenda seems to understand my accent so well. Room was clean and jaccuzzi tub was awesome, dinner was excellent. banana split pancakes for breakfast was very colorful and yummy. The location of plain and fancy is in nicer looking area of the town. i will go there again for sure.
Thank you for coming to our home. We truly enjoy our guests and want you to feel comfortable and pampered. We look forward to your return visit.
4.0 on March 21, 2011
Outstanding in every way except one: the irregular flagstones on the front walk are a menace.
Thank you for staying with us and your kind words. We are happy that you enjoyed our home. We decided to preserve the front walk, which we feel is part of the charm of the house, even though the walk is somewhat irregular.
4.0 on February 22, 2011
I purchased my stay through groupon and was not disappointed. The accommodations are comfortable and extremely clean. The romantic star gazing package was well worth the purchase. Although the owners were away at the time of our stay, we had acceptable service. Our breakfast server was very friendly and knowledgeable of the area. Overall, we had a wonderful visit and plan to stay again in the summer so we can see some of the surrounding parks.
Thank you for visiting us. I am sorry that Tom & I were not here to greet you. Hope you are able to come back this summer so that we might enjoy your company!
5 on February 18, 2011
Great romantic getaway. The hospitility was great and the breakfast was outstanding. I would absolutely recommend this B&B. Tom and Brenda were great host.
Thank you for this nice review. We love guests like you!
4.4 on December 28, 2010
The hospitality was AMAZING. I will definitely return for another visit.
5 on December 01, 2010
The room was beautiful, the food fantastic and the owners welcoming. I highly recommend staying here. The area is beautiful and the community is friendly.
4.4 on November 17, 2010
It was beautiful and clean, lots of fun. We would definitely go back.
4.0 on September 13, 2010
Very nice place, easy to find along the highway. Brenda & Tom were very nice hosts.
4.0 on September 03, 2010
My daughter (who is 10 yrs old) and I took a mother-daughter vacation alone and we had a blast. The Innkeepers are very nice and planned a trail ride and a massage for us. We stayed in the room "Scarlett's Hideaway" and it was beautiful, homey and comfortable. We will definitely go back!
4.6 on November 13, 2009
The place was great - nice and simple, but with all the little modern touches. Their trails rides were great as well.