4.8 on May 07, 2017
Thank you,All Very Much for the ride,my b/f and I enjoy it very much,Kyle was excellent trail guide,Tim was excellent to,for demonstrating to guide the horses,I have experience my b/f did not.thanks u christina mazurkiewicz and Greg Duquesne.
5 on March 22, 2017
Loved everything about this place! Especially Ruth's cooking and company! Would recommended to anyone and everyone! Was the perfect place to relax and get away from it all
5 on March 22, 2017
My husband enjoyed a great stay at the Plain & Fancy B&B over the weekend. The room was very nice and clean. The breakfast was delicious, both mornings. The jacuzzi outside was soooo relaxing overlooking a creek. We would definitely help stay again!
4.2 on February 26, 2017
Excellent hospitality and all around fun time!
4.2 on February 25, 2017
Our room was very nice, but the food was even better! My husband and I had the private dinner and would recommend it to anyone! Excellent homemade breakfast was served around 9 am. Would recommend to anyone!
4.0 on February 15, 2017
Ruth is an amazing cook and sweet as can be!
5 on January 09, 2017
We loved our stay in Scarlett's Hideaway for our 10th Anniversary! The room was spacious, had a lovely view of the creek, easy assess to the patios and jazuzzi, and came with a hot tub and fireplace, so great for a cold night! Ruth was a wonderful host, making us feel so welcome with a clean room, a delicious breakfast, and very friendly hospitality! We can't wait to come back during the springtime to really enjoy all the State Parks and attractions in the area! 5 stars for sure!!!!
3.8 on November 30, 2016
Everything was wonderful! This was our first time staying so I'm not sure if all the rooms have the same pillows and mattresses. But that was our only issue. Both were very hard and not very comfortable. But that's just our preference. We like softer beds and pillows. Aside from that everything was outstanding! The food is amazing. Its so peaceful and beautiful there. The hot tub on the deck is really nice and private and overlooks the land. Everything is so relaxed and homey. Ruth is so sweet! Horse back riding was so much fun and the prices are great. We were very happy with all the packages we got and the prices. We will definitely be telling others about this place and we will be going back as well.
5 on November 06, 2016
Our second visit and it has been wonderful each time! Perfect location and absolutely beautiful scenery. Very well kept and the food is delicious. Has everything you need to get away but still feel in touch, if you wish. We stayed in Scarlett's Retreat and loved the fireplace as well as the jacuzzi tub. Well worth the extra few dollars. We will return!
4.8 on October 16, 2016
Reminiscent of quiet country inns in Vermont and New Hampshire. Trees were just beginning to turn and the air was crisp when we visited. Our room was spacious and we especially enjoyed the fireplace and jacuzzi. Ruth is an attentive and gracious hostess who also respects her guest's privacy. The inn is nicely decorated and a relaxing place to read or share a glass of wine. Breakfasts were excellent. Don't miss the opportunity to stay in for dinner! It is convenient, very tasty and served in an intimate and peaceful setting.
5 on October 10, 2016
Room was great, hot tub was relaxing, food was great, catered to our dietary needs.
5 on September 08, 2016
My husband and I stayed there to celebrate our 20th anniversary. It was beautiful and Ruth was very sweet. The food was excellent! We ordered the romantic dinner for two and it was worth it! I would highly recommend this place to anyone.
3.4 on August 10, 2016
Love the pool and gazebo. Recommend massage and horseback riding. Breakfast was tasty and loved the peace and quiet. Can borrow books and movies for your stay. Close to town and parks.
4.4 on August 08, 2016
This is a lovely old home which has been converted to a b & b. The setting is gorgeous, the hostess is lovely and the food is delicious!
4.8 on July 31, 2016
We had a wonderful time and plan to return.
5 on July 18, 2016
Felt right at home
4.8 on June 29, 2016
What a lovely place. The food is very good and Ruth is a great hostess. The cookies that are put into the room are delicious. We did not use the pool, but it looked ver my clean and inviting. There is also a hot tub available, but it was too hot outside for us to consider using, but it has nice privacy and views and at night would be great for stargazing. The only critique I would have is for the cleaning staff to make sure the jets are clean in the jetted tubs. I did not use the jetted tub because the jets looked like it had that pink scum or mold in them. It could probably be cleaned with a toothbrush. Also the showerhead in the shower had several blocked spray holes and that could use a cleaning. Other than that, everything was nice and clean.
3.0 on June 29, 2016
Unresponsive to emails before our stay. We found the accommodations satisfactory however, the amenities are overstated. After check in we inquired about the group of cabins on the property. That's when we discovered that Plain and Fancy is also Arcadia Cabins. The "private pool" is actually a shared pool. Not just with the other guests of Plain and Fancy, but with the possible 24 other guests on the property. 2 days of sharing the property with screaming kids and loud 20 somethings carting coolers everywhere they went, left us feeling anything but "Romanced", "Relaxed", or "Renewed". We ended up leaving early on our 2nd morning without even bothering ourselves with breakfast. Email Ruth to let her know that we were disappointed in our stay. Again, unresponsive.
