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
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.6

Great place to stay!

4.6 on March 01, 2018

Cindy and Joe are extremely warm and friendly! Breakfast is wonderful! We have stayed here before and will continue to go back.

Best stay in Gainesville!

4.8 on February 28, 2018

Hosts are so welcoming and make you feel so comfortable in their home. It's more like a village with the mansion and all the little cottages. Loved having breakfast outside on the patio of carriage house.

Magnolia Plantation Bed & Breakfast Inn

5 on January 14, 2018

This is a wonderful experience in a historic home with all the amenities of modern day. The extremely friendly and accommodating owners and super staff make you feel special and at home! You won't be disappointed. This is a special place.

simply the best!!

5 on November 29, 2017

At the Magnolia Plantation they make you feel like family. Even though we visit every 3 or 4 years they always remember us by name. We have experienced the beautiful rooms in the main house as well as the roomie but homey cottages. The breakfasts are so delicious as is the happy hour everyday! We are going to make it a yearly tradition from now on. Thank you Joe and Cindy for all your hard work to make all your guest feel comfortable!!

Antiques, Family Heirlooms & Fun Hosts

5 on November 19, 2017

Joe & Cindy have spent decades restoring this B&B. We stayed in the main house but the stairs are steep and the claw foot tubes are deep. If you have problems with your hips/knees you might want to stay in one of the cottages. Breakfasts were great and the hosts (& Abbey) were very friendly and fun to be with. Lots of antiques and family heirlooms. Located within walking distance to downtown and close to campus. We would highly recommend staying here.

Calming Before and after the storm

5 on September 14, 2017

we live in south Florida and needed to escape Hurricane Irma. This place was booked solid with repeat guest who love to frequent the downtown area just an easy walk two blocks away, there was only one room that just became available as I was calling, the owners with their kind big hearts took us in during evacuation conditions.We have stayed at many Bed & Breakfast in and outside of Florida. This is a beautiful Historic home with Great host. Awesome home cooked breakfast each morning (Cindy is a fantastic Chef) there is history on every wall and ceiling (Joe is entertaining with each interesting story and doesn't mind any questions) the rooms are quaint, roomy, clean & comfortable. as soon as you enter the Magnolia Plantation property and mansion you feel like you have been transported back in the day when Florida was just starting to become a society. after spending a night the experience is tranquil. you will not find a better Host and Hostess, they care about their guest and accommodations. the rates are priced very reasonable especially with the service they provide and with a smile too! no i am not getting paid to write this, I just believe in recognizing outstanding services when provided and sharing them. Cant wait to go back!

relaxing and welcoming

5 on August 22, 2017

Joe and Cindy are gracious and attentive hosts. Their collie Abbey is sweet as can be. Beautiful historic mansion in historic part of Gainesville. Delicious breakfast. Had really interesting conversation about the history of their restoration of the house.

Loved Magnolia Planatation in Gainesville!

5 on July 15, 2017

Cinnamon cottage was a delight: beautifully furnished, charming and very comfortable. The mattresses were good and the bed linens crisp. We were there during the owners' vacation, so we knew ahead of time that there wouldn't be breakfast, but there are a number of great breakfast choices in Gainesville. The staff made sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed.

Very pleasant experience

3.4 on June 28, 2017

My husband and I celebrated our belated one year wedding anniversary. We were only able to stay one night but had a very pleasant experience. Cindy and Joe were great.

WOW! Home Run!!

5 on May 17, 2017

Great location. Beautiful Inn and Cottages. The breakfast was superb! Great Hosts. I would come back here in a minute.

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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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