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Plain & Fancy Bed & Breakfast

11178 Highway 72 , Ironton, MO 63650 USA (Show map)
4.5
114 Reviews
$149 - $199
per night

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About

A private getaway bed and breakfast in the heart of Missouri's Arcacia Valley, perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, scenic sightseers or those just wanting a peaceful country escape. This delightful farmhouse, built in 1908, is located just 2 miles outside of town. A bubbling creek runs behind the house and can be viewed close up with a short walk to The Low Water Bridge. Enjoy the many area attractions, such as the antique shops, carriage rides, Fort Davidson, Elephant Rocks, Taum Sauk Mountain, Johnson's Shut-Inns, Black River float trips and the Ozark Trail.

Reviews

Overall
4.5

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  • Guest room4.4
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Dining4.6

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Outstanding all round!

5 on December 02, 2014

This place was amazing, we stayed in the Scarlet room and it was perfect. There was a Jacuzzi tub in the main room plus a fully functional fire place. We had a double massage shower and our own private outdoor hot tub. Brenda and tom were lovely and chatted with us over breakfast (which was delicious) Iv'e never had home cooked muffins so good, the only downfall was i couldn't finish it all!!! I cant recommend this place enough!


Wonderful weekend retreat

4.0 on November 30, 2014

Hospitible hosts and so much to do on the premises, didn't have a chance to get to it all. Look forward to coming back in the future.


Wonderful place

5 on November 06, 2014

We stayed in the Scarlett's Hideaway room, a new addition built in 2006. It is very thoughtfully done and perfect for couples, with a love seat by the wood burning fireplace, a jacuzzi in the room, large dual-headed shower and king-size bed. The outdoor hottub and firepit are right outside. Walk to and from room has a nice view over a creek too. Saw a lot of wildlife, including deer and eagles. Staff are very attentive. We didn't ride horses, but we were introduced to each horse in the field when we showed up there. Surrounding hiking is nice: elephant rock, taum sauk and johnson shutins all had good hiking trails. Fall colors are still good in November. Breakfast is delicious. Extensive collection DVDs available for borrowing. We watched a couple of movies in our room. Highly recommend.


Great Autumn Weekend

4.2 on October 29, 2014

Beautiful, clean,and relaxing.


Outstanding customer service

5 on October 08, 2014

We recently had a reservation to stay at the Plain & Fancy Bed & Breakfast. We were almost there when we had to turn back home because of a family emergency. When I called to let the proprietor know we would not be staying with them, I was treated with compassion and respect. She told me that if she could rent the room (it was the beautiful Amish Room), she would issue me a refund. She also expressed her sympathy for our situation. We did receive a refund. I can only express my appreciation for this lady's grace and outstanding customer service. We hope to be in the area in the future, and we would not hesitate to book reservations again.


Great but . . .

4.2 on September 16, 2014

The accommodations were great. We loved the peace and quiet. It was just what we needed. However, the innkeeper was not very friendly and outgoing. If she was having a bad day, I will give her the benefit of the doubt. However, she was not engaging and was somewhat unfriendly. At one point, I even asked her if something was wrong. She did not engage me in conversation at all and during breakfast, stood in the corner and almost sulked. I hate to write a bad review but this is the only thing preventing me from recommending this to friends. The housecleaner was friendlier than she was. Again, if it was a difficult time for her, fine. But if this is her personality all the time, I believe she is in the wrong business.

Innkeeper Response
I am so sorry that you felt I was not friendly. I want everyone who visits my home to feel welcome and comfortable. I always try to give each guest the attention that they need or want without trying to dominate the conversation. Obviously I failed with you, and I apologize.


Comfortable, Quiet, and Clean

3.2 on August 27, 2014

We were looking for a quiet, relaxing weekend an hour or so from St Louis & found it at the 'Plain & Fancy'. Brenda & Tom are a friendly, inviting couple that served 2 wonderful gourmet breakfasts & interesting stories about their historical property. One of our priorities was a pool & they have a nice one. It was small, but very relaxing. We also enjoyed Thee Abbey, and Baylee's BBQ Restaurants. Both were great, especially the homemade ice cream at Thee Abbey. We'll go back again!


Great stay

4.8 on August 25, 2014

The staff was attentive to your needs yet also allowed you have your privacy. Nestled in the country yet not super far from civilization. Had a great breakfast in bed. I suggest any one to stay here at plain and fancy.


Wonderful Get Away

4.4 on August 20, 2014

We picked this bed and breakfast by the reviews and must say it met our greatest expectations. We brought our two granddaughters who had never stayed at a bed and breakfast. They didn't know what to expect. However, they were delighted and couldn't wait to eat the delicious and huge cookies left in our room daily. They loved the freedom to use the pool and hot tube and to just be able to come and go on the premises. The breakfast was superb and most delicious! When we finished breakfast the first day, Tom & Brenda said,"See you tomorrow." My granddaughter, who would rather sleep in than eat breakfast said, "We won't miss it." That was a compliment. When we packed up to leave, I asked the girls what they thought. They said, we really liked it. It was MUCH better than a hotel room. "We felt taken care of!" :). We will keep you on our list when we return to Arcadia. Thanks for a wonderful stay


Stay review

3.4 on August 16, 2014

The room was lovely, very modern and comfortable. The towels all smelled like mildew though. The pool was very nice and well taken care of. The outdoor hot tub was not clean and you see scum built up around the edges, plus the water smelled liked mildew. The surrounding area was beautiful and was enjoyable to explore. The horseback ride was also enjoyable and Tim was a great guide.


