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.
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.
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.
4.8 on May 17, 2017
This place is exactly what we were looking for! It has a very "old" feel in the best way, romantic gardens, rustic and interesting decor and the perfect blend of privacy and comfort. We will be staying here again!
4.4 on May 03, 2017
The innkeepers are so friendly and so is their dog Abby. Love the sound of the waterfall while enjoying a delicious breakfast. Close enough to downtown district to walk to dinner and entertainment. The grounds are beautiful.
5 on March 25, 2017
Lovely glimpse of old south tradition and charm
5 on March 25, 2017
We had a wonderful stay at this beautifully restored B&B. Our hosts/owners were very friendly and made you feel like visiting family.
5 on March 23, 2017
Loved the "Old Florida" feel and beautiful grounds. Owners go out of their way to make your stay special. Unique choices of detached cottages as well as charming main house. Will return!
5 on March 22, 2017
our cottage was private and well decorated with all the amenities we needed.
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.
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: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2016/02/25/mental-benefits-water_n_5791024.html ). 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.
Gainesville, FL (GNV-J R Alison Municipal) 3 miles
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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
Cottage, Historic Inn
Air conditioning, Copier, DVD Player, Fax Machine, Piano, Private entrance, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities
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
Bicycles, Shopping, Sight-seeing
Joe & Cindy Montalto and Abbey, the Collie
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.
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!