4.8 on June 05, 2016
I felt very at home and at peace. The owner was more than accommodating. I will defiantly return. I was born in the town where this B&B is located so it was very nice to return after many many years. Discovered things I never knew before.
4.4 on May 31, 2016
Lovely accommodations, beautiful grounds, great access to nearby hiking etc, Will return for years to come.
4.6 on May 06, 2016
This was a great place to stay for our anniversary - beautiful scenery (the back of the property has a river to watch), privacy and all of the amenities we were looking for. Highly recommend.
4.8 on April 28, 2016
We stayed in the largest suite with a separate entrance for two nights. The room was huge, beautiful and well maintained. Ruth, made us an amazing breakfast both days that we stayed, plus we had some awesome cookies in our room each night when we arrived! We had a great stay, and we would highly recommend checking out the surrounding state parks and attractions!
4.8 on February 25, 2016
Great get away for my wife's birthday. Loved the setting with the creek flowing out back. The amenities in the room were great. Ruth was a fantastic hostes and the meals were outstanding. We highly recommend Plain and Fancy Bed and Breakfast.
5 on February 19, 2016
Absolutely loved everything! We didn't want to leave. Very private room, cozy fireplace, and bubbling creek behind the house.
3.4 on January 15, 2016
Nice place to hang out. Had one of the rooms with a fire place and after a day of hiking in the near by parks it was a welcome respite. There is also a hot tub on the deck that looked very nice but too cold for me. Food was good and rooms were clean as expected.
5 on January 09, 2016
Staying at the B&B was the perfect quiet getaway for my husband and me. The rooms are very clean, and very cute! The breakfast in the morning was truly wonderful, a taste of home "country" cooking, and the presentation was worth an instagram pic! Ruth, the Inkeeper goes above an beyond to make sure your stay is wonderful, and makes you feel like family while your there. Also, make sure to go on the trail ride! See you next year!
3.4 on January 04, 2016
Enjoyed the time. Nice hot tub on the deck but the weather did not cooperate. Relaxing and found more to do in the area then anticipated.
4.6 on October 07, 2015
We stayed in the Scarlett room for our anniversary. Everything was awesome, especially the food. Psychological studies show that excitement is the most romantic thing you can do, so combining horseback riding with a great B&B stretches off the charts. Men: this is an easy weekend getaway you can plan and execute to earn months of appreciation from your wife or girlfriend. About 2 hours from St. Louis in a beautiful, historic region, just do it.
4.8 on May 30, 2015
Stayed one night in Scarlett's hideaway as a way to get out of the city to celebrate my girlfriend's birthday. The whole experience was wonderful. From check-in to check- out including dinner, we couldn't have asked for more. We used the location as a starting point for a great day of hiking in the Arcadia Valley, highly recommend the area.
4.8 on May 27, 2015
Room was excellent. Service excellent. Breakfast was good, but if served in common area, which can be a bit awkward
5 on April 15, 2015
This was amazing food and seevice
5 on February 24, 2015
We very much enjoyed our stay. It was cozy, cute, clean, quiet, and the food was fabulous. We will definitely be going back.
5 on January 28, 2015
My wife and I were looking for a quiet, romantic place to stay for our anniversary. Plain and Fancy was the perfect place. We stayed in Scarlett's Hideaway. We lit the fireplace and enjoyed the jacuzzi tub for awhile with wine and chocolate then settled in to watch a DVD supplied by the B&B. Had the option of the hot tub just a few feet away but opted for the tub in the room. After a great night's sleep we enjoyed fresh coffee and a wonderful breakfast. It was perfect!! The hosts are extremely nice. Would recommend to anyone looking to stay in the Ironton, MO area.
5 on December 02, 2014
This place was amazing, we stayed in the Scarlet room and it was perfect. There was a Jacuzzi tub in the main room plus a fully functional fire place. We had a double massage shower and our own private outdoor hot tub. Brenda and tom were lovely and chatted with us over breakfast (which was delicious) Iv'e never had home cooked muffins so good, the only downfall was i couldn't finish it all!!! I cant recommend this place enough!
4.0 on November 30, 2014
Hospitible hosts and so much to do on the premises, didn't have a chance to get to it all. Look forward to coming back in the future.
5 on November 06, 2014
We stayed in the Scarlett's Hideaway room, a new addition built in 2006. It is very thoughtfully done and perfect for couples, with a love seat by the wood burning fireplace, a jacuzzi in the room, large dual-headed shower and king-size bed. The outdoor hottub and firepit are right outside. Walk to and from room has a nice view over a creek too. Saw a lot of wildlife, including deer and eagles. Staff are very attentive. We didn't ride horses, but we were introduced to each horse in the field when we showed up there. Surrounding hiking is nice: elephant rock, taum sauk and johnson shutins all had good hiking trails. Fall colors are still good in November. Breakfast is delicious. Extensive collection DVDs available for borrowing. We watched a couple of movies in our room. Highly recommend.
4.2 on October 29, 2014
Beautiful, clean,and relaxing.
