There cannot be a more delightful spot on earth than this Garden-of-Eden style Inn, where one can sip wine and sample delightful appetizers with friends on the balcony, overviewing the vast estate, from the verdant green lawns and flowerbeds to the sparkling pond (complete with alligator) to the salt-water pool and jacuzzi and beyond to the Bayou Teche. Giant moss-draped trees complete the picture of paradise!
I met up with 2 friends from outlying areas for a girls' getaway, and our stay began with the most gracious southern-style greeting, setting us immediately at ease. The grand rooms of this plantation-style home are decorated to the period of the old south, and high ceilings and wooden floors stretch throughout. The dining room is set for a king, with fine china and crystal, where we delighted on the most delectible breakfast I've experienced at an inn in the USA. The place attracted a mix of interesting guests, from Switzerland to California beach towns to Arizona forest to New Orleans, allowing for interesting chat over breakfast. At the same time, the spaciousness of the inn and the front and back balconies and porch and tree swings afforded so many opportunities to escape and feel as though you are the only guests present.
The beds were beyond comfy, with the highest thread-count sheets I've experienced. This lovely estate, was spotless to 5 star standards, thanks to Allison's constant attention. Coffee and juice were set in the sun-room for early risers. Every little detail that one might imagine (or some you might not even think of) was provided or attended to. One could enjoy an hour just strolling around the inn and grounds, taking in all the special appointments. We were allowed to arrive early, and directed to Cafe Des Amis and other attractions and restaurants that were fine choices. The best tip was a swamp tour at Lake Martin by Champagne Swamp Tours, and for more, you may read my separate review.
Susan, the innkeeper/mother and her daughter, Allison, were such congenial hostesses, which greatly added to the stay. They are the embodiment of southern hospitality. I will definitely return, with my significant other, for a romantic getaway at this lovely spot, off in the wilds, yet near enough to Breaux Bridge to find food and entertainment. All of my friends are now clamoring to go, having heard of our enchanted get-away.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A showcase of architectural splendor! Isabelle Inn is a magnificent Bed & Breakfast located in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. The Inn embraces the look and feel of a beautiful southern plantation, yet it was built as a family home in the early 1970's & offers all the amenities of a modern-day residence. It is our mission at Isabelle Inn to provide guests with a unique & wonderful experience worth remembering a lifetime, a memory that encapsulates charm, southern hospitality & a carefree, slow-paced moment in time. Come enjoy our lovely home on seven lush, tropical acres along Bayou Teche & we will treat you like family. ... more less