We went here to attend the wedding of a friend's son. We have lived in Missouri all out lives, had passed this place many times on our way to going on canoe trips in the Ozarks, and had no idea it was there as a bed and breakfast. We always thought it was still a convent school. But, the school was closed the year we were married, 43 years ago in 1971. It has been re opened as a bed and breakfast. As a wedding venue it was awesome: it is OLD. It has a very lovely, very old Catholic church built for the nuns and the girls at the school more than a hundred years ago. It has stained glass windows and the original frescoes. It is in the process of being restored, so much of the fabric of this vast place is in process. The people are trying hard, but it is such a big job! The place is so beautiful, nonetheless. The FOOD served here is very, very good- we had chicken cordon bleau and roast beef at the wedding. The available bedrooms are very nice. If you don't like old and spooky, go to a motel in the area- the Green Roof Inn and the Shepherd are ok. But this place is so atmospheric- supposedly there are ghostly nuns and some Civil War era soldiers wandering around. (I did not see any, but then, I was the designated driver.) There are gardens, overgrown and appropriately atmospheric. The ice cream is made on site, and is to die for. I ate the dinner at the wedding and I would venture to say any food you get here in the café or the dining room will be surpassingly excellent. This is a great place to stop on the way to the Ozarks to go float tripping. But we plan to return, just to stay here, and enjoy the ambiance of genteel antiquity. For those of you who do not like old, go to a motel- this place smells old, because it IS really old. As I said, much of the fabric of this vast place has not yet seen a remodel. They are working on large rooms for families in the old dormitories, but these are not yet done. But the food is well worth the trip, and the place reeks of historical, and is for real. No swimming pool (yet) but this place reminds me of enormous old manor houses in England that were still lived in by the families who built them centuries ago. Historical, and very friendly. Very close to the old Fort Davidson, Elephant Rocks, Johnson Shut Ins, and the Ozarks Scenic Riverways. Make this your first stop on your way to see these sights.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our B&B is a renovated home of the Catholic Priest who looked after the Arcadia Ursuline Academy nuns years ago. The B&B is attached to the Academy, which has a fantastic history, acres of beautiful land, and is in a peaceful setting. The food here is amazing, you'll see! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Arcadia Academy Hotel Arcadia
- Academy Hotel Arcadia