Plain & Fancy Bed & Breakfast

11178 Highway 72 , Ironton, MO 63650 USA (Show map)
Book now or get help at


A private getaway bed and breakfast in the heart of Missouri's Arcacia Valley, perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, scenic sightseers or those just wanting a peaceful country escape. This delightful farmhouse, built in 1908, is located just 2 miles outside of town. A bubbling creek runs behind the house and can be viewed close up with a short walk to The Low Water Bridge. Enjoy the many area attractions, such as the antique shops, carriage rides, Fort Davidson, Elephant Rocks, Taum Sauk Mountain, Johnson's Shut-Inns, Black River float trips and the Ozark Trail.



Write A Review
  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.6

Perfect Destination

5 on January 04, 2018

Our goal was to find a secluded and romantic destination for New Year's Eve. WOW, did we find it! The moment we entered and met Ruth we knew this was going to be a great stay. We stayed in the Scarlett Hideway room and enjoyed the huge jacuzzi tub, fireplace and dual showers. This was exactly what parents with four very busy children needed for our rare night away. Ruth prepared our four course dinner and it could not have been any more perfect. The next morning we enjoyed a delicious breakfast as well. We enjoyed our conversations and time spent with Ruth and her beautiful treasure. We will definitely be returning during winery season for another visit. Thank you for going above and beyond to make our stay perfect. We cannot wait to see you again, Ruth!

Nice Oasis from suburbia

3.4 on October 27, 2017

Friendly & peaceful place to rest after exploring Arcadia valley


4.0 on September 05, 2017


Trail Ride

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.

Weekend getaway

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

Lovely B&B

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!

Beautiful home and grounds

4.2 on February 26, 2017

Excellent hospitality and all around fun time!

Weekend Retreat with Great Food!

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!

Beautiful grounds and house

4.0 on February 15, 2017

Ruth is an amazing cook and sweet as can be!

Lovely Gem in Ironton!

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!!!!

View More Reviews

Rooms & Rates

Butterfly Room

This first floor room features an Amish style queen size bed. The desk and other furnishings are also handcrafted by the Amish. Antique butterfly quilts serve as wall hangings. Cable TV and a DVD player are available for your use. Plus, you have in-room wireless internet.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Rhett's Suite

The Red Hat Suite consists of a sitting room, a bedroom, an adjacent bathroom and a private porch which can be accessed by either the bedroom or the sitting room. It sleeps up to four people. The suite is equipped with a thermostat so that you can adjust the temperature to your likeness.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Scarlett's Hideaway

You will find everything that you need for a romantic getaway. Fresh flowers and a bottle of bubbly await you. This room has an oversize corner Jacuzzi tub and a real wood burning fireplace. Cuddle up on the loveseat and watch the fire or put in our favorite movie, "Gone with the Wind".

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

Amish Room

The furniture in this room was custom made and handcrafted by the Amish. The unique wrap-around queen size bed is the focus of this room. Bedside chocolates provided.

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

Low Water Cabin

  • Maximum Capacity: 6

Turtle Rock Cabin

  • Maximum Capacity: 6

Stouts Creek House

  • Maximum Capacity: 6

Pool Side Cabin

  • Maximum Capacity: 6

Check Dates Visit Website


Location Type

Creek runs along property, Cattle & Horse Property, Countryside, Small town, Wine country


St. Louis, MO (STL-Lambert-St. Louis Intl.) 110 miles

Directions to property:

From St. Louis: -Take I-55 south about 22 miles (from I-270) to Exit 174B. -Take US-67 south about 35.5 miles past Bonne Terre & Park Hills to Hwy 221(1 mile south of MO-32 Farmington exit). -Turn right (west) on Hwy 221 to MO-21. -Take MO-21 south about 2 miles to MO-72 junction. -Take MO-72 east; you will pass Hwy JJ about 1.5 miles out. Continue another.5 miles east on MO-72. -House is on the north side (left) of hwy and sign is out front. All check-ins at the Plain & Fancy house.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Trail Rides & Horse Boarding, Johnson Shut-ins, Ozark Trail, Elephant Rocks, Fort Davidson, Taum Sauk Mountain, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Vineyard, Winery

Visit Website

Inn Details

Establishment type

Farm, Ranch

On-site amenities

CD player, Fax Machine, Library, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities , Swimming Pool, Hot Tub, Wedding Gazebo, Patio with Fire Pit

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Microwave, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Trail Rides, Walking Paths, Float Trips, Historic Civil War Site, Horse Boarding, Antique Shops, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Water sports, Whitewater Rafting

Check Dates Visit Website


  • Check In:: 3-5 pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Children always welcome in cottages. Please ask for house.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Up to 2 pets in cottages. One pet in Scarlett's Hideaway
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Weekend and special events in valley require a 2 night minimum.
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Mastercard, Visa, Discover and American Express accepted
  • Cancellations: One night deposit including taxes is required when the reservation is made. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express accepted. If your travel plans change and you must cancel your reservation, please call us at least 14 days prior to your arrival date to cancel your reservation. This will assure that you will only pay the standard $35 cancellation fee. In the unlikely event that you must cancel with less than 14 days’ notice, shorten your stay or check out early, please understand that we must ask you to take responsibility for your entire reservation. If we can rebook your room(s), a partial refund may be made. If you are not able to keep your reservation, you will be permitted a one- time rescheduling only if you call 14 days prior to your arrival. There is a charge of $35 to reschedule your stay. We regret that early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be accommodated due to cleaning schedule. Check-in between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. If you are running late, don’t worry—we can leave instructions in the mailbox on the side of the house—just give us a call, please! Check-out time is 11 a.m. Smoking is restricted to outside designated area only. We regret that we are not handicap or wheelchair accessible. Inquire about children. Small pets welcome for guests staying in Scarlett’s Hideaway.
Visit Website



Ruth Turner

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

I moved to this area about 20 years ago. Its a beautiful peaceful country setting. I love to meet people and have guests. When this opportunity presented itself I thought how perfect. I'm able to help people have a great getaway and enjoy the area.

Check Dates Visit Website




  • Time Served: 9 AM
  • Serving Location: Outside Patio, Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Banana Split Pancake
A six inch chocolate chip German style pancake topped with a homemade strawberry sauce, whipped topping, fresh banana and strawberry slices with nuts and chocolate shavings.


Visit Website