I went Gonzales, Texas to explore the town where my great ancestors settled in the 1850. I chose Belle Oaks Inn because I didn't want to go for a sterile hard bed and foam pillow at the local cheap chain hotel. Boy, was I glad I did. When you walk in you are overwhelmed by the decor: lots of antlers, taxidermy, silver, crystal punch bowls, gorgeous dark woods and rugs on top of rugs. Let's just if you're not into living like a cattle baron from the 1850s, this isn't for you! But if you want to try that it is almost a movie set. The restoration of this huge pillared plantation house is pristine and beautiful and makes you feel like you are living the life it was built for. (I wish I had brought my hoop skirt!) Sometimes these cluttered environments can have a musty odor (I have a problem with musty smells) but there is not a smell about the place. The beds are four postered and so comfortable I slept way beyond my alarm. And the home-made breakfast pastries are dangerous for your diet (they even leave a freshly baked cookie by your bed at night!). I especially loved waking up to the sound of a local rooster and feeling like I lived in Gonzales afterall. Cozy, comfortable and way OTT (over the top).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Belle Oaks Inn is a Louisiana Plantation-Style mansion that has been transformed into a modern tribute to the Southern charm, hospitality, and grace of a bygone era. Comfortable guest rooms have been tastefully decorated with a mix of fine antiques and furnishings with attention given to every detail. The extensive grounds include beautifully manicured lawns and gardens, a sparkling swimming pool and a reflecting pond, all nestled under massive live oak and pecan trees. We cannot accommodate children under 12 years old, nor can we accept pets. ... more less
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