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!
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!
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!
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)
5 on November 05, 2017
Heavenly beds and awesome cuisine.
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.
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!
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)
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!
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)
4.8 on February 22, 2017
I was looking for a quick overnight escape for my wife and I. Found this place in Caledonia, Missouri (had never heard of). We thought, "what the hell, how bad can it be?" The first thing we saw upon arrival was the quirky little town of Caledonia. It was really kind of cool and funky. The B and B itself was wonderful. Beautiful old mansion on gorgeous property(even in winter). John and Penny were super friendly and delightful hosts. The rooms are really exceptional and the bed was like a cloud. To top it all off, it turns out that John is an amazing chef and the food was awesome. We definitely will return and recommend it highly.
5 on February 12, 2017
This was our second visit to this beautiful house built in 1849. Innkeepers Penny and Jon are amazing hosts, ensuring our ultimate comfort. The house and our room was beautiful and spotless, very comfortable bed. The breakfasts by Chef Jon were once again, the best that we have ever had at a B&B. His signature dish, Scotch eggs, was fantastic. Teatime with homemade scones, cucumber and cream cheese finger sandwiches, and Scotch butter cookies, along with a choice of gourmet teas was delicious. Breakfast on the second day, "Caledonia Benedict", made with Jon's homemade sausage was amazing. The grounds are enchanting, we spent some time in the gazebo, taking in the beautiful grounds with many birds, and a koi pond. Lots of beautiful red cardinals here. The area is steeped in Civil War history and great wineries. This was a most memorable stay. We'll keep coming back here....
5 on February 09, 2017
I recently enjoyed a relaxing and delightful night's stay at The Old Caledonian. Jon and Penny are amazing hosts and they couldn't have been more welcoming. My night's stay in the Carolina Room was a real treat. The bed linens were so soft and comfortable. I had a great night's sleep! Jon is a talented and creative chef. Each meal was so delicious and beautifully presented. If you have the opportunity, definitely take advantage of stopping by The Old Caledonian. It's a beautiful retreat from the business of everyday life.
Thank you so much. It was our pleasure to host your stay and we're so glad you enjoyed it. We hope to see you again soon at the Old Caledonian Bed & Breakfast!
- Penny (innkeeper)
5 on October 27, 2016
Comfy bed... scrumptious breakfast... 4 o'clock tea... delightful innkeepers. What more can you ask for. Thanks
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.
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.
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.
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.
Use of the Old Caledonian's common areas for events and parties.
Use of the Old Caledonian's common areas, gazebo and grounds for use for weddings.
Countryside, Rural, Secluded, Small town, Wine country
St. Louis, MO (STL-Lambert-St. Louis Intl.) 80 miles
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.
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
Historic Inn, Mansion
Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Fireplace, Ironing Board, Library, Parking, Piano, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Wedding Facilities, Wheelchair access
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Fridge, Hairdryer, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi
Wooded walks, gazebo, koi pond, green fields
Penny Province and Jon Emanuel
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.
Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian If your diet requires our personal accommodation, please let us know at least 24 hours in advance.
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!