5 on October 08, 2014
We recently had a reservation to stay at the Plain & Fancy Bed & Breakfast. We were almost there when we had to turn back home because of a family emergency. When I called to let the proprietor know we would not be staying with them, I was treated with compassion and respect. She told me that if she could rent the room (it was the beautiful Amish Room), she would issue me a refund. She also expressed her sympathy for our situation. We did receive a refund. I can only express my appreciation for this lady's grace and outstanding customer service. We hope to be in the area in the future, and we would not hesitate to book reservations again.
4.2 on September 16, 2014
The accommodations were great. We loved the peace and quiet. It was just what we needed. However, the innkeeper was not very friendly and outgoing. If she was having a bad day, I will give her the benefit of the doubt. However, she was not engaging and was somewhat unfriendly. At one point, I even asked her if something was wrong. She did not engage me in conversation at all and during breakfast, stood in the corner and almost sulked. I hate to write a bad review but this is the only thing preventing me from recommending this to friends. The housecleaner was friendlier than she was. Again, if it was a difficult time for her, fine. But if this is her personality all the time, I believe she is in the wrong business.
3.2 on August 27, 2014
We were looking for a quiet, relaxing weekend an hour or so from St Louis & found it at the 'Plain & Fancy'. Brenda & Tom are a friendly, inviting couple that served 2 wonderful gourmet breakfasts & interesting stories about their historical property. One of our priorities was a pool & they have a nice one. It was small, but very relaxing. We also enjoyed Thee Abbey, and Baylee's BBQ Restaurants. Both were great, especially the homemade ice cream at Thee Abbey. We'll go back again!
4.8 on August 25, 2014
The staff was attentive to your needs yet also allowed you have your privacy. Nestled in the country yet not super far from civilization. Had a great breakfast in bed. I suggest any one to stay here at plain and fancy.
4.4 on August 20, 2014
We picked this bed and breakfast by the reviews and must say it met our greatest expectations. We brought our two granddaughters who had never stayed at a bed and breakfast. They didn't know what to expect. However, they were delighted and couldn't wait to eat the delicious and huge cookies left in our room daily. They loved the freedom to use the pool and hot tube and to just be able to come and go on the premises. The breakfast was superb and most delicious! When we finished breakfast the first day, Tom & Brenda said,"See you tomorrow." My granddaughter, who would rather sleep in than eat breakfast said, "We won't miss it." That was a compliment. When we packed up to leave, I asked the girls what they thought. They said, we really liked it. It was MUCH better than a hotel room. "We felt taken care of!" :). We will keep you on our list when we return to Arcadia. Thanks for a wonderful stay
3.4 on August 16, 2014
The room was lovely, very modern and comfortable. The towels all smelled like mildew though. The pool was very nice and well taken care of. The outdoor hot tub was not clean and you see scum built up around the edges, plus the water smelled liked mildew. The surrounding area was beautiful and was enjoyable to explore. The horseback ride was also enjoyable and Tim was a great guide.
4.8 on August 07, 2014
We had a great stay at the Plain & Fancy. The rooms were gorgeous and very comfortable. The innkeepers were lovely hosts. I particularly appreciate how accommodating they were with my allergy to gluten. Breakfast was delicious and perfect!
5 on August 03, 2014
We went sightseeing throughout the beautiful Arcadia Valley on the first and third days of our stay, while relaxing and enjoying the amenities at the B&B on the day in between. We read and relaxed in or around the pool, hot tub and whirlpool bath. It was wonderrful.
4.8 on July 30, 2014
My time at Plain and Fancy was wonderful, relaxing. Tom and Brenda were gracious hosts and helped with anything I needed.
5 on July 17, 2014
They provided all the extras. We stayed at other B & B's on our visit...same or more expensive, but not as good of quality.
4.8 on July 07, 2014
We had a great time horseback riding, and was pleased to be close to Elephant Rock park and Johnsons Shut - In State Park.
5 on June 25, 2014
Stayed here a Fri and Sat night to take in local attractions. Arrived very late, had called ahead, and they left my room key and a welcome note in their mailbox. We stayed in Scarlett's Hideaway so had a private entrance. The room was very modern, the whirpool tub in one corner with a fantastic seperate bath that included a very large two person spa shower. Bed was perfect firmness and the room had everything promised. Fireplace (which we didn't use) and couch were there, along with a small fridge containing a few complimentary soft drinks. They had our requested bottle of wine, two glasses and a fresh basket of flowers which my gf loved. Meals were served in central dining, great company from the innkeeper and food was fantastic. Will definitely be back...highly recommended. Just like name implies: a little plain, and a little fancy. Both in equal measure. Oh stables right next door, good time riding as well. Very convenient.
4.8 on June 16, 2014
My sister and I really enjoyed our time here. We stayed in the Amish room, which was absolutely adorable and we were pleasantly surprised my the home baked cookies! The caretaker made us a delicious breakfast the following morning and gave us some helpful information about places we should visit. Although we didn't use the pool or hot tub, they were well maintained and had it been hotter we definitely would have taken a dip! This place is close to all of the areas attractions such as elephants rock park and the Johnson shut ins. This is a lovely little gem of a bread and breakfast and we would definitely come back here again.
