Old Caledonian Bed & Breakfast

116 S State Hwy 21 , Caledonia, 63631 USA (Show map)
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Welcome to the Old Caledonian Bed & Breakfast! We are located a short and scenic 80 minute drive south of St. Louis in the historic Village of Caledonia, nestled in the beautiful Bellevue Valley of southeast Missouri. The Old Caledonian Bed & Breakfast resides in the grand Ruggles-Evans-Dent House, listed on the United States Register of Historic Places, which was built in 1849 on four grass and wood-lined acres right on the main street of Caledonia. Our spacious house and beautiful guest rooms offer vintage luxury and the comfort of triple sheeted bedding and ensuite baths. Our four-acres of grounds offer many options for peace and quiet, relaxation, weddings, activities, and events. Our bountiful breakfasts are prepared by a trained, experienced chef using locally sourced ingredients. We hand-crank sausages in our own kitchen, and our bacons and hams are often cured and smoked in-house! Our delightful afternoon teas celebrate Caledonia’s founders’ Scottish heritage. The Village of Caledonia’s famous Old Village Mercantile, antique shops and craft stores share our block! The Village Barn reception/event hall is just on the other side of our property. We are nearby many state parks (including Elephant Rocks and Johnson Shut-ins). History surrounds the village, and we are centrally located near historic landmarks, towns and a Civil War battlefield which make our area a favorite of enthusiasts from all over the USA. See you at the Old Caledonian Bed & Breakfast!




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  • Guest room4.9
  • Service5
  • Value4.9
  • Cleanliness5
  • Onsite Dining5

Just go! The food is amazing.

5 on April 21, 2018

Quaint. Hospitable. Relaxed. Amazing food.

Hidden Gem

5 on February 27, 2018

What a wonderful experience. This was our first bed and breakfast adventure. The bed was luxurious and the food was awesome food, we will be back!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for the great review! We are so happy you chose to spend your first B&B experience with us, and that you'll be back! We're looking forward to having you as our guest again soon. Cheers!

- Jon (Owner)

Wonderful Norman Rockwell Experience

5 on December 13, 2017

The stay at the Old Caledonian Bed and Breakfast was perfect from the moment you entered the historic home with its fire blazing to the soft, triple-sheeted beds to the incredible six-course dinner made by Chef Jon. Penny and Jon were warm and gracious hosts providing stories of the history of both the Inn and the town of Caledonia making the stay very memorable. We will definitely return and recommend this hidden gem to many. The only suggestion I have is to bring a bigger pair of pants after you enjoy the delicious food that comes from Jon's kitchen!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you very much for the wonderful review! It was our pleasure to have you as our guest here at the Old Caledonian B&B, and for the Edg-Clif Winemaker's Dinner. We hope to see you again soon! Cheers!

- Jon (innkeeper)

Old Caledonian B&B

5 on November 05, 2017

Heavenly beds and awesome cuisine.

Stepping into History

5 on October 17, 2017

We arrived at the Old Caledonian on Friday afternoon. We were greeted warmly by our inn keepers, Jon Emanuel and Penny Province. We toured the 1840 structure and listened intently as Jon described the history and background of the building. The rooms are cavernous and beautifully decorated with pictures and time pieces dating back to the Civil War and prior. We sat down to a formal tea at 5. This was one of the highlights of our stay. Jon is a chef by trade and his skills were very apparent. We dined on pimento cheese sandwiches (outstanding), cucumber sandwiches, a baked good with fresh currants and freshly baked Scotch shortbread cookies, We had a selection of hot teas to accompany our feast as we dined in the library. Next, we toured Caledonia during their Pumpkin Festival. We visited their annual barn dance where a pumpkin pie contest was underway followed by line dancing and a live band of local musicians. We visited the local candy store which was filled with...yes...lots of candy. The store also had lots of antiques, coffees, varieties of ice cream and smoothies and lots of friendly people from the village. We spent the night at the Old Caledonian in our private bedroom and a private bathroom. All the amenities you could ask for were at our disposal. Soft drinks and water were in our private refrigerator, A large stuff chair was a prime spot to enjoy my reading materials. The bed.was made up of triple threaded sheets covering a brass queen bed. The next morning we were treated to a memorable breakfast. Fresh pumpkin waffles (no canned pumpkin in this treat), pawpaw bread made from pawpaws collected on Jon's farm, house cured and smoked ham (Outstanding !) accompanied by fresh cantaloupe and strawberries. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and plan to visit again soon. Lee Thurman Farmington, Missouri

