Plain & Fancy Bed & Breakfast

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


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.



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

fantastic getaway

4.6 on May 06, 2016

This was a great place to stay for our anniversary - beautiful scenery (the back of the property has a river to watch), privacy and all of the amenities we were looking for. Highly recommend.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay!!


4.8 on April 28, 2016

We stayed in the largest suite with a separate entrance for two nights. The room was huge, beautiful and well maintained. Ruth, made us an amazing breakfast both days that we stayed, plus we had some awesome cookies in our room each night when we arrived! We had a great stay, and we would highly recommend checking out the surrounding state parks and attractions!

Innkeeper Response
I enjoyed meeting you!! I'm glad you loved your stay with us, and that you saw some of our parks. They are beautiful all year round!!

Great romantic get away!

4.8 on February 25, 2016

Great get away for my wife's birthday. Loved the setting with the creek flowing out back. The amenities in the room were great. Ruth was a fantastic hostes and the meals were outstanding. We highly recommend Plain and Fancy Bed and Breakfast.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for the kind review. I enjoyed being a part of making your birthday getaway special!! I hope to see you again.

Anniversary get away

5 on February 19, 2016

Absolutely loved everything! We didn't want to leave. Very private room, cozy fireplace, and bubbling creek behind the house.

Innkeeper Response
Glad you enjoyed you stay!!

Nice get away

3.4 on January 15, 2016

Nice place to hang out. Had one of the rooms with a fire place and after a day of hiking in the near by parks it was a welcome respite. There is also a hot tub on the deck that looked very nice but too cold for me. Food was good and rooms were clean as expected.

Innkeeper Response
There are so many hiking trails in our area, I'm glad you enjoyed some. Hope you can stay again, it is beautiful in the hot tub under the stars!!

Very Quaint and Peaceful B&B!

5 on January 09, 2016

Staying at the B&B was the perfect quiet getaway for my husband and me. The rooms are very clean, and very cute! The breakfast in the morning was truly wonderful, a taste of home "country" cooking, and the presentation was worth an instagram pic! Ruth, the Inkeeper goes above an beyond to make sure your stay is wonderful, and makes you feel like family while your there. Also, make sure to go on the trail ride! See you next year!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you!! I'm glad you enjoyed our relaxing atmosphere. Looking forward to seeing you again!

Nice getaway

3.4 on January 04, 2016

Enjoyed the time. Nice hot tub on the deck but the weather did not cooperate. Relaxing and found more to do in the area then anticipated.

Innkeeper Response
I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. I want everyone that visits with us to be satisfied, so I am always looking at new ways to improve things. Thank you and I hope you will come again.

We Will Return

4.6 on October 07, 2015

We stayed in the Scarlett room for our anniversary. Everything was awesome, especially the food. Psychological studies show that excitement is the most romantic thing you can do, so combining horseback riding with a great B&B stretches off the charts. Men: this is an easy weekend getaway you can plan and execute to earn months of appreciation from your wife or girlfriend. About 2 hours from St. Louis in a beautiful, historic region, just do it.

Romantic Birthday Getaway

4.8 on May 30, 2015

Stayed one night in Scarlett's hideaway as a way to get out of the city to celebrate my girlfriend's birthday. The whole experience was wonderful. From check-in to check- out including dinner, we couldn't have asked for more. We used the location as a starting point for a great day of hiking in the Arcadia Valley, highly recommend the area.


4.8 on May 27, 2015

Room was excellent. Service excellent. Breakfast was good, but if served in common area, which can be a bit awkward

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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
  • Beds 1 Queen

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
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

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
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

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
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Low Water Cabin

  • Maximum Capacity: 6

Turtle Rock Cabin

  • Maximum Capacity: 6

Stouts Creek House

  • Maximum Capacity: 6

Pool Side Cabin

  • Maximum Capacity: 6

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Location Type

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


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

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, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Microwave, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

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, Water sports, Whitewater Rafting

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  • 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.



Ruth Turner

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About the innkeepers

I moved to this area about 20 years ago. Its a beautiful peaceful country setting. I love to meet people and have guests. When this opportunity presented itself I thought how perfect. I'm able to help people have a great getaway and enjoy the area.

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  • 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.