4.8 on June 10, 2014
My wife and I spent two nights recently at Plain & Fancy and had a truly wonderful experience! A friendly innkeeper, exceptional food (so good that we bought the cookbook that they offered!) and a clean, spacious and comfortable room all combined to make our weekend pleasant from start to finish. Ruth, our innkeeper, was also a great guide to local restaurants and attractions. We changed our plans based on her recommendations and were so glad we did. By the end of the weekend, we felt that we had really seen the area and gotten a feel for the rich history, natural beauty and the warm, friendly local population; all in all it was an enjoyable trip that we would recommend to anyone. The only suggestion we would make is to ask about the bathroom set up before reserving. We had a wonderful suite, but the bathroom was smaller than we like and clean, but dated. As we toured the other rooms, most had newer, larger bathrooms (some with whirlpool tubs or double sinks that ours did not have) that we might have preferred. A VERY minor thing, but worth checking out. Highly recommend Plain & Fancy!
5 on May 23, 2014
This B & B was fabulous! It was everything and more! The home is very clean and inviting. The breakfast was wonderful and the running creek behind the house was peaceful. I can't wait to come back and go horse back riding.
4.8 on April 27, 2014
Great hospitality, clean rooms, awesome facilities and beautiful surroundings. Definitely recommend this place to anyone that is looking for a beautiful relaxing getaway!!
5 on April 23, 2014
This was our first time staying in a Bed and Breakfast and it was a great place. The location was perfect for the activities we had planned, the room was beautiful, the breakfast was superb and the inn keeper was sweet, friendly, courteous and we felt like she was our friend when we left.
4.6 on April 20, 2014
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Plain & Fancy B&B! The location is perfect to take in all the local sights/parks. The stream that flows behind the house is wonderfully relaxing to watch/listen to. The food was delicious and we enjoyed everything about our stay here.
4.8 on March 26, 2014
3.8 on February 26, 2014
Very nice stay. Clean rooms. Ruth works her tail off.
5 on February 20, 2014
Wonderful get away, great service, food and location. We will be back!!!!
5 on December 18, 2013
Unique property with beautiful grounds. The rippling creek is awesome in the hot tub. Very satisfied and impressed. Would take hwy 67 to hwy 72 instead of 221 because 221 has a couple turns that are easily passed which is a stressful ride. 67 to 72 is easy and gorgeous!
4.4 on November 14, 2013
My husband and I had a wonderful stay at Plain and Fancy. Our room was neat and tidy, and not a lot of fru-fru, which made him very happy. Our hostess was very endearing, and our breakfast was delicious and just enough. We felt very welcome and at home.
4.2 on October 30, 2013
The banana split pancakes were delicious! Horesback riding was lots of fun!
4.0 on October 30, 2013
All was really good but little to no hot water at peak times
4.8 on October 29, 2013
Wonderful place to stay for the last day of vacation (or any time)! What a way to just sit back and relax. The room was spacious, the whirlpool in the room was relaxing, good company and the food was excellent! What more could a person ask for.
4.6 on October 29, 2013
We stayed in the Amish Room. Very comfortable with whirlpool tub and seperate shower in private bath. Common areas were very pleasant. Pool closed for the season and hot tub not working that day. Unfortunately, couldn't make it an extended stay. Lots to do in the area. Great place!
5 on October 23, 2013
Very nice, classy and comfortable. Ruth our hostess was warm and friendly. We plan to stay there again. Thank you.
4.6 on October 20, 2013
My sisters and I met at Plain and Fancy B&B for our sister getaway. Our room was very clean and decorated well. We loved the large homemade cookies which were waiting upon our arrival.We enjoyed using the hot tub, which was located outside. It was a perfect place for our weekend together. I would certainly recommend this bed and breakfast to others. I will certainly use them again given the chance in the future.
4.6 on October 12, 2013
Our stay was wonderful at Plain & Fancy Bed & Breakfast. Located just outside the hustle and bustle of city living. Perfect for our anniversary weekend. The hospitality was wonderful, never annoying or invasive. Little extras were included that made the stay that much more likable. We really enjoyed the conversations with everyone who both ran the house and stayed at the house. We will be back!
5 on October 07, 2013
We stayed in Scarlett's hideaway. It had a private entrance and faced the river behind the property. The room was beautiful and even though it was 80 outside the basement room was cool enough we could start a fire in the fireplace. We would definitely stay again!
5 on September 16, 2013
With changes in our lives, which now have us working together, our day-to-day lives have become going to work then home and trying to keep the office at the office. My husband has always enjoyed photography. He purchased a new camera and we decided to travel the state throughout the year and so he can take pictures of the old mills in Missouri. The opportunity to getaway for three day weekend came up and we decided to go to the East Central part of the state to start the “photo tour”. We have always enjoyed staying at B&Bs. “Plain & Fancy” was the best decision for our hub that weekend. We were able to travel out from there with great food (the Banana Split Pancakes are amazing!) and conversation around the big table each morning. The day trips ended each day with a wonderful room with a huge luxurious bathroom each evening. We cannot wait for the next photo weekend away at another Missouri B&B!
