My husband and I visited our son who Lives in Gainesville. It was a long 5 hours drive which was swiftly forgotten as soon as we set foot on the tree shaded, fountain whispering Secret Garden Cottage. The linens were fresh and ample, kitchen ready to host, and the bathroom sparkled. We have been returning here for well over 20 years. Just love it.
My wife and I stayed four nights at Magnolia Plantation. It was our first true Bed & Breakfast experience, and they set the bar high! The innkeeper and owners are so sweet. The breakfasts were amazing. It's only about a 10 minute walk to downtown restaurants. On our anniversary, we enjoyed the candlelight dinner, and it was a perfect way to celebrate.
Needed a mental/physical get away/break and to celebrate our anniversary in these quarantine times. Couldn't go far and our daughter recommended the Bed and Breakfast district of Gainesville. It was wonderful! Wonderful food, beautiful grounds, super friendly, knowledgeable staff and owners. Very quaint oasis in this college town with great outdoor recreation nearby. We took our bikes and rode around town looking at the historic buildings and flora/fauna. Also rode 30 miles on the Gainesville>Hawthorne rails to trails path just a few miles start from the Magnolia Plantation. Wonderful relaxing vacation!
This place is nothing short of awesome. In June 2020 My now fiancé and I traveled to the magical magnolia plantation b&b. Our stay was short, but oh so sweet. Cindy, joe, the girls who work there are all amazing and made are stay so enjoyable. On our last evening I had arranged for their candlelight dinner ( which was one of the best meals I’ve ever had). The scene was just so beautiful and romantic. The Gazebo that had been lit up with candles was the best place I could ask my fiancé to marry me. This is a place I will always cherish and remember. I recommend this place to any and everybody. Also thank You to everyone at the magnolia plantation bed & breakfast for making out stay so special.
We have stayed at well over 100 traditional B & B's, but we've never stayed in one where the innkeepers had owned the property and run it as a B & B for almost 30 years. One reason they've stayed in business so long is that the B & B has the "little touches" that separate it from the competition. The property is a vast complex consisting of a beautiful 1885 Victorian house with four B & B rooms, about nine distinct cottages, and a large, lovely garden area. It's located in an area of historic homes less than a 10 minute walk to downtown Gainesville. The cottages apparently are very popular for University of Florida sporting events. The check-in was efficient, and our Heather Room was fine----nice size with a small bathroom with walk-in shower (which we prefer to the clawfoot tubs that some of the other rooms have). Lighting was good (often an issue with historic B & B's) with an overhead fan. The room also had a gas fireplace. The house is not a "luxury" B & B with very high prices, but a historic property whose character has been preserved. The room price seemed to be in line with the nature of the room and house. Breakfast was very good, and there is outdoor seating weather permitting (it was cool, so they served breakfast in the house's dining room for us). There is wine and tidbits in the afternoon, and the wine was actually a good brand (not the cheap stuff you sometimes see in B & B's). Parking is on site. They will help with your luggage (there is no elevator). Both innkeepers and staff were friendly and informative as to downtown restaurants, etc. Overall, we had a comfortable one night stay in this well managed B & B.…