Ok, so I read the bad reviews on here, because I didn't understand how anyone could give this place a bad one. I understand them now but do not agree.
Houmas House is a stunning plantation home that's been restored lovingly. It's full of beautiful period antiques, and lovely and amazing objects of art, paintings, and yes a small few of the owner's belongings which in no way detract from the Newcomb pottery, china, Steinway baby grand, etc. I loved our tour, it was a history of the house, grounds, how and by whom it was all built and restored. I didn't expect a slavery lesson nor would I want one. I think how these beautiful homes were built is known, and we all know slavery happened, why and how, and it was briefly mentioned on the tour. I'd rather enjoy the history of the home and the grounds; I'm not visiting for a history lesson but rather who built the home, why, how it's been restored.
The grounds are extensive, lovely and captivating. I do hope the owner Mr. Kelly doesn't overbuild and keeps the property's quiet and beauty.
The restaurants are great, we had a wonderful meal every time. Special kudos to the staff at The Carriage House (although chef has got to be overworked and looked it when we saw him) who were super attentive while staff at the Cafe Burnside were not.
In all a gorgeous property we hope stays small, well kept and prosperous so we can go back one day soon.
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