4.0 on September 09, 2013
My husband and I had a wonderful time! The room was comfortable and clean. The banana split pancakes were indescribable! We went on the horseback ride was relaxing. We had a wonderful time and will return!
4.2 on September 03, 2013
Great getaway for a small town and quick stay
4.4 on August 21, 2013
We stayed in the Scarlett Hideaway Suite. It was Nice, Large, and Clean. Bathroom was alittle small but overall the room was very nice. We really enjoyed the Fire Place and Jacuzzi Tub. The Room Price was alittle high in comparison to other places we have stayed but we were still happy with the choice. It was very peaceful and quite which is what we wanted. The Food was AMAZING! The Staff was extremely helpful and friendly. We will be returning in the future.
5 on August 16, 2013
Great rooms, friendly people, Fantastic breakfast... loved the pool and hot tub, the horse back riding around land was really nice. fishing behind the house or out at the pond was good... really enjoyed our stay, would recommend to anyone.
5 on July 25, 2013
Very relaxing clean quiet environment. Definitely a great place for couples to sneak away for a weekend.
3.8 on July 15, 2013
The only thing we didnt like is that the door to our room only locked from the inside. When we were away we were unable to lock the inside door (butterfly room). Luckily we were the only guests at the time with access to the main house. That being said, everything else was wonderful. The grounds are well maintained and the pool area is immaculate. Its very clean and we loved the house's character. The innskeepers, Brenda and Tom were quite helpful with whatever we needed whether it be directions or a puzzle to keep us occupied. Would definately recommend! Enjoy!
4.4 on July 03, 2013
Wonderful views from porches, very relaxing venue! Would recommend!
4.6 on June 30, 2013
We had a very nice time at Plain and Fancy. We stayed 3 nights, had the place all to ourselves most of the time. Except when we needed something there was always someone around to take care of it.Very pleasant owners, would liked to have had more time to visit with them.And maybe will in the future.
3.2 on June 27, 2013
We had a peaceful anniversary trip away from the kiddos and I was looking forward to nothing more than peace and quiet, and that's exactly what Plain & Fancy provided. We don't eat grain or dairy and the breakfasts were spot on, we didn't have to compromise even once! They have a beautiful property including a peaceful creek, refreshing swimming pool and gorgeous pond to watch the sunset over. We stayed in the Butterfly Room which is right next to the main entrance and adjacent to the front porch, so the room wasn't as dark or as quiet as I would like. So if I stayed there again, it would be on the second floor.
4.8 on June 24, 2013
My husband and I were celebrating an anniversary. We went horseback riding with our guide Tim. The Scarlett room was great. We loved the fancy but plain style of the bed and breakfast; it gave a sense of peace and relaxation. The stars are so bright at night. The breakfast was so delicious;it leaves you wanting more of the great flavors. The pool was an added plus too!
3.2 on June 19, 2013
Plain & Fancy is nice but could use some cleaning up.
5 on June 12, 2013
We spent our Anniversary here for one night & it was awesome!!! The room was great, loved the tub & shower. We will for sure be back next year for our next anniversary
3.8 on June 10, 2013
The grounds were beautiful, I wish we had planned a few less activities so we could have spent a little more time just relaxing, reading on a quiet bench and lounging by the pool. The staff were friendly and helpful.
4.4 on May 29, 2013
My husband and I had a very relaxing stay.
4.0 on May 24, 2013
Spent a long weekend at Plain and Fancy. We arrived after the designated check-in time, but the entrance info and such was easy to find and use. We stayed in the Butterfly Room. I initially didn't love that it's right off the home's entrance and the room didn't lock from the outside, but neither turned out to be an issue in reality. And the bathroom in this room is awesome! Breakfast was delicious (eggs and muffins one day, banana split pancakes the other). There are not very many options for eating out in the town, but enough for a weekend if you're not looking for a fine dining experience. The location is very convenient. It's easy access to 21, and just a short car ride to Taum Sauk, or Johnson Shut-Ins, or Elephant Rock state parks.
3.6 on April 13, 2013
This B&B was exactly what we were looking for. Everything was clean and the owners are very nice. The only thing we can complain about was that we expected a full course breakfast. Don't get me wrong, the breakfast was great, but it was plated and brought to us and we expected more of a variety to eat instead of one entrée.
4.8 on March 23, 2013
Had a wonderful stay. Will definetly revisit.
4.2 on March 06, 2013
It was a very refreshing time away!
4.0 on March 04, 2013
Very good except one of the provided robes had strong perfume smell from a previous guest and while we got a nice bottle of wine for the outdoor hot tube, they forgot the bottle opener.
5 on November 25, 2012
Very impressed! My husband took me to the bed and breakfast for my birthday as a surprise. We also went horseback riding and fishing. It was a very fun and relaxing weekend. Tom and Brenda are both very enjoyable. We had fun with Tim on the horseback ride and fishing. Would enjoy going back to the bed and breakfast.
