Plain & Fancy Bed & Breakfast

11178 Highway 72 , Ironton, 63650 USA (Show map)


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.



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  • Guest room4.4
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.6

Great getaway

4.6 on July 26, 2018

This is the second time we have stayed at this B&B. My wife and I love escaping our 4 children to come to this part of Missouri and have a relaxing weekend. The Butterfly room is where we stay, and the jet-tub is awesome! I highly recommend this B&B. We only had one problem this past time and that was the toilet in our suite didn't work. Wasn't an issue, just a little inconvenient.

Clean and comfortable

4.0 on March 15, 2018

This B&B was very nice. The website needs to be updated because we did not have fresh cookies each day as the website indicated. The TV in the room kept blacking out when we used it. The room was very clean and the breakfast was very good. We loved the spa shower!

Needed a reprise from the city

4.6 on January 27, 2018

My husband and I stayed here on cold winter's night in December of 2017. It was perfect! We were able to unwind from the stresses of holiday and daily life in St. Louis. Hiking and home style restaurants were nearby. Very relaxing and our host was lovely. We will be back!

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

Weekend get away

4.8 on September 19, 2017

Everything was perfect. Ruth made us feel right at home and the food was excellent!

Plain and Fancy B&B

4.6 on September 19, 2017

Wonderful place in the country. Really enjoyed that the owner sat down and told us about how she became owner of the bed and breakfast. Very personal.


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

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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
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Rhett's Suite

Rhett's 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. 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

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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

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


  • 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



Ruth Turner

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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.

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  • 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.