Sweetwater Branch Inn is a luxurious bed and breakfast located in historic downtown Gainesville. Our stunning Victorian complex sits on expansive grounds complete with a pristine saltwater pool, putting green, and beautifully landscaped gardens. Our inn is thoughtfully decorated and preserved to maintain its history and offer visitors a unique lodging experience. We’re happy to offer an array of top-notch amenities you would expect from a world-class inn, plus much more. When you’re looking for the best Gainesville, FL, accommodations, Sweetwater Branch Inn is the place for you.  

Gainesville, FL, Accommodations at Our Bed and Breakfast 

When you stay with us at Sweetwater Branch Inn, you’ll have your choice of tastefully decorated rooms or fully equipped cottages, which are ideal for traveling groups or extended stays. Our Gainesville boutique inn offers you a clean, comfortable, and tasteful alternative to your standard hotel experience. Plus, all of our Gainesville, FL, accommodations are conveniently located in the heart of town, just blocks from the University of Florida campus, surrounded by plenty of activities and attractions.

Guest Suites 

Here at Sweetwater Branch Inn, we’re happy to offer 12 stunning, restored guest suites. Our property consists of two main houses called the Cushman House and the McKenzie House—each undeniably unique. Within each house, you’ll find that no one suite looks the same. Our rooms are individually decorated and complete with a king or queen-sized bed, private bathroom, and lovely views. Without a doubt, our guest suites are some of the best accommodations in Gainesville, FL! Begin browsing and find the suite that’s exactly right for you. 

Private Cottages 

Are you looking to switch things up? Try staying in one of our seven fully furnished private cottages. Our detached cottages provide a spacious and secluded stay and have everything you need to feel at home. Cottage amenities include a full kitchen, living room, dining room, and outdoor areas. Every unit has its own special features, such as a wrap-around porch, hot tub, sunroom, or window seat with views of our peaceful koi pond. Plus, some of our cottages are pet-friendly so that the whole family can come along for your Gainesville getaway! These properties are the ultimate retreat for families, couples, business travelers, or groups of friends.  

What Comes with Your Stay 

No matter which one of our Gainesville, FL, accommodations you choose to reside in, you’ll have access to all our outstanding amenities and complimentary breakfast each morning. Every reservation also comes with free parking, access to our outdoor pool, gardens, fountains, and pond. You can also take advantage of our onsite bike rentals and explore the Gainesville area.

Sweetwater Branch Inn in Gainesville is the perfect destination to escape to nature and reconnect with the simpler things in life. To learn about all the best things to see and do in the area, download our Free Gainesville Vacation Guide! 


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Carriage house bedroom

Carriage House

The Carriage House is a beautiful, fully furnished apartment with a standing balcony overlooking the lily pond.

The old-Florida inspired Rochelle Room in the Mills-Pound Cottages

Rochelle Room

Part of the newly-restored Mills-Pound Cottages southeast corner of Sweetwater’s grounds, Rochelle Room brings forth the memory of the old North Florida orange gold rush of the 1800s.

The warm old-Florida living room of Windsor Cottage is Southern Hospitality at its finest

The Windsor Cottage

Part of the newly-restored Mills-Pound Cottages on the southeast corner of Sweetwater’s grounds, The Windsor Cottage speaks to southern hospitality with its hardwood floors and live edge wooden kitchen table.

The luxurious Hawthorne Room sitting area and bedroom in royal blue, golden yellow, and white inspired by the magnolia mural

The Hawthorne Room

Part of the newly-restored Mills-Pound Cottages on the southeast corner of Sweetwater’s grounds, this lovely room boasts a beautiful magnolia mural with fourteen-foot ceilings and a large double-counter bathroom vanity.

The inviting bed of Melrose Cottage

The Melrose Cottage

One of Sweetwater Branch Inn’s newest renovated cottages: This old-Florida-style bungalow boasts 14ft ceilings and hardwood floors.

Annie’s Room

Annie’s Room in Nora Belle’s Cottage is outfitted in green, features a queen size bed with a private bathroom, a walk-in shower and a clawfoot tub.

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Rosa’s Room

Rosa’s Room, decorated in warm brown and red, features a king size bed with a private bathroom and a walk-in shower. Rosa’s Room can be found past the pool, through the Sweetwater Gardens, and located in the Nora Belle’s Cottage.

Honeymoon Cottage Bedroom

Honeymoon Cottage

Snuggled in the gorgeous McKenzie Gardens, this newly renovated 1885 cottage is perfect for any romantic getaway.