4.4 on November 16, 2012
The Merello's have outdone the rest of B&B with clean nice rooms, great breakfast, and all at a great value.
4.2 on October 31, 2012
This was a wonderful place to stay for our 25th anniversary. It surpassed my expectations in many areas. Very clean and well kept. Many interesting things to see in the area but not too many places to eat! Stayed in Scarlet's Hideaway. Very nice. Had a great time. Would definitely like to return someday. The property is beautiful! Nancy, Granite City, IL
3.6 on October 16, 2012
If you like staying in a new house...this remodeled home is the place to go. Hosts were gracious, attentive, and provided a good breakfast. However, breakfast was at 9:00 AM, which was about an hour too late for us, but coffee was ready at 7:00. I thought the room rate was a little high, but I know the innkeepers have to work hard to maintain a clean, quality facility. A creek and wooded area behind the house provide a peaceful place to explore.
3.8 on September 10, 2012
The breakfast was great! There just wasn't alot to do locally.
4.8 on August 15, 2012
Great room and even better breakfast foods. What more could you want?
5 on August 12, 2012
For our one year anniversary my wife and I wanted to stay at a bed and breakfast near Johnson Shut-Ins. This was our first bed and breakfast and it was great. The food was amazing and the butterfly room was perfect.
4.6 on July 23, 2012
What a wonderful time! Plain & Fancy is just that. Tom and Brenda make you feel at home. The accommodations are tops. Stout Creek runs just behind the B&B which made for great birding. (The bald eagle was a plus!) The hot tub, pool and affiliated riding stable also made for great fun. And its located near several very nice state parks. Also, Brenda is most helpful at navigating you to the best area restaurants. All this at a very reasonable price.
4.6 on July 18, 2012
My husband and I stayed at Plain and Fancy from July 13th -July 15th. It was so quiet and peaceful and very romantic. The Butterfly Room was so beautiful. I would recommend anyone that wants to getaway with the love of their life and have a very romantic time together, please try this place out. Brenda and her husband Tom are awesome. I can't wait to go back for our Anniversary.
5 on July 02, 2012
My parents booked my husband and I the weekend there right after our wedding. Not only was the B&B beautiful, but it has a beautiful view, great location and the best service. The owners were beyond nice and keep their place VERY clean and kept up. We will def reccommend it to others and return ourselves! Btw do the trail rides, it was beautiful and a lot of fun!! Awesome B&B! 5stars!!
5 on June 26, 2012
The grounds were beautiful and well kept. We loved how the gazebo, seating area around the fire, and the hot tub overlooked the creek bottom. It made our honeymoon very romantic in the evenings, looking at the stars, listening to the sounds of nature and watching hundreds of lighting bugs light up the woods. Breakfast was better than any restaraunt I have been to! Scarlet's hide-away was amazing and Rhett's suite was full of charm. Oh yeah, the covered deck at the pool, which also overlooked the creek (where we saw a shovel sized softback turtle) was a pretty cool place to hang out too! The hosts were a very friendly and helpful couple who were there when you needed them, but left you alone to enjoy your privacy. We would recommend Plain & Fancy to anyone! - Jerrod & Caressa
4.8 on June 25, 2012
Though it wasn't cheap, this was an amazing place. I would certainly go back and I would most definitely recommend it.
4.8 on June 08, 2012
The rooms are beautiful and sparkling clean. The breakfasts were tasty and presented beautifully both mornings we were there. The location is quiet and peaceful, perfect to rest and relax with someone special. The horse-ride is also super fun and an interesting ride through the woods. You will be amazed how large the farm is. I'd take the ride in the beginning of the stay so that you can relax in the hot-tub or Jacuzzi afterwards :)
4.8 on June 06, 2012
We came here on our honeymoon and it was amazing. Room was great and private, breakfast was delicious, and the area was really nice.
3.8 on June 03, 2012
we were wanting a little getaway for our Anniversary and my birthday......and we RECIEVED it here!!!!!:)our room was the Scarlet's Hideaway and it wasn't quite as big as it looks in pictures but plenty of room for us.our own little coffee brewer and jacuzzi tub that nicely fit two.we enjoyed the homemade cookies:) The pool, room,grounds, it was all lovely! O and don't forget the breakfast in a pretty dining room and delicious food! Thank you Tom and Brenda for sharing your home with us:)
5 on May 25, 2012
Brenda's knowlegde of the area and sites was very knowledgeable and helped in planning ht days events. Highly recommend the scarlet hide away room!
5 on May 16, 2012
Plain & Fancy is a nicely decorated B&B. The owners have classy taste and do not clutter the beauty of their establishment. Food was great and company even better. Everything was clean and tidy.
4.6 on May 14, 2012
My new wife & I really enjoyed our stay. The staff were all very friendly and the food was amazing. We visited some local wineries, spent some time relaxing in the hot tub and had a wonderful horse back ride before we returned home. We will deffinitely be back.