Beyond Fantastic!

4.8 on July 11, 2017

Wonderful rooms! We stayed here for my daughters wedding at the Caledonia Barn. Absolutely stunning setting inside and out. The garden and the grounds are beautiful as are the rooms. My husband and I have stayed at multiple B&B's and the breakfasts we've had are not even comparable to what Jon served up for us! He was also so kind to educate us on how he created some of his heavenly dishes. If you are traveling within 100 miles it is worth finding your way to this bed and breakfast just for the experience. Penny and Jon have extensive knowledge about the history of the home that is fascinating to learn about. I would love to come back without wedding chaos and just enjoy the atmosphere of Old Caledonian Bed & Breakfast.

4th of July get away

4.8 on July 10, 2017

The Old Caledonian Bed & Breakfast was such a treat for my husband and I. We met a lovely couple where we shared a wonderful breakfast and conversation. The rooms are very nice and spacious. I really want to know what type of mattress is on the bed - I have never had such a comfortable rest. The owners were very accommodating and have really created such a beautiful place inside and out. We have been telling all of our friends about it.

Great Stay!

5 on June 12, 2017

Our stay was only 1 night and it was outstanding! The rooms, the grounds and the food was 1st class! The host and hostess were super people and fun to talk to.

Best B & B Stay Ever!

5 on April 08, 2017

We were here for four nights. It was fabulous!! Jon and Penny are amazing hosts. The food was outstanding, beyond delicious. Jon is an awesome chef. All of the breakfasts were delicious and bountiful (loved the Bonny Cakes). Make sure to go for the dinner option, better than any first class restaurant. The rooms are unique and spotless. The Civil War history in the area is plentiful. A perfect escape, go there!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for the great review! We are so happy you enjoyed your stay-- and the food! We love those Bonny Cakes, too. They are a favorite new addition to our breakfast repertoire! Cheers!

- Jon (innkeeper)

We will be back!!

5 on March 27, 2017

My wife and I stayed at the Old Caledonian during a week-long antiquing trip. The home is fantastic and the grounds look wonderful (we arrived late and didn't get to enjoy the gazebo). Jon prepared a wonderful tea and snack for us after we arrived and we really enjoyed getting to know him. The room was great and the entire place was spotless. The bedding was so comfortable I don't believe I moved an inch all night. Breakfast was fantiastic! We had the "Bonnie Cakes" and his home cured bacon. If you stay here make sure to ask him to talk of his time spent as a cook in Antarctica. In the morning we got to meet Penny and she was delightful to speak with and we couldn't have enjoyed our stay with them more. Hopefully next time we will be there early enough to talk more. We are also considering renewing our vows there in the future as well. Next time we will also ask to have dinner at the Inn, I cannot wait to see what he will make. If you go but sure to go across the street to the Mercantile, there are antiques that we had never seen before. It is still operating and was truly amazing to spend time in. Thanks again Jon and Penny!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for the wonderful review and kind words! It was our pleasure to have you as our guests, and we hope to see you at the Old Caledonian again soon (maybe for a renewal of your vows!). Hope you found a great clock to add to your collection! Cheers.