Lilly's Cottage Bedroom at Sweetwater Branch Inn

Lilly’s Cottage

This is a spacious, elegantly furnished cottage, featuring a king-size bed and a queen-size memory foam sofa bed in the full-size living room, as well as a fully furnished kitchen with a dining room. Relax in your separate bedroom or in the Jacuzzi tub located in the private back porch.

Mae's Cottage Bedroom

Mae’s Cottage

This lovely bedroom with a queen-sized bed, one bath, fully furnished cottage features a kitchenette and living area, with a Jacuzzi spa tub and a walk-in glass shower.

Nora Belles_Living Room

Nora Belle’s Cottage

Nora Belle’s Cottage, our newest renovated masterpiece, features 2 bedrooms and a wraparound front porch.

Sarah's Cottage Bedroom

Sarah’s Cottage

This cozy cottage houses a queen-size bedroom with one full, private bath with a walk-in shower, a kitchen, and a living and dining area.

Victorias Cottage Bedroom

Victoria’s Cottage

This is a cozy, spacious, pet-friendly cottage with a king-size, pillow-top bed as well as a twin daybed.

La Chua Bedroom

La Chua Cottage

Harkening back to the original Florida; it’s natural flora & fauna, its people and our beloved prairie.

Cross Creek Bedroom

Cross Creek Cottage

To honor the famous author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and her book Cross Creek and The Yearling. This cottage is set in the 1920s with its feel and furnishings.

Lester's Bedroom

Lester’s Place Cottage

An incredible man whose life was cut too short this room is just a very small token to remember him, all he did for our community, Sweetwater Branch Inn and for this world.

Island Grove Murphy Bed

Island Grove Cottage

Going back to agriculture Florida time, starting around 1805 Island grove was paramount in produce production, including oranges and peaches!

Isadora Bed

Isadora Room

On the third floor of the McKenzie House, the beautiful Isadora’s Suite boasts cathedral ceilings and a wonderful turret-room with a custom made window seat to help you enjoy the view.

Luisa Room in McKenzie House at Sweetwater Branch Inn

Luisa Room

On the third floor of the McKenzie House, the charming Luisa Room has a private, detached bathroom, with the most luxurious six-foot Jacuzzi tub and shower on the property.

Julia Room Bedroom

Julia Room

On the second floor of the McKenzie House, Julia’s Room features a king-size bed, and a private 1930s art deco bathroom with a two-person walk-in shower, complete with glass tile.

The Giovanna Room at Sweetwater Branch Inn

Giovanna’s Room

On the second floor of the McKenzie House, the Giovanna Room features a queen-size four-poster Mansion bed, a queen-size futon, and a magnificent wisteria tree mural.

The Aurora Room at Sweetwater Branch Inn

Aurora’s Room

On the second floor of the McKenzie House, the wonderfully spacious Aurora Room has a Victorian feel with peaceful aqua tones.

Tiffany's Room Bed

Tiffany Suite

On the second floor of Cushman-Colson House, the Tiffany Suite features a queen-size Victorian mansion pillowtop bed, and a large private bathroom.

Piccadilly Suite Bedroom

Piccadilly Suite

On the first floor of the Cushman-Colson House, our Key West style two-room Piccadilly Suite features a Victorian sunroom filled with light and a queen-size cherry sleigh bed.

Heirloom Suite Bed View

Heirloom Suite

On the second floor of the Cushman-Colson House, the Heirloom Suite, named after the delicate lavender-colored rose, features a queen-size Victorian roll-top bed and a private sunroom.

Tea Rose Room Bedroom

Tea Rose Room

On the first floor of the Cushman-Colson House, the Tea Rose Room features a mahogany king-size bed, classic Persian rug, Italian chandelier and spacious bathroom.

Cornelia Room Beds

Cornelia Room

On the second floor of the Cushman-Colson House, the Cornelia Room has a quilted maple queen-sized pencil post bed, a double bed, and a spacious walk-in shower.

Camelot Bedroom

Camelot Room

On the first floor of the Cushman-Colson House, the Camelot Room overlooks the back courtyard area on the inn and features a queen-size sleigh bed and a large beveled glass armoire.

Blue Moon Bed

Blue Moon Room

On the second floor of the Cushman-Colson House, the Blue Moon Room’s low ceilings, sitting nook, and French Provincial queen-size bed will remind you of Grandma’s house.