Old Caledonian Bed & Breakfast

116 S State Hwy 21 , Caledonia, 63631 USA (Show map)


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 room5.0
  • Service5
  • Value4.9
  • Cleanliness5
  • Onsite Dining5


5 on August 19, 2018

We rented a room for our honeymoon and we were NOT dissapointed. It was like a step back in time with modern conveniences AND we were pampered with amazing food and great service. I would (and have) recommend them to anyone

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for the great review! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay; and are honored that you chose to stay with us during such a special time. Cheers!

- Jon (innkeeper)

Great Getaway

5 on August 06, 2018

My wife and I needed a short time to just get away, rest as we wanted, be active if we wanted. Old Caledonian proved to be a great place for us to do this. The room we had was high, and comfortable, the bed very comfortable. Breakfasts were delicious, and the dinner that Jon cooked for us was outstanding. There were plenty of things to do and see within 15-30 minutes drive -- we visited Elephant Rocks State park. We look forward to returning and trying some Scotch eggs!


5 on July 02, 2018

I couldn’t ask for a more welcoming place to stay. The room was fantastic. The beds are so comfortable. Nothing but praise for the food. I felt like I was royalty. Impeccable

We loved this wonderful B&B!

5 on June 11, 2018

We just got home from our vacation and couldn’t wait to send a review! Where to begin...We have stayed at many B&B’s but must say this was the best we have ever experienced. The home is beautiful, filled with beautiful furnishings, family china, old fashioned music softly playing in the background. There are healthy gardens to walk in, a waterfall with a small pond filled with fish and lily pads that were in bloom. So peaceful! This, with a wonderful Gazebo and fruit trees. The cherries were ripe which Jon made a wonderful sauce with for our pork dinner. As the other reviews mention, Jon is a professional chef that continued to wow us from the moment we checked in. We were treated to “tea” served on family china with cloth napkins. We had delicious scones, cookies, mini lemon muffins and a savory tart, all of which were homemade. I thought how am I ever going to eat dinner? A few hours later we enjoyed the best dinner I think I’ve had in years. A wonderful shrimp appetizer, pork entree, followed by the biggest surprise! My husband casually mentioned “Sticky pudding” we enjoyed through out Scotland. When dessert came he magically whipped this delicious masterpiece up in his kitchen! We will never forget it! Our room was very comfortable. Beautiful soft sheets!! We loved visiting with Jon and Penny! We hope to be back soon, even though we live in Nevada!

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.

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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

Check Dates


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.



Penny Province and Jon Emanuel

Languages spoken


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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.

Check Dates




  • 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!