5 on April 26, 2012
I had no idea there was so much to do in Ironton. We saw Elephant Rock, Johnson Shut Ins, went horse back riding and stayed in this wonderful B&B. The view over the water was so calming. The food was great, you must ask about the walnuts, and everything was so clean. The bathrooms were not converted closets, they were large new baths. This is a must go to for everyone. BW/St. Louis, MO
5 on April 24, 2012
Really enjoyed this place.Everything was as good or better then advertised. Very pleasent people,great food,beautiful surroundings and great location. whole place was impecably clean and perfectly decorated. Hot tub felt great after long day of hikeing the local sights. We had the Rhett Butler room which was very spacious for two or just right for four. If you are in the area don't miss out an Baylee Jo'sBBQ and Seafood rest. in Ironton,faboulous!!
5 on April 08, 2012
We loved our stay in the Scarlett room. It was so peaceful and quiet. We got good recommendations for dining locally, a lovely breakfast. We will be back!
5 on April 04, 2012
We had a wonderful time at Plain & Fancy. The home is wonderful, the views spectacular, and the food was simply out of this world.
4.0 on February 17, 2012
Service was wonderful and the food was tremendous. We loved Scarlets Hideaway and will most definitely be returning for another weekend. Very romantic.
4.8 on December 20, 2011
This was our second stay at Plain & Fancy and it was just as enjoyable if not more so than the first. Brenda and Tom are exceptional hosts with a knack for details. You will not regret trying this B& B and chances are you WILL be back if you do.
4.4 on December 04, 2011
The rooms was luxurious and private. The view outside was beautiful and the service was fantastic. I have already recommended it to family and friends.
4.8 on November 22, 2011
Everything was perfect. We really enjoyed our stay and hope to come back again!
5 on November 21, 2011
breakfast was awesome. we stayed two nites and had a great time. very relaxing
4.0 on November 06, 2011
My wife and I had a very nice stay. The breakfast meals were WONDERFUL, and we enjoyed sharing the meal with the other guests. Nice, comfortable, quiet place. Wish we could have stayed longer!
3.0 on November 03, 2011
The suite with the kind bed could use a coffee table by the couch to put food and drinks on. Was surprised there weren't soaps, lotions, shampoo included. The food was very good and we didn't leave feeling like we overate, just right. Thank you
3.8 on November 02, 2011
My wife and I enjoyed our stay at Plain & Fancy very much. The room was very clan and comfortable and the breakfast was unbelieveable. It was a good value for the money ($140/night). We did not get to use some of the other facilities, hot tub, horses,etc. due to the coolness of the temperatures, but this is a place that we would defintely stay again.
4.4 on October 31, 2011
We were pleased with all aspects of the Plain & Fancy Bed and Breakfast. The home is gorgeous and comfortable. The breakfast was fabulous. This was our first stay at a Bed and Breakfast and we are glad to have had a wonderful experience.
2.8 on October 20, 2011
Disappointed in personnel - vert unfriendly. Didn't make me feel welcome in any way. Tons of little things wrong in water bridge cabin. ie flickering lights - smoke alarm blaring away. No heat . This last item was fixed however.No provision for handicapped access. No handrails and Step into main house almost impossigle to get up.
5 on September 07, 2011
Me and five of my girlfrinds stayed at the the cottage that is attached to the pool. We arrived late, but they were very accomadating to that! They left instrustructions to which cottage we were staying in the mail box so we had no problems with that. The directions on their web site were PERFECT and we had no problems getting there. The grounds were VERY pretty and well kept. Overall, we had a fantstic time and all of us would come again and stay at the bed and breakfast or the cottages!
4.8 on September 02, 2011
What can I say about Plain & Fancy Bed & Breakfast. Lets start with saying that the pictures on the website barely does justice to how gorgeous and beautiful of a place this really is. Tom and Brenda are the most amazing host ever. Their place was extremely clean and each and every room was so special and decorated so well and not to forget the awesome breakfast they cooked for us every morning. Felt right at home :) So here's goes the story. My boyfriend & I had decided that we would book a vacation where neither of us have any idea to where we were going till the day off. We were supposed to just pack our bags and then book a flight. We did a search on kayak and entered random 5 to 6 airports in US. Saint Louis came up first so we booked our flights 9 hours before we were leaving. Now ofcourse it was my bf's suggestion that we can't go from one city to the other so he got a car rental and we drove 80 miles away from the airport and arrived at this bed and breakfast. He had booked us a special night at this place "Gazing the Stars" - a hot tub night starring at the skies & stars amidst forest & trees. Brenda lit candles for us and gave us a bottle of chilled wine. It was simply breathtaking. We went to Johnson's shut-ins nearby the next day where there is waterfall and a beautiful lake in the middle of this park where you can swim. We also went canoeing for 6 hours on Black river and horseback riding the next day. Each and every moment on this trip was amazing. We would most definitely visit this Plain & Fancy bed & breakfast again and definitely recommend this place to anyone who wants to experience adventure, romance, thrill and an experience of a lifetime :) V & A
4.6 on July 28, 2011
the hospitality is great. The horseback ride was fun and the food was delicious
4.2 on July 24, 2011
We stayed on a Saturday-Sunday. We loved the room. The jacuzzi felt great, and we had what was probably the best shower ever. We were served a banana split pancake for breakfast and it was absolutely delicious.
