Recently we have been traveling between Houston and Baton Rouge for family matters. We have begun treating ourselves on the return trip to Houston by stopping off in small towns in south Louisiana for brief stays to relax. This time we stayed at the Cottages at Rip Van Winkle based on an Internet search. We booked for two nights and had such a relaxing and special time that we extended our stay by an additional night.
This is a special property. The cottages, and there are only three, are incorporated well into a large property that includes the historic Jefferson House and extensive gardens. When you stay in the cottages, the rest of the property is available. We walked the grounds and gardens extensively and found them lovely and interesting. A stay at the cottage includes a tour of the beautiful and interesting Jefferson House. The tour guides are local and lively - lots of fun. We toured in the morning and essentially had a private tour.
Our cottage was fine (Servant's Cottage 2). The bedroom was very comfortable, there was a functional kitchenette and large bathroom. Interestingly, there was satellite tv but no wifi. There was a front porch with rockers and ceiling fans (it was August). Very pastoral and the peacocks added interest. They provide car covers because the peacocks like to look at their reflection and sometimes peck the cars. The breakfast was self made and basic from items left in the cottage, for example, bagels, pre-packaged muffins, cereal (really? - Frosted Flakes and Sugar Pops for an adult breakfast!). Surely there must be a better option for such a nice accommodation as this one. Nothing is perfect, but this place is special.
So, why was it special? You arrive at the property by driving down a live oak lined lane. There is an iron gate through which you must pass still leaving a ways to go to get to the property. After 5pm, the iron gate was closed and we were essentially alone on the property, especially the second night when we were the only overnight guests. We didn't see or hear another person. We walked the property, had drinks on the veranda of the big house and basically immersed ourselves in the imagination of what it must have been like to live on this property in historic times. This was so relaxing and special for us we booked another night.
A dining tip - if you decide to eat in and enjoy the property like we did one night, the local pizza places will deliver to the iron gate. You just meet them there (a 1 minute drive) and go from there. Fun! We'd go back.