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“fabulous stay in the cottage” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Audubon Garden Cottage

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Audubon Garden Cottage
Sharon MA, USA
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311 reviews
82 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 280 helpful votes
“fabulous stay in the cottage”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

So many positive things to say about the place, the hosts, and the overall experience.

First the place
* the cottage is behind the owner's house -- accessed via a door in the fence on the side street
* there is a large fully enclosed garden area that is shared with the owners -- this contains outdoor table and chairs -- it is available to be used by the occupants of the cottage
* the cottage is one long room (about 30 feet by 12 feet)
* one end has a large and comfy queen sized bed, night tables, antique armoire
* the middle has the entrance door, TV sitting on a antique credenza with tourist brochures, a couch, coffee table, a table with 4 chairs
* the other end has a small sink, full sized fridge, antique dresser containing dishes, glassware, silverware. The dishes were also antique. On top of the dresser are: microwave, toaster, coffee maker, tea/coffee
* the bathroom is a small room off the kitchen area -- it includes a stall shower, toilet, sink with medicine cabinet. There is a hair dryer there.
* there are many windows -- the cottage gets a lot of light
* there is a central heating/cooling unit as well as overhead ceiling fans
* breakfast is a DIY experience -- the owners stock the fridge and you prepare your own breakfast
* upon arrival we found the place spotless. You are responsible for keeping the place clean and tidy during your stay -- there is no maid service

The walls are full of paintings and posters -- many evoking jazz and New Orleans. There are two memorable art works to mention
1. large Audubon painting of a pelican
2. very large poster from 1858 showing all the plantations from New Orleans to Natchez
Also note the dragonfly theme seen in some garden ornaments and in various interior decorations. There are also many small Mardi Gras souvenirs including a rare Zulu Krewe coconut. The place is full of books about New Orleans, southern architecture, flora and fauna.


The hosts
Robert and Donald were wonderful -- very friendly and solicitous. We had some special food requests which they fulfilled completely. We arrived to find the fridge very well stocked. We were pretty independent and only consulted them a couple of times during our stay. Every encounter was great -- we felt like we were honored guests. They prepared a very thorough list of restaurants, and other local businesses. When we mentioned we were interested in vegetarian-friendly restaurants and had identified a few before we came, they quickly determined that we had not heard of Carmo -- a relatively new place on Julia St. Within a few minutes we were given a full page printout from Carmo's web site giving lots of info on the place.


Overall experience
The location worked great for us. The place was peaceful and quiet at night, yet only a short ride to the hustle/bustle of the French Quarter. We could easily walk to Audubon park. Being located on this side of town also made it very easy to do a few day trips we took out of town.

The only tiny quibble we had was with the toaster oven -- it is a bit tricky to make toast without burning your bread. This is a tiny issue and did not diminish the wonderful experience we had here.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hockessin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

We arrived on Christmas Day and left on New Years Day and had an absolute incredible visit. The cottage gave us a home away from home feel which is exactly what we wanted to see if we would like to move to NOLA. Loved how everything you could need for a stay was a part of the cottage and even arrived to a refrigerator filled with drinks and snacks! Our hosts were wonderful and the location was perfect for us - a few blocks from the St. Charles Streetcar but with on street parking (necessary since we had car for a few visits away from the city). We would highly recommend the cottage if you want a great down home place to stay! Shoot, we are looking at coming back to NOLA in the summer and hoping to stay here again!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Darlene H
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Chesapeake, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2012

It was a wonderful experience for my husband and I.Starting with the tax cab awaiting for us at the airport . We were at this B and B July 1 through July 7 and from the booking of the room to the checking out, we were made to feel most welcome at this beautiful and charming home and garden. We were treated with loving care and attention and the experience was better than we could have imagined.. It is elegant,warm and simply the best!!

thanks

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank janice d
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Audubon Garden C, Owner at Audubon Garden Cottage, responded to this review, August 10, 2012
Janice,
It was a pleasure having you two stay with us. We hope to see you during your next visit. You are most welcome.

Robert & Donald
Audubon Garden Cottage
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2012

Once you experience the cottage you will be spoiled for common cow-pen accommodations at chain hotels. Perfect hosts. Perfect location. Lousy pavement on the streets but perfectly equipped to enhance your visit to The Big Easy.

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank saltyone
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Audubon Garden C, Owner at Audubon Garden Cottage, responded to this review, May 2, 2012
Thank you so much for your kind words here and the lovely card you left us.
We are glad you enjoyed staying with us for your anniversary. We try to give you the best experience we can (rough road not-withstanding). We look forward to having you stay with us in the future.
Sincerely,
Robert & Donald
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Additional Information about Audubon Garden Cottage

Property: Audubon Garden Cottage
Address: 5033 S Saratoga St, New Orleans, LA 70115-5637
Location: United States > Louisiana > New Orleans > Uptown / Carrollton
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 33 Specialty Lodging in New Orleans
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Thanks to our many guests who supported us the last 14 years. Many of you have become wonderful friends. We have sold our property, and Audubon Garden Cottage is no longer in operation. Best wishes and happy travels, Robert & Donald ================================================================ Audubon Garden Cottage & Saratoga House are located at the same address in uptown New Orleans, Louisiana. Audubon Garden Cottage is our private garden cottage guest cottage. The cottage sleeps 1-4 on queen-size bed & queen-size sleeper sofa. Breakfast foods & beverages provided along with microwave, coffeepot, toaster, wireless internet, cable TV, DVD. Saratoga House is our home & has one rental guest suite with queen-size bed & private bathroom which includes a Jacuzzi tub. ... more   less 

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