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The Myrtles Plantation
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

Very nice place, quiet gardens. Tour guide was good. Not as amazing as some very famous plantation but a differet kind of visit more relaxing.
You can also skip tour if you want and just get a drink on the nice terrasse.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

Me and my wife stayed at the Myrtles Plantation last weekend and the experience was a mixed bag. We booked the William Winters room and while the room itself was adequate and actually quite nice, the entire place seemed to be furnished from Vintage Scooby Doo. The wardrobe creaked so loudly when we opened it that we could not help laughing. It seemed obviously hoaky. The bed, however, was another matter. While attractive, it creaked every time you moved, and was not at all conducive to a good night's sleep.I woke up about five times during the night because each time I changed position, the noise woke me up. I am sure all of this, along with the creaking floor was designed especially to add to the "haunted" reputation, but it was so obviously contrived that it was hard to take seriously, and making a cash cow out of the spooky reputation is one thing, but using it as a means of depriving the guests of comfort is quite another!

There was a door from our room to the adjoining room that was locked to allow for other guests, but a gap of about one inch and extremely poor soundproofing allowed us to hear everything -- and I do mean everything -- that our obviously inebriated neighbors were saying, and I assume they could have heard anything we said as well. If you want to get any EVPs, you will be wildly successful since you can hear noises the other guests make at pretty much all times. Each room seems to come with a goofy little "Wee-Ji" board for the gullible. The bed was firm, but comfortable and the decorations were nice and the room was clean and well-maintained.

The grounds are beautiful, but the tours are lacking. The so-called "historical" tour is nothing of the kind, emphasizing the "haunted history" of the place (most of which seems to be made up and is flatly incorrect), leading one to believe that the staff has little actual information about the real history of the plantation. The ghost tour was so ridiculous that it was hard not to bust out laughing . . . from haunted mirrors to haunted dolls to the ghost of little kids to the ten "documented murders" (one actually) that happened there, the entire thing seemed like a fabrication aimed at people with low IQs.

The Carriage House restaurant was adequate although a bit pricey and we had to wait maybe 45 minutes for our food. Drinks were good and food was of good quality, however. The grounds were lovely and constituted the main attraction. There was a lovely little bridge leading to a gazebo, where previous visitors or possibly some ghosts had been partying and had left some cheap beer cans and cigarette butts all near a pond with a painful (and probably intentional) algal bloom. There was more spanish moss on the trees than you could shake a stick at and all of this seemed designed to add to the "haunted" atmosphere.

The breakfast the next day was tasty and pleasant, and we enjoyed it a great deal. As we were checking out a little later, the hosts assured us that some people had left in the middle of the night in terror . . . I remember thinking that at two hundred bucks a night even if Lucifer himself showed up, I was going to stay, but no such luck. No devils, ghosts or things that go bump in the night. I felt kind of sorry for the staff since they obviously had to pretend as though they believed that Satan himself was staying in the supposedly haunted rooms in order to keep this beautiful old plantation house in operation.

The place is OK if you are looking for a quick weekend getaway and have a good bit of extra money to spend, but on the whole, it is not worth the price you pay and definitely does not live up to the hype. You will only find spooks if you have a really good imagination (the staff does try to prime you during the tours so if you are suggestible you may have more fun than we did). But if you go in not expecting much, you may not be disappointed. Although I do not regret spending some time there, we will not be returning.

As far as other attractions go, St. Francisville has little of anything, but nearby Jackson has a number of museums and historic sites that may make the Myrtles a good base for exploration.

Room Tip: William Winters room was OK, but the creaky bed kept us awake all night. Keep in mind you are not in...
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 July 2014 via mobile

Had a great girls weekend here back in January. ..what I loved most about this place was how friendly and camp like it was...I mean how often as an adult do u get to run around after dark looking for ghosts with strangers that are staying in the cabin next door ?...we stayed in the Crepe Myrtle cabin..it was a bit pricey but if you get a group together it will def cut down on $$ bc it will sleep 6-8 comfortably..added bonus was we had actual ghost hunters staying on the grounds so we got to hang out with them and learn all kinds of neat stuff..and I def suggest dinner at the Carriage house..yummy drinks and food. .try a Cosmopolitan. .it was divine..all in all it was great spooky fun and yes I do believe the place ia haunted

Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

We stayed here one night. The staff is friendly. The beds were lumpy and squeaked horribly. The tour guide was poorly informed. We at at the restaurant, not owned by the same people, and found it average. Meat was well prepared but of poor quality. The breakfast was not prepared on site unless you count heating up items from the food service purveyor. Even so the biscuits were world class. Mainly the beds were miserable.

Room Tip: This hotel is a B&B known as a haunted plantation. Normal comments would not apply. The period b...
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

dont be afraid of this place, yes it has a history of hauntings but it is also such a beautiful place to visit. my friends and i stayed here because we wanted to see if we could experience any supernatural activity first hand. Sad to say we didnt get haunted but we had such a fun time. the highlight of our stay was hester and moses. such wonderful host.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 July 2014

Being a native of Louisiana, the Myrtles has always been a "must" on my list. After visiting a few times to experience the tours, history and fabulous dining- it was evident that the only thing left to do was to stay the night in one of "America's most haunted homes".

Not sure of what we would experience, a group of girlfriends left our "brave" husbands at home. We just had to get the most out of our experience- so we reserved two beautiful adjoining rooms in the main house.

We knew part of the experience would include some "spooky" experiences, but what we didn't realize was our stay would be so much more! We were immediately greeted by fabulous hosts, all sharing their personal stories and history of this beautiful home. We spent our night walking the grounds- huge might I add- tucked away beneath beautiful trees. Later, we enjoyed conversation, laughter and stories with old and new friends (a couple that was also staying at the home that night) among beautiful rocking chairs on a truly southern porch! Finally, we concluded our night in our bedrooms at the main house. Antiques, fine linens, creeking wooden floors and doors were just part of the accommodations... the room even supplied the "unofficial and not guaranteed" removal of sock service provided by a "resident" of the home. Although, we can't say which spririt we met - the gesture seemed playful- which seemed fitting, as the room we were staying in once "was" the bedroom of the children of the house.

We awoke the next morning to a delicious and truly hospitable southern breakfast and finished our stay with another stroll around the grounds.

If you are looking for a memorable experience accompanied by some mystery and true southern hospitality- this is it!

Book today!

  • Stayed: July 2014
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

So, my fiance surprised me with a random trip to The Myrtles Plantation today and it was FABULOUS! The house was just SO beautiful and the town of St. Francesville is just absolutely amazing! So many beautiful historical homes, cemeteries, and churches! (Not to mention there is no lack of antique shopping!) Anyway, we had PIPER (!) as our tour guide who is AMAZING! I would pay her to read to me if she would because she was just THAT enthusiastic when telling our group the stories of The Myrtles. As it was a random trip, we did not stay the night, and no mystery tour (bummer) but we did enjoy our tour and being able to snap beautiful shots of the grounds. I would highly recommend visiting just for the fun of it! :)

  • Stayed: July 2014
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Address: 7747 US Highway 61, PO Box 1100, Saint Francisville, LA 70775-4526
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Region: United States > Louisiana > Saint Francisville
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Ranked #1 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Saint Francisville
Price Range: £83 - £167 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 16
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