We recently were written up in Community Chronicles. Read the article.
Recent reviews of the studio from our airbnb site:
A Little Gem
The reviews on here are spot on; this space is everything and more you can ask for! Jen’s attentiveness and attention to detail is unmatched. All the amenities you’d ever need and more are available! She is a gracious and wonderful host, the place is serene, clean, and really just perfect. What a little gem! I will be back!
I’d highly recommend visiting
Jen’s place is very relaxing and scenically beautiful. I was amazed at how clean and organized her farm and studio was. All of the animals are so happy and I can understand why. I enjoyed sitting on the deck, playing the guitar with a cup of her signature roast coffee. I’d highly recommend visiting.
Best Stay Ever!
Book this place today. You can thank me later. The best stay I have ever had by a long shot.
Outstanding Place to Stay
Bonne Terre is an outstanding place to stay. Having stayed there once before, I already had high expectations. It was even better the second time! Wished I could have stayed longer. Jennifer is a fabulous hostess. People, stay here!
Oh so unique!
We had such a wonderful stay at the Bonne Terre Studio! It is comfortable, fun, clean, spacious, oh so unique! Jennifer is an amazing host with great local knowledge and an amazing spirit. We are already talking about when we can return and stay longer. Do yourself a favor and book an extra long stay here!
One of the Best airbnb Stays
This was one of the best airbnb stays I have ever had! Jen was a truly welcoming and delightful host and the studio was an extraordinary space. An incredible spot that I really hope to return to.
Over the years the cottage, and then the main house, were listed at VRBO. We have gotten 5-star reviews from over 50 guests. Below is just a sampling.
Perfect Home Base for Exploring Creole/Cajun Country’s Mysteries and Delights
While in Louisiana researching a novel-in-progress, I was lucky enough to enjoy the peace, comfort, and charm of Bonne Terre Cottage for three weeks. The soulful wood cottage, with its soaring ceiling, wide porches, and sleeping loft, perfectly fit my desire for a peaceful retreat in nature balanced with a vibrant nearby social scene that included Cafe Des Ami and its Zydeco breakfasts Saturday mornings. (Can you say Fun?) Folks, the place is magical: fireflies sparkling in tree tops, cicadas signaling evening, and in the morning, the red streak of cardinals’ flight across a pond to a wall of roses, just to give a hint of what you can expect.
The host offers the right mix of southern hospitality and respectful privacy. For breakfast I ate eggs fresh from the owners’ hens, and dinners became feasts enhanced with herbs and veggies picked from the garden that day. Each evening, I looked forward to sitting on the wide porch writing in my notebooks and watching my hosts feed their horses and pygmy goats adjacent to my fenced yard. One evening, I went along to feed the cow, Matilda. I volunteered to feed the goldfish in a small pond with a fountain outside my door. A lovely five-acre pond is at the end of the road, and I walked there after dinner to watch the turtles, ducks, and pet my favorite neighborhood dog, Jade.
As for the cottage itself, the photos do a great job of showing you its sweet, lovingly built space. The dressing room and its big mirror, book shelves, dresser and wardrobe are a bonus. I made some wonderful meals in the kitchen, got some of my best rest in the cozy nest-like bedroom, and practiced my zydeco dance moves in the livingroom. Writing this review makes me feel “homesick” for a place (and its people!) that held me with grace as I ventured into completely new territory, arriving alone and having never before visited Louisiana. If you, too, are lucky enough to stay at Bonne Terre Cottage, please let me know the highlights of your stay in this special place. I do plan to return, possibly this fall.
Exceptional travel destination
Bonne Terre is an awesome destination. It is an excellent central location for day trips in the surrounding area. Additionally, the cottage itself contains a vast and diverse blend of resources to help a traveler become intimately acquainted with the area (history, natural history, music, arts, food). The cottage host was also very open to assist with any questions or directions that we needed.
I have stayed at many cottages over the past twenty years, both in the U.S. and in Europe, and Bonne Terre is the cleanest cottage I have ever stayed in. The owners take exceptional care of this cottage.
I was happy that the cottage was equipped with exclusively environmentally friendly cleaning products and laundry detergents. Also, as advertised, there was no sign of pets or smoking in the cottage (excellent for those with allergies).
The location is very picturesque, with lots of wildlife. Ideal for birdwatching.
Very nice getaway for rest & relaxation
This was a quick getaway for our 16th wedding anniversary and we couldn’t have chosen a better place, or area, for a quiet place out in the country, but still close to the most amazing place in America for foodies like us! We decided against Hot Springs, AR, and decided to go south, instead. We had one very high expectation, though, and that was some good coffee, which was provided by Jen there at the house. We made a cup not long after arriving and used the handy milk frother. I sat down on the little sofa in the sunroom, took a sip and my cares immediately slipped away.
The house was just beautiful, clean, & had plenty of room. The kitchen had everything we needed and I especially enjoyed the library of books. The local places we recommend, and enjoyed ourselves, are Joie de Vivre, Café des Amis, The Blue Dog Café, Prejean’s & Reve (since we needed to go there to purchase more of the delicious coffee Jen had introduced us to). We took a morning swamp tour on Sunday, had brunch afterwards in town, & took a long peaceful nap at the house before leaving town. Bliss. Jen was a remarkable host, very sweet & thoughtful. I can’t say enough how happy my husband & I are to have stumbled upon this quiet place to retreat to as often as we get the chance.
I’ve stayed in quite a few rentals found here on VRBO but I’ve never stayed somewhere where I truly felt like I was at a home. The house is filled with personal items, books, DVDs, music, etc… The kitchen has anything and everything you might need as it relates to tools, gadgets, appliances, etc…. If I’m being honest it has more in it than my own (seriously). And I can’t say enough good things about our hostess Jennifer. She greeted us upon arrival and contacted us multiple times during our stay to make sure we had everything we needed. Graciousness at it’s finest. Not a surprise in Louisiana but still to be applauded. Bonne Terre is truly a home away from home although home is never this peaceful.
A Perfect Artist Retreat
A friend and I stayed for 3 days as an end of school art retreat. Jen is a perfect hostess. She checked with us everyday to see if we needed anything. The house was completely stocked with anything we needed. It was like being at home. The front porch was my favorite place to be and create art. The view of sweet Mathilda made it perfect!
I will definitely be going back! Thanks Jen!
A perfect place for our Honeymoon
My husband and I stayed at Bonne Terre while we were on our honeymoon, and we could not have chosen a more perfect place. The artistic and homey cottage has such a vital energy to it, no doubt in large part because of the creative energy that radiates from Jen herself. Every detail is considered, from the thoughtfully stocked kitchen to the record collection featuring local musicians to the welcome basket left for us upon arrival. As environmental professionals, we appreciated the respect Jen clearly has for the earth and enjoyed spending afternoons watching and interacting with the horses, goats and chickens on the farm. Bonne Terre was the perfect home base for exploring the region, which is rich with music and Southern culture. It is truly a magical place, and we hope to return!