Camellia Rose Inn History

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The Camellia Rose is a beautiful 1903 Queen Anne home, originally known as Swearingen House, as built for Thomas J. Swearingen. Swearingen, who owned one of the first automobile dealerships in Gainesville, lived in the original house (which featured a one-story kitchen in a detached building behind the main house) for fifteen years.

In 1918, Gainesville Grocer George A. Dell purchased the house, and three years later it was sold to Hal C. Batey, a wholesale grocer who would later become mayor of Gainesville.

The house was next bought in 1957 by Dr. Oliver Austin, former Curator of Birds at the Florida State Museum. During this time many changes were made to the house, and in 1978 new owners Mark and Mary Barrow restored the old Swearingen House.

The house was purchased by Pat and Tom McCants in 2006 and renamed the Camellia Rose Inn. After living and working in South Florida for many years, they decided they wanted to work for themselves, doing something they loved. The Camellia Rose Inn was a labor of love, a beautiful home they shared with many visitors to Gainesville.

So, whether you’re coming down to see the Gators play, to watch your child graduate from the University of Florida, or to enjoy a relaxing weekend in beautiful historic Gainesville, let The Camellia Rose Inn be your home away from home.

When the McCants decided to enjoy their Golden Years and sell their Inn, a group of UF graduates and a Gainesville resident decided that the Camellia Rose would be a wonderful addition to their short-term properties in Gainesville. One owner has managed short-term rental properties for 11+ years and enjoys sharing her love of Gainesville with travelers. We look forward to welcoming all guests in this new phase of the Camellia Rose.

THE INN IN 2022:
The Camellia Rose Inn is owned by a local Gainesville company, Southern Comfort Properties. If you need a kitchen and private living areas, we also rent out fully-furnished houses, condos and apartments. All of our rooms and properties are under the Reserve Room tab.

We at Southern Comfort Properties are delighted to welcome you!

We are on the property daily and reachable by phone and e-mail anytime. We provide a delicious continental breakfast buffet (baked goods, bagels, yogurt, and more) each morning for our Inn guests. Snacks are also always available in the dining room. Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, rooms will continue to be cleaned after departure and not during the stay. We will send your arrival receive your check-in instructions (with the codes, internet information, room information, etc…) for your favorite accommodations prior to your confirmed stay.

Susannah Peddie, one of the new owners, lives close by in the historic Duckpond and loves everything about Gainesville.

The Camellia Rose Inn is a non-smoking facility. Make your reservations today!

The Camellia Rose Inn bedrooms are very spacious, with large windows offering grand views of historic Gainesville. Each room is beautifully decorated with modern, conveniences like free wireless Internet access and TVs with streaming television, yet maintains the feel of an era bygone. Our rooms are clean and cozy. Come browse our current selection of rooms and suites. Rates based on per nightly stay, double occupancy and range from $125 – $250 a night. Contact us using our reservation form for current rates.

Our whole rental homes and condos are on the Camellia Rose Inn property and near the hospitals, UF, downtown, SW Gainesville, and more!