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Rip Van Winkle Gardens

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Beautiful house, Gardens and Cafe

We have been here for a visit two years ago.. and visited again. The house and gardens are well... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Goole, United Kingdom
Great place to visit

Very different than the plantations that we have visited. Located on Lake Peigneur, which has a... read more

Reviewed December 13, 2018
Greg J
Marrero, Louisiana
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We have been here for a visit two years ago.. and visited again. The house and gardens are well worth a visit, a lovely walk around. This time it was a visit to the gift shop and the lovely cafe... The cafe has inside and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Symba2014
Reviewed December 13, 2018

Very different than the plantations that we have visited. Located on Lake Peigneur, which has a very unusual history all its own. Gardens and home were very beautiful, and we also enjoyed a great meal before our adventure. Cottages are also available for extended stays.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Greg J
Reviewed December 11, 2018

We were told by friends not to miss this place. They were right. Even though it is winter, it is a beautiful garden and home. We enjoyed great lunch and walk through the gardens.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Anita W
Reviewed October 6, 2018 via mobile

We went and had lunch with another couple. The food was just ok but the scenery was beautiful. I would go back

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank smromero
Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

GORGEOUS!! With us going in September, I thought it wouldn't be as pretty, I was very wrong!! The peacocks are an added perk. They will eat crackers out of your hand. This is definitely a place we will visit as often as possible! We were...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank ldm8529
Reviewed August 13, 2018 via mobile

My wife found this gem. It is worth every cent to see the gardens, the house and history. The disappearance of a small lake and then a larger lake take it's place. So many people involved.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Daboom54
Reviewed July 30, 2018

My family and I stayed here for a night on our way to Alabama from Texas. My mom and sister had been here once a few years ago, and I can attest that their praises didn't do it justice. In person this place was even...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Sarah M
Reviewed June 23, 2018

On the day we went, it was raining off and on. These gardens are worth a visit, rain or shine. Be prepared for a good walk, but there are plenty of places to sit if you need to.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Gayle W
Reviewed June 21, 2018

My grandson and bride to be married on the edge of the pond at sunset. Most beautiful experience. The reception hall was perfect and food very delicious.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank sugahb2015
Reviewed June 19, 2018 via mobile

This was my second visit to Rip Van Winkle Gardens. This time I also toured the home, ate at the restaurant and walked those marvelous gardens. The home has the most beautiful furnishings and the humongous cast iron stove in kitchen must have cooked up...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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July 5, 2018|
Response from DaBigG | Reviewed this property |
I would give it at least 2 hours. We spent about 3 and did not eat there. If you are really into flowers, you could spend more.
Rose L
June 13, 2018|
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Response from Janell S | Reviewed this property |
No, the garden paths are gravel and there are slight inclines that may be difficult to push through. I think the gift shop, restaurant, and outdoor dining area overlooking the beautiful lake would be accessible as well as... More
July 12, 2017|
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Response from Lynn L | Reviewed this property |
Hi, the cost to tour the gardens & the home are included in the price of the stay at the cottages. It is beautiful!
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Road trip from Houston - itinerary help please... (4 Replies)
We are doing some early planning for a 4-5 day road trip to LA from Houston, Will start in Eunice to visit my grandparents' graves, then to New Iberia to see Rip Van Winkle Gardens. Also would like to see the Tabasco factory at Avery Island. We would also like to see two or three of the plantations, but won't be going into New Orleans this time. Please help with suggestions for best plantations that make the most sense to visit for this itinerary. Thanks.
September 08, 2013|
Response fromporelly|
If you haven't, you might want to post this question in the Louisiana forum also since your questions are NO related. You'll probably get some answers here too, but would also on the other forum.