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Recent reviews of the studio from our airbnb site:
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!
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!
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.
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!
A Magical Little Farm
Wow! Just, Wow! If you’re looking for style, comfort and good old fashioned southern hospitality, you can’t go wrong with Jennifer’s Bonne Terre Studio! A beautiful, tasteful and positively serene studio on a magical little farm, hosted by a wonderful human, Bonne Terre Studio exceeds all expectations from the moment you turn down the driveway! Worth the price of admission for the record collection alone! Jennifer not only knows everything about her area of Louisiana, you can tell she genuinely loves sharing it with her guests! It’s already on my list of places to revisit as soon as time allows!
This place is a charmer! Beautiful surroundings and quiet. Love all the records, musical instruments, books, and artwork. There is plenty of sitting room outside to catch fresh air, or view the night sky with a glass of wine. I highly recommend this location and was treated with such great hospitality! Fresh farm eggs, and herbal water upon arrival is just a few of the great things that were a pleasant welcome. I will be back!
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.
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!
Amazing destination for relaxing, great food, rest, and inspiration
My wife and I stayed for a weekend not too long ago and Bonne Terre Cottage is still on our minds. We found rest, relaxation, fellowship, and a rejuvenated spirit. The house is very spacious with many sitting areas. The bathrooms are very nice. Super clean house. Country-living landscape with several farm animals big and small seen in the short distance. The host, Jennifer Gray, is just about the sweetest person we have ever met. Super accommodating and more than willing to make sure our stay was the absolute best it could be. We definitely plan to make many more trips to Breaux Bridge and stay again. It’s a destination I very highly recommend.
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!
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.
True Southern Hospitality!
The main house at Bonne Terre is an inviting, tranquil and amazingly comfortable home set in the heart of Cajun country. You’ll enjoy the quiet countryside but be within short driving distance of several wonderful cities offering Cajun culture, fabulous dining, wonderful music and some of the friendliest folks on earth. Hostess Jen is so hospitable and will assist with anything you need.
If you’re looking for a comfortable, peaceful getaway, this is the perfect spot. And your hostess couldn’t be any nicer.
Artistic touches galore!
I highly recommend choosing to stay in this clean and well-maintained cottage in the country. It truly is an artist’s retreat…so many unique collectibles and artistic touches inside and out. My 1 week stay was quiet, comfy, and cozy. Every aspect of what a guest would need or want was well thought out and provided. Owners were respectful of my privacy yet helpful with their delightful southern hospitality to ensure my needs were being met. I felt like I was at my own retreat spa. What a gift it was to wake up to country views…horses cantering around the pond, goats playing together like children, vegetable gardens beautifully designed and maintained, again with many artistic touches. That’s where I first learned about bottle trees! I can’t wait to return for another stay.