Sweetwater Branch Inn

625 East University Avenue , Gainesville, FL 32601 USA (Show map)


For almost 25 years, Sweetwater Branch Inn has combined the elegant southern hospitality of years past with all of today’s modern conveniences. In the morning enjoy a variety of choices every day at our delicious homemade breakfast. Take a stroll through our gardens, take a dip in the pool and relax with a complimentary glass of wine at our wine & cheese hour. Enjoy lunch at our onsite restaurant, The Sweet Tea, then rent a bike, grab a dining guide and spend an evening treating yourself to dinner and a show only blocks away in Downtown Gainesville. Sweetwater Branch Inn features 20 spacious guest suites and cottages each of them feature a private bath along with a king or queen size bed, while some rooms have additional beds, Jacuzzis, fireplaces, and extra sitting rooms! Visit our website for more information or call (352) 373-6760.



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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Loved our stay at the Sweetwater Branch Inn

4.6 on March 22, 2015

Several historic properties, two homes plus some cottages, all beautifully and lovingly maintained. Equally impressive was the genuine friendliness and care of the staff. They seem proud of what they are doing. We used three rooms, for us and for our two daughters and their husbands. We all had a wonderful time. One of the daughters has since visited a second time, and we plan to soon.


4.6 on January 28, 2015

Had the privelege of staying at Sweetwater Branch last week end for a wedding; it was a darling facility; rooms are quante; very clean; food was very good and would highly recommend someone having a party there for a unique experience.

Beautiful Getaway!

5 on January 06, 2015

My wife and I got married at Sweetwater nearly four years ago and decided to spend a weekend back there during our last weekend of our vacation. This time we brought my mother and 11 month old daughter. We stayed at the Carriage House, plenty of room for the four of us! We loved the wine and cheese hour and the breakfast each morning was absolutely delicious! Could not have asked for anything more. The staff is so friendly and accommodating as well! Highly recommended

Absolut empfehlenswert!

4.8 on November 16, 2014

Waren hier für (leider nur) eine Nacht. Der Empfang war freundlich und hilfsbereit. Das Zimmer (Isidoras Room) ist ein Juwel, die Anlage insgesamt einmalig schön! Das Frühstück sucht seines Gleichen. Wenn wir mal wieder nach Gainesville kommen (hoffentlich bald), wird das Sweetwater Branch Inn unsere Wahl sein. Mit einem Wort: Super!

November wedding

5 on November 12, 2014

We were at Sweetwater for 3 nights for a family wedding. My immediate family stayed in the Carriage House. It was very spacious- plenty of room for the 5 of us. The accommodations were stellar. The grounds were delightful. The breakfast each morning was amazing!! Each day a different, delicious, plentiful buffet. We loved every minute of our stay.

Sweetwater Rocks

5 on March 25, 2014

My new husband and I stayed in the Honeymoon Cottage at Sweetwater Branch Inn on our very first night as newly weds. We arrived late in the evening but the "late check-in" process was very simple and was explained in detail prior to our arrival. In the morning, we chose to eat breakfast elsewhere but we did see the buffet breakfast and it looked awesome. I would definitely recommend Sweetwater Branch Inn to friends in the future. We had an excellent experience.


3.6 on March 12, 2014

This was the first time we stayed at a Bed and Breakfast. We stayed at the Cottage right above the check in. Very clean and nice room. Some rust on the fridge and microwave, but other that that it was awesome! One concern I do have and a couple of others mentioned the same - the claw foot tub could be very dangerous getting in and especially out of. Someone could easily fall and get really hurt - it's very deep inside the tub and miss leading when getting out. The staff was very friendly and the directions given prior to arrival was vey helpful in getting to the location. The breakfast was GREAT! We enjoyed our stay and would come back again!

Clean Rooms

4.8 on February 18, 2014

The rooms were clean even the whole house. The staff were friendly and helpful. The breakfast was very good. The fireplace was nice and cozy when coming out from the cold. It was a peaceful relaxing stay.

A gem in Gainesville, Fl

5 on January 19, 2014

Had a nice, quiet getaway in Gainesville at Sweetwater Branch Inn. It is centrally located and was beautifully decorated for Christmas! The made to order breakfast was awesome!