- Jon (innkeeper)

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Rooms & Rates


Named for Penny's great-great grandfather Columbus Bean, a founder of the Village of Caledonia, this spacious room features a beautiful, triple-sheeted queen size bed, a private full bath (adjacent to the room in the hall), and views of Caledonia's quaint Main Street. Located on the second floor, this room also includes a flatscreen TV, inviting chairs and tables, wood finishes and amazing high ceiling.

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


Named for Penny's great-great grandmother Caroline Bean, a founder of the Village of Caledonia, this spacious room features a beautiful, triple-sheeted queen size bed, full ensuite bath (includung a luxurious clawfoot tub), and lovely views of our gazebo. Located on the second floor, this room also includes a flatscreen TV, wood finishes and amazing high ceilings.

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


Named for Missouri's state flower, this spacious first-floor room features a beautiful, triple-sheeted queen-size bed, gorgeous wood finishing and views of both our gazebo and Caledonia's quaint Main Street. The room also includes a flatsceen TV, and amazing high ceilings. We've designed the Hawthorn Room with our guests requiring special disability accommodation in mind. The ensuite bath has a roll-in shower, and we have support bars and shower seats available for the ease and comfort of our guests who may require them. The room is available for all who are interested, but those not requiring accommodation may be kindly asked to switch rooms should the need for this room's specific accommodations arise.

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


Named for the Scottish flower symbolic of luck, with purple tones to match, this spacious room features a beautiful, triple-sheeted queen size bed, and ensuite full bath (including a luxurious claw foot tub, and lovely views of both our gazebo and Caledonia's quaint Main Street. Located on our second floor, this room also includes a flatscreen TV, wood finishes and amazing high ceilings.

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

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Location Type

Countryside, Rural, Secluded, Small town, Wine country


St. Louis, MO (STL-Lambert-St. Louis Intl.) 80 miles

Directions to property:

From St. Louis: Take I-270 to Exit 2, Tesson Ferry Road (Route 21) south. Follow Route 21 all the way to the Old Caledonian Bed & Breakfast (approximately 70 miles from the exit). We’ll be on your right just as you enter Caledonia’s main street.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Eco-tourism, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ruins, Tours, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Mansion

On-site amenities

Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Fireplace, Ironing Board, Library, Parking, Piano, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Wedding Facilities, Wheelchair access

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Fridge, Hairdryer, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Wooded walks, gazebo, koi pond, green fields

Check Dates


  • Check In:: 4:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: We require 100% percent payment at the time of booking.
  • Cancellations: Reservations may be cancelled with full refund up to one week prior to first scheduled night of stay. Cancellations made within one week of first scheduled night of stay will not be eligible for refund.



Penny Province and Jon Emanuel

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About the innkeepers

Husband-and-wife team Penny Province and Jon Emanuel are your welcoming hosts at the Old Caledonian Bed & Breakfast. With over three decades of combined inn-keeping, culinary, and hospitality experience, Penny and Jon can’t wait to share the Old Caledonian Bed & Breakfast with you.

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  • Time Served: 8:00-9:00 am
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian If your diet requires our personal accommodation, please let us know at least 24 hours in advance.

Signature Dish

The Old Caledonian's Scotch Egg
The word Caledonia means "Scotland" in the language of ancient Rome. Caledonia Missouri's first settlers, including owner Penny's great-great grandparents, were originally from Scotland and named the town after their homeland. We celebrate Caledonia's Scottish heritage in many ways at the Old Caledonian Bed & Breakfast, including with our signature breakfast dish, our house-made Scotch Egg. It's a farm fresh soft-boiled egg, gently wrapped in a layer of our house-made breakfast sausage (owner Jon often butchers the pigs himself for our sausages, bacons and hams). The wrapped egg is then breaded and fried until golden brown and delicious. It's usually served over a bed of hash-browned mashed potatoes with garden greens mixed in (this delectable side dish is called "colcannon" in Scotland). Have we got your mouth watering yet? Come for a stay with us to try our amazing breakfast specialties!