4.2 on July 24, 2011
Really enjoyed our stay at the Cottage. Great location for doing all of the activities in the Arcadia Valley Area.
4.4 on July 21, 2011
Stayed in the Red Hat Suite and greatly enjoyed the Inn. Our hosts were fun and helpful, suggesting local points of interest. Very relaxing and nice surroundings. Food was very good and many extras made the Plain & Fancy B&B a place we will return.
4.8 on July 11, 2011
I highly recommend this place. Our stay was fantastic and I don't have anything wrong to say about this bed and breakfast maybe one thing our stay was to short and I wish we can come back again.
4.6 on July 07, 2011
Great place to stay. Enjoyed it a lot! Floated the Black River. Rode horses. Enjoyed Elephant Rock and Johnson Shutins State Parks. Had a great place to stay while doing so. Very relaxing location.
4.4 on July 04, 2011
My children and I always love this wonderful B & B. The ride was fun with Tim and Brenda is always friendly and wonderful. Will be back in the Fall to see the colors on the hills. Thanks for a wonderful time.
4.4 on July 03, 2011
Spent 2 nughts for aour 45th anniversary Everything was perfect - great hosts! Wow! those breakfasts. We really enjoyed the trail ride as well - one of my reasons for selecting P&F
4.2 on June 29, 2011
My boyfriend and I were looking for a nice, relaxing weekend and that is exactly what we got! The room was perfect, very clean. We enjoyed the hot tub and pool. The meals were delicious. I loved the fresh baked cookies and fluffy robes. Definitely would recommend this place!
4.2 on June 27, 2011
The rooms were very clean (I mean extremely clean) and it was nice to have a kitchen and washer/dryer during the trip. The pool is a good size for kids. We had a GREAT trail ride at the cattle ranch next door (sold via the B&B). The horses were gentle and well trained, the trail cowboy was friendly and good with the kids (and nervous adults), and the trail was itself was fun. We also enjoyed the Johnson's Shut-ins. We would stay here again.
4.4 on June 21, 2011
First time at a B&B and absolutely loved our 2 day stay. We had the Scarlett Hideaway which was very nice and private. The hot tub was great to sit in at night and look at the stars. We really enjoy our stay and the privacy we had for a romantic weekend.
4.8 on June 07, 2011
A wonderful experience. My wife and I celebrated our 30th anniversary there. We took advantage of the horseback ride and enjoyed "Spring Fling" package. Tom and Brenda are great hosts!
5 on May 09, 2011
Everything about the stay was OUTSTANDING! My Husband and I enjoyed the property the minute we step foot on the property. Room was everything and more and the trail ride over 256 acres of land was to die for! The breakfast was great. This was the best anniversity stay yet. Keep up the OUSTANDING WORK Tom and Brenda and we look forward to staying with you all again real soon!
3.8 on May 09, 2011
The room was nicely decorated enjoyed the jacuzzi tub and spa shower.
4.6 on April 03, 2011
Had a great one night stay. Plan to go back and spend more time. Room was amazing with a view of the creek. The breakfast the next morning was wonderful.
4.2 on March 23, 2011
Being an indian national i had little worry going and staying in a country place where i would be odd one out lol but i was so comfortable and brenda seems to understand my accent so well. Room was clean and jaccuzzi tub was awesome, dinner was excellent. banana split pancakes for breakfast was very colorful and yummy. The location of plain and fancy is in nicer looking area of the town. i will go there again for sure.
4.0 on March 21, 2011
Outstanding in every way except one: the irregular flagstones on the front walk are a menace.
4.0 on February 22, 2011
I purchased my stay through groupon and was not disappointed. The accommodations are comfortable and extremely clean. The romantic star gazing package was well worth the purchase. Although the owners were away at the time of our stay, we had acceptable service. Our breakfast server was very friendly and knowledgeable of the area. Overall, we had a wonderful visit and plan to stay again in the summer so we can see some of the surrounding parks.
5 on February 18, 2011
Great romantic getaway. The hospitility was great and the breakfast was outstanding. I would absolutely recommend this B&B. Tom and Brenda were great host.
4.4 on December 28, 2010
The hospitality was AMAZING. I will definitely return for another visit.
5 on December 01, 2010
The room was beautiful, the food fantastic and the owners welcoming. I highly recommend staying here. The area is beautiful and the community is friendly.
4.4 on November 17, 2010
It was beautiful and clean, lots of fun. We would definitely go back.
4.0 on September 13, 2010
Very nice place, easy to find along the highway. Brenda & Tom were very nice hosts.
4.0 on September 03, 2010
My daughter (who is 10 yrs old) and I took a mother-daughter vacation alone and we had a blast. The Innkeepers are very nice and planned a trail ride and a massage for us. We stayed in the room "Scarlett's Hideaway" and it was beautiful, homey and comfortable. We will definitely go back!
4.6 on November 13, 2009
The place was great - nice and simple, but with all the little modern touches. Their trails rides were great as well.