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“Breakfast 11-2-2012”
Review of Villa Louis

Villa Louis
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Owner description: This Victorian house includes relics from the area's history, including a battle in the War of 1812.
Reviewed November 4, 2012

We did the breakfast preparing program on 11-2-2012 and it was a blast. We cooked using reciepes from 1890's and same preparation methods, hand beaters and wood fired stove and oven. Items in oven had to be turned because the heat for the fire box was on one side. They made coffee, grounds plus eggs, so the eggs would absorb the grounds giving us clear coffee, it worked! Hand made sausage with apple rings, fried cat fish, and a German Pancake that looked more like a souffle or custard or a combination of the two. Plus waffles, gems and homemade jellies and applebutter. Can not forget to mention the hot chocolate.

Sat down and ate it all all a period table, 1890's style.

Kudos to Susan, Marsha, Christine and Lisa for a fun and educational time. We can now say we hae cooked using a wood fired stove and oven.

2  Thank JimVH
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

It was nice to have a tour guide that is knowledgeable. It is also nice to see how the wealthy antebellums lived.

Thank Debra B
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

We are not big fans of guided tours. That being said, we wanted to visit Villa Louis, and a guided tour was the only thing available. We spent about and hour and a quarter on the tour with two other couples and a very knowledgable tour guide who actually let us into a few rooms past the ropes since we were a small group. Not only was the tour extremely interesting, we left feeling we could not have gotten nearly the experience had we not had a tour! Yes, there are plenty of areas to explore on your own also. But the tour definitely gives you the full glimpse into three generations of the Dousman family. A delightul afternoon.

1  Thank Judy C
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Reviewed September 12, 2012

We visited the Mansion and the outbuildings in the immediate vicinity as it was the end of the day. You buy your tickets at a raised Visitors Center. I don't know how disabled people would do it if they didn't have assistance. I think it was built that way because of Mississippi River flooding. The Villa Louis is built on a raised mound for that very reason. It is a short walk from the Visitor Center to the Mansion through some nice gardens with an artesian well/pond. The ducks were cute. First we saw the Dousman Office building that housed the office and the game room. The pool table was incredible, inlaid with ivory. No pictures are allowed so I have nothing to show except outside photos.

I have toured a lot of historic mansions but this was over the top in terms of opulence. There is a beautiful enclosed veranda that wraps around the house. The estate is named for the son of H.L. Dousman and his wife Jane Fisher Rolette Dousman. Over 90% of the furnishings are original. Wow. It was beautiful. We were in every room. The Dining Room was set for a party. Never knew you could serve so many beverages at a dinner party. I loved the kitchen. On occasion they open the kitchen for some classes.

There are additional extensive grounds that we did not explore.

1  Thank plan2gosoon
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

This little slice of Victorian life on the banks of the Mississippi was a real treat. The family home has an uncharacteristically complete heritage of pictures and written documentation and the restoration is beautifully done. We were lucky enough to get a glimpse of the final piece to be finished: the 1895 Steinway. We felt is was well worth the price to support such a unique spot.

Thank kathysommer
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