The Laurel Oak Inn

Select Registry Member Since 2018

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The Laurel Oak Inn

Select Registry Member Since 2018

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The Basics

If you love experiencing true Southern Hospitality you will love the Laurel Oak Inn, it’s a Florida gem. Starting with a warm southern accent welcoming you when you arrive, to complimentary beverages and delicious breakfasts during your stay. Dave and Nan will immediately make you feel at home, so be prepared to be pampered. Dave likes to say, Nan’s never met a stranger, just like all southern belles.

Things We Love

Tom Petty, as in Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers lived at The Laurel Oak Inn in the late 60s when it was a tenement home

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For those honey lovers, our honey is made, literally, two doors down from the Laurel Oak Inn

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We are the smallest inn and the most intimate bed and breakfast in the Gainesville Historic Bed and Breakfast District

At A Glance

  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Smoke-Free Property
  • Free On-site Parking
  • Adult Only
  • Fireplaces in All Guestrooms
  • Jetted Tubs - Some Rooms
  • Full House Rental Available
  • Weddings & Events Available

Best For

  • College or University
  • Gardens & Natural Wonders
  • Wedding/Special Occasion/Celebration

In The Know

Here are a few things you can't miss when you visit...

  • Devils Den Spring, is a scuba divers paradise
  • Micanopy, is the oldest inland town in Florida and movie set for the 1991 movie, Doc Hollywood
  • Depot Park, a signature city park located downtown and provides a space for public outdoor enjoyment unique to the city, has a nice walking trail surrounding a retention pond
  • GNV Market at Heartwood Sound Stage and Thur farmers market are walking distance of the Inn
  • The Hippodrome is Gainesville's cultural centerpiece offering live theatre, films, gallery exhibits, classes, and special events throughout the year


The Laurel Oak Inn is a beautifully restored 1885 Queen Anne Victorian. Our five bedroom bed and breakfast is located in the heart of the Historic Bed and Breakfast District in Gainesville, Florida. We are within walking distance of downtown Gainesville and less than 2 miles from the University of Florida. If you are looking for a relaxing getaway or to sight see your way through history and nature, we are that perfect blend. The Inn offers luscious green landscaping, with several porch areas overlooking the grounds while enjoying the calming sound of waterfalls, fountains and birds chirping. We are surrounded by museums, local theatre, restaurants to please anyones delight and several state parks, to include Tom Petty Park, which is just over a mile away. The Laurel Oak Inn was once the tenement home of our very own Tom Petty of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. If you stay at the Laurel Oak Inn you will be able to say your breakfast was made where Tom Petty slept. We welcome you to enjoy all the many attractions Gainesville has to offer. We hope you enjoy your stay at the Laurel Oak Inn while make memories and creating experiences.


Inn Amenities: Free Onsite Parking, Wine/Spirits Available, National Historic Registry

Food & Wine

Meals Offered: Breakfast

Restaurant on Premises: No

Special Diets Accommodated: Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free, Yes

Breakfast: Complimentary

Breakfast Service: Continental, Full

Breakfast Seating: Communal, Set Times, Flexible Times

Pub/Tavern on Premises: No

Dining Amenities: Complimentary Beverages, Complimentary Afternoon Tea/Refreshments, Complimentary Snacks, Complimentary Early Coffee Tea

Rooms & Suites

Accommodations: Suites

# of Rooms: 5

Beds: Queen, King

Room Entertainment: Cable TV

Handicap Accessible: Limited

Room Amenities: Air Conditioning, Alarm Clocks, Bathrobes, Fireplace, Hair Dryer, Refrigerator, Whirlpool or Jacuzzi

For information on ADA accessibility for the facility or its rooms, please contact the property directly.

Guest Services

Internet Service: Wireless, Complimentary

Inn Amenities: Free Onsite Parking, Wine/Spirits Available, National Historic Registry

Location Type

Location Type: City/Metro


Minimum Stay Required: Holidays, Peak Season

Pet-Friendly: No

Innkeeper's Pets: Inside

Smoking Policy: Outside Only

Family Friendly: Over 12

Weddings & Events

Wedding/Events Capacity: 20-49

Events Supported: Private Parties, Receptions, Rehearsal Dinner, Bridal Luncheon, Elopement

Wedding/Reception/Event Facilities: Outdoor

Reception Seating: 20-49

Max Capacity Outdoor: 55

Business Travel & Events

Meeting Types: Social

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