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

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

Excellent house to stay in and beautiful grounds

5 on April 06, 2016

Food was delicious. Wonderful place to stay and bring your dog. We will be going again.

best B&B

4.8 on February 18, 2016

Cindy and her staff were very welcoming. Breakfast is very tasty. Room is very clean and very inviting...the ambience, relaxing. Feels like you are in your own home. Our first time to stay on a B& B and it was the best.

Weekend Get Away

4.6 on November 25, 2015

This was our second time at the Magnolia Plantation. We enjoyed it and the Gator win in overtime was great also. The staff is professional and very friendly. You feel like you are home. They even arranged for us to have carriage ride to dinner.

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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

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

Special meal options


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!