Overall, our stay was okay. The owner (Blaine) was friendly, welcoming and responsive. They left us baked bread and jelly, and some essentials in the fridge, which was a really nice gesture. The chalet was a good size and it was very tranquil, as it was right on the river. The place has a lot of potential, and we would suggest updating a few things (i.e., the drain stopper in the downstairs bathroom was very old and cracked, kitchen sink hole cover was rusty and kept falling off, some of the windows needed to be cleaned, rotten wood on deck, overgrown back yard). Some of these things may seem nitpicky, but the impression is a negative one when they are not addressed. The biggest issue we had was the smell. Throughout the house there was a strong smell of mold or mildew that didn't go away. It permeated all of our clothes and we had to wash everything when we got home to get rid of the odor. One other comment is just to say that there really isn't much privacy -- both of the queen beds are upstairs and the upstairs is all open space.
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Having lived in Louisiana for many years in my younger days, I knew that it was a diverse place with many surprises for those willing to get out of New Orleans and explore the rest of the state. Little River Bluffs is one of those hidden jewels that rewards the adventuresome traveler. It was a very pleasant surprise to find such an ecological and environmentally sensitive resort just 40-50 mile from The French Quarter!
From the time you drive through the rustic gates you know you are in a different kind of place. The narrow winding road leading into the compound is surrounded with native flora and fauna. Bamboo leans over the road providing a tunnel like effect as you drive to the cabin that was to be our retreat for a few days. My wife and I had decided to rent The River Chalet, primarily because the river runs directly behind the cabin and you can sit on the deck and watch all the wildlife that surrounds the Little Tchefuncte River as it rolls lazily by.
While we really expected a primitive cabin in such a native setting, we were pleasantly surprised at the comfort and extensive supply of amenities that we found when we arrived. The cabin is spacious with incredible views from both the living room and the comfy deck. A fully equipped kitchen with a dining area made us feel right at home. Upstairs in the master bedroom we felt like kids sleeping in a tree house! Windows all around gave treetop views in every direction.
The weather was good during our stay so we took advantage of the Kayaks that are provided for guests. What a visual treat. Floating on the water through primal forest surrounding the river really recharged our “city tired batteries”! For those who prefer walking to floating, there are trails winding all through the 30 acre compound with delightful visual surprises around every corner.
This is a 5 star place in our book. It is rustic, but comfortable and civilized while being a little wild! We will be back.