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Rooms & Rates

Butterfly Room

This first floor room features an Amish style queen size bed. The desk and other furnishings are also handcrafted by the Amish. Antique butterfly quilts serve as wall hangings. Cable TV and a DVD player are available for your use. Plus, you have in-room wireless internet.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Rhett's Suite

The Red Hat Suite consists of a sitting room, a bedroom, an adjacent bathroom and a private porch which can be accessed by either the bedroom or the sitting room. It sleeps up to four people. The suite is equipped with a thermostat so that you can adjust the temperature to your likeness.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

Scarlett's Hideaway

You will find everything that you need for a romantic getaway. Fresh flowers and a bottle of bubbly await you. This room has an oversize corner Jacuzzi tub and a real wood burning fireplace. Cuddle up on the loveseat and watch the fire or put in our favorite movie, "Gone with the Wind".

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Amish Room

The furniture in this room was custom made and handcrafted by the Amish. The unique wrap-around queen size bed is the focus of this room. Bedside chocolates provided.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Low Water Cabin

  • Maximum Capacity: 6

Turtle Rock Cabin

  • Maximum Capacity: 6

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Location

Location Type

Creek runs along property, Cattle & Horse Property, Countryside, Ranch, Small town, Wine country

Airport

St. Louis, MO (STL-Lambert-St. Louis Intl.) 110 miles

Directions to property:

From St. Louis: -Take I-55 south about 22 miles (from I-270) to Exit 174B. -Take US-67 south about 35.5 miles past Bonne Terre & Park Hills to Hwy 221(1 mile south of MO-32 Farmington exit). -Turn right (west) on Hwy 221 to MO-21. -Take MO-21 south about 2 miles to MO-72 junction. -Take MO-72 east; you will pass Hwy JJ about 1.5 miles out. Continue another.5 miles east on MO-72. -House is on the north side (left) of hwy and sign is out front. All check-ins at the Plain & Fancy house.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Trail Rides & Horse Boarding, Johnson Shut-ins, Ozark Trail, Elephant Rocks, Fort Davidson, Taum Sauk Mountain, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Bed and Breakfast, Country Inn, Working Ranch, Farm, Ranch

On-site amenities

CD player, Fax Machine, Library, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities , Swimming Pool, Hot Tub, Wedding Gazebo, Patio with Fire Pit

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, In-room internet, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Microwave, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Trail Rides, Walking Paths, Float Trips, Historic Civil War Site, Horse Boarding, Antique Shops, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool, Water sports, Whitewater Rafting

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3-5 pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Children always welcome in cottages. Please ask for house.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Up to 2 pets in cottages. One pet in Scarlett's Hideaway
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Weekend and special events in valley require a 2 night minimum.
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Mastercard, Visa, Discover and American Express accepted
  • Cancellations: One night deposit including taxes is required when the reservation is made. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express accepted. If your travel plans change and you must cancel your reservation, please call us at least 14 days prior to your arrival date to cancel your reservation. This will assure that you will only pay the standard $35 cancellation fee. In the unlikely event that you must cancel with less than 14 days’ notice, shorten your stay or check out early, please understand that we must ask you to take responsibility for your entire reservation. If we can rebook your room(s), a partial refund may be made. If you are not able to keep your reservation, you will be permitted a one- time rescheduling only if you call 14 days prior to your arrival. There is a charge of $35 to reschedule your stay. We regret that early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be accommodated due to cleaning schedule. Check-in between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. If you are running late, don’t worry—we can leave instructions in the mailbox on the side of the house—just give us a call, please! Check-out time is 11 a.m. Smoking is restricted to outside designated area only. We regret that we are not handicap or wheelchair accessible. Inquire about children. Small pets welcome for guests staying in Scarlett’s Hideaway.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Ruth Turner

Languages spoken

English

Resident Pets

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Meals

Breakfast

Full

  • Time Served: 9 AM
  • Serving Location: Outside Patio, Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian


Signature Dish

Banana Split Pancake
A six inch chocolate chip German style pancake topped with a homemade strawberry sauce, whipped topping, fresh banana and strawberry slices with nuts and chocolate shavings.


Recipes

Deals

Hot Deal

Butterfly Room Special 1/2 off second Night

Regular Rate: $298 now $223.50 (25% Savings:)

Book Butterfly Room any week night Sunday thru Thursday and get half off second night. Not good with any other offer or promotion.

expires Wednesday


Details

11178 Highway 72 , Ironton, MO 63650 USA (Show map)

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