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The Sweetwater Branch Inn
Bed and Breakfast

Gainesville, Florida


The Sweetwater Branch Inn Bed & Breakfast, in historic downtown Gainesville, is part of a Victorian complex which offers all the amenities you'd expect in a world-class bed & breakfast and much more. Featured on PBS's series "Country Inns USA," The Sweetwater Branch Inn is graciously decorated and historically preserved offering its visitors a unique lodging experience. Surrounded by the magnificent McKenzie Gardens, the McKenzie House, dating to 1895, is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

The Sweetwater Branch Inn combines the best of Southern hospitality and Victorian comfort, along with today's modern amenities and conveniences. Conveniently located adjacent to the University of Florida and Gainesville's Historic District, the Sweetwater Branch Inn is within walking distance to Gainesville's Downtown with fine dining, theatre, museums, music, and a variety of evening entertainment.

Sweetwater Branch Inn offers 18 spacious bed chambers, cottages, and apartments (some turn-key rentals) that will capture your heart and ease your mind.


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Room rates range from $204 for a single/double room to $284. Prices include full breakfast and a complimentary wine and cheese hour. To better get acquainted with the Sweetwater Branch Inn, view our rooms and cottages on our homepage to see the unique character, ambience, and amenities that set each apart.  Please see our amenities below:

  • Central Air Conditioning/Heat
  • Private bath with claw-foot tub, or Jacuzzi tub and shower (with the exception of Julia's room which has a unique 1930's Art Deco walk-in shower)
  • Queen size beds (Carriage House & Honeymoon Cottage have a King size beds)
  • Antique furnishings
  • Writing desks with sitting chairs
  • Private telephone
  • Wireless High Speed Internet
    Ironing board and iron
  • Blow dryer
  • Coffee Maker
  • Noise diffusers
  • Free local phone calls
  • Many rooms with fireplaces
  • Cable television
    Pre-Arranged Shuttle Service runs from 7:00 am- 11:00 pm

Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, the Sweetwater wishes to accommodate your every need.


In the morning, you'll awaken to the rich aroma of Sweetwater's own blend of Sweetwater Organic coffee and a newspaper. Downstairs, a delicious full gourmet breakfast awaits you.

The menu always includes a wide variety of choices, from the Sweetwater's famous crepes to savory choices such as quiche and croissants. Breakfast always includes fresh fruit and juice. Additional breakfast tickets can be purchased for your visitors for just $10.00 each.

Weddings at The Sweetwater Branch Inn Bed and Breakfast

Nestled in historic downtown Gainesville, Florida, Sweetwater Branch Inn provides the perfect fairy tale location for weddings. Sweetwater Branch Inn defines Victorian romance and Southern comfort, with a touch of home style charm. Your wedding should be an unforgettable memory that will last a lifetime. To ensure this lasting memory the Sweetwater Branch Inn staff will customize your wedding to your particular needs and style, making this the perfect venue for your special day. At Sweetwater Branch Inn your can find everything you need for nearly every aspect of your wedding.

Our knowledgeable and friendly event staff will help you plan your wedding every step of the way, according to your style and within your budget. We offer full on-site catering for up to 200 guests for any of your pre-wedding, wedding, or post-wedding events.

Your wedding ceremony is the first step leading to the rest of your life. Sweetwater provides the perfect setting for your wedding ceremony. Whether inside, or outside in the gazebo surrounded by the beautiful gardens, you can choose the space that best suits your needs and style.


Wine and Cheese Hour

All guests are invited to attend our wine and cheese hour, served downstairs in the Cushman Colson House, every evening from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Enjoy wine, cheese, and other treats at the sound of soft music played throughout the common areas of the house.

Area Attractions and Nearby Activities

Bicycle rentals and riding trails-Bird watching-Canoeing-Fishing-Golf-Kayaking
Antique Shopping-art Galleries-Concert venue-Gourmet/Fine Dining-Historical interests
Shopping-Sight-seeing-Swimming-Tennis courts and Tennis racket rentals-Boating-Live Music-Movie Theaters-Museums-National/State parks-Nature walks-Performing Theater-Picnic area-Zoo

Guest Information

  • Check in is 3:00 p.m. and Check out is 11:00 a.m. There is a $35.00 charge for late check-outs.
  • The Sweetwater Branch Inn accepts checks, cash, American Express®, MasterCard®, Visa®, and Discover® cards. Prices do not include sales tax or county lodging tax. Reservations are strongly recommended.
  • Office hours for check-ins are as follows:
  • Monday-Saturday: 3 pm - 9 pm
    Sunday: 3 pm - 7 pm
  • Early checkins before 3 pm are an option for a $35 fee and are subject to availability. If you anticipate that you will be arriving after the office closes, please let us know so that we can arrange a late check-in for you. If you are running late the day of, please give us a call and we will instruct you on what to do. Or, if you know in advance that you will be arriving late, we are happy to e-mail you detailed instructions as well as a property map up to a week in advance!
  • Our deposit and cancellation policies were thoughtfully constructed with both our guests and our business in mind. Prior to booking, please take a moment to read them carefully. The short and sweet version is that all reservations require a $100 non-refundable deposit that is forfeit if you cancel any time after booking. For more detailed information, please visit www.sweetwaterinn.com/policies. We look forward to meeting you!
  • Children Policy
    Children under the age of 6
    It is our best hope to be a family friendly inn. We welcome your children but ask that they are consistently supervised to keep noise and activity to a minimum so as to avoid disturbing our guests on romantic or peaceful vacations. Please accept advance notice that our homes are filled with treasured antique furniture and accessories. Our grounds have beautiful but potential harmful features such as fountains, a pond and access to main roadways. Any damage, complaints or disruptive actions from children will be the full responsibility of the parent. We do not provide nor have the space for high chairs in our dining room. Seating is family style and may not be appropriate for toddlers and infants. Children over the age of 4 are more easily managed in the dining room area. We also do not provide cribs or pack and plays. Thank You for your understanding.
  • Pets are accepted exclusively on Sarah’s cottage. Sarah’s cottage is not available to be booked online. To make a reservation please call us at (352) 373-6760 (Local) or 1-800-595-7760 (Toll Free).Our pet policy and fees can be seen on our homepage.

Our Mission Statement:

"At Sweetwater Branch Bed and Breakfast, we aim to create, through exemplary service, beauty and gracious attitude, an overall memorable and extraordinary experience for each of our guests that corresponds with the overall effort of love and compassion that has gone into the making of the Sweetwater Branch Inn property."

A Unique Historic Bed and Breakfast in North Florida

The Sweetwater Branch Inn
Bed and Breakfast

625 East University Avenue
Gainesville, Florida 32601
(352) 373-6760

Fax: (352)371-3771
Email: reserve@sweetwaterinn.com
Homepage: www.sweetwaterinn.com
Innkeeper: Cornelia Holbrook

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