4.8 on November 21, 2013

Shuttle service picked me from airport and warm welcome at check out was pleasure. Rooms were clean and very comfortable with all the necessary accessories. This is in very peaceful area. Fresh breakfast was provided. Overall i will give 5 stars for my stay.

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Rooms & Rates

Grand Room

Our grand rooms are our most affordable rooms that don't skimp on the quality and comfort! These rooms are located in our Cushman-Colson house, and each feature a private bathroom and a queen-size bed. Each grand room reservation is based on double occupancy (2 people per room) and includes a wine and cheese hour in the evening and a delicious full breakfast each morning.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Supreme Room

Our supreme rooms are located in our Victorian Cushman-Colson and McKenzie houses, and each feature a private bathroom and a queen-size bed. Many supreme rooms feature sitting rooms, larger bedroom spaces, and some even have jacuzzi tubs in the private bathrooms along with claw-foot tubs and walk-in showers. Call for more information, as jacuzzis and sitting rooms are subject to availability! Each supreme room reservation is based on double occupancy (2 people per room) and includes a wine and cheese hour in the evening and a delicious full breakfast each morning.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Classic Cottage

Our classic cottages are a spacious option for your stay here in Gainesville. Each of our classic cottages feature a private bathroom and a queen-size bed, along with a full kitchen and living and dining areas. Some cottages feature fireplaces, daybeds, and some have back porches equipped with jacuzzi tubs. Please call for more information, as jacuzzis and fireplaces are subject to availability! Each classic cottage reservation is based on double occupancy (2 people per room) and includes a wine and cheese hour in the evening and a delicious full breakfast each morning.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Ultimate Cottage

Our ultimate cottages are Sweetwater's most luxurious options for your visit. Perfect for family get-together or intimate get-aways, these cottages feature large private bathrooms and king-size beds, along with a full kitchen and fully furnished living and dining areas. Some cottages feature fireplaces, daybeds and pull-out couches, and some are equipped with jacuzzi tubs. Please call for more information, as jacuzzis and extra beds are subject to availability! Each ultimate cottage reservation is based on double occupancy and includes a wine and cheese hour in the evening and full breakfast.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

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Location Type

Airport, Downtown, Small town


Gainesville, FL (GNV-J R Alison Municipal) 3 miles

Directions to property:

Directions from I-75: Exit 76, 5 Miles East on Newberry Road which becomes Univeristy Ave. 6 blocks East from Main Street Downtown Gainesville. Directions from 441: On the junction of University Ave. and 441(13th Street) turn East. Drive past Main Street. Inn is located 6 blocks East of Main Street.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Bike rental, Board games, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Fridge, Library, Microwave, Parking, Pool, Private entrance, Secretarial services, Spa, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities , In-Ground Salt Pool & Spa, Lush Gardens

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Kayaking, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 3:00pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only On the veranda, the upstairs porch, or in the gardens.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes Pack and plays available upon request.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Yes We have three pet-friendly cottages. Deposit required.
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Gator football weekends, Graduation, Gatornationals
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: All reservations are secured with a $100 nonrefundable deposit applicable to your final bill.
  • Cancellations: The $100 reservation deposit is nonrefundable, but if you cancel your weekday stay within 3 days, you will nto be responsible for the rest of the reservation. For weekends, please cancel within 7 days, and for special event weekends (Gator football weekends, Gatornationals, or UF Graduations) please cancel 30 days prior to your reservation.
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Alice, Canova, Christina and Elyce

Languages spoken

English, Italian, Spanish

Resident Pets


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  • Time Served: M-F 7:30-9am, Sat-Sun 8-10am
  • Serving Location: Backyard, Front Porch, Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Restrictive , Vegetarian Vegan, Gluten-Free, Lactose-Intolerant

Signature Dish

Berries and Cream French Toast Casserole
Served at many of our morning breakfast, this fresh baked sweet dish is always a crowd favorite - many beg us for the recipe! Imagine a gooey breaded casserole drizzled with brown sugar and cinnamon, topped with homemade custard and berries!

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