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

Would definitely stay here again. .

4.6 on February 07, 2017

This place makes you feel like you're at home. The owners Cindy and Joe go out of their way to make you feel comfortable. The setting is beautiful with large oak trees, fountains, and blooming azalea bushes. I would definitely go back here.

Magical, Beautiful, Quaint, Lovely

5 on January 03, 2017

The Magnolia Plantation Bed and Breakfast is the nicest place I have ever had the privilege to stay at. Cindy and Joe, the owners and caretakers of the place, are extremely nice, down-to-earth, accommodating, and I can tell via conversations I had with them that they are genuinely good people. Joe said to me - you know, a lot of people want to start bed and breakfasts because they like to cook, or they like to garden, or they like entertaining, but what you really need in order to be successful is to love people. It is clear to the millionth degree that Joe and Cindy love people. The grounds are so quaint in an overgrown, secret garden sort of way. Joe is an engineer and he designed the grounds to lead people by the sound of water (the sound of water flowing brings down stress levels – see this article from the huffington post: ). Small and medium-sized pools and fountains dot the property. Giant oak trees stand in reverence to the serenity of the grounds. Little fences and benches and gazebos provide places to sit and contemplate. Not to mention, you can bring your dog(s) here. They have their own dog on the property, Abbey, who is gorgeous and very cute personality-wise. I can’t say enough good things about Magnolia Plantation Bed & Breakfast. I only hope I have the opportunity and privilege to stay here in the future.

The only place in Gainesville

4.8 on November 08, 2016

Beautiful neighborhood with historic homes lining the street, and a short walk to some of the best restaurants in Gainesville, We're disappointed when we can't stay here.

Great place and experience.

4.0 on October 14, 2016

This was our second visit to Magnolia Plantation and we again stayed at Mrs. Huey's Cottage. It is so homey and relaxing with 30's decor and front and back porches for rocking and immersing in the pleasant space. It is a little rustic and there is some paint peeling on the porch ceiling but that adds to the charm. Great hosts and tasty breakfasts. No way you will not enjoy your stay.


5 on September 20, 2016

This is an amazing GEM! The staff would bend over backwards to make your visit complete! A 5 star resort has nothing on this wonderful Bed and Breakfast! To top it off like a cherry on a sundae you can take your 4 legged family members too! Our dogs found this vacation amazing also!

College move in weekend!

4.0 on June 28, 2016

We moved our daughter into the dorm and stayed here during the process. Peaceful, quiet slice of home when away. We always stay here whenever we visit Gainesville!

Unexpected trip to Gainesville

5 on June 26, 2016

Needed a place to stay due to a death in the family. This is our home away from home and Joe and Cindy were able to help us out at the last minute and squeezed us into their schedule. They are the best innkeepers on the planet! Thanks very much for helping us out and being flexible on the planning for this. Awesome job, as always.


5 on June 18, 2016

Beautiful location that was so convenient to our needs. Loved the Key Lime Cottage at Magnolia Plantation. Lovely antique furniture and well stocked with everything we needed. Early morning coffee/tea in a rocking chair on the porch was fabulous. An amazing oasis in the middle of the city.

Our wedding weekend

5 on June 06, 2016

Cindy and joe of magnolia plantation were amazing. We booked up most of the B and B for our out of town guests for a wedding weekend. All of the guests were so pleased with their accommodations they said they would stay every time they were in town. Rooms are very nice and well appointed. The grounds are well msintained. The weekend was great

Great and charming

5 on June 06, 2016

Very accommodating. I had a late arrival and Joe and Cindy waited for me. I was offered wine, something to eat and movies. I had to leave early the next day and couldn't have breakfast, but I had coffee. The house is beautiful and charming the rooms spacious clean and very nicely decorated. The bed comfortable. I am planning to go back there in a couple of months. Perfect alternative to a hotel

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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

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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.
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Joe & Cindy Montalto and Abbey, the Collie

Languages spoken


Resident